说明：本试卷分第Ⅰ卷（选择题）和第Ⅱ卷（非选择题）两部分，共 150 分。考试时间 120
第 I 卷(共 100 分)第Ⅰ卷（满分 100 分）
第一部分 听力（共两节，满分 30 分）
第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 7.5 分）
听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳
选项，并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后，你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅
1. What drink will the woman be served?
A. A Pepsi. B. A Coke. C. A Steak.
2. How does the man probably feel toward the woman?
A. Sorry. B. Disappointed. C. Grateful.
3. Why does the man have to pack carefully?
A. So nothing breaks.
B. So they don’t forget anything.
C. So the woman can clean easily.
4. What did the speakers see last night?
A. A little but noisy bird. B. A dark-colored bird. C. A bird that flew very
5. Why does the woman need directions?
A. She can’t read her map.
B. She doesn’t have a map anymore.
C. The museum is not in the map.
第二节（共 15 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 22.5 分）
听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选
题，每小题 5 秒钟；听完后，各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。
听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。
6. What’s special about the people riding bikes?
A. They are all men. B. They wear the same clothes. C. They have no clothes on.7. Why does the woman want to go somewhere else?
A. She’s too cold. B. She hates what she saw. C. She wants to get something
听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 10 题。
8. What does the woman want to do?
A. Rent a house. B. Get a loan. C. Get her credit report.
9. How many years of tax returns does the woman need?
A. 5. B. 3. C. 1.
10. What does the woman probably mean in the end?
A. She has a lot of information in her emails.
B. She can’t give the man more information.
C. The man is asking for too much information.
听第 8 段材料，回答第 11 至 13 题。
11. Where did the woman go last week?
A. To a concert. B. To a friend’s house. C. To a clothing store with
12. Why did the woman fall the second time?
A. She tripped on some steps.
B. She looked up at the sky while walking.
C. Her foot got caught by her skirt.
13. How is the woman now?
A. Her nose doesn’t hurt. B. Her nose is broken. C. She has a headache.
听第 9 段材料，回答第 14 至 16 题。
14. Where are the speakers probably?
A. In the middle of a city. B. In a boat. C. On a hill.
15. What are the speakers looking at?
A. The ocean. B. The city lights. C. The stars.
16. Why was the man probably surprised?
A. A lot of birds flew around him.
B. He wasn’t expecting to see his father.
C. A wild animal was coming toward him.
听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。
17. Where does Mr. Smithson live?
A. In a country house. B. In a luxury hotel room. C. In an apartment block.
18. What was the photographer’s project about?
A. Neighbors at home.
B. People going to art galleries.
C. Neighbors putting on performances.
19. Why are the residents probably angry? A. The photos are too private.
B. Their faces can’t be seen clearly.
C. They want to earn some money from the photos.
20. What will probably happen to Mr. Smithson?
A. He’ll be thrown in jail. B. He won’t get in trouble. C. He will have to pay a fine.
第二部分 阅读理解 （共两节，满分 40 分）
第一节 （共 15 小题; 每小题 2 分，满分 30 分）
阅读下列短文，从每题所给的四个选项 （A、B、C 和 D）中，选出最佳选项，并在答题
What are the biggest educational technology trends we’ll see heading into the next decade?
From artificial intelligence to video based learning to wellness tech, the emerging edtech trends have
a lot in store for teachers and students alike. Here are some top EdTech Trends for 2020.
AI will increasingly be used to personalize learning. For instance, Querium is using AI to
deliver customizable STEM tutoring lessons to high school students. The software works by
analyzing answers and length of time it took to complete the tutoring sessions, thereby giving
teachers insights into areas of weakness for students. Kidaptive’s Adaptive Learning Platform in
California uses AI algorithms to help schools collect data and boost student engagement. New
challenges are introduced to students based on their strengths and weaknesses.
