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US election finally ends

All the hype leading up to the presidential election in the US will finally end, ______ Election Day came and passed this week. In Beijing, final results were coming in early Wednesday morning, and people were very excited - excited for the drama to finally end.

Smart children make heavy drinkers

A new study suggests that smarter children tend to drink more frequently and higher quantities upon growing up than their not-so-smart counterparts. Children in the US and UK were tested and given a score ______[range]  from "very dull" to "very bright". Then, 20 to 40 years later, they were surveyed on their drinking habits. Results showed children who were labeled smarter as children were heavier drinkers. ______ don't be mistaken! That doesn't mean all smart people are heavy drinkers and all heavy drinkers are smart people.

Hunting for Sasquatch in a blimp

People still use blimps? I thought they were only good for advertising. Apparently a scientist from the US state of Idaho is raising money to purchase a blimp, so he can travel around the western US looking for Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch), a legendary ape-like creature that is said to live in the ______[wood] . Many people think Sasquatch doesn't exist, and others think the beast is just a master of remaining unseen.

This wacky world!

A baby has grown wildly popular on the Internet (with over 1 million fans) after going through some serious surgeries. People were so intrigued by the baby because of his ______[strike] good looks. He's been dubbed the "ridiculously good looking baby".

A man in China sued his wife in October for having an ugly baby. Apparently the wife had plastic surgeries to change her appearance, but she didn't tell her husband. He ended up ______[win]  the case. (The credibility of this story is in question, but it's just so funny.)

Two states in the US legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It should be very interesting to see ______ happens next. Ha. Haha. Hahahaha!

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"Grandma, Grandma, tell us a story ! ”Four darling children sat by my feet, looking up at me expectantly                                                                         Suddenly, we were interrupted clapping“Terrific, ” the director said, stepping up the stage from the aisle(过道)."Except, could you kids face the audience a bit more? ”

The kids shifted to face the empty seats, which would be filled in a few days for the church play“Perfect,” the director said "Now, Grandma, read to your grandchildren" A pan of sadness hit me If' only I could read to my real grandchild!

I had a granddaughter, but I'd never met her Sixteen years earlier my son was involved in a relationship that ended badly But out of' it came a blessing: a baby girl named Lena I hoped to be a grandmother to her-but shortly after the birth, the mother moved without any address left Over  the years, I asked around town to try and find my son’s ex-wife (前妻),but it seemed that she didn’t want to be found

I'd just joined this new church a week earlier and was at once offered the part of Grandma in the play At least now I could pretend to be a grandma The rehearsals went well, and finally the day of' the show arrived The performance was great "You all looked so natural up there, ”one of' my friends said

                        Afterward, we went to the church basement for refreshments (茶点).I walked over to one of the girls in the play Rehearsals had been such a whirlwind (一片忙乱) that we never really got to talk "How's my granddaughter? " I joked..

                        "Fine ! she answered Just then, someone else walked up and asked the girl her name

                        I wasn't sure I heard the girl's answer correctly But it made me ask her another question"What's your mother's name? ,,

She told me, I was still in shock "And what's your father's name? " I asked She told meIt was my son

She'd only started going to that church a week before I did Since that day of 'the play, we've stayed close Not long ago, she even made me a great grandma

26 What was the author doing at the beginning of' the story?

      A  Telling a story                         B  Playing a game

    C  Preparing for a play                   D  Acting in a movie

27 Why did the author feel "a pang of' sadness" at the words of' the director'?

      A  The director's words reminded her of 'her lost granddaughter

      B  The director's words hurt her so badly

      C  She wished that she had a real grandchild

     D The director wasn’t content with her performance

28  What happened in the church basement after the play'?

      A  The author played a joke on Lena

      B  Lena treated the author as a friend

      C  The author got to know who Lena was

      D Lena mistook the author for her grandmother

29This passage is mainly organized in the pattern of           

      A  time and events                     B  contrast and conclusion

      C  cause and effect                     D  questions and answers

30 We can infer that when writing the story, the author felt           .

      A light-hearted              B heartbroken

      C confused                     D anxious



A great deal of attention is being paid today to the so-called digital divide--the division of the world into the info(information) rich and the info poor. And that __1__ does exist today. My wife and I lectured about this looming danger twenty years ago. What was less __2__ then, however, were the new, positive __3__ that work against the digital divide. __4__,there are reasons to be __5__.

There are technological reasons to hope the digital divide will narrow. As the Internet becomes more and more __6__, it is in the interest of business to universalize access-after all, the more people online, the more potential __7__ there are. More and more __8__, afraid their countries will be left __9__, want to spread Internet access. Within the next decade or two, one to two billion people on the planet will be __10__ together. As a result, I now believe the digital divide will __11__ rather than widen in the years ahead. And that is very good news because the Internet may well be the most powerful tool for __12__ world poverty that we've ever had.

Of course, the use of the Internet isn't the only way to __13__ poverty. And the Internet is not the only tool we have. But it has __14__ potential.

To __15__ advantage of this tool, some poor countries will have to get over their outdated anti-colonial prejudices __16__ respect to foreign investment. Countries that still think foreign investment is a/an __17__ of their sovereignty might well study the history of __18__ (the basic structural foundations of a society) in the United States. When the United States built its industrial infrastructure, it didn't have the capital to do so. And that is __19__ America's Second Wave infrastructure-__20__ roads, harbors, highways, ports and so on-were built with foreign investment.


1. A) divide B) information C) world D) lecture

2. A) obscure B) visible C) invisible D) indistinct

3. A) forces B) obstacles C) events D) surprises

4. A) Seriously B) Entirely C) Actually D) Continuously

5. A) negative B) optimistic C) pleasant D) disappointed

6. A) developed B) centralized C) realized D) commercialized

7. A) users B) producers C) customers D) citizens

8. A) enterprises B) governments C) officials D) customers

9. A) away B) for C) aside D) behind

10. A) netted B) worked C) put D) organized

11. A) decrease B) narrow C) neglect D) low

12. A) containing B) preventing C) keeping D) combating

13. A) win B) detail C) defeat D) fear

14. A) enormous B) countless C) numerical D) big

15. A) bring B) keep C) hold D) take

16. A) at B) with C) of D) for

17. A) offence B) investment C) invasion D) insult

18. A) construction B) facility  C) infrastructure D) institution

19. A) why B) where C) when D) how

20. A) concerning B) concluding C) according D) including













26-30 CACAA



由文中第一行的digital divide得出答案。










develop发展;centralize集中;realize认识到;commercialize使商业化,由下文网络有利于商业途径的普及,可知此处表述的意思是网络越来越商业化。in the interest of...为了...的利益






leave behind 留下,超过与leave相关的短语:leave aside把某事搁置一边leave out 省去,遗漏,不考虑leave off 停止,不再穿




decrease减少,narrow变窄;neglect忽视,疏忽;low降低 句意:因此,我现在认为数字鸿沟是在变窄而不是在拓宽

12.D contain包含,容纳;prevent防止,阻止;keep保留,保持;combat战斗,搏斗






take advantage of 利用


with respect to 关于,至于 with也可换成in.表示关于的还有with regard to,concerning等。










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