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Challenge both your English & minds





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Bolt’s training partner Yohan Blake beat him in both the 100m and 200m events at the Jamaican Olympic trials. So, by the time he arrived in London, some questioned whether he could defend his titles. It only took 9.63 seconds for the _______[run] star to prove his critics wrong. The Jamaican runner stormed to victory in the 100m, clocking the second fastest time in history. Four days later, Bolt took another gold in the 200m. “I’m a living legend,” he declared afterwards. Few would disagree.

Four years after facing big disappointment in Beijing, London gave Liu the chance to redeem (
挽回) himself. The 110m hurdler dreamt of repeating his 2004 triumph (胜利) in Athens, but a broken Achilles tendon (跟腱) left his career in tatters (粉碎). Despite  _______[injure], Liu was determined to leave the Olympics on his own terms. Instead of retiring to seek medical attention, he hopped the length of the track to finish the distance.

Her much anticipated (
万众期待的) participation in the Olympic competition only lasted 82 seconds, but Wojdan Shaherkani’s appearance in the judo (柔道) competition was  _______ great significance. _______ the first time in history, every competing nation had a woman athlete in their delegation (代表团
). “Because of my participation in this Olympic Games, other Saudi women will participate in future competitions,” she told AFP.
点金  高考词汇

glory n.
荣誉, 荣耀
同根词:glorious adj.
She dreamt of future glory  _______ an Olympic champion.
storm vi.

She yelled  _______ us and stormed off.



THE dispute _______ China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands has heated up, as protests have spread _______ China.?


On August 19, 150 Japanese arrived off the Diaoyu Islands, saying they wanted to commemorate (纪念) the Japanese who died near the islands in World War II.?

Ten members of the right-wing group swam ashore and waved Japanese flags.

They were acting in response to 14 Chinese activists who arrived four days _______[early].

The next day, protests broke out in more than 10 cities across China. Thousands of people walked the streets, demanding that Japan leave the islands. Some protestors attacked Japanese restaurants and destroyed Japanese-made cars. In Chengdu, a Japanese department store and the clothing outlet (商店), Uniqlo, _______[force]  to shut down.

It is understandable that the Japanese move roused (引发) anger, but some believe people have gone too far in damaging property (财物).


_______ historical and military (军事的) reasons the islands have caused tension between China and Japan for decades.


The Diaoyu Islands _______[belong] to China since ancient times.


The islands were seized by Japan during the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895. After its surrender (投降) at the end of World War II, Japan let the United States administer (管理) the islands, _______ China has never recognized. However, they were not returned to China but handed to Japan again in 1972.


But this time their ties have been _______[worse] by Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, who announced a plan to purchase the islands in April.


Japan will also be replacing its ambassador to China soon, according to Japanese media. The existing Uichiro Niwa had been _______ pressure from both ruling and opposition parties to resign for misrepresenting Japan’s position. In June, he warned that buying the Diaoyu Islands could spark (引发) an extremely grave crisis between the two countries.


Although the recent British weather has been awful, the rain _______[occasion]  stops to let in bursts of sunshine that break through the clouds and make everyone smile.
I was in Cambridge in July, at an International Summer School. It was for students all over the world who have an interest in continuing their studies across a wide range of subjects. I got to know a lot of people there from other _______[culture]  and was fascinated by their stories.

If you’ve ever been to Cambridge you will know that it is a beautiful town, made up of the university colleges and gardens.
Throughout the city _______[flow]the River Cam, and even in the worst weather “punts” – a type of boat similar to the gondolas (平底轻舟
) in Venice – will row up and down it.
Twenty-four of us decided to go “punting” for the day, so we split (
) into four boats of six.
You can get a _______[guide]  tour if you want to just sit back and relax, but we decided we were up for a challenge, so we took matters in to our own hands!
This was a mistake for some people who spent the entire afternoon _______[row] in circles. However, for the rest of us, it was a perfect day and the best way to make new friends. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now I know what people mean when they say that “you haven’t been to Cambridge if you haven’t been punting”. I could not agree more.

IT may be beautiful and sunny outside but the story I just read made me feel sad, although its message is ultimately uplifting (令人振奋的).

The parable (寓言) said that during mid-summer lots of flowers were blossoming in a garden hundreds of different _______.

The flower longed to become a beautiful rose and finally her dream came true, but only for a single day because a storm hit the night she was transformed.

On February 2, 2003, Columbia spaceship crashed, and a number of people were killed. Despite this, human beings never stop _______[explore]  outer space.

