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Week 2  

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0915

白日依山尽,黄河入海流,欲穷千里目,更上一层楼。

The sun beyond the mountains glows, The Yellow River seawards flows.

You can enjoy a grander sight,   By climbing to a greater height.

0914

As she walked round the large shop, Edith realized how difficult it was to choose a suitable Christmas __1__for her father.
She __2__that he were as easy to please as her mother, who was __3__satisfied with perfume(
香水). __4__, shopping at this time of the year was a most __5__job. People __6__on your feet, pushed you with their shoulders and almost __7__ you over in their hurry in order to __8__ something cheap ahead of you.
Partly to have a rest, Edith paused in front of a counter, where some beautiful ties were on __9__. "They are __10__silk," the shop assistant told her with a smile trying to __11__her to buy one. But Edith knew from past __12__that her choice of ties hardly ever pleased her father.
She moved on slowly and then, quite by chance, __13__where a small crowd of men had gathered round a counter. She found some fine pipes on sale and the __14__were very beautiful. Edith did not hesitate for long, although her father __15__ smoked a pipe once in a while, she believed this was __16__ to please him.
When she got home, with her small but __17__present hidden in her handbag, it was time for supper and her parents were already __18__table. Her mother was in great __19__. "Your father has at last decided to stop smoking," she told her daughter happily. Edith was so __20__that she could not say a single word.

1.      D. gift 2.   B. wished 3. C. always 4.  C. Besides 5. A. unhappy 6. B. stepped 7. D. knocked
8.  B. find9. B. show  10. A. real  11. D. persuade 12. A. experience 13. A. stopped  14. C. shapes 15. C. only 16. D. certainly 17. B. well-chosen  18. D. at 19. A. excitement 20.  C. surprised

Listening: US marks 6th anniversary of 9/11 terror acts

Six years after the attacks that changed the Manhattan skyline forever, New Yorkers gathered Tuesday at a park near the _______of the World Trade Center to _______ the anniversary.As in years past, the New York ceremony included four moments of silence - each one in memory of the times the twin towers were hit and then fell. As in previous ceremonies, the names of more than 2,700 people who died when the towers collapsed were read out loud. Only this year, for the first time, firefighters and rescue workers who _______ to the attacks and recovery efforts read the names. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani also made brief remarks, despite _______ from many firefighters and victims' families who say Giuliani is using 9/11 as a way to further his presidential campaign. Mayor Bloomberg said 9/11 was "the day that _______ across our history and our hearts."Family members of the victims descended to Ground Zero to _______ flowers and pay their respects. Family members who threatened to boycott the ceremony finally won a struggle with the city to be allowed _______ to the site.At the White House, President Bush and his wife ______________a moment of silence. The president was joined by Vice President Dick Cheney, cabinet members and the White House staff."The enemies of America, the enemies of our ______________, will never again rest easy for we will hunt them down relentlessly and without reservation," said Gates.A memorial at the Pennsylvania field where one of the hijacked planes crashed, killing the 40 passengers and _______ on board, was also held.

0913

Nation's Rich Have Poor Reputation 

Wealthy Chinese do not have a good reputation, a survey by China Youth Daily and Sina.com has found. The poll, conducted last week, showed about 70 percent of 3,990 interviewees believe the well-off are immoral and not worthy ______ respect. Only 4 percent thought rich people are good, the survey said. For the rich to become popular they need to do three things, the survey suggested. First, they need to have a sense of social responsibility. Second, they need to be self disciplined, and third, they need to have a caring heart. "A scarcity of positive images of rich people in society mirrors the many perceived drawbacks of the character and values of wealthy people." The number of people who make at least $50,000 a year increases______ 15 percent a year and, according to the China Economic Times, the country now has 1.5 million rich people. The China Youth Daily and Sina.com survey found interviewees questioned how the rich became rich in the first place. "Some rich people are thought to have accumulated their wealth through illegal means, such as bribery," said Yuan Xiaoying, a post-graduate student at the Communication University of China. Even so, the survey found wealthy people who abide by the law, have a sense of social responsibility and a caring heart, are respected. The poll showed about 60 percent thought these kinds of wealthy people were worthy of respect. The survey suggested many voters ______[be]better disposed toward rich people from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Western economies[经济体:国家、地区] - rather than the mainland. Hong Kong property tycoon Li Ka-shing was most highly regarded, followed by Bill Gates, mainland property tycoon Wang Shi and basketball player Yao Ming. "Rich people on the mainland invest too little in charity and gain too much," Beijing Sports University student An Xiaoze said. Yu Guoming, a professor at Renmin University of China, called ______ the heads of Chinese companies to think and invest in a long-term way. "Corporate social responsibility is not only about charity, it also connects the company with the government and ______ public."

