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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (French: Vingt mille lieues sous les mers) is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax. The first illustrated edition (not the original edition which had no illustrations) was published by Hetzel and contains a number of illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou.

The title refers to the distance traveled under the sea and not to a depth, as 20,000 leagues is over 15 times the radius of the earth. The greatest depth mentioned in the book is four leagues. A literal translation of the French title would end in the plural "seas", thus implying the "seven seas" through which the characters of the novel travel. However the regular English translation of the title uses "sea", meaning the ocean in general, as in "going to sea".

Plot summary
As the story begins in 1866, a mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition in New York City to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax is a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story; as he happens to be in New York at the time and is a recognized expert in his field, he is issued a last-minute invitation to join the expedition, and he accepts. Canadian master harpoonist Ned Land and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil are also brought on board.

The Mysterious Island (French: L'Île mystérieuse) is a novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874. The original edition, published by Hetzel, contains a number of illustrations by Jules Férat. The novel is a sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways, though thematically it is vastly different from those books.

Plot summary
The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape by the unusual means of hijacking a balloon. The five are Cyrus Smith, a railroad engineer in the Union army; his black manservant Neb (short for Nebuchadnezzar), who Verne repeatedly states is not a slave but a loyal butler; the sailor Bonadventure Pencroff (who is addressed only by his surname, but his "Christian name" is given to their boat; in other texts, he is also known as Pencroft); his protégé Herbert Brown (or Harbert, depending on the translation), a young boy whom Pencroff raises as his own after the death of his father (Pencroff's former captain); and the journalist Gideon Spilett. The company is completed by Cyrus' dog 'Top'[1].

After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a cliff-bound, volcanic, unknown (and fictitious) island, located at 34°57′S 150°30′W about 2,500 km east of New Zealand. They name it "Lincoln Island" in honor of American President Abraham Lincoln. With the knowledge of the brilliant engineer Smith, the five are able to sustain themselves on the island, producing fire, pottery, bricks, nitroglycerin, iron, a simple electric telegraph, a home in stone called the "Granite House", and even a seaworthy ship. They also manage to find their geographical location.

The mystery of the island seems to come from periodic and inexplicable dei ex machina: the unexplainable survival of Smith from his fall from the balloon, the mysterious rescue of his dog Top from a wild dugong, the presence of a box full of equipment (guns and ammunition, tools, etc.), the finding of a message in the sea calling for help, the finding of a lead bullet in the body of a young pig, and so on.

Finding a message in a bottle, the group decides to use a freshly-built small ship to explore the nearby Tabor Island, where a castaway is supposedly sheltered. They go and find Ayrton (from In Search of the Castaways) living like a wild beast, and bring him back to civilization and redemption. Coming back to Lincoln Island, they are confused by a tempest, but find their way to the island thanks to a fire beacon which no one seems to have lit.

At a point, Ayrton's former crew of pirates arrives at the Lincoln Island to use it as their hideout. After some fighting with the heroes, the pirate ship is mysteriously destroyed by an explosion, and the pirates themselves are found dead, apparently in combat, but with no visible wounds.

Six of the pirates survive and considerably injure Herbert through a gunshot. Herbert, after recovering, contracts malaria and is saved by a box of sulphate of quinine, which mysteriously appeared on the table in the Granite House.

The secret of the island is revealed when it turns out to be Captain Nemo's hideout, and home harbour of the Nautilus.

It is stated that having escaped the Maelstrom at the end of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the Nautilus sailed the oceans of the world until all its crew except Nemo had died. Now an old man with a beard, Nemo returned the Nautilus to its port under Lincoln Island.

