There are an unbelievable number of reasons to go to Greece;just like there are an unbelievable number of things to do once a traveler arrives there.Here is a look at just some of the great historical things to see when vacationing in Athens,Greece.


Agora lies in ruins now,but during its glory days it was a lively and active open marketplace where Greeks came to buy,sell,and exchange their goods and services.Agora has ties to common people of ancient Greece.Guided tours are available and there is also a small museum with many artifacts from this area on display.


One of the most famous landmarks in Athens is the legendary Parthenon.This building is still today admired by architects who are appreciative of the decorative design,as well as the engineering involved in its construction.Those interested in history will be impressed beyond belief with the opportunity to see this historic structure up close and personal.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

One of the most impressive monuments to see up close is the Temple of Olympian Zeus.Many people see this monument from far away,or even from the window of a taxi,and never stop for a firsthand look themselves.This is a huge mistake as the size of it cannot truly be appreciated without visiting it up close.

Odeum of Herodes Atticus

Built into the hillside and providing a nice view of Athens is the Odeum of Herodes Atticus.This theater was constructed in the second century and was an important gathering place for both the upper and lower classes.It holds a little over 5,000 people,is located just below the Acropolis,and is still used for performances to this day.

1.What did the ancient Greeks do in Agora?

A. They did business. B. They toured around.

C. They visited museums. D. They prayed for blessings.

2.Who will show the most interest in Parthenon?

A. Electrical engineers. B. Building designers.

C. Ordinary visitors. D. Religious people.

3.How can visitors fully appreciate the Temple of Olympian Zeus?

A. By approaching it. B. By looking in the distance.

C. By taking a bird’s-eye view. D. By seeing through a taxi window.

4.In what way is Odeum of Herodes Atticus different from the others?

A. It has great historical value. B. It has ties to common people.

C. It is famous for its architecture. D. It still serves its original purpose.

Many young people these days adore the advertised magazine body and become too focused on attaining this image instead of worrying more about what lasts and even grows over time. But could you imagine being considered beautiful for years, and suddenly being ugly after moving to another continent? It is a sad reality that people don’t realize how vacillating the idea of beauty can be from one country to another.

Think of the most typical American girl you know. Is she blonde haired with white skin and light eyes, and does she love shopping or sports? Now place this girl in the heart of Africa, a place where beauty is placed on what you can control. The Maasai tribe in Kenya focuses on how clean people are, and how stylish their piercings (穿孔) are. This tribe’s culture is to be a brave fighter, so they will cut their skin with patterns in it to show that they are strong. If you don’t look fierce, you are not beautiful.

Other countries like North Korea and South Korea have their own unique views on beauty. In an interview, a woman who has lived in both North and South Korea claims that beauty in North Korea is based more on your ability to be a good woman and wife. She says that women in North Korea are less concerned about fashion and beauty in the physical sense. She says they did have a time when big eyes were a big deal and everyone wanted to get double eyelid surgery. This is something extreme and could perhaps be influenced by Western culture. And the idea of getting surgery done to look more attractive is crazy.

1.What does the underlined word “vacillating” in Paragraph 1 probably mean?

A. Inconsistent. B. Reasonable. C. Unusual. D. Similar.

2.The Maasai tribe in Kenya is mentioned to show that in their eyes _______.

A. getting dirty is stylish

B. looking fierce is beautiful

C. strong people cut their skin

D. American girls love shopping

3.According to the woman interviewed, women in North Korea now_______.

A. care a lot about their appearance

B. put the beauty of eyes in the first place

C. pay great attention to their ability

D. are crazy about double eyelid surgery

4.What does the text mainly tell us?

A. Inner beauty is of great importance.

B. Ideas of beauty vary among culture groups.

C. Different ways are needed to admire true beauty.

D. Fashion magazines easily influence young people.

Years ago,my wife and I volunteered at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles,US,preparing meals for thousands of people.I got to talk with one of the guys in line,Albert.He said he liked my socks.“Want to see mine?”he asked,lifting his leg.He was barefoot.He said he had been meaning to buy a pair but he hadn’t got around to it.I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach.

The next day,after work,I stopped at Ross and filled up a cart with socks.I stuffed my trunk with them.That next morning,I set my alarm for 5 a.m.and drove over to Santa Monica’s Palisades Park,which is a common destination for homeless people.

