重庆市巫山中学2014-2015学年高二上学期期末考试英语试题 Word版含答案

重庆市巫山中学 2014-2015 学年高二上学期期末考试 英语试题
英语试题卷共 10 页。满分 150 分。考试时间 120 分钟。 注意事项: 1.答题前,务必将自己的姓名、准考证号填写在答题卡规定的位置上。 2.答选择题时,必须使用 2B 铅笔将答题卡上对应题目的答案标号涂黑,如需 改动,用橡皮擦擦干净后,再选涂其他答案标号。 3.答非选择题时,必须使用 0.5 毫米黑色签字笔,将答案书写在答题卡规定 的位置上。 4.所有题目必须在答题卡上作答,在试题卷上答题无效。 第一部分:听力(共两节,满分 30 分) 第一节(共 5 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 7.5 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题,从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项 中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后,你都有 10 秒钟的时 间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. Why is the man going to Florida? A. To buy a cat . B. To attend a business meeting.. C. To take yoga classes 2. How does the man probably feel now? A. Excited. B. Surprised. C. Depressed. 3. What do the speakers probably do? A. They are teachers. B. They are actors. C. They are movie producers. 4. What are the speakers mainly talking about? A. A A tie. B. jacket. C. An interview. 5. Where are the speakers? [] A. In a supermarket B. In a bank. C. In a restaurant.. 第二节(共 15 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 22.5 分) 请听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题,从题中所给的 A、 B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项, 并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前, 你将有时间阅读各个小题,每小题 5 秒钟;听完后,各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答 时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料,回答第 6~7 题 6. What does the man think of the tennis racket( 网球拍)? A. It’s a little expensive. B. It’s just what he wants to buy. C. Craig may not like it. 7. Who is Craig? A.The woman’s son. B. The man’s brother. C. The man’s son. 听第 7 段材料,回答第 8~10 题
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8. What does the woman want to get? A. Candy. B. A drink. C. Popcorn. 9. How many friends are with the speakers? A. Two B. One. C. Three. 10. Where are the speakers? A. At a grocery. B. At a movie theater. C. In a restaurant. 听第 8 段材料,回答第 11~13 题 11. What happened to the woman in the Zurich Airport? A. She got lost in the airport. B. She missed her flight C. She lost part of her luggage . 12. What was in the woman’s checked luggage? A. Her down coat and sweaters. B. Her passport and cards. C. The man’s clothes and other daily necessities ( 必需品). 13. What is the probable relationship between the speakers? A. Husband and wife. B. Friends. C. Passenger and airport clerk. 听第 9 段材料,回答第 14~16 题 14. Why was the man upset last week? A. He was fired. B. The woman lied to him. C. He was asked to work overtime. 15. What does the man say about Mr. Ainsworth? A. He is a fair manager. B. He always listens to Tammy. C. He always misses his work. 16. What does the woman advise the man to do? A. Explain to Tammy. B. Talk to Mr. Ainsworth again.. C. Look for another job 听第 10 段材料,回答第 17~20 题. 17. What is true about Margie’s hit single( 单曲) Hold My Heart? A. It was released this month. B. Margie wrote it at the age of six. C. It has sold five billion copies. 18. What kind of music did young Margie like? A.Jazz. B. Rock C. Country.. 19. What was Margie’s high school life like? A. She had an active social life B..She did poorly in her schoolwork. C. She focused on her music 20. What does the speaker think of Margie? A. She has a bright future. B. She is too young to be famous. C. She should work harder. 第二部分 英语知识运用(共两节,满分 45 分) 第一节 单项填空(共 15 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 15 分)
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从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。 21. Life is like ________ ocean: only ________ strong ?willed can reach the other shore. A. an; the B. the; a C. the ;/ D. / ; a 22. When the audience heard the alarm, they all hurried to they thought was an emergency exit door. A.which B.what C .where D.who 23. Only when you can find peace in your heart ________ good relationships with others. A. will you keep B. you will keep C. you kept D. did you keep 24. Sherry reads newspaper and watches news every day to keep herself _____ of the current events. A. informing B. to inform C. informed D. inform 25. It is demanded that the system of buying train ticket in real names _____ out during the Spring Festival. A. will be carried B. be carried C. to be carried D. should carry 26. I'd appreciate ________ if you could let me know in advance whether or not you will come. A. it B. you C. one D. this 27. Starting your own business could be a way to achieving financial independence. ________, it could just put you in debt. A. In other words B. All in all C. As a result D. On the other hand 28. Now the world’s attention ______ the stocking markets, as they have great influence on the world’s economy. A. is focusing on B . had been focused on C. is being focused on D. has focused on 29.