All along it was Captain Nemo who had been the savior of the heroes, provided them with the box of equipment, sent the message revealing Ayrton, planted the mine that destroyed the pirate ship, and killed the pirates with an electric gun. On his death bed Captain Nemo reveals his true identity as an Indian Prince Dakkar, a son of a rajah of the then independent territory of Bundelkund and a nephew of the Indian hero Tippu-sahib. After taking part in the failed Sepoy rebellion of 1857, Prince Dakkar escaped to a deserted island with twenty of his compatriots and commenced the building of the Nautilus with the new name of Captain Nemo. Nemo tells his life story to Cyrus Smith and his friends and dies, saying "God and country!". The Nautilus is then scuttled and serves as Captain Nemo's tomb. [2]

Eventually, the island explodes in a volcanic eruption. Joop, the orangutan, falls down a crack in the ground and dies. The castaways, warned by Nemo, find themselves at sea on the last remaining boulder of the island that is above sea level. They are rescued by the ship Duncan, which has come to pick up Ayrton and was itself informed by a message left on Tabor Island by Nemo.

The Amazon rainforest (Brazilian Portuguese: Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia; Spanish: Selva Amazónica or Amazonia), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, and with minor amounts in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations bear the name Amazonas after it. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

The Amazon rainforest was short-listed in 2008 as a candidate to one of the New7Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation. As of February 2009 the Amazon was ranking first in Group E, the category for forests, national parks and nature reserves.[1]


Earth during the EoceneThe rainforest likely formed during the Eocene era, following the evolutionary appearance of angiosperm plants. It appeared following a global reduction of tropical temperatures when the Atlantic Ocean had widened sufficiently to provide a warm, moist climate to the Amazon basin. The rain forest has been in existence for at least 55 million years, and most of the region remained free of savanna-type biomes during that time period.[3][4]

Following the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the wetter climate may have allowed the tropical rainforest to spread out across the continent. From 65–34 Mya, the rainforest extended as far south as 45°. Climate fluctuations during the last 34 million years have allowed savanna regions to expand into the tropics. During the Oligocene, for example, the rainforest spanned a relatively narrow band that lay mostly above latitude 15°N. It expanded again during the Middle Miocene, then retracted to a mostly inland formation at the last glacial maximum.[5] However, the rainforest still managed to thrive during these glacial periods, allowing for the survival and evolution of a broad diversity of species.[6]

During the mid-Eocene, it is believed that the drainage basin of the Amazon was split along the middle of the continent by the Purus Arch. Water on the eastern side flowed toward the Atlantic, while to the west water flowed toward the Pacific across the Amazonas Basin. As the Andes Mountains rose, however, a large basin was created that enclosed a lake; now known as the Solimões Basin. Within the last 5–10 million years, this accumulating water broke through the Purus Arch, joining the easterly flow toward the Atlantic.[7][8]

There is evidence that there have been significant changes in Amazon rainforest vegetation over the last 21,000 years through the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and subsequent deglaciation. Analyses of sediment deposits from Amazon basin paleolakes and from the Amazon Fan indicate that rainfall in the basin during the LGM was lower than for the present, and this was almost certainly associated with reduced moist tropical vegetation cover in the basin.[9] There is debate, however, over how extensive this reduction was. Some scientists argue that the rainforest was reduced to small, isolated refugia separated by open forest and grassland;[10] other scientists argue that the rainforest remained largely intact but extended less far to the north, south, and east than is seen today.[11] This debate has proved difficult to resolve because the practical limitations of working in the rainforest mean that data sampling is biased away from the center of the Amazon basin, and both explanations are reasonably well supported by the available data.

Based on archaeological evidence from an excavation at Caverna da Pedra Pintada, human inhabitants first settled in the Amazon region at least 11,200 years ago.[12] Subsequent development led to late-prehistoric settlements along the periphery of the forest by 1250 CE, which induced alterations in the forest cover.[13] Biologists believe that a population density of 0.2 persons/km2 is the maximum that can be sustained in the rain forest through hunting. Hence, agriculture is needed to host a larger population.[14] The first European to travel the length of the Amazon River was Francisco de Orellana in 1542.[15]


Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest threatens many species of tree frogs, which are very sensitive to environmental changes (pictured: Giant leaf frog)
Scarlet Macaw, which is indigenous to the American tropics.Wet tropical forests are the most species-rich biome, and tropical forests in the Americas are consistently more species rich than the wet forests in Africa and Asia.[16] As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. One in ten known species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest.[17] This constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world.

