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  Section I Use of English

  

  Directions:

  

  Read the following text. Choose the best word (s) for each numbered blank and mark ABC or D on the ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)

  

  Could a hug a day keep the doctor away? The answer may be a resounding “yes!” 1 helping you feel close and 2 to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a 3 of health benefits to your body and mindBelieve it or nota warm embrace might even help you 4 getting sick this winter

  

  In a recent study 5 over 400 health adults, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania examined the effects of perceived social support and the receipt of hugs 6 the participants’ susceptibility to developing the common cold after being 7 to the virus .People who perceived greater social support were less likely to come 8 with a cold ,and the researchers 9 that the stress-reducing effects of hugging 10 about 32 percent of that beneficial effect. 11 among those who got a coldthe ones who felt greater social support and received more frequent hugs had less severe 12

  

  “Hugging protects people who are under stress from the 13 risk for colds that’s usually 14 with stress,” notes Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at CarnegieHugging “is a marker of intimacy and helps 15 the feeling that others are there to help 16 difficulty.”

  

  Some experts 17 the stress-reducing , health-related benefits of hugging to the release of oxytocin, often called “the bonding hormone” 18 it promotes attachment in relationshipsincluding that between mother and their newborn babiesOxytocin is made primarily in the central lower part of the brain and some of it is released into the bloodstreamBut some of it 19 in the brainwhere it 20 moodbehavior and physiology

  

  1.[A] Unlike [B] Besides [C] Despite [D] Throughout

  

  2.[A] connected [B] restricted [C] equal [D] inferior

  

  3.[A] choice [B] view [C] lesson [D] host

  

  4.[A] recall [B] forget [C] avoid [D] keep

  

  5.[A] collecting [B] involving [C] guiding [D] affecting

  

  6.[A] of [B] in [C] at [D] on

  

  7.[A] devoted [B] exposed [C] lost [D] attracted

  

  8.[A] across [B] along [C] down [D] out

  

  9.[A] calculated [B] denied [C] doubted [D] imagined

  

  10.[A] served [B] required [C] restored [D] explained

  

  11.[A] Even [B] Still [C] Rather [D] Thus

  

  12.[A] defeats [B] symptoms [C] tests [D] errors

  

  13.[A] minimized [B] highlighted [C] controlled [D] increased

  

  14.[A] equipped [B] associated [C] presented [D] compared

  

  15.[A] assess [B] moderate [C] generate [D] record

  

  16.[A] in the face of [B] in the form of [C] in the way of [D] in the name of

  

  17.[A] transfer [B] commit [C] attribute [D] return

  

  18.[A] because [B] unless [C] though [D] until

  

  19.[A] emerges [B] vanishes [C] remains [D] decreases

  

  20.[A] experiences [B] combines [C] justifies [D]influences \

  

  Section II Reading Comprehension

  

  Part A

  

  Directions:

  

  Read the following four texts. Answer the questions below each text by choosing ABC or DMark your answers on the ANSWER SHEET. (40 points)

  

  Text 1

  

  First two hours , now three hours—this is how far in advance authorities are recommending people show up to catch a domestic flight , at least at some major U.S. airports with increasingly massive security lines

  

  Americans are willing to tolerate time-consuming security procedures in return for increased safety. The crash of Egypt Air Flight 804,which terrorists may have downed over the Mediterranean Sea ,provides another tragic reminder of why. But demanding too much of air travelers or providing too little security in return undermines public support for the processAnd it shouldWasted time is a drag on Americans’ economic and private livesnot to mention infuriating

  

  Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found in a secret check that undercover investigators were able to sneak weapons---both fake and real—past airport security nearly every time they tried .Enhanced security measures since then, combined with a rise in airline travel due to the improving Chicago’s O’Hare International .It is not yet clear how much more effective airline security has become—but the lines are obvious.

