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  86. Many leaders of government always go into raptures at the mere mention of artistic and cultural projects. They are forever talking about the nice parks, the smart sculptures in central city and the art galleries with various valuable rarities. Nothing, they maintain, is more essential than such projects in the economic growth.

  只要一提起艺术和文化项目,一些政府领导就会兴奋不已,他们滔滔不绝地说着美丽的公园,城市中心漂亮的雕塑,还有满是稀世珍宝的艺术展览馆。他们认为在经济发展中,没有什么比这些艺术项目更重要了。

  87. But is it really the case? The information Ive collected over last few years leads me to believe that artistic and cultural projects may be less useful than many governments think. In fact, basic infrastructure projects are playing extremely important role and should be given priority.

  这是真的吗?这些年我收集的信息让我相信这些文化、艺术项目并没有许多政府想象的那么重要。事实上,基础设施建设非常重要,应该放在首位。

  88. Those who are in favor of artistic and cultural projects advocate that cultural environment will attract more tourists, which will bring huge profits to local residents. Some people even equate the build of such projects with the improving of economic construction.

  那些赞成建设文化艺术项目的人认为文化环境会吸引更多的游客,这将给当地居民带来巨大的利益。一些人甚至把建设文化艺术项目与发展经济建设等同起来。

  89. Unfortunately, there is very few evidence that big companies are willing to invest a huge sums of money in a place without sufficient basic projects, such as supplies of electricity and water.

  然而,很少有证据表明大公司愿意把巨额的资金投到一个连水电这些基础设施都不完善的地方去。

  90. From what has been discussed above, it would be reasonable to believe that basic projects play far more important role than artistic and cultural projects in peoples life and economic growth.

  通过以上讨论,我们有理由相信在人们的生活和经济发展方面,基础建设比艺术文化项目发挥更大的作用。

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        91. Those urban planners who are blind to this point will pay a heavy price, which they cannot afford it.

  那些城市的规划者们如果忽视这一点,将会付出他们无法承受的代价。

  92. There is a growing tendency these days for many people who live in rural areas to come into and work in city. This problem has caused wide public concern in most cities all over the world.

  农民进城打工正成为增长的趋势,这一问题在世界上大部分城市已引起普遍关注。

  93. An investigation shows that many emigrants think that working at city provide them with not only a higher salary but also the opportunity of learning new skills.

  一项调查显示许多民工认为在城市打工不仅有较高的收入,而且能学到一些新技术。

  94. It must be noted that improvement in agriculture seems to not be able to catch up with the increase in population of rural areas and there are millions of peasants who still live a miserable life and have to face the dangers of exposure and starvation.

  必须指出,农业的发展似乎赶不上农村人口的增加,并且仍有成千上万的农民过着缺衣挨饿的贫寒生活。

  95. Although rural emigrants contribute greatly to the economic growth of the cities, they may inevitably bring about many negative impacts.

  尽管民工对城市的经济发展做出了巨大贡献,然而他们也不可避免的带来了一些负面影响

 

 

 

In the United States there was an unusual tale telling of the daughter of a mechanic (技工). One day while walking along the bank of a lake, the girl  36   to see 20 eggs laid by a wild goose. After some time the girl   37   the mother would not return to her eggs and she   38   to take them home. There she carefully   39   the eggs in the heat of a lamp. Several days   40   the eggs broke and the baby geese came into the   41  .

Geese are known to take the first living thing they see as their mother.   42  , to these young geese, the girl was their mother.

As they   43  , the girl was able to   44   her birds to run across the grass, but she could not teach them to   45  . The girl became increasingly worried about this, both when    46  and in her dreams. Later, she had an   47  : She would pilot a plane to guide them in   48  . She asked her father for a plane and he assembled(组装)a small aircraft for her.

Caring about   49   safety, the father decided to pilot the plane himself. However, the birds did not   50   or follow him, and   51   slept in the grass.

One day, the girl   52   into the plane, started it and soon left the   53  . Seeing their mother take to the air, the birds   54   flapped(拍打)their wings and   55  . She flew the plane freely in the sky, her young birds following.

 

36. A. managed       B. attempted           C. happened                                       D. supposed

37. A. realized      B. expected            C. imagined                                       D. admitted

38. A. helped                                           B. decided                                          C. afforded           D. meant

39. A. placed                                           B. protected                                        C. treated             D. examined

40. A. ago       B. out                C. later                                           D. long

41. A. family                                           B. lake                                            C. home              D. world

42. A. But                                            B. Also                                            C. Thus              D. Still

43. A. increased                                         B. improved                                         C. rose             D. grew

44. A. ask                                             B. lead                                            C. want              D. allow

45. A. fly                                             B. race                                            C. swim            D. sing

46. A. asleep                                          B. away                                           C. around             D. awake

47. A. idea                                            B. opinion                                           C. explanation          D. excuse

48. A. sky                                            B. heaven                                          C. flight               D. plane