The region is home to about 2.5 million insect species,[18] tens of thousands of plants, and some 2,000 birds and mammals. To date, at least 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region.[19] One in five of all the birds in the world live in the rainforests of the Amazon. Scientists have described between 96,660 and 128,843 invertebrate species in Brazil alone.[20]

The diversity of plant species is the highest on Earth with some experts estimating that one square kilometer may contain over 75,000 types of trees and 150,000 species of higher plants. One square kilometer of Amazon rainforest can contain about 90,790 tonnes of living plants. The average plant biomass is estimated at 356 ± 47 tonnes ha−1.[21] To date, an estimated 438,000 species of plants of economic and social interest have been registered in the region with many more remaining to be discovered or catalogued.[22]

The green leaf area of plants and trees in the rainforest varies by about 25% as a result of seasonal changes. Leaves expand during the dry season when sunlight is at a maximum, then undergo abscission in the cloudy wet season. These changes provide a balance of carbon between photosynthesis and respiration.[23]

The rainforest contains several species that can pose a hazard. Among the largest predatory creatures are the Black Caiman, Jaguar and Anaconda. In the river, electric eels can produce an electric shock that can stun or kill, while Piranha are known to bite and injure humans.[24] Various species of poison dart frogs secrete lipophilic alkaloid toxins through their flesh. There are also numerous parasites and disease vectors. Vampire bats dwell in the rainforest and can spread the rabies virus.[25] Malaria, yellow fever and Dengue fever can also be contracted in the Amazon region.

Main article: Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Deforestation is the conversion of forested areas to non-forested areas. The main sources of deforestation in the Amazon are human settlement and development of the land.[26] Prior to the early 1960s, access to the forest's interior was highly restricted, and the forest remained basically intact.[27] Farms established during the 1960s was based on crop cultivation and the slash and burn method. However, the colonists were unable to manage their fields and the crops because of the loss of soil fertility and weed invasion.[28] The soils in the Amazon are productive for just a short period of time, so farmers are constantly moving to new areas and clearing more land.[28] These farming practices led to deforestation and caused extensive environmental damage.[29]

Between 1991 and 2000, the total area of forest lost in the Amazon rose from 415,000 to 587,000 km2, with most of the lost forest becoming pasture for cattle.[30] Seventy percent of formerly forested land in the Amazon, and 91% of land deforested since 1970, is used for livestock pasture.[31][32] In addition, Brazil is currently the second-largest global producer of soybeans after the United States. The needs of soy farmers have been used to validate many of the controversial transportation projects that are currently developing in the Amazon. The first two highways successfully opened up the rain forest and led to increased settlement and deforestation. The mean annual deforestation rate from 2000 to 2005 (22,392 km2 per year) was 18% higher than in the previous five years (19,018 km2 per year).[33] At the current rate, in two decades the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40%.[34]

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is a 2003 animated film produced by DreamWorks SKG with voices of characters from Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Joseph Fiennes.

This is the last traditionally-animated feature film made by DreamWorks Animation, due to being considered a commercial disaster and the American public seemed more interested in computer animation. However, the film retains a cult following.

[edit] Plot
The central part of the plot begins when a pirate named Sinbad is sent on a quest to find the legendary Book of Peace, a mysterious artifact that Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos, has framed him for stealing. Given his background as a pirate, Sinbad's accusers do not believe his protestations of innocence. Sinbad's childhood friend Prince Proteus of Syracuse intervenes, offering to stay imprisoned in Sinbad's place while Sinbad quests to recover the Book; if Sinbad cannot recover it and does not return in the time alotted for his quest, Proteus will receive Sinbad's death penalty. Initially, Sinbad attempts to escape outright; but discovers that the Lady Marina of Thrace, Proteus's fiancée, has stowed away on board, determined to ensure that Sinbad fulfills his obligation to his friend. Influenced by her (and his own conscience), Sinbad ultimately decides to undertake the quest.

