• When I was quite young, I discovered that somewhere inside the telephone lived an amazingperson - "Information Please" and there was nothing she did not know.
One day while my mother was out, I hit my finger with a hammer. The pain was terrible, but there was no one home to give me any sympathy. I walked around the house, finally arriving at the telephone! Quickly, I called “Information Please" and told her what happened.  She told me to open the icebox and hold a little piece of ice to my finger.
After that, I called "Information Please" for everything. When my pet bird died, I told "Information Please" the sad story. She tried to comfort me, she said quietly, "Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in." Somehow I felt better. Another day I was on the telephone, “How do you spell ‘grateful’? ". All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was 9, we moved to Boston.
A few years later, on my way to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about half an hour or so between planes. Without thinking, I dialed my hometown operator and said, "Information, please."
Surprisingly, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well, "Information." I hadn’t planned on this but I heard myself saying, "Could you please tell me how to spell ‘grateful’?"
There was a long pause. Then came the soft-spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed by now."   I laughed. "So it’s really still you," I said, "I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time."  I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and asked if I could call her again. "Please do," she said, "Just ask for Sally."
Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered me. I was told that Sally passed away five weeks before.
Before I could hang up she told me that Sally left a message for me—“Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.”  I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.
Never underestimate the impression you may make on others. Whose life have you touched today?
【小题1】What does “Information, Please” refer to in the passage? A．An amazing girl.% e8 E- _' R2 " A Q0 _ B．A special kind of telephone.; ^* f5 g+ d- ^* e: K8 C C．A communication system.& P- C6 d2 Y1 T; L c& [: i Y5 d D．A service that helps telephone users.& F J/ O; H& R2  d" A* T
【小题2】What happened to the little boy one day when he was at home alone?  A．He was amused by the telephone.- h M4 J1 B7 \ B．He hurt his finger with a hammer.0 _; b& ?' g2 O( P* Q' X0 Z C．He found an amazing telephone.; A2 a" i% i: F: W- _- e" [9 ]3 H D．He got a piece of ice from an icebox.# F9 Z( W: d) d0 d3 E9 I; W
【小题3】What did “Information, Please” give the little boy whenever he was in trouble?  A．Information and conversation.% [. U b4 W# f$a/ U B．Good memories and happiness.- R1 ^2 O; E3 S7 b C．Sympathy and information.& e* g6 W. A) Q. C+ J; B D．Friendship and cheers.6 h$ D% E. F& C j9 Z. L- B: J# W
【小题4】When did the author get in touch with “Information, Please” again after he moved to Boston?   A．When he was in trouble on his way to college./ h4 V/ F, [! A. \ B．When his plane stopped in Seattle for half an hour.- _7 A' c1 N; f$a% R: D C．When he went back to Seattle to visit his sister.# _. j/ S2 ?/ ? D．Three months later after he moved to Boston." N" ]- D6 i3 @. N1 g$ J ^! i& R

• The British policeman has several nicknames, but the most frequently used are"copper"and"bobby". The first name comes from the verb "cop" meaning "to take" or "capture", and thesecond comes from the first name of Sir Robert Peel, a 19th century politician, who was the founder of the police force. An early nickname for the policeman was "peeler", but this name had died out.
Visitors to England seem，nearly always, to be very impressed by the English police. In fact, it has become a joke that the visitors to Britain, when asked for his views of the country, will always say，at some point or other, "I think your policemen are wonderful."
Well, the British bobby may not always be wonderful but he is usually a very friendly and helpful character.
A music-hall song of some years ago was called, "If you want to know the time, ask a policeman." Nowadays, most people own watches but they still seem to find plenty of other questions to ask the policeman. In London, the policemen spend so much of their time directing visitors about the city that one wonders how they ever find time to do anything else!
【小题1】 The British policeman has _______ nicknames mentioned in the passage.  A．five B．two C．three D．ten
【小题2】One of the nicknames for the policeman, "peeler" _______ .  A．is the name of a politician B．is most frequently used sometimes C．is not used any more D．is still used as much as "bobby"
【小题3】 "If you want to know the time, ask a policeman." That means _______ .  A．the British policeman is friendly and helpful B．the British policeman has plenty of time to help people C．people usually think that the policeman always knows the time D．it is a duty for the policeman to tell people the time
【小题4】Which of the following is NOT true?  A．The British policeman has some nicknames. B．The British policeman is wonderful. C．Only the British policeman knows the time very well. D．The British policeman is ready to help people.

• The Writers' Strike：Making the Best of the Worst
By now you are probably feeling the effects of the TV writers’ strike---the decision of television writers to stop working. With few new TV shows, I present to you a list of shows available on DVD worth your viewing time to keep you going during this painful period.
