21.21.One man was to meet his wife downtown and spend some time shopping with her. He waited 21 for 15 minutes. Then he waited impatiently for 15 minutes more. After that, he became 22 . When he saw a photograph booth (照相亭) nearby, he had 23 . He wore the most unhappy expression he could manage, which was not 24 in the situation. In a few moments, he was holding four small prints that 25 even him.
He wrote his wife’s name on the back of the photos and handed them to a 26 behind the desk in the booth. “ 27 you see a small, dark lady with brown eyes and an apologetic expression, obviously 28 someone, would you please give her this?” he said. He then 29 his office in Morrison Building, 30 that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then the four photos must be a good 31 ! He sat down with a smile.
His wife 32 those pictures. She carries them in her purse now and shows them to anyone who asks if she is married …
How are you with 33 ? One person calls it “wait training.” It seems that there is always something we are 34 . We wait on traffic and we wait in lines. We wait to hear about a new job. We wait to complete school. We wait for someone to change his or her mind.
Patience is an important 35 of a happy and rewarding life. 36 , some things are worth waiting for. 37 presents many opportunities for wait training.
We can hate waiting, 38 it or even get good at it! But one thing is 39 --- we cannot avoid it. How is your 40 coming along?
(A) proudly (B) respectfully (C) patiently (D) curiously
41.41.Fat and shy, Ben Saunders was the last kid in his class picked for any sports team. “Football, tennis, cricket--- anything with a round ball, I was useless,” he says now with a laugh. But back then he was the one always made fun of in school gym classes in Devonshire, England.
It was a mountain bike he received for his 15th birthday that changed him. At first he went biking alone in a nearby forest. Then he began to ride the bike along with a runner friend. Gradually, Saunders set up his mind on building up his body, increasing his speed and strength. At the age of 18, he ran his first marathon.
The following year he met John Ridgway and was hired as an instructor at Ridgway’s school of adventure in Scotland, where he learnt about Ridgway’s cold-water exploits. Greatly interested, Saunders read all he could about North Pole explorers and adventures, the decided that this would be his future.
In 2001, after becoming a skillful skier, Saunders started his first long-distance expedition towards the North Pole. It took unbelievable energy. He suffered frostbite, ran into a polar bear and pushed his body to the limit, pulling his supply-loaded sled up and over rocky rice.
Saunders has since become the youngest person to ski alone to the North Pole, and he’s skied more of the North Pole by himself than any other British man. His old playmates would not believe the change.
Next October, Saunders, 27, heads south from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, a 2900-kilometer journey that has never been completed on skis.
What change happened to Saunders after he was 15 years old?
(A) He became good at most sports. (B) He began to build up his body.
(C) He joined a sports team. (D) He made friends with a runner.
43.43. Which of the following is the correct order of the events that happened to Saunders?
a. He ran his first marathon. b. He skied alone in the North Pole.
c. He rode his bike in a forest. d. He planned an adventure to the South Pole.
(A) a c d b (B) c d a b (C) a c b d (D) c a b d
45.45. It’s 2035. You have a job, a family and you’re about 40 years old. Welcome to your future life.
Getting ready for work, you pause in front of the mirror, “Turn red,” you say. Your shirt changes from sky blue to deep red. Tiny preprogrammed electronic are rearranged in your shirt to change its color. Looking into the mirror, you find it hard to believe that you are 40. You look much younger. With amazing advances in medicine, people in your generation may live to be 150 years old. You’re not even middle-aged.
As you go into the kitchen and prepare to pour your breakfast cereal into a bowl, you hear: “To lose weight, you shouldn’t eat that,” from your shoes. They read the tiny electronic code on the cereal box to find out the nutrition details. You decide to listen to your shoes. “Kitchen, what can I have for breakfast?” A list of possible foods appear on the counter as kitchen checks its food supplies.
“Ready for your trip to space. You ask your son and daughter.” In 2005 only specially trained astronauts went into space.— and very few of them. Today anyone can go to space for day trips or longer vacation. Your best friend even works in space. Handing your children three strawberries each, you add, “The doctor said you need these for space travel.” Thanks to medical advices, vaccination shots are a thing of the past. Ordinary foods contain specific vaccines. With the berries in their mouths, the kids head for the front door.
It’s time for you to go to work. Your car checks your fingerprints and unlocks the doors. “My office. Autopilot,” you command. Your car drives itself down the road and moves smoothly into traffic on the highway. You sit back and unroll your e-newspaper. The latest news downloads and fills the viewer. Looking through the pages, you watch the news as video films rather than read it.
What changes the color of your shirt?
(A) The mirror. (B) The shirt itself. (C) The counter. (D) The medicine.
46.46. How do the shoes know that you shouldn’t eat the breakfast cereal?
(A) By pouring the breakfast into a bowl. (B) By listening to the doctor’s advice.
(C) By testing the food supplies in the kitchen. (D) By checking the nutrition details of the food.
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Who is suitable to work as a Community Representative in YOUTH International?
