1. Where does the conversation probably take place?
A. In a bookstore. B. In a library. C. In a classroom.
2. What are the speakers doing?
A. Doing shopping. B. Designing clothes. C. Getting dressed.
3. What does the man mean?
A. He’ll move the boxes for the woman.
B. He wants Bob to give him a hand.
C. He can’t help the woman.
10. Who is calling?
A. Mrs. Bell. B. Mary Smith. C. Jacob Waters.
11. What day is it today?
A. July 3rd. B. July 5th. C. July 8th.
12. What is the message about?
A. A meeting. B. Sick leave. C. A visit to the Culture Centre
13. What will the woman do for her vacation?
A. Take a trip to Brazil. B. Join a sum.er camp. C. Visit son, friends.
14. Why did the man change his travel plans?
A. To teach some kids to swim.
B. To learn to drive.
C. To save up for a car.
15. How will the man go to London?
A. By car. B. By plane. C. By train.
16. What might be the relationship between the two speakers?
A. Relatives. B. Classmates. C. Teacher and student.
17. Why did the man choose that part of Africa to visit?
A. It is good for walking.
B. He had been there before.
C. It will soon change.
18. What made the team’s journey slow?
A. Carrying heavy equipment.
B. Finding somewhere safe to camp.
C. Clearing paths through the forest.
19. What did the man worry about during the trip?
A. The safety of the team. B. Losing his notebook. C. Dangerous animals.
20. Why was the team short of food?
A. The trip took longer than expected.
B. Some of the food went bad too quickly.
C. Some people ate more than they should.
4. What does the man think of the seals in Prestige Air’s planes?
A. Small. B. Wide. C. Comfortable.
5. What are the speakers mainly talking about?
A. The man’s early projects. B. The woman’s term paper. C. The way to write a paper.
6. Where are the speakers?
A. At the woman’s home. B. At school. C. At a hospital.
7. What causes the woman’s headaches?
A. Her terrible school marks.
B. The bad condition of her eyes.
C. Her unpleasant relationship with her teachers.#p#副標題#e#
8. Why didn’t the woman major in art?
A. It needed a lot of money. B. It was unpractical. C. It required hard work.
9. How does the man feel about the woman’s decision?
A. Pitiful. B. Envious. C. Doubtful.
As fun and enriching as traveling can be, it can also prove to be very expensive. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best international destinations to go to in 2018 that won’t break the bank.
Located in Southeast Asia, Laos is an underrated country with a ton to offer, ill ere is an abundance of French colonial architecture, stunning Buddhist monasteries (修道院), jungles, and the nicest locals. The best part is it’s not super touristy, so you won’t be subject to jacked up prices or overwhelming crowds.
For local meals and street eats, you can expect to pay $2 to $4, while a gourmet (精美的) meal with drinks will cost you $ 15 to $ 50. You can even get a boutique hotel or resort for us low as $ 50.
Portugal is certainly having a moment right now, with tourists flocking to the Southern European country that borders Spain. Here you’ll find major cities filled with culture, stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, sensational cuisine, and port wine.
You can get a basic hotel starting from about $ 35, or a boutique hotel starting from about $ 120. As far as food, you can get a lunch special al a family-run restaurant for $ 8 to $ 12, and dinner for two in a top restaurant for $ 92.
Another country where tourism has yet to boom, this Central American country is set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is best known for its lakes, volcanoes, and beaches. Because Nicaragua isn’t quite on everyone’s radar just yet, you can expect low prices. Go during the rainy season, and you can expect even a 20% discount.
A typical meal will cost you $4, a gourmet meal $20, and a double bed in a luxury hotel will cost you between $ 80 to $ 120.