—Reading is the best way to pass time on the train. —________. I never go travelling without a book. A.You are joking B.That's true C.I don't think so D.It sounds like fun 30. —Sorry, I forgot to call Jack to tell him about our plan tomorrow. —Never mind. You ____________ anyway. I called him yesterday. A. shouldn’t call him B. needn’t have called him C. shouldn’ t have called him D. didn’t need to call him 31. One thing I am certain of is that hard work _______ good results. A. contributes to B. refers to C. sticks to D. devotes to 32. We all feel it is Mr. Smith as well as his wife that _______ for their son’s performance at school. A. are to blame B. is to be blamed C. is to blame D. are to be blamed 33.James has just arrived, but I didn't know he ________ until yesterday. A. will come B. was coming C. had come D. came 34. —Did you tell her the bad news? —Yes, but I'd rather ________. A.didn't B.not C .not have D.hadn't
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35. —I'd like a wake-up call at 7:00 am, please! —OK,________. A.help yourself B.you'll certainly make it C .just do what you like D .I'll make sure you get one 第二节 完形填空 (共 20 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 30 分) 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从 36—55 各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项 中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 A Water was rare in a small village. A poor farmer had to bring water from a distant 36 for his family. He hung two pots to the ends of a strong stick. He filled them with water from the river and 37 to his house. Soon he 38 that there was a hole in one of the pots and water was dripping out continually. 39 it was difficult to buy a new one, he continued to use the two pots. One day, a friend discovered the 40 and asked the farmer, “Why didn’t you replace the leaking pot by a good one?” The wise farmer drew his attention to the side of the path 41 by the leaking pot. There was a long way full of flowering plants on that side of the path. The farmer 42 that he had been hanging the leaking pot to the same side of the path every day. The flowers are being used to 43 the church in the village. He sells a lot of flowers for money. Thus the water that leaked from the pot has provided beauty and 44 . Every person has unique features which are often considered as shortcomings. But these special qualities may turn out to be 45 . Looking at the weaknesses we may feel 46 . But no one is perfect. There is something good in everyone. Let us learn to 47 the variety and diversity among individuals. 36. A. village B. well C. river D. church 37’ A. returned B. marched C. travelled D. paced 38. A. examined B. admitted C. understood D. observed 39. A. Once B. While C. As D. Unless 40. A. pot B. hole C. path D. flower 41. A. shaded B. watered C. followed D. covered 42. A. proved B. suggested C. reminded D. explained 43. A. satisfy B. build C. decorate D. change 44. A. wealth B. faith C. kindness D. respect 45. A. successes B. mistakes C. blessings D. weaknesses 46. A.delighted B. proud C. frightened D. upset 47. A. appreciate B. protect C. ignore D. support B You have waited 40 minutes for the valuable 10 minutes ’break between classes. But when the bell for the next class rings, you can ’t 48 how quickly time has passed. If you are familiar with this scene, you’ll know how time flies when you are having fun and how slowly time goes when you are 49 . Now scientists have 50 a reason. Scientists have found that patterns( 模式) of activity in the brain 51 according to how we pay our attention to a task. When we feel uninterested, we pay more attention to how time is passing. And this 52 our brains think the clock is ticking
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more slowly. It is thought that 53 the brain is busy focusing on many aspects of a task, it has to spread its energy, and pays less attention to the clock. Therefore, time passes without us really 54 it, and seems to go quickly. If the brain is not so 55 , it concentrates its full energies on the passing of time. As a result, time seems to slow. 48. A. believe B. understand C. expect D. doubt 49. A. interested B. excited C. bored D. surprised 50. A. thought over B. come up with C. put up with D. made up 51. A. develop B. change C. grow D. stop 52. A. makes B. tells C. asks D. shows 53. A. though B. if C. unless D. since 54. A. facing B. watching C. noticing D. counting 55. A. sleepy B. enthusiastic C. tired D. active 第三节:阅读理解(共 20 小题,每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 阅读下列短文,从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题 卡上将该项涂黑。 