Success always comes _______ the cost of tremendous (巨大的) efforts or even ones life, but the gains are infinite (无限的).


What happens here are all little things They couldnt be more trivial (琐碎的) or boring, Zhu wrote in one diary. But thats true, she said. I hope the book can help others know about life abroad and be fully _______[prepare] if they want to travel.

Zhu said the book is like a record of her life _______[grow] up. At first it is full of struggle, complaints and sadness. Later the tone is bright and happy. When she finished the diary, Zhu felt as if her pen and body started to stretch (伸展) easily and freely.

That’s called being mature and I’m _______[thank] for the gift life has given to me,” she wrote.


Batman has no real superpowers, but this doesn’t stop him _______ defeating evil. Whatever villain (
坏人) he comes across, Batman is well prepared  Securityubecause his utility belt brings him the latest crime fighting tools. gear (装置) on his belt means that anyone messing with it can get an electric shock, or even ignite (引爆) an explosive device (装置).
Adventure in The Dark Knight Rises: It has been eight years since Batman vanished (
消失) into the night after his last fight in Gotham City. Because of the anti-crime act, lawless activity in the city has been crushed (镇压). But this changes with the _______[arrive]  of a beautiful cat burglar (飞贼
) and the far more dangerous Bane – a masked terrorist _______ evil plans force Batman out of hiding.  But even with his cape, is Batman a match for Bane?

 Adventure in The Amazing Spider-Man: The film looks at Peter Parker’s high school years. He was abandoned by his parents when he was a boy, and wants to discover how he became the person he is today. Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase (
公文包) that belonged to his father and begins to look _______ his parents’ disappearance. He is led to Dr Connors, his father’s former partner.  


The London institution (
机构), for boys _______[age] between 13 and 16 and both sexes in the “sixth form” (senior high), made the bold (大胆的) move despite some colleges now ditching school uniforms altogether, or relaxing the dress code (标准).
British students often complain _______ how uncomfortable uniforms are – take my own girls’ school, which made us wear sweaty shirts, tight (
) skirts and coats even in summer.

But there is something to be said for not having to think about what to wear in the morning when you’re already trying to remember your excuse _______ not doing your homework.


WAS the London Olympics _______ success? Many people hold different opinions.  

Previous Olympic _______[host] have been criticized for the environmental damage they have caused through construction, waste and transport. But things had to be different in London because seven years ago it bid for the Olympics through the concept of “a One Planet Olympics”.


What is most impressive is that London used the construction of the Olympic Park _______ an opportunity to clean up _______[pollute] areas 2 million tons of contaminated (被污染的) soil were removed and 200 old factory buildings were _______[tear]  down, according to sustainablebusiness.com. But thats not all 99 percent of the debris (废瓦砾) were reused to build the Olympic Park. For example, part of the Olympic Stadiums roof is made from 2,500 tons of steel tubes recycled from old gas pipelines (管道).


As well as using recycled materials, all venues (场馆) were built with green building techniques. The Olympic Stadium is the lightest one ever built, which minimized the amount of steel and concrete (混凝土) needed. Also, The handball field has lighting pipes on the roof that reduce electricity use _______  40 percent, according to sustainablebusiness.com.


The effort that London made to deal with waste also _______[deserve]  praise. Water used for drinking and watering plants was from collected rainwater or recycled wastewater. In this way, about 30-40 percent less water was used in total. Waste food packages were either recycled or processed (加工处理) and turned into renewable energy.


The clean anti-doping (反兴奋剂) result also added to the greenness of the Games. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) said that the devices (设备) used this time were the most accurate (精确的) and advanced. Only one athlete tested positive for a _______[ban]  drug on the day of competing, which is why the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, has praised anti-doping efforts at the London Games.

Do you know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night _______ a thought in your mind? And if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed you will have forgotten it by the next morning. When I was 23 this happened to me.
  Soon afterwards, I told my advisor, Terry Winograd, it would take a couple of weeks for me to download the Web – he _______[nod] knowingly, fully aware it would take much longer but wise enough not to tell me. The optimism of youth is often underrated!
Amazingly, at that time, I had no intention of building a search engine. That idea wasn’t even on my
. Much later we happened upon a better way of ranking and we made a really great search engine – it was called Google.
 How can that not get you excited? But we almost didn’t start Google actually because my co-founder Sergey and I were too worried about dropping out of our PhD program. None of you have that issue it seems. You are probably _______ the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm! …
























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