This story takes the name Sinbad, the presence of a Roc, and the incident wherein Sinbad and his crew encounter an island that turns out to be the back of a gigantic sea-beast from the One Thousand and One Nights; however, much of the setting is derived from Greek mythology, including the presence of monsters that also appear as constellations, a trip to Tartarus to recover the Book, and an encounter with the Sirens. The plot scenario of Proteus taking Sinbad's place is similar to the legend of Damon and Pythias. Throughout the film, Eris appears as a sadistic femme fatale who is constantly in sinuous motion. During the quest, Marina and Sinbad fall in love with each other.

Ultimately, Sinbad reaches Tartarus and enters it, accompanied only by Marina. He meets with Eris, and realizes that her true goal in the theft was to prod Proteus into surrendering his life for Sinbad's, thus throwing the society where of Syracuse is part into chaos.

Eris agrees to surrender the Book if Sinbad truthfully answers this question: 'if he cannot gain possession of the Book, will he fulfil his promise and return to die in his friend's place?'. Sinbad says he will return; but Eris accuses him of lying and sends him and Marina back to Earth without the Book. Sinbad admits to Marina that he was lying, and that he did not intend to keep his word and die, even to save the life of his friend. Marina begs him to flee, hoping to return alone to Syracuse and somehow save both Proteus and Sinbad. Sinbad nevertheless travels back to Syracuse, where he embraces the death penalty. Before the executioner can kill him, Eris intervenes, furious at Sinbad for his decision. Sinbad quickly realizes that, despite doubting himself earlier, he has indeed kept his word to return to Syracuse and surrender his life for Proteus, and that Eris, as a goddess, is bound to hold true to her promise to give him the Book. She gives him the Book and disappears, promising to find other places to destroy, whereupon Sinbad opens the Book to fulfill its purpose. Later Sinbad leaves Syracuse to embark on another voyage, leaving Marina behind despite their burgeoning romance. Proteus realizes that Sinbad and Marina have fallen in love and bids Marina to go with Sinbad. She and Sinbad sail away, presumably to have more "adventures."



