A Race Against Death
It was a cold January in 1925 in Nome, Alaska. The town was cut off from the rest of the world due to heavy snow.
On the 20th of that month, Dr. Welch ______ a sick boy, Billy, and knew he had diphtheria, a deadly infectious(传染的) disease mainly affecting children. The children of Nome would be ______ if it struck the town. Dr. Welch needed medicine as soon as possible to stop other kids from getting sick. ______, the closest supply was over 1,000 miles away, in Anchorage.
How could the medicine get to Nome? The town’s ______ was already full of ice, so it couldn’t come by ship. Cars and horses couldn’t travel on the ______ roads. Jet airplanes and big trucks didn’t exist yet.
____ January 26, Billy and three other children had died. Twenty more were ______. Nome’s town officials came up with a(n) ______. They would have the medicine sent by ______ from Anchorage to Nenana. From there, dogsled(狗拉雪橇) drivers—known as “mushers”—would ______ it to Nome in a relay(接力).
The race began on January 27. The first musher, Shannon, picked up the medicine from the train at Nenana and rode all night. ______ he handed the medicine to the next musher, Shannon’s face was black from the extreme cold.
On January 31, a musher named Seppala had to ______ a frozen body of water called Norton Sound. It was the most ______ part of the journey. Norton Sound was covered with ice, which could sometimes break up without warning. If that happened, Seppala might fall into the icy water below. He would ______, and so would the sick children of Nome. But Seppala made it across.
A huge snowstorm hit on February 1. A musher named Kaasen had to brave this storm. At one point, huge piles of snow blocked his ______. He had to leave the trail (雪橇痕迹)to get around them. Conditions were so bad that it was impossible for him to ______ the trail again. The only hope was Balto, Kaasen’s lead dog. Balto put his nose to the ground, ______ to find the smell of other dogs that had traveled on the trail. If Balto failed, it would mean disaster for Nome. The minutes passed by. Suddenly, Balto began to _______. He had found the trail.
At 5:30 am on February 2, Kaasen and his dog ______ in Nome. Within minutes, Dr. Welch had the medicine. He quickly gave it to the sick children. All of them recovered.
Nome had been ______.
1.A. examined B. warned C. Interviewed D. cured
2.A. harmless B. helpless C. fearless D. careless
3.A. Moreover B. Therefore C. Otherwise D. However
4.A. airport B. station C. harbor D. border
5.A. narrow B. snowy C. busy D. dirty
6.A. From B. On C. By D. After
7.A. tired B. upset C. pale D. sick
8.A. plan B. excuse C. message D. topic
9.A. air B. rail C. sea D. road
10.A. carry B. return C. mail D. give
11.A. Though B. Since C. When D. If
12.A. enter B. move C. visit D. cross
13.A. shameful B. boring C. dangerous D. foolish
14.A. escape B. bleed C. swim D. die
15.A. memory B. exit C. way D. destination
16.A. find B. fix C. pass D. change
17.A. pretending B. trying C. asking D. learning
18.A. run B. leave C. bite D. play
19.A. gathered B. stayed C. camped D. arrived
20.A. controlled B. saved C. founded D. Developed
1.The big firms are competing ___________ (fierce) on price.
2.The books__________(write) by Mo Yan are popular with us.
3.It is also the most exciting city in New Zealand with people of many different cultures________(live) there.
4.Here ________(come) the bus.
5.I don’t want to add _____ your trouble.
6.The matter ________(relate) to people’s health surely requires dealing with carefully.
7.Sales director is a position ______ communication ability is just as important as sales skills.
8.She is talented _____ singing.
9.It’s hot today. Do you feel like ________ (go) for a while?
10.We all agree that the last one __________(come) will pay the bill.
11.It is reported that many a new house __________（build）at present in the disaster area.
12.The ___________(command) decided to make an air strike on the enemy's supply line.
13.I feel greatly honored __________________ (invite) to the party.
14.Finally he reached a lonely island ______ was completely cut off from the outside world.
15.You may rely on ______that the work will be finished ahead of time.
16.The children went home from the grammar school, their lessons __________ (finish) for the day.
17.Plays were often in competition with each other, and ______________ (prolong) clapping helped a play to win.
18.This was the first time my parents________(learn) about my disappointing behavior at school.
19.When the lava reached the sea, there was the possibility ____ a huge tidal wave.
20.There is every _________ (indicate) that the operation has been a success.