Arrested Development is one of the funniest and most clever shows ever to have appeared on network TV. With a most perfect cast(全体演员), the show sets out to cover the daily happenings of the Bluth family, a group of selfish staff who manage to still put family first.
For more comedy goodness, I recommend one of the sharpest comedies to have ever broadcast, 30 Rock. Starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, two stars with impressive comic timing, the show gives you a glimpse into the making of a sketch show (幽默短剧),similar to Saturday Nigth Live, from the funny writers to the self-centered cast all the way up to the boss.
If you are looking for something more serious, or perhaps Friday Night lights might be more to your liking. If you are a fan of football, this show is probably for you. If you are a fan of great drama, both soapy and serious, this show is probably for you, If you are a fan of good-looking people, this show is definitely for you .
If those shows were not enough for you, might I recommend a show with a more heart-pounding excitement? The Amazing Race, after twelve seasons, still remains one of the most exciting shows on TV. Teams of two travel the globe with little to no money and experience far-out adventures in an attempt to remain the last team standing.
【小题1】 If you are fond of soapy TV shows, you will probably choose to watch      . A．Friday Night Lights + O' Q! Y2 O. Y7 a9 B B．30 Rock- ^6 J( e3 _0 ?9 I C．the Amazing Race: I& J8 W# i& H4 O4 H+ h D．Saturday Night Live3 Z# F2 [4 @4 9 _
【小题2】 The author writes the passage to tell us that       . A．the effects of the TV writers’ strike are great7 M, C7 F* K! D9 B. b0 X* f B．the strike puts TV shows in the worst situation+ ]. g& F) \: h- X C．watching DVD is a good choice during the strike1 j j8 ]* ^9 D5 @* ?( N D．we should choose DVD shows according to our tastes5 V0 D& Z8 P- T, W3 N$b 【小题3】 The passage is most probably taken from . A．a book review1 P" ?& W# g+ G9 K. U B．a newspaper$ Z' K6 Z! O4 J' P* A C．a film poster- L) [# Q" [5 ; @9 G D．a DVD menu8 a. H& 1 ?7 X6 i7 c

• Lillian Hanson, a college student, expects to graduate in about two years. What makes Mrs Hanson different from her classmates is her age-----73 years. She has been studying at college, a few courses at a time, for 27 years.
When Lillian Hanson graduated from high school, she went to the bank to borrow money for further education. The banker gave her no encouragement. He didn't think that a country girl should borrow money to go to college. He thought she should be at home doing work in the house or around the farm. So Lillian Hanson went home and raised a family of nine children instead of going to college. Mrs Hanson never forgot her dream of getting a higher education. When her children were grown, she tried again.
She finds that it is the hardest part of going back to school at her age to sit in class for long periods of time. Because she is not as quick as she used to be, Mrs Hanson often gets up and walks around classes to keep from getting stiff(不灵活). At the beginning of a course in using the computer, the other students all stood up to give her a warm welcome when she introduced herself and explained why she was there and what her aims were.
【小题1】Mrs Hanson couldn’t go to college immediately after she graduated from high school because _____. A．she hadn't got enough money5 C I9 L8 W; T4 _ B．she was a country girl 0 f: K3 C4 F" d: \" M' O5 i C．the banker ordered her not to borrow any money& ^2 j" Q1 g$G# W6 J D．the banker thought she should raise a family of nine children& j. @9 S0 S7 X1 ' C 【小题2】The computer students welcomed Mrs Hanson warmly because ______. A．she had got an excellent result in the exam7 C; J* R/ E! W, C, X3 U6 i. U B．she was good at telling funny stories+ R* P0 R$ R9 U% j. X e* h C．they wanted to get her help in their studies2 W3 W2 g; J" F+ d% B D．they were deeply moved by her spirit3 O* b9 E3 d' X
【小题3】 Mrs Hanson is the sort of person who ________. A．cares for study very much! \9 C+ $^( F0 R9 I# b! i& c B．likes to borrow money from the bank2 c. c' I4 & C. V- b8 W5 ^ C．never misses a chance to talk+ @: [% g& Y' [; O* ^- ? D．tries to save any money for her family# _1 @1 i0 U( J1 N 【小题4】 In which order did Mrs Hanson do the following things? a. she began her studies at college. b. She finished high school. c. She got married and gave birth of nine children. d. She had her 73 rd birthday. e. She went to the bank to borrow money. A．a c b e d# ]. Q G6 h) f& [ I B．b e c a d7 E0 U( T' S$ d0 B% S. M: P C．b c e d a0 e* f+ Z) W8 ?- e$Y" Z2 D D．e d a c b5 F( @/ U: G( j% F- D/ P' W • 请认真阅读下列短文，并根据短文的内容要点完成文章后的表格。注意：补全填空应符合语法和搭配要求，每空只填一个单词。 