A A mother had two daughters. She loved them very much, but two girls would fight with each other from their earliest years. As they grew older, they became total strangers. They had no contact with each other when they were adults. This caused the mother great pain. Then, later, she had an idea. She decided to write a letter to them. In this letter, she told them how much she loved them, and how she wanted them to love each other in this way. She also gave them news of herself and some guidance on how to live happier lives. When the letter was ready, she wrote out one copy for each daughter, but these copies were special. Each copy contained only every second sentence of the original letter: the copy for one daughter had only the even (双数的) sentences, and the other daughter’s copy contained only the odd sentences. Neither contained the fullness of the mother’s message. When the two daughters received their letters, they were puzzled. To understand the half-letter, they would have to put the two letters together and read them as one, which meant they must approach one another again in love and respect. But they each blamed the other for not helping them when trying to read the half-letter. For a long time, the mother waited in vain. Then one day, when the mother had almost given up hope, there was a knock at the door. There they stood, together. “We’ve come home,” they said at the same time. “We’ve finally put our letters together, and we’ve come to say how much we love you, Mum.” Then she hugged them both, tears of joy streaming down her cheeks, and welcomed them back home. 56. The mother gave her daughters incomplete letters mainly to ______. A. mend their relations B. offer them advice C. tell them her news D. win their hearts 57. Upon receiving their letters, the two daughters ______. A. understood the mother’s purpose at once B. blamed her mother for the half-letter C. put the letters together and read them D. complained about each other as usual
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58. Why did the two daughters visit their mother at last? A. They felt grateful for the mother. B. They missed home very much. C. They had put the letters together. D. They wanted to apologize. 59. What is the best title for the passage? A. A Sincere Apology to Mother B. A Mother’s Endless Love C. Two Special Daughters D. An Unusual Letter B HOLIDAY FUN AT THE POWERHOUSE 500 HARRIS STREET ULTIMO · TELEPHONE (02) 9217 0111 Join in the holiday fun at the Powerhouse this month linked to our new exhibition, Evolution & Revolution: Chinese dress 1700s to now. DON'T FORGET our other special event, the Club Med Circus School which is part of the Circus( 马戏团)!150 years of circus in Australia exhibition experience! ◆Chinese Folk Dancing: Colourful Chinese dance and musical performances by The Chinese Folk Dancing School of Sydney. Dances include: the Golden stick dance and the Chinese drum dance. A feature will be the Qin Dynasty Emperor's court dance. Also included is a show of face painting for Beijing opera performances. Sunday 29 June and Wednesday 2 July in the Turbine Hall, at 11:30 am & 1: 30 pm. ◆ Australian Chinese Children's Arts Theatre: Wellknown children's play experts from Shanghai lead this dynamic youth group. Performances include Chinese fairy tales and plays. Thurs day 3 to Sunday 6 July in the Turbine Hall, at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm. ◆ Chinese Y outh League: A traditional performing arts group featuring performance highlights such as Red scarf and Spring flower dances, and a musician playing Er Hu. Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 July in the Turbine Hall, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. ◆Kids Activity: Make a Paper Horse: Young children make a paper horse cutout. (The horse is a frequent theme in Chinese painting, indicating a kind of advancement.) Suitable for ages 8~12 years. Saturday 28 June to Tuesday 8 July in the Turbine Hall, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ◆ Club Med Circus School: Learn circus skills, including the trapeze, trampolining and magic. Note only for children over 5. There are 40 places available in each 1 hour session and these must be booked at the front desk, level 4, on the day. Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 July at 11:30 am & 1:00 pm. Enjoy unlimited free visits and many other benefits by becoming a family member of the Powerhouse. Our family memberships cover two adults and all children under the age of 16 years at the one address. Members receive Powerline, our monthly magazine, discounts in the shops and the restaurants, as well as free admission to the Museum. All this for as little as $50.00 a year! Call (02)9217 0600 for more details. 60. When can you watch the Chinese drum dance?
