江苏省厉庄高级中学 2007 届高三英语第三次阶段性考试卷
( 1:30 — 3:30p.m. 20061124) 编审：王其生 本试卷分第一卷（选择题）和第二卷（非选择题）两部分。满分 150 分。
第一部分 听力（共两节，满分 30 分）
做题时，先将答案标在试卷上。录音内容结束后，你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答案转涂到 答题卡上。 第一节（共 5 小题：每小题 1. 5 分，共 7. 5 分） 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一道小题，从每题所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项。 听完每段对话后，你将有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话你将听一遍。 1．Why did Paul take part in neither of Helen’s last two family parties? A．Because he doesn’t like her any more. B．Because Helen doesn’t like him any more. C．Because Helen’s parents like him no more. 2．Who is Mr. King? A．A teacher. B．A doctor. C．A lawyer. 3．What’s the relationship between the woman speaker and Peter ’s mother? A．Sisters. B．Neighbors. C．Mother and daughter. 4．What does the woman think about the man’s weight? A．He doesn’t worry about his weight. B．He is too fat to be healthy. C．He needs treatment for weight loss. 5．What does the man mean? A．The professor was late on purpose. B．The professor was late because of a traffic jam. C．The professor was unwilling to give the lecture. 第二节（共 15 小题：每小题 1. 5 分，共 22. 5 分） 听下面 6 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几道小题，从每题所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选 出最佳选项。听每段对话或独白前，你将有 5 秒钟的时间阅读每小题。听完后，每小题将给出 5 秒 钟的做答时间。每段对话或独白你将听两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 8 题。 6. What is the relationship between the two speakers? A．Mother and son. B．Teacher and student. C．Aunt and nephew. 7．What is the woman’s regular job? A．She is a secretary. B．She is a teacher. C．She is a doctor. 8．What does the woman do after work? A．She studies in University of Washington. B．She helps her son Fred with his English. C．She does a part-time job in an elementary. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 9 至 11 题。 9．Why don’t they choose to go to the French restaurant? A．It’s very far from home. B．It’s not convenient. C．It’s very expensive. 10．Where is the Mexican restaurant located? A．On Tortilla Flat. B．On Broadway. C．On Hope Street. 11．Approximately when will the couple arrive at the restaurant?
A．At 8:30 p.m.. B．At 8:35 p.m.. C．At 9:00 p.m.. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 12 至 14 题。 12. Which day’s tickets will the man get? A．Next Monday’s. B．Next Wednesday’s. C．This Tuesday’s. 13．How much will he pay for the tickets? A．$ 5.00. B．$ 9.00. C．$ 10.00. 14．If possible, how could he get the tickets for central seats? A．Two sit in one place while two sit together in the other place. B．They sit separately. C．They sit together. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 15 至 17 题。 15．Which way is a slow one? A．To turn next to the school. B．To go another four or five blocks. C．To turn to the left right away. 16．What color was the traffic light when their car came to the cross? A．Green. B．Red. C．Yellow. 17．What will probably happen to them in the end? A．Catch the train. B．Miss the train. C．Have an accident. 听第 10 段材料，回答第 18 至 20 题。 18．Why did the children come to help the old woman? A．Because their parents wanted them to do so. B．Because they wanted to start a cookie store of their own some day. C．Because there was too much work for her to do alone. 19．What did the children do when the old woman fell ill? A．They took turns to look after the old woman. B．They baked and sold cookies to pay the doctor. C．1They baked cookies for the old woman. 20．What is the message we get from the story? A．Friendship is more valuable than anything else. B．The world is full of warmth and sympathy. C．Happiness lies in sharing .
第二部分 英语知识运用（共两节，满分 35 分）
第一节 单项填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分） 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项，并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 例：It is generally considered unwise to give a child ___________he or she wants． A．however B．whatever C．whichever D．whenever 答案是 B。
21． We were shocked to hear the news that two Chinese engineers were shot to death in Pakistan. Worse still, third one died in hospital afterwards. A. the ; a B. the ; the C. / ; a D. / ; the 22．My teacher always encourages me _________ progress I’ve made. A. however a little B. no wonder how little C. whatever little D. ever little 23．The students were sitting in the classroom with their eyes_________ on the teachers. A. fixing B. fixed C. were fixed D. being fixed
24．John didn’t feel well yesterday; otherwise he _________ to see his friend off at the airport. A. came B. would come C. would have come D. should be coming 25．It’s so nice to hear from her._________, we last met more than thirty years ago. A. What’s more B. That is to say C. In other words D. Believe it or not 26． A strange girl entered the room and related to me a story of her own， __________I suspected the truth． A．with which —Sorry , I A．would go B．for which C．of which D．at which
27．—I thought you were going to call on me last night. . But I had to finish the report. B．would have C．would rather it stays fine. C．even if D．would better
28．—What are you going to do this afternoon ? —I’ll probably go for a walk later on A．as far as B．so long as are a male or female. A．what B．which 30．A good teacher must A．get through 31．Many experts hold the view B．get across D．as though age you are or whether you D．whichever D．get over the key to better education
29．A healthy heart is very important for giving life to the full, at C．whatever C．get away teacher development is
to his students how important a proper learning method is.