  

  Part of the issue is that the government did not anticipate the steep increase in airline travel , so the TSA is now rushing to get new screeners on the linePart of the issue is that airports have only so much room for screening lanesAnother factor may be that more people are trying to overpack their carry-on bags to avoid checked-baggage fees, though the airlines strongly dispute this

  

  There is one step the TSA could take that would not require remodeling airports or rushing to hire: Enroll more people in the PreCheck programPreCheck is supposed to be a win-win for travelers and the TSA. Passengers who pass a background check are eligible to use expedited screening lanesThis allows the TSA wants to enroll 25 million people in PreCheck

  

  It has not gotten anywhere close to that, and one big reason is sticker shockPassengers must pay $85 every five years to process their background checksSince the beginningthis price tag has been PreCheck’s fatal flaw. Upcoming reforms might bring the price to a more reasonable levelBut Congress should look into doing so directlyby helping to finance PreCheck enrollment or to cut costs in other ways

  

  The TSA cannot continue diverting resources into underused PreCheck lanes while most of the traveling public suffers in unnecessary lines. It is long past time to make the program work

  

  21. According to Paragraph 1Parkrun has_____

  

  [A] gained great popularity

  

  [B] created many jobs

  

  [C]strengthened community ties

  

  [D] become an official festival

  

  22. The author believes that London’s Olympic “legacy” has failed to _____

  

  [A] boost population growth

  

  [B] promote sport participation

  

  [C]improve the city’s image

  

  [D] increase sport hours in schools

  

  23. Parkrun is different form Olympic games in that it ____

  

  [A] aims at discovering talents

  

  [B] focuses on mass competition

  

  [C] does not emphasize elitism

  

  [D] does not attract first-timers

  

  24. With regard to mass sportsthe author holds that governments should______

  

  [A] organize “grassroots” sports events

  

  [B] supervise local sports associations

  

  [C] increase funds for sports clubs

  

  [D] invest in pubic sports facilities

  

  25. The author’s attitude to what UK governments have to done for sports is _____.

  

  [A]tolerant

  

  [B] critical

  

  [C]uncertain

  

  [D]sympathetic

  

  Text 2

  

  “The ancient Hawaiians were astronomers,” wrote Queen LiliuokalaniHawaii’s last reigning monarch, in 1897Star watchers were among the most esteemed members of Hawaiian societySadlyall is not well with astronomy in Hawaii todayProtests have erupted over construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope(TMT), a giant observatory that promises to revolutionize humanity’s view of the cosmos

  

  At issue is the TMT’s planned location on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano worshiped by some Hawaiians as the piko that connects the Hawaiian Islands to the heavensBut Mauna Kea is also home to some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Rested in the Pacific OceanMauna Kea’s peak rises above the bulk of our planet’s dense atmospherewhere conditions allow telescopes to obtain images of unsurpassed clarity

  

  Opposition to telescopes on Mauna Kea is nothing new. A small but vocal group of Hawaiians and environments have long viewed their presence as disrespect for sacred land and a painful reminder of the occupation of what was once a sovereign nation

  

  Some blame for the current controversy belongs to astronomers. In their eagerness to build bigger telescopesthey forgot that science is the only way of understanding the worldThey did not always prioritize the protection of Mauna Kea’s fragile ecosystems or its holiness to the island’s inhabitants. Hawaiian culture is not a relic of the pastit is a living culture undergoing a renaissance today

  

  Yet science has a cultural history, toowith roots going back to the dawn of civilizationThe same curiosity to find what lies beyond the horizon that first brought early Polynesians to Hawaii’s shores inspires astronomers today to explore the heavens. Calls to disassemble all telescopes on Mauna Kea or to ban future development there ignore the reality that astronomy and Hawaiian culture both seek to answer big questions about who we arewhere we come from and where we are goingPerhaps that is why we explore the starry skiesas if answering a primal calling to know ourselves and our true ancestral homes

  

  The astronomy community is making compromises to change its use of Mauna Kea. The TMT site was chosen to minimize the telescope’s visibility around the island and to avoid archaeological and environmental impact. To limit the number of telescopes on Mauna Keaold ones will be removed at the end of their lifetimes and their sites returned to a natural stateThere is no reason why everyone cannot be welcomed on Mauna Kea to embrace their cultural heritage and to study the stars

  

  26. Queen Liliuokalani’s remark in Paragraph 1 indicates

  

  [A] its conservative view on the historical role of astronomy.

  

  [B] the importance of astronomy in ancient Hawaiian society.

  

  [C] the regrettable decline of astronomy in ancient times.

  

  [D] her appreciation of star watchers’ feats in her time

  

  27. Mauna Kea is deemed as an ideal astronomical site due to

  

  [A] its geographical features

  

  [B] its protective surroundings.

  

  [C] its religious implications.

  

  [D] its existing infrastructure.