0912

The past ages of man have all been carefully labeled by anthropologists. Descriptions like ‘ Palaeolithic Man’, ‘Neolithic Man’, etc., neatly sum up whole periods. When the time comes for anthropologists to turn their attention to the twentieth century, they will surely choose the label ‘Legless Man’. Histories of the time will go something like this: ‘in the twentieth century, people forgot how to use their legs. Men and women moved ______ in cars, buses and trains from a very early age. There were lifts and escalators in all large buildings to prevent people from walking. This situation was forced upon earth dwellers of that time because of miles each day. But the surprising thing is that they didn’t use their legs even when they went on holiday. They built cable railways, ski-lifts and roads to the top of every huge mountain. All the beauty spots on earth were marred by the ______ [present]  of large car parks. ’

The future history books might also record that we were deprived of the use of our eyes. In our hurry to get from one place to another, we failed to see anything on the way. Air travel gives you a bird’s-eye view of the world – or even less if the wing of the aircraft happens to get in your way. When you travel by car or train a blurred image of the countryside constantly smears the windows. Car drivers, in particular, are forever obsessed with the urge to go on and on: they never want to stop. Is it the lure of the great motorways, or what? And as for sea travel, it hardly deserves mention. It is perfectly summed ______ in the words of the old song: ‘I joined the navy to see the world, and what did I see? I saw the sea.’ The typical twentieth-century traveler is the man who always says ‘I’ve been there. ’ You mention the remotest, most evocative place-names in the world like El Dorado, Kabul, Irkutsk and someone is bound ______ say ‘I’ve been there’ – meaning, ‘I drove through it ______ 100 miles an hour on the way to somewhere else. ’

When you travel at high speeds, the present means nothing: you live mainly in the future because you spend most of your time looking forward to arriving at some other place. But actual arrival, when it is achieved, is ______. You want to move on again. By traveling like this, you suspend all experience; the present ceases to be a reality: you might just as well be dead. The traveler on foot, on the other hand, lives constantly in the present. For him traveling and arriving are one and the same thing: he arrives somewhere with every step he makes. He experiences the present moment with his eyes, his ears and the whole of his body. At the end of his journey he feels a delicious physical weariness. He knows that sound. Satisfying sleep will be his: the just reward of all true travellers.

0911

iPhone price cut angers some Apple customers

[ 2007-09-11 10:00 ]

 

Technology aficionados who rushed out to buy Apple's much-hyped iPhone since its debut less than three months ago are expressing buyer's remorse now that Apple has slashed the product's price by one-third. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington, the announcement of a revamped line of iPod products has not bolstered Apple stock, which plunged more than five percent Wednesday and continued to sink in trading Thursday.

 

 

Consumers usually welcome price breaks, but not when they recently _______ a product, only to see everyone else able to purchase the same merchandise for significantly less. Until Wednesday, Apple's _______cellular telephone, media player and web surfer rolled into one, called the iPhone, sold for $599. Today, it can be purchased for $399.

 

Apple says the price cut is designed to boost sales as America's holiday shopping season nears. Many iPhone owners are crying foul although people who purchased the gadget within the last two weeks are entitled to a refund of the price difference.

 

The negative reaction overwhelmed what was supposed to be an upbeat day Wednesday for Apple. Chief executive Steve Jobs announced an overhaul of the California-based company's highly-profitable iPod media players.

 

"It [the iPod] is going to come in all these great colors," said Steve Jobs. "It is super-thin. We think it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is just_______."

 

Prices for high technology gear often fall after their introduction, but many analysts say it is unusual for the price to be slashed so drastically and so quickly for a ground-breaking product. At the same time, they _______ that the price cut will make it easier for Apple to meet its goal of selling one million iPhone units in the United States by the end of this month.

