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  • There are numerous similarities between Muhammad Ali and his 23-year-old daughter Laila. She is the only one of his nine sons and daughters to have those genes that led to the ring(拳击场). Her father’s great status had nothing to do with Laila’s decision to pursue a boxing career. She has always been proud of his achievements, but he was never a great man to her—just dad.
    What attracted her to take up boxing was the unusual sight of two women in the ring on the television screen when she was about to watch a Mike Tyson fight five years ago. She was very excited and said to herself, “I can do that. ”
    Laila’s father would prefer her not to take up the dangerous sport. Johnny McClain, her husband and manager (former boxer himself) feels the same way. Even though both the men in her life worry about her, they’re 100 percent supportive. “They don’t want me to get hurt, ” she says.
    Long before entering the ring, Laila was a fighter. Being the daughter of an outstanding boxer made her an easy target for high school kids to see how tough she was. They, not she, failed in the test. For the public, her biggest test took place last summer in the New York State when she took on Jacqui Frazier Lyde, the daughter of Joe Frazier, her father’s most famous opponent (对手) during the 1970s.
    That fight provided the biggest shot in the arm that women’s boxing has received. News reporters poured in. Some called it “Ali/Frazier-GenerationⅡ”. No match involving women had ever attracted so much attention. Laila had a narrow victory in the fight.
    Like it or not, she accepts the fact that she is the face of female boxing. And she hopes that her name and fame will help get the public to take it more seriously.
    The name Ali has and always will bring her attention. But she is determined to make her own mark on opponents’ faces as well as in boxing history books. She says, “I want women’s boxing to get its due respect. ”
    49. Laila took up boxing because of ________.
    A. her father’s great status                        B. a Mike Tyson fight      
    C. her admiration for her father               D. her interest in boxing
    50. From the passage we can know ________.
    A. Laila’s husband is still a boxer now
    B. Laila wants to make contributions to the sport of boxing
    C. Laila’s husband doesn’t think boxing is a dangerous sport
    D. when Laila was in high school, she often failed in the fight with other kids
    51. Which of the following is the best title for the passsage?
    A. A female boxer—Laila Ali                    B. The best-known fight
    C. Ali/Frazie-GenerationⅡ                   D. Muhammad Ali and his daughter

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  • Female Chinese space pioneers?
    CHINA plans to recruit(招募) women astronauts thanks to the lobbying(游说) of the leading women’s organization. Gu Xiulian, president of the All-China Women’s Federation(ACWF) (全国妇联), said on Saturday that she put forward a proposal that women be trained for space missions after the manned space flight last October. And it was accepted by the central authorities, local media reported. But the plan to recruit female astronauts has yet to be worked out, according to sources close to the astronaut-training programme.
    Beijing needs mental health care
    MORE than 1,000 people committed suicide(自杀) in Beijing last year, and experts have been encouraging the capital to set up a mental health care system as soon as possible, local media reported last week. About 20 percent of the people of Beijing live in unhealthy conditions, with 3 percent of these suffering from affective disorder and 5 percent reporting symptoms of depression, according to the Beijing Mental Health Service Center.
    No need to fear your licence plate
    CAR licence plates in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, will not have the number “four” from this month on ---a move that has led to heated discussion among officials, schools and residents. The word for “four” sounds like “death” in Cantonese. The number has been cleared away from the computer data banks that generate the six-digit licence numbers for local cars. Some say that, for the first time, a public agency service has considered local customs and bans. Others worry it will encourage superstitious(迷信的) beliefs.
    83.We can infer from the news that ____.
    A.there are several female astronauts in China now
    B.people in Guangdong province hate number “four”
    C.the mental disorder concerns everybody all over the country
    D.the city government of Beijing has promised to set up a mental health care system
    84.The underlined sentence in the third news means that __    __.
    A.there is no number “four” in the computers in Shenzhen
    B.computer is used to print six-digit car licence numbers
    C.local cars will be protected to use six-digit car licence numbers
    D.number “four” will no longer appear in the six-digit car licence numbers
    85.What is the message of the first news?
    A.China only needs male astronauts.
    B.Gu Xiulian wants to be the first space woman.
    C.Society doesn’t discriminate(歧视) against women in China.
    D.The  proposal of female astronaut training hasn’t been approved.
