1. Where was the woman’s phone yesterday?
A. At her home. B. In a restaurant. C. In her office.
2. Why didn’t the woman buy the coat?
A. She disliked the colour. B. It didn’t fit her. C. The price was high.
3. Why does the woman thank the man?
A. He attended her party. B. He got her known to his friends. C. He found a new school for her.
4. What’s the relationship between Lia and the woman?
A. Neighbors. B. Classmates. C. Sisters.
5. Which necklace will the woman buy?
A. The red one. B. The blue one. C. The clear one.
6. What are the speakers mainly talking about?
A. How to get to the Train Station. B. How to go to the bus stop. C. How to save money.
7. Which bus should the woman take first?
A. Bus No. 6. B. Bus No. 7. C. Bus No. 8.
8. How much did the man pay for his TV?
A. $700. B. $800 C. $1,500
9. What does the woman think about the man?
A. Interesting. B. Unrealistic. C. Silly.
10. What’s Tom’s summer vacation plan?
A. Do some part time job. B. Have a concert. C. Practice his guitar.
11. Why does Cindy look for a job?
A. To get some experience. B. To pay for her school. C. To save money to travel.
12.What will Cindy do this afternoon?
A. Go to the community center. B. Send emails. C. Buy concert tickets.
13. What time is it now?
A. 8:00 a.m. B. 9:00a.m. C. 6:00 p.m.
14. What was the man doing when the woman called him?
A. He was in a shower. B. He was working. C. He was sending a package.
15. Where will the speakers meet after work?
A. At the man’s company. B. At the theater. C. At the post office.
16. Who will give a dancing show?
A. The woman s brother. B. The woman’s sister. C. The woman.
17. How many gold medals did Simone win in 2016 Olympics?
A. 3. B. 4. C. 5.
18. Who is Aimee Boorman?
A. Simone’s mother. B. Simone’s teammate. C. Simone’s coach.
19. When did Simone first take part in the World Championships?
A. 2004. B. 2013. C. 2016.
20. What do people think about Simone’s personality?
A. She is optimistic. B. She is shy. C. She is tough.
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision that will reshape the nation^ place in the world and is already upsetting governments across the continent. The surprising turn of events caused a fall in the financial markets, with the value of the British pound and stock prices falling.
The campaign to leave the EU won by 52 percent to 48 percent. More than 17 million people in the UK—made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — voted to sever ties with the EU, a Political and economic partnership comprising 28 countries across Europe. About 16.1 million voted to remain.
The result raises serious questions about the future of the EU. The British go out from the union-nicknamed Brexit — is just the latest in a series of crises to annoy the EU. The alliance is already dealing with economic bad results from the global financial collapse of 2008, along with a record arrival refugees to Europe due in part to Syria’s civil war.
Some British citizens believe the EU has too much influence over Britain’s authority and that the country’s industries would be more profitable on their own. Others want Britain to reclaim control of its borders and reduce how many people enter the country to work They say the EU’s open-border policy allows unlimited numbers of immigrants to come in from poorer nations—and that those people take jobs from British workers. Those who campaigned to stay in the EU, meanwhile, argued that the UK and its economy is stronger within the alliance.
Now the UK will become the first nation to leave the European Union. The decision is a huge blow the alliance because Britain is one of its most powerful members. “The main impact will be massive disorder in the EU system for the next two years,” said Thierry de Montbrial, of the French Institute of International Relations. “There will be huge political change costs on how to solve the British exit.” The decision could also have a domino effect, he warned, with other countries following the UK’s lead and exiting the EU.
21. What does the underlined word “sever” mean?
A. Settle down. B. Take over. C. Break off. D. Build up.
22. Most British wanted to leave the EU because they believe .
A. they can help immigrants to create more job chances
B. they expect the EU to have an open border policy
C. they want to set up their own authority
D. they will lead a better life on their own
23. What did Brexit make Thierry worry about?
A. More countries will do as the UK does. B. Scotland win their independence from the EU.
C. The EU will pay back more money to the UK. D. The economy in the EU will suffer loss.
24. What might be the most suitable title for the passage?
A. The UK Wins Independence with Votes B. The UK Votes to Leave the European Union
C. The UK Makes a Historic Decision Again D. The UK Remains Separated from the World
Scientists announced on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at a press conference in Washington, D. C that the more than half-century search for gravitational waves finally succeeded. They confirmed that they had detected gravitational waves caused by two black holes mixing together about 1. 3 billion years ago. It had been the first time the phenomenon was directly detected since it was predicted by Albert Einstein l00 years ago.
