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The Interactive World and the Home of Us All, two large transcendental image paintings of Professor Wang Linxu, are dedicated to the renovation project of the East Lounge of the UN GA building funded by the Chinese government.

During the remarks made at the handover ceremony, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon expressed his welcome of "these beautiful examples of Chinese culture to their new home" and thanked the Chinese government and the artist for their support to UN.

"These are big contributions from a country with a big presence at the United Nations -- and with a big role to play in securing a future of peace and prosperity for the human family," he said.

Li Baodong, China's permanent representative to the UN, said at the ceremony that the themes of these paintings are "totally compatible with the values that the UN has been working to promote, harmonious coexistence of different cultures and protection of the environment in particular."

"The transcendental image art that he initiated creatively integrates Western visual arts and China's water and ink techniques," Li said. "He has made tireless efforts to .. increase mutual learning and exchanges between different cultures."

Wang, president of the Chinese Ethnic Paintings Academy, is renowned for his atmospheric ink-and-water imagery on bamboo. He has, over the last 30 years, conducted in-depth studies on classic Chinese ink-and-water painting, analyzed styles and techniques of East Asian art and explored the west's post-impressionism art history.

 

 

 

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 In the earliest stages of man's development he had no more need of money than animals have. He was content with very simple forms of shelter, made his own rough tools and weapons and could provide food and clothing for himself and his family from natural materials around him. As he became more civilized, however, he began to want better shelter, more efficient tools and weapons, and more comfortable and more lasting clothing than could be provided by his own neighborhood or by the work of his own unskilled hands. For these things he had to turn to the skilled people such as smiths, leather workers or carpenters. It was then that the question of payment arose.

  At first he got what he wanted by a simple process of exchange. The smith who had no the time to look after land or cattle was glad to take meat or grain from the farmer in exchange for an axe or a plough. But as more and more goods which had no fixed exchange value came on the market, exchange became too complicated to be satisfactory. Another problem arose when those who made things wanted to get stocks of wood or leather, or iron, but had nothing to offer in exchange until their finished goods were ready.

  Thus the difficulties of exchange led by degrees to the invention of money. In some countries easily handled things like seeds or shells were given a certain value and the farmer, instead of paying the smith for a new axe by giving him some meat or grain, gave him so many shells. If the smith had any shells left when he had bought his food, he could get stocks of the raw materials of his trade. In some countries quite large things such as cows or camels or even big flat stones were used for trade. Later, pieces of metal, bearing values according to the rarity of the metal and the size of the pieces, or coins were used. Money as we know it had arrived.

  练习1 Exchange of goods became difficult because _________.

  A: man became more civilized

  B: smiths began to look after land or cattle in their spare time

  C: more and more goods which had no fixed exchange values came to the marker

  D farmers hadn't enough grain or meat to provide for skilled workers

  2 Money was not used until _______.

  A: paper was invented

  B: people practiced a simple process of exchange

  C: nothing could be offered in exchange

  D: the exchange of one thing for another became too complicated

  3 The best title for this passage is _____.

  A: What is money

  B: What are money's functions.

  C: The importance of money

  D: The beginning of money

 第一节完形填空(15小題;每小题2分,满分30分)

 

 

These days, my husband and I have found a new hobby — apartment hunting. We're 1 _____ a second-hand apartment because we’d like to have a place of our own. Actually, we've been devoting all our spare time 2 _____ the city, visiting various apartments . And the real estate (房地产)ads, which used to be 3 _____ paper in our eyes, have suddenly become so precious.

After our honeymoon, the idea of having our own home was only 4  _____. We are tired of the traffic 5 _____ every night while we sleep in a rented house. We need our own 6 _____ not big or luxurious (奢侈的)but certainly neat and comfortable.

However, buying a home is no 7 _____ task. Since neither my husband nor I have many 8 ____ we are looking at buying a second-hand apartment because it is cheaper. Also, we want to live in a place that is in a clean yet 9  _____location.

During the first weekend of May, we 10 _____ set out to look for our future home. However, the first day turned out to be a 11 _____First, we looked at an apartment that was conveniently located near a bus line that could take me directly to work. The inner structure of the building was good. Without a second thought, my husband paid the real estate agent (中介)5,000 yuan as a down 12  _____But we overlooked one important aspect of the neighborhood — the location. When we went back for a second look, we found that the area was full of noise and confusion with all the traffic and passers-by. And we were too 13 _____ to get our money back, so we lost a large sum of money. However, this 14 _____ has brought my husband and me closer together. Now we are both more determined than ever to find the 15 _____ apartment that will suit our needs.

 

 

I. A. looking through B. looking into     C. looking for D. looking at

2. A. searching     B. inspecting  C. touring     D. witnessing

3. A. priceless      B. valueless    C. valuable    D. unbearable

4. A. impossible  B. natural C. difficult     D. sensitive

5. A. signal     B. noise    C. jam      D. accident

6. A. family    B. accommodation      C. life  D. home

7. A. simple   B. attractive   C. satisfied    D. tough

8. A. possessions B. savings C. neighbours     D. cheques

9. A. consistent    B. constant    C, convenient     D. conventional

10. A. voluntarily      B. happliy      C. unwillingly      D. deliberately

11. A. nightmare  B. imagination      C. tale D. impression

12. A. offer    B. payment    C. charge D. reward

13. A. embarrassing  B. stubborn      C. shy D. late

14.A. bargain B. purchase    C. experience      D.. way

15. A. cheap   B. right     C. brilliant    D. designed

 

 

 

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