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江苏省盐城市2018_2019学年高二英语下学期期末考试试题

2018/2019学年度第二学期高二年级期终考试

英语试题

第一部分听力(共两节,满分20分)

做题时,先将答案标在试卷上。录音内容结束后,你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答案转涂到答题卡上。

第一节(共5小题;每小题1分,满分5分)

听下面5段对话。每段对话后有一个小题,从题中所给的A、B、C三个选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后,你都有10秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。

1. What is Nick doing?

A. Painting a picture.

B. Playing with a cat.

C. Buying a hat.

2. How much does the headphone cost?

A. $30.

B. $20.

C. $14.

3. How will the weather be this weekend?

A. Sunny.

B. Snowy.

C. Stormy.

4. Why does the man decide to go to the party?

A. To meet Italian people.

B. To learn the Italian language.

C. To have Italian food.

5. What are the speakers talking about?

A. A hard project.

B. A new worker.

C. The woman’s colleague.

第二节(共15小题;每小题1分,满分15分)

听下面5段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题,从题中所给的A、B、C三个选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前,你将有时间阅读各个小题,每小题5秒钟;听完后,各小题将给出5秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。

听第6段材料,回答第6、7题。

6. Why does the man make the call?

A. To cancel an order.

B. To make an order.

C. To change an order.

7. When will the class begin?

A. Next Wednesday.

B. Next Thursday.

C. Next Friday. 听第7段材料,回答第8、9题。

8. Why didn’t Greg come along?

A. He was sick.

B. He was cooking.

C. He was working.

9. What will the man do next?

A. Call Polly up.

B. Prepare a meal.

C. Put the kids to bed.

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听第8段材料,回答第10至12题。

10. What does the woman prefer to do?

A. Go shopping.

B. Read books.

C. Do water sports.

11. Who does the man usually spend holidays with?

A. His friends.

B. His brother.

C. His parents.

12. What do the speakers think is boring?

A. Staying at home.

B. Going far away.

C. Living in the countryside.

听第9段材料,回答第13至16题。

13. Why does the man feel tired?

A. He couldn’t fall asleep last night.

B. He had to work overtime last night.

C. He stayed up watching TV last night.

14. What does the woman think of the reality TV show now?

A. It is meaningless.

B. It attracts her a lot.

C. It seems strange.

15. Why do people want to be in the show according to the woman?

A. To earn money.

B. To become famous.

C. To experience a different life.

16. What do we know about the speakers?

A. They admire people with real talent.

B. They don’t like the reality TV show.

C. They have different opinions on fame.

听第10段材料,回答第17至20题。

17. Where did Carrey put on his first live performance?

A. In Toronto.

B. In New York.

C. In Los Angeles.

18. When did Carrey begin to star in an American TV show?

A. In 1977.

B. In 1981.

C. In 1990.

19. Why was Carrey’s character in the American T V show dropped?

A. He was too young.

B. He always played with fire.

C. He couldn’t make the audience laugh.

20. What was Carrey’s first important film?

A. The Mask.

B. Batman Forever.

C. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

第二部分英语知识运用(共两节,满分35分)

第一节单项填空(共15小题;每小题1分,满分15分)

请认真阅读下面各题,从题中所给的A、B、C、D四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。

21.Running a marathon in Yancheng is a fantastic experience, _______ will be fresh in

your memory for ever.

A. one

B. it

C. the one

D. one that

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22.Justice has long arms. Whoever _______ breaks the law, or encourages others to do so,

must expect to face justice.

A. swiftly

B. deliberately

C. gradually

D. properly

23.Sadly, the child star became one of one-hit wonders that _______ occasionally, only

to disappear without signs.

A. spring up

B. hang up

C. stay up

D. end up

24. E-commerce companies are helping small businesses in financial trouble obtain loans

that they otherwise _______ to raise.

A. must struggle

B. can have struggled

C. could struggle

D. would have struggled

25. Chances created by the Belt and Road Initiative belong to the world, _______ a promising

future shared by mankind.

