16.One day, Raul was miles away from the small ranch（牧场）house in a large valley. __36__ seemed to be all right，yet he felt strange and somewhat uneasy. The wind had picked up，and angry，dark clouds __37__ across the sky. He could smell the rain coming. And it diD__38__，the lightning flashed through the clouds, nearly __39__ Raul. The thunder（雷声）was so loud that he buried his __40__ in his hands and rubbed his eyes. Then he heard it. Hoofbeats（蹄声）. He __41__. There before him stood a tall, white __42__. An old man stared down at him from its back.
“Wh-wh-who are y-y-you?" asked Raul.“My name is Gray Cloud,”the old man answered__43__．"Come with me.”
Raul followed on his horse. A __44__ feeling came over him. All __45__ them the rain was pouring down，__46__ not a drop fell on them. They seemed to be __47__ back toward Raul' s home. Raul lost track of time. Then all at once he found __48__ at the ranch gate. The old man turned his horse，__49__ his hand, and smileDLightning flashed again. The old man and his horse were __50__
Raul's father ran out across the yard to __51__ him. "We have been __52__ sick about you. Are you okay? Hurry. Let's get in out of the __53__．”
"Wait,”said Raul. "Have you ever heard of an old man called Gray Cloud?"
"Can't say I…wait. I __54__ my great-grandfather used to tell stories about a man called Gray ClouDHe died a long time ago. They say he was __55__ by lightning during a terrible thunderstorm. Why do you ask?"
( 【題組】36. A)Something (B)Everything (C)Anything (D)Nothing
36. I was the middle child of three，but there was a gap of five years on either side，and I hardly saw my father before I was eight. For this and other reasons I was somewhat lonely. I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons，and I think from the very start my literary ambitions（文学志向）were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated（孤独）and undervalueDI knew that I had a natural ability with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts，and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.
However, the quantity of serious writing which I produced all through my childhood would not add up to half a dozen pages. I wrote my first poem at the age of four or five，my mother taking it down to dictation. I cannot remember anything about it except that it was about a tiger and the tiger had "chair-like teeth”--a good enough expression. At eleven，when the war of 1914-18 broke out, I wrote a poem which was printed in the local（地方的）newspaper, as was another, two years later, on the death of Kitchener. From time to time, when I was a bit older, I wrote bad and usually unfinished "nature poems". I also, about twice，attempted a short story which was a failure. That was the total of the would-be serious work that I actually set down on paper during all those years.
【題組】56. The underlined word“it" in paragraph 2 refers to_____.
(A)the quantity of serious writing
(B)the writer's first poem
(C)the writer's childhood
(D)the tiger in the poem
38.【題組】58. What can be inferred about the writer?
(A)He was least favoured in his family.
(B)He had much difficulty in talking with others.
(C)He had an unhappy childhood for lack of care.
(D)His loneliness resulted in his interest in writing.
Welcome to Ontario Parks，a new body set up to manage Ontario's most treasured special places, the parks in our areA
We are entering a very exciting year for Ontario Parks. Last season we asked some 15，000visitors in 45 parks how we could improve our programs and services. We also looked at the thousands of comment cards we receiveDAs a result, new comfort stations have been added，the number of campsites has been increased, and we've made other facility（设施）improvements. In addition，we'll be providing more educational programs. This year, for example, more than 40parks will offer special day and evening activities to excite your curiosity about nature and history.
Through the Internet, you'll be happy to know that you can now explore all 270 parks。。line. Let your family plan your park vacation, study a map of canoe routes, listen to the call of a loon or find up-to-date information about programs，services and facilities.
So come and discover what Ontario Parks has to offer. Our parks are places to go with families and friends，for relaxation and fun，or simply to get away from it all. They are places where we can enrich our souls and "recharge our internal（内部的）batteries". They provide chances to explore nature，see wildlife, swim, canoe，camp, hike, picnic，ride a bike.…You'll enjoy some of the best outdoor experiences available anywhere in the world.
We urge you to make 2006 the year that you come out and have an Ontario Parks experience!
【題組】59.The writer's purpose in writing the text is to _______．
(A)tell more people the improvements in Ontario Parks
(B)attract more people to explore the parks on line
(C)praise the beauty of nature in Ontario Parks
(D)have more people visit the parks
40.【題組】60. The facility improvements of Ontario Parks include＿．
(A)new programs and services
(B)new comfort stations and campsites
(C)comfort stations and special activities
(D)new campsites and educational programs
41.【題組】61．From paragraph 4，we know that Ontario Parks offers visitors＿．
(A)the world's new sports and games
(B)the most exciting adventures in the world
(C)many choices to relax and refresh themselves
(D)chances to experience all the outdoor activities
42.【題組】62. According to the text, we can safely say that＿．
(A)some visitors suggested more campsites
(B)about 15,000 people visited 45 parks last season
(C)many more people will visit Ontario Parks in 2006
(D)the manager of Ontario Parks worries they will have fewer visitors
Juanito Estrella has been a housekeeping manager on the US-based large passenger ship Carnival Spirit for 18 months and feels he has found the suitable position in his career（职业）．He has always wanted to travel.“I guess I am a really restless spirit. I like traveling, so when the chance came, I jumped at it,”he says.
The chance came in the form of a newspaper advertisement for work on cruise ships（游船）．At the time Estrella was the housekeeping manager at a Melbourne hotel. He applied and, after two interviews，a medical check and police clearance，the job was his.
