Part I Listening Comprehension (30 marks)
Section A (22.5 marks)
Directions: In this section，you will hear six conversations between two speakers. For each conversation, there are several questions and each question is followed by three choices marked A, B and C. Listen carefully and then choose the best answer for each question.
You will hear each conversation TWICE.
When will the magazine probably arrive?
A. Wednesday. B. Thursday. C. Friday.
The answer is B.
1. What will the woman do first?
A. Take a shower. B. Go camping. C. Set up a time.
2. When will the man probably call the woman?
A. Thursday. B. Friday. C. Sunday.
3. What is the man going to do?
A, Have a coffee break. B. See a doctor. C. Buy a pet.
4. What happened to the man?
A. He fell ill. B. He lost his dog. C. He slept badly.
5. What is the woman?
A. A bus driver. B. A waitress. C. A tour guide.
6. What does the man want to get?
A. Some gifts. B. A menu. C. A bus schedule.
7. What did the man do yesterday?
A. He saw a movie. B. He watched TV.
C. He visited some friends.
8. What time will the speakers probably meet this Saturday evening?
A. At 6:30. B. At 7:00. C. At 7:30.
9. Which of the following will the man buy?
A. Some drinks. B. A birthday cake. G. Concert tickets.
10. What is the woman doing now?
A. She is serving a customer.
B. She is conducting an interview.
C. She is doing some recording.
11 .When does the man go to the nursing home?
A. Tuesdays. B. Thursdays. C. Sundays.
12. Where will the man probably be working next Monday?
A. At the airport nearby.
B. In the studio next door,
C. At the store downtown.
13. Why does the woman call the man?
A. The oven doesn’t work.
B. The heater won’t start.
C. The plug is broken.
14. Who will handle the problem first tomorrow evening?
A. The woman. B. The man. C A worker.
15. Who is the woman speaking to?
A. Her husband. B. Her house owner. C. Her boss.
Section B (7.5 marks)
Directions: In this section, you will hear a short passage. Listen carefully and then Jill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Fill in each blank with NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
You will hear the short passage TWICE.
Voice Mail from Kelly Black
1. Call Mr. Brown to 16___ the appointment time.
2. E-mail the staff members about next week’s 17__ .
3. Ask the repairman to fix the broken 18 in the office.
4. Give a list of all the employees to the __19____owner.
5. Take 20 on the desk to the post office.
Part II Language Knowledge (45 marks)
Section A (15 marks)
Directions: For each of the following unfinished sentences there are four choices marked A, B, C and IX Choose the one that best completes the sentence.
The wild flowers looked like a soft orange blanket the desert,
A. covering B. covered C. cover D. to cover
The answer is A.
21.Children，when by their parents, are allowed to enter the stadium.
A. to be accompanied B. to accompany
C. accompanying D. accompanied
22. If Mr. Dewey¬ _____ present, he would have offered any possible assistance to the people there.
A. were B. had been G. should be D. was
23.____your own needs and styles of communication is as important as learning to convey your affection and emotions.
A. Understanding B. To be understood
C. Being understood D. Having understood
24. As John Lennon once said，life is_____ happens to you while you are busy making other plans.
A. which B. that C. what D. where
25. — I’ve prepared all kinds of food for the picnic.
—Do you mean we_____ bring anything with us?
A. can’t B. mustn’t C. shan’t D. needn't
26； You will never gain success you are fully devoted to your work*
A. when B. because C. after D. unless
27. There is no greater pleasure than lying on my back in the middle of the grassland, _____at the night sky.
A. to stare B. staring C. stared D, having stared
28. Since the time humankind started gardening, we _____to make our environment more beautiful.
A. try B. have been trying
C. are trying D. will try
29. Only when you can find peace in your heart _____good relationships with others.
A. will you keep B. you will keep C. you kept D. did you keep
30. what you’re doing today important, because you’re trading a day of your life for it
A. Make B. To make C. Making D. Made
31.1 am looking forward to the day my daughter can read this book and know my feelings for her.
A. as B. why C. when D. where
32. All we need a small piece of land where we can plant various kinds of fruit trees throughout the growing seasons of the year.
A. are B. was C. is D. were
33. It’s not doing the things we like, but liking the things we have to do makes life happy.
A. that B. which C. what D. who
34. Whenever you , a present, you should think about it from the receiver’s point of view.
A. bought B. have bought C. will buy D. buy
35. ourselves from the physical and mental tensions，we each need deep thought and inner quietness.