A. ensured

B. ensuring

C. to ensure

D. having ensured

26.To keep their innovation _______ the times, Internet-based companies are sparing no

efforts in digging into more core technologies.

A. in tune with

B. in touch with

C. in exchange for

D. in reward for

27.Allowing changes in the way of marriage and family life, in some seniors’ view, is

a significant _______ from tradition.

A. departure

B. protection

C. relief

D.adaptation

28.With the availability of modern media, conversation _______ the face-to-face exchange

of thoughts exists is disappearing.

A. when

B. which

C. in which

D. from which

29._______ great works of literature, in whatever form, can encourage creativity.

A. Exposing to

B. Having exposed to

C. Exposed to

D. Being exposed to

30.Many graduates, fresh out of university, often fail to find their ideal jobs where

_______ work experience is usually required.

A. relevant

B. rough

C. severe

D. scientific

31.—You look slimmer, Emma! On diet?

—No, sports count more. I _______ for an hour every day since last year.

A. jog

B. jogged

C. have jogged

D. have been jogging

32. It is what you think about not what you have or what you are doing ______ makes

you happy or unhappy.

A. what

B. that

C. whether

D. when

33.—I’m kind of hungry, Mum!

—But I am occupied now, dear. Turn to Ele.me and order _______ you desire.

A. whichever

B. whatever

C. no matter which

D. no matter what

34.Determined to be yourself, move forward, and free of shame, you will surely succeed

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_______ you once failed.

A. where

B. until

C. unless

D. when

35. —Late again this morning, and everything is in a complete mess!

—Be _______. Even a few minutes will give your day a head start.

A. a cold fish

B. a lucky dog

C. an early bird

D. a dark horse

第二节完形填空(共20小题;每小题1分,满分20分)

请认真阅读下面短文,从短文后各题所给的A、B、C、D四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题

卡上将该项涂黑。

When Bill Geske was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, his life was turned upside down.

After being 36 to the emergency room with severe stomach pain, doctors found a tumor in his left kidney and 37 spots on his lungs. For treatment, Geske had the kidney removed and at the time the spots were 38 . However, a few months later, he learned from doctors that the cancer had indeed 39 .

The situation wasn’t good, and doctors estimated his 40 to be no more than two years. 41 the emotional and physical pains, his personal and family life suffered.

“We have a family business. We have two children who were thrown into the middle of this chaos 42 , and they’ve had to grow up very fast and handle the busine ss, which they knew 43 about.” he said.

But 44 all the chaos, there has been one constant: his wife Diane.

Whether it was accompanying him to every doctor’s 45 or cooking his favorite meal, Diane always made sure her husband knew he had her full 46 .

“I really see what love is. My wife 47 so much suffering. I’m so 48 to have her fight with me and not against me.” Geske said.

The Geskes 49 that their road has been far from easy—they call it “cruel” in fact—and sometimes they 50 to the stresses of the illness.

But Diane has 51 to learn how to cope with the more difficult times. “If he’s

in a mood or having a 52 day, I just leave him alone for a while’’ she said. She also said making time to focus on herself and a life outside of their relationship help keep their 53 strong.

While too many couples grow 54 when one of the partners suffers from a serious illness like cancer, the Geskes grow together. The people that are there for you on your 55 nights are the ones worth spending your brightest days with.

36.A. limited B. rushed C. followed D. invited

37.A. similar B. common C. unusual D. soft

38.A. recognized B. rejected C. distributed D. dismissed

39.A. spread B. arisen C. declined D. disappeared

40.A. interval B. survival C. tolerance D.