A China led space gravitational wave detection project is recruiting (招募) researchers from around the world, china news, com reported. The Tianqin project was started by Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhhai. It centers on research of key technologies in space gravitational wave detection. To make the project more competitive，global talents in areas such as gravity theory，space gravity experiments and precision measurement are sought with an annual salary of up to 1 million yuan ($ 153.000). according to the report.
Gravitational waves are not easily detectable. When they reach the Earth, an extremely sensitive detector is needed, as other sources of noise can overwhelm the signal. Luo Jun. president of Sun Yat sen University said the detection of gravitational waves is a huge challenge and the project reflects the research competence of China.
The 15-billion yuan project aims to send wave-detection satellites into space in 15 to 20 years with construction of a research center and observatory to be started soon. Researchers will likely cooperate with other scientists from the European Space Agency’s LISA Project.
Gravitational waves are ripples (涟漪) in space time generated during the earliest moment of the universe, when the universe experienced a brief but disordered period of expansion. The detection of gravitational waves is believed to help scientists understand more mysteries of the universe.
25. What can we learn about gravitational waves?
A. They caused black holes to mix together. B. They came out about half a century ago.
C. They wore proved true by Albert Einstein. D. They have been discovered recently.
26. According to the passage, the Tianqin project is intended to .
A. develop technologies to detect space gravitational waves
B. attract talented researchers from across the globe
C. conduct various space gravity experiments
D. seek precision measurement in space
27. The underlined word “overwhelm” in the third paragraph probably means “ .”
A. absorb B. replace C. remove D. cover
28. The main purpose of the passage is to .
A. explain the importance of the gravitational wave detection
B. present some new findings in space exploration
C. introduce a gravitational wave research project
D. encourage international cooperation in scientific research
Those accustomed to browsing through thousands of books in large bookstores may find Japan’s Morioka Shoten a little strange. That’s because this tiny bookstore that is located in Ginza,Tokyo sells only a single book at a time.
Opened in May 2015, Morioka Shoten is the brainchild of Yoshiyuki Morioka. He began his career as a bookstore clerk in Tokyo’s Kanda district before branching out to open his own store. It was here while organizing book reading and signing that he realized that customers usually came into the store with one title in mind. Morioka began to wonder if a store could exist by selling multiple copies of just one single book. In November 2014, he partnered with Masamichi Toyama to establish a unique bookstore with the philosophy of “A Single Room with a Single Book”.
The selections that are picked by Morioka change weekly and vary widely to attract customers with different interests. Recent choices include The True Deceiver, an award-winning Swedish novel by Tove Jansson, Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, and a collection of Karl Blossfeldt’s photography of plants. Morioka has also selected books written by a famous Japanese author Mimei Ogawa.
To highlight his only offering, Morioka often uses clever tricks. For example, when selling a book about flowers, the storekeeper decorated his shop with the ones that had been mentioned in the book. He also encourages authors to hold talks and discussions so they can connect with customers. Morioka says his goal is for the customers to experience being inside a book, not just a bookstore.
Risky as the idea might seem, things appear to be going well. The storekeeper says he has sold over 2,100 books. Things can get better given that his bookstore is becoming increasingly popular not just among the locals but also visitors form other countries.
29. Why is Morioka Shoten unique?
A. It is popular with feigners. B. It sells books of different topics.
C. It is decorated with colorful flowers. D. It sells various copies of a book in a week.
30. Why does Morioka encourage authors to hold talks?
A. To introduce his bookstore. B. To advocate his philosophy.
C. To make books better understood. D. To help readers make more friends.
31. What’s the author’s opinion about the bookstore’s future?
A. Risky B. Promising. C. Unpredictable. D. Hopeless