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A. On July 2. B. On July 3. C. On July 6. D. On July 8. 61. To learn the magic tricks, you can go to ________. A. Kids Activity B. Club Med Circus School C Chinese Youth League. D. Children's Arts Theatre 62. What is required if you want to enjoy free visits to the Museum? A. Gaining family membership. B. Calling (02)9217 0600. C. Coming for the holiday fun. D. Paying Powerline $50.00 a year. 63. What is the main purpose of the text? A. To report the performances. B. To present schedules. C. To attract visitors. D. To teach kids Chinese arts. C Some scientists say that animals in the ocean are increasingly threatened by noise pollution caused by human beings. The noise that affect sea creatures comes from a number of human activities. It is caused mainly by industrial underwater explosions, ocean drilling, and ship engines. Such noises are added to natural sounds. These sounds include the breaking of ice fields, underwater earthquakes, and sounds made by animals themselves. Decibels(分贝)measured in water are different from those measured on land. A noise of one hundred and twenty decibels on land causes pain to human ears. In water, a decibel level of one hundred and ninety-five would have the same effect. Some scientists have proposed setting a noise limit of one hundred and twenty decibels in oceans. They have observed that noises at that level can frighten and confuse whales. A team of American and Canadian scientists discovered that loud noises can seriously injure some animals. The research team found that powerful underwater explosions were causing whales in the area to lose their hearing. This seriously affected the whales ’ ability to exchange information and find their way. Some of the whales even died. The explosions had caused their ears to bleed and become infected. Many researchers whose work depends on ocean sounds object to a limit of one hundred and twenty decibels. They say such a limit would mean an end to important industrial and scientific research. Scientists do not know how much and what kinds of noises are harmful to ocean animals. However, many scientists suspect that noise is a greater danger than they believed. They want to prevent noises from harming creatures in the ocean. 64. According to the passage, which of the following is increasingly dangerous to sea creatures? A. The noises made by themselves. B. The man-made noises. C. The sound of earthquakes. D. The sound of the ice-breaking. 65. As to the influence of noises on whales, which of the following statements is true? A. They are deaf to noises. B. Noises will limit their ability to reproduce.
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C. They are easily confused by noises. D. Noises at a certain level may hurt them. 66. We can know from the passage that many scientists think that the noise limit of one hundred twenty decibels would______. A. benefit them a lot in their research work B. prevent them from doing their research work C. do good to their health D. increase the industrial output 67. According to the passage, what will scientists most probably do in the future? A. They will try their best to decrease noise. B. They will work hard to cut down noise pollution. C. They will protect animals from harmful noises D.. They will study the effect of different noises. D Perhaps you think you could easily add to your happiness with more money. Strange as it may seem, if you're unsatisfied, the issue is not a lack of means to meet your desires but a lack of desires —not that you cannot satisfy your tastes but that you don't have enough tastes. Real riches consist of well ?developed and hearty capacities( 能力) to enjoy life. Most people are already swamped( 淹没) with things. They eat, wear, go and talk too much. They_live_in_too_big_a_house_with_too_many_rooms,_yet_their_house_of_life_is_a _hut. Your house of life ought to be a mansion( 豪宅), a royal palace. Every new taste, every additional interest, every fresh enthusiasm adds a room. Here are several rooms your house of life should have. Art should be a desire for you to develop simply because the world is full of beautiful things. If you only understood how to enjoy them and feed your spirit on them, they would make you as happy as to find plenty of ham and eggs when you're hungry. Literature, classic literature, is a beautiful, richly furnished room where you might find many an hour of rest and refreshment. To gain that love would go towards making you a rich person, for a rich person is not someone who has a library but who likes a library. Music like Mozart's and Bach's shouldn't be absent. Real riches are of the spirit. And when you've brought that spirit up to where classical music feeds it and makes you a little drunk, you have increased your thrills and bettered them. And life is a matter of thrills. Sports, without which you remain poor, mean a lot in life. No matter who you are, you would be more human, and your house of life would be better supported against