Video based learning
Video-based learning is becoming increasingly popular with younger generations. Teachers can
use not only Youtube but Teachertube and BrainPop to use or create instructional videos on various
subjects, either to supplement or present new material. Video-based learning can be especially useful
for background information or material that normally would take a lot of time to learn by reading a
Collaborative (协作式) technology
Collaborative edtech tools are supporting online learning through chatbots; platforms and apps
that promote peer-to-peer engagement. Students can use chat tools they already know like Facebook,
WhatsApp, or Skype, or they can use chatbots like Google Allo for a more personalized online
learning experience, as a source of social learning, to save teachers time, and for online assessments.
Seattle-based Doghead Simulations has created a social virtual reality ( 虚 拟 现 实 ) software
called rumii that works with Oculus Go VR headsets to transport students to East China or Northern
Africa to learn about the Pyramids or the Great Wall. A Penn State University study found that
“students who used immersive virtual reality to accomplish a task did so more than twice as fast as
students who used traditional computer programs.”
Edtech is developing rapidly. Fortunately for teachers and students, this means better education delivered more efficiently.
21. Which technology will enable students to learn background information most efficiently?
A. AI. B. Video based learning.
C. Collaborative technology. D. Mixed reality.
22. AI and Collaborative technology are similar in that _______.
A. they promote cooperation among students
B. they help students gain virtual experiences
C. they will be especially challenging to students
D. they can be used to personalize students’ learning
23. The main purpose of the passage is to _______.
A. inform B. warn C. suggest D. advertise
Winter coming, homeless Soapy decided to go to the jail on the Island, where he would not be
frozen or starved to death. He must set about accomplishing this right now. There were many ways,
the pleasantest of which was to eat luxuriously at an expensive restaurant; and then, after declaring
he was unable to pay, he would be handed over to a policeman.
Up Broadway he turned, and stopped confidently at a glittering
cafe. He was shaven, and his coat was decent. If he could reach a table
unsuspected, success would be his. A roasted duck with a bottle of
Chablis, and a cigar would leave him filled and happy for the journey to
his winter jail.
But as Soapy set foot inside the restaurant door the head waiter’s eye fell upon his ragged
trousers and worn shoes. Strong hands turned him about and conveyed him in silence to the
He turned off Broadway. At a corner of Sixth Avenue, electric lights and smartly displayed
wares behind plate-glass made a shop window attractive. Soapy took a stone and dashed it through
the glass. People came running around the corner, a policeman in the lead. Soapy stood still, with his
hands in his pockets, and smiled.
“Where’s the man that done that?” inquired the officer excitedly.
“Don’t you figure out that I might have had something to do with it?” said Soapy proudly.
The policeman refused to accept Soapy as the guy. Men who smash windows take to their
heels. The policeman saw a man half way down the block running to catch a car. With drawn club he
joined in the pursuit. Soapy, with disgust in his heart, walked along, twice unsuccessful.
On the opposite side of the street was a cheap restaurant. Soapy managed to get a seat. He
consumed beefsteak, flapjacks, doughnuts and pie, and after eating his fill, he called out, “Now, call
a cop. Don’t keep a gentleman waiting.”
“No cop for you,” said the waiter madly. Then two waiters gave Soapy a good beating.
Arrest seemed but a rosy dream. The Island seemed very far away. What should Soapy do now? 24. Why did Soapy at last decide to go to the jail on the Island?
A. Because he could make at least a little money there.
B. Because he could eat luxuriously at expensive restaurants.
C. Because he would be taken good care of by the police there.
D. Because he thought he had no other way to survive the winter.
25. The head waiter at the cafe turned Soapy away because _______.
A. Soapy had ordered too much B. Soapy had not been nicely shaven
C. Soapy’s dressing style gave him away D. Soapy was wearing a very ragged coat
26. Why didn’t Soapy run away after breaking the window?
A. Because he expected to be arrested.
B. Because it was another man that broke the window.
C. Because he was confident he wouldn’t be found out.
D. Because he was always ready to fight with any policeman.
27. What can we learn about Soapy at the cheap restaurant?
A. He was nearly beaten to death. B. He unexpected had a roay dream.
C. He refused to pay although he could have. D. He again failed to get arrested by the
Research has found that singing in a choir may improve mental and emotional well-being and
social connections. In fact, it may also help people recover from several mental illnesses like
depression and anxiety, according to a 2017 study.