Mr. Johnson had a factory. He once 1 on TV that animals could be taught to 2 some work for people if they were given 3 to eat. He loved the idea. He thought it would be 4 to have a dog look after his 5 and an elephant do some heavy jobs 6 his factory. He bought a dog 7 an elephant in the market and decided to teach them to do some work for him. Of course. he 8 bought a lot of food for them. Several months later,the dog and the elephant 9 fatter and fatter,but they 10 do any work for him. At last,Mr. Johnson had to give up.
1. A. saw B. asked C. met
2. A. make B. do C. 1et
3. A. someone B. nothing C. something
4. A. bad B. good C. 1ate
5. A. house B. shirt C. eyes
6. A. in B. above C. under
7. A. but B. or C. and
8. A. also B. never C. yet
9. A. smelt B. sounded C. became
10. A. mustn’t B. couldn’t C. shouldn’t
At our school, we sometimes have a special day to help others. Last year we went to an old people’s 1 and sang songs and performed a play for 2 . The old people were very 3 . We should be allowed to take time to do things like that more often. For example, we should 4 primary schools and help 5 young students. I want to be a teacher 6 I’m older so it would be a great experience for me. Other students would like to do other jobs. For example, my friend Tian Ge wants to 7 for a newspaper. She should be allowed to volunteer at the newspaper office once a week.
1. A. home B. bank C. shop D. river
2. A. us B. them C. him D. her
3. A. great B. angry C. smart D. happy
4. A. buy B. have C. visit D. build
5. A. tell B. ask C. teach D. find
6. A. how B. when C. where D. why
7. A. write B. wait C. look D. pay
Shirley Yeats is certainly a very brave woman! At the age of sixty-seven, she 1 to take a trip round the coast(海岸) of Malaysia. Everything was fine 2 one day, as she was going back to her room on the 3 , she saw smoke coming out of another room. She 4 the captain from her room at once and told him about the fire. Then she went up on deck(甲板) to see 5 she could do to help. The fire spread(蔓延) very quickly and soon 6 was completely out of control. The captain decided to get all the passengers out as 7 as possible.
1. A. stopped B. used C. had D. decided
2. A. since B. after C. until D. before
3. A. way B. ship C. land D. road
4. A. phoned B. told C. asked D. ordered
5. A. if B. how C. what D. where
6. A. she B. he C. that D. it
7. A. quickly B. much C. well D. usually
Mrs Jackson is an old woman who has a small room __1__ and old house. She__2__ there since 1964. That was the year when her husband __3__. He had beenill __4__ many years. After his death Mrs Jackson had __5__ money at all. Shefound work in a factory. Her job was to clean the offices. She __6__ get upat 5 o'clock __7__ the morning. Last year she was ill her doctor said, "__8__work so hard." Now Mrs Jackson sells newspapers __9__ a big shop in the middleof town. She __10__ doesn't have much money but she is happier now.
1. A. in B. on C. from D. of
2. A. is living B. lives C. lived D. has lived
3. A. died B. has died C. dead D. was dead
4. A. since B. for C. in D. during
5. A. none B. any C. no D. not
6. A. must B. must to C. had to D. has to
7. A. of B. at C. on D. in
8. A. You haven't B. Not C. Don't D. Better no
9. A. outside B. without C. in front D. out of
10. A. always B. still C. yet D. already
I am 33 years old. I __1__ born in 1955 in a town in the west of England.
I __2__ there all my life, but I usually __3__ my holidays in London. My town is not __4__ it was in 1960 or 1965. In those days we __5__ walk from one side to __6__ in about fifteen minutes. There __7__ two schools but __8__ big factories.
Then in 1968 they built two factories and a lot of new people came to our town.
__9__ factories are very big and I now have a job in one of __10__.
1. A. am B. have C. was D. were
2. A. am living B. have lived C. lived D. live
3. A. am spending B. spend C. am passing D. pass
4. A. same as B. same that C. the same as D. the same that
5. A. can B. could C. was able to D. were able
6. A. another B. the other C. other D. one other
7. A. have been B. has been C. was D. were
8. A. no B. not any C. none D. not
9. A. All the B. The all C. Both the D. The both
10. A. they B. them C. their D. this
Have you ever had to stay in bed for a long time? __1__. About six months ago I __2__ very weak and so I went __3__ a doctor. He looked at me and asked a lot of questions: "Have you been working __4__?" "Have you __5__ anything special?" And so on. Finally he __6__ that it was not very serious but that I __7__ not to meet other people. I had to stay in bed for two weeks and takes some medicine __8__. It wasn't so bad because my friends came and talked to me __9__ the window. I'm glad my bedroom is on the __10__.