I took one of the bags from my trunk.It was still darkout.I headed for a group of three men,standing around a tree,probably using it as a windbreaker.Two were asleep under heavy blankets,and the third was digging through his collection.As I walked toward him,he watched me,perhaps questioning my motives.“I thought you guys might need some fresh new socks,”I said,handing him a pair.He looked confused at first but took them and said,“Thank you.”I gave him two more pairs for his friends.

I moved on.An hour later,I had given out all the socks.Most people were sleeping,and I felt like Santa.I knew that when they woke up they would find a very meaningful present.

That was nine years ago.Every week I’ll hand out as many socks as I can.If I’m on vacation or on a business trip for more than a week,I bring a bag of socks with me and hand them out to the homeless on the streets in other states and countries.

It’s extremely satisfying to operate “under the radar” to help make some people’s lives a little bit easier.Part of me hopes to see Albert out there one of these days,but even if I don’t,I like to think one of the pairs will find him.

1.What caused the author to hand out socks to the homeless?

A. Albert’s desire to get free socks.

B. The approach of Christmas Day.

C. His hard work at a homeless shelter.

D. The conversation between him and Albert.

2.Which is true about the author according to the passage?

A. He believed it felt good to help the homeless.

B. He went to Ross to buy a pair of socks for Albert.

C. He handed out socks to the homeless as Christmas gifts.

D. He was often questioned about why he was giving out socks.

3.What could be the best title for the passage?

A. Santa Claus brings Christmas gifts

B. Kindness is rewarded with kindness

C. Every sock helps make somebody’s day

D. Socks are passed on from hand to hand

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded for a novel written by a writer from the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and it aims to represent the very best in contemporary fiction. The prize was originally called the Booker-McConnell Prize, which was the name of the company that sponsored it, though it was better-known as simply the ‘Booker Prize’. In 2002, the Man Group became the sponsor and they chose the new name, keeping ‘Booker’.

Publishers can submit books for consideration for the prize, but the judges can also ask for books to be submitted that they think should be included. Firstly, the Advisory Committee gives advice if there have been any changes to the rules for the prize and selects the people who will judge the books. The judging panel changes every year and usually a person is only a judge once.

Great efforts are made to ensure that the judging panel is balanced in terms of gender(性别) and professions within the industry, so that a writer, a critic, an editor and an academic are chosen along with a well-known person from wider society. However, when the panel of judges has been decided, they are left to make their own decisions. Meanwhile, the prize sponsor has no further right to take part in any more.

The Man Booker judges include critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent quality of the prize and its influence is such that the winner will almost certainly see the sales increase considerably, in addition to the£50,000 that comes with the prize.

1.Who can submit books to the prize?

A. Judges. B. Writers.

C. Readers. D. Sponsors.

2.Why is the prize named the Man Booker Prize?

A. Because the prize is given to writers from the Commonwealth.

B. Because the prize was known as simply the ‘Booker Prize’.

C. Because the prize is sponsored by the Man Group and they kept the name.

D. Because the prize is aimed to award the very best contemporary fiction.

3.Which task can be done by the Advisory Committee?

A. Changing the rules for the prize on their own.

B. Selecting the judging committee.

C. Making decisions on who is the winner.

D. Submitting books for consideration for the prize.

4.The consistent quality of the prizes is guaranteed by ________.

A. the prize money

B. the gender of the judges

C. the make-up of the panel of judges

D. the increase in sales of the winner

Choosing the right college for you is not so easy.You should have a general idea of what you want and don't want.The idea can guide you to find what fits your needs best.1.

Think about what major you want to study in college.If you know that,just look at colleges that have your major. 2.So think carefully about your major and interests before choosing one.

Where the college is located matters.Anyone who tells you the location isn't important is lying.3.If you look forward to working in the publishing industry,New York may be your best bet.If your parents want you to stay close to home,please don't consider anywhere that requires a plane ticket to get to.

Think about how much you can afford.Are your parents,paying for your education? If so,how much are they willing to spend?Do you have to contribute anything? Financial aid and scholarship exist,but don't count on anything. 4.These are all things to consider before you fall in love with a college.

Make sure you're going to spend time with the right people.The cool thing about college is that each different one attracts different kinds of people.For the first thing in your life,you get to choose where you get to spend your time and who you get to spend it with.5.Make sure that the people you're with for four years are your kind of people.

A.College is about learning what you love.

B.You'd better choose a major that is popular.

C.Go to the college with some people you like.

D.Are you willing to go into major debt over a school?

E.Remember,above all,it's the people that make the place.

F.If you don't like cold weather,stay away from northern schools.