21. Where could you go to enjoy tropical jungles?
A. Laos B. Portugal C. Spain D. Nicaragua
22. Visiting Nicaragua in the rainy season, for a gourmet meal you will pay ?
A. $ 4. B. $8. C. $ 16. D. $20.
23. What do these destinations have in common according to the text?
A. They are European countries. B. Tourists can spend less money.
C. They are underdeveloped countries. D. Tourists can enjoy living by the sea.
Whatever Rock was doing down there, it made enough noise for me to go to him. By the time I made it to the bottom of the stairs, he was running up, and he never came up the stair, no matter what. I think that was his way of telling me, “We’ve got to go back up.”
When I got to the top of the stairs, I turned around and saw a light on, but I didn’t remember leaving one on. I walked downstairs again, and that’s when I saw fire. I immediately should to my wife to wake up and get our three kids. I grabbed a knife and cut out the plastic that covered the window to the porch roof. I then broke the window and kicked out the screen. I got everybody out on the roof and threw a blanket out there so we wouldn’t slip off. It was cold, January cold. Then I started screaming for help. But help never came.
Now, I’m scared of heights and have physical issues, what with my rheumatoid arthritis (類風濕性關節炎), but I couldn’t let ray family bum up. So I jumped off the roof. I didn’t run to the edge, I just jumped and got the wind knocked out of me when I landed.
I found our ladder, placed it against the house, and climbed back up to the roof. I wrapped my arms around my daughter and canned my nine-month-old with my teeth, by his little sleeper. Then I climbed down the ladder. Once on ground, I had my little girl hold her brother, and I went back up to the roof lo get my other daughter. Then I went back up again and got my wife. I tried to get my dog, but he just disappeared in the black smoke. I never saw him alive again.
I’m no hero. I’m just an ordinary person who’d help anybody. This happened to be the time when I helped my own family. I live to protect my family. Just like Rock — he lived lo protect us.
24. Why did Rock make enough noise?
A. Rock caused the fire and tried to escape.
B. Rock was warming up itself to fight cold.
C. Rock was playing upstairs and downstairs.
D. Rock tried to remind the author of the fire.
25. The author jumped off the roof .
A. to call for help B. to challenge himself
C. to find tools for rescue D. to escape being burned
26. What can we learn about the author?
A. Strict and devoted. B. Smart and sociable.
C. Responsible and brave. D. Powerful and considerate.
27. Which of the following can be the best title of the text?
A. Rock’s Heroic Life B. Escape from the Fire
C. A Lesson I Have Learnt D. My Adventure Experience#p#副標題#e#
If you’re a commuter (通勤者) or drive on the highway often, you’ve probably seen those tall wall-like structures alongside the road. You may think they’re there to prevent cars and trucks from going off the road, or to provide privacy nearby neighborhoods. But that’s actually not their main purpose.
It all started back when the 1958 Hollywood Bowl was drowned out by nearby highway noise. Ever since, tall barriers made out of noise-cancelling materials were construct along the busiest areas of America’s highways to prevent the noise from affecting surrounding areas. There are now 2,748 miles of these walls across the U.S.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, barrier walls can reduce highway noise by almost half. The structures are typically made out of wood, concrete or brick-materials that absorb or reduce sound.
The critical aspect of the construction of these walls is their height. They’re built high enough to be over the line of sight, usually much taller than any car or truck. Building them up this high reduces sound waves by about 5-10 decibels. Human ears can’t usually notice a difference below 3 decibels, so the taller the better!
The barriers are most effective when they are built within 61 meters of the road, which is why they can seem like safety barriers. They also cannot have any openings, or else the noise will leak through and the wall will be ineffective.
The FWHA also puts aesthetic standards on the noise reducing walls. They “must be designed to be visually appealing and must be designed to preserve aesthetic values and scenic views,” according to the organization’s website. This is done to keep the natural landscape that typically surrounds highways complete and make them pleasant for surrounding residential communities as well.