reservation

41.A. Free from B. Apart from C. Other than D. Rather than

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5 42. A. intentionally

B. temporarily

C. unexpectedly

D. willingly 43. A. anything

B. nothing

C. something

D. everything 44. A. through

B. beneath

C. toward s

D. beside 45. A. amusement

B. adjustment

C. arrangement

D. appointment 46. A. support

B. anxiety

C. envy

D. complaint 47. A. bears

B. escapes

C. sacrifices

D. possesses 48. A. regretful

B. lucky

C. desperate

D. determined 49. A. deny B. predict

C. advocate

D. admit 50. A. look up

B. give in

C. come over

D. hold on 51. A. failed

B. offered

C. grown

D. intended 52. A. successful B. normal

C. special

D. terrible 53. A. bond B. mind

C. demand

D. position 54. A. firm

B. apart

C. united

D. together 55. A. coldest B. loneliest C. darkest

D. longest 第三部分 阅读理解(共15小题;每小题2分,满分30分)

请认真阅读下列短文,从短文后各题所给的A 、B 、C 、D 四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。

A

“Let Them Eat Cake!”

This month’s issue of AQUILA Children’s Magazine

江苏省盐城市2018_2019学年高二英语下学期期末考试试题

江苏省盐城市2018_2019学年高二英语下学期期末考试试题

56. How would Philosopher Epicurus think about sugar obsession?

A. It should cause negative effects and be totally banned.

B. We should follow desires to seek out peace and avoid pain.

C. It should be replaced by healthy diets with fresh ingredients.

D. We should be cautious about it despite pleasure it brings about.

57. Who are the possible target audience of AQUILA?

A. Parents as well as kids aged 8-10.

B. Pupils with curiosity about knowledge.

C. Kids trapped in sugar obsession.

D. Self-motivated learners with big ideas.

B

Car registration plates (车牌) are just a series of numbers and letters, right? Well, yes… but not for everyone.

Amazingly, number plates existed before cars. The city of Victoria in Canada gave horse-drawn carriages number plates as early as 1884. And France was the first country to introduce plates in 1893. Early number plates were different shapes and sizes, and made of lots of different materials. In fact, it was not until 1957 that car manufacturers and governments agreed on standardized plates, and even today there are three different sizes.

The first car registration number in the UK was A1. This was sold to Earl Russell by the London County Council in 1903. The letter “A” showed the number was from London, while the number “1” showed it was the first number issued. However, since then, the system has changed many times. At the moment, number plates in the UK consist of letters and numbers. Let’s look at the registration number plate “LK51 FTN”. First of all, “LK” shows which registration office has issued the registration number (in this case, it’s London Stanmore). The numbers 51 show the age of the car (51 means the car was licensed in the second half of 2001). And the last three letters are random.

Different EU countries use different arrangements of numbers and letters. For example, Spain uses four numbers and three letters, while Sweden uses three numbers and three letters, and Norway and Denmark use two letters and five digits. The system has changed many times because the letter-number combinations keep running out. UK number plates don’t have to include the European Union symbol although most EU countries use the symbol.

Some number plates have become extremely valuable, particularly those that spell out words. Basically, numbers on the plates can be used to represent words or parts of words. For example, “8” can mean “ate”; “4” can be “four” or “for”; and “2” can symbolize “to”, “two” or “too”. For example, “NVERLA8” means “Never late”.

Plates that represent words or phrases are commonly known as “vanity plates”. And they can be extremely expensive. Russian businessman Roman Abramovich is supposed to have paid over £250,000 for the plate “VIP 1”. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has bought the plate “LEW 1S” and the most expensive number plate ever was “M1” which an anonymous buyer has acquired for £331,000.

S o, what’s your number plate? It might be worth a fortune.

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58. What can we learn from the development of car plates?

A. Canada, France and UK have invented three different plate sizes.

B. In terms of giving car plates, Canada acted much earlier than France.

C. UK has always been consistent in its system for car registration numbers.

D. Car producers and governments cooperated to form standards for plates.

59. Why have EU countries had to change their systems of arranging numbers and letters?

A. No such agreement has been reached among different EU countries.

B. Much confusion has arisen from different digits adopted by EU countries.

C. Old letter-number arrangements were not adequate for increasing needs.

D. The British design of number plates differs from that of most EU countries.

60. “LEW 1S” has fetched a high priced mainly because __________.