The University of East Anglia studied groups for six months who sang in weekly workshops
and found that the mixture of singing and socializing improved people’s
sense of belonging and well-being. “For some it represented a wider
program of support,” said researcher professor Tom Shakespeare. “For
others it stood out as the key to their recovery or maintenance of health.”
Group singing can have a positive influence on one’s physical health
as well. Researchers in Sweden found that singing improved heart health; they noted that the heart
rates of singers slowly became synchronized (同步), eventually beating as one.
Singing may also help you live longer. A 2013 study conducted at the University of California
of San Francisco (UCSF) hoped to determine if singing can actually lead to a longer life. The
researchers created 12 new choirs in senior centers across the bay area. Singing volunteers were all
tested for things like balance and leg strength before the program began, and will be tested again at
the end. The researchers found that singing seems to be good for balance.
Exercising the vocal chords (声带) can be good for the lungs. Up to 30 percent of older adults
complain of having shortness of breath, and singing in a choir can help work the respiratory (呼吸)
system and help improve breathing.
Famed English musician Brian Eno has weighed in on the topic already. Having started an acappella (无伴奏合唱) group with friends and finding immeasurable benefit, Eno wrote in an essay
for NPR, “A recent long-term study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities
related to a healthy and happy later life. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing.”
He added, “I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament,
increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a
better sense of humor.”
28. The 2013 study conducted at UCSF actually found that _______.
A. singing benefited the lungs B. singing helped improve balance
C. singing helped people live longer D. singing made one’s legs stronger
29. Which of following would Brian Eno probably agree with?
A. Singing has no disadvantages.
B. Dancing is as good as camping.
C. One can live longer by taking up singing.
D. Singing can make you stay young and unchanged.
30. The underlined word “it” in Paragraph 2 refers to _______.
A. a wider program of support B. the University of East Anglia
C. the mixture of singing and socializing D. people’s sense of belonging and
31. It can be safely concluded from the passage that _______.
A. singing in a choir is better than singing alone
B. musicians live longer than others on average
C. singing can cure people of their mental illnesses
D. singing in a choir benefits old people mentally and physically
We live in a heavily edited world. People in pictures are no longer people. They are perfect
human beings whom we can only try, and fail, to live up to. And food in pictures is no longer food.
It’s artwork, something to make you desire a lifestyle while reminding you that you’re not part of it.
But people are getting sick and tired of such perfection, leading to something Pamela
Grossman, a director at Getty Images, calls “perfection fatigue (疲劳)”. This new attitude is now
driving people to value something different: honesty.
The pizza company Domino’s, for example, is taking on the trend by
encouraging its customers to post un-edited pictures of their pizzas on social
media, as part of the no filter (滤镜) movement that has become so popular on
Instagram. This may mean oily boxes, dull-colored cheese and
less-than-delicious-looking meat, but these images show what we’re actually paying for.
“It’s exactly what it looks like when you really get a pizza,” Dennis Maloney, chief digital
officer of Domino’s, told the website FastCoDesign. “It feels much more honest when the images
are imperfect.”Things are also changing with perfect human images. For example, US clothing retailer Gap
launched a “Dress Normal” campaign in 2014, promoting simple clothes instead of smart outfits like
those of runway models. Underwear companies are also starting to use regular-looking models on
their posters instead of “Miss Size-Zeros”.
“We spend so much time trying to hide our flaws because our culture has set it up that we have
to be ashamed if we’re not perfect,” US filmmaker Cynthia Wade said. “I think people are tired of it.
