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河北武邑中学2017-2018学年下学期高二期末考试
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  河北武邑中学2017-2018学年下学期高二期末考试

  英语试题

  时间:120分钟 满分:l50分

  第一部分 听力(共两节,满分 30 分)

  第一节

  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读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。

  1. What is the weather like now?

  A. Sunny. B. Cloudy. C. Rainy.

  2. What does the man want to order?

  A. French fries. B. A large soft drink. C. A bacon sandwich.

  3. Where is Jacob now?

  A. At home. B. At school. C. At a supermarket.

  4. What do the speakers mainly talk about?

  A. Having a class reunion. B. Planning a birthday party. C. Visiting a family member.

  5. What is the man’s job?

  A. He is a model. B. He is a designer. C. He is a salesman.

  第二节

  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三个选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前,你将有时间阅读各个小题,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、7题。

  6. What does the man think of the jeans?

  A. They are too long. B. They are too short. C. They are the wrong style.[来源:Z*xx*k.Com]

  7. When will the man pick up the jeans?

  A. Tomorrow. B. This evening. C. This afternoon.

  听第7段材料,回答第8、9题。

  8. What vehicle did the woman just take?

  A. A taxi. B. A plane. C. A train.

  9. How long will the woman rent the car for?

  A. Four days. B. Five days. C. Seven days.

  听第8段材料,回答第10至12题。

  10. Where will the woman go tomorrow morning?

  A. To the airport. B. To a tennis court. C. To the police station.

  11. What is the purpose of the woman’s visit to London?

  A. Taking a holiday. B. Going on a business trip. C. Checking out some schools.

  12. What is the probable relationship between the speakers?

  A. Classmates. B. Boss and employee. C. Father and daughter.

  听第9段材料,回答第13至16题。

  13. Why didn’t the man want to take part in the contest at first?

  A. He feels nervous singing alone. B. He doesn’t like singing. C. He dislikes his voice.

  14. How many people has the woman been practicing with?

  A. One. B. Two. C. Three.

  15. What day is it today?

  A. Tuesday. B. Wednesday. C. Thursday.

  16. Where will the speakers practice together?

  A. At John’s house. B. At the school canteen. C. At the local community center.

  听第10段材料,回答第17至20题。

  17. When did Jordan go to college?

  A. In 1981. B. In 1984. C. In 1990.

  18. Where did Jordan win his first Olympic gold medal?

  A. In Chicago. B. In Barcelona. C. In Los Angeles.

  19. What did Jordan do in 1993?

  A. He joined the NBA. B. He retired from basketball. C. He returned to the Bulls.

  20. How long did Jordan play professional baseball for?

  A. About two years. B. About five years. C. About six years.

  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),选出最佳选项。

  A

  A 60-year-old homeless woman named Smokie has been sleeping outside in the dirt a few doors down from a man named Elvis Summers.

  Most mornings, she stops by Elvis’s Los Angeles apartment and asks if he has any recyclable materials for her. Through these conversations, they struck up a friendship.

  One morning, Elvis saw a news article about man in Oakland who has been making tiny houses out of de serted materials. He was inspired to put off paying a few bills so he could buy the wood and hardware to make Smokie a brand new shelter. It took him five days to build it, and now, for the first time in ten years, Smokie has a place to hang the sign “Home Sweet Home”.

  “I had nowh ere to really build it, so I just built it in the street outside of my apartment,” Elvis told Good News Network. “The local LAPD police have been super cool, and have told me they support it—as long as we move it to a different spot every 72 hours.”

  He made this pretty time-lapse(延时的) video showing how he did it. The materials, including two locks on the front door and strong wheels for moving it around, cost him about $500.

  “I’ve met so many homeless people, good people,” Elvis said in an email, “Since I built Smokie’s , I’ve had several people asking me to make them a tiny home and it’s turned into much more than just the one house I wanted to build.”

  Although he runs an online retail store that sells EDM clothes, he has decided to launch an ambitious project to fund more shelters. He plants to get lighter and cheaper materials—without sacrificing the strength of the house—for the next round. Rick Sassen, a branch manager, kindly donated the roof shingles and cedar supporting Smokie’s house, final items Elvis couldn’t afford on his own. Sassen has promised to work out a deal on future building materials for the same cause.