A. it can be read out just the way of its master’s name

B. Lewis Hamilton believes that it can bring luck to him

C. the public consider it as a symbol of higher social classes

D. it has a long history and is different from current EU plates

C

Psychological stress is likely to surface during a human mission to Mars. Prof Jeff Johnson thinks an on-board “comedian” could keep spiri ts up during the long journey. He is drawing on his research on the differing teambuilding approaches of competing polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to prove his point. Amundsen’s team made it to the South Pole and back while Scott’s d ied on the return journey.

Well, Roald Amundsen actually put people through tests before they set off to make sure that they would take orders and, in particular, whether they would challenge any of them. Amundsen would set up situations where there would be an ambiguous context to see what their responses would be, and if somebody questioned him, they were out. However, if you read Amundsen’s diary, he writes that Lindstr?m, the cook, was basically the most important person on the expedition.

Lindstr?m was the comedian. He didn’t actually go to the South Pole, but you’ve got to remember that the walking expedition was a small component of the overall time that they were on the ice. They were there for well over a year, waiting to walk to the Pole. They ha d to wait during the winter and it’s a very tense time when people are idle (懒散的). Lindstr?m played an essential role in keeping the peace in the group when there were tense moments, and he would do something funny to get everybody to laugh, which would break the tension.

There are individuals who have these certain natural abilities that you want to be able to recognize and include when you’re putting together groups that are going to be isolated, such as those going into space. There are a number of diffe rent roles that we’ve discovered are important, but one of them is somebody who has humour. That’s clearly important. So, you’d want to have somebody like Lindstr?m, somebody who is not only good at what they have to do (he was a very good cook) but who al so has another skillset beyond what’s in the job description.

We can put people together thinking that they’re going to work together in a certain way, but over the course of time a crisis is bound to happen. There are the kinds of things that make groups more adaptable and help them function better. You can think about it in terms of atoms: when you put different elements together, they produce different kinds of things. It’s the same with people. They may have their own characteristics, but when you

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put them together, they’re going to create a different kind of situation and we want to have a better idea of what that might be.

61. By comparing Amundsen with Scott, the author intends to __________.

A. contradict his previous statements

B. introduce the topic of the passage

C. illustrate the importance of a comedian

D. emphasize the necessity of team spirits

62. What was the very quality Amundsen was valuing in his interview?

A. Willingness to take orders.

B. Optimism about success.

C. Eagerness to make progress.

D. Curiosity about mysteries.

63. For what reason was Lindstr?m regarded as a key figure on the expedition?

A. He went against the command of the Amundsen in every circumstance.

B. He could make up many jokes about other team members to ease tension.

C. Besides cooking tasty dishes, he was capable of easing tension when it arose.

D. When a vacancy appeared, he was always ready to fill it in and made it work.

64. Which of the following might be the best title of the passage?

A. Comedians, keys to landing on Mars

B. Atoms, roles of members in a team

C. Teamwork, secret to overall success

D. Amundsen, example for group leaders

D

When I was growing up, Oprah was my favorite imaginary auntie. She lived inside the TV and I looked forward to visiting her every day at 4 P.M. For one hour every Monday through Friday, I got to watch a Black woman command the airwaves and have control over the world. As a little black girl in a big White world, that was a powerful thing to witness—especially in a culture where girls like me seldom saw ourselves positively reflected in the media.

The kind of beauty celebrated around us had a way of making little black girls feel as if the bodies we were born into were somehow inferior. Apart from Auntie Oprah, the media’s portrayal of Black women was to a great extent limited in variety.Luckily, I had strong examples of women of color in my real life who watered the seeds that helped me believe I could dream beyond what I saw around me.

Fast-forward to two years ago, when I was appointed by longtime Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to lead Teen Vogue. I thought I was just a girl getting her dream job. But then the headlines hit. Suddenly, I was a Black woman making history. At 29 I had become only the second Black person and the youngest ever to helm (掌舵) a Condé Nast magazine.