 

In other news, the number of American homeowners in danger of losing their _______ continues to grow. More than one in 20 homeowners are behind in their mortgage payments, and the U.S. Mortgage Bankers Association reports that the number of foreclosure proceedings has reached all-time highs in each of the last three quarters.

 

America's housing and mortgage industries have been hard-hit by upheaval in the so-called "sub-prime" market, referring to loans with higher interest rates designed for those with poor credit. The upheaval is _______for recent stock market volatility across the globe.

 

In more positive news, the U.S. Labor Department is reporting greater than expected gains in U.S. productivity, while _______ claims in the United States fell last week for the first time in nearly two months.

 

0910

1This is the research center ___c___ we/I visited the modern equipment last year.

2This research center is __c____ we/I visited the modern equipment last year.

3This is the research center ___b___ we/I visited last year.

4This research center is ___a___ we/I visited last year.

5This is the research center __b___ we/I paid a visit to last year.

6This/The research center is __c___ we/I paid a visit last year.

7This is the day __d____ we/I visited the modern equipment last year.

8This is the day ___b___ we spent together last year.

9This day is __a____ we spent together last year.

10This/ The day is ___d____ we/I stayed in Beijing last year.

A. what   B. that /which   C. where   D. when

答案:1C 2C 3B 4A 5B 6C 7D 8B 9A 10D

Liu Xiang was the first Asian ______1_____ (win) the mens 110m hurdles at the Olympics in Athens. ______2____ that he became an idol(偶像) to the young people.I never thought I would run under 13 seconds and break the Olympic ____3____.”said Liu Xiang in tears, “I am very very excited. I’m proud not just for myself and for Chinese ____4____ for Asia. My race went ______5_____ (wonderful) from start to finish.” Liu added. “It is _____6_____ amazing experience being the Olympic champion. I want to thank my coach and my friends for _____7____their help. I think today we Chinese have showed the world we ____8_____ run as fast as anybody else.”Since his return from Athens, Liu Xiang has been at the center of a media circus and he has been to many press appearances and meetings. ____9____ Liu thinks 2004 is just the beginning, and he expects to be at his peak in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Liu said, “For some players, it’s just a job. For me, it’s ____10____ I love.”

1.       According to a recent survey, four million people die each year from diseases linked to smoking.
2. The latest surveys show that quite a few children have unpleasant associations with homework.
3. No invention has received more praise and abuse than Internet.
4. People seem to fail to take into account the fact that education does not end with graduation.
5. An increasing number of people are beginning to realize that education is not complete with graduation.
6. When it comes to education, the majority of people believe that education is a lifetime study.
7. Many experts point out that physical exercise contributes directly to a person's physical fitness.
8. Proper measures must be taken to limit the number of foreign tourists and the great efforts should be made to protect local environment and history from the harmful effects of international tourism.
9. An increasing number of experts believe that migrants will exert positive effects on construction of city. However, this opinion is now being questioned by more and more city residents, who complain that the migrants have brought many serious problems like crime and prostitution.
10. Many city residents complain that it is so few buses in their city that they have to spend much more time waiting for a bus, which is usually crowded with a large number of passengers.
11. There is no denying the fact that air pollution is an extremely serious problem: the city authorities should take strong measures to deal with it.
12. An investigation shows that female workers tend to have a favorable attitude toward retirement.
13. A proper part-time job does not occupy students' too much time. In fact, it is unhealthy for them to spend all of time on their study. As an old saying goes: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
14. Any government, which is blind to this point, may pay a heavy price.
任何政府忽视这一点都将付出巨大的代价。
15.Nowadays, many students always go into raptures at the mere mention of the coming life of high school or college they will begin. Unfortunately, for most young people, it is not pleasant experience on their first day on campus.
16. In view of the seriousness of this problem, effective measures should be taken before things get worse.
17. The majority of students believe that part-time job will provide them with more opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills, which may put them in a favorable position in the future job markets.
18. It is indisputable that there are millions of people who still have a miserable life and have to face the dangers of starvation and exposure.
无可争辩,现在有成千上万的人仍过着挨饿受冻的痛苦生活。
19. Although this view is wildly held, this is little evidence that education can be obtained at any age and at any place.
尽管这一观点被广泛接受,很少有证据表明教育能够在任何地点、任何年龄进行。
20. No one can deny the fact that a person's education is the most important aspect of his life.

没有人能否认:教育是人生最重要的一方面。

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