A little girl lived in a simple and poor house on a hill. Usually she 36 play in the small garden. She could see over the garden fence and across the valley a wonderful house with shining golden windows high on another hill. 37 she loved her parents and her family, she desired to live in such a house and 38 all day about how wonderful and exciting 39 must feel to live there.
Athe age when she gained some 40 skill and sensibility(识别力), she 41 her mother for a bike ride ___42 the garden. Her mother finally allowed her to go, 43 her keeping close to the house and not 44 too far. The day was beautiful. The little girl knew 45 where she was heading! 46 the hill and across the valley, she rode to the 47 of the golden house.
48 she got off her bike and put it against the gate post, she focused on the path _49 _ to the house and then on the house itself. She was very disappointed when she 50 that all the windows were 51 and rather dirty.
So 52 and heart-broken, she didn't go any further. She 53 , and all of a sudden she saw an amazing ___54 . There on the other side of the valley was a little house and its windows were golden. Looking at her little home, she _55 __ that she had been living in her golden house filled with love and care. Everything she dreamed was right there in front of her house.
【題組】36. (A)might (B)should (C) would (D) must
Cina is a land of bicycles. Aleast it was back in 1992 when I traveled the country. Back then everyone seemed to be riding a bicycle. Millions of them, all black. Crs were rare. Yet since my arrival in Beijing last year, I've found the opposite is true. There are millions of cars. However, people still use their bicycles to get around. For many, it's the easiest and cheapest way to travel today. Bicycles also come in different colors---sivler, green, red, blue, yellow, whatever you want.
It's fun watching people biking. They rush quickly through crossroads, move skillfully through traffic, and ride even on sidewalks(人行道). Bicycles allow people the freedom to move about that cars just can't provide.
Eager to be part of this aspect of Cinese culture, I decided to buy a bicycle. Great weather accompanied my great buy. I immediately jumped up on my bicycle seat and started home.
My first ride home was orderly (守秩序的). To be safe, I stayed with a "pack" of bikers while cars on the streets came running swiftly out of nowhere at times. I didn't want to get hit. So I took the ride carefully.
Cossing the streets was the biggest problem. It was a lot like crossing a major highway back in the United States. The streets here were wide, so crossing took time, skill and a little bit of luck.
I finally made it home. The feeling on the bicycle was amazing. The air hitting my face and going through my hair was wonderful. I was sitting on top of the world as I passed by places and people. Biking made me feel alive.
【題組】56. According to the author, why are bicycles still popular in Cina today?
(A)Because they are traditional and safe.
(B)Because they are convenient and inexpensive.
(C) Because they are colorful and available. (D) Because they are fast and environment friendly.
39.【題組】59. Which of the following best describes the author's biking experience?
(A)The author enjoyed showing off his biking skills.
(B)The author was annoyed by the air while riding.
(C) The author was praised by the other bikers.
(D) The author took great pleasure in biking.
Going green seems to be fad(时尚)for a lot of people these days. Whether that is good or bad, we can't really say, but for the tow of us, going green is not a fad but a lifestyle.
On April22, 2011, we decided to go green every single day for an entire year. This meant doing 365 different green things, and it also meant challenging ourselves to go green beyond easy things. Rather than recycle and reduce our energy, we had to think of 365 different green things to do and this was no easy task.
With the idea of going green every single day for a year, Our Green Year started. My life and I decided to educate people about how they could go green in their lives and hoped we could show people all the green things that could be done to help the environment. We wanted to push the message that every little bit helps.
Over the course of Our Green Year, we completely changed our lifestyle. We now shop at organic(有机的)stores. We consume less meat, choosing green food. We have greatly reduced our buying we don't need. We have given away half of what we owned through websites. Our home is kept clean by vinegar and lemon juice, with no chemical cleaners. We make our own butter, enjoying the smell of home-made fresh bread. In our home office anyone caught doing something ungreen might be punished.
Our minds have been changed by Our Green Year. We are grateful for the chance to have been able to go green and educate others. We believe that we do have the power to change things and help our planet.
【題組】60. What might be the best title for the passage?
(A)Going Green. (B)Protecting the Planet.
(C) Keeping Open-Minded (D) Clebrating Our Green Year.