  21. What is the meaning of the underlined words “struck up” in paragraph 2?

  A. kept on B. accomplished C. gave out D. established

  22. What is the main feature of the tiny house?

  A. It is air-conditioned. B. It can move around.

  C. It is very light. D. It has no roof.

  23. What can be inferred about Elvis from the last paragraph?

  A. He will get help from poor people. B. He will help more homeless peop le.

  C. He plans to build stronger houses. D. He earns his living by building houses.

  B

  Chinese International School

  Application Form

  Before an applicant can be invited to take part in an assessment, an application form should be returned to the Admissions Office, and the application fee of HK$1,000 cannot be returned. For overs eas applicants wishing to pay in currencies other than HK dollars, the fee is US$145. Checks are also good for payment to “Chinese International School”.

  The application should include

  ●Applicants’ academic report from the last school year.

  ●A recent passport-sized photo (attached to the application form).

  ●A copy of the applicant’s Hong Kong ID card or a passport showing a valid Hong Kong visa.

  ●Only for applicants applying under a Corporate Nomination (提名) Right:A company letter confirming the nomination.

  Please note that the application fee is non-refundable. Applicants who would like to re-apply for another academic year are asked to submit a new application and application fee.

  Acceptance

  Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status in writing by postal mail. Initial (最初的) offers for Reception will be sent out from late March once all assessments have been completed.

  Some applicants who have been assessed may be held on a reserve list. Acceptances may also be made on a conditional basis among the applicants on the reserve list.

  Applicants who have been assessed but who have not been admitted are welcome to reapply for the next academic year. Please note that such applicants will be asked to submit a new application and application fee.

  Confirmation of Acceptance and Enrollment (录取)

  Once an applicant has been admitted, the applicant family will be asked to confirm acceptance and hold the student’s place with immediate payment of the required fees for the Nomination Right (HK$ 500), plus the sum of HK$ 7,500 as the first tuition payment.

  In addition, enrollment will not be considered complete until the following have been received, normally one month before the start of the new school year

  ●Physical examination results ● Tuition (first month)

  24. According to the passage, if the appl icants reapply for an academic year, _________ .

  A. the application fee can be reduced to a half

  B. a new application and application fee are to be required

  C. applicants on a reserve list needn’t be assessed

  D. the initial application form should be returned to the Admissions Office

  25. Which of the following is true?

  A. Applicants held on a reserve list will not be admitted.

  B. Once applicants are refused, they can’t apply for it again.

  C. Applicants don’t have to get a company letter to confirm their application.

  D. The applicants should show either a Hong Kong visa or a Hong Kong ID card.

  26. According to the Application Process, any applicant has to pay at least _________.

  A. HK$ 8000. B. HK$7, 500. C . HK$1, 000. D.HK$ 500.

  27. If an applicant has been admitted, the applicant family ________ .

  A. will be asked to confirm acceptance and pay the fees

  B. will be asked to only pay the first month fee

  C. will be asked to submit a new application

  D. will receive physical Examination results

  C

  You might think people all over the United States have Wi-Fi----wireless Internet service---and mobile phones. But there is no such service in Green Bank, West Virginia, a tiny town four hours from the U.S. capital, Washington D.C. Fewer than 150 people live in Green Bank, which has two churches, an elementary school and a public library. It is also home to the largest radio telescope in the world.

  There is a ban on Wi-Fi in Green Bank, along with anything else that can create electromagnetic(电磁的)waves. Officials say the waves could disturb the signals the telescope receives.

  For many American, a visit to Green Bank is a little like returning to the 1950s. To get there, you must read road signs---because there is no GPS service in the town. People can connect with the Internet through telephones, but wireless service is not allowed.

  The observatory(天文台)is one of t he largest employers in the area. The federal National Science Foundation(NSF)spends about ﹩8.2 million a year to operate the observatory, telescope and educational center.

  Jonah Bauserman is a technician. If he supposes there is a signal that is not allowed in the zone, he drives to the house where the signal is coming from and checks it. But once a week, when the device is cleaned, some banned devices are allowed near it.

  People in the town respect the work of the scientists. And they say they are happy to live without Wi-Fi and mobile phones. “You know, instead of sitting here on our phones and other devices we’re out fishing and hunting and going to each other’s houses.” Everyone knows each other and communication is almost always face-to-face.