Estrella is responsible（负责的）for the cleanliness of the ship, making sure that 160 crew work properly. "I enjoy it because there is no other work--you wake up each day in a different place and a different culture. It's exciting when you go to the next country and you don't understand the language，”he says.
Estrella likes being busy and getting to know people from all over the worlDThe 1,000 crew come from 94 countries, and Estrella has learnt Spanish and a little Croatian.
But there is a downside.“You cannot get really drunk... because you have safety responsibilities to yourself and others，”he says. "You don't really think about home. You start to-think about home only when you get closer to your vacation and wonder what you'll be doing.”
Life on the ship is anything but cruising. Estrella and his fellows work at least 10 hours a day，seven days a week. He warns the job is not for everybody.“You have to love being busy and be prepared to work every day--and to give up drinking too much alcohol.”In his spare time，if the ship sails into a port, Estrella explores it, otherwise he works out in the crew's gym，goes on the internet or calls home.
【題組】63. What do we know about Estrella?
(A)He is very fond of traveling.
(B)He doesn't drink wine now.
(C)He cannot speak a foreign language.
(D)He used to be a housekeeping manager.
45.【題組】65. Which of the following is true?
(A)Estrella doesn't often feel homesick because of his work.
(B)The work on the ship is not suitable for a married person.
(C)Estrella can find no other job except the one on the ship.
(D)The people on the ship are from 94 countries.
46.【題組】66. In the last paragraph, the writer thinks that life on the ship is＿．
(A)not a tiring journey at all
(B)just an interesting voyage
(C)far from a voyage for pleasure
(D)more than a pleasant travel by sea
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES. Wash your hands. Always say“please" and“thank you". We are full of advice for our children, but when it comes to money, we often have little to say. As a result, our children may grow up with clean hands and good manners, but without any idea how to-manage their money.
Here are some basics that will help guide them their entire lives：
Show them the future. If your 13-year-old girl were to save＄1,000，invest（投资）it at 8%and add＄100 every month，by the time she's 65，she would have＄980,983！
Be careful of credit（信用）．Credit cards can help you buy necessary things and build a credit history，but they must be used responsibly, which means paying off your debt in time. Explain to your children that when you buy something using a credit card，you can easily end up paying two or three times what you would have paid if you used cash.
Teach patience. Suppose your child wants a new bicycle that costs $150. Rather than paying the cash，give him some regular pocket money and explain that by putting aside，say ＄15 each week，he will be able to buy it for himself in only ten weeks.
Provide incentive. Tell your children the importance of saving.“For every dollar he or she agrees to save and invest rather than spend, you agree to add another dollar to the pot,”says Cathy Pareto, expert in money planning.
Explain your values. Values and money are deeply intertwined, says Eilleen Gallo, co-author of The Financially Intelligent Parent. When your child demands that you buy something, explain why you really don’t want to buy it.“You might say,‘I'd rather save that money for your education,”，advises Gallo. Every time you spend or don't spend money，you have a chance to share your values.
【題組】67.The writer gives some basics to help—in a proper way.
(A)parents teach their children how to deal with money
(B)children follow their parents' instructions
(C)children manage their money
(D)parents save their money
48.【題組】68. The writer thinks that, if a child wants to buy something, his parents should _______.
(A)give him some regular pocket money
(B)encourage him to put money away for it
(C)explain to him the importance of investment
(D)tell him to save some money by using a credit card
50.【題組】70. What leads the writer to write this article?
(A)Parents want to know how to educate their children.
(B)He wants to share his good ideas about money matters.
(C)He thinks money management the most important for children.
(D)Parents care little about their children's management of money.
Instead of hitting the beach，fourteen high school students traded swimming suits for lab coats last summer and turned their attention to scientific experiments.
The High School Research Program offers high school students guidance with researchers in Texas A&M's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jennifer Funkhouser, academic adviser for the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, directs this four--week summer program designed to increase understanding of research and its career potential（潜能）．
Several considerations go into selecting students, including grades, school involvement and interest in science and agriculture. And many students come from poorer school districts, Funkhouser says. "This is their chance to learn techniques and do experiments they never would have。chance to do in high school.’，
Warner Ervin of Houston is interested in animal science and learned how to tell male from female mosquitoes（蚊子）．His adviser, Craig Coates, studies the genes of mosquitoes that allow them to fight against malaria and yellow fever. Coates thought this experience would be fun and helpful to the high school students.
The agricultural research at A&M differs from stereotypes. It's "molecular（分子）science on the cutting edge，” Funkhouser says. The program broadened students' knowledge. Victor Garcia of Rio Grande City hopes to become a biology teacher and says he learned a lot about chemistry from the program.
At the end of the program，the students presented papers on their research. They're also paid &600 for their work--another way this program differs from others，which often charge a fee.
Fourteen students got paid to learn that science is fun，that agriculture is a lot more than milking and plowing and that research can open many doors.
【題組】71.The research program is chiefly designed for _______．
(A)high school advisers from Houston (B)college students majoring in agriculture
(C)high school students from different places
(D)researchers at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
52.【題組】72. It can be inferred from the text that the students in poorer areas ______．
(A)had little chance to go to college (B)could often take part in the program
(C)found the program useful to their future
(D)showed much interest in their high school experiments
55.【題組】75. What would be the best title for the text?
(A)A Program for Agricultural Science Students (B)A Program for Animal Science Students
(C)A Program for Medical Science Lovers (D)A Program for Future Science Lovers