Getting up in the morning can be very difficult, and it won’t get any easier with winter on its way — unless you have the new Wake-up Light, which was recently introduced in an 16 of the newspaper Morning Post. It is not like in the summer days. Mornings in winter are usually 17 , which makes you think that it Is not time for you to 18 yet. The Wake-up Light, 19 , is like the sun rises in the morning — it starts to light up 20 , that is, 30 minutes 21 the time you set your clock for. The light wakes you up in the 22 way the sun would. This also means that you will 23 feel bad by the light that you suddenly 24 in the darkness. The soft Wake-up Light 25 your body and your eyes to get used to changing brightness, even while you are still 26 .

The light also has several 27 that you can choose from. These 28 FM radio and sounds from nature, 29 birds chirping. You can 30 have your own voice on the electronic light if you get the help from us. Which one do you think you would like to wake up to?

16. A. object B. industry C. instrument D. article 17. A. bright B. clear C. dark D. heavy 18. A. stay up B. wake up C. clean up D. stand up 19. A. so B. and C. however D. for 20. A. slowly B. suddenly C. quickly D. terribly 21. A. after B. while C. before D. when 22. A. different B. same C. simple D. strange 23. A. no longer B. more than C. even more D. not more 24. A. turn in B. turn off C. turn down D. turn on 25. A. helps B. keeps C. lets D. makes 26. A. awake B. asleep C. alone D. afraid 27. A. pictures B. noises C. sounds D. movies 28. A. record B. remind C. produce D. include 29. A. such us B. as much as C. the same as D. as if 30. A. still B. never C. even D. hardly

Do you often stressed out behind the wheel? That might not be a bad thing. Researchers have discovered that teenager drivers who have a high sensitivity (敏感性) to stress actually have lower rates of car accidents than adults.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, so teen driving is a public health problem that is worth a lat of study.

To create a stressful situation in the lab, scientists did a math test to 40 teenagers, all of whom had recently gotten their drivers’ licenses.

The researchers found out the teens’ level of the stress hormone, hormone cortisol (荷尔蒙可体松) after the math quiz. The higher the cortisol level, the more sensitive a person is to stress.

The researchers then followed and studied the teens for 18 months. And cameras fixed inside their cars recorded their driving behavior.

The result was that the teens who had a lower response (反应) to stress actually had higher rates of accidents and near accidents than did those with higher stress sensitivity.

Calm confidence can be a valuable thing in some situations. But behind the wheel perhaps the safer

teen driver is just a bit nervous.

( )16.The underlined part “behind the wheel” in the first paragraph most probably means .

A. holding the wheel B. driving a car C. sitting in a car D. taking a car ( )17. Which of the following statement is TRUE according to the passage?

A. Most teen deaths are caused by car accidents. B. Most people die of car accidents these years.

C. The less sensitive teens are to stress, the less likely they will cause car accidents. D. The more sensitive teens are to stress, the more likely they will cause car accidents. ( )18.Which of the following might be the best title for the passage?

A. Teenager Drivers Have Fewer Car Accidents B. Stress Is Good for Road Safety

C. Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers D. The More Stressed, the Fewer Accidents

( )19. We can learn from the passage that . A. the teens who have a lower response to stress actually have lower rates of crashes B. the more calm you are driving a car, the more likely you will have an accident C. the level of cortisol has nothing to do with the level of sensitivity to stress D. a little bit nervousness is helpful for the safety of teen drivers ( )20. The purpose of this passage is mainly to . A. tell us why so many teenagers are killed in road accidents today B. explain the main cause of car accidents C. share the discovery of some researchers D. advertise a scientific discovery

On a cold evening of April our ship was sailing for Ireland. Suddenly a violent storm rose and overturned our ship. Fortunately I held a board and was washed up on an island. It was completely dark. On reaching the island,I found a smooth place to lie down. Quite tired I slept for a long time. I woke up with a start when I was dazzled (使目眩) by glaring sunlight. How I felt hungry and thirsty!The island with its beautiful landscape at dawn appeared before my eyes.

I began to explore the island. It was an uninhabited island surrounded by trees. Yellow fruits on the trees made me feel hungry. I tasted one. How sweet and delicious it was!I ate greedily a lot then I lay down comfortably on the soft grass. Around me were fragrance (芳香) and singing of birds. There, far away, on the right, a waterfall was falling down the mountainside. I rushed toward it. In the afternoon when I was wandering around the island, I happened to find out a cave hidden behind the thick forest. It was convenient for me to turn it into a place for sleeping for the night.

Day in day out, nearly two weeks passed by. My food was mere fruit and some fish caught from the stream. Sometimes I tried to hunt some wild animals but in vain. Had I been equipped with necessary things,I would have enjoyed remaining here for food.

One morning I caught sight of a boat. I signaled and shouted loudly. I was rescued but so far I have had the memories of a fairy land which I had once happened to discover!

1.What did the author do first after he was washed up on the island? A.He looked for a passing ship. B.He found something to eat. C.He found a place to take a rest. D.He made the island clean.

2.What does the underlined part “an uninhabited island” in Paragraph 3 mean? A.An island with beautiful scenes but no fruit. B.An island without humans living on it. C.An island that no humans have visited. D.An island with fresh air and trees.

3. What does this passage specially describe?

A. How the author overcame difficulties on the island. B. How the author spent the nights and days on the island. C. How the author got to the island.

D. How the author escaped from the island.

4.The author wrote his experience in a ________ tone. A.light B.serious C.scared D.sharp

One Saturday night, while we were sitting around our living room with some old friends, one of them started trying to remember how long we’d lived there.

“Since 1952,” I said. “We paid off the mortgage eight years ago.” “What did you pay for it?” “We paid $ 29,500 in 1952.”

My friend nodded knowingly and thought a minute.

“I think,” he said, “that you could get $85,000 for it today.”

I don’t know why it is such a popular topic of conversation these days, but if any real estate dealers(房地产商) are reading this, I will give them some money-saving advice: don’t waste any stamps on me with your offers to buy.

Our house is not an investment. Our house is our home. We live there. It is the place we go when we don’t feel like going anyplace. We do not plan to move.

Our house gives me a simple pleasure every time I come home to it. I am warmed by some ambiance(氛围)—— which perhaps is only dust, but it is our dust and I like it.

There’s been much talk of moving, usually brought on by a leak in the roof or a neighbor we don’t like. But when anyone asks me how much I think our house is worth, I just smile. They couldn’t buy

what that house means to me for all the money in both local banks. The house is not for sale.

1. The underlined word “mortgage” means a certain amount of money from _________. A. a company B. a bank C. a friend D. the country

2. According to the passage, we can learn that the house is a __________. A. careful investment B. careless investment

C. money-losing investment D. money-making investment 3. Which of the following is not mentioned in the passage? A. It was not easy for the writer to pay off the mortgage. B. People often talk about buying houses. C. People never lose interest in moving.

D. Some people do not get on well with their neighbors. 4. The best title for the passage would be _________.

A. The Structure of My House B. The Value of My House C. The Story of My House D. The History of My House