Alan Chang was a handsome young man with good manners. One morning he was walking along a street on his way to an appointment. He did not want to be early or late. He had forgotten to put on his watch so he went up to a man who was waiting for a taxi.“Excuse me, sir,” he said, very politely, “but could you tell me the time?”
The man, who was very well-dressed and looked quite rich, said nothing. He did not even look at Alan. Alan spoke to him again. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, “but could you please tell me what time it is?”
This time the man looked at him, but he did not speak and looked quickly away. Alan thought to himself: well, he can hear me; he must be just rude. So Alan asked again, “Why wouldn‘t you tell me the time, sir?”
The man turned towards him and said, “Put yourself in my shoes. I am standing here waiting for a taxi. You come up to me and ask me for the time. If I tell it to you, you will thank me. I will say ‘That’s all right.‘ You may then say ’It‘s a beautiful day,’ to which I may reply ‘Yes, I
like these sunny winter days.’ Before we know what is happening we have a friendly conversation. You are a pleasant, polite yo7ung man, so when my taxi comes, I offer you a ride. You accept. We talk. I like you. You like me. I invite you to my home. You meet my daughter. She is a very pretty girl. You are a good-looking man. You like each other. Soon you fall in love. You want to marry. Now do you understand my problem?”
Alan shook his head. “No, sir, I‘m sorry, I don’t. Everything you have said seems very natural to me.”
“Exactly,” the man said, “and I do not want my daughter to marry a man who is too poor to buy a watch. Good morning to you.” And with these words he hurried away.
21. Why did Alan ask the man what time it was?
A. He was too late. B. He was very early. C. He had left his watch home. D. He wanted to meet the man‘s daughter.
22. What did Alan think of the man when he would not tell him the time?
A. He was impolite. B. He was deaf. C. He was stupid. D. He spoke no English.
23. What did the man mean by the underlined part “Put yourself in my shoes”?
A. Don’t interrupt me. B. My shoes hurt me. C. Come and try my shoes. D. Try to understand me.
24. What kind of a man was Alan Change in the man‘s opinion?
A. thief. B. A poor man. C. A cheat. D. A rich man.
25. The story is mainly about ____________.
A. how rude a person can be B. how one thing leads to another C. where a person can’t tell the time D. why you shouldn‘t speak to strangers
What are the beauties of Hawaii? Let‘s start with four. The beach, famous for its water temperature, air temperature and waves, is the first beauty. There are hundreds of miles of beaches on the twenty islands of Hawaii. They are thought to be among the finest beaches in the world. Then, what do you think would be the second beautiful thing? It is volcanoes (火山), of course. These volcanoes are not just a part of the islands; they made the islands in the first place. Because of them the islands are still growing. What would be the third thing of beauty that the first visitor to Hawaii would notice? It probably wouldn’t be just one thing, but many things: all the wonderful fruits and flowers of the islands. Sugar cane, bananas and pineapples are Hawaii‘s biggest exports. Sugar cane has been growing in Hawaii for a thousand years. As for pineapples, the islands produce more than any other places in the world, which has made Dole Company the biggest fruit-packing company in the world. The fourth and most beautiful thing about Hawaii is the people who live there. The Hawaiians never rush, and perhaps this is because they care more for human life than they care for the machine. There is an old Hawaiian law that a man can go to sleep in the middle of the road if he wants to. What makes the people of Hawaii so beautiful is their feeling about people. There are 64 different combinations of races on the islands, and they all live in peace. They believe “Above all nations is humanity.” That is the most beautiful thing of all.
26. According to the passage, Hawaii is made up of ___________.
A. one island B. twenty islands C. sixty-four islands D. hundreds of islands
27. Why are the volcanoes so special to the islands?
A. They are not a part of the islands. B. They actually made the islands.
C. They are the first in the world. D. They are growing.
28. What has made Dole Company the biggest fruit-packing company in the world?
A. Sugar. B. Sugar cane. C. Bananas. D. Pineapples.
29. The people in Hawaii are the most beautiful thing because ___________.
A. they had a peaceful history B. they can sleep in the middle of the road
C. there are 64 different races on the islands D. they care more for people than anything else
30. According to the passage, “above all nations is humanity” might mean ___________.
A. not all nations have humanity B. humanity is as important as a nation
C. humanity has no national boundaries D. all human beings should live in peace
There is a measurable relation between how much a person learns and his attitude toward the subject to be learned. When faced with a difficult learning task, one path to success is to concentrate on the positive aspects of the subject matter. If a student has a boring teacher, one solution is to look for the positive aspects of completing the course, regardless of how boring the teacher happens to be. To accomplish this might require a private tutor or some independent reading, but with the right attitude, success is possible. Over-achievers – students who do better than their test scores show – usually have a positive interest toward learning. They may learn some things more slowly, and they may make more efforts, but, to compensate (抵偿), they are often better at applying what they have learned. As long as they do not have emotional problems, they are successful. Under-achievers – those who function below their ability shown by test scored – often tend to allow a few negative factors to affect them. Because of their negative attitudes, they sometimes become unfairly critical of teachers. They allow themselves to get bored when it is not necessary. In short, their attitudes often cause them to learn less than over-achievers. If you learn to replace a negative attitude toward learning with something more positive, you are on the road to achieving almost any goal you desire. For example, if you realize a personal computer with a word processor would improve your performance, but have an attitude that keeps telling you that a computer is difficult to operate, you tend to make all kinds of excuses. In short, you resist making full use of a terrific tool, simply because your negative attitude prevents you from learning.
31. What does the author think a student should do if he has a boring teacher?
A. Look for a new course. B. Be critical of the teacher.
C. Complete the course with a good score. D. Have a right attitude toward the teacher.
32. The writer thinks that over-achievers and under-achievers mainly differ in ___________.
A. their test scores B. their judgment of others
C. their attitudes toward learning D. their skills in using computers
33. The underlined phrase function below their ability shown by test scores means the under-achievers _____________.
A. often get low scores in tests B. do worse in actual learning than in tests
C. usually do better in tests than the over-achievers D. are always slow in learning and have to make more efforts
34. The example of the personal computer shows that ___________.
A. finding excuses helps in learning B. to react negatively can be harmful
C. hard-working is the key to success D. making use of the computer is important
35. What is the main idea of the passage?
A. Attitudes play an important role in learning. B. Students should learn how to use personal computers.
C. Teachers are not so important in the learning process. D. There are many differences between over-and under-achievers.
Vocabulary and Structure (20 points)
Directions: There are 40 incomplete sentences in this part. For each sentence there are 4 choices marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that best completes the sentence, mark your answer on the ANSWER SHEET.
36. This photo __________ me of the days when I worked on the farm many years ago.
A. reminds B. recalls C. retells D. remembers
37. I can‘t get online because my ___________ broke down.
A. camera B. watch C. computer D. recorder
38. Would you please __________ the TV a little? The children are doing their homework.
A. turn on B. turn off C. turn up D. turn down
39. Few houses in this district __________ the terrible earthquake and many people were killed.
A. lasted B. survived C. deserved D. passed
40. We tried to find a table for seven, but they were all ___________.
A. given away B. kept away C. taken up D. used up