    86.Which word has the same meaning as the underlined word “symptoms”?
    A.symbol        B.signs           C.sorts      D.shocks

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  • "S. H.E. is going to sing at the CCTV annual Spring Festival Evening Party.Is that true?" cried out Peng Weiye, a Senior 2 girl in Shanghai and die-hard S. H.E. fan.
    After checking it on the Internet, Peng quickly phoned friends to spread the news. For fans like her, S. H. E. ’s performance is perhaps the only part of the old fashioned evening to get excited about.
    The Taiwanese band (乐队)is made up of Selina, Hebe and Ella. Their name comes from the first letter of each of the singers' English names.
    Last week S. H. E. announced they would perform in Las Vegas, US, over Christmas and then in Guangzhou on January 15.
    At their Shanghai show on October 30, hundreds of parents waited outside the Hongkou Stadium. Inside, thousands of teenagers sang, cried and shouted as the band performed.
    "I love their music, healthy image and everything related to them. Thank God that, although my parents don't understand why I love them so much, they still bought me a ticket for that show," said Peng about the Shanghai performance(演出).
    It is not just on the mainland(大陆) that the three girls have made audiences much excited. In the past year the band has passed through Taiwan, Hong Kong and even Singapore and Malaysia.
    When the three high school girls entered a singing contest in Taiwan in 2000, none of them ever dreamed of being a superstar. "We had never met before, and we didn't talk at all at the beginning," recalled Ella.
    When asked about the secret of their success, she said, "Our average looks(长相) and not-so-expensive clothes keep us close to our fans. We are happy to be the girls next door(邻家女孩), your singing sisters."
    "It's really a magical journey, from day-dreaming high school girls to singers performing on the same stage as our idols(偶像). Nothing but magical," she said.
    46. Why was Peng Weiye, a Senior 2 girl, so excited?
    A. S.H.E. band will get the old fashioned evening exciting.
    B. S. H.E. will perform in Las Vegas over Christmas.
    C. Her parents bought her a ticket for S. H. E. Is Shanghai show.
    D. S. H.E. will perform on the CCTV Spring Festival Evening Party.
    47. How did the Taiwanese band get the name?
    A. Their fans gave the name to them.
    B. Their idols had a deep influence on them.
    C. A singing contest gave their idea of the band name
    D. The first letters of Selina, Hebe and Ella form the band name.
    48. What do you know about Peng Weiye?
    A. She stayed outside the Hongkou Stadium to listen to S. H. E. 's performance.
    B. She will watch the performance in Guangzhou on January 15.
    C. She pays close attention to everything about S. H. E.
    D. She was grateful that her parents understood and supported her.
    49. Which is true about S. H. E. ?
    A. The secret to their success is their pretty faces and lovely clothes.
    B. They were close friends when they entered a singing contest.
    C. They caused a storm of excitement in Southeast Asia.
    D. They have well prepared to perform with their idols.
    50. Which do you think is NOT the reason for S. H. E’s popularity among their fans?
    A. Their music and their healthy image.
    B. They can make audience much excited.
    C. Their success meets their fans’ day dream of becoming others’ idols.
    D. Their average looks and not-so-expensive clothes keep them close to their fans.

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  • A plane crash in Western Russian killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the other 96 political and military officials on board on April 10. The accident has led to huge national mourning in Poland. But it may provide an opportunity for reconciliation (和解) between Poland and Russia, countries that have a troubled relationship.
    Many from the political elite were lost in the crash. Beside the president, the dead include the army chief of Staff, the head of National Security Bureau, the national bank president, the deputy foreign minister and other members of parliament.
    The Polish delegation was heading to Russia to mark the 70 th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre (屠杀) when the accident occurred. In 1940, about 22,000 Polish soldiers, intellectuals, and officials captured after the Soviet Army invaded Poland in 1939, were killed secretly by Soviet police in the forest of Russia’s Katyn.
    The Katyn Massacre had been a sensitive topic between the countries. The former Soviet Union always denied responsibility for the massacre. It was not until 1992 that Russian released archived documents about the killing.