删除：把多余的词用斜线( \ )划掉。
1.Every room has a computer with a special screen, that is almost as big as a cinema screen.
2.He works very hard and has made a great progress in maths.
3.The story he told was so amused that we couldn’t help laughing in class.
4.The reason why Peter is so happy is because he passed the exam
5.I read books and listened my Chinese cassettes.
6.For many years, trained camels carried food and other supplies, returned with wool and other products.
7.I was enjoying the fantastic scenery while something unpleasant caught my eyes.
8.In the last twenty years, seven Canadian scientists won the Nobel Prize.
9.Then we lie down and bathed in the sun.
10.Don't eat so many sweets and you will have a toothache.
11.He’s been nervous today, wait for the results from the doctor.
12.She doesn’t go out with people who smoke in order to start smoking again.
13.It is difficult to breath and the dust makes me ill.
14.By the time we arrived at the stadium, the band has begun playing.
15.They were happened to meet each other at the concert.
16.He is great success as an actor and he has played many classical characters.
17.She went to a TV studio, which she sang a song from her new album.
18.Every possible means has tried so far.
19.Usually, it is the female characters interest us most.
20.There’s a saying in the travel trade that all tourists are ripping off.
Welcome to the Painting Competition for Woodlands Students
The International Anti-Drug（禁毒） Day this year is coming soon. In order to raise teenagers’ awareness （意识） to fight against drug taking, the City Art Council is going to hold a painting competition for the students in our city.
Students who want to take part in the competition can hand in their own 2D paintings in either of the following two ways:
★Each school will be provided with a box for students to put in their paintings. Boxes will be picked up by the City Art Council on Thursday, June 23rd，2016, before the end of the school day.
★Paintings can be also handed in on Friday, June 24th, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Woodlands Art Hall （175 Riverside Street）.
All paintings are required to be 60cm wide by 80cm long or smaller. Larger sizes will not be accepted. Each student can only hand in one painting.
The final decision on the competition results will be made on June 26th, the Anti-Drug Day. The name list of the winners will be made known on the website of the City Art Council on the same day. All winning paintings will be shown to the public at the City Youth Park from June 27th till the end of July.
Prizes：1st Prize（10 students）=＄300 Gift Card each
2nd Prize（20 students）=＄200 Gift Card each
3rd Prize（30 students）=＄100 Gift Card each
For further information：
Visit http：//www. WoodlandsArtCouncil. org or call 2569-8632.
1.Students in Woodlands can take part in _______ held by the City Art Council.
A. a pop music concert B. a singing competition
C. a name-signing activity D. a painting competition
2.The size of the paintings like _______ will NOT be accepted.
A. 40 cm wide by 60 cm long B. 50 cm wide by 70 cm long
C. 80 cm wide by 100 cm long D. 60 cm wide by 80 cm long
3.The public can enjoy the winning paintings _______.
A. at the City Youth Park B. at the City Art Council
C. at 175 Riverside Street D. at the Woodlands Art Hall
4.Which of the following is true according to the passage?
A. Students must put their paintings in the school box on June 24th.
B. Students can get more information about the competition in two ways.
C. Each student can take part in the competition with one 3D painting.
D. Each of the second prize winners in the competition will get 300 dollars.
Brian was a funny student. He loved watching comedies（喜剧） best and hoped to become a comedy actor one day.
When he heard about the talent show to be held at this school, Brian decided to take part in. He had never acted on stage before, and he was very excited. But some students laughed at him. “You are not funny but silly，” Ken, one of his classmates, said to his face. “No one will like what you do，” another boy also said to him, loudly.
Brian couldn’t understand why they were so unkind to him. For a moment, he thought about giving up the show. But he remembered how much his friends liked his jokes, and also his teachers said he was very funny. So he decided to prepare for the show.
Brian did a great job at the talent show. Everyone loved his performance, and he won the first prize! His teachers and friends were proud of him. Even so, Ken told Brian that he was not funny, and that he would never be successful. Brian didn’t understand why Ken said so, but he realized that it had nothing to do with him. He confidently continued to work towards his goal.
As the years went on, Brian met more people like Ken. “You’ll do a terrible job，” they said to him. Luckily, most people encouraged him and some helped him to become even funnier. He got a lot of opportunities to perform in movies. He was even invited to appear on television. His fans thanked him because his comedies made them feel good when they were unhappy.
Now Brian is a big comedy star! He is doing what he loves best. He never feels stressed like those unkind people, and he laughs all day long!
