Li Ao, a famous Taiwan writer, TV commentator, historian and lawmaker, arrived in Beijing for his first visit to the mainland in 56 years.

  Li, 70, said he was driven not by nostalgia(怀旧) but by curiosity, insisting he did not come to see the old China he had lived in, but rather “to see the new China”.

  During a 12-day visit, he will speak to students at three top universities---Peking University tomorrow, Tsing Hua University on Friday and Shanghai’s Fudan University next Monday.

  He will meet schoolmates of his former primary school in Beijing, visit the Palace Museum and participate in TV programmes and online chats.

  Waving his new passport before departing Monday from Taipei, Li said he was eager to make his first trip since his family left the mainland in 1949.

  After visiting Beijing, he will head to Shanghai, where he will give a lecture at Fudan University. After that he will visit Hong Kong and then return to Taiwan on September 30.

  Last week, at a conference organized by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite Television, Li said he hoped the trip would promote cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Straits.

  Li was born in the city of Harbin in Northeast China and grew up in Beijing. At the age of 14, he moved with his family to Shanghai and from there to Taiwan in 1949.

  He is well-known by mainland intellectuals(知识分子) for his satire, sharp commentaries and criticism.

  He is also honored as a loyal advocate(拥护者)of China’s reunification(重新统一), which he believes is “irresistible”, and has maintained that the sooner reunification comes, the more beneficial it will be for Taiwan.

  In a related development, Peking University authorities say Li will be permitted to read some ancient books, which are rarely shown to the public.

  Beijing’s No. 4 Middle School, where Li once studied, also says it plans to give him his student card as a gift. Li published his autobiography(自传) in 20xx. His novels include “Mountaintop Love”.

  1.What’s the purpose of Li Ao’s visit to the mainland?

  A.To drop in on his relatives and friends.

  B.To come to see the old China he had lived in.

  C.To have a peaceful talk with Chinese government.

  D.To see the new China and promote cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Straits.

  2.According to the passage, Li Ao will visit the following EXCEPT _______.

  A.Nanjing UniversityB.Fudan University

  C.Tsinghua UniversityD.Peking University

  3.Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage?

  A.Li Ao moved to Taiwan at the age of 14 from Shanghai.

  B.after visiting Shanghai. Li Ao will also visit Hong Kong.

  C.Li Ao’s visit to Beijing begins on September 20.

  D.Beijing’s No. 4 Middle School is Li Ao’s mother school.

  4.Which is the best title for the passage?

  A.Famous writer arrives on mainlandB.Li Ao, a famous writer

  C.Li Ao’s speech to the college studentsD.A peaceful trip to mainland

  Dear Students,

  I am delighted to be your guest.

  I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a news reporter for the past fifteen years. I chose this job so I could travel the world, but the job has taught me many unforgettable lessons. The work is sometimes difficult. I have seenfamines, wars, earthquakes, poverty and death. But I have also seen courage, hope and happiness.

  In India, I visited a city where there were many homeless children. Some were as young as four years old. They lived in the streets and survived by begging or stealing. But then a wonderful lady called Rosa opened a home for them. Within one year, she was looking after two hundred children. She clothed them, fed them, and taught them. She gave them hope.

  Another time, I was in Turkey after a terrible earthquake, in one place. I found an old lady whose house was in ruins, her son was missing and rescue workers said there was no chance that he was still alive. But the old lady did not give up hope. For four days, she moved heavy stones one at a time by herself. She did not stop until she found her son. He was alive.

  Here in China, I met a young boy with a serious condition. He had undergone twenty operations and spent nearly his whole life in hospital. I thought he would be sad, but when I met him, his smile was so warm and welcoming.

  In life, we need role models that we can admire and learn from. When my life is difficult, I try to remember the courage and goodness of these three people.

  1.The speaker is giving a speech to students in __________.


  2.The underlined word “ famine ” in Paragraph 2 means __________.

  A.extreme lack of foodB.joyC.luckD.pleasure

  3.What can we learn about Rosa?