Shonda Rhimes, Hollywood supreme black screenwriter, coined the term “First. Only. Different.” Being an FOD in your filed comes with a responsibility and an opportunity to rewrite the rules, to redefine standards, to represent for your communities. In my new position, I had an opportunity to help ensure that little black girls would never doubt their value. I was able to help undo some of the damaging accounts by changing the pages of the magazine to make them more reflective of my world.

My first book, More Than Enough, is not a career guide, because I believe only you can write your own blueprint for success, but I do share some of the hard-earned lessons that I am still learning to live by. My book is not intended as self-help but a love letter to anyone who has ever felt overlooked, overwhelmed, underestimated and undervalued—and who still chose to overcome.

My story, as it’s played out so far, is for all my fellow people of color out there, standing proudly as First, Only and Different. I am writing with love to all those who know what it is to be the lone Black voice in the room, because my story is your story. Trust

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that you will find your own rhythm and carve out a space to succeed in your own lane. I am also speaking up for anyone in her dream job, facing the barriers no one talks about. When you exist in spaces that weren’t originally built for you, remember that sometimes, just being you is the revolution. And this is especially for the ones who are Next Up, those of you who are responsible for taking the same systems that my generation is now breaking down and building better ones.

As you continue crafting the life you want, I hope you will always bear in mind that it is the very things you underestimate about yourself that will help you to create your own magic. Find it. Use it. Trust it. We spend too much time telling ourselves that we are not enough. Not smart enough. Not beautiful enough. Not successful enough. Not young enough. Not old enough. I want to be the voice reminding you to say “Enough!” to all that. You are enough. You were born enough.

The world is waiting for you. Let’s go.

65. The author adored Oprah mainly because of __________.

A. a new culture reflected in the TV

B. her positive image represented in the media

C. her absolute control of the program

D. the resemblance with the author’s favorite auntie

66. Which of the following can best interpret the underlined sentence in Paragraph 2?

A. Black women tended to have rigid image in the media.

B. Little attention was paid to black women except Oprah.

C. There were too few TV hosts like Oprah to fight for equality.

D. Not enough TV programs were produced to display black women.

67. The underlined word in Paragraph 4 is closest in meaning to “__________”.

A. made up

B. brought up

C. turned up

D. polished up

68. By helming Teen Vogue, what was the author able to do?

A. Re-arrange all the pages she used to hate a lot.

B. Make herself as influential as Vogue editor-in-chief.

C. Totally remove prejudice against the minority groups.

D. Partly change the conventional impression of black girls.

69. What is the focus of the author’s first book?

A. Carving out a blueprint for her followers.

B. Sharing hard-earned lessons with editors.

C. Salute to those fighting against discrimination.

D. Instructions on how to achieve career success.

70. Which type of writing does the article belong to?

A. An address in a fierce debate.

B. Acknowledgements of a book.

C. A biography about a black girl.

D. Scripts of a TV programme.

第四部分任务型阅读(共10小题;每小题1分,满分10分)

请认真阅读下列短文,并根据所读内容在文章后表格中的空格里填入一个

..最恰当的单词。

注意:请将答案写在答题卡上相应题号的横线上。每个空格只填1个单词。

Most students have had a love-hate experience relationship with procrastination (拖延症). We all come up with magic ways to bring ourselves moments of joy to temporarily relieve our stress and productivity. When deadlines draw near, though, these moments of lost time often become regrettable. Here are five tips to help you reduce this age-old practice. Set goals

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Students often procrastinate because they think that they can put off the work for a while and enjoy their time at the moment. This thought tends to worsen the situation, though, when the deadline becomes one day away and the essay has yet to be started. In order to stay on track, you should constantly set and update goals. It can be vital to mark all deadlines in a planner and think about how much time you need to meet them all. Reward yourself

In order to keep productivity and mind levels up, set breaks at the end of a period of time or once you finish a section of your work so that you can reward yourself with some deserved, scheduled, and controlled procrastination-like activities: have a coffee with a friend, cook, or watch an episode of a television show. Breaks like these are proven to increase productivity and keep you focused, and they will make the process of studying much more bearable!