  

  28. The construction of the TMT is opposed by some locals partly because

  

  [A] it may risk ruining their intellectual life.

  

  [B] it reminds them of a humiliating history.

  

  [C] their culture will lose a chance of revival.

  

  [D] they fear losing control of Mauna Kea.

  

  29. It can be inferred from Paragraph 5 that progress in today’s astronomy

  

  [A] is fulfilling the dreams of ancient Hawaiians.

  

  [B] helps spread Hawaiian culture across the world.

  

  [C] may uncover the origin of Hawaiian culture.

  

  [D] will eventually soften Hawaiians’ hostility

  

  30. The author’s attitude toward choosing Mauna Kea as the TMT site is one of

  

  [A] severe criticism.

  

  [B] passive acceptance.

  

  [C] slight hesitancy.

  

  [D] full approval.

  

  Text 3

  

  Robert F. Kennedy once said that a country’s GDP measures “everything except that which makes life worthwhile.” With Britain voting to leave the European Unionand GDP already predicted to slow as a resultit is now a timely moment to assess what he was referring to

  

  The question of GDP and its usefulness has annoyed policymakers for over half a century. Many argue that it is a flawed conceptIt measures things that do not matter and misses things that doBy most recent measuresthe UK’s GDP has been the envy of the Western world, with record low unemployment and high growth figuresIf everything was going so wellthen why did over 17 million people vote for Brexitdespite the warnings about what it could do to their country’s economic prospects?

  

  A recent annual study of countries and their ability to convert growth into well-being sheds some light on that question. Across the 163 countries measuredthe UK is one of the poorest performers in ensuring that economic growth is translated into meaningful improvements for its citizensRather than just focusing on GDPover 40 different sets of criteria from healtheducation and civil society engagement have been measured to get a more rounded assessment of how countries are performing

  

  While all of these countries face their own challenges , there are a number of consistent themes Yes there has been a budding economic recovery since the 2008 global crash but in key indicators in areas such as health and education major economies have continued to decline Yet this isn’t the case with all countries Some relatively poor European countries have seen huge improvements across measures including civil society income equality and the environment

  

  This is a lesson that rich countries can learn : When GDP is no longer regarded as the sole measure of a country’s success, the world looks very different

  

  So, what Kennedy was referring to was that while GDP has been the most common method for measuring the economic activity of nations as a measure it is no longer enough It does not include important factors such as environmental quality or education outcomes – all things that contribute to a person’s sense of well-being.

  

  The sharp hit to growth predicted around the world and in the UK could lead to a decline in the everyday services we depend on for our well-being and for growth . But policymakers who refocus efforts on improving well-being rather than simply worrying about GDP figures could avoid the forecasted doom and may even see progress .

  

  31.Robert F. Kennedy is cited because he

  

  [A]praised the UK for its GDP.

  

  [B]identified GDP with happiness .

  

  [C]misinterpreted the role of GDP .

  

  [D]had a low opinion of GDP .

  

  32.It can be inferred from Paragraph 2 that

  

  [A]the UK is reluctant to remold its economic pattern .

  

  [B]GDP as the measure of success is widely defied in the UK .

  

  [C]the UK will contribute less to the world economy .

  

  [D]policymakers in the UK are paying less attention to GDP .

  

  33.Which of the following is true about the recent annual study ?

  

  [A]It is sponsored by 163 countries .

  

  [B]It excludes GDP as an indicator.

  

  [C]Its criteria are questionable .

  

  [D]Its results are enlightening .

  

  34.In the last two paragraphs , the author suggests that

  

  [A]the UK is preparing for an economic boom .

  

  [B]high GDP foreshadows an economic decline .

  

  [C]it is essential to consider factors beyond GDP .

  

  [D]it requires caution to handle economic issues .

  

  35.Which of the following is the best title for the text ?

