The Grand Palace

If there is one must-see sight without which no visit to Bangkok would be complete, it s the spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace of Bangkok continues to have visitors in awe of its beautiful architecture and complicated details, which is a proud salute (致敬) to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, the state departments, and even the mint (铸币厂). Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

Important Notes about the Grand Palace

A strict dress code applies. The Grand Palace with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no lank lops). If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks, in other words, no bare feet. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).

Opening Hours: Daily 8:30-15:30

Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)

Price Range: Tickets sold from 8:30-15:30 and cost 500 baht! One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.

1.What makes the Grand Palace an important landmark?

A. Its convenient location.

B. Its cheap price of the tickets.

C. Its excellent guides and service.

D. Its splendid history and architecture.

2.Who can be allowed to enter the Grand Palace?

A. Edward wearing shorts and sandals.

B. Cathy wearing a T-shirt and a short skirt.

C. Tom wearing a sweater, jeans and sports shoes.

D. Anne wearing a long dress with bare shoulders.

3.What can we learn from the text?

A. Visitors can enter the Grand Palace every day.

B. The Grand Palace has nothing to do with the Thai King.

C. Clothes for improperly dressed people are sold at the gate.

D. You can’t visit Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall with your ticket.

On the arrival of the graduation season, a large number of students will leave their colleges and get busy finding jobs. However, it seems not all students will be in a hurry to get to work. According to a survey online in May, about 9.8 percent of the 93,420 graduates surveyed said they wouldn't begin working right after graduation. This phenomenon is called "delayed employment".

One reason why the graduates don't start their careers immediately is that they want a job related to their personal interests, and they are unwilling to give in and take jobs they don't like. "Looking for the right career is like looking for Mr. Right. Maybe I could have found a job or two, but I don't want to just make a living or be stuck in a specific position,” said Shen Yu, who graduated in 2014 but didn't look for a job right away.

Another reason is to avoid the fierce competition of the job market.Statistics provided by the Ministry of Education show the number of the new university graduates will reach 7.95 million this year. Meanwhile, only 26.7 percent of the new graduates have signed contracts(合同) with employers, 8.7 percent down from the previous year.

And some Chinese college students have chosen to travel or volunteer instead of finding jobs. For example, Chen Nuan, who will graduate from the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts this summer, has planned to tour Europe immediately after graduation. "As the old Chinese saying goes,traveling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books,"she told China Daily.

However, no matter what you choose after graduation, make full use of the first few years—this is when people develop soft skills such as punctuality and teamwork. The first 10 years are essential, which shapes careers in the long term.

1.Why don't some students find jobs immediately after graduation?

A. Their parents ask them to do so.

B. They prefer to do a favorite job.

C. Their abilities need improvement.

D. They want to find their Mr.Right first.

2.What do the statistics in Paragraph 3 imply?

A. More students have the chance to go to university this year.

B. The majority of the graduates will go on with further education.

C. The competition of job market this year is fiercer than last year.

D. A quarter of the graduates have refused to sign contracts so far.

3.How does the writer support the opinion in Paragraph 4?

A. By giving an example.

B. By presenting numbers.

C. By explaining the results.

D. By comparing differences.

4.What is the best tide of the passage?

A. Developing Soft Skills

B. Traveling Around to Find Jobs

C. The Fierce Competition of Job Market

D. The Delayed Employment Phenomenon

With the approval of the Singapore government, a company called nuTonomy has become the first-ever to test self-driving cars with the public. Interested people could sign up for a free trial run at no cost. When they received an invitation from the company, they could book a ride on the driverless taxi service from their smartphones.Not surprisingly,the rides proved very popular,with dozens of customers eagerly trying out the cars each day.

Driverless cars are a great option for those who do not know how to drive and for those who do not enjoy driving.Some researchers even believe that such cars can make road travel safer by reducing human errors.But since driving requires many of our senses to be on alert(高度警觉), replacing that by machines is easier said than done.

The environment in which cars operate is constantly changing—from roads and pedestrians to co-travelers. A driverless car needs special equipment to analyze its surroundings. Then, it must translate that information into a practical route and safe travel. To be truly autonomous, a car has to do this independently without human input. Today, some cars have a certain degree of autonomous functions. But even the completely automated vehicles still require a driver to take back control under uncertain conditions.

The island city-state is well known for excellent roads and drivers who obey the rules. This has made it ideal for real-world testing and feedback. The government has encouraged research in autonomous vehicles, since it can improve safety and potentially reduce the traffic burden as well.

1.What is the text mainly about?

A. Driverless cars travel safely on the road now.

B. Driverless taxis have been tasted in Singapore.

C. Singapore is the best place to produce driverless cars.

D. Singapore government has decided to use driverless taxis.

2.Which factor matters most when a driverless car travels on the road?

A. The input from human.

B. The directions of its users.

C. The changing environment.

D. The mood of the co-travelers.

3.What can we infer about the driverless curs from Paragraph 2?

A. They have many human senses.

B. They are not absolutely safe on road.

C. They can make people enjoy driving.

D. They are popular with skilled drivers.

4.Why is Singapore a suitable place to test the car?

A. Because it has a small population.

B. Because the pedestrians obey the rules.

C. Because it is famous for its car industry.

D. Because it owns nice roads and polite drivers.

Happy,angry,amazed—these are some of the emotions we like to express these days when we're sending a message on our smartphones.That's a quick way of telling someone how we're feeling.Yes,emojis have become a vital tool for communication.