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the bad days, if you could, and did, play a bit. Whatever rooms you might add to your house of life, the secret of enjoying life is to keep adding. 68.The author intends to tell us that________. A.true happiness lies in achieving wealth by fair means B.big houses are people's most valued possessions C .true happiness comes from spiritual riches D.big houses can in a sense bring richness of life 69.The underlined sentence in the second paragraph probably implies that________. A.however materially rich, they remain spiritually poor B.however materially rich, they never seem to be satisfied C .though their house is big, they prefer a simple life D.though their house is big, it seems to be a cage 70.It can be learned from the passage that ________ . A.more money brings more happiness B.art is needed to make your house beautiful C .sports contribute mainly to your physical fitness D.literature can enrich your spiritual life 71.What would be the best title for the passage? A.House of life B.Secret of wealth C .Rest and refreshment D .Interest and enthusiasm E Women are friendly. But men are more competitive. Why? Researchers have found it's all down to the hormone oxytocin( 荷尔蒙催生素). Although known as the love hormone, it affects the sexes differently. “Women tend to be social in their behaviour. They often share with others. But men lend to be competitive. They are trying to improve their social status ,” said Professor Ryan. Generally, people believe that the hormone oxytocin is let out in our body in various social situations and our body creates a large amount of it during positive social interactions (互动) such as falling in love or giving birth. But in a previous experiment Professor Ryan found that the hormone is also let out in our body during negative social interactions such as envy. Further researches showed that in men the hormone oxytocin improves the ability to recognize competitive relationships, but in women it raises the ability to recognize friendship. Professor Ryan's recent experiment used 62 men and women aged 20 to 37. Half of the participants( 参与者 ) received oxytocin. The other half received placebo(安慰剂). After a week, the two groups switched with participants. They went through the
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same procedure with the other material. Following each treatment, they were shown some video pictures with different social interactions. Then they were asked to analyze the relationships by answering some questions. The questions were about telling friendship from competition. And their answers should be based on gestures, body language and facial expressions. The results indicated that, after treatment with oxytocin, men's ability to correctly recognize competitive relationships improved, but in women it was the ability to correctly recognize friendship that got better. Professor Ryan thus concluded, “Our experiment proves that the hormone oxytocin can raise people's abilities to better distinguish different social interactions. And the behaviour differences between men and women are caused by biological factors(因素) that are mainly hormonal.” 72. What causes men and women to behave differently according to the text? A. Placebo. B. The social status. C. The gesture. D. Oxytocin. 73. What can we learn from Professor Ryan's previous experiment? A. Oxytocin affects our behaviour in a different way. B. Our body lets out oxytocin when we are deep in love. C. Oxytocin improves our abilities to understand people's behaviour differences. D. Our body produces oxytocin when we feel unhappy about others' success. 74. Why did Professor Ryan conduct the recent experiment? A. To know the differences between friendship and competition. B. To test the effect of oxytocin on the ability to recognize social interactions. C. To know people's different abilities to answer questions. D. To test people's understanding of body language. 75. The author develops the text by ________ . A. explaining people's behaviours C.discussing research experiments B. describing his own experiences D. distinguishing sexual differences

第 s 三部分:书面表达 (共两个大题,满分 35 分 ) 写作一 (满分 15 分 ) Nowadays, it is a common phenomenon for many parents to arrange everything for their kids rather than let them do things themselves. 要求: (1) 就此材料发表你的看法; (2) 紧扣材料,有明确的观点; (3) 词数不少于 60 词。

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_____________________________________________________________________ 写作二 (满分 20 分 ) 假定你是李华,从互联网上得知一个国际中学生组织将在新加坡((Singapore)举办 夏令营,欢迎各国学生参加。请写一封电子邮件申请参加。 内容主要包括: I.自我介绍(包括英语能力); 2.参加意图(介绍中国、了解其他国家); 3.希望获准. 注意: 1.词数 100 左右: 2.可以适当增加细节,以使行文连贯; 3.邮件开头和结尾已为你写好。 Dear Sir or Madam, I'm Li Hua, a middle school student from China. Sincerely, Li Hua

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巫山中学高 2016 级英语期末试题答案

作文 As is indicated in the above material, many parents take care of their children in every way, depriving(剥夺)their kids of the chance to experience things by themselves. From where I stand, what the parents are doing may be harmful to their kids. For one thing, the children may grow dependent on them and never have the chance to grow up to have their own life. For another, with everything arranged, kids may take it for granted and never learn to be grateful. Therefore, deeply as the parents love their kids, they shouldn ’ t do everything for them.

