than read from beginning to end.
In the chapter on skyscrapers, for example, Mr. Smith touches on construction methods, the revolutionary invention of the automatic lift, the practicalities of living in the sky and the likelihood that, as cities become more crowded, apartment living will become the norm. But there is also time for brief diversions onto bizarre ground, such as a discussion of the skyscraper index (which holds that a boom in skyscraper construction is a foolproof sign of an imminent recession).
One obvious criticism is that the price of breadth is depth; many of Mr. Smith's essays raise as many questions as they answer. Although that can indeed be frustrating, this is probably the only way to treat so grand a topic. The city is the building block of civilisation and of almost everything people do; a guidebook to the city is really, therefore, a guidebook to how a large and ever-growing chunk of humanity chooses to live. Mr. Smith's book serves as an excellent introduction to a vast subject, and will suggest plenty of further lines of inquiry.
In what way is the year 2008 historic?
A) For the first time in history, urban people outnumbered rural people.
B) An influential figure decided to move from the countryside to the city.
C) It is in this year that urbanisation made a start in Asia and Africa.
D) The population increase in cities reached a new peak in Asia and Africa.
What does the author say about urbanisation?
A) Its impact is not easy to predict.
B) Its process will not slow down.
C) It is a milestone in human progress.
D) It aggravates the squalor of cities.
How does the author comment on Peter Smith's new book?
A) It is but an ordinary coffee-table book.
B) It is flavoured with humourous stories.
C) It serves as a guide to arts and commerce.
D) It is written in a lively and interesting style.
What does the author say in the chapter on skyscrapers?
A) The automatic lift is indispensable in skyscrapers.
B) People enjoy living in skyscrapers with a view.
C) Skyscrapers are a sure sign of a city's prosperity.
D) Recession closely follows a skyscraper boom.
What may be one criticism of Mr. Smith's book?
A) It does not really touch on anything serious.
B) It is too long for people to read from cover to cover.
C) It does not deal with any aspect of city life in depth.
D) It fails to provide sound advice to city dwellers.
There are 20 blanks in the following passage. For each blank there are four choices
marked A),B),C) and D) on the right side of the paper. You should choose the
that best fits into the passage. Then mark the corresponding letter on
with a single line through the centre.
In most cultures throughout the world, there is an expectation that when a person
reaches adulthood, marriage should soon follow. In the United States __62__, each month
upwards of 168 000 couples wed, __63__ to love, honor, and respect their chosen life
mates __64__ death parts them. The expectation is deep-rooted.
__65__, the social functions, purposes, and relevance of marriage are rapidly
changing in __66__ society, making them less clear-cut than they have been __67__
history. For instance, in a Pew Research Center random polling of over 2 000 __68__ ,
fewer than half of all of the adults polled indicated that __69__ a man and a woman plan
to spend the __70__ of their lives together as a couple, it was important that they __71__
Those of us who choose to marry have __72__ reasons why we decide to marry the
person we do. There is a __73__, however, in our Western, individualistic culture: We
tend to marry for reasons that benefit ourselves, __74__ for reasons that benefit the
society __75__, such as found in collectivist cultures. Research in Western cultures has
found, for example, that the number-one __76__ people cite for marrying is to signify a
lifelong commitment __77__ someone they love. However, this reason is not the only
response to why people wed -
today, people get married for reasons of commitment,
security, and personal belief systems. The Pew Research Center's recent findings __78__
that the main reasons people get married are for __79__ happiness and commitment, and
bearing and raising children. As the data from this __80__ show us, there are racial, age,
and religious differences in what people __81__ to be the main purposes of getting
62. A) alone
63. A) trusting
64. A) after
65. A) However
66. A) contemporary
67. A) beyond
68. A) objects
69. A) whereas
70. A) whole
71. A) equally
72. A) radical
73. A) worry
74. A) rather than
B) or else
C) not only
D) as well
75. A) at length
B) at large
C) at random
D) at risk
76. A) case
77. A) about
78. A) suggest
79. A) moral
80. A) legend
81. A) observe
Complete the sentences by translating into English the Chinese given in brackets.
Please write your translation on
Answer Sheet 2.
) than we all sat down to rest.
Anyone driving with a high blood alcohol level _________________(
and face a severe penalty.
84. Many people have become so addicted to online shopping that they
You are an executive council member of our organization, so _________________(
To fully appreciate the author's motive and intention, you really have to
For this party you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the
"Good habits result from resisting temptation."
You can cite examples to illustrate
your point. You should write at least
words but no more than
11-15 BCDAA 16-20 BDCBA 21-25 CDDBC 26-30 ABABD 31-35 BCDAB
44. You believe you have leadership abilities and your boss put you in charge of a new work team
45. He thought he was a good public official, but the voters obviously thought otherwise
46. A student writes what he thinks is an excellent composition, but the teacher writes no encouraging remarks
47. Attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
48. gender roles
49. observing and imitating
50. adulthood or later life
62-81 ACBAA BCDDB CDABC DABCD
82. No sooner had we reached the top of the hill
83. will be accused of drunken driving
84. can't help visiting shopping websites every day
85. what you say matters/your words matter
86. read between