  

  [A]High GDP But Inadequate Well-being , a UK Lesson

  

  [B]GDP Figures , a Window on Global Economic Health

  

  [C]Rebort F. Kennedy a Terminator of GDP

  

  [D]Brexit, the UK’s Gateway to Well-being

  

  Text 4

  

  In a rare unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governorRobert McDonnellBut it did so while holding its nose at the ethics of his conductwhich included accepting gifts such as a Rolex watch and a Ferrari automobile from a company seeking access to government

  

  The high court’s decision said the judge in Mr. McDonnell’s trial failed to tell a jury that it must look only at his “official acts,” or the former governor’s decisions on “specific” and “unsettled” issues related to his duties

  

  Merely helping a gift-giver gain access to other officials, unless done with clear intent to pressure those officialsis not corruptionthe justices found

  

  The court did suggest that accepting favors in return for opening doors is “distasteful” and “nasty.” But under anti-bribery laws, proof must be made of concrete benefitssuch as approval of a contract or regulationSimply arranging a meetingmaking a phone callor hosting an event is not an “official act”

  

  The court’s ruling is legally sound in defining a kind of favoritism that is not criminal. Elected leaders must be allowed to help supporters deal with bureaucratic problems without fear of prosecution for bribery.” The basic compact underlying representative government,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts for the court,” assumes that public officials will hear from their constituents and act on their concerns.”

  

  But the ruling reinforces the need for citizens and their elected representatives, not the courtsto ensure equality of access to governmentOfficials must not be allowed to play favorites in providing information or in arranging meetings simply because an individual or group provides a campaign donation or a personal giftThis type of integrity requires well-enforced laws in government transparency, such as records of official meetingsrules on lobbyingand information about each elected leader’s source of wealth

  

  Favoritism in official access can fan public perceptions of corruption. But it is not always corruptionRather officials must avoid double standardsor different types of access for average people and the wealthyIf connections can be boughta basic premise of democratic society—that all are equal in treatment by government—is underminedGood governance rests on an understanding of the inherent worth of each individual

  

  The court’s ruling is a step forward in the struggle against both corruption and official favoritism.

  

  36. The undermined sentence (Para.1) most probably shows that the court

  

  [A] avoided defining the extent of McDonnell’s duties.

  

  [B] made no compromise in convicting McDonnell.

  

  [C] was contemptuous of McDonnell’s conduct.

  

  [D] refused to comment on McDonnell’s ethics.

  

  37. According to Paragraph 4an official act is deemed corruptive only if it involves

  

  [A] leaking secrets intentionally.

  

  [B] sizable gains in the form of gifts.

  

  [C] concrete returns for gift-givers.

  

  [D] breaking contracts officially.

  

  38. The court’s ruling is based on the assumption that public officials are

  

  [A] justified in addressing the needs of their constituents.

  

  [B] qualified to deal independently with bureaucratic issues.

  

  [C] allowed to focus on the concerns of their supporters.

  

  [D] exempt from conviction on the charge of favoritism.

  

  39. Well-enforced laws in government transparency are needed to

  

  [A] awaken the conscience of officials.

  

  [B] guarantee fair play in official access.

  

  [C] allow for certain kinds of lobbying.

  

  [D] inspire hopes in average people.

  

  40. The author’s attitude toward the court’s ruling is

  

  [A] sarcastic.

  

  [B] tolerant.

  

  [C] skeptical.

  

  [D] supportive

  

  Part B

  

  Directions:

  

  The following paragraphs are given in a wrong order. For Questions 41-45, you are required to reorganize these paragraphs into a coherent article by choosing from the list A-G to filling them into the numbered box. Paragraphs B and D have been correctly placedMark your answers on ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)

  

  [A]The first published sketch, “A Dinner at Poplar Walk” brought tears to Dickens’s eyes when he discovered it in the pages of The Monthly Magazine. From then on his sketches ,which appeared under the pen name “Boz” in The Evening Chronicleearned him a modest reputation

  

  [B]The runaway success of The Pickwick Papers, as it is generally known todaysecured Dickens’s fame. There were Pickwick coats and Pickwick cigarsand the plumpspectacled heroSamuel Pickwickbecame a national figure

  

  [C]Soon after Sketches by Boz appeared, a publishing firm approached Dickens to write a story in monthly installmentsas a backdrop for a series of woodcuts by the ten-famous artist Robert Seymour, who had originated the idea for the storyWith characteristic confidenceDickens successfully insisted that Seymour’s pictures illustrate his own story insteadAfter the first installmentDickens wrote to the artist and asked him to correct a drawing Dickens felt was not faithful enough to his proseSeymour made the changewent into his backyardand expressed his displeasure by committing suicideDickens and his publishers simply pressed on with a new artistThe comic novelThe Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Clubappeared serially in 1836 and 1837and was first published in book form in 1837

  

