C) Read the passage and fill the blanks with proper words (14)

Anyone who has a dog as a pet will tell you why the dog is called 'man's best friend'. "They are loyal, funny and loving. They seldom complain and always o   86_    their owners," said Mary Smith of Washington D.C.

Doctors will also tell you that people who have dogs seem to be happier and healthier than those who live a 87    . One reason for this is that people with dogs lead more active lives. Who can say no to a lovely dog when he pulls on your arm and asks yon to take him for a walk?

Dogs are really amazing animals. They not only offer emotional (情感的) support but also p __ 88    great help for humans. Think about guide dogs for blind people, or dogs that help people in wheelchairs.

However, it is the emotional side of owning a dog that has been studied in detail by Dr Julie Davis of Chicago University. "B_   89    every dog lover there is a story," says Dr. Davis. "Why do people love their dogs so much? if you hear their stories, it's not difficult to understand why. "

Dr. Davis has studied the r    90    between dogs and people for the last ten years. "I have spoken to people in parks, pet stores, and veterinary (兽医的) offices, as well as stopping people in the street. I have interviewed office workers and farmers, policemen and construction workers," says Dr Davis. "E   91   wants to talk about their dogs. Many people said they cried much more when their dogs died than when their parents did. They said the sadness was much d_  92  _ . People are finding animals are more reliable than human beings. People tell me all the time that they get more emotional support from their dogs than they do from their husbands or wives."

D)Answer the questions(12)

Read this dialogue between Karen Lu and Alice Evans on a daily television talk show called "Our World". Alice has recently travelled around India on an elephant.

Karen: Welcome to the programme. First of all, Alice, what gave you the idea to travel around India on an elephant?

Alice:   Well, it all started when I went to a photographic exhibition of elephants. Then, a few days later, I started reading a book about an Englishman travelling all the way to India on foot. I suddenly had the idea to travel on an elephant.

Karen: So what did you do next?

Alice: I rang a friend in India and told him 1 wanted to buy an elephant. He told me about the prices of elephants. He said that 1 would need two people to help me: one person to cut the animal's food, because elephants can eat up to 200kg of food each day, and another person to drive the elephant.

Karen: Is it expensive to buy an elephant?

Alice:   We bought a female elephant called Tara for about US$6,000.

Karen: Well, Alice, you'd found your elephant. What did you do next?

Alice:   Next, we had to plan our route. As we had to sell Tara at the end of the journey, we decided to travel to Sonepur in northern India where the world's oldest elephant market is located. The market lasts for two weeks every year and elephants can never be sold there before the special date of 23rd November. The whole journey would take about 64 days to complete.

Karen: I see. And did you have any problems on your journey?

Alice:   Yes. a few, but nothing too serious. At the beginning, Tara hurt her foot. But that got better after a week. The weather was very bad as well. And we often found uninvited guests in our tents—snakes—which made sleeping rather difficult!

Karen: That sounds awful! And what finally happened when you reached the end of your journey? 

Alice: I had grown very fond of Tara, and I didn't want to sell her, even though I knew I had to. Luckily, however, I met some old friends at the market. They were looking for an elephant for their national park. I knew that Tara would be safe in the national park, so I gave her to them. I was very sad to say goodbye.

93. Did Alice get the idea of traveling on an elephant from a film?

94. How many people did Alice need to help her travel on an elephant?

95.Why did they decide to travel to the elephant market in northern India?

96. Alicementions three problems they had during the journey, doesn't she?

97. Where did Tara go at the end of the journey?

98.What do you think of Alice's experience?


99.Write at least 60 words about the topic "The ways I deal with my problem(s) in study".



Use the following points as a reference.    (以下问题仅供参考)

  • What problem(s) do you have in study?
  • How do you deal with the problem(s)?
  •  What can you learn from your experience of dealing with the problerm(s)?