They’re suddenly much more willing to embrace the ugly or ironic (讽刺的).”
But while it’s probably true that we won’t see an end to “perfect” pictures any time soon, at
least some people are starting to see that it can actually be appealing to be imperfect, or to use the
name of one of American singer Grace VanderWaal’s albums, Perfectly Imperfect.
32. What is the problem mentioned in the first paragraph?
A. Art works should be well edited. B. We appreciate pictures too much.
C. We can never eat food in a picture. D. Pictures are too far from the reality.
33. What would Dennis Maloney be in favor of?
A. Perfection. B. Honesty. C. Disorder. D. Ugliness.
34. The underlined word “flaws” in Paragraph 6 can be replaced by _______.
A. shortcomings B. advantages C. personalities D. possessions
35. What is the best title for this passage?
A. No one or nothing can be perfect B. There is no need to edit the world
C. Beauty behind editing is being discovered D. Dull-colored pictures are gaining
第二节（共 5 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 10 分）
How to get ready for your big interview
Sweaty hands, stomach pains and confused looks are common in high school seniors who are
going to study abroad when they have their first college interview. But, truth be told, most
interviews go very well, and students walk away pleased with the way they have expressed who they
are and what they’re looking for in a college.
36 How do you prepare for the college interview? Here are some tips.
Make a good first impression. You can’t go wrong if you dress for a business meeting.
Do your homework. Research the college, not just on its website but also on college blogs and
sites with student reviews.
37 Talk more about how you have achieved your goals and less about the awards you
have received. Be prepared to share why you feel the college is a good match for you.
Practice answering questions with a family member. Write up questions you think you’ll be
asked, such as: 38 What are your favorite subjects and why? Why are you interested in
attending this college? More challenging questions could be: What three adjectives would your
friends use to describe you? If you had a day to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
Prepare questions to ask each interviewer based on your research. 39 Suggested questions: Is it possible to be an exchange student two or more times, perhaps once in the summer
and once during the academic year? How does the advising system work?
And don’t forget to leave a good impression when you exit. 40
Follow the tips above and your interview will most likely go smoothly.
第三部分 英语知识运用（共两节，满分 45 分）
第一节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 30 分）
阅读下面短文，从短文后各题所给的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D）中，选出可以填入空白
One day Mom and I were looking at a magazine. We read a very sad story about a New Jersey
police 41 named Solo that had been sent into a building to catch an armed 42 . Solo was
shot and killed. I knew how sad the officer must have felt because my own dog had recently
43 . I felt like my world had ended.
I thought every police dog should be 44 just like the police. Why can’t I do a fund-raiser
to help save the dogs in 45 area?
I found out a bulletproof vest (防弹背心) for a police dog 46 $475. Mom thought it was a lot
of money for an eleven-year-old girl, but she 47 me to try anyway. We called our local
Oceanside Police Department and found out that their dogs 48 bulletproof vests. 49 I
was trying to protect just one dog, I called my program Vest A Dog.
I decided that 50 stores would be good places to go with donation boxes and flyers (宣传
单). I used little boxes, 51 with a picture of Tiko, the dog I chose to 52 , and me. I wrote on
each box “Help protect a police dog by donating a dollar.”
One afternoon, I got a call from a local newspaper reporter who had seen my 53 . He
decided to do a(n) 54 . I asked K9 Officer Jim Wall, who is Tiko’s partner, if they would have
their picture taken with me for the article and they did.
After the article 55 , I waited for a few days before 56 to see if there were any
donations. When I collected the first box, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The box was 57
overflowing with dollar bills! After about three weeks, I collected over three thousand dollars! Not
only was there enough money to buy Tiko’s vest, 58 there was enough to buy vests for the
other five 59 dogs on the Oceanside Police Department.
Don’t think that just because you are a 60 you can’t make a difference.