49. A. his         B. her                                               C. their                                               D. its

50. A. respect                                         B. remember                                         C. recognize                                           D. receive

51. A. so                                             B. instead                                           C. hardly                                             D. too

52. A. climbed                                         B. looked                                           C. reached                                           D. fell

53. A. house                                           B. floor                                             C. water              D. ground

54. A. secretly                                         B. disappointedly                                   C. patiently                                            D. eagerly

55. A. looked away                              B. set out

C. went by                                      D. turned back

 

 

 

 

LESSON 3

 

As a child, Wang Junyan never dreamed ______ becoming a famous person on TV. “I never thought about going on TV because my family didn’t even have one until I was in junior high school!” she explained. Now Wang Junyan is the presenter for Universe TV’s news programmers. I  asked her she had achieved success and she told me that ______curious, working hard, and believing in ______ was true made her the success she is today.

“It was my mother ______ taught me to be curious. She had a great love of everything in the universe and she taught me to be interested in mankind and nature, everything from plants to insects,” Junyan told me. “We would look in old nests to find birds’ feathers and we would even turn ______ stones to look at the little creatures there. I loved doing that,” remembered Junyan. She said, “My mother was a strong character. Although there were lots of difficulties to overcome, she never let her problems defeat her. She worked extremely hard to support me through school and during my time at Fudan University in Shanghai. Her attitude towards life will never stop influencing my thought and actions.”

After gradating from university, Wang Junyan became a reporter for a local newspaper. She said she chose to be a journalist because it is important that people grasp what is going on around them. I asked her if there was any special moment that made her realize this and she replied that it was after she was asked to inspect the company and catch the guilty people. “That is when I realized the importance of being a journalist,” said Junyan.

“Writing that report wasn’t easy, but I realized that people needed to know and so I didn’t give up,” Junyan told me. This paid off because she won an award______ the report. “I discovered then that as ______ as I am committed and never give ______ I will be able to produce high quality reports.” That’s exactly what Wang Junyan had been doing as the face of Universe TV.

I asked Junyan what she liked most about her job and she said that although there wasn’t much glory in a reporter’s existence, she found it interesting and challenging. “I meet a lot of people and go to many different places. I’m never bored with this job!” She added that as a reporter she needed many different skills and was ______ challenged to learn new things. Finally, I asked her if after many years she still felt curious. ______[Smile] brightly, she told me, “Nothing ______ I learned from my mother has ever left me. Today when I’m looking for stories, I still feel like I’m turning over stones to see what might be hiding beneath!”

 

 

LESSON 4  Survival of the fittest

Between now and the 21st century., citizens ______ the world’s richest and most advanced nations will find it more and more difficult to keep up ______ the demand for change. For them, the future will arrive too soon.” So begins Alvin Toffler’s book Future Shock, written back in 1970.

Now people are beginning to pay attention to Toffler’s ideas because the speed of change is becoming increasingly fast. It is sometimes difficult to work out the patterns of change. What should you do? (1)__________. Take a deep breath and try to get a sense of the good things the future has to offer.

You don’t need to be Einstein to predict the job areas which will be most affected by such change. Jobs in farming, coal mining and heavy industry are decreasing rapidly. (2)________________.

______ doubt, the number of jobs in information technology will multiply. There are ______ over 100.000.000 computers in the world and by 2020 there will be 10 times more. (3)__________.

There are also many other important changes taking place. First, fewer and fewer people will have a “job for life”. (4)_____________. According to Mark Hastings of the Institute of Management, in the future, people will organize their working life around a ______ of jobs, instead of working just for one division or branch of accompany.

Similarly, companies will operate in different ways. People will move ______ to do different jobs, rather than moving up in the company as before. Many more people will work for small, dynamic companies which can respond quickly to changes in the market. Other people will give up working for a boss and start their own businesses. All this means that companies will require people who are flexible and can work ______ their own. (5)__________________.

Good communication skills will be extremely important. According to Dr Laurence Lyons of Future Work, women will be envied because they have an advantage in this area. James Traeger, spokesman of government training organization, explains that many men will have to be retrained. “It’s not about making men more like women, but helping men to communicate as well.”

Businesses will certainly become more international. English will probably remain the international business language, so don’t bother ______[learn] Russian or Spanish. (6)_____________.

Above all, a manager will need to feel comfortable working with people form other countries and continents.

     New technology is the driving force behind these rapid changes, so don’t get left behind. You don’t need to become a computer expert, but you must consider improving your computer skills. Work with more than one program ______ case you have to use them at work, and try to read about new technology.

     There is no doubt that all this new technology is changing the way new work and offering many other ways of working. Rather than going into an office, a lot of people are connected to the Internet and now work from home. Working like this allows you to live ______ you want, to continue your studies and to enjoy the comfort of having a lot more free time. However, with all this change, let’s hope that it also helps the in poor countries where slave labour still happens. For the citizens ______ these nations, the future can’t arrive soon enough.

 

 

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