A man who knows how to write a personal letter has a very powerful tool. A letter can be enjoyed, read and 21 . It can set up a warm conversation between two people far apart (远离的);it can keep a 22 with very little effort.
I will give 23 .A few years ago my older brother and l were not getting 24 .We had been close as 25 but had grown apart. Our meetings were not 26 ; our conversation was filled with arguments and quarrels: and every effort to clear the air seemed to only 27 our misunderstanding. Then he 28 a small island in the Caribbean and we 29 touch. One day he wrote me a letter. He described his island and its people, told me what he was doing, said how he felt, and encouraged me to 30 . Rereading the letter, I was 31 by its humor（幽默）and clever expressions. These were all qualities for which I had 32 respected my older brother but 33 he no longer had them. I had never known he could write so 34 . And with that one letter we became friends 35 .
It might never have occurred to 36 to write me if he had not been in a place where there were no 37 . For him, writing was a necessity. It also turned out to be the best way for us to get back in touch. Because we live in an age of 38 communication（通讯）, people often 39 that they don’t always have to phone or email. They have a 40 . And that is to write.
【題組】21. (A)received (B)rewritten (C)returned (D)reread
41.第二部分： 阅读理解 （共25小题。第一节每小题2分，第二节每小题1分；满分45分）
When I was six, Dad brou ght home a dog one day, who was called “Brownie”, My brothers and I all loved Brownie and did different things with her. One of us would walk her, another would feed her ,then there were baths, playing catch and many other games . Brownie, in return, loved each and every one of us. One thing that most touched my heart was that she would go to whoever was sick and just be with them. We always felt better when she was around.
One days, as I was getting her food, she chewed up(咬破) one of Dad’s shoes, which had to be thrown away in the end I knew Dad would be mad and I had to let her know what she did was
Wrong. When I looked at her and said, “Bad girl.” She looked down at the ground and then went and hid I saw a tear in her eyes.
Brownie turned out to be more than just our family pet. She went everywhere with us.
People would stop and ask if they could pet her. Of course sh e'd let anyone pet her. She was just
the most lovable dog. There were many dines when we'd be out walking and a small child would
come over and pull on her hair. She never barked (吠) or tried to get away. Funny thing is she
would smile. This frightened people because they thought she was showing her teeth. Far from
the truth, she loved everyone.
Now many years have passed since Brownie died of old age. I still miss the days when she
was with us.
【題組】41. What would Brownie do when someone was ill in the family?
(A)Look at them sadly. (B)Keep them company.
(C)Play games with them. (D)Touch them gently.
43.【題組】43. Why does the author say that Browrnie was more than just a family pet?
(A)She was treated as a member of the family.
(B)She played games with anyone she liked.
(C)She was loved by everybody she met.
(D)She went everywhere with the family.
When you're lying on the white sands of the Mexican Riviera, the stresses (压力) of the world seem a million miles away. Hey. stop! This is no vacation - yon have to finish something!
Here lies the problem fat travel writer and food critic (评论家) Edie Jarolim. "I always loved traveling and always liked to eat, but it never occurred to me that I could make money doing both of those things." Jarolim said Now you can read her travel advice everywhere-in Arts and Antiques. in Brides. or in one of her three books. The Complete Idiot Travel Guide to Mexico's Beach Resorts.
Her job in travel writing began Some eight years ago. After getting a PhD in English in Canada she took a test for Frommer's travel guides, passed it, and got the job After working at Frommer's, Jarolim worked for a while at Rough Guides in London, then Fodor's, where she fell so in love with a description of the Southwest of the U.S. that she moved there.
Now as a travel writer, she spends one-third of her year on the road The rest of the time is spent completing her tasks and writing reviews of restaurants at home in Tucson, Arizona.
As adventurous as the job sounds, the hard part is fact-checking all the information. Sure, it's great to write about a tourist attraction, but you'd better get the local (当地的 ) museum hours correct or you could really ruin someone's vacation.
【題組】46.Which country does Jarolim have in now?