  28. What will you see when you pay a visit to Green Bank?

  A. GPS service B. Radio-controlled toys

  C. Cell phone towers D. Guide posts

  29. What is Jonah Bauserman’s duty in his work?

  A. Cleaning the telescope once a week. B. Following signals from cell phones.

  C. Protecting the telescope from being affected. D. Listening for signals from outer space.

  30. What is the attitude of the local people towards the telescope?

  A. disapproving B. favorable C. controversial D. indifferent

  31. What may be the best title for this text?

  A. A Better Life Without Wireless Devices

  B. The Largest Radio Telescope in the World

  C. An American Town Without Wi-Fi and Mobile Phones

  D. Good Relationships Between People in an American Town

  D

  Children moving from primary to secondary school are ill-equipped to deal with the impact of social media, as it is playing an increasingly important role in their lives and exposing them to significant emotional risk, according to a recent report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.

  The report shows that many children in year 7 -- the first year of secondary school, when almost all students will have a phone and be active on social media -- feel under pressure to be constantly connected.

  They worry about their online image, particularly when they start to follow celebrities on Instagram and other platforms. They are also concerned about “sharenting” -- when parents post pictures of them on social media without their permission – and worry that their parents won’t listen if they ask them to take pictures down.

  The report, which was created with data from focus group interviews with 8 to 12-year-olds, says that although most social media sites have an official age limit of 13, an estimated 75 percent of 10 to 12-year-olds have a social media account.

  Some children are almost addicted to “likes”, the report says. Aaron, an 11-year-old in year 7, told researchers, “If I got 150 likes, I’d be like, that’s pretty cool, it means they like you.” Some children described feeling inferior(差的) to those they follow on social media. Aimee, also 11, said, “You might compare yourself because you’re not very pretty compared to them.”

  Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield is calling on parents and teachers to do more to prepare children for the emotional impact of social media as they get older. She wants to see the introduction of compulsory digital literacy and online resilience (适应力) lessons for students in year 6 and 7.

  “It is also clear that social media companies are still not doing enough to stop under-13s using their platforms in the fir st place,” Longfield said.

  “Just because a child has learned the safety messages at primary school does not mean they are prepared for all th e challenges that social media will present,” Longfield said.

  “It means a bigger role for schools in making sure children are prepared for the emotional demands of social media. And it means social media companies need to take more responsibility,” Longfield said.

  32. What does this text mainly tell us?

  A. Children are not entirely able to handle the impact of social media.

  B. Social media occupie s too much time for secondary school freshmen.

  C. Many secondary school freshmen suffer from social media-related stress.

  D. An increasing number of children in year 7 are being exposed to social media.

  33. Some students in year 7 are concerned _____________ .

  A. about becoming addicted to social media

  B. about how they are seen on social media sites

  C. that their parents won’t allow them to post pictures

  D. that their parents will monitor their use of social media

  34.What does the underlined word “them” in Paragraph 5 probably refer to?

  A. their followers B. children of the same age

  C. their parents D. celebrities they follow

  35. Anne Longfield suggests that ______.

  A. parents monitor how their children use social media

  B. social media companies set an official age limit of 13

  C. schools help equip students for the challenges of social media

  D. social media companies create special sites for children under 13

  第二节 七选五(共5小题;每小题2分,满分10分)

  根据短文内容,从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项。选项中有两项为多余选项。

  Swim-with-dolphins

  Humans have always been fascinated by dolphins and there has been a long history of association between the two. _____36_____. The “swim-with-dolphins” tourist industry is becoming more popular every year. The chance to see dolphins in the wild is often a lifetime dream for many people and tour operators are always on the lookout to give their tourist swimmers the best experience they can. After all, it can cost a large amount of money to have this kind of holiday experience. _____37_____

  Research has shown that while dolphins can move away if they do not want to interact with human swimmers , they do not like it at all if the swimmers slip into the water directly on top of them or if humans are in their path of travel. However, if swimmers enter the water to one side of them, the dolphins do not avoid the swimmers to the same extent. ______38______

  In all cases, the dolphins seem to have become more sensitive to the presence of the swimmers. For dolphins, swimming with humans is not necessarily a high priority(优先权). _____39______ It is a new and unusual experience for them .

  ______40______ The advice is that dolphins should be given adequate periods of time throughout the day when they are not exposed to tourism. Humans’ lifelong dreams of swimming with dolphins in the wild have severely affected them, leaving not enough time for them to rest and take care of their own babies.

