Australian Comedy---COSI(5th Round)

Date: April 12-16---7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Poly Theatre

Price: 800-1,500 yuan

Cosi is a 1996 Australian comedy film directed by Mark Joffe. In the film, Lewis Riley wants to get a job as a director at a mental (精神病的)hospital. He gets the job and finds himself directing a production of the Mozart opera Cosi fan tutte, an opera in Italian. And it is going to be performed by actors and actresses that he must select from among the patients, who only speak English.

Twelfth Night

By TNT Theatre Britain

Date: April 13-15---7:30 pm

Venue: 9 Theatre Beijing

Price: 60-380 yuan

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601-1602. The play focuses on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a ship accident at sea. Viola(who pretends to be a boy) falls in love with Orsino. But Orsino in turn is in love with Olivia when meeting Viola falls in love with her, thinking she is a man.

Jazz Weekend---Thomas Enhco Piano Recital

Date: May 6---7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Concert Hall

Price: 80-599 yuan

Thomas Enhco was born in Paris, 1988. He starts playing the violin and piano at an early age, and studies classical music and jazz. At 12, Thomas works with a French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood. He is spotted by Peter Erskine, who offers to help with Thomas Enhco’s first CD. In 2004-2005, Thomas creates and records his first album, Esquisse, which is released in 2006. He receives the Young Talent Prize at the Montauban Jazz Festival in 2006.

1.Where can you enjoy Cosi in April?

A. Beijing Poly Theatre B. TNT Theatre Britain

C. 9 Theatre Beijing D. Beijing Concert Hall

2.Who in fact is a man in Twelfth Night?

A. Olivia B. Viola

C. Orsino D. William Shakespeare

3.Thomas Enhco’s first album finally came out _________.

A. in 2000 B. in 2004

C. in 2005 D. in 2006

The boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about a serious problem with one of the main computers.

He dialed the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper, “Hello?” The boss asked, “Is your daddy at home?” “Yes,” whispered the small voice. “May I talk with him?” The man asked.

To the surprise of the boss, the small voice whispered, “No.” Wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, “Is your mommy there?” “Yes,” came the answer. “May I talk with her?” Again the small voice whispered, “No.”

Knowing that it was impossible that a young child would be left home alone, the boss decided he would just leave a message with the person who should be there watching over the child. “Is there anyone there besides you?” The boss asked the child. “Yes,” whispered the child, “a policeman.”

Wondering what a policeman would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, “May I speak with the policeman?”

“No, he’s busy,” whispered the child. “Busy doing what?” asked the boss. “Talking to daddy and mommy and the fireman,” came the whispered answer.

Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter(直升机)through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, “What is the noise?” “A helicopter.” answered the whispered voice. “What is going on there?” asked the boss, now alarmed.

In a serious whispering voice the child answered, “The search team just landed the helicopter.” Alarmed and concerned and more than just a little disappointed, the boss asked, “Why are they there?” Still whispering, the young voice replied along with an unclear giggly(窃笑), “They are looking for me.”

1.Why did the boss call the employee?

A. He wanted to talk to the child B. He wanted to join in the game

C. A main computer had broken down D. He always cared about his employees

2.Who was not in the employee’s home?

A. The child B. The boss

C. A policeman D. A fireman

3.Which of the following can replace the underlined word “alarmed” in Paragraph?

A. Frightened B. Interested

C. Warm-hearted D. Inspired

4.According to the passage, what was happening in fact?

A. The child was playing a trick B. The boss was offering help

C. The employee was in danger D. The child was missing

An Interview with Pascal De Sarthe

French-born Pascal de Sarthe was self-taught and becoming more and more famous among the art businessmen in the 1980s. He became one of the most recognized gallery managers of the 21st century. He made Hong Kong his base in 2010. Today, with one gallery here and another in Beijing, he’s clearly fallen in love with art.

By Philippe Dova

What made you decide to based in Asia?

I have been coming to Asia since 1981, doing business first in Japan and Korea, then in the early 90s in Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. Half of my business was in Asia and I quickly started spending two weeks of every month in his area. I made many friends with new collectors who were interested in both Western and Eastern art. In 2010, staying in Asia and opening a gallery in Hong Kong seemed like the natural thing to do.

Why Hong Kong?

There was nothing to indicate that Hong Kong would become the center of the Asian art market. However, there were the wonderful location, the tax(税)advantages and so on---everything just came together.

Art Basel came to Hong Kong shortly after you did

There was already Art HK, but after careful research of the market. I believed it was reasonable for Art Basel to take over Art UK.

What will you be exhibiting at Art Basel this year?

We’ll be showing only postwar Asian artists and new-generation Beijing artists. At the same time, we’ll be opening our new gallery in Wong Chuk Hang on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

1.When did Pascal de Sarthe first come to China for business?

A. In 1981 B. In the 1990s

C. In 2010 D. In the 2010s

2.Why did Pascal de Sarthe make Hong Kong his base in 2010?

A. Hong Kong was the center of the Asian art market

B. There were many advantages in Hong Kong

C. Art Basel was better than Art HK

D. He had two galleries in China

3.What will Pascal de Sarthe do this year?

A. He will show interest in art exhibition

B. He will care more about Beijing artists

C. He will open another gallery in Hong Kong

D. He will move to the south of Hong Kong Island

4.Where is this passage probably form?