28. What’s the main purpose of tall walls according to the text?
A. To keep wildlife away from the road.
B. To prevent cars from going off the road.
C. To provide privacy to nearby neighborhoods.
D. To prevent the noise from disturbing surroundings.
29. What is the vital aspect of tall walls according to the text?
A. the height B. the material C. the place D. the style
30. What can we learn about safety barriers according to the text?
A. They were built since 1958.
B. They are made from wood, or concrete.
C. They stand within 61 meters of the road.
D. They are built at a similar height of tall walls.
31. What does the underlined word “aesthetic” in Para. 6 mean?
A. noisy B artistic C. typical D. natural
Homeless people face a lot of challenges. Some of the most basic challenges, however, spring from not having regular access to clean water and cleaning stuff such as soap and shampoo. And poor personal hygiene (衛生) can he particularly troubling for homeless teens.
That challenge inspired a young researcher, Leia Glunckman, to invent a multi-purpose product. It would need to absorb sweat and oil from skin and hair. It would need to clean teeth. Plus, it would need to kill bacteria without being harmful to people. She wanted her ingredients to be natural and biodegradable (可降解的).
Leia started by going to stores and looking at I he ingredient (原料) lists for tooth powders, body powders and dry shampoos. Then she put together eight different trial recipes of her own. She tested each mixture to see how well it absorbed body oil and cleaned hair, to find out how these might work as a toothpaste, she tested them al removing coffee stains from eggshells.
Eventually, Leia settled on three working recipes. Each contains salt and baking powder. The salt helps clean teeth and remove dirt, she notes. Baking powder helps absorb smells. Her three recipes’ other ingredients differ. Some of those ingredients included cloves, cinnamon and chamomile. Those sorts of things give her products different tastes and smells. That would let teens choose a product based on personal preferences.
Leia wants to develop her products further. “Could it be used to drive off mosquitoes?” she asks. “Or does it attract them? These are questions I want to answer next,” she notes.
Science offers a way to go about “solving problems and helping people,” says Leia. And she thinks her products could benefit a broad range of people, not just the homeless. Anyone in an area with little or no access to clean water could find her products useful, she says.
32. What made Leia make the product according to the text?
A. Her personal experience.
B. The suffering of homeless people.
C. Poor personal hygiene for homeless people.
D. Her curiosity about invention and helping others.
33. The third paragraph mainly tells us .
A. How Leia made the product B. how effective the product is
C. what functions the product has D. what ingredients the product has
34. What can we learn about the product from the fourth paragraph?
A. People can buy it in the market now.
B. The product only has three varieties.
C. Salt is used lo clear smells and remove dirt.
D. It can be custom-made to suit personal taste.
35. How does Leia feel about her invention?
A. It has some faults. B. It is quite satisfactory.
C. It still needs improving. D. It is useful in remote area.#p#副標題#e#
How to Sell a Used Book on the Internet
Is your book collection getting out of hand? You can clean house and make some extra cash by selling your books online. There are a number of websites which can allow you to sell more books more quickly than you could sell locally, and you’ll likely receive higher prices as well. 36
Here are some aspects you should consider before you make your choice.
How much you have to pay the site. Some booksellers charge a flat fee per book, while others charge a commission (傭金) on the selling price. 37 Shop around lo find the best deal for your particular situation, and make sure you understand exactly how much you’ll have to pay when your book sells.
The site’s shipping policy. You’ll have to ship the book when it sells, so make sure you understand any requirements for shipping. 38 Also, find out how shipping is factored into (考慮在內) how much you get paid. Do you have to pay shipping out of the book’s sale price, or is there a shipping allowance that’s added to the price?
39 When someone buys a book, the website will pay you, usually either by direct deposit into your bank account, by PayPal, or by check. Some may pay you immediately, while many pay sellers once or twice a month.
The reputation of the bookseller and the amount of exposure your book will get.
40 You can get comparable exposure at most of them, but please do enough investigation.
A. How you get paid.
B. Set your reasonable price.
C. And still others charge a membership fee, instead.
D. Open an account with one or more online booksellers.
E. Most big online booksellers have a good track record.
F. To get the best fit, you’d better compare these online booksellers.
G. Most sites require that you ship via a tracking service, for example.
My husband and I stood there together, 41 the lovely table and chairs. They were high- quality pieces of furniture.