    Katyn is merely a short chapter in Poland and Russia’s long and troubled history. In the 18 th century, along with Prussia, (then an important part of Germany) and Austria. Russia participated in three carve – ups of Poland. In 1795, after the third carve – up, the country was erased from the map of Europe. It was in 1918 that Poland regained its independence. But in 1939, at the beginning of the World War II, it was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union under a secret pact. After the war, Poland became a communist country with close ties to the Soviet Union.
    In 1989, Poland switched to capitalism and pursued a pro – West position. The most recent tension between the two countries was in 2008. That year, Poland decided to have a US missile shield (导弹防御系统) on its soil, while neighboring Russia threatened to aim missiles at Poland.
    But the plane crash has created a chance for reconciliation, with Russia sharing the sadness of Poland. Russia has declared April 12 a day of mourning for the victims. Flags flew at half – mast in Moscow. And earlier on April 7, Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin became the first Russian leader to mark the anniversary of the massacre.
    “I think it should improve relations between the two countries, as Russians feel our grief,” said Radek Sikorski, Pland’s foreign minister.
    66.Put the following events in order of time.
    ①The Katyn Massacre
    ②Poland switched to capitalism.
    ③Russia divided Poland with Austria and Prussia.
    ④Poland became a communist country.
    ⑤Poland was invaded by the Soviet Army.
    A.③①④⑤② B.③⑤①④②  C.①③⑤④②  D.①⑤②④③
    67.After the accident, which of the following did Russia do to share the sadness of Poland?
    A.Flags were lowed to half – mast in the capital city of Russia.
    B.Russia threatened to aim missiles at Poland.
    C.Russia declared the day when the accident happened a day of mourning for the victims.
    D.Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the massacre.
    68.Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
    A.The Katyn Massacre was the very beginning of Poland and Russia’s trouble relationship.
    B.In 1939 about 22,000 Polish soldiers, intellectuals, and officials were killed by Soviet police in the forest of Russia’s Katyn.
    C.Altogether 96 political and military officials were killed in the accident.
    D.The relationship between Poland and Russia has not always been tense since the three carve – ups of Poland in the 18 th century.
    69.It can be conclude from the article that        .
    A.the relationship between Poland and Russia will be even tenser than before
    B.Poland will cancel its plan to mark the anniversary of the Katyn Massacre
    C.no Russian leaders have marked the anniversary of the massacre before, though Russia released the truth in 1992.
    D.Poland will forgive Russians, for they showed great sympathy after the accident.
    70.What would be the best title for the passage?
    A.The troubled relationship between Russia and Poland.
    B.Poland and Russia united by tragedy.
    C.The 70 th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre.
    D.A plane crash killing Polish president.

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  • Suppose you are a visitor in the land of Mongolia, some friends ask you to eat with them. What kind of manners do they want you to have? They want you to give a loud burp after you finish eating. Burping would show that you like your food. In some countries, if you give a big burp, you are told to say “Excuse me, please”.
    In many places people like to eat together. But in some parts of Polynesia it is bad manners to be seen eating at all. People show their good manners by turning their backs on others while they eat.
    What are manners like in an East African town? The people try not to see you. They are being polite. You may see a friend. He may not see you at all. If you are polite, you will sit down beside him. You will wait until he finishes what he is doing. Then he will talk to you. Manners are different all over the world. But it is good to know that all manners begin in the same way. People need ways to show that they want to be friends.
    【小题1】 In Mongolia, burping is a way of showing that __________.
    A.you are impolite) X; h; P3 @/ e B.you enjoyed the meal prepared by the host# \! ^' i( \0 C2 b: _5 L 
    C.your meal was not enough( a; @; i. S Q7 j: K& K! Q D.you are friendly with your host0 L2 R2 ^1 M9 T" M9 W 
    【小题2】In Polynesia, to be polite while eating you should __________.
    A.eat quickly7 i% ^) ]/ d: a( j) j. F0 \* H B.sit still / _- ?3 c$ \6 Z5 F8 B$ `& D8 \ H 
    C.turn your back on others0 e! `4 Z% W C, V, ? D.say “Excuse me, please”5 Q; [# J/ a* K# V# S% X$ [ 
    【小题3】People in an East African town are being polite by __________.
    A.waiting for a long time before visits
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    B.sitting down beside others( \/ j8 ]: R7 V& F: _# K T 
    C.seeing a friend quickly' f2 b$ h$ Q) C: `& A6 Z D.trying not to see you( @ A9 `2 R( Z1 I* @, W' e; P) P 
    【小题4】The best title for this passage is __________.