A. Having freed B. Freed C. To free D. Freeing
Section B (18 marks)
Directions: For each blank in the following passage there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Fill in each blank with the word or phrase that best fits the context
The summer before I went off to college, Mom stood me in her usual spot behind the ironing board (烫衣板)and said, “Pay attention: I’m going to teach you to iron.“
Mom clearly explained her 36 for this lesson. I was going to be 37 and needed to learn this vital skill. Also, I would be meeting new people, and properly ironed clothes would help me make a good
“Learn to iron a shirt,“ Mom said, “and you can iron anything.“
But ironing shirts was not 39 work. It didn’t make use of long muscles we used to throw a baseball，and it wasn’t a 40 operation like ice-skating. Ironing was like driving a car on a street that has a stop sign every 10 feet, Moreover, an iron produced steam and it carried an element of 41 .If you touched the wrong part of it, you’d get burnt. If you forgot to turn it off when you 42 ,you might bum down the house.
As for technique, Mom 43 me to begin with the flat spaces outward, always pushing the iron forward into wrinkled (有褶皱的）parts. Collars had to be done right. Mom said they were close to your face, where everyone would 44 them.
Over the years, I’ve learned to iron shirts skillfully, which gives me a sense of 45 Whatever failures I suffer in my life, an ironed shirt tells me I am good at something. 46 ,through ironing I’ve learned the method for solving even the most troublesome problems. “ 47 wrinkles one at a time,“ as Mom might have said, “and before long everything will get ironed out.“
36. A. reasons B. rules C. emotions D.methods
37.A. helpful B. confident C. powerful D. independent
38. A. conclusion B. suggestion C. impression D. observation
39. A. useful B. easy C. special D. suitable
40. A. direct B. single C. smooth D. strange
41. A. doubt B. pressure C. surprise D. danger
42. A. went away B. fell down C. jumped off D. looked up
43. A. taught B. chose C. forced D. sent
44. A. touch B. design C. see D. admire
45. A. honesty B. freedom C. justice D. pride
46. A. Instead B. Besides C.Otherwise D. However
47. A. Make up B. Deal with C Ask for D. Rely on
Section C (12 marks)
Directions: Complete the following passage by filling in each blank with one word that best fits the context
We can choose our friends, but usually we cannot choose our neighbors. However, to get a happy home life, we have to get along with 48 as well as possible.
An important quality in a neighbor is consideration for 49 . People should not do things 50 will disturb their neighbors unnecessarily. For example, television sets need not be played at full volume (音量） 51 loud pop music should not be played very late at night. By avoiding things likely to upset your neighbors, you can enjoy 52 friendly relationship with them.
An equally important quality is tolerance. Neighbors should do all they can to avoid disturbing other people， 53 there are times when some level of disturbance is unavoidable. 54 neighbors want to get along well with each other, they have to show their tolerance. In this way, everyone will live 55 peace.
Part Ⅲ Reading Comprehension (30 marks)
Directions: Read the following three passages. Each passage is followed by several questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C andD. Choose the one that fits best according to the information given in the passage.
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•Towner Writer Squad (班组）for kids aged 13-17
Led by comedy and TV writer, Marian Kilpatrick, Towner Writer Squad will meet once a month at the contemporary art museum for 11 months, starting 12 October, 2014.
The FREE squad sessions will include introductions to a wide range of writing styles, from poetry to play writing and lyrics (抒情诗）to flash fiction, to support the development of young writers.
Application & Selection
If you would like to apply to be part of the Towner Writer Squad, please send a sample piece of your writing (about 500 words), responding to the title‘LUNCH,’with your name, age, address and e-mail address to: email@example.com.
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Due to popular demand, a writing project will be started for eager beginners.
Start time: 6 September, 2014
Meet every other Saturday，2-4pm, at the Towner Study Centre.
Study and write at your own pace 一 you do not have to rush 一 as you have a year to go through the project. Practise under the guidance of some experienced writers and teachers who can help you with basic writing skills. Most importantly, build confidence and have fun while writing!
No previous experience or special background is required. Many others have been successful this way. If they can do it, why can’t you?
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56. Towner Writer Squad will be started _______.