1.What did Brian love best when he was a student?
A. Going to school. B. Helping classmates.
C. Meeting new friends. D. Watching comedies.
2.Brian decided to prepare for the show because _______.
A. he was invited by a TV station
B. his friends liked his jokes
C. he wasn’t busy acting in movies
D. Ken was expecting his performance
3.After winning the first prize, Brian _______.
A. began to understand Ken B. became a teacher of acting
C. continued to work towards his goal D. encouraged others to join him
4.Brian’s fans thanked him because his comedies brought them _______.
A. happiness B. success
C. luck D. pride
The Chinese word "Shanzhai" means a small mountain village, but now it becomes an accepted name for fakes (假货), after "Shanzhai Cell-phones" produced by small workshops in southern China became popular in the mainland market over the past two years. Besides (除……之外，还有)"Shanzhai" electronic products, there are "Shanzhai" movies, "Shanzhai" stars and even a "Shanzhai" Spring Festival Gala, a copy of the 25-year-old traditional show presented by CCTV on Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve.
"Shanzhai" has become a culture of its own, meaning anything that imitates something famous. In Chongqing, "Shanzhai" version "Bird's Nest（鸟巢）" and "Water Cube（水立方）" woven by farmers with bamboo attract(吸引) wide attention from tourists. Both are copies of the famous Olympic buildings in Beijing.
A literature critic said that taking the "Shanzhai" Gala as an example, when the traditional CCTV program becomes less and less attractive to the audience, the "Shanzhai" version appears timely to attract people. "Although it is often connected with poor techniques and operation, 'Shanzhai' culture meets the psychological needs of common people and could be a comfort to their minds," he said.
To the mainstream（主流） culture, the rise of "Shanzhai" culture is a challenge and a motivation（推动）. People believe different kinds of cultures developing together is a perfect way and it is for the public to choose.
1.The Chinese word "Shanzhai" may have started with_______.
A. fake(假的) cell-phones B. electronic products
C. Spring Festival Gala D. Olympic buildings
2.According to the passage, "Shanzhai" culture means_______.
A. the action that a person imitates famous people
B. products with poor techniques and quality
C. anything that are copies of something famous
D. those similar names to famous brands
3.We can infer that the mainstream culture_______.
A. is held back by "Shanzhai" culture
B. is the challenge of"Shanzhai" culture
C. will be replaced by "Shanzhai" culture
D. may develop faster because of the challenge of "Shanzhai" culture
4.The underlined word "imitates" is closest in meaning to_______.
A. 偷窃 B. 仿造
C. 做广告 D. 欺骗
Do you love Beats headphones, True Religion jeans, and UGG shoes? These are some of the most popular brands (牌子) around. They are also expensive. But some experts say they are not much better than cheaper brands.
For example, Jim Wilcox works for Consumer Reports. He tested all kinds of headphones. He says that $80 Koss Pro headphones provide basically the same quality (质量) and comfort as Beats. So why do people pay twice or even 10 times as much for the hottest brands?
Experts say it’s because fashionable, expensive brands send a message. Brands say “I belong” or “I can afford it.”
Some people think that expensive brand names are worth the price. They say that some designer clothes really are top quality and that they last longer than cheaper brands. Some teenagers choose to wear popular brands because these brands make them feel good about themselves.
Alexandra Allam, 17, likes to buy brand-name products. “I’d rather spend the extra money to get something I know I’ll be satisfied with,” she says. Her friend Emmy Swan agrees, saying “As long as you can afford it, it seems reasonable to buy what you want.” But not all teenagers agree. “Spending hundreds of dollars for designer sunglasses is stupid and unreasonable,” says Daniel Steinbrecher, 16. “It’s fake (假的) happiness.”
People who are against wearing expensive brand names say that many designer brands aren’t any better. “It’s wasteful to buy things just because they are popular,” says Edmund Williams, 15. “You’ll feel better if you buy things because you like them. If you have extra money to spend, it would be better to give it to people in need.”
1.Who have the same opinion on expensive brands?
A. Alexandra & Daniel. B. Emmy & Edmund.
C. Daniel & Emmy. D. Emmy & Alexandra.
2.What does Edmund think of expensive brands?
A. They make him feel confident.
B. They are not worth the price.
C. They need to improve their quality.
D. They pay too much attention to personal likes.
3.The text is mainly about _____.