lies. A．which ; where B．which ; in which C．that ; where D．that ; in which 32．—The cake is delicious. —Well, at least it is the one I baked last week. A. as bad as B. no worse than C. no better than D. not better than 33． giving a general introduction to computers, the course also provides practical experience. A. In addition to B. Despite C. In spite of D. Instead of 34．Jennifer never dreams of for her to be sent to China very soon. A. there to be a chance B. there being a chance C. there will be a chance D. it being a chance 35．—Have you heard that Liu Xiang, the Olympic Champion hurdler to our city tomorrow. —Really ? —Don't you believe me? You know, I A. will come; wasn't joking B. is going to come; didn't joke C. is to come; haven't joked D. is coming; am not joking 第二节 完型填空（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 各题所给的四个选项（A、B、C、D）中，选出最 佳选项，并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. He had wanted a beautiful dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well 37 As Graduation Day came near, the young man expected 38 36 in a it, he told him that was all he wanted. that his father had bought the gift 40 . His father told him 41 his son a
39 , on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his own beautifully wrapped gift box.
how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He
Curious, and somewhat
, the young man opened the box and found a lovely leather bound 43 his voice to his father, and said, 44 out of the house. 45 48 in business. He had a beautiful home and 47 him his father had passed away and willed 50 his heart.
Bible，with the young man’s name written in gold. Angry, he “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and wonderful family, but all of his He began to had 52 carefully 53 49 51 46 Many years passed and the young man was very he could make arrangements, he received a telegram
his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to see him.
to his son. When he arrived at his father’s, sudden sadness and regret
his father’s important papers and saw the still new gift-wrapped Bible, just as he
it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had a verse(诗), Matthew 7-11, “And if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your 54 from the back of the Bible. It had a tag(标签) with the
children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?” As he read those words, a car key 55 dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the of his graduation, and the words: PAID IN FULL. B. bike B. buy B. facts B. Finally B. room B. handed B. nervous B. changed B. went B. successful B. realized B. As B. announcing B. possessions B. caught B. remind of B. got B. written B. appeared B. date C. car C. support C. marks C. Quietly C. study C. showed C. interested C. improved C. walked C. comfortable C. knew C. After C. telling C. clothing C. attacked C. search through C. left C. underlined C. rolled C. moment D. recorder D. afford D. results D. Actually D. office D. presented D. disappointed D. increased D. stormed D. happy D. considered D. Before D. discovering D. eagerness D. beat D. refer to D. thrown D. designed D. showed D. day 36. A. computer 37. A. pay 38. A. signs 39. A. However 40. A. house 41. A. gave 42. A. excited 43. A. raised 44. A. ran 45. A. busy 46. A. remembered 47. A. When 48. A. informing 49. A. treasures 50. A. filled 51. A. pick up 52. A. seen 53. A. made 54. A. dropped 55. A. year
第三部分：阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 40 分）
阅读下列短文，从每题所给的四个选项（A、B、C、D）中，选出最佳选项，并在答题卡上将 该项涂黑。 A I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never to let my profession stand in the way of being
a good parent. I no longer consider myself the center of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what they say. I am a good friend to my friends, and they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today. So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a desire of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone. Send an e-mail. Write a letter. And realize that life is the best thing and that you have no business taking it for granted. It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It is so easy to exist instead of to live. I learned to live many years ago. Something really, really bad happened to me, something that changed my life in ways that, if I had my choice, it would never have been changed at all. And what I learned from it is what, today, seems to be the hardest lesson of all: I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned to look at all the good in the world and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and totally .And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned. By telling them this: Read in the backyard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a deadly illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived. 56．