A. to train comedy and TV writers
B. to explore the fantastic gallery space
C. to introduce a contemporary art museum
D. to promote the development of young writers
57. To join the Writer Squad，each applicant should first _______.
A. provide a piece of their writing
B. meet the Writer Squad Leader
C. offer their family information
D. complete an application form
58. Applications for the Writer Squad should be e-mailed no later than _______.
A. 6 September, 2014
B. 8 September, 2014
C. 17 September, 2014
D. 12 October, 2014
59. What is most important for the beginners?
A. Practising as much as possible.
B. Gaining confidence and having fun.
C. Studying and writing at their own pace.
D. Learning skills from writers and teachers.
60. More information about Beginner Writing Project can be found at _______.
In the mid-1950s, I was a somewhat bored early-adolescent male student who believed that doing any more than necessary was wasted effort. One day, this approach threw me into embarrassment
In Mrs. Totten’s eighth-grade math class at Central Avenue School in Anderson, Indiana, we were learning to add and subtract decimals (小数).
Our teacher typically assigned daily homework, which would be recited in class the following day. On most days, our grades were based on our oral answer to homework questions.
Mrs. Totten usually walked up and down the rows of desks requesting answers from student after student in the order the questions had apeared on our homework sheets. She would start either at the zxxk front or the back of the classroom and work toward the other end.
Since I was seated near the middle of about 35 students, it was easy to figure out which questions I might have to answer. This particular time, I had completed my usual two or three problems according to my calculations.
What I failed to expect was that several students were absent, which threw off my estimate. As Mrs. Totten made her way from the beginning of the class，I desperately tried to determine which math problem I would get. I tried to work it out before she got to me, but I had brain freeze and couldn’t function.
When Mrs. Totten reached my desk，she asked what answer I’d got for problem No. 14. “I…I didn’t get anything,“ I answered，and my face felt warm.
“Correct,“ she said.
It turned out that the correct answer was zero.
What did I learn that day? First, always do all your homework.
Second, in real life it isn’t always what you say but how you say it that matters. Third，I would never make it as a mathematician.
If I could choose one school day that taught me the most, it would be that one.
61. What does the underlined part in Paragraph 1 indicate?
A. It is wise to value one’s time.
B. It is important to make an effort
C. It is right to stick to one’s belief.
D. It is enough to do the necessary.
62. Usually, Mrs. Totten asked her students to _______.
A. recite their homework together
B. grade their homework themselves
C. answer their homework questions orally
D. check the answers to their homework questions
63. The author could work out which questions to answer since the teacher always _______.
A. asked questions in a regular way
B. walked up and down when asking questions
C. chose two or three questions for the students
D. requested her students to finish their usual questions
64. The author failed to get the questions he had expected because _______.
A. the class didn’t begin as usual
B. several students didn’t come to school
C. he didn’t try hard to make his estimate
D. Mrs. Totten didn’t start from the back of the class
65，Which of the following can be the best title for the passage?
A. An Unforgettable Teacher
B. A Future Mathematician
C. An Effective Approach
D. A Valuable Lesson
62. Usually, Mrs. A. recite their
The behaviour of a building’s users may be at least as important as its design when it comes to energy use, according to new research from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). The UK promises to reduce its carbon emissions (排放）by 80 percent by 2050, part of which will be achieved by all new homes being zero-carbon by 2016. But this report shows that sustainable building design on its own — though extremely important- is not enough to achieve such reductions: the behaviour of the people using the building has to change too.
The study suggests that the ways that people use and live in their homes have been largely ignored by existing efforts to improve energy efficiency (效率)，which instead focus on architectural and technological developments.
‘Technology is going to assist but it is not going to do everything,’explains Katy Janda, a UKERC senior researcher，‘consumption patterns of building users can defeat the most careful design. ’In other words，old habits die hard, even in the best-designed eco-home.
Another part of the problem is information. Households and bill-payers don’t have the knowledge they need to change their energy-use habits. Without specific information，it’s hard to estimate the costs and benefits of making different choices. Feedback (反馈） facilities, like smart meters and energy monitors，could help bridge this information gap by helping people see how changing their behaviour directly affects their energy use; some studies have shown that households can achieve up to 15 percent energy savings using smart meters.
Social science research has added a further dimension (方面），suggesting that individuals’behaviour in the home can be personal and cannot be predicted 一 whether people throw open their windows rather than turn down the thermostat (恒温器) , for example.