Happiness is U-shaped, for we are happier at the start and end of our lives but hit a slump when we are middle-aged, British and US researchers say. Economists from the University of Warwick, central England, and from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, looked at data on the mental health of two million people from 80 countries. In Britain, the probability of depression for men and women peaks at around 44 years of age, Warwick University said in a press release. In the United States, though, there was a big difference between men and women. Among women, unhappiness peaked at around the age of 40, whereas among men, it was about 50. But the U-shape of happiness is constant around the world, and mid-life depression takes place regardless of marital status, changes in job or income. The study appears in Social Science & Medicine, published by the Dutch publishing house Elsevier. "It happens to men and women ,to single and married people, to rich and poor and to those with and without children." said co-author Andrew Oswald. One possibility may be that people realize they won't achieve many of their aspirations at middle age, the researchers said. Another reason could be that after seeing their fellow middle-aged peers begin to die, people begin to value their own remaining years and embrace life once more. But the good news is that if people make it to aged 70 and are still physically fit, they are on average as happy and mentally healthy as a 20-year old. "For the average persons in the modern world, the dip in mental health and happiness comes on slowly, not suddenly in a single year," Oswald said. "Only in their fifties do people emerge from this low period," Title: People happiest at start and end of lives, but slump in middle  Theme) ^4 S/ c# ?5 J, B Happiness is in the (1) of U, for we are happier when are young and old but unhappy when we are middle-aged., S# j" a3 g% ^0 R: [ Findings5 R* C7 M I! f6 L# @ , X! O4 i2  For (2) men and women, depression is most (3) to peak when they are about 44 years old.- i% E' R; S/ F5 O; i For American people, men and women are very (4) . Most women feel (5) at around the age of 40. Among men, unhappiness peaks at about 50.2 X# j/ K4 i3 O* _ The U-shape of happiness is constant around the world, and mid-life depression (6) regardless of marital status, changes in job or income.' i$ d2 C! @) b: @6 T, R6 ?* L3 j (7)     / G/ D0 E0 f) E3 O6 F8 H Possibly because people realize they are (8)       to achieve many of their aspirations at middle age.. A% _1 G4 G2 [# a Possibly because after they have seen their fellow middle-aged peers’ deaths, people begin to value their own years (9)        and embrace life once more.. b& ]/ a6 X0 O Good news, a' A# R% e1 G5 F# W If people are still in good (10)        when they reach 70, they are on average as happy and mentally healthy as a 20-year old.: H4 A, Q! b8 _9 G

• All writers dream of success. Yet some writers turn their back on success the moment it comes along. J.D. Salinger, the American author, is a good example.
On the face of it, the future did not look promising for the teenage Salinger. He seems always to have been running away from something. First it was school, then he dropped out of New York University. Finally, after failing to find a career in his father’s food import business and dropping out of yet another college he decided that his destiny was to be a writer. In the same year he joined a writing class at Columbia University which was taught by Whit Burnett, founder and editor of a magazine called Story. The March-April issue contained a story written by Salinger entitled ‘The Young Folks’. In it there are early versions of the moody, selfish youths that appear in his later fiction. Soon, his stories were appearing in various mass-circulation magazines but it was the famous New Yorker which he dreamed of, believing that publication within its covers would indicate his future potential as a serious writer.
Salinger has a huge reputation around the world yet it rests mainly on just one novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Published in 1951, it soon became highly popular with teenagers who identified with the hero’s powerful sense of dissatisfaction. Its success made Salinger a public figure. Most writers, of course, would welcome this. Salinger, however, hated it and refused it. He moved to a small house in Cornish, New Hampshire, where he lived away from society until his death in 2010 at the age of 91.
For Salinger, fame and artistic honesty were not the same thing. Some people become writers because they wish their works to speak for themselves. Salinger appears to have been disgusted by the idea that he had become the spokesman for a generation. In death he has perhaps achieved his highest goal: to be out of the spotlight, represented only by his work.
【小题1】According to the article, J.D. Salinger is an example of _____________.
