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    Our world is a noisy place, but quiet places remain. Eight years ago, audio (声音的) engineer Gordon Hempton identified the quietest place in the continental United States. He calls the place “One Square Inch of Silence.” He has used his symbolic spot in a northwestern rain forest to campaign against noise pollution. But the self-described “Sound Tracker” is now going deaf.

    For Gordon Hempton, it started with an experience known to many people. “I was lying in the bed in the springtime about a year ago. The sun was shining. The birds could be singing. They should be singing. But I was hearing none. I knew my life was going to be different.”

    Hempton’s eyes get watery as he describes his cruel situation. More than 20 years ago he trademarked his nickname as “The Sound Tracker.” Sharp hearing defined his career as an Emmy award winning sound recordist. It also led to his activism against noise pollution. He has circled the globe three times in search of the perfect sounds of nature.

    Hempton says his hearing loss is quickly getting worse but he has to finish his project.

    “I am running a race to finish the Quiet Planet collection.” That’s the title of a planned 19-volume set of nature recordings. The sound tracks could be licensed for use in movies, video games, exhibits, plays and the like. Volunteer assistants now help Hempton review and edit sound files and identify imperfections.

    The exact cause of his hearing loss is not clear. Doctors say it may be the result of an infection, or a tumor (肿瘤) or a combination of things. Hempton is self-employed. His health care plan does not pay for hearing loss treatment. So, for now, he’s directing his attention to completing his “greatest hits” album. “After I get it finished, I have an economic cash flow to get my hearing back. That’s the first thing on my to-do list.” He’s hopeful his hearing loss can be recovered.

    32. How did Gordon Hempton feel when he knew his ears were going deaf?

    A. Curious.        B. Sad   C. Annoyed.         D. Inspired. 

    33. What contributed most to his successful career?

    A. Travelling experiences.                    B. His reliable assistants.

    C. His sharp hearing.                     D. The sounds of nature.

    34. What is Gordon Hempton doing now?

    A. Listening to the birds in the forest.  

    B. Working on the Quiet Planet collection.

    C. Doing activities for noise pollution.           

    D. Receiving medical care in the hospital.

    35. What may be the best title of the text?

    A. Searching for the sound of nature.   

    B. Hoping to get the hearing back.

    C. Deaf fighter against noise pollution.  

    D. Successful Sound-Tracker going deaf.

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    Everybody loves to play board games sometimes, but it is surprising to know how long this pastime has been in existence. Some of the earliest board games are over 5,000 years old. The oldest is probably Senet, an American Egyptian game which has been found in burials from before 3000 BC. The game involves an element of luck, and so it was thought by the Ancient Egyptians that those who won the game were protected by God. For this reason, games of Senet were often buried alongside the dead body, to be used on the dangerous game board is set out as a grid of three by ten rows, and uses two sets of at least five pawns. The actual rules are unknown, although some historians have proposed rules which were used in the Senet sets available today.

    The Royal Game of Ur, also known as the Game of Twenty Squares, is another ancient game which dates back to the First Dynasty of Ur, in 2600 BC Mesopotamia. It was played with two sets of seven counters, one black and one white, and three four-sided dice (骰子). Although the ancient rules are unknown, a stone tablet has been found which describes a reliable record of how the game was played in 177-176 BC.

    Both Senet and The Royal Game of Ur probably came into existence long before the game backgammon (西洋双陆棋),which itself has a long history. The game of Nard, which existed in Iran in around 3000 BC, used two sets of fifteen counters, four dice and same board as the one used in backgammon today, although the initial starting positions and rules are different. Similar games were played in Ancient Rome and India.

    28. The text is meant to introduce________.

    A. a common origin of board games      B. several kinds of earliest board games

    C. the unknown rules of board game   D. the newly discovered board games

    29. What do we know about the game of Senet in paragraph 1?

    A. Its actual rules are still in use.             B. It used to be played in tombs.

    C. Its design is closely related to God     D. It is probably the oldest board game. 

    30. What can be inferred from the text?

    A. All the games used the same number of dice.

    B. The earliest board game was found in Europe.

    C. There were some similarities between the games.

    D. We haven’t got any record of the board games.

    31. What does the underlined word “itself ” in the last paragraph refer to?

    A. The game of Senet.                           B. The Royal Game of Ur.

    C. The game backgammon.                   D. The game of Nard.

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    Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins first meets Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl, near the Royal Opera House, late on a cold March night. Eliza is selling flowers. Higgins is out on his endless search for new dialects of London’s speech. 