Janda argues that education is the key. She calls for a focused programme to teach people about buildings and their own behaviour in them.
66. As to energy use, the new research from UKERC stresses the importance of________.
A. zero-carbon homes B. the behaviour of building users
C. sustainable building design D. the reduction of carbon emissions
67. The underlined word “which“ in Paragraph 2 refers to“________.“
A. the ways B. their homes
C. developments D. existing efforts
68. What are Katy Janda’s words mainly about?
A. The importance of changing building users, habits.
B. The necessity of making a careful building design.
C. The variety of consumption patterns of building users.
D. The role of technology in improving energy efficiency.
69. The information gap in energy use _______.
A. can be bridged by feedback facilities
B. affects the study on energy monitors
C. brings about problems for smart meters
D. will be caused by building users’ old habits
70. What does the dimension added by social science research suggest?
A. The social science research is to be furthered.
B. The education programme is under discussion.
C. The behaviour of building users is unpredictable.
D. The behaviour preference of building users is similar.
Part IV Writing (45 marks)
Section A (10 marks)
Directions: Read the following passage. Fill in the numbered blanks by using the information from the passage.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.
Many of us invest valuable time，energy and money planning our vacations. We do this because we know for sure that going on vacations must be good for us. Research proves this feeling without a doubt. Vacations help us perform better at work, improve our sleep quality and cushion us against depression.
Yet, despite these benefits, many of us return home with a feeling that our last vacation was OK - but not great. In order to change this, some mistakes should be avoided. A classic one for vacation planners is attempting to maximize value for money by planning trips that have too many components (组成部分)• Perhaps you’re planning a trip to Europe, seven cities in 10 days，and you realize it will cost only a little more to add two more destinations to the list Sounds fine in theory, but hopping from one place to the next hardly gives an opportunity to experience what psychologists call mindfulness - time to take in our new surroundings, time to be present and absorb our travel experiences. Another mistake is that we worry too much about strategic issues such as how to find a good flight deal，how to get from A to B，or which destinations to add or subtract from our journey. These issues may seem important, but our psychological state of mind is far more important.
Actually, vacation happiness is based on the following top rules. First, choose your travel companions wisely, because nothing contributes more significantly to a trip than the right companions. Second，don’t spend your vacation time in a place where everything is too expensive so as to maintain a positive mood. Third, shop wisely, for meaningful experiences provide more long-term happiness than physical possessions.
Section B (10 marks)
Directions: Read the following passage. Answer the questions according to the information given in the passage.
Kids and Ponds
Years ago there was a group of kids who would hang around at some local ponds in the woods near their houses in Warwick, Rhode Island. In summer they caught frogs and fish. When winter arrived they couldn’t wait to go skating. Time passed, and the ponds became the only open space for the kids to enjoy themselves in that neighborhood.
One day. a thirteen-year-old boy from this group of kids read in the local newspaper that a developer wanted to fill in the ponds and build over a hundred small houses called condominiums. So the boy went door to door and gathered more than two hundred signatures (签名）to stop the development A group of citizens met and decided to support him.
At the meeting of the town planning board (委员会)，the boy was quite nervous at first and spoke very softly. But when he saw the faces of his friends and neighbors in the crowd and thought about what was happening to their favorite ponds，his voice grew louder. He told the town officials that they should speak for the citizens. He also insisted that they should leave enough space for children. A few days later，the developer stopped his plan.
Nine years later, when that teen was a senior in college, he was informed that the developer was back with his proposal to build condominiums. Now twenty-two years old, he was studying wetlands ecology. He again appeared before the town planning board. This time as an expert witness, he used environmental protection laws to explain restrictions on development in and around wetlands and the knowledge of wetlands ecology to help improve the development. Finally some condominiums were built, but less than half the number the developer wanted. The ponds where those kids used to hang around were protected by a strip of natural land，and are still there today.
81. What did the kids like to do at the local ponds in winter?
(No more than 6 words) (2 marks)
82. How did the boy win the citizens’ support?
(No more than 10 words) (2 marks)
83. What did the boy tell the town officials?
(No more than 16 words) (3 marks)
84.What helped the boy to protect the ponds successfully nine years later?
(No more than 12 words) (3 marks)
Section C (25 marks)
Directions: Write an English composition according to the instructions given below.
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