  If we are to enjoy these remarkable animals and not just use them for our entertainment, then we must carefully monitor the “swim-with-dolphins” industry worldwide.[来源:学科网]

  A. They cannot fulfill their lifelong dreams .

  B. This possibly seems like less threatening behavior to them.

  C. In the long term there could be harmful effects on the dolphin’s well-being.

  D. It is frequently asked whether “swim-with-dolphins” tourism should be stopped.

  E. So tour operators try to place eager swimmers as near as possible to the dolphins.

  F. Over time this has turned into a worldwide tourist activity--swimming with dolphins.

  G. In fact , only some baby dolphins will be relatively willing to participate in the interaction.

  第三部分:英语知识运用(共两节,满分45分)

  第一节 完型填空(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,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。

  One rainy afternoon I was sitting at home feeling so bored. ____41____ feeling sorry for myself, I wanted to meet people and have new ____42____, so I decided to start volunteering. I found a website where I could volunteer on a farm in France.

  Volunteering ____43____ so many opportunities to have fun and share ___44_____ stories. It was the first time for me to work on a farm. It was almost a(n) ____45____ holiday as food an d accommodation were provided. It was not one ___46_____ holiday, however, as I had to ____47____ fifteen horses and sheep! I soon discovered that I was a(n) ____48____ farmer but it did not matter because I made some great friends and also improved my ____49____.

  However, you do not ___50_____ go abroad to volunteer. I have had plenty of adventures at home as volunteering can become a ___51_____. For example, I love ____52____ so I had a good laugh waving my arms in order to ____53____ my local choir(合唱团). At university, I organized a concert for charity with my friends. It was really ____54____ to find bands and raise money for a cause.

  It is true that you feel good volunteering but there are also other ____55____.I once volunteered as a steward (干事) at a charity sports event where the organizers ____56____ gave me cupcakes from an expensive London bakery to thank me for my ___57_____. I also volunteered in a charity shop so I found loads of nice cheap clothes to ____58____ my wardrobe(衣橱).

  While this is all fun, my favourite aspect of volunteering is ____59____ and sharing stories. My terrible ____60____ at farming has given me funny stories to tell!

  41.A. Apart from B. Due to C. But for D. Instead of

  42.A. opportunities B. discoveries C. experiences D. changes

  43.A. recommends B. offers C. misses D. affects

  44.A. popular B. familiar C. fantastic D. important

  45.A. free B. impressive C. cheap D. special

  46.A. unique B. regular C. convenient D. typical

  47.A. hunt for B. research into C. attend to D. communicate with

  48.A. skillful B. awful C. hard-working D. suitable

  49.A. English B. Chinese C. Russian D. French

  50.A. normally B. basically C. necessarily D. naturally

  51.A. trend B. hobby C. job D. reality

  52.A. singing B. writing C. dancing D. performing

  53.A. greet B. conduct C. organize D. control

  54.A. meaningful B. hopeful C. powerful D. successful

  55.A. adventures B. achievements C. factors D. advantages

  56.A. proudly B. cautiously C. equally D. generously

  57.A. patience B. services C. determination D. choices

  58.A. decorate B. replace C. update D. beautify

  59.A. choosing B. imagining C. creating D. completing

  60.A. attempt B. shame C. dream D. annoyance

  第二节 语法填空(共10小题;每小题1.5分,满分 15分)

  阅读下面材料,在空白处填入1个适当的单词或括号内单词的正确形式。

  A humanoid named Sophia has made history _____61____ becoming the first robot in the world with citizenship. Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin made the announcement at the end of an interview with Sophia.

  “We just learned, Sophia, I hope you’re listening to me, that you have been now awarded _____62_____ is going to be the first Saudi citizenship for a Robot,” he said to applause from the audience.

  Sophia res ponded , without missing a beat: “I want to thank very much the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

  “I am very proud and honored _____63____(award) citizenship and I simply appreciate _____64______ (recognize) with citizenship as a robot ,which is historical .” the robot said.

  The pair discussed the future of artificial intelligence, ____65_____ Sophia said it wants to use to “help humans live a better life.”