    A.Good Manners0 L0 A) h8 T) V! J* S$ X) `2 K B.All manners is the Same Way& i) O, _* S# N 
    C.Different Kinds of Manners. I; V7 g( d9 D$ D U8 R D.Do Have Manners2 Y3 W3 U# F b6 h 

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  • Throughout history, people have been interested in knowing how languages first began, but no one knows exactly where or how this happened. However, we do know a lot about languages, the languages of today and also the languages of earlier times. There are probably about 3,000 languages in the world today. Chinese is the language with the most speakers. English, Russian and Spanish are also spoken by many millions of people. On the other hand, some languages in the world have less than one hundred speakers.
    There are several important families of languages in the world. For example, most of the languages of Europe are in one large family called Indo-European. The original (最初的) language of this family was spoken about 4,500 years ago. Many of the present day languages of Europe and India are modern forms of the language of 4,500 yeas ago.
    Languages are always changing. The English of today is very different from the English of 500 years ago. In time some even died out completely. About 1,000 years ago, English was a little-known relative of German spoken on one of the borders of Europe.
    If a language has a large number of speakers or if it is very old, there may be differences in the way it is spoken in different areas. That is, the language may have several dialects. Chinese is a good example of dialect differences. Chinese has been spoken for thousands of years by many millions of speakers. The differences between the dialects of Chinese are so great that speakers of Chinese from some parts of China can’t understand speakers from other parts.
    【小题1】The first paragraph mainly tells us that ____ .
    A.most people in the world speak Chinese! T9 F. Y) B! B
    B.there are thousands of languages in the world today7 G3 @& N% F& d9 f1 Q5 P+ Z
    C.man has much knowledge about languages1 R5 h1 b: Y- _% ]% S2 Y
    D.some people know several languages) C0 `1 K# T T: P N
    【小题2】According to the passage, most European and Indian languages ____ .
    A.will soon die out completely- Q( G- F/ g# B/ M8 F B.were once a relative of English1 i; g' J) ?3 Y/ \
    C.are no longer spoken3 T4 ^% Q7 I) A$ O- W9 N/ L5 @ D.come from the same family3 Z. I/ C* Z: W' U
    【小题3】 According to the passage, ____ has the most speakers.
    A.Chinese
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    B.English
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    C.Spanish% e% P* j& c' B. N1 Q D.German5 ^& f9 M R( Y
    【小题4】According to the passage, ____ seems to have changed a lot.
    A.German+ c* b' A9 M8 f: G0 M) F B.English6 d9 D- Y `, j8 D7 L; U' Z C.Spanish
    & ?( c3 M6 ^7 S: Z( L
    D.Chinese
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    【小题5】The underlined word dialect in the last paragraph probably means ____ .
    A.a special language spoken by Chinese2 F* E) d/ Q; R% C; b. f1 `
    B.the sign used by the Chinese people in a special area: T' O5 i$ f3 L
    C.the difference between the old and today’s Chinese* E4 B f Z# D" e3 @' M
    D.the form of a language used in one part of the country, Q, T6 P! _$ X5 F

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  • Great British is an island that lies off the northwest coast of Europe. The nearest country is France which is 20 miles away. Great British is separated from France by the English Channel. The island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west, and the North Sea, to the east. It includes the main lands of England, Wales and Scotland. Scotland is in the north while Wales is in the west. Ireland, which is also an island, lies off the west coast of Great Britain. It is made up of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Great Britain together with Northern Ireland forms the United Kingdom (U.K.). So the U.K. is made up of four countries. The largest of these is England which is divided into 43 countries. The capital city is London which is on the river Thames.
    【小题1】Great Britain is separated from France by_______.
    A.the North Sea. L4 `& ^) A8 Z% B7 Y6 ?4 [2 F% K B.Suez Canal2 j6 S9 P/ M' j* j2 d+ I C.English Channel5 D3 I; [; ^- P K; D$ A D.Thames4 O; Z- X" j2 M
    【小题2】Great Britain lies on the ______of the Atlantic ocean.