A. how to buy things reasonably
B. the competition between brands
C. whether expensive brands are worth high prices
D. the different values of teenagers
Ways to make a great first impression
You’ve heard it a million times already, but it really does take but a few seconds to make that all-important first impression (印象). Here are some easy ways for you to impress your classmates or teachers.
Before you shake hands with somebody, make sure that your hands are clean. The handshake should not be too strong or weak. Most people use their right hands, unless they have a reason to use the left. 2.
● Be on time
When meeting someone for the first time, arriving on time is as important as breathing. You may have an excuse, but that will leave the person who hardly knows you with a bad impression. 3. It’s better to be hanging around the place than be stuck in traffic.
● Introduce yourself and ask for names
Make sure you properly introduce yourself. Ask for their name in a polite way. 4. This will increase the chances of their remembering your name in the future. Always remember to stand up when greeting someone and be sure to introduce them to anyone you’re with.
● Make good conversation
To get the most out of your discussion, try to find something common between the two of you. 5. A person will feel more comfortable with someone they can relate to (产生共鸣).
A. You’ll be in serious trouble if you leave them with a bad impression.
B. However, don’t have your left hand in your pocket because this appears impolite.
C. Use body language
D. Have a proper handshake
E. Repeat the name and use it later in conversation.
F. As a general rule, plan to arrive about 30 minutes early.
G. It could be a similar taste in clothes or a common hobby.
The wagon train (马车队) had been traveling for weeks now. Emily was getting tired — tired of not having a comfortable bed to sleep in or a ______ home. She was also ______ because there was never anything fun for a girl her age to do. Mama promised it wouldn’t be too much longer, ______ the trip seemed to take forever.
Then, one day, a rabbit caught Emily’s eye. Maybe she could ______ it, and then she’d have a pet! Emily ran after the rabbit into the woods behind the wagons, but it ______. Emily looked for it, and at last she ______. She turned to go back, but ______ looked familiar (熟悉的). She started in one direction, but it was the wrong ______. Emily tried another direction, but soon found that that was ______, too.
Emily was ______. What if she couldn’t ______ the wagons? What if they didn’t realize she was ______ and just kept moving farther and farther away from her? What if some dangerous animal attacked her?
Emily sat on the ground and started to cry ... but wait ... did she hear ______? She stood up and ran toward them. As she got ______, she recognized Mama’s voice and the voices of some of the men from the ______. Then she could see them. Emily ran as ______ as she could, right into Mama’s ______ arms.
Mama carried Emily back to their wagon and put her to bed. Emily was ______ that she was home. ______ was wherever Mama was. She’d never ______ about being bored again.
1.A. real B. new C. big D. special
2.A. afraid B. bored C. lazy D. nervous
3.A. and B. so C. or D. but
4.A. dress B. kill C. catch D. buy
5.A. waited B. arrived C. disappeared D. stopped
6.A. gave up B. calmed down C. set off D. came in
7.A. nothing B. everything C. something D. anything
8.A. gate B. answer C. plan D. way
9.A. dangerous B. strange C. wrong D. impolite
10.A. excited B. frightened C. moved D. surprised
11.A. afford B. remember C. find D. mend
12.A. asleep B. busy C. missing D. tired
13.A. shouts B. songs C. cheers D. noises
14.A. farther B. away C. inside D. closer
15.A. train B. forest C. station D. zoo
16.A. safely B. easily C. slowly D. quickly
17.A. welcoming B. falling C. crossed D. broken
18.A. sad B. glad C. angry D. proud
19.A. Promise B. Trip C. Love D. Home
20.A. complain B. hear C. care D. know
One day Mary was busy working in her office in London 1. she received an E-mail from her friend Joan. In Joan’s e-mail, she persuaded Mary 2.( look) for a flat in London for her. As she had 3. (little) money at her command than before, the flat had to be cheap, but it had to be modern, with elevators and gas lines. It had to be in the 4. (east) part of London, with petrol and subway stations nearby. Though Mary found it difficult to find such a flat, she still went 5.(care) from one block(街区) to another, looking for a flat 6.would meet（满足） Joan’s requirements. Having tried too many times, Mary met her boss and politely asked him 7.advice. It was the first time that she 8. (talk) with his boss about her personal problems. It happened that the boss just had such a flat for rent, so they quickly reached 9.agreement(协议). But to her surprise, when she e-mailed Joan, telling her the good news, Joan said that she had changed 10.(she) mind—she was not returning to London.