A. a selfish and moody youth       B. a serious writer who hates fame
C. a famous American author       D. someone who lives away from society
【小题2】Salinger’s career as a writer improved greatly and his reputation was assured after he ____________. A．failed to pursue a career in business , K0 S! O/ ^# ! [. G7 O B．attended a writing class at Columbia University ( [0 K3 S( E* S6 c3 g C．published the novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’# Z9 \+ K3 C. i; @ T D．became a spokesman for young people; @5 M) A0 @: Q+ R e
【小题3】Which event in his early life confirmed his status as a serious writer? A．Publication in a magazine.; R' X- E) V# B( K' b B．Being taught by Whit Burnett.$O4 B! c# R- X7 Y g) T C．Having a story accepted by the ‘New Yorker’.' d, e: i6 J# d) K2 ]) R. N D．Dropping out of New York University.! Q7 T h3 b* ^: \1 b • Dear Friend, The recent success of children's books has made the general public aware that there's a huge market out there. And there's a growing need for new writers trained to create the$3 billion worth of children's books bought each year ... plus stories and articles needed by over 650 publishers of magazines for children and teenagers.
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【小题1】From the first three paragraphs, we learn that_____. A．children's books are usually bestsellers.; c, _) S# X" ^3 e+ d5 c2 ? B．publishers are making $3 billion each year." ^4 J3 f, K) ?% g* Q- A* Y C．magazines for teenagers have drawn public attention.4 @! U- e+ G! a D．there is a growing need for writers of children's books.3 ^" b9 T8 P: U4 f# @4 ^$ G! E6 b
【小题2】When finishing the course, you are promised to_____. A．be a successful publisher$_. W) U$ W( h! @9 W; T! g0 Z2 j8 Z B．become a confident editor$J$ Y( * ], [/ O C．finish one work for publication7 Z7 d" Z; \; a3 ^- Q8 E$B D．get one story or article published7 L P. e2 i+ W/ Q6 M: F- J 【小题3】Kristi Holl mentions her experience mainly to_____. A．prove she is a good instructor7 O! G* Z+ B& B" e- R B．promote the writing program, ?5 f# V1 K) N C．give her advice on course preparation. W, D2 R9 F& ]8 T5 ]; M9 B D．show she sold more stories than article+ F5 N* j" \' E8 ?& i4 d • Beijing has started a battle to get rid of "Chinglish" （Chinese English）．The "Language Mandarins" of Beijing have decided that Chinglish is a disease for China's modernizing claim and must be obliterated before the city hosts the Olympic Games in 2008． A road sign on the Avenue of Eternal Peace （Chang'an Street） ,for example, advises: "To Take Notice of Safe; The Slippery Are Very Crafty", a warning that the sidewalk was slippery（滑）．Another sign in a Beijing park reads: "Little grass is smiling slightly, please walk on sidewalk．" Li Honghai, the city official in charge of the battle, said," Linguistic perfection （语言美） is becoming increasingly important with the rise in the number of the foreigners flowing into the city．" However, not everyone shares the disdain （蔑视） of the Beijing government for the mixed language．"The choice of words is pretty much．One can either choose the verbs, adverbs, nouns or whatever one likes," explained one Hong Kong linguist on an Internet website． So many examples exist that several Internet sites have been set up to collect Chinglish phrases．Many come from English instructions on packages such as a candle marked with "Keep this candle out of children" and a model boat—curiously named Posh Sailboat—which means, "Please don't place it in dusty play．" If the battle against Chinglish is successful, Chinese will also turn their attention to the English-language versions of newspapers, which play an even more important role in teaching right English． 【小题1】The underlined word "obliterated" refers to ． A．removed T) h, T c' ^' C B．exploited2 E) C: P! X9 C5 Z& W C．translated& Q+ J: Y# T$ j7 V ?! \7  D．beautified1 ^' W S( P/ G0 @
【小题3】We can infer that the English language versions of newspapers _____． A．should report the battle above$D: M( I5 a2 d% h B．should be paid more attention to4 S" Y. W1 & A5 G# Q* W C．should collect more Chingliah phrases. J9 d# P+ W$ J& O: K+ I! P D．should be in duty to teach normal English6 Q/ _$i' U9 C* d; g) E8 [ 【小题4】Which of the following signs is Chinglish? • Can you imagine traveling to work in a one – man submarine? Some scientists believe that some day one – man submarines will be as many as automobiles are today．A famous French driver says, “One day soon, men will walk on the ocean floor as they do on the street!” Perhaps during your lifetime people will travel, and live in the sea． If human beings want to live in the ocean, many human problems will need to be studied first. Some of these problems, similar to those of living in outer space, are pressure, lack of oxygen and weightlessness. Many questions are still unanswered．For example, can our blood make itself fit for underwater surroundings? What will happen to our muscle if we live in the water very long? Scientists are looking for answers． Perhaps in the future man will live in the sea, away from the crowded and noisy cities on land．