    A.west2 @" E1 j$ U% X' Y ?& K5 ^8 [ B.north3 @" L' ^* D9 D! _/ ^+ b& Q6 c C.east- O2 F+ K( X `* g# i( S4 M2 E7 S' P D.south
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    【小题3】The United Kingdom is made up of _______.
    A.England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland# B, c/ M% D4 i" D& h7 a, J+ K! Z
    B.England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
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    C.Great Britain and Ireland: ^6 F+ b3 g \. D
    D.Great Britain and the Irish Republic6 `% C" O& ?, B
    【小题4】It is true that England is________.
    A.the smallest of the four countries in U.K.: A: F2 M" _5 F$ d- N6 C
    B.only larger than Wales
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    C.as large as Ireland9 L& h2 \1 V1 D% c# ]( V" Z
    D.the largest country in U.K. ^, E' S( S6 `4 C/ ]+ _

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  • They are among the 250, 000 people under the age of 25 who are out of work in the Netherlands, a group that makes up 40 percent of the nation’s unemployed. A storm of anger boils up at the government-sponsored (政府资助的) youth center, even among those who are continuing their studies.
    “We study for jobs that don’t exist,” Nicollets Steggerda, 23, said.
    After thirty years of prosperity, unemployment among 10 member nations of the European Community has reached as much as 11 percent, affecting a total of 12.3 million people, and the number is climbing.
    The bitter disappointment long expressed by British youths is spreading across the Continent. The title of a rock song “No Future” can now be seen written on the brick walls of closed factories in Belgium and France.
    One form of protest(抗议) tends to put the responsibility for a country’s economic troubles on the large numbers of “guest workers” from Third World nations, people welcomed in Western Europe in the years of prosperity.
    Young Europeans, brought up in an extended period of economic success and general stability, seem to be similar to Americans more than they do their own parents. Material enjoyment has given them a sense of expectation, even the right to a standard of living that they see around them.
    “And so we pass the days at the discos, or meet people at the café, and sit and stare,” said Isabella Cault. "There is usually not much conversation. You look for happiness. Sometimes you even find it.”
    【小题1】Unemployment in the Netherlands has affected _______
    A.about 0.6 million people# R( C6 F/ M9 L B.250,000 people- j1 c' j) T2 _0 B8 d3 E
    C.1ess than half of the population * L* R3 _7 N$ K& S4 P1 V D.one million people6 Z7 ]3 G/ F+ T' g0 ]- P! b
    【小题2】What Nicollete Steggerda said (Para.2) means that ________.
    A.what the students learn is more than necessary
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    B.the students cannot get work after graduation" H6 ^) j4 [, h1 g6 [
    C.the students’ aim in study is not clear D. D$ g" d: `" b
    D.school education is not sufficient/ I, R6 Q4 Z- ^+ N
    【小题3】The underlined word ‘‘it” in the last paragraph most probably refers to ________.
    A.material enjoyment& a3 N" b1 L: a6 e2 B B.a sense of expectation" M$ c) V6 B% _% M7 I
    C.a job6 h# F* N8 P& `- Z" I( \ D.happiness
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    【小题4】Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
    A.British youths have pity on the unemployed on the Continent.! j9 W4 i$ C: e f% K# b
    B.British youths care about unemployment in France and Belgium.9 L0 X, ]* ]" S$ R
    C.British youths show their disappointment over joblessness.3 N! X" Q7 L; h/ V# _* Y
    D.British youths have confidence to find work on the Continent.% N: a/ V3 X# U3 H* A! G

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  • Though war is something people hate, Director Feng Xiaoning often exposes his audience to it.
    “If we don’t impress the audience, who are without the painful experience of war, with the cruel injury to life and human nature war causes, how can we bring them a love of peace and objection to war?” asked the director with a glance in his eyes.
    After Red River Valley and Lover’s Grief over the Yellow River, both of which star Chinese model and actress Ning Jing, Feng drew a satisfactory full stop to his war trilogy (三部曲) last month with Purple Sunset.
    The film tells a story which took place in 1945, at the very moment when World War II was drawing to an end. A Chinese peasant and a Soviet woman soldier flee into a forest, where they seize a Japanese girl. They follow the girl in the hope that she will take them out of the forest, but instead they arrive in a Japanese base. Humanity (人道主义) prevents them from killing the young, innocent (无辜的) victim of Japanese militarism. This humanity, the longing for peace and eagerness to survive, make the three unite.