41. A. dog B. cat C. officer D. official
A. Now, here comes the problem.
B. What are your greatest strengths?
C. Be comfortable showing off a little.
D. Is it likely that you will get the opportunity?
E. Speak loud enough for everybody to hear you.
F. Thank the interviewer and other staff members in the admissions office.
G. Don’t ask questions that you can easily find the answers to on your own. 42. A. animal B. friend C. suspect D. owner
43. A. finished B. escaped C. killed D. died
44. A. protected B. guarded C. trained D. furnished
45. A. their B. our C. her D. its
46. A. spends B. costs C. wastes D. charges
47. A. made B. appealed C. encouraged D. appreciated
48. A. had B. wanted C. needed D. dreamed
49. A. For B. Although C. If D. Since
50. A. pet B. gift C. souvenir D. candy
51. A. surrounded B. decorated C. painted D. filled
52. A. buy B. vest C. donate D. beautify
53. A. fliers B. stories C. efforts D. worries
54. A. job B. essay C. article D. research
55. A. came up B. turned out C. pulled up D. came out
56. A. asking B. checking C. examining D. managing
57. A. excitingly B. eventually C. practically D. suddenly
58. A. and B. so C. for D. but
59. A. experienced B. brave C. unprotected D. heroic
60. A. student B. senior C. citizen D. kid
第 II 卷（满分 50 分）
用 0.5 毫米黑色笔迹的签字笔将答案写在答题卡上。写在本试卷上无效。
第三部分 英语知识运用（共两节，满分 45 分）
第二节（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 15 分）
阅读下面短文，在空白处填入 1 个适当的单词或括号内单词的正确形式。
On Oct. 29, the internet 61 (official) turned 50 years old. To mark the day, Berners-Lee
wrote online, “The internet & the web it enabled have changed 62 (billion) of lives for the
better. But their power for good is under threat.”
Speaking at the University of California, Los Angeles, Berners-Lee pointed out three problems
63 (affect) today’s web: criminal behavior, ad-based clickbait websites (钓鱼网站), 64 offensive
online communication. These problems led Berners-Lee to create the Web Foundation and a contract
for the web. Both aim 65 (protect) internet users. In the contract, he mentioned the need for
companies to make sure that everyone has web access, and called for a 66 (reduce) in
offensive materials, and more personal data privacy. The latter is a hot topic right now. Big
companies, like Facebook, have misused 67 (user) personal information by sharing it with
advertisers.Despite all of these negatives, we shouldn’t forget about all the benefits the internet brings. In
this digital age, the internet connects the world through social media, cashless payments and has
become an instant source of information. It can also make a positive difference through campaigns
68 push for positive change, education or aid. The internet is also a source of fun. 69 funny
kitten videos on Weibo to your very own Douyin videos, the internet allows you to share what you
Berners-Lee said, “The web 70 (become) a public square, a library, a doctor’s office, a
shop, a school, and it has given marginalized groups a voice.”
第四部分 写作（共两节，满分 35 分）
第一节 短文改错（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分）
有 10 处语言错误，每句中最多有两处，每处错误仅涉及一个单词的增加、删改或修改。
2. 只允许修改 10 处，多者（从第 11 处起）不计分。
I prefer the university in the north. One reason is because the tuition is only 5,000 RMB a year,
comparing with 8,000 RMB for the university in the south. This makes a big difference for a family
like me, because of my father is a peasant. My studying in the northern university can save him a lot
of money. Other reason is the preference policy offered by the northern university. Any student who
chooses to study there may gain an extra 20 points, which great raises the possibility of admitted. Of
course, it doesn’t mean that it will be quite easy to pass the entrance exam because this university
has limited a number to only 10. Besides, I have been done quite well, so I believe I can pass the
笫二节 书面表达（满分 25 分）
友 Mike 求助。要点如下：
1. 词数：100 左右（信的开头和结尾已给出，不计入总词数）；
∧I am writing to ask you for some advice on my application for university.