Then sea has plenty of space, not only for floating living buildings and parks, but also for storing supplies and for underwater travel． Some scientists believe that ocean living will benefit man in more than physical ways. In the freedom and beauty of the deep sea, man may find new sources of joy． 【小题1】What can we do if we live in the ocean? ( ) A．We can have plenty of oxygen． B．We can be fit to live in the water very well． C．We needn’t worry about things like weightlessness． D．We can travel and work in the sea． 【小题2】Why do some people hope to leave cities to live in the sea? Because_____． ( ) A．people think they can live crowdedly in the sea B．people wish to go the quiet seafloor to travel for several days C．people want to break away from the crowded and noisy cities where they live now D．only in this way can people get rid of noise pollution 【小题3】In what ways could ocean living be helpful for man? ( ) A．People can swim freely as much as possible． B．People can be interested in the new pleasure there isn’t anywhere else． C．The sea can supply people with enough foods and other things, so people needn’t work． D．People can go boating and go to the park as often as possible． 【小题4】Which of the following is the similar problem as that of living in outer space? ( ) A．We are short of oxygen． B．We are not familiar with the underwater surrounding． C．We may die of weightlessness． D．We can finds new joys． 【小题5】Which of the following statements is true according to the passage? ( ) A．The scientists have not solved the problem of weightlessness underwater． B．The scientists have solved the problem of weightlessness when man live in space． C．Some scientists believe that ocean living will benefit man in no more than physical ways． D．Sea has plenty of space only for floating living buildings and parks． • Some say everyday miracles (奇迹) are predestined (注定的)----the right time for the appointed meeting. And it can happen anywhere. In 2001, 11-year-old Kevin Stephan was a bat boy for his younger brother’s Little League team in Lancaster, New York. It was an early evening in late July. Kevin was standing on the grass away from the plate, where another youngster was warming up for the next game. Swinging his bat back and forth, giving it all the power an elementary school kid could give. The boy brought the bat back hard and hit Kevin in the chest. His heart stopped. When Kevin fell to the ground, the mother of one of the players rushed out of the stands to his aid. Penny Brown hadn’t planned to be there that day, but at the last minute, her shift (换班) at the hospital had been changed to see her son’s performance. She was given the night off. Penny bent over the senseless boy, his face already starting to turn blue, and giving CPR, breathing into his mouth and giving chest compressions. And he revived in the end. After his recovery, he became a volunteer junior firefighter, learning some of the emergency first-aid techniques that had saved his life. He studied hard in school and was saving money for college by working as a dishwasher in a local restaurant in his spare time. Kevin, now 18, was working in the kitchen when he heard people screaming, customers in confusion, employees rushing toward a table. He hurried into the main room and saw a woman there, her face turning blue, her hands at her throat. She was choking. Quickly Kevin stepped behind her, wrapped his arms around her and clasped his hands. Then, using skills he’d first learned in Scouts. The food that was trapped in the woman’s throat was freed. The color began to return to her face. "The food was stuck. I couldn’t breathe," she said. She thought she was dying. "I was very frightened." Who was the woman? Penny Brown. 【小题1】The author wrote the passage to show us that __________. A．miracles are predestined and they can happen anywhere! d; W& A$ C7 @ B．whoever helps you in trouble will get a reward one day! _) E; K: O9 i6 i C．God will help those who give others a helping hand! a. a: E4 ^% ?' A" T& A D．miracles won’t come without any difficulty sometimes0 Q$U9 d8 W' Y- \ 【小题2】Which of the following statements is True of Kevin Stephan? A．He was hit on the face by a boy and almost lost his life. E8 ]. J! Q* e0 d B．He was a volunteer junior firefighter, teaching the players first-aid skills * Z- R$ b3 X2 6 ?6 P* b! B1 U C．He worked part-time in a local restaurant to save money for college ) e( K; I5 b" d e, _, d D．He saved Penny Brown though he didn’t really know how to deal with food choke4 O4 H0 E! Z9 " T9 P- D' c, W/ d
【小题3】The underlined word “revived” (paragraph3) most likely means __________. A．came back to life3 c& Y7 ?+ R( S3 a0 ]6 i9 F B．became worse7 H2 Q" f7 C. M8 b' g C．failed\$ S, I) \& B3 d D．moved% Y" O6 A6 D4 N
【小题4】Why did Penny Brown change her shift and was given the night off that night? A．She was invited to give the players directions* A! Q& G6 S/ O6 Y B．She volunteered to give medical services# C# L1 c( B# I" i1 9 T) E% ^, Y C．She was a little worried about his son’s safety % T; ?2 a7 i( R: F3 M* C D．She came to watch her son’s game and cheered him' K4 A0 g8 ` U6 a) K5 L