    “If people are touched by justice, tolerance and unselfishness, I think I have achieved my goal,” Feng said. Feng admits that there are violent and bloody scenes in the film, such as tanks fighting and Japanese burning Chinese people alive, to show the cruelty of the war. But that’s never his personal preference, he says.
    “Everyone who has watched my films can tell how much I hate war,” he said. “I wrote all the things for my war films by myself. Whenever I finished one, I felt as though I had suffered great pain.”
    Feng regards every one of his productions as an opportunity to learn about human nature and humanity. In spite of violent scenes which frighten and sicken the audience, a balance is sought with beautiful scenery. Just like the snowy mountains in Red River Valley and the grand plateau (高原) in Lover’s Grief over the Yellow River, a beautiful vast grassland appears in this film. “I used to study art, and I appreciate beautiful things,” Feng said. “I believe that films should offer the audience a chance to enjoy beauty.”
    【小题1】Director Feng Xiaoning shot war film because _____.
    A.he was deeply interested in such a topic7 b5 D/ N/ K2 Z
    B.he wanted to give the audience the painful experience of war g! R2 ]2 E2 E7 d9 L8 C1 ]
    C.he hoped to arouse people’s love of peace and objection to war3 V3 h5 i: T- W* ^5 R$ f
    D.he dreamed of becoming a world-famous director! f T4 Y$ O; \3 ^& @& e) g
    【小题2】All of the following belong to Feng’s war trilogy except _____.
    A.Red River Valley% \3 O1 e' A2 f B.Lover’s Grief over the Yellow River, e6 ]2 I/ i( C) \5 ^6 G& C, E+ c, T
    C.Purple Sunset: i: Z7 U, F" N2 N( K D.In the Mood for Love- M5 O3 Z7 P0 [0 B6 \
    【小题3】A Chinese peasant and a Soviet woman solider seized a Japanese girl so that _____.
    A.they could find the Japanese base easily E8 j. D) i _3 U1 b) d
    B.she could take them out of the forest% X4 ?5 G4 W3 j9 A e) ], [1 i- ^1 ?- ]. h
    C.they could kill her for revenge/ L7 J3 T9 F3 K2 R" G, L L
    D.it would cause the Japanese militarism to give in- G1 M( i) h. Q. e# [. Z" \! g
    【小题4】Scenes of Japanese burning Chinese people alive in the film are to ______.
    A.show that war is cruel8 J9 _7 [' U, i9 [
    B.attract people’s interest3 S& O3 L9 U% R' M- Z$ R
    C.show Feng’s personal preference in dealing with details- _3 S1 X. Y) B& D2 ^- W
    D.make the film moving and interesting3 G% F( L d4 J/ D. ]9 A3 B& Y1 Z

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  • One thing that British and Chinese cultures share is a love for fine tea. Today, when we think of Western tea culture, we often think of the English and beautiful china tea cups.
    Afternoon tea
    People believe that an English lady, Anna, first introduced the idea of afternoon tea. In the 18th and 19th centuries. the English ate only two main meals each day ,breakfast and a heavy supper that would last for several hours in the evening. As a result, people often got very hungry during the long wait between these two meals. To solve this problem, Anna came up with the clever idea of inviting some friends to join her for an afternoon meal between four and five o’clock. This meal included cakes and sandwiches. and tea was served(提供)to wash down the food. In order to make this afternoon meal important, fine china cups and plates, and silver teapots. knives, forks and spoons were used .Soon, afternoon tea parties became popular social occasions. Today, afternoon tea parties continue to play an important part in the social life in modern Britain.
    Will you come for coffee?
    Coffee also has an important role in British culture. People often use the words“Will  you come for coffee?” to mean “Would you like to come to my home for a chat?” Normally, several different drinks such as tea, hot chocolate or a soft drink like orange Juice will be served as well as coffee. and you will be asked what you would like. However, you will not normally be offered wine at a "coffee" party.
    Coffeehouses and the London Stock Exchange
    In the 17th century London, coffeehouses were busy and noisy places. Businessmen and  bankers went to coffeehouses to do their business, as well as to drink coffee. In fact, the London Stock Exchange(股票交易所) is believed to have started from these coffeehouses 

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