“They’re antiques, family heirlooms (傳家寶),” our hosts told us. Both husband and wife smiled with satisfaction and obvious 42 for these treasures. They invited us to sit and enjoy a meal in this inviting room full of fragile things.
The meal was served, and we 43 and grew comfortable. Soon my husband grew a little too comfortable, and without 44 , got into a bad habit. He leaned (倚靠) back in his chair 45 enough to lift the front legs off the floor…
Oh no. Have I mentioned my husband is a particularly 46 man? He’s a lot to put in a chair. It made a terrible sound and even worse 47 - that beautiful antique chair was 48 and useless.
My husband and I both 49 sincerely. Our kind hosts were obviously very sad. But they 50 they would have no problem repairing the damage. Then they actually pulled another of the antique chairs and 51 my husband to sit in it.
I’m glad lo report no more chairs were 52 . But one was more than enough, and to out hosts that chair 53 so much more than a place to sit. Yet for them 54 took priority (優先權) over the priceless chair. They chose people over 55 , hospitality (好客) over something they loved.
Sometimes we have to make that kind of 56 . The fact is, other people don’t always value what we value 57 we value it. They don’t always act carefully. Sometimes they cost us. If we value people, we’d better hold 58 to our treasures and be ready to love others, 59 it costs us something we love.
After all, people can’t be 60 either.
41. A. examining B. explaining C. appreciating D. observing
42. A. affection B. feeling C. sense D. eagerness
43. A. gave in B. settled in C. put in D. filled in
44. A. questioning B. opposing C. complaining D. thinking
45. A. long B. short C. far D. near
46. A. small B. large C. considerate D. selfless
47. A. dilemma B. mark C. sight D. moment
48. A. lost B. spoiled C. hurt D. broken
49. A. thanked B. admired C. apologized D. forgave
50. A. insisted B. persuaded C. hesitated D. considered
51. A. forced B. invited C. allowed D. demanded
52. A. placed B. needed C. guarded D. harmed
53. A. showed B. left C. represented D. provided
54. A. carefulness B. spirit C. kindness D. value
55. A. possessions B. resources C. money D. situations
56. A. plan B. arrangement C. judgment D. choice
57. A. since B. unless C. as D. when#p#副標題#e#
58. A. loosely B. lightly C. generally D. generously
59. A. while B. because C. as if D. even if
60. A. controlled B. replaced C. chosen D. blamed
Treasure Ship Discovered
Stormy waves cut short the voyage of the Chinese merchant ship as it left a southern port loaded 61 porcelain (瓷器) to sell its wares along the ancient trade route known as the Marine Silk Road. 800 years 62 , Chinese scientists awakened the ship, 63 (lie) upright on the seabed miles off the coast of Guangdong, which was 64 (true) amazing and impossible to value.
It is Chinese experts’ 65 (believe) that the ship dates back to the 66 (two) period of the Song Dynasty. At 25 meters long and 10 meters wide, it is the largest cargo ship from that golden period of Chinese merchant history 67 ( discover) so far.
The ship was well preserved. The scientists used a huge steel basket 68 (lift) it out in one piece, better to preserve its original looks. They then stored it in a purpose-built museum.
Discovered by accident in 1987, the ship 69 (name) Nanhai No 1. Being buried in two meters of mud did much to protect the ship, 70 it made excavation (挖掘) very difficult.
In order to provide us students with an opportunity to exchange books and making better use of used books, the Student Union of our school was held a campus book fair on December 18, 2017. At a fair, we could sell unwanted books, buy needed books and simply trade books with each other. Like other fain, of this kind, prices were particular low. To my happy, I not only sold several books, but also buy a few books I want. I like this kind activity, which really benefits us students. It improves our social skills and enables them to touch the real world. I wish that there would be more event like this in our school.
I am happy to know that