The emoji was first invented in Japan in the late 1990s and the word "emoji" comes from the Japanese words for "picture" and "character".The number of different images has dramatically increased since then and now we have a picture for every mood or situation.

So now we are giving this new creation the visual "thumbs-up" but have you thought why we've become so addicted to using emojis? Professor Vyv Evans has written a book called The Emoji Code, saying "increasingly, what we're finding is that digital communication is taking over certain aspects of face-to-face of the reasons why emojis are so popular is that they really do enable us to express our emotional selves more effectively."

Another advantage of emojis is that they are an international language—they don't use words but some pictures so they can be easily interpreted whatever your native language is. However, the emojis can sometimes be misinterpreted—if a friend sends you an emoji of a hammer, you may think he/she is angry when really he/she is saying he/she is clumsy!

Emojis are a good way for showing similar feelings. But as linguist(语言学家) Neil Cohn says, "To many, emojis are an exciting evolution of the way we communicate, but to others, they are a linguistic Armageddon(大决战)."It does show there is a lot more to our communication than words alone but does this mean the decline in traditional writing?

1.How do emojis help people in communication?

A. They can interpret the foreign languages.

B. They will take the place of face-to-face interaction.

C. People can express their emotions effectively with emoijs.

D. People can express themselves clearly with emojis at any time.

2.Which of the following words can replace the underlined "thumbs-up"in Paragraph 3?

A. doubt B. praise

C. ignorance D. attention

3.What do you probably mean by sending your friend an emoji of B hammer?

A. You are awkward. B. You need a hammer.

C. He/She loses his/her temper. D. He/She should apologize to you.

4.What is Neil Cohn's opinion on emojis?

A. They are not used by linguists.

B. They will take over the traditional writing.

C. They will become an international language.

D. They bring convenience and challenges to language.

I still remember that summer before college.There were plans and ideas about what my college experience was going to be like, but none of them worked out as planned.1..

●Use the mental health services available to you.

That first night at college was memorable. There was scare and homesickness. Missing things from home wasn't the only reason why I felt down. The academic pressure to succeed and the social pressure to fit in are too much for some people, which don't just happen in the freshman year.2.. Close friends always guided me, which was important because talking helps—even if it's just with a friend. Don't be afraid to take that extra help.


I had been ready to major in politics, philosophy and economics, in preparation for a law degree.Things changed.

You meet new people and discover new interests.4.. So, don't worry if you haven’t figured out exactly what you're going to major in. It will likely change anyway.

●You're there to get a degree, but a little fun won't hurt.

As time goes by, I'm not going to remember the grades I got on papers or the late nights spent studying. Instead, lifelong memories will include playing video games with my roommate at 3:00 am, or late-night runs with my friends after a night out. Apart from doing well inside the classroom, there are also internships(实习期) and other pressures. Employers might weigh internships more heavily than your GPA.5..

A. It's OK to change your mind about your major.

B. You don't want to get tired of your college life early.

C. Everyone says that college is the best four years of your life.

D. Here are the things I wish I had known before my freshman year.

E. It’s normal to be a little unsure of your plans once you start taking classes.

F. Getting internships and having fun with friends are also of great importance.

G. For me, there were upsets long after the days that required a map to go anywhere.

My daughter Allie was leaving for college in a week. She didn’t _______going. She was off with friends most of the time. My friend Karen told me, "The August before I left for college, I_______my mother the whole month. Be prepared."

I stood in the kitchen, watching Allie make a glass of iced tea. The girl, once so _______and trusting, was closed to me. I_______to think of something to say to her. I wanted her to know I was_______about the college she had chosen and that I knew the_______of her life was just starting. But the_______on her face was so mad that I gave up the _______.

One night, after a long period of _______between us, I asked what I might have done or said made her ________. She sighed, “Mom, you haven't done anything ________. It’s fine.” A few days later, as I was getting ready for________, Allie came to my room and said, “I want to read you something from my college. These are tips for ________.”

I watched her as she read the ________aloud: "Don't ask your child if she is homesick. She might feel bad in the first few weeks, but don't let it ________you. This is a(n)________time of transition(过渡).Write her letters and call her a lot..."

Her voice ________, and she came over and ________her head in my shoulder. I touched her hair ________, afraid that she would run away if I said a word. We _________there together for long moments that night. Reconnecting.

1.A. set about B. talk about C. try out D. suffer from

2.A. screamed at B. laughed at C. stared at D. pointed at

3.A. nice B. serious C. open D. beautiful

4.A. forgot B. struggled C. refused D. remembered

5.A. disappointed B. puzzled C. surprised D. excited

6.A. adventure B. hardship C. trouble D. peak

7.A. sadness B. expression C. makeup D. happiness

8.A. recommendation B. promise C. ambition D. idea

9.A. quarrel B. chat C. silence D. discussion

10.A. happy B. guilty C. proud D. angry

11.A. wrong B. meaningless C. worthy D. irrelevant

12.A. bed B. dinner C. table D. luggage

13.A. freshmen B. graduates C. parents D. tutors

14.A. announcements B. suggestions C. orders D. rules

15.A. move B. change C. worry D. delight

16.A. natural B. unnecessary C. dangerous D. uncertain

17.A. increased B. paused C. followed D. erupted

18.A. raised B. nodded C. shook D. buried

19.A. crazily B. deeply C. gently D. impatiently

20.A. wandered B. jumped C. walked D. stood

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