I’m looking forward to your early reply.
1—5 ACACB 6—10 CBBAC 11—15 BBACB 16—20 BCAAB
本文是一篇说明文。教育技术日异月新，翻天覆地，本文特别介绍了 2020 年可能最为流
21. B 细节理解题 根据 Video based learning 部分最后一句“Video-based learning can be
especially useful for background information…”可以确定 B 项正确。
22. D 细节理解题 AI 部分第一句“AI will increasingly be used to personalize learning.”提到了
个性化学习，再根据 Collaborative technology 部分最后一句中的“use chatbots like Google
Allo for a more personalized online learning experience”，可以确定 D 项正确。
23. A 写作意图题 本文特别介绍了 2020 年可能最为流行的教育科技，旨在告诉读者教育科技
的发展趋势，并提供相关信息，因此 A 项正确。
本文是一篇记叙文。冬天来了，无家可归的 Soapy 决定去岛上的监狱，在那里他不会被
24. D 细节理解题 根据第一段第一句中的“where he would not be frozen or starved to death”可
以确定 D 项正确。
25. C 细节理解题 根据第三段第一句中的“the head waiter’s eye fell upon his ragged trousers and
worn shoes”可以确定 C 项正确。
26. A 推理判断题 根据上下文可知，Soapy 砸碎玻璃是希望警察能够抓捕他。
27. D 细节理解题 根据最后一段第一、二句“Arrest seemed but a rosy dream. The Island seemed
very far away.”可知 D 项正确。
28. B 细节理解题 根据第四段最后一句“The researchers found that singing seems to be good for
balance.”可知 B 项正确。
29. C 细节理解题 根据最后一段第一句“I believe that singing is the key to long life…”可知 C
30. C 推理判断题 根据第二段内容可知，与他人融合与交往对人们健康很有好处，有归属感，
能够获得更大范围的支持等等。由此判断 it 指代该段第一句中的“the mixture of singing
31. D 主旨大意题 根据第一段第一句中的“singing in a choir may improve mental and emotional
well-being and social connections”和第三段第一句中的“have a positive influence on one’s
physical health as well”可知 D 项正确。D 篇
32. D 段落大意题 根据第一段关键词“heavily edited...no longer people...not part of it”，再结合
后文内容，可以判断 D 项正确。
33. B 观 点 态 度 题 根 据 第 四 段 最 后 一 句 “ It feels much more honest when the images are
imperfect.”可知，Dennis Maloney 的态度是“宁可诚实，不必完美”。所以 B 项正确。
34. A 词义猜测题 根据该句后面部分“we have to be ashamed if we’re not perfect”可知，人们
害怕不完美，不惜花时间把自己的不足隐藏起来。所以 A 项正确。shortcoming 缺点，短
35. C 主旨大意题 本文讨论人们放弃过度修饰来追求完美的想法，渐渐以“返璞归真”为完
美。所以 C 项正确。
36. A 与第一段形成转折，进入正题，下一句提出如何准备大学面试的问题。
37. C 该空后面一句建议多谈谈自己如何实现目标，所以推断本空的意思是面试时可以张扬一
点。show off 炫耀。
38. B 与后面句子并列，列出在面试中可能被问到的问题。
39. G 根据该空前一句中的“based on your research”可知，不要问不根据调研自己就能回答的
40. F 根据该空前面的“when you exit”可知，面试结束，退场的时候要感谢面试办公室里所
本文是一篇记叙文。在妈妈的鼓励之下，年仅 11 岁的女孩为地方警犬募集了几千美元购
41. A 从下文可以看出 Solo 是警犬的名字。
42. C Solo 进入建筑物，去抓捕全副武装的嫌疑犯。
43. D 作者的宠物狗最近去世了。C 项应该为 be killed 才对。
44. A 作者认为所有的警犬都应该像警察一样受到保护。
45. B 从第 47 空后的“We called our local Oceanside Police Department”可知。
46. B 一件警犬防弹背心要花费 475 美元一件。注意 spend 必须以人做主语
47. C 虽然要募集的钱很多，但是妈妈鼓励女儿去尝试。
48. C 她们获悉当地的警犬需要防弹背心。
49. D 既然作者只为一只警犬募集资金，所以她把自己的项目取名为“Vest A Dog”。
50. A 推理判断题，宠物店里爱狗的人多，是募集资金的好地方。
51. B 作者用自己和警犬 Tiko 的照片装饰募捐的小盒子。52. B 这里 vest 做动词，意思是“给...穿上防弹背心，保护”。
53. A 记者从什么地方看到了作者的宣传单。
54. C 根据下一句和第 55 空前面的“article”可知。
55. D 当文章出版后。come up 出现，长出来；turn out 结果是；pull up（车）停下；come out
56. B 作者去核实究竟有没有人捐赠。
57. C 实际上盒子已经装得满满的。
58. D 注意句型：not only...but (also)。
59. C 其它没有受到保护的警犬也有钱购买防弹背心了。
60. D 总结全文：哪怕只是一个小孩，也可以起到自己应有的作用。
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I prefer the university in the north. One reason is because
that the tuition is only 5,000 RMB a
compared with 8,000 RMB for the university in the south. This makes a big difference for a
