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1.The number of firms selling computers in this region ______ since January 201


A.are dropping

B. is dropping

C. have dropped

D. has dropped

2.– So he told you you’d got the job?

--______. But he said they were impressed with me.

A. Not exactly.

B. That’s for sure.

C. Don’t mention it.

D. Sounds great.

3. ______ more about amazing animal facts, he made a trip to the nearby nature reserve.

A. Finding out

B. Found out

C. To find out

D. Being found out

4. One night, at about midnight, I ______ the sky for about an hour. The stars were shining like


A. have watched

B. had watched

C. watch

D. watched

5. We know you care about your home and family. ______, you wouldn’t be reading Ideal


A. Therefore

B. Otherwise

C. Instead

D. Meanwhile

6. I still have a few sweet memories of my childhood; ______ , I remember times when I

explored caves in the mountains with my friends.

A. in turn

B. by chance

C. in particular

D. by contract

7. The newspaper gave an exact ______ of what happened the night before last.

A. example

B. display

C. signal

D. account

8. Someone ______ the tap on, for the water was running over and flooding the bathroom.

A. could leave

B. must have left

C. might leave

D. should have left

9. John belongs to that club, whose members meet ______ to discuss social issues and share ideas

and thoughts.

A. regularly

B. originally

C. gradually

D. immediately

10. The speaker, ______ for her wonderful speeches, will deliver a lecture in our school next


A. to know

B. being known

C. known

D. knowing

11. Before leaving America she ______ much of her furniture to friends and enjoyed letting them

have the pieces they had liked.

A. picked up

B. gave away

C. put down

D. set aside

12. –I guess you think I’m too old to go to college.

-- Not at all. ______, I always say.

A. Better late than never.

B. The more the better.

C. So far so good.

D. Too good to be true.

13. I have reached a point in my career ______ I need to decide which way to go.

A. that

B. where

C. which

D. why

14. I just sat by the window watching the passing scene ______ I caught the eye of a waiter and

ordered my meal.

A. once

B. while

C. until

D. since

15. Ten days are devoted to this training program and ______ it be unsuccessful, it could be

repeated later.

A. should

B. could

C. might

D. would

Standing in front of the bike shop, Dave started at the shiny red bicycle in the window.

He could 16 hims elf riding the bike in Saturday’s race and winning the first-place medal and prize money. ―With that bike, I could even 17 Adam,‖ Dave thought.

He rode on and stopped at Peck’s clothing store. The coat he 18 to buy his mother for her birthday was still on sale. Dave knew she would 19 buy it for herself. She worked hard just to make 20 meet. But the prize money would be 21 for him to buy that coat and surprise her.

Dave looked at his old bike. Two years ago, he found some old bicycles at the 22 and used the parts to make one bike. He called it his recycled bike. ―I will never 23 the race on this old bike,‖ Da ve sighed.

As Dave passed the junkyard, he noticed a newer-looking bike tire. He started 24 the huge junk pile. Finally, he found 25 he was looking for. ―These two tires and the handgrips(自行车把套)are just 26 for my bike.‖

Arriving home, Dave put the used tires and the handgrips on his 27 bike, and oiled the chain. He stood back and admired the 28 he had made. ―I might win that race after all,‖ he said to himself.

The next morning, when Dave and his mum got to the park, about thirty kids had already 29 . Dave headed for the start line 30 Mom found a seat on the finish line.

Bang! The riders rushed off. Dave 31 Adam, who was in the head. He 32 to pass one rider after another and was approaching Adam and crossed the finish line. Leaning forward, Dave pedaled harder and faster. 33 he sped by Adam crossed the finish line.

As the announcer awarded Dave the 34 and the check for fifty dollars, he asked,

―What are you going to do with the prize money, Dave?‖

―It’s a 35.‖ Dave said and waved to him mom.

16. A. find B. picture C. keep D. watch

17. A. beat B. join C. help D. rescue

18. A. agreed B. claimed C. demanded D. planed

19. A. probably B. definitely C. never D. seldom

20. A. ends B. eyes C. roads D. rules

21. A. hard B. reliable C. enough D. tight

22. A. park B. junkyard C. school D. court

23. A. enter B. lose C. abandon D. win

24. A. going through B. carrying out C. throwing away D. taking back

25. A. that B. which C. what D. whom

26. A. right B. unique C. simple D. advanced

27. A. hired B. used C. purchased D. recycled

28. A. contributions B. changes C. profits D. discoveries

29. A. started B. separated C. gathered D. recovered

30. A. while B. but C. so D. or

31. A. held backB. gave in to C. concentrated on D. broke away from

32. A. prepared B. arranged C. offered D. managed

33. A. Suddenly B. Eventually C. Recently D. Usually

34. A. coat B. degree C. bicycle D. medal

35. A. coincidence B. promise C. surprise D. message


Career guidance specialists in John Adams High School can provide information about Career &Technical Education classes, assist you in making wise decisions for your future, and help you find opportunities in: certificate programs, apprenticeship (学徒)programs and four year colleges that best fit your needs.

