I used to think of myself as a fairly open person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and the Australian and South African book, my literature collection consisted of British and American titles. Worse still, I hardly ever read anything in translation. My reading was limited to stories by English-speaking authors.
So, at the start of 2012, I set myself the challenge of trying to read a book from every country in a year to find out what I was missing. As I was unlikely to find publications from nearly 200 nations on the shelves of my local bookshop, I decided to ask the planet’s readers for help. I created a blog called A Year of Reading the World
and put out an appeal for suggestions of titles that I could read in English.
The response was amazing. Before I knew it, people all over the planet were getting in touch with ideas and offers of help. Some posted me books from their home countries. Others did hours of research on my behalf. In addition, several writers sent me unpublished translations of their novels, giving me a rare opportunity to read works otherwise unavailable to the 62% of the British who only speak English. Even so, selecting books was no easy task. With translations making up only around 4.5 percent of literary works published in the UK and Ireland, getting English versions of stories was difficult.
But the effort was worth it. I found I was visiting the mental space of the storytellers. These stories not only opened my mind to the real life in other places, but opened my heart to the way people there might feel.
And that in turn changed my thinking. Through reading the stories shared with me by bookish strangers around the globe, I realized I was not alone, but part of a network that spread all over the planet. (325 words)
1. Which of the following might be found on the blog A Year of Reading the World
A. Unfinished novels by British writers. B. Research on English literature.
C. Lists of English version books. D. Comments on English literature.
2. Why was it hard for the author to select the right books to read?
A. The author could only read books written in English.
B. The author was only interested in a few topics.
C. The author had a busy schedule.
D. Most books recommended are not available in local bookshops.
3. The author is probably from _________.
A. America B. Canada C. Australia D. the UK
4. Which of the following words can best describe the author’s experience?
A. fast and effortless B. challenging but rewarding
C. hopeless but beneficial D. meaningful but fruitless
My oldest child, Emma, just returned to campus after a long holiday break to finish up her last period of college. These days, friends and family have begun flooding me with one question: What is she going to do after graduation?
The job market is, after all, awfully tough. Just this month the Federal Reserve Bank published a study showing that “recent graduates are increasingly working in low-paid jobs or working part-time.” The bright spot, according to the study, is for students who majored in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — areas in which recent graduates “have tended to do relatively well”.
But Emma is a student of the humanities at a small college. She’s an American Studies major with a focus on the politics and culture of food. For quite a while, I think her field of study is so fashionable right now that I’m not the least bit worried she will find a good job. Yet the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve decided to be honest. “I’m not sure what Emma is going to do,” I now say. “But she’s gotten a great education and has really found her interest，— and I know those things will serve her well over the course of her life.”
Nowadays, more and more universities and colleges are being measured by the salaries of their recent graduates. In this climate, encouraging your kid to study the humanities, seems, at best, unwise or, at worst, unconcerned with earning a living. But a college is not a vocational school. And promoting STEM subjects should not be society’s only answer to helping the next generation grow in a competitive world.
From the beginning, we never urged Emma to pick a college or a major with an eye on its expected return on money, as more and more families are doing. To Emma, what really matters will be something that we may not be able to measure for quite a long time: Emma’s contribution to the world and how happy she is in it. (348 words)
5. The author’s friends and family _________.
A. are concerned about Emma’s future B. have been worrying about the flood
C. are worried about Emma’s safety D. are worried about the job market
6. What can we learn from Paragraph 2 ?
A. The number of the graduates is increasing.
B. STEM graduates can be better employees.
C. STEM graduates are in relatively greater demand.
D. More and more graduates like to do a part-time job.
7. Why did Emma choose a major in the humanities?
A. Because she is interested in it. B. Because her mother told her to.
C. Because it is increasingly popular. D. Because she wants further education.
8. According to the author, what matters most in choosing a major is that _________.
A. it should be among the STEM B. it should bring achievements and happiness
C. it should allow a good job and a high salary D. it should be fashionable and interesting
Recently a study, led by Pedro Hallal of the Federal University, suggests that nearly a third of adults, 31%, are not getting enough exercise. That rates of exercise have declined is hardly a new discovery. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, technology and economic growth have helped to create a world in which taking exercise is more and more an option rather than a necessity. But only recently have enough good data been collected from enough places to carry out the sort of analysis Dr Hallal and his colleagues have engaged in.
There are common themes in different places. Unsurprisingly, people in rich countries are less active than those in poor ones, and old people are less active than young ones. Less obviously, women tend to exercise less than men—34% are inactive, compared with 28% of men. But there are exceptions. The women of Croatia, Finland, Iraq and Luxembourg, for example, move more than their male countrymen.