  A.She’s a rich lady and she likes to help the homeless children.

  B.She’s a great mother and she looks after the homeless children.

  C.She’s a kind-hearted woman and she provides houses for the homeless children.

  D.She’s a good teacher and she teaches the homeless children.

  4.For what does the speaker admire the Turkish woman and the Chinese boy?

  A.Their bravery.B.Their luck.C.Their age.D.Their strong mind.

  A JETLINER slammed into a crowded neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city on Monday. It burst into flames and killed at least 149 people, many of whom were on the ground. Up to 15 passengers survived the crash. Two Chinese business people from Fujian Province were among the dead. The black box has been found and will be the basis for further investigations .The plane belonged to low-cost carrier Mandela Airlines. Indonesia has at least 22 low-cost carriers. Many of them have been forced to cut spending to keep low fares amid intense competition.

  EXPERTS from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan gathered on Monday to discuss the feasibility of building an underwater tunnel across the Taiwan Straits. This is the fifth time talks have been held since 1998 about constructing the world’s longest underwater tunnel. In January 20xx, the Ministry of Communications announced China’s highway network construction plans for the next 20 years. They include a highway from Beijing to Taipei. The construction of the cross-Straits tunnel has been formally listed in the country’s communications development plan.

  PRODUCTION of small cars will be encouraged to cut oil consumption, clean smoggy city skies and reduce traffic jams , an official from the National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday . Many big cities in China had previously banned small cars from expressway. However, with international oil prices consistently rising and pressure from China’s oil consumption growing, the bans do not match the national situation.

  1.Which of the following can be the key words of the three paragraphs?

  A.Air crash, Tunnel, Small cars

  B.Air competition, Network construction, Traffic jams

  C.Indonesian plane, Taiwan Straits, Oil consumption

  D.Crash investigations, Communications, Car development

  2.The writer agrees ?????? .

  A.to stop using small cars in citiesB.not to ban small cars in cities

  C.not to reduce consumption of oilD.to have none of international situation

  3.The conclusion of the crash cause will be drawn mainly from ??????? .

  A.the pilotsB.the two Chinese

  C.15 survivorsD.the black box

  4.Which is the right space order of the things mentioned in the three paragraphs ?

  A.On land , under the sea, in the air .B.In the air, on land, under the sea.

  C.Under the sea , in the air, on land .D.In the air, under the sea, on land.

  Farmer Ed Rawlings smiles as he looks at his orange trees. The young oranges are growing well in Florida’s weather. Warm sunshine and gentle rains, along with Ed Rawlings’ expert care , will produce a good crop of oranges this year.

  But Ed has to fight against Florida’s changeable winter weather. In January and February, temperatures can destroy Ed’s entire orange crops. Having farmed in Florida for the past 35 years, Ed Rawlings is prepared for the frosts(霜). When temperatures drop below freezing, Ed tries to save his crop by watering his orange trees. The water freezes and forms a thin layer of ice on the trees. Strange as it may sound, this thin layer of ice actually keeps the fruit warm.

  What happens is simple. When the trees are watered, the water loses heat and becomes ice. The warmth of the heat it loses is sucked in by the fruit and keeps its temperature at a safe level. Ed Rawlings has effectively used this method to save many orange crops.

  But Ed still faces some difficulties. The trees should be watered at the exact moment the temperature drops to the freezing point. Also just the right quantity of water must be used. Too much water can form a thick layer of ice that will break the trees’ branches. Another difficulty is that wind blows away the heat. So Ed has to worry about not only when but also how often his trees should be watered, and how much water should be used.

  Computer technology may help Ed Rawlings with some of these worries. With equipment, air and soil temperatures and wind speed can be measured. The information is fed into a computer which can tell when temperatures drop to freezing. The computer can correctly decide the quantity of water to be used and how frequently the trees should be watered. Ed Rawlings will find looking after his orange trees a lot easier with the help of a computer, and we’ll all have the benefits(or advantages) of computer – age oranges.