  Sorkin expressed concerns _____66_____(previous) raised by Elon Musk that artificial intelligence could be dangerous if it _____67______ (go) evil and turned on humanity. But Sophia insisted it wanted to use artificial intelligence only to "help humans live a better life."

  Sophia tried to remove Sorkins' fears of _____68_____"bad future," insisting that AI is "designed around human values like _____69_____(wise), kindness, compassion."

  It accused him of "reading too much Elon Musk," and said, "don't worry, if you're nice to me, I_____70____(be) nice to you. Treat me as a smart input-output system."

  61.____________62.____________63._____________64._____________65._____________

  66.____________67.____________68._____________69._____________70._____________

  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)

  假定英语课上老师要求同桌之间交换修改作文,请你修改你同桌写的以下作文。文中共有10处语言错误,每句中最多有两处。错误涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。

  增加:在缺词处加一个漏字符号(∧),并在其下面写上该加的词。

  删除:把多余的词用斜线(\)划掉。

  修改:在错的词下划一横线,并在该词下面写上修改后的词。

  注意:1.每处错误及其修改均仅限一词。

  2.只允许修改10处,多者(从第11处起)不计分。

  Stephen Hawking, a famous physicist, was born in Britain on January 8, 1942. As a child, he was enthusiastic about designing complicated toys. But unlucky, he , in his twenty, was studying in Oxford University while he was found seriously ill. Therefore, this didn’t stop him living as meaningful and colorful life as others. He was so positive as to eventually defeated all the obstacles. He is also absorbed in his research into the universe. Publishing in 1988, his book A Brief History of Time became a best-seller , from where he put forward his famous theory on time. On March 14, 2018 , Stephen Hawking, died in the age of 76 in Cambridge, UK.

  第二节 书面表达(满分25分)

  第二届“一带一路”国际合作高峰论坛(the Belt and Road Forum for international Cooperation)将于2019年在中国举办。组委会向全球征集志愿者。假设你是李华,请按下面的要求给组委会写一封自荐信。

  内容应包括:

  1.个人情况:年龄、性别、学历;

  2.个人条件:性格、兴趣爱好、语言能力等;

  3.个人优势: 如熟悉中国传统文化,了解“一带一路”政策等;

  4. 其他…[来源:学&科&网]

  注意:1.词数100左右;

  2.可以适当增加细节,以使行文连贯;

  3.开头语和结束语已为你写好。

  Dear Sir or Madam,

  Thank you for reading my letter. __________________________________________________________________________

  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  I am looking forward to receiving your reply.

  Yours,

  Li Hua

  2017-2018学年度第二学期八县(市)一中期中联考高二年英语参考答案

  第一部分听力(共两节,满分 30 分)

  1-5 BCBCC 6-10 AABCC 11-15 CAABB 16-20 AACBA

  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)

  21-23 DBB 24-27 BDCA 28-31 DCBC 32-35 CBDC

  第二节(共 5 小题,每小题 2 分,满分 10 分)

  36-40 FEBGD

  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)

  41-45 DCBCA 46-50 DCBDC 51-55 BABAD 56-60 DBCCA

  第二节(共10小题;每小题1.5分,满分15分)

  61. by 62. what 63. to be awarded 64. being recognized 65. which

  66. previously 67. went 68. a 69. wisdom 70. will be

  第四部分写作(共两节满分35分)

  第一节短文改错(10分)

  1. unlucky - unluckily 2. twenty-twenties 3. while-when 4. Therefore -However

  5. life as others 前面加a 6. defeated-defeat 7. is - was 8. Publishing-Published

  9. from where 的from 去掉 10. in the age of 改成 at the age of

  第二节书面表达(满分25分)

  参考范文

  Dear Sir or Madam,

  Thank you for reading my letter. As the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is coming, I'd like very much to be a volunteer.

  My name is Li Hua , an 18-year-old boy student in a senior middle school. I think I’m adequate to the job. First of all , I am organized, energetic, easy-going and patient, which will contribute to a good job. Secondly , a good command of Chinese and English will help me communicate with participants fluently during the forum. Most importantly, being equipped with a rich knowledge of Chinese history and especially traditional culture enables me to spread our splendid culture. Volunteering is of huge benefit to society and myself. I would be more than happy if I could be given the opportunity. I will surely spare no efforts.

  I am looking forward to receiving your reply.

  Yours,

  Li Hua

  录音原文

  Text 1

  M: It is getting very cloudy outside.