  [D]Charles Dickens is probably the best-known and, to many peoplethe greatest English novelist of the 19th centuryA moralistsatiristand social reformerDickens crafted complex plots and striking characters that capture the panorama of English society

  

  [E]Soon after his father’s release from prison, Dickens got a better job as errand boy in law officesHe taught himself shorthand to get an even better job later as a court stenographer and as a reporter in ParliamentAt the same timeDickenswho had a reporter’s eye for transcribing the life around him especially anything comic or oddsubmitted short sketches to obscure magazines

  

  [F] Dickens was born in Portsmouth, on England’s southern coast. His father was a clerk in the British navy pay office –a respectable position, but wish little social statusHis paternal grandparentsa steward and a housekeeper possessed even less statushaving been servantsand Dickens later concealed their backgroundDicken’s mother supposedly came from a more respectable familyYet two years before Dicken’s birthhis mother’s father was caught stealing and fled to Europenever to returnThe family’s increasing poverty forced Dickens out of school at age 12 to work in Warren’s Blacking Warehousea shoe-polish factory, where the other working boys mocked him as “the young gentleman.” His father was then imprisoned for debt. The humiliations of his father’s imprisonment and his labor in the blacking factory formed Dicken’s greatest wound and became his deepest secretHe could not confide them even to his wifealthough they provide the unacknowledged foundation of his fiction

  

  [G] After Pickwick, Dickens plunged into a bleaker worldIn Oliver Twiste traces an orphan’s progress from the workhouse to the criminal slums of London. Nicholas Nicklebyhis next novelcombines the darkness of Oliver Twist with the sunlight of PickwickThe popularity of these novels consolidated Dichens’ as a nationally and internationally celebrated man of letters

  

  D → 41. → 42. → 43. → 44. → B →45.

  

  Part C

  

  Directions:

  

  Read the following text carefully and then translate the underlined segments into Chinese. Your translation should be written neatly on the ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)

  

  The growth of the use of English as the world`s primary language for international communication has obviously been continuing for several decades.

  

  (46)But even as the number of English speakers expands further there are signs that the global predominance of the language may fade within the foreseeable future.

  

  Complex international, economictechnological and culture change could start to diminish the leading position of English as the language of the world marketand UK interests which enjoy advantage from the breath of English usage would consequently face new pressuresThose realistic possibilities are highlighted in the study presented by David Graddol

  

  (47)His analysis should therefore end any self-contentedness among those who may believe that the global position of English is so stable that the young generation of the United Kingdom do not need additional language capabilities.

  

  David Graddol concludes that monoglot English graduates face a bleak economic future as qualified multilingual youngsters from other countries are proving to have a competitive advantage over their British counterparts in global companies and organizations. Alongside that,(48)many countries are introducing English into the primary-school curriculum but British schoolchildren and students do not appear to be gaining greater encouragement to achieve fluency in other languages.

  

  If left to themselves, such trends will diminish the relative strength of the English language in international education markets as the demand for educational resources in languagessuch as Spanish ,Arabic or Mandarin grows and international business process outsourcing in other language such as Japanese, French and Germanspreads

  

  (49)The changes identified by David Graddol all present clear and major challenges to UK`s providers of English language teaching to people of other countries and to broader education business sectors. The English language teaching sector directly earns nearly &1.3 billion for the UK in invisible exports and our other education related explores earn up to &10 billion a year more. As the international education market expandsthe recent slowdown in the number of international students studying in the main English-speaking countries is likely to continue, especially if there are no effective strategic policies to prevent such slippage

  

  The anticipation of possible shifts in demand provided by this study is significant:(50) It gives a basis to all organization which seek to promote the learning and very different operating environmentThat is a necessary and practical approachIn this as in much elsethose who wish to influence the future must prepare for it

  

  Section III Writing

  

  Part A

  

  51. Directions

  

  You are to write an email to James Cook , a newly-arrived Australian professor , recommending some tourist attractions in your city Please give reasons for your recommendation

  

  You should write neatly on the ANSWER SHEET .

  

  Do not sign your own name at the end of the email . Use “Li Ming” instead

  

  Do not write the address . (10 points)

  

  Part B

  

  52. Directions

  



  Write an essay of 160-200 words based on the following pictures. In your essay you should

  

  1)describe the pictures briefly,

  

  2)interpret the meaning , and

  

  3)give your comments.

  

  You should write neatly on the ANSWER SHEET.( 20 points

  



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