family like me
mine, because of my father is a peasant. My studying in the northern university can save
him a lot of money. Other
Another reason is the preference policy offered by the northern university. Any
student who chooses to study there may gain an extra 20 points, which great
greatly raises the possibility
being admitted. Of course, it doesn’t mean that it will be quite easy to pass the entrance exam
because this university has limited a
the number to only 10. Besides
However , I have been done
doing quite well,
so I believe I can pass the entrance exam.
I am writing to ask you for some advice on my application for university.
My parents want me to major in economy, which promises a bright future. They hope I can go
to a local university so that they can continue taking care of me. However, I don’t want to be
restricted to economy which I don’t like, and I want to go to another city where I can find something
new to explore.
I have my own thoughts and my parents stick to their own, so we have argued many times, ending up with no result. I know how difficult it is for my parents to bring me up. So I must respect
them, but I have to follow my dream. Can you help me to persuade them to respect my decision?
I’m looking forward to your early reply.
W: Waiter! I’d like to order now. Can I get a steak, a side of potatoes, a salad, and a Coke? (1)
M: We are out of Coke right now. But we can get you a Pepsi instead.
W: Are you comfortable?
M: Yes, thank you. You’ve helped me so much. I don’t think I can ever repay you! Is there
anything at all that you’d like from me? (2)
W: No. I know you’d do the same for me.
W: Are you done packing yet? Hurry up! You know we still have to clean after we pack.
M: I know, I know. But we still have to pack everything carefully so that nothing gets damaged.
W: Do you hear that sound?
M: Yes, it sounds like an owl.
W: Was that what I saw flying above us when we were outside last night? That very big white
bird that flew without making any noise?
M: Yes. I saw it, too. (4)
W: Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me how to get to Fort Mason? I’m just visiting and I lost my city
M: Oh…you can get a new map at the museum down the street. It’s a big, white building that looks
very new. If you go past the museum and keep walking by the water, you’ll get to Fort Mason in
about ten minutes.
M: Did you see that?
M: Look over there at that man on the bicycle.
W: Oh — why did you tell me to look? He doesn’t have any clothes on!
M: There’s another — and another one! There’s about twenty of them riding together.W: Why are they riding bikes without clothes? (6) I thought being naked in public was against the
M: Not here… In San Francisco, it’s legal.
W: Let’s go walk somewhere else. It offends me. (7)
M: I think it’s pretty funny. But the last thing I’d do without clothes on is ride a bike.
W: The last thing I’d do in this cold city is take off my clothes!