Each of the following two-year programs offers three high school credits per semester and requires a formal application.


36. In the Business Cooperative Experiences program, students will ______.

A. have free transportation

B. finish 540 class hours

C. acquire training ability

D. work at a local business

37. An applicant for Business Technology Lab is likely to be a student who plans ______.

A. to be equipment provider

B. to work at a secondary school

C. to develop great computer skills

D. to enter the academic world

38. What can students learn in Automotive Services Technology?

A. Security operations.

B. Entry-level car services.

C. Instruction services.

D. Advanced automotive skills

39. Which of the programs has safety requirements?

A. Business Cooperative Experiences.

B. Business Technology Lab.

C. Automotive Services Technology.

D. Building Trades Technology.

40. What do the four programs focus on?

A. Practical skills.

B. Theoretical study.

C. Business planning.

D. Management ability.


Pre-school children who spend time together take on one another’s personalities, a new research has found. The study shows that environment plays a key role in shaping people’s personalities. While genetics still forms the central part of the human psyche(心理),the research finds that personality traits (特征)are ―contagious‖ (传染的)among our children. ―Our finding flies in the face of common assumption that personality can’t be changed,‖ Said Dr. Jennifer Neal, co-author of the study.

The researcher studied the personalities and social networks of two pre-school classes for a full school year. One of the classes was a set of three-year-olds, and the other a set of

four-year-olds. Children whose friends were hard-working or outgoing gradually took on these personality traits over time. Psychology expert Dr. Emily Dublin said kids are having a far bigger effect on each other than people may realize.

The new study is not the first to explore the contagious effects of personality traits. A 2015 psychology study found that rudeness at work can be contagious as it travels from person to person ―like a disease‖. The study found that seeing a boss being rude to an e mployee was enough to cause people to be rude to those around them.

The researchers questioned 6, 000 people on the social ―climate‖ in their workplaces, which included offices, hotels and restaurants. They found 75 percent of those who took parts said they had been treated rudely at least once in the past year. And the study also suggests that merely

seeing other people being subjected rudeness made it more likely that a person would treat their colleagues in the same way. Rudeness could include leaving someone off an invite to a company event, sending unkind emails, finding fault with others or failing to give praise.

Dr. Torkelson believes companies need to be more aware of the harm that rudeness in the workplace can do as it can damage the working environment. She said better training could help to fight against the problem.

41. W hat does the underlined part ―flies in the face of‖ in Paragraph 1 mean?

A. Leads to

B. Results from

C. Goes against

D. Agrees with

42. According to Paragraph 2, w ho have the greatest impact on children’s personality?

A. Their parents

B. Their friends

C. Their researchers

D. Their psychologies

43. Which of the following is considered rude at the workplace?

A. Ignoring the faults of co-workers.

B. Not sending emails to workmates.

C. Seeking praise from colleagues and bosses

D. Not inviting a colleague to a company party

44. W hat’s the passage mainly about?

A. O ne’s personality is hard to change

B. O ne’s personality is shaped by genes

C. O ne’s personality traits can spread to others

D. O ne’s personality traits can change overnight

45. The passage is most probably taken from______.

A. A science report

B. A study guide

C. A school textbook

D. A technical journal


Debra Avery has been a horse lover since she was a little girl when she was in San Diego. Her family couldn’t afford a horse of its own, so Debra borrowed rides at the local horse-riding center, gaining the confidence only found atop a horse. Years later, Debra remembered those early days, and the lessons she learned with the horses at the riding center, and wanted to help other young women get the benefits of connecting with horses. ―I always wanted to run a horse prog ram for girls like me,‖ said Debra. ―I wanted to help them to gain courage to be around a horse and to care for a horse.‖

One day at the Los Angeles Horse-riding Center, as Debra rode beside fellow rider Judith Hopkings, she mentioned an inheritance(遗产)from her father-in-law and her desire to use it to serve disadvantaged girls. Judith had the same dream—and a name for the organization.

The founded the Taking the Reins(TTR)in 1998. The organization serves more than 400

young women per year in after-school, weekend and summer programs that feature horses riding and care, gardening and even competitive horse showing. Most applicants live below the poverty line and often have not had reliable housing for more than six months at a time. Few have previous horse experience.

TTR uses farm and ranch experiences to teach responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and

self-confidence. Director Dr. Jane Haven says, ―A large number of our girls are somewhat autistic (孤独症的). Ican’t count how many of them have found their fi rst social friends thanks to sharing this hobby and activity. Horses bring them out in such a wonderful way.‖Jane also sees members of TTR program excel in school—100percent of young women involved for years or more have graduated from high school. Ninety-nine of those participants have gone on to attend four-year colleges.