    Higgins makes a bet with Colonel Pickering that he can turn the cockney(伦敦腔)flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady within three months. To do so, he must change her thick London accent, teach her to speak proper English and teach her manners.

    Higgins looks upon her not as a person but as raw material for his experiment. He trains Eliza for weeks. When no progress is made, Eliza, loses her courage, Higgins loses his temper, and even Pickering’s patience wears thin.

    At last she improves. In order to test Eliza, he decides to introduce her to his mother’s guests at the Ascot Race Meeting. Eliza proves to be a success. Pickering and Higgins are very proud, and neither of them takes into account Eliza’s personal accomplishments in the matter. Eliza has absorbed the sophistication(世故) and the courage to see the unfairness of  this, and she blows up, demanding recognition. The Professor is astonished. It is as though a statue has come to life and spoken. Eliza rushes out of the house angrily.

    Higgins discovers that he is hurt because Eliza leaves him. He meets her at his mother’s flat where she has gone for advice. They argue violently and she storms out. It is only a moment after her departure that Higgins finally wakes up to the fact that Eliza has become an entirely independent and admirable human being. He realizes that he will have a difficult time getting on without her.

    25. From the passage we can see that ___________.    

    A. Eliza has made rapid progress during the first week

    B. turning Eliza into a \"lady\" is not an easy job

    C. Higgins gives up when no progress is made    

    D. Pickering often loses his temper when teaching Eliza

    26. What does the underlined phrase \"blow up\" mean in this passage?

    A. To become very excited.         B. To be very disappointed.

    C. To become very angry.            D. To be very interested.

    27. Why is Higgins astonished when Eliza demands recognition?

    A. Because he thought Eliza was only a statue.

    B. Because his mother’s friends don’t like Eliza at all.

    C. Because he thinks highly of Eliza’s personal achievements.

    D. Because he didn’t realize that Eliza had become an independent person.

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    Lindsay Binegar of Greenfield, Ohio, made her first $ 100 at the age of four, when she won a prize for showing a pig from her family's farm to the local 4­H Club. Most kids would be thrilled to spend that money on toys, but not Lindsay. “I didn't get the money; it went to the bank,” she told the Columbus Dispatch.

    Over the years, Lindsay kept on raising and showing pigs, and kept on winning prizes. Some were $ 100 for small wins, but she won thousands of dollars for championship prizes at county fairs. Before long, she earned an impressive amount of cash—but, aside from a purse when she was 14, Lindsay had never spent a dollar of her savings. By the time she was 18, she had got more than $ 40,000, which she planned to put towards her college education at nearby Ohio University.

    But her parents said that if she continued living at home while attending school, they wouldn't have to pay for her dorm housing, and would be willing to cover the entire cost of her education. It sounded like a good deal to Lindsay. But what should she do with her savings?

    Her father had an idea:buy a house, just as he'd done when he was young. He used the house's sale to help him buy the family farm where Lindsay had grown up and raised all those lucrative(赚大钱的) pigs. Lindsay was able to buy a house in Greenfield, paying for the entire purchase in cash. She did a bit of painting and then rented it out for $ 450 a month.

    After finishing college, Lindsay plans to marry Heath McNeal, and use the income from her house to buy a block of land and build a new house. But she'll never move too far from home. “I would like to stay in Greenfield,” she said. “I just love everybody here. ”

    At her current rate, she'll probably be the town's biggest real estate tycoon(房地产大亨) by the age of 25.

    21.What did Lindsay do with her first prize?

    A. She kept it as pocket money.

    B. It was spent on toys.

    C. She used it to buy more pigs.

    D. It was put in the bank.

    22.By the time she was 18, Lindsay had got more than $ 40,000 by ________.

    A. winning prizes for raising and showing pigs

    B. selling pigs

    C. getting the interest from the bank

    D. trading houses

    23.Lindsay's father advised her ________.

    A. to pay for her college education with the money

    B. to pay the money for her dorm housing

    C. to buy a house with the money

    D. to save the money for her future life

    24.What can we learn about Lindsay's parents from the passage?

    A. They are very rich.

    B. They are considerate.

    C. They don't know how to manage money.

    D. They don't care for money.