Malta wins the race for most slothful
country, with 72% of adults getting too little exercise, and Swaziland and Saudi Arabia are in close behind, with 69%. In Bangladesh, just 5% of adults fail to exercise enough. Surprisingly, six Americans in ten are active enough according to Dr Hallal’s study, compared with fewer than four in ten British.
These high rates of inactivity are worrying. Human beings seem to have evolved to benefit from exercise while deliberately avoiding it whenever they can. In a state of nature it would be impossible to live a life that did not provide enough of it. But that is no longer the case. Actually lack of enough activity these days has nearly the same effect on life span as smoking. (291 words)
9. We may learn from Paragraph 1 that _________.
A. the decline of exercise rates is newly discovered
B. the study suggests 31% of female adults get too little exercise
C. the industrial revolution has changed the way people live to some degree
D. the good enough data has been collected from only one country
10. According to the study, women of Luxembourg _________.
A. have little time to exercise B. hate to get regular exercise
C. take more exercise to lose weight D. exercise more than men in their country
11. The underlined word “slothful” in Paragraph 3 most probably means _________.
A. lazy B. rich C. powerful D. unpopular
12. What can be the best title for the text?
A. Benefits of Taking Exercise B. New Health Discovery
C. Evolvement of Human Beings D. Worldwide Lack of Enough Exercise
Welcome to Arundel Castle which is situated in West Sussex, England. The castle has a history of nearly 1,000 years and has welcomed visitors traveling from all over the world. Arundel Castle also plays a starring role in many films.
The White Garden is planted with soft white Iceberg Roses, and Snow White Lilies.
The Rose Garden is newly planted with lovely old-fashioned English roses that are at their very best in June and July.
The Organic Kitchen Garden produces a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, pears, cherries and apples.
The Castle Shop
In the Castle Shop, you will discover a wide and interesting range of gift ideas for everyone. It offers gifts and souvenirs designed to appeal to all tastes and pockets. Foods, china, books, and stationery are all available. Many are sold in this Castle Shop only.
At Arundel Castle we pride ourselves on supporting local suppliers and actively encourage environmentally friendly products.
The Arundel Festival 2014
Saturday 16th to Monday 25th August
The annual Arundel Festival gets bigger and better every year. It is one of the most amazing, diverse and easily accessible arts festivals in the UK, offering a mix of visual arts, music, theatre and street entertainment.
Coaches and mini-buses can drop off at the main Castle entrance in Mill Road and park in the main town car park that is opposite the Castle entrance. Please inform us when making your booking of how many parking permits are required. (252 words)
13. When visiting the castle, you can _________.
A. get old-fashioned English roses as gifts
B. see how the local gifts are being made
C. get seasonal fruit and vegetables for free
D. buy eco-friendly products in the Castle Shop
14. How long does the Arundel Festival last this year?
A.16 days B. One week C.10 days D. One month
15. Where can you park the coach?
A. In Mill Road B. Inside the Castle
C. In the main town car park D. At the main Castle entrance
Although problems are a part of our lives, it certainly doesn’t mean that we let them rule our lives forever. One day or another, you'll have to stand up and say, “problems, I don’t want you in my life.”
__ Problems with friends, parents, girlfriends, husbands, and children—the list goes on. Apart from these, the inner conflicts within ourselves work, too. These keep adding to our problems. Problems come in different shapes and colors and feelings.
But good news is that all problems can be dealt with. Now read on to know how to solve your problems. Talk, it really helps. What most of us think is that our problem can be understood only by us and that no talking is going to help. __17
__ Talking helps you move on and let go.
Write your problems. __18
__ When you write down your problems, you are setting free all the tension from your system. You can try throwing away the paper on which you wrote your problems. By doing this, imagine yourself throwing away the problems from your life.
Don’t lose faith and hope. No matter what you lose in life, don’t lose faith and hope. Even if you lose all your money, family... you should still have faith. __19
Your problems aren’t the worst. No matter what problem you get in life, there’re another one million people whose problems are huger than yours. __20
__ Your problems might just seem big and worse, but in reality they can be removed.
Go about and solve your problems because every problem, however big or small, always has a way out.
A. When we have a problem, a pressing, critical, urgent, life－threatening problem, how do we try and solve it?
B. Of course, we’ve been fighting troubles ever since we were born.
C. Having a personal diary can also be of huge help if you don’t want a real person to talk with.
D. We can often overcome the problem and achieve the goal by making a direct attack.
E. But the truth is that when you talk about it, you’re setting free the negative energies that have been gathering within you.