41.【題組】61. It was difficult for the couple to live a green life for the whole year because_________.
(A)they were expected to follow the green fad
(B)they didn't know how to educate other people
(C) they were unwilling to reduce their energy
(D) they needed to perform unusual green tasks
42.【題組】62. What did the couple do over the course of Our Green Year?
(A)They tried to get out of their ungreen habits.
(B)They ignore others' ungreen behavior.
(C) They chose better chemical cleaners.
(D) They sold their home-made food.
43.【題組】63. What can we infer form the last paragraph?
(A)The government will give support to the green people.
(B)The couple may continue their project in the future.
(C) Some people disagree with the couple's green ideas.
(D) Our Green Year is becoming a national campaign.
Here is an astonishing and significant fact: Mental work alone can't make us tire. It sounds absurd. But a years ago, scientists tried to find out how long the human brain could labor without reaching a stage of fatigue (疲劳). To the amazement of these scientists, they discovered that blood passing through the brain, when it is active, shows no fatigue at all! If we took a drop of blood from a day laborer, we would find it full of fatigue toxins(毒素) and fatigue products. But if we took blood from the brain of an Albert Einstein, it would show no fatigue toxins at the end of the day.
So far as the brain is concerned, it can work as well and swiftly at the end of eight or even twelve hours of effort as at the beginning. The brain is totally tireless. So what makes us tired?
Some scientists declare that most of our fatigue comes from our mental and emotional(情绪的) attitudes. One of England's most outstanding scientists, J.AHadfield, says, "The greater part of the fatigue from which we suffer is of mental origin. In fact, fatigue of purely physical origin is rare." D. Brill, a famous American scientist, goes even further. He declares, "One hundred percent of the fatigue of sitting worker in good health is due to emotional problems."
What kinds of emotions make sitting workers tired? Joy? Satisfaction? No! A feeling of being bored, anger, anxiety, tenseness, worry, a feeling of not being appreciated---those are the emotions that tire sitting workers. Hard work by itself seldom causes fatigue. We get tired because our emotions produce nervousness in the body.
【題組】64. What surprised the scientists a few years ago?
(A)Fatigue toxins could hardly be found in a laborer's blood.
(B)Albert Einstein didn't feel worn after a day's work.
(C) The brain could work for many hours without fatigue.
(D) A mental worker's blood was filled with fatigue toxins.
47.【題組】67. We can infer from the passage that in order to stay energetic, sitting workers need to ___________.
(A)have some good food. (B)enjoy their work
(C) exercise regularly (D) discover fatigue toxins
"Indeed," George Washington wrote in his diary in 1785, "some kind of fly, or bug, had begun to eat the leaves before I left home." But the father of America was not the father of bug. When Washington wrote that, Englishmen hade been referring to insects as bugs for more than a century, and Americans had already created lightning-bug(萤火虫). But the English were soon to stop using the bugs in their language, leaving it to the Americans to call a bug a bug in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The American bug could also be a person, referring to someone who was crazy about a particular activity. Although fan became the usual term, sports fans used to be called racing bugs, baseball bugs, and the like.
Or the bug could be a small machine or object, for example, a bug-shaped car. The bug could also be a burglar alarm, from which comes the expression to bug, that is, "to install (安装) an alarm". Now it means a small piece of equipment that people use for listening secretly to others' conversation. Since the 1840s, to bug has long meant "to cheat", and since the 1940s it has been annoying.
We also know the bug as a flaw in a computer program or other design. That meaning dates back to the time of Thomas Edison. In 1878 he explained bugs as "little problems and difficulties" that required months of study and labor to overcome in developing a successful product. In 1889 it was recorded that Edison "had been up the two previous nights discovering 'a bug' in his invented record player."
【題組】68. We learn from Paragraph 1 that __________________.
(A)Americans had difficulty in learning to use the word bug
(B)George Washington was the first person to call an insect a bug
(C)the word bug was still popularly used in English in the nineteenth century
(D)both Englishman and Americans used the word bug in the eighteenth century
50.【題組】70. The passage is mainly concerned with__________________.
(A)the misunderstanding of the word bug (B)the development of the word bug
(C) the public views of the word bug (D) the special characteristics of the word bug