1. A. I too have B. So I have C. I have D. I had
2. A. felt B. filled C. fell D. feel
3. A. and see B. to see C. for see D. for to see
4. A. too hard B. too hardly C. so hard D. so hardly
5. A. ate or drank B. ate or drunk C. eaten or drunk D. eat or drank
6. A. told B. said me C. told to me D. told me
7. A. ought B. would C. should D. must
8. A. all the days B. every days C. all day D. every day
9. A. through B. along C. though D. across
10. A. flat ground B. ground flat C. floor ground D. ground floor
Brickton is a little village __1__ from Manchester. When people __2__ to go to Manchester, they usually go __3__ train. It takes about __4__. A lot of people live in Brickton but __5__ jobs are in Manchester. In Manchester there are __6__cinemas than in Brickton. People there are not very __7__ cinemas but if they want to see films, they can often see __8__ on television. Brickton __9__ Manchester and so the people there __10__ use their cars so often.
1. A. not far B. not long C. not near D. not away
2. A. went B. want C. wanted D. wants
3. A. by B. in C. on D. with
4. A. an half hour B. half an hour C. half hour D. half a hour
5. A. its B. their C. It's D. the
6. A. many B. more C. much D. most
7. A. interested on B. interesting on C. interested in D. interesting in
8. A. some old B. olds C. old one D. old ones
9. A. more small that B. more small than C. smaller that D. smaller than
10. A. don't need to B. aren't C. don't must D. mustn't
Last summer I __1__ to London. I __2__ just a week in London. While I was staying there, I __3__ out __4__ interesting thing. Some Chinese who lived there__5__ to me, "Many English __6__ don't like to buy new television sets. They can __7__ some from shops. These shops __8__ full __9__ people, because they can use television sets __10__ home for only a little money."
1. A. have gone B. had gone C. went D. gone
2. A. took B. gave C. made D. spent
3. A. founded B. found C. thought D. looked
4. A. a B. an C. the D. no
5. A. told B. spoke C. said D. talked
6. A. family B. familys C. families D.familis
7. A. borrow B. take C. lend D. return
8. A. is B. are C. have D. has
9. A. of B. with C. in D. for
10. A. at B. in C. with D. of
I have a brother who is __1__ me. We __2__. Yesterday was an important day__3__ friends. In the morning __4__ of us had a big exam at the technical(技术的) college and then __5__ there was a big meeting at the youth club at 9o'clock. (That's where we usually go when we want to __6__ ourselves) A rich woman had given us some money yesterday we __7__ decide what to do __8__. Many people wanted to buy something new for our club, but my brother and I wanted to give the money to another club that has hardly __9__. In the end we decided to give half to the poor club and __10__ half for ourselves.
1. A. so old as B. so old that C. the same that D. the same age as
2. A. both are 16 B. are both 16 C. are 16 both D. are 16 the both
3. A. to us and our B. for us and our C. to us and ours D. for us and ours
4. A. most B. much C. more D. few
5. A. last night B. last evening C. yesterday night D. yesterday afternoon
6. A. enjoy B. meet C. like D. play with
7. A. had to B. must C. should D. would
8. A. with it B. with them C. for it D. for them
9. A. something B. nothing C. anything D. everything
10. A. a keep another B. keep the other C. hold another D. keep the
Mr white has a small shop in the middle of our __1__, and he sells pictures in it. They are not __2__ ones, but some of them are quite nice. Last Saturday a woman came into the shop and looked at a lot pictures. Then she __3__ Mr white to one of them and said, "How __4__ do you want for this one?" It was a picture of horses in a field.
Mr white looked at it for __5__ seconds and then went and brought his book. He opened it, looked at the first __6__ and then said, "I want twenty pounds for that one."
The woman closed her __7__ for a moment and then said, "I can give you two pounds for it."
"Two pounds?" Mr white said __8__", Two pounds? But the canvas(画布)costs __9__two pounds."
"Oh, but it was __10__ then," the woman said.
1. A. road B. park C. river D. town
2. A. expensive B. cheap C. good D. true
3. A. brought B. had C. took D. wanted
4. A. money B. many C. much D. number
5. A. few B. a few C. little D. a little
6. A. copy B. page C. sentence D. word
7. A. pocket B. hands C. mouth D. eyes