Debra sees a more obvious impact—after a few weeks in the TTR program, the young women sit in a little higher in their saddles(马鞍). ―There is just something about sitting up on the back of a horse that gives them a boost of confidence.‖

46. D ebra’s early life was greatly influenced by ______.

A. Her family

B. Horse riding

C. School lessons

D. Her fellow rider

47. What programs does TTR offer?

A. Horse riding and showing.

B. Horse care and farming.

C. Pet care and gardening.

D. Weekend hiking and camping.

48. What was the organization founded for?

A. Homeless and lonely women.

B. Hard-working school girls.

C. Female autistic girls.

D. Poor horse-loving girls.

49. I n what way has TTR program changed its members’ life?

A. They have been given financial aid.

B. They have achieved academic excellence.

C. They have grown into professional horse riders.

D. They have been provided with reliable housing.

50. What can we learn from the last paragraph?

A. TTR is profit-making organization.

B. TTR program lasts a few weeks.

C. The girls’ confidence grows quickly.

D. The girls can ride taller horses.


The pace of today’s working life blurs(使模糊)the line between personal life and work time, and it increasingly mixes personal lifestyle and work style. And as companies are trying hard

to attract and keep young people for their technical skills and enthusiastic for change, office culture is becoming an extension of youth culture. This may be no bad thing. For most of human history the middle-aged have ruled, but in the future, they will have to share power with

fresh-faced youth.

There have been a number of reasons for this change and the most dramatic of these is technology. Children have always been more expert than their parents at something, but usually a game or a fashion, not the century’s most important business tool. The Internet has started the first industrial revolution in history to be led by the young. Though there have been youth revolutions before, none of them made a big change the way the Internet has. Throughout the 20th century, if a young person wanted to enter an American company they needed to leave their youth behind. They got a haircut, and probably a suit or at least a tie. Now the same hair, same clothes, even nearly the same hours apply to office and home.

If it had not been for the Internet, t his change could not have happened. However, it didn’t happen because of the Internet only; the corporate restructurings(公司重组)of the 1980s and 90s broke down traditional hierarchies(等级制度). In many companies, seniority-based(基于资历的)hierarchies have been replaced by hierarchies based on performance. The ability to please your superiors are no longer the most valued skills. Today’s employees stay with companies as long as they feel challenged and rewarded; moving from job to job is now a sign of ambition.

The rise of a young is a good thing, because it gives them more opportunity to put their ideas and energy into practice at their most creative stage in life. Nowadays youth and youth qualities seem to dominate, but the experience and maturity of older employees should be put to good use, too.

51. A company tries to attract young people for their _____.

A. Office culture

B. Modern lifestyle

C. Changing attitude

D. Technical skills

52. In the 20th century, to enter an American company, a young people needed to ______.

A. Work in the office and home

B. Have an eye-catching hairstyle

C. Dress in the business style

D. Leave the business tool behind

53. According paragraph 3, company hierarchies are ba sed on the employee’s ______.

A. Achievements

B. Age and experience

C. Skills with the Internet

D. Ability to please the boss.

54. Why is the rise of the young a good thing?

A. They become more energetic in life.

B. They have taken over the company.

C. Their creativity can be put to good use.

D. Their ideas appeals to a good many people.

55. What can be inferred from the passage?

A. Young people will lead in fashion.

B. Young people will have more power.

C. Older people will step off the historical stage.

D. Older people will continue to be the main force.

Walter was always sitting in the same chair when I came to visit. He would look up and smile when he saw me and pat the chair next to him for me to sit down. He loved to tell me about his lost golden years when was an excellent baseball player. I was a good listener. After a couple of hours of talking, I would shake hands and say goodbye to him. I hoped that I brought a little sunshine into Walter’s life.

I met Walter when I was a high school student participating in a volunteer program with elderly people in a nursing home. It was the first of many such activities, ranging from playing with disabled children to sitting with cancer patients in a hospital. These activities seemed to satisfy my desire to be a useful and to feel a meaningful connection to the lives of others.

My parents inculcated me with a belief that there was no greater human value than kindness, and encouraged me to make helping others and contributing to society important goals in life.

V olunteer work provided a way of attempting to realize the truth of these messages.

I learned that volunteerism is not a one-way act of helping someone less fortunate. Involvement in the life of another person has enriched my life as well. Seeing how people deal with challenges of their lives has taught me valuable lessons in courage and dignity. Many of the people whom I have met as a volunteer are an unforgettable part of my life. Perhaps I received far more than I ever gave.

This is why volunteerism works—each of us has too much need for human connection and so much to give to others.

56. What did the author do every time he visited Walter? (no more than 10 words)

57. What was the first activity the author got involved in as a volunteer? (no more than 10 words)

58. What’s the meaning of the underlined word in Paragraph 3? (1 word)

59. What’s the main idea of Paragraph 4? (no more than 10 words)

60. If you are to be a volunteer, what will you do? What can you benefit from the volunteer work? (no more than 20 words)











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