Remind yourself of wh at you’re doing

Sometimes you may begin to think that the reading that you are doing, the assignment that you are writing, or the lab that you are performing does not correspond to what you ultimately want to do. You may consider some work or a class pointless and not useful to your further studies. However, when these thoughts arise and you think that getting a beer is a better idea than getting a good grade, remind yourself what the ultimate goal of your schooling is. Evaluate your priorities in a serious manner and you may understand why you should focus on completing your work and postpone the beer until the weekend.

Turn off the Internet

If you do not need the Internet to do your work, turn it off so that you are not receiving notifications while completing your work. The same goes for your cell phone; you can take a break from being connected to the cyber world in order to do your school work. If you feel the need to check messages and websites often, set times when you will allow yourself to do so rather than constantly staying connected.

Have something to look forward to

Being productive for all hours of every day does not work—you do need breaks. So, in order to balance productivity and amusement, plan times to go out with friends or do something relaxing to complement your school work. Ideally, social and relaxation plans should be made for after a significant portion of work is completed. This way, while you are working, you can keep in mind that once you have finished your work you can go out and

江苏省盐城市2018_2019学年高二英语下学期期末考试试题

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江苏省盐城市2018_2019学年高二英语下学期期末考试试题

第五部分书面表达(满分25分)

81. 请阅读下面图文材料,并按要求用英语写一篇150词左右的文章。

International Museum Day falls on May 18 this year.

events

improving, museums have become a new destination for people to spend festivals and

【写作内容】

1.用约30个单词概述上面图文的主要内容;

2.简要分析近年来参观博物馆人数越来越多的原因;

3.就博物馆如何更好地发挥其教育功能提出你的建议(不少于两点)。

【写作要求】

1.写作过程中不能直接引用原文语句;

2.作文中不能出现真实姓名和学校名称;

3.不必写标题。

【评分标准】

内容完整,语言规范,语篇连贯,词数适当。

2018/2019学年度第二学期高二年级期终考试

英语试题参考答案

第一部分听力(共两节,满分20分)

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1-5 ACABC 6-10 BBABA 11-15 CACAB 16-20 CACBC

第二部分英语知识运用(共两节,满分35分)

第一节单项填空(共15小题;每小题1分,满分15分)

21-25 DBADB 26-30 AACDA 31-35 DBBAC

第二节完形填空(共20小题;每小题1分,满分20分)

36-40 BCDAB 41-45 BCBAD 46-50 AABDB 51-55 CDABC

第三部分阅读理解(共15小题;每小题2分,满分30分)

56-60 DBDCA 61-65 CACAB 66-70 AADCB

第四部分任务型阅读(共10小题;每小题1分,满分10分)

71. mixed /contradictory 72. approaching 73. Ways/How 74. likely

75. must/necessity 76. productive 77. useless 78. evaluation

79. connected 80. combine/balance

第五部分书面表达(满分25分)

Possible version:

Since 2006, there has been a rapid and steady rise in the number of Chinese museums, which welcome more tourists every year with their diverse exhibitions and cultural events.

Improved service and the significance for cultural enlightment may account for their growing popularity. Contrary to the conventions, museums have employed more advanced media, which involve more interaction with tourists and encourage curiosity among the youth. On top of this, more attention is being paid to preserving the traditional Chinese culture. In terms of cultural education, museums have advantages over other educational institutions, thus making it a first choice among parents and teenagers.

Applying latest technologies such as VR to the exhibitions should make them more inspiring and therefore tourists can feel the history themselves. Meanwhile, museums can introduce more foreign cultural exhibitions to tourists, in which tourists can feel the cultural distinctions and raise the awareness of human shared future.

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第一节

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M: Can you see Nick? He’s the boy who’s painting a picture.He’s wearing a hat.

W:Oh yes, I can see. That’s a great picture. Is it a cat?