The best title of this passage probably is . A. Love your friends B. Live a real life C. Don’t waste time D. Be a good mother and wife 57．How did the author form her view of life? A. Through social experience B. By learning from her friends C. Through an unfortunate experience D. From her children and husband 58．By the underlined sentence “It is so easy to exist instead of to live” in the fifth paragraph, the author really means that people tend to . A. make a living rather than live a real life B. work rather than enjoy life C. waste a lot in life D. forget the most important lessons in life 59．What’s the author’s attitude toward work ? A. Do it well to serve others. B. Earn enough money to make life better. C. Try your best to get higher position and pay. D. Don’t let it affect your real life. 60．It can be inferred from the passage that . A. the author is a success in personal life B. the author didn’t try her best to work well C. the author spent all her time caring for her children D. the author likes traveling very much B FOREIGN EXCHANGE A CLASS OF THEIR OWN Name: Susan Lane Age: 22 Place: Reykjavik, Iceland, 1994. Cost: $7,000 Organization: AFS Experience: “I think it was a turning point in my life. I began to understand more about my own culture by experiencing another culture and seeing how other people live.” Name: Sara Small Cost: $8,000 Age: 23 Place: Crivitz, Germany, 1996. Organization: EF Foundation
Experience: “I love the traveling and I made a lot of friends. I found the European school system to be hard but I am fluent now in German so it was worth it. I did miss my family and friends in Australia but I would love to do it again.” Name: Leanne Smythe Age: 20 Place: Minnesota, America, 1994. Cost: $6,000 Organization: Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Experience: “I learnt how to be really responsible. It was great to be on my own and I got on reall y well with the family I was with. I will definitely go back one day.” Name: David Links Age: 16 Place: Stuttgart, Germany, 1996. Cost: $6,000 Organization: Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Experience: “I wanted to try something that was very different to Australia in culture. In Germany everything was different but I soon got settled. The family I was with were great and I really feel as though I have a second family.” Name: Tom Jennings Age: 21 Place: Conflans, France, 1995. Cost: $7,000 Organization: Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Experience: “There were times when it was difficult but I liked it, experiencing a different culture. You just have to play each situation as it comes. If there is one thing you learn when you are on a student-exchange program, it is how to take care of yourself.” Name: Linda Marks Age: 19 Place: Chonburi Province, Thailand, 1994. Cost: $3,500 Organization: Rotary International Experience: “It’s like a roller-coaster ride: there are lots of ups and downs, but you always come back for more. I had a few problems but there was always someone to turn to and that was great.” 61．The students who mentioned both the good and bad time include ______. A. Susan Lane and Sara Small B. Linda Marks and David Links C. Tom Jennings and Linda Marks D. Leanne Smythe and Tom Jennings 62．The writing above would probably be ______. A. the records of students’ activities B. the advertisement from an international travel service C. the notice about a visit to foreign countries D. the foreign students’ name cards 63．The student who valued learning another language is ______. A. Linda Marks B. Sara Small C. Tom Jennings D. Leanne Smythe 64．How many students mention the culture difference they have experienced? A. Three B. Four C. Five D. Six C COLUMBUS, Ohio — The heart operation taking place in the pale-green operating room at the Ohio State University Medical Center was unusual. The patient, a 62-year-old man, was made to sleep, tied with blue drapes（消毒帷帘）and lying face up on a narrow table. But no one was touching him. Instead, the operation was being performed by a robot, whose three metal arms went through pencil-sized holes in the man’s chest. At the ends of the robot’s arms were tiny metal fingers, with turning wrists, which held a tiny instrument, a light and a camera. The robot’s arms and fingers were controlled by Dr. Randall K. Wolf, sitting at a computer in a corner of the operating room about 20 feet away. This sort of operation, heart surgeons say, is the start of what may be the biggest change in their profession since heart bypass surgery（心脏搭桥手术）began nearly 30 years ago. “The reason we make cuts is that we have big hands,” said Dr. Wolf , the director of the surgery at Ohio State. The robot’s dainty fingers, no longer than a nail on the small finger, at the end of the long sticks could work better.
