21..Scientists who study the brain have found out a great deal about how we learn. They have_21__ that babies learn much more from the sights and sounds around them than we __22__ before. You can help your baby by talking advantage of her hunger to learn.
From the _23__ beginning, babies try to imitate (模仿) the _24___ they hear us make. They “read” the _25__ on our face and our movements. That’s _26__ it is so important to talk, sing, and smile to your child. Hearing you talk is your baby’s first _ 27__ toward becoming a reader, because it _28__ her to love language and to learn words.
As your child grows older, _29___ talking with her. Ask her about the things she does. Ask her about the events and people in the story you _30__ together. Let her know you are carefully _31__ what she says. By keeping her in _32__ and listening, you are _33__ encouraging your child to think as she speaks. _34__, you are showing that you respect her knowledge and her ability to _35__ learning.
【題組】21. (A) discovered (B) heard (C) watched (D) written
36.Brain and I were a few years into relationship and I still hadn’t cooked for him. He was a skillful cook and the thought of preparing a meal for him made me feel worried. Finally, one day I decided that I would make dinner for him Saturday night. I bought an Italian cookbook.
Saturday afternoon I made the filling first. There was no problem. Next, I started with an egg in the well of some flour, and the mixture changed into a mound of dough (面团). I began to feel good about myself.
I glanced around the kitchen, looking for a rolling pin. My eyes lit on a bottle of wine I had bought to go with dinner. Not as good as a pin, but it would do. I rolled as best as I could, and then cut the dough with a kitchen.
Just as I was finishing, the doorbell rang. I put the tortellini I made into the fridge and greeted Brain. He had brought along a bottle of wine and a rose to celebrate the evening.
The pot of water began to boil. Brain watched as I pulled the tortellini out of the fridge, and his eyes opened widely. “You made tortellini?” he asked, “By hand? I don’t even make that, and I have machines to do the job.”
I dropped the tortellini into the boiling water, and soon they were ready. Everything looked perfect. We sat down, and I watched as Brain put one in his mouth and chewed (嚼). And chewed. And chewed.
Then I tried one. It was very thick. I knew it was all over. Brain would just taste the food, and then leave early with a headache and disappear into the night.
But he ate them, admitting that they were a little thick, but really not bad. 【題組】36. What made the writer feel worried at the beginning of the story?
(A) Making Brain a cook (B) Cooking a meal for Brain
(C) Buying Brain a cookbook (D) Ordering food for Brain
37.【題組】37. Why did Brain bring wine and a rose to the writer?
(A) To show that he was pleased to have the tortellini
(B) To expect his happiness to have the dinner
(C) To tell her that he’d remembered the dinner
(D) To show that he was her good friend
40.Everyone knows about exchange (交流) and visitor programs that give students a chance to study in another country. But today there is a program that gives teachers a chance to teach in the United States.
It is the Visiting International Faculty Program. VIFP is based in North Carolina and says it is the United States’ largest cultural (文化方面的) exchange program for teachers and schools. The program has brought about 7,000 teachers to the United States since 1987.
The program is open to teachers from Latin America, Europe, South Africa, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand. It places them in schools in seven states for one to three years. After that, they must return home. The seven states are North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and California. The teachers work for the school systems in these states and are paid the same as an American teacher.
Teachers in the programs must have a very high level in English. They must have a university degree. And they must have three years of teaching experience with students between the ages of five and eighteen. Two years of driving experiences is also required. Visiting teachers must also be able to earn a master’s degree while in the United States.
【題組】40. The passage is about a programme for _____.
(A) Students who are going to study in the US
(B) schools to improve their school systems
(C) teachers and schools in North Carolina
(D) foreign teachers to teach in the US
41.【題組】41. What does VIFP refer to?
(A) A school that serves international teachers
(B) An organization founded by North Carolina
(C) An exchange program that started in 1987
(D) A training center based in the United States
43.Now the weather report.
Tonight… mostly clear this evening. Then becoming partly cloudy. Humid (闷热潮湿) with lows in the uppers 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday… partly cloudy in the morning. Then mostly cloudy with a change of showers in the afternoon. Humid with highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Change of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday night… mostly cloudy with a change of showers in the evening. Then partly cloudy after midnight. Humid with lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Change of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday… partly cloudy in the morning. Then becoming mostly cloudy. Humid with high in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night… cloudy with a change of showers. Heavy rainfall possible in some places. Humid with lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Change of rain 40 percent.
Thursday and Thursday night… mostly cloudy with a change of showers Highs in the lower 80s. Lows in the upper 60s. Change of rain 30 percent.
Friday partly cloudy. A change of showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Change of rain 30 percent. Friday night through Monday… partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. Highs in the upper 80s.
On which days will there be southeast winds, according to the weather report?
(A) Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (B) Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(C) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (D) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
47.Thanks to Google, millions of Internet users are now swimming effortlessly in the information ocean. Internet users know that Google is a strong search engine that is designed to bring tons of information within their reach. Yet, people make the most of Google, says computer scientists Nancy Blachman.
Blachman was introduced to Google in April 1999; her interest grew after working there for a few months. Before long, she was a Google fan. As Blanchman studied the search engine, she became more and more skillful. Then, Jerry peek suggested she write a Google guidebook. The idea interested her, and she began developing the website (网页)，GoogleGuide.com. Since then, millions of people have used her website.
Blachman guides her online (在线) students through step-by-step lessons. Some lessons are for new Google users, but experienced users can also find lessons they need. One tip: if you aren’t sure whether a word has a hyphen (连字符), it is best to search with the hyphen—this way Google will look for the word with the hyphen, without the hyphen and written as two words. And another: users can ask Google not to do something by putting a hyphen before the word. For example, someone searching for “Dallas cowboy”, who does not want the football team, should enter “Dallas cowboy-football.”
Blachman says the website is her way of continuing teaching and helping people, which she says. From 1990 to 1997, she taught courses at Stanford about mathematical software (软件). She also has written several books. “A lot of people see Google as easy to use, and it is easy to use, but I am trying to make it even easier.” 【題組】47.
The purpose of the passage is ______.
(A) to teach computer users how to develop a website
(B) to teach computer users how to improve Google
(C) to introduce one of the online dictionaries
(D) to introduce Blachman and her website
48.【題組】48. What does Blachamn think about Google users in general?
(A) They don’t know how to make full use of Google
(B) They don’t know how to swim in an information ocean.
(C) They have to take computer lessons to use Google.
(D) They have to become a fan to be skillful Google users.
49.【題組】49. If users are not sure whether the word they search for has a hyphen, they should enter _____.
(A) the word with a hyphen (B) the word without a hyphen
(C) two words rather than one (D) the same word twice
50.【題組】50. Which of the following is TRUE if the passage about Blachman?
(A) She has been working to make Google easier to use.
(B) She learned about Google from a guidebook.
(C) She tries to persuade people to work for Google.
(D) She became a Google fan after developing her website.