(A)Mexico. (B)The U.S. (C)The U.K (D)Canada
47.【題組】47. What is most difficult for Jarolim?
(A)Working in different places to collect information
(B)Checking all the facts to be written in the guides.
(C)Finishing her work as soon as possible.
(D)Passing a test to write travel guides.
48.【題組】48. What do we know about Jarolim from the text?
(A)She is successful in her job.
(B)She finds her life full of stresses.
(C)She spends half of her time traveling.
(D)She is especially interested in museums.
Thousands of people living in the Chinese capital will celebrate the start of the Chinese New year by heading for the ski resorts (滑雪场). Never mind that Beijing's dry weather seldom produces snow. It is cold enough in winter for snow-making machines to make a covering for the hills north to the capital. And the rapid growth of a pleasure-seeking middle class has formed the basis for this new craze(热潮）.
Since Beijing's first ski resort was opened ten years ago, the sport has enjoyed astonishing increase. There are now more than a dozen resorts. Clothes markets in the city have added bright colored ski suits to their winter collections. Mr. Wei, a manager of a newly-opened ski resort in Beijing, sees the growth of an industry that could soon lead Chinese to head for the ski resorts of Europe, In recent years ski resorts offering natural snow have opened in China But many are in faraway areas of the country and can't really match the equipment and services of some ski resorts in Europe.
Beijing's skiing craze is partly a result of the recent increase in private (私有的) cars. This has led to the growth of a Ieisure industry in the capital's suburbs (郊区), which until the late-1990s were unreachable to ordinary people, According to Mr, Wei, about 40% of the visitors to his resort come in their own cars. The rest are bused in by schools, businesses or government Offices.
The problem is making money. Starting ski resorts requires quite a lot of money; hiring land from the local government, preparing the hills, buying snow machines, making sure there are enough water and electricity to run them, and buying ski equipment for hiring out to customers.
The ski resort where Mr. Wei works cost nearly $4m to set up. And as so often in China when someone comes up with a good idea, many others hash in and price wars break out. Beijing now offers some of the cheapest ski training classes in the world, though with most people rather new to the sport, expecting a few more doing the same job.
【題組】50.What does this text mainly talk about?
(A)Convenience for skiers brought about by private cars.
(B)Skiing as a new way of enjoying one's spare time.
(C)Things to be considered when starting a ski resort.
(D)A sudden increase of ski training classes in Beijing.
52.【題組】52. The underlined words "leisure industry" in Paragraph 3 refer to -
(A)transport to ski resorts (B)production of family cars
(C)business of providing spare time enjoyments
(D) part-time work for people living in the suburbs
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(C)It is designed for big families. (D)Every room has a walkway.
56.【題組】56. Which website should you visit if you want to find out whether there exists a hotel under the sea?
How words came into being is unknown. All we assume（推测）is that some early men invented certain sounds, in one way or another, to express thoughts and feelings, actions and things, so that they could talk with each other. Later they agreed upon certain signs, called letters, which could be put together to show those sounds, and which could be written down. Those sounds, whether spoken or written in letters, are called words.
The power of words, then, lies in their associations - the things they bring up to our minds. Words become filled with meaning for us by experience; and the longer we tire, the more certain words bring back to us the happy and sad events of our past; and the more we read and learn, the more the number of words that mean something to us increases.
Great writers are those who not only have great thoughts but also express these thoughts in words which have powerful effects on our minds and feelings. This clever use of words is what we call literary style（文体）. Above all, the real poet is a master of words. He can express his meaning in words which sing like music, and which by their position and association can move men to tears, We should therefore learn to choose our words carefully and use them correctly, or they will make our speech silly and common.
【題組】58.We learn from the text that language might have begun with
(A)expressions (B)actions (C)signs (D)sounds
59.【題組】59.What is mainly discussed in Paragraph 2?
(A)The learning of new words.
(B)The importance of old words
(C)The relation of human experience with words.
(D)The gradual change and development of words.