(A) One who enjoys working with teenagers from different countries.
(B) One who hopes to take action in fighting against diseases.
(C) One who has a strong desire to improve his or her English.
(D) One who wants to earn some pocket money in the program.
50.50.Where will jack, a volunteer, receive the training before he is sent to work in Malawi?
(A) In some local offices in the US. (B) In an ESL organization in China.
(C) In a preparation program in Demark. (D) In an exchange student center in Africa.
52.52. What are volunteers for an experiment over the Internet supposed to do?
(A) To interview people online. (B) To do some house work.
(C) To offer advice on Child Aid (D) To provide language exercises.
53.53.Old Computers Make for Unhappy Workers --- Survey
LONDON (Reuters) ----- Dealing with the dissatisfaction of aging and unreliable office computers leads to workers’ unhappiness and more sick leave, a survey showed on Wednesday.
A survey carried out by caro4free.net of over 2,700 European office workers from the UK, France and Germany found that workplace dissatisfaction increased greatly with the age of the computer equipment.
“We do know that job satisfaction is falling in Britain and most advanced nations,” said Stephen White, a researcher from the Work Foundation. “The actual reasons for this are the subject of very heated discussion. It’s certainly one interesting theory that technology may be the cause of this in some way,” White added.
A quarter of these using outdated computers in Britain said they were “quite” or “ very dissatisfied “ with their everyday job compared to the percent of those who had enjoyed an advantage from up-to-date technology.
The survey also said that among workers dealing with outdated equipment, there was a 35 percent greater probability they would take six or more days of sick leave per year compared with the average worker. In France, where more workers use old computers, the probability jumped to 55 percent.
Results also showed that women in the three countries were more likely to be using outdated equipment. In the UK, where more workers have up-to-date computers than in the other countries surveyed, the number of women using old equipment doubled than of men.
White pointed out that there were tow sides to this problem, saying that continuously having to deal with new technology and equipment can also be a source of worry. “Old and faulty equipment is a major cause of office dissatisfaction. There is no question about it; but you also have to say that the frequent change of equipment is also, or could be, a main cause of dissatisfaction.”
The underlined word “this” (paragraph 3) refers to ______.
(A) workplace dissatisfaction (B) computer use in most jobs
(C) the aging off office computers (D) the survey by care4@ free. net
55.55. According to White, why were the women surveyed more likely to use old computers?
(A) Most office workers use old computers.
(B) They do some of their work with computers.
(C) Dealing with new equipment can cause anxiety.
(D) They are easier to b satisfied with new technology.
56.56. What is the subject of the news story?
(A) Poor working conditions in offices
(B) Research work of the Work Foundation
(C) Influence of technology in the workplace.
(D) Different attitudes to old computers.
57.57. You are from a middle class family, and live in a normal size home without any showy possessions, but you are surrounded by surprising consumption. This contrast is beginning to bother your 6-year-old son. You are worried that he will want to live as they do, and wonder if you should move.
Sometimes big pocket money, joyful birthday parties, special playrooms and super-big houses tell you that your neighbors probably have more money than you do, and that they’re not as careful as you are with money, but you may find that they cook and dig in the garden with their children just as often as you do, talk with them as freely and read to them every night.
Or you may find that some of these parents stay in on wing of their big house while children play by himself, way off in a wing of his own. In that unfortunate case, he is basically growing up alone without being looked after properly, but this can happen to a child who lives in a normal-size house, too, if he has a TV. A computer and a few video games in his room. Even the most caring parent doesn’t walk in and out of it to see what show her child is watching, what Internet site he has found and if he’s playing that video game.
Too much uncontrolled screen then may lead to a certain loss of innocence (天真), and if it doesn’t, you might decide to move. Don’t judge your neighbor too harshly (严厉地), though. There some things that are right with almost any neighbor and some things that are wrong with the best of them. --- like those super-big houses. The wealth of their owners ---- and the way they throw money around---- may make your son feel sorry for himself, unless you help him understand that you and his dad save some of the money, give some to people who don’t have enough and use the rest to pay for whatever the family needs.
Children want ----- should be provided with---- explanations when their parents don’t give them what they want.
What is the problem with the worried parent in the text?
(A) Her house isn’t as big as her rich neighbor’s.
(B) Her son is left alone without anyone in charge.
(C) She can’t provide her son with a special playroom.
(D) She worries about the effect of her neighbor on her son.
58.58. In paragraphs 2 and 3, the author seems to agree that parents should _______.
(A) spend more time with their children.
(B) give their children more freedom.
(C) work hard to live a richer life.
(D) set an example for their children to follow
59.59. By saying “throw money round” (paragraph 5) the author means that rich people_____.
(A) spend money carelessly (B) save money for their children
(C) help the poor people willingly (D) leave money all around the house
60.60. What is the main idea the author aims to express in the text?
(A) Children are unfortunate to have poor parents.
(B) Children should enjoy their comfortable life.
(C) Children need proper guidance form their parents.
(D) Children feel ashamed of themselves in a rich neighborhood.