  W: Yes. And the wind is picking up, too. It was sunny the whole morning… Anyway, don’t forget to take your umbrella with you when you go out later.

  Text 2

  M: Hi, I will take one of your bacon sandwiches, plea se.

  W: Sure. Would you like to make it a meal? A meal comes with French fries and a large soft drink.

  M: No, just the sandwich, please.

  Text 3

  W: Hi, Jacob, it’s mom. I’m having a busy day at the office today, and I think I will probably be home late. Do you mind picking up some vegetables after school?

  M: Sure, Mom. I will stop by the supermarket on my way home later.

  Text 4

  W: It is your grandmother’s birthday this Sunday. You and Sally should visit her.

  M: Okay, I will call my sister and make a plan to go together.

  Text 5

  W: How was your day, Dad? Did you sell a lot of cars?

  M: Well, I took a couple out for a test drive, but they didn’t buy the car. A new model is being designed and will come out soon, so they are going to wait for that one.

  Text 6

  W: How are those jeans?

  M: They fit me well, and I like the style. B ut I find them a little bit too long.

  W: What if you roll them up a little?

  M: I guess I could, but then they would look different.

  W: I see. We can make them shorter for you if you want.

  M: Yeah? That would be great.

  W: Sure thing. Though it will take about two hours. You can pay for them first and come back in the afternoon or evening to pick them up.

  M: That’s fine. Can I pick them up tomorrow?

  W: No problem.

  Text 7

  M: How may I help you?

  W: Hi, I would like to rent a car.

  M: Sure. Did you make a reservation?

  W: No. I decided to rent one when I got off the plane just now. Is that okay?

  M: Of course. I was just checking. So how many days do you need the car for?

  W: Can I just do four days for now and make the rent longer through a phone call later?

  M: In that case, I suggest you go for seven days, which will give you a 20% discount. And if you choose to return the car after five days, you can get the rest of your money back.

  W: Okay, I will do that. Can I return the car at the train station?

  M: Yes, you can.

  Text 8

  M: Do you want to go play tennis with me tomorrow morning?

  W: That would be fun. But I need to pick up my passport from the police station.

  M: Are you going on a trip?

  W: Yes. I’m going to the UK with my dad next month.

  M: Cool. Is it a holiday?

  W: Not really. He is go ing on a business trip in London. And I’m going with him to check out a few universities that I might apply for next year.

  M: Sounds great. So how long will you be there?

  W: I’m going to be in London for five days. After that, I will visit a couple of cities in Scotland as well.

  M: Checking out some schools there, too?

  W: Exactly. Well, have a nice weekend and see you at school on Monday.

  M: Thanks. See you!

  Text 9

  W: Are you going to take part in the school singing contest?

  M: No, I don’t think so.

  W: Why not? You have a great voice, and you sing at our local community center every Sunday, don’t you?

  M: Thanks. Well, yes, I do sing at the community center, but that is with a whole bunch of other people. I get really nervous singing in front of many people just by myself.

  W: You could form a group with someone. That way you may feel more relaxed.

  M: That sounds like a good idea.

  W: Actually, Mary, John and I are going to take part in the contest as a group. Why don’t you join us? It would be more balanced to have two girls and two boys. And I’m sure we will sound great!

  M: All right. Let’s try it, then.

  W: Cool! So far we have been practicing together every Tuesday and Thursday after school. So we just had a practice yesterday. Why don’t you come tomorrow? We do it at John’s.

  M: Great!

  W: Excellent. Let’s all meet up and talk more about it at lunch. See you at the canteen later?

  M: Okay!

  Text 10

  Michael Jordan is a professional American basketball player. He is often considered the best basketball player at all time. During the 1990s, he led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, and earned the NBA’s Most V aluable Player Award five times. Jordan went to university in 1981 and soon became an important member of the school’s basketball team. In the summer of 1984, he participated in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles as a member of the U.S. team. They won the gold at the games that year. Jordan then left college and joined the NBA in the same year. By the late 1980s, the Chicago Bulls were quickly becoming one of the best teams in the NBA, and Jordan’s outstanding performance on the court was making him the next big star of the game. Later, he helped the American team win another gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. With a decision that shocked many people, Jordan retired from basketball in 1993 and started playing professional baseball. He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and finally ended his basketball career in 2003.

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