G.These guidelines will help figure out what college you want to go to.

Grandma is ninety this Christmas.I remember once visiting her,crying when my big sister told me“There is no Santa Claus!”,because I knew she always told the ____.

“No Santa Claus?” she snorted(哼着说).“Ridiculous! Don’t ____ it.That rumor has been going around for years.Now,put on your coat,and let’s go.”

“Go?Go where,Grandma?” I asked.

“Where” ____ to be Kerby’s General Store.As we walked in,Grandma ____ me twenty dollars.“Take the money,” she said,“and buy something for someone who needs it.I’ll wait for you outdoors.”

I was only eight years old,and had never shopped for anything ____.For a few moments I just stood there,____,wondering what to buy,and ____ on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew:my family,friends,classmates...Suddenly I thought of Bobbie,a kid sitting behind me in the classroom.He didn’t have a ____; he never went out during the winter.I held the bill ____.I would buy Bobbie a coat.I saw a red one with a hat to it.It looked really ____.He would like that.

That ____,Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and write,“To Bobbie,From ____”on it.Then she drove me to Bobbie’s house.Grandma ____ down the street,and we hid in the bushes by his front walk.Then Grandma pushed me gently.“All right,Santa Claus,get going!” she ____.

I took a deep breath,____ for his front door,threw the ____ down,rang his doorbell and flew back.Together we waited ____ in the darkness for the front door to open.Finally it did,and there stood Bobbie.

Forty years haven’t ____ the thrill of those moments.That night,I realized those awful ____ about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said:they were ____.Santa was alive and well,and we were on his team.

1.A. story B. truth C. joke D. lie

2.A. believe B. ignore C. suspect D. admit

3.A. seemed B. supposed C. proved D. imagined

4.A. borrowed B. delivered C. threw D. handed

5.A. alone B. lonely C. special D. expensive

6.A. bored B. depressed C. frightened D. confused

7.A. when B. how C. who D. what

8.A. money B. coat C. friend D. hat

9.A. excitedly B. nervously C. anxiously D. thoughtfully

10.A. new B. warm C. cheap D. beautiful

11.A. morning B. weekend C. evening D. afternoon

12.A. Grandma B. classmates C. friends D. Santa Claus

13.A. parked B. slowed C. rode D. walked

14.A. shouted B. whispered C. complained D. ordered

15.A. searched B. dashed C. waited D. started

16.A. paper B. bill C. present D. bush

17.A. delightedly B. cheerfully C. willingly D. breathlessly

18.A. weakened B. strengthened C. reminded D. informed

19.A. secrets B. discussions C. rumors D. sayings

20.A. unusual B. incredible C. strange D. ridiculous

Auckland International Airport (AKL) Services

We are open for all international flights and provide high standards of for visitors to New Zealand. We offer information on a range of attractions, and we also offer a booking service for activities, accommodation and transport. Buses into the city centre are provided at a competitive price.

The second floor of the international terminal offers a view of the airfield and all incoming and outgoing flights. There is a café situated here as well as a restaurant, which is available for all airport visitors to use.

Passengers who require immediate medical attention should dial 9877 on any public telephone in the terminal. The chemist’s is located on the ground floor near the departure lounge, and sells a complete range of products.

Departing passengers can put their luggage or packages into recyclable plastic bags to protect them from damage. Luggage storage, charged at $10 per hour, is available on the first floor. Transit(过境)passengers have free access to storage service.

Every international passenger, with the exception of children under 12 years of age, is required to make a payment of $25 when leaving New Zealand. This can be arranged at the National Bank on the ground floor.

As Auckland International Airport has adopted the “quiet airport” concept, there are usually no announcements made over the public address system. Details of all arrivals and departures are displayed on the monitors located in the terminal halls and lounge areas.

The airport meets the needs of business travelers and has several rooms available for meetings or business gatherings. These are located next to the airport medical center on the first floor. For information and bookings please contact the Airport Business Manager on extension 5294.

1.What can airport visitors do at AKL?

A. Have a meal on the first floor.

B. Store their luggage free of charge.

C. Hold meetings near the departure lounge.

D. Go downtown by bus at a reasonable price.

2.How much should an American family(a couple with two babies)pay when they fly from New Zealand to the US?

A. $25.

B. $50.

C. $75.

D. $100.

3.What is the purpose of the text?

A. To introduce AKL’s services.

B. To comment on AKL’s services.

C. To report some news about AKL.

D. To discuss the advantage of AKL.

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