M: Yes, I think it is.

Text 2

M:What’s the price of this headphone?

W: It cost 20 dollars last week and now you can get it at a 30% discount.

Text 3

W:Karl, it says there’ll be a big snowstorm sometime this week. We might have to change our plan to go fishing this weekend.

M:Don’t worry. The weather report says it will be sunny at the weekend.

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W: Great!

Text 4

W:Tomorrow we’re going to have an “Italian only” party, having Italian food and conversations. Would you like to come?

M:Oh, I’d love to. This is really a good way of learning Italian.

Text 5

M:So you’re working with Jenny on that project, right? What’s she like?

W: She’s a hard worker. We’ve worked together for several years and I like to work with her.

第二节

Text 6

M: Hello. This is Dave Gruening. I’m the manager of Kennedy Bookstore at Southwestern State University. I’m calling to check on the availability of a textbook, Case Studies in International Business, for the spring term.

W: Let me just check that on my computer. Um, is that the text by Sternberg?

M: That’s right. I’ll need at least 120 copies sent to the bookstore at the latest by next Wednesday.

W:I can’t really promise they’ll be there by next Wednesday — it may be another 2 days later.

M: But that class starts next Thursday.

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M:Hi, Lily. I’m so glad you could make it. Where’s Greg?

W:He couldn’t come. He wasn’t feeling well.

M:Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Well, I’m glad you came along. What have you been up to? W: Nothing much, just work, work, and work.

M: Oh, no. Well, you can forget about work and relax now. What can I get you to drink? W: Just a glass of juice for me, please.

M: Here you go. Now, I’m just going to prepare dinner. Polly will be down in a minute.

She’s just upstairs putting the kids to bed. You just sit and relax.

W: Thanks so much. I will.

Text 8

M: Tina, where do you normally go during your holidays?

W: Well, I usually travel abroad with my brother. How about you?

M: I like going somewhere in my country more than going somewhere far away. That’s really tiring! So we go to our summer house by a lake.

W: That sounds really peaceful. I’d rather be somewhere lively than somewhere quiet, because I like going shopping and enjoying live music. You can’t do that out in the countryside.

M: No, well, I don’t really e njoy it as much as my parents do, because I miss my friends.

But I read a lot and we do some water sports together.

W: That’s good. Anyway, going on holidays is much better than staying at home. That’s

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really boring!

M: I agree.

Text 9

M:I’m tired. I went to sleep late last night.

W: Did you work overtime again?

M: No. I watched that new reality TV show till midnight.

W: Oh, I don’t know why you still watch that rubbish. It’s just a group of people stuck in a house, doing nothing! I have to admit it was attractive when it was a new program.

But it’s strange to think people are still watching the same shows nowadays.It seems to me that those shows just feed the big desire everyone seems to have for media attention.

Everyone wants to be a star these days.

M:But there are still some people signing up for those shows just to experience a different life or to earn some money.

W: Anyway, I have no interest in those people whose idea of fame is that they are on a reality TV show. I admire people with real talent who’ve actually earned their fame because they are different from the rest of us.

M:Hmm, I don’t think so on that way. Maybe we need to rethink what fame is!

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M: Jim Carrey’s humor is very much his own brand. Carrey was born in Canada in 1962. He believes that his sense of humor developed during his teenage years. This was his way of dealing with a difficult period in his life. His father had just lost his job and Carrey Junior had to earn money and study at the same time. Carrey first performed live when he was 15, at Yuk Yuks, a famous club in Toronto. Even though he failed to make his audience laugh on this occasion, he kept working on his material and within four years became the club’s top comedy star. He later moved to Los Angeles to tour the clubs there. From 1990, he starred regularly in an American TV show. The character he played was Fire Marshall Bill, who always went up in smoke. Sadly, this character finally had to be dropped because people thought that his fire act might have a bad influence on children.

Carrey’s first important film was Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, one of his most popular films. Other films since then have included The Mask, Batman Forever and Yes Man. His earnings are at around $20 million per film.

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