II. Grammar and vocabulary Section A
Directions: After reading the passages below, fill in the blanks to make the passages coherent and grammatically correct. For the blanks with a given word, fill in each blank with the proper form of the given word; for the other blanse one word that best fits each blank.
Car cleaner sent to prison
Last week, cleaner Peter Blain was sent to prison for six years after 21 (find) guilty of stealing. Blain is no ordinary, however, and at first, police were confused about the case. The fact was that over a period of months, Blain cleaned thirty-six cars. This 22 not sound like a crime, but they were not his cars, it was not his job and he 23 (not pay) to clean them.
All the cars, many of 24 had a price of more than ￡40,000 each, were stolen from expensive
car showrooms in the Midlands area of England. Blain was able to steal the cars using a technique which he perfected over time. He walked into car showrooms and pretended that he wanted to buy a car. He then chose a car and said he wanted test-drive it. He drove away from roads, never (come) back, absolutely spotless inside and out. Blain washed and clean each one 26 leaving it. He was called, “the man you would most want to steal your car” by one judge.
When asked in court, Blain revealed that he stole cars in order to make 27 feel important. He explained that he was a cleaner who didn’t have his own car. So, he drove each car to a different street and spent time cleaning it. He said he felt happy when people saw him and thought the car was 28 .
When the police finally wort what was happening, Blain was arrested at his home in Sheffield. 29 the cars weren’t damaged and he didn’t sell the cars for his own financial benefit, Judge Alan Goldsack told him that a long prison sentence was inevitable. The judge explained that the owners of the car showrooms were victims and 30 Blain’s actions did affect their business.
Directions: Complete the following passage by using the words in the box. Each word can only be used once. Note that there is one word more than you need.
Raising a teenager today can be a challenging job. Long gone are the 31 days when you could have him accept your values or accomplish what you think the most important thing during his growth.
Today’s teens spend an average of 7.5 hours a day 32 to some type of electronic device and most know more about the Internet than their parents. This means they are 33 exposed to a lot more trouble than precious generations, from texting among themselves to failing 34 to cyber crimes. And because many parents are not as tech-savvy as their kids, they have no idea what their children are doing there online.
But, it’s still every parent’s first priority to keep their children safe from harm or to rescue them before they suffer the 35 . Children need their parents to look after their 36 even if they are too young to understand and express that need.
Some parents believe that parental control settings will help them browse their kids’ online. Unfortunately, these protections can easily be turned off by a savvy computer user. “Friending your child on Facebook doesn’t work effectively, either, as it offers users 37 ways to conceal content from certain friends.
One of the best of these new services is TeenSafe.com. It’s an online service that allow parents to 38 their children’s mobile, social and Web activities, all in one place.
The program is extremely simple to use and comes with step-by-step instructions. It can also be easily 39 for every family’s unique needs. If you do discover problems and need information on the best approach to dealing with it, or a professional to talk to, TeenSafe can 40 your needs to quickly verify
(核实) that everything is okay with your child online.
III. Reading Comprehension Section A
Directions: For each blank in the following passage there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Fill in each blank with the word or phrase that best fits the context.
For years people have recognized the power that writing something down has been able to anchor (固定)
a thought or emotion in the brain. This process of anchoring emotions and memories with a 41 touch is now well supported by studies and frequently used by those who practice Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).
Evidence that the mind and body connection exists in building and retaining 42 is abundant. More recently, however, researchers have been turning their attention to the 43 between exercise and the brain. They are finding evidence that supports the belief that exercise can boost brain power.
How can that happen? U.S. researchers have found that exercise helps that brain 44 new brain cells in an area of the brain called the dentate gyrus. This area is known to be involved with age-related memory 45 _. The studies performed involved mice and later humans supported the evidence found i those studies: there was increased blood flow to the memory center of the brain after exercise, which may help optimize the way the 46 functions. Basically, anything that helps the body to decrease stress hormones, which will improve 47 span as well as mood and increase the body’s metabolism, will also help the brain. It helps by making the brain cells healthier and better able to link to other cells. This action is vital for learning and 48 new information.
The fact that exercise makes positive changes in the nervous system and boosts cognitive abilities has not gone unnoticed by schools. Many states have now established minimum times and 49 for physical education. This type of action is supported by studies that show how much better 50 fit third graders and fifth graders performed on standardized tests than students who were 51 in their studies all the time. The evidence that links obesity with lower levels of academic achievement in school children is starting to 52 everywhere.
Walking vigorously at least three times a week was found to benefit your brain, for it will cease to 53 for a lack of exercise. Creative writing benefits brain a lot as this type of activity is not 54 and cause the brain to produce new chemicals which stimulate new dendrites and neurons to grow in the brain. Use one or more of your physical senses, involve your complete attention and break away from your 55 in a significant way as dull brain is never ready for the unexpected.
41. A. emotional B. sl C. realistic D. physical
42. A. ambition B. association C. memories D. happiness
43. A. possibility B. difference C. relationship D. limitation
44. A. recognize B. develop C. track D. mark
45. A. experience B. loss C. change D. positio