Dear Sir or Madam, I'm Li Hua, a middle school student from China. I read the announcement of the summer camp that you have posted on the Internet and I am interested in it. I know that you welcome students from different countries and I'd like to take part in it. I've been learning English for 10 years, and I speak fluent English. What is more, I'll be able to tell students from other countries about China and learn about their countries as well. I hope I will be accepted as a member of your summer camp. Looking forward to your reply! Sincerely, Li Hua 录音材料原文 第一节 M: Will you watch my cat for me next weekend? I have to go to Florida for a business meeting, and I don’t know who else to ask. W: Sure, Todd. I’ll pick him up on my way home from yoga. My kids will be so excited! 第二节 W: What’s the matter, Tom? You look as if you lost your best friend. M: Oh, nothing. W: You can’t fool me. I know something’s bothering you. I’ve never seen you looking so down before. 第三节 M: Will you help me memorize my lines, Tracy? This new drama class is a lot harder than I expected. W: Sure, Jason. For me, I think it helps to practice your scenes out loud. It makes
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the lines really stick in your head. That’s what I always do before I have a performance. 第四节 M: How do you feel about this tie, honey? Does it go with my jacket all right? I want to look smart on my first interview. W: Personally, I like the blue one a bit more. It really brings out the beauty of your eyes, but that’s just me. 第五节 M: Excuse me, what’s this item for? W: For three bottles of Tsingtao Beer. M: But we only ordered two bottles. W: Oh, I’m sorry. Let me go back to the cashier’s to have it changed. 第六节 W: Do you know what’s you’re getting Craig for Christmas? M: Christmas? That’s three weeks away. W: Exactly. You know how much you hate last-minute shopping. M: Well, what did you have in mind? W: What about this tennis racket? Craig would love it.(6) M: It looks great, but the price is a bit too high.(6) W: Yeah, but he’s your brother, and he deserves it.(7) 第七节 W: Will you hold my popcorn for me, please? I want to get something to drink.(8) M: Okay, but you’d better hurry before the movie starts!(10) Can you grab me some candy, too, please? W: didn’t we get candy on the way in? I thought I handed you a bar of chocolate on our way over from the café. W: I don’t think so. I just bought some gum, but I threw that away when I came upstairs. Maybe you left the chocolate in your jacket…you know the blue one you were wearing earlier that Coleen gave you. M: Oh, shoot! That reminds me. Where is that jacket? I forgot I had it on. Do you see it by your purse over there? M: I’m sorry, Lance. I don’t see it anywhere. Maybe Cindy or Sam has it. They’re in the bathroom.(9) M: I’ll ask when they get back. I hope I didn’t lose my jacket. Either way, go get some candy before the movie starts! 第八节 M: Hi, Susan!(13) W: Hi, Billy. Long time no see. M: Yeah, how have you been? W: I just got back from a vacation in Europe.(13) M: Really? That’s great. How was it? W: Everything was fine, except that I lost my luggage in the Zurich Airport. W: Oh, how did that happen? M: I have no idea. I had to transfer flights in Zurich, and I just couldn’t find my checked luggage.(11)
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W: Was there anything important in the luggage? M: I had my passport, cards, and other important documents in my hand luggage. There were just clothed and other daily necessitates in the checked luggage. M: You were wise to put the important things in your hand luggage. Checked luggage can sometimes disappear like that. W: Yeah. But it was cold in Europe then. And I lost my down coat and sweaters! (12) 9. M: Hey, Chloe! How are you? W: Uh, hey, Jordan. I’m a little surprised you’re even talking to me. You seemed pretty mad at me last week. M: I know, I’m sorry about that. I was just in a bad mood. I got fired from my job that day for something that I didn’t even do.(14) W: Oh, no, I’m sorry to hear that. What happened? M: I missed work, but I wasn’t even supposed to be there that day. Tammy, the woman who does the schedules, forgot to tell me that she had changed the schedule last week. I tried to tell my manager about it, but after Mr. Ainsworth talked to Tammy, he took her side and fired me on the spot. W: That’s ridiculous! You should complain to Mr. Ainsworth’s boss! M: Well, there isn’t much I can do about it. It’s basically my word against Tammy’s, and she has been there a lot longer than I have. Plus, I think Mr. Ainsworth would do pretty much anything she asked him to do.(15) W: How do the other people in the office think of Tammy? M: I’m not sure, but it’s pretty obvious that she is Mr. Ainsworth favorite person in the office. W: Well, it sounds like you are better off without that job. With your experience and skills, you can get a good job soon.(16) 10. Good morning, and welcome to our program. Today, we have pop star Margie Flynn joining us in the studio. Her hit single, Hold My Heart , has been at the top of the charts since it was released earlier this month, (17) and has sold over five million copies worldwide. Margie grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has been a big fan of country music since she was a small child(18) When Margie was only five years old, her father bought her first guitar. At six, Margie had already written and performed three songs. In high school, Margie spent most of her time on her music, leaving little time for sports or a social life.(19) However, Margie insists that she always did her schoolwork and always got good grades. Margie graduated from high school at

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