F. Tell yourself: when they can deal with them, why can’t I?
G. With faith and hope, you can rebuild everything that you lose.
People say one man’s trash is another man's treasure. That 21
comes to me as I 22
the house purchased in 1962 by my parents. My mother passed away in 1996. My father left the house 23
my sister and me when he died a few months ago.
After Dad was 24
, we looked around the 25
house where we grew up and that Dad loved so much. At first we felt so 26
all the stuff（东西）left. Like so many of their generation,
my parents 27
everything. And like many in my generation, we faced anxious 28
about what to abandon and what to keep.
As we started throwing out old phone books and every medical bill from every 29
my parents ever saw, I also 30
many hidden treasures. Mom's pocketbook was in their bedroom closet, which had everything in it, 31
her hairbrush with hair, as if she were still here. And Dad, who was a World War II veteran（退伍兵）and a world traveler, 32
everything—from little spoons from all over the world to every letter he wrote to his parents while in the 33
. The letters he wrote during the war 34
his thoughts as a young man. Later, in the basement, I 35
our old kitchen table, which brought back 36
of my parents and sister and me having breakfast together.
I’m realizing all these things 37
my parents’ life journey. Each time I go to 38
, I find something that reminded me of my childhood or teaches me something about my parents I 39
, from the shabby furniture to all the hidden treasures, means more to me than all the money in the world.
21. A. thought B. goal C. principle D. coincidence
22. A. looked for B. looked through C. looked into D. looked after
23. A. with B. for C. to D. by
24. A. retired B. ill C. gone D. injured
25. A. clean B. strange C. modern D. empty
26. A. pleased with B. familiar with C. disappointed at D. astonished at
27. A. saved B. enjoyed C. purchased D. designed
28. A. decisions B. bargains C. challenges D. responsibilities
29. A. person B. neighbor C. doctor D. child
30. A. bought B. discovered C. buried D. lost
31. A. even B. just C. only D. yet
32. A. liked B. bought C. kept D. lost
33. A. countryside B. army C. college D. school
34. A. receive B. direct C. sense D. describe
35. A. repaired B. cleaned C. spotted D. set
36. A. introductions B. memories C. descriptions D. communications
37. A. recognized B. represented C. instructed D. confirmed
38. A. the supermarket B. church C. my office D. the house
39. A. merely B. always C. really D. never
40. A. Anything B. Nothing C. Everything D. Something
Simon: Linda, do you know when the visitors from China are coming?
Linda: We offer them three 41________ (choose): the end of March, the middle of April and the beginning of May, and they chose the earliest 42________,which is good actually with exams 43________ (come)up in May.
Simon: Right. And how many are coming? Did you say about 8?
Linda: Yes, they said 8 at first, but 44________ ( change) to 6 this morning.
Simon: Good, we have 5 weeks to prepare. Here are my suggestions. On the first day, a
welcome party, then they can visit 45________schools in the district on the second and
Linda: We’ve got to remember this group wants to look at how the Internet 46________
(use) in the classroom. That’s 47________ they are coming for.
Simon: Exactly, 48________I want to ask Mr. Tod to give them a talk on this on the afternoon of the third day.
Linda: That will fit in very 49________ (nice).
Simon: And on the last day, they would do some sightseeing. We could take them on the
tour of London, but many of them 50________ have been there already, and Scotland will be too far away.
Linda: Why not take them for a walk along the coast? It should be interesting.
Simon: Good idea! Linda. I’m sure they’ll like it.
第三部分 写作（共两节， 满分35分）
How is everything going recently? That has been a long time since we meet in China last time. Having passed the finally exams, I am busy planning a two-weeks trip to the US during this winter holiday. Do you have some suggestions about the choice of America cities? I prefer to big and modern cities. I guess I’d better book a hotel. What is the price for single boy like myself? Is it easy to find Chinese food? What is the traffic like after I travel between cities in the US? Hope to hearing from you. Thank you!
I am writing to ask whether you are able to do me a favor.
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21-25 ABCCD 26-30 DAACB 31-35 ACBDC 36-40 BBDDC
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One possible version:
I’m writing to ask whether you are able to do me a favor.
I want to have a pen friend, hopefully a girl in her early twenties, and with interests similar to mine. In my mind, she is someone who is interested in traveling, swimming, and playing table tennis. Besides, it would be better for her to have a pet dog as I have kept one at home for some time. With such a pen friend, I think I can share with her our traveling experiences, taking care of pets, or whatever we have in common. And I believe I will improve my English by doing so and learn more about her country.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours, Li Hua