A. A novel B. A business report

C. A poster D. A newspaper

How many times a day do you check your email? When you wake up? Before bed? A dozen times in between? The technology that was supposed to make our lives simple has taken up too much time. The average young man spends more than seven hours a day using technological devices(设备), with an additional hour just text-messaging friends.

The advantage of technological devices is connectedness: email lets us respond on the go, and we are in touch with more people during more hours of the day than at any other time in history. But is it possible that we’re lonelier than ever, too? That’s what MIT professor Sherry Turkle observes in her new book, Alone Together, which clearly describes our changing relationship with technology.

For Turkle, the biggest worry is the effect the weak connections have on our development. Technology isn’t offering us the lives we want to live. “We’re texting people at a distance,” says Turkle, “We’re using lifeless objects to convince ourselves that even when we’re alone, we feel together. And then when we’re with each other, we put ourselves in situations where we are alone—always on our mobile devices. It’s what I call a perfect storm of confusion about what’s important in our human connections.”

Moreover, communicating online is not equal to face-to-face communication. Online, you can ignore others’ feelings. In a text message, you can avoid eye contact. A number of studies have found that this generation of young people is less sympathetic(有同情心的)than ever. “That doesn’t lead to disaster,” says Turkle, “but the disadvantages still cannot be ignored.”

1.From the first paragraph we can learn that_________.

A. email checking helps people wake up early

B. people communicate mainly by text-messaging now

C. technological device production has been simplified

D. using technological devices costs young men much time

2.What is Sherry Turkle’s biggest worry?

A. Technology may make human connections confusing

B. Technology can’t help people remove loneliness

C. Technology may make people’s lives hard

D. Technology keeps people together

3.What is the author’s attitude to the influence of technology on people’s life?

A. Positive B. Negative

C. Hopeless D. Uncertain

4.What is the passage mainly about?

A. Technology brings many conveniences to people’s lives

B. Young men spend too much time on technological devices

C. Technology also brings people some disadvantages

D. Sherry Turkle observes people’s changing relationship with technology

Tips for Upcoming Senior Two

People often describe Senior Two as a year with “much more homework, more frequent exams and more fierce competitions”. 1.

1. Manage your time carefully and make full use of it.

Try to study not hard but efficiently. Make a to-do-list for your time after school. Don’t just spend quite a long time on only one subject.2.Remember to take breaks when you feel exhausted.

2. Treat Competition in Class in a right way.

Don’t treat your classmates as potential(潜在的)enemies. Competition cannot be avoided, but everyone wants to study and live in a friendly environment. 3.By helping others solve problems, you inspire others, enrich your own knowledge and gain lasting friendship.

3. 4.

Don’t let your former rankings limit you. What really matters is how you treat exams and ranking. Forget the class ranking or grade rankings, but compete with yourself. In a while, you will see yourself climbing in scores and rankings.

All in all, the coming new school year is sure to be full of challenges. Too much worry only adds to your difficulties in your development. 5.Wish you the best of luck in the new academic year!

A. Learn for yourself, not for others.

B. Have a right attitude towards your rankings.

C. Good time management skills are very important.

D. Instead, divide the hours into small periods for different subjects

E. When you prepare for the battle, some advice from me may be of help

F. So when they turned to you for help, just share your wisdom immediately

G. If you keep my advice in mind, you will achieve a lot and lead a happy life.

In our daily life, we have too many things to deal with. It seems as if life is always tiring. However, whenever I feel _______, I’m grateful to everything life_______me and try to make the best of everyday. I learnt this attitude towards life from the story of my friend Joanne.

In middle school, Joanne was always ______ , with a big smile on her face, as if she was always _____with what life offered her. But soon, things _____ changed. She passed away because of a serious______. Her smiles only exist in my memory. The last time I saw her in the hospital, she was terribly ill. However, she still______ a warm smile and was happy about my _____ . I prayed(祈祷)for her recovery. ______ , she lost the battle against ______at last.

This made me think of another story. Maria and Jessie, who were good friends, had a big argument one day and they ______to talk to each other in the following months. Maria, who was deeply sorry for her ______words, intended to call Jessie to ______first but don’t have enough______to do it. feeling quite ____ , she asked her classmates for _______, and even consulted some of her teachers. For many times, she ______her phone but gave up at last.______ one afternoon, she got the news that Jessie had lost her life in a traffic accident.

The lesson I learned is that nobody can ______what will happen in the future. Anytime you feel upset or depressed, why don’t you change your______and value every day!

1.A. bored B. exhausted C. lonely D. angry

2.A. offers B. awards C. impresses D. suggests

3.A. hopeful B. cheerful C. smart D. fortunate

4.A. excited B. surprised C. content D. regret

5.A. completely B. exactly C. frequently D. similarly

6.A. accident B. disaster C. hunger D. disease

7.A. burst B. wore C. forced D. formed

8.A. gift B. words C. behaviors D. visit

9.A. Luckily B. Happily C. Unfortunately D. Angrily

10.A. death B. enemy C. family D. life

11.A. agreed B. refused C. stopped D. continued

12.A. encouraging B. convincing C. rude D. cruel

13.A. forgive B. comfort C. persuade D. apologize

14.A. words B. strength C. courage D. time

15.A. upset B. harmed C. regretted D. respected

16.A. trouble B. excuse C. agreement D. advice

17.A. used up B. picked up C. put up D. came up

18.A. Unless B. After C. Before D. Until

19.A. tell B. observe C. doubt D. ignore

20.A. impression B. feeling C. attitude D. mind

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