8. A. happily B. angrily C. friendly D. quietly
9. A. fewer than B. less than C. more than D. more or less
10. A. white B. clean C. useful D. beautiful
Mr and Mrs Brown very seldom go out __1__ the evening. But last Saturday, Mrs Brown said __2__ her husband, "There is a good film at the cinema tonight. Can we go and see it ?"
Mr Brown was quite happy about it, so they went and __3__ of them liked the film.
They came out of the cinema at about 11 o'clock, got into their car and began driving home. It was __4__ dark. Then Mrs Brown said, "Look, Mike. A woman is running very fast along the road, and a man is running after her, can you see them?"
Mr Brown said, "Yes, I can." He drove the car slowly near the
woman and said to her, "Can I help you?"
"No, thank you." the woman said, but she didn't stop __5__. "My husband and I always run home after the cinema, and the last one __6__ the dishes)at home.
1. A. in B. on C. at D. of
2. A. \ B. at C. to D. for
3. A. all B. both C. some D. any
4. A. quick B. quite C. quickly D. quite
5. A. running B. runing C. to run D. run
6. A. wash B. washes C. washs D. washed
Mr and Mrs Smith were singers, and they travelled to a lot of countries. When they went by plane, people checked them and their things, of course, __1__ they did not want them to take guns on to the plane with them.
One day Mr Smith came to __2__ the plane, and the men searched __3__ and his things. When he was ready __4__ on the plane, Mrs Smith arrived. She was late __5__ in a hurry, but the people searched her and her bag __6__ Mr Smith heard her __7__ and say to the men happily, "Oh, that's very good! I've __8__ those scissors(剪子) here and there __9__ several days, and now you __10__ them for me! Thank you very much!"
1. A. before B. because C. if D. when
2. A. take B. make C. do D. have
3. A. himself B. his C. he D. him
4. A. got B. getting C. to get D. to getting
5. A. yet B. or C. but D. and
6. A. certain B. carefully C. angrily D. terribly
7. A. to laugh B. laughed C. laugh D. to laughing
8. A. looked for B. looked on C. looked D. looked at
9. A. on B. in C. since D. for
10. A. will find B. have found C. find D. are finding
John lived __1__ his mother in a big house, and __2__ his mother died, the house became __3__ big for him. So he bought a __4__ one in the next street. There __5__ a very nice old clock in his first house, and when the men came to __6__ furniture(家具) to the __7__ house, John thought, "I'm not going to let them __8__ my beautiful clock in their truck. Perhaps they will break it, and then mending(修理) it will be very __9__." So he __10__ it up and began to carry it down the road in his arms.
It was heavy, so he stopped two or three times to have a __11__. Then suddenly a small boy came down the road. He stopped and looked __12__ John for a few seconds. Then he said to John, "You are a foolish man, __13__ you? Why don't you __14__ a watch as everybody else(别人)?"
1. A. and B. at C. with D. in
2. A. if B. before C. after D. as soon as
3. A. too B. much C. very D. quite
4. A. smaller B. bigger C. shorter D. longer
5. A. is B. will be C. has D. was
6. A. have B. pass C. take D. buy
7. A. old B. new C. nice D. big
8. A. to carry B. carry C. carries D. carried
9. A. cheap B. cheaper C. expensive D. more expensive
10. A. brought B. took C. carried D. picked
11. A. look B. rest C. text D. word
12. A. after B. for C. up D. at
13. A. aren't B. don't C. won't D. are you
14. A. give B. buy C. make D. lend
__1__ our country __2__ school has a library. You have __3__ many interesting books. These __4__ came __5__ the school __6__, I am sure. Perhaps you also get books from the public library in your town. Then books are sometimes given to you as presents by your parents or friends. I think. Besides, if you like reading and want to learn __7__, I am sure that your buy books __8__.
Have you ever thought how books are __9__? well, after a book is written, it passes __10__, the hands of many different workers. Each one __11__ very carefully, for there must not be any __12__ in the book, it is read many times by different people before it is finished.
Millions of books are printed in our country every year. So people can get __13__ to read. Now may I ask you a __14__? How well do you take __15__ of books? What have you learned about the care of books?
Perhaps you bought yourself some __16__ books. Have you put paper covers on them? Do you open __17__? Sometimes new books break along the back if you open __18__ suddenly __19__ the middle. I hope that you do not __20__ the pages carelessly. If you do, you may tear them.