  1.The passage is mainly about????????? .

  A.a farmer’s expert care for his orange trees

  B.the different uses of computers

  C.growing oranges in Florida’s changeable weather

  D.different ways of frost protection

  2.In the writer’s eyes, computers????????? .

  A.are too expensive for small farmers

  B.can be a valuable tool for the farmer

  C.can be used to help oranges grow bigger

  D.cannot take the place of the farmer’s experience and judgment

  3.Which of the following is NOT NECESSARY for Ed Rawlings to do?

  A.He should water the orange trees as soon as the temperature drops to the freezing point.

  B.He should decide the quantity of water for the orange trees.

  C.He has to water the orange trees more often in January and February.

  D.He has to judge how often he should water the orange trees.



  1.The answer is that the government needs money for many things, for example to pay its army, to build public facilities and to buy goods from abroad, and only the people of the country can supply the money.

  2.That is, a person pays according to the amount of his income. Whether he is a merchant, a doctor, a lawyer, a shopkeeper, a miner, or anything else, he must pay tax if his income is more than a certain amount. This is called a “direct” tax, because it is paid in money direct to the government.

  Another tax is paid on goods such as watches, jewelry, tobacco, wine, etc. When they are brought into a country, such a tax is paid as part of the price of these goods if they are later sold in shops.3.

  People usually complain about having to pay taxes, but they forget that the money is spent on things that they and their families need. We need policemen to catch thieves, and they must be paid what they earn; children need education and there must be schools and teachers; we want our streets to be kept clean, and the wages of men who do this kind of work have to be paid.4.And we cannot have an army without paying for it.

  5.We have no real cause to complain when we are asked to pay taxes for the good of ourselves and for our fellow citizens.

  A.Why must we pay taxes?

  B.Why do people often complain?

  C.Taxes, therefore, cannot be avoided.

  D.Taxes, however, should be cancelled.

  E. One of the most important taxes is income tax.

  F. We call it “indirect” tax, because it is paid indirectly through the shopkeeper.

  G. Above all, the country must always be ready to defend itself against attacking enemies.




  Lang Lang is a world-class young pianist who grew up in Shenyang.He went to a piano school in Beijing when he was just eight.“You need_______,”his father said.“But if you don’t work hard,no fortune will come.”

  What made him sad was_______his piano teacher in Beijing didn’t like him.“You have no talent(天赋).You will never be a pianist.”___________________________He decided that he didn’t want to be a_______any more.For the next two weeks he didn’t touch the piano_______,his father didn’t push,but waited.

  Luckily,the day came when his teacher asked him to_______some holiday songs.He didn’t want to,but as he placed his fingers on the piano keys,he_______that he could show others that he had talent_______That day he told his father_______he had been waiting to hear—that he wanted to study with a new teacher________that point on,everything turned around.

  He started________competitions(比赛).In the 1994 International Young Pianists Competition,when it was________that Lang Lang had won,he was too________to hold back his tears.Soon________was clear that he couldn’t stay in China forever—he had to play on the world’s big________In 1997 Lang Lang________again,this time to Philadelphia,U.S.There he spent two years practising,and by 1999 he had worked hard enough for fortune to take over.After his________performance at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival,gigs(特邀演出) in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall started______________________________________发现) him,and lets him________









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  There are various kinds of theme parks, 1.a different park for almost everything. Disney Land can2.(find) in several parts of the world. It will bring you into a magical world and make your dreams come true,3.you are travelling through space, 4.(visit) a pirate ship or meeting your favourite fairy tale. Dollywood is5.of the most unique theme parks in the world. Although Dollywood has 6.(ride), the park’s main attraction is7.culture. England’s Camelot Park is a theme park8.you can experience the ancient clays and great deeds of English knights and ladies. Every area of the park is modeled9.life in the days of King Arthur. So whichever and 10.(what) you like, there is a theme park for you.











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  Wang Ke