M: Good afternoon, ma’am. How can we help you at Loan Finder?
W: Hello. I’d like to take out a loan to buy a house. (8)
M: All right. First, we’ll need to see your bank statement and credit report. We’ll also need a list of
all the property you own — houses, land, cars, even shared vacation homes.
W: OK, well, I don’t own any of those.
M: Fine. We also need a copy of your tax returns for the last five years. (9)
W: Really? I don’t know if I even kept copies that long.
M: You can ask the government to send you copies. Some more documents we need are your
driver’s license or other form of ID, marriage certificate, and passport. If you’ve taken out any
other loans in the past three years, we need to have that information, too…
W: Wow, that’s a lot of information! Do you need to read all of my personal emails, too? (10)
W: You’ll never believe what happened to me last week. (11)
M: When you were visiting Laura? (11)
W: Yes. (11) When we were walking up to her apartment on Monday, I tripped on the stairs. I
couldn’t catch myself, and I landed right on my nose!
M: Ouch! Did you break it?
W: No, but it hurt a little. I felt so embarrassed, because it happened in front of her friends. If I had
only been with Laura, I wouldn’t have minded. But that’s not all that happened during my trip.
M: Let me guess — you fell down the stairs, too?
W: Close. We were walking by the river early Wednesday morning. I looked up at some birds in
the sky and fell down! (12) Once again, I fell right on my nose!
M: Wow! What bad luck!
W: You won’t believe it, but it happened a third time!
M: You’re kidding!
W: I’m not. This time, we were walking quickly to catch the train on Friday. I was wearing a long
skirt and must have tripped on it. I fell flat on my face again. Despite all the falls, my nose feels
fine right now. (13)
M: You’re lucky — but pretty clumsy!
W: Look at the wonderful view from here! It feels like we’re at the top of the world! (14) M: Yes, it is a very nice view. You can see the whole city from this spot. (14)
W: It looks so beautiful! I didn’t know London could be this pretty. Look at all the lights!
M: Yeah, I know. (15) I used to come here when I was a little child.
W: This place must be very special to you, then.
M: Yes, it is. I used to come here with my family at night to watch the shooting stars.
W: Did you see a lot of shooting stars?
M: Sometimes there were, sometimes there weren’t. But I liked coming here even if we didn’t see
W: Did you ever see any wild animals? I heard there are wolves around here. (14) I think it
might be scary to see a wolf at night. Did you ever see one?
M: I’ve never seen a wolf, because there aren’t any wolves in England anymore. Sometimes deer
cross the road in the evening. I’ve seen many different kinds of birds flying before sunset. Once,
I thought I saw a bear. I was a little afraid, especially when it stood up on its back legs. It started
coming toward me in the dark.
W: Did you run?
M: No. It started talking to me, actually. I was surprised, but then I saw it was just my dad.
(16) He’d been looking for something he dropped on the ground.
Mr. Smithson has been taking pictures of his neighbors, and now they’re angry. He’s a
photographer who lives on the second floor of an apartment building in New York City. (17)
For his project called “The Neighbors”, he secretly took pictures of the residents of a luxury
apartment building across the street. (18) Those photographs are now being sold for thousands of
dollars at an art gallery. But it turns out the neighbors aren’t very happy with having their pictures
secretly taken and sold. Even though Mr. Smithson didn’t show their faces, many of them feel
embarrassed that the images show private moments that include taking naps and children
resting with teddy bears. (19) In a statement about the project, the 60-year-old Smithson says his
work is similar to bird-watching. He says his project is not about privacy. In the photographer’s
opinion, the people in the apartment building create a stage when they open their curtains. He says
he carefully takes pictures from the shadows of his home into theirs. He feels he’s like a
bird-watcher, quietly waiting for hours to catch the best view. According to experts contacted by
our news reporters, there is likely no legal case against Mr. Smithson because the faces in his
pictures can’t be seen. (20)