1. A. To B. In C. The D. About
2. A. a B. no C. such D. every
3. A. read B. watched C. looked D. seen
4. A. books B. things C. teachers D. students
5. A. in B. to C. from D. into
6. A. gate B. classroom C. teachers office D. library
7. A. much B. more C. most D. few
8. A. all B. yourself C. also D. either
9. A. they B. bought C. given D. made
10. A. through B. to C. in D. from
11. A. does B. are C. works D. work
12. A. mistakes B. question C. wrong D. thing
13. A. many B. enough C. a lot of D. great
14. A. matter B. thing C. word D. question
15. A. care B. after C. out D. to
16. A. more B. new C. well D. nicer
17. A. it B. book C. paper D. carefully
18. A. them B. carefully C. it D. book
19. A. to B. in C. at D. of
20. A. break B. throw C. turn D. put
Mr and Mrs Moore were invited to a Christmas party at a hotel one year. They 1 their car outside and went in. Mr Moore had never got drunk before, so he was 2 not to drink too much, 3 his friends asked him to drink more 4 .
During the party,Mrs Moore found that she had 5 to bring her bag, so she asked her husband to go out to the car and 6 it for her. He 7 so,but on his way back to the hotel gate,he heard a car horn(喇叭) blowing near his own car. He thought 8 might be in need of help and went over to the car with the 9 . He found a small black bear sitting in the driving-seat and blowing the horn.
When Mr Moore 10 the party, he told several people about the bear, but of course they did not believe him and thought he was drunk. When he took them out of the hotel to 11 that his story was 12 , he found that the car with the 13 in it had gone. There were so many 14 about Mr Moore's black bear during the next week that he at last put an advertisement in the newspaper;“If anyone saw a black bear blowing the horn in a car outside the Century Hotel 15 the evening of Christmas Day, please tell…”
Tow days later 16 Mrs Richards called him and said that she and her husband had left their pet bear in their car outside the Century Hotel for a few minutes that evening, and that 17 he had blown the horn.
Mrs Richards did not 18 to think there was anything 19 about that.“Our bear likes blowing car horns,”she said,“and we don't 20 when we are not driving the car.”
1. A. pulled B. stayed C. left D. hid
2. A. polite B. careful C. glad D. afraid
3. A. whether B. until C. or D. though
4. A. all along B. once again C. just then D. for ever
5. A. learned B. known C. remembered D. forgotten
6. A. buy B. get C. send D. return
7. A. said B. went C. did D. thought
8. A. one B. someone C. his wife D. the bear
9. A. noise B. voice C. cry D. shout
10. A. was sent to B. was seated at C. got rid of D. got back to
11. A. show B. notice C. require D. promise
12. A. interesting B. correct C. true D. exciting
13. A. horn B. bear C. bag D. driving-seat
14. A. laughs B. shouts C. smiles D. calls
15. A. for B. at C. in D. on
16. A. the B. a C. / D. some
17. A. quickly B. completely C. maybe D. almost
18. A. mean B. have C. know D. seem
19. A. useful B. strange C. common D. bad
20.A. agree B. like C. mind D. worry
Most adults(成年人) once studied at school, had classes and did their homework everyday. The same __1__ is going on at school now. __2__ it seems that doing weekend homework is __3__ problem for the modern students.
All the students agree that weekend homework should be abolished(取消).It's __4 __ for them studying at school five days a week. They have a lot of interests. With homework to do on Saturday and Sunday, when can they find __ 5__ to help around the house, go and see a football or basketball game or a good film, join in family recreations(娱乐),or just have __ 6_ at home? Because of these other activities, the homework can't be finished until 7 . So their weekend homework is usually done in such a hurry that on Monday teachers are 8 and often threaten(威胁)to fail the whole class of students because they know nothing about the __9 . If there was no weekend homework for the students to do, they would be happy to go to school on Monday 10 having a good rest and to learn what the teachers teach.
1. A. thing B. school C. class D. homework
2. A. Also B. But C. Still D. Though
3. A. no B. another C. one D. other
4. A. not enough B. enough C. no good D. no use
5. A. friends B. time C. places D. money
6. A. a rest B. an exam C. a lesson D. a picnic
7. A. Monday afternoon B. Saturday afternoon
C. Friday night D. Sunday night
8. A. pleased B. sorry C. unhappy D. not worried
9. A. lesson B. games C. interests D. activities
10.A. until B. when C. before D. after