Eventually, surgeons believe, most heart surgery will be done by robots whose arms are put in through pencil-sized holes punched in patients’ chests. Instead of directly staring into a patient’s body, surgeons will view magnified images of the operation on computer screens. In theory, the doctor would not have to be in the same room, or even the same country, as the patient. 65．In this passage, the underlined word “dainty” means ______. A. small B. weak C. fat D. quick 66．According to the passage, the reason that most operations require large cuts is that ______. A. patients have large organs B. surgeons have large hands C. large cuts take less time D. large cuts cost less money 67．The main idea of this passage is that heart surgery by robots ______. A. is quicker than surgery done by doctors B. was developed at Ohio State University C. is a new and risky procedure D. may replace surgery done by doctors 68．Based on the information in this passage, all of the following conclusions are true EXCEPT______. A. All doctors at Ohio State develop new surgical techniques B. Robot surgery is being developed at Ohio State C. Robot surgery will be used on many patients in the near future D. Many hospitals will eventually offer robot surgery to patients D Scientists have long doubted that one of most powerful objects in space is a black hole. Black holes create huge amounts of gravity. The gravity produced by a black hole is so strong it can even capture（捕 获）light. Black holes pull everything into them. Recently NASA experts released information and a photograph that shows a black hole slowly destroying a star. The power gravity of the black hole is tearing the star apart. Observations from two X-ray telescopes show evidence of this. The telescopes are NASA Chandra and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray. They were combined with earlier images from the German Roentgen Satellite. Scientists have been observing the black hole more than ten years. Stefanie Komossa works at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrail (宇宙的) Physics in German. She is the leader of an international team of researchers. Miss Komossa says stars can bend or be stretched a small amount. However, evidence shows this star has been stretched so far it is now breaking apart. She says her star moved too close to the black hole. Scientists say the black hole they are observing has a mass of about 100-million times that of the Sun. They believed the star that was destroyed was about the same size as the Sun. The black hole and the star are in a galaxy (银河系) about 700-million light years away from the Earth. 69．It can be learned from the first paragraph that the scientists seem to ______ in space. A. describe one of the most powerful objects B. worry about the huge amounts of gravity C. open out the result of a new discovery D. remind people of the secret of nature 70．Which of the following is NOT right? A. It was long time ago that the black holes began to be observed. B. A star was pulled into the black hole because of the powerful gravity. C. Only X-ray telescopes are used to observe the black hole in space. D. Scientists didn't believe that the black holes exist in space. 71．The gravity produced by a black hole is so strong that ______. A. maybe all the objects in space will be destroyed B. it can even capture light
C. none of objects in space can avoid being stretched D. the galaxy will become a target attacked in space E Mini-skirt ban arouses disputes Many students disagree with the new regulations implemented (付诸, 实施) at Shanghai Normal University, which stops female teachers from wearing mini-skirts and other " unsuitable" clothes to work, the New Times reported on April the 30th, 2006. Students preferred their teachers in a more fashionable style. As a part of the campaign that launched last week in the university, the regulation also banned halter tops (三角背心), sandals (凉鞋, 拖鞋) and all sleeveless shirts. "When a female teacher wears these types of clothing, she may unconsciously expose her waist or underwear," Qian Jianping, a director from the Women's Commission in the university said to the newspaper. "I'm not willing to chance a teacher's clothes arousing unnecessary fantasies among the students. Teachers should dress decently (体面, 相称) to win the respect of the students." Most teachers responded quickly to the regulation." Though I used to be interested in fashionable halter tops and was eager to wear them, I tend to ignore them now because I am a teacher," said Wu Wenyan, a young lecturer from the university. "We received etiquette (礼仪) training before we were certified as university teachers." However, some of the university's students expressed their discontent. "We dislike teachers dressing old-fashioned, as well as those wearing heavy make-up," said a student enrolled in media and communication studies. "Teachers who dress fashionably naturally appear more accessible and amiable to us students. We lose interest in old-fashioned teachers at first sight. "Everyone should be free to express his or her own identity in the university, teachers are no exception," the student said. "My fellow classmates don't mind teachers dressing in halter tops or mini-skirts. We like teachers with their own style." A teacher Wu said: "Halter tops and mini-skirts may reflect the vitality of young female teachers. But, knowledge, etiquette and personality are more important factors." The campaign will extend the ban to students as well. It will also prohibit students napping and the use of mobile phones in classrooms, the report said. 72．Why should the female teachers dress decently in class? A. Because many students disagree with their out of fashion clothes. B. Because they want to win the respect of the students. C. Because the new regulations prohibit them from wearing miniskirts. D. Because they hope to draw the students’ attention to their lectures in class. 73．What does the sentence “ Most teachers responded quickly to the regulation” mean? A. Most of the teachers are not in favor of the new regulations. B. Most of the teachers begin to be interested in fashionable clothes. C. Most of the teachers will no longer wear unsuitable clothes to work. D. Most of the teachers make quick response to the dispute on what to wear. 74．What is the more important factor in the teaching of the students according to the passage? A. Personality B. Wearing C. Fashion D. Vitality 75．What will be the probable attitude of the students towards the ban of napping at noon? A. All the students will express their discontent with the regulation. B. All the students will strongly support the regulation.
C. The students will surely have another argument on whether to carry out the regulation. D. Many of the students will tend to ignore the regulation.
第一节 对话填空 （共 10 小题， 共 10 分） 阅读下面对话，掌握其大意，并根据所给首字母的提示，在标有题号的右边横线上写出一个英 语单词的完整、正确形式，使对话通顺。 M: Nice to meet you again. The w (76) today is perfectly fine, isn’t it? W: Nice to meet you too. Yes, it’s getting warmer and warmer. M: Have you got e (77) settled? W: Almost. M: What can I do for you? W: I suppose I should look for a big house. But I don’t see how I can a (78) one right now. M: If o (79) you hadn’t spent so much money on your v (80) this summer! W: You’re right. But I really had a happy holiday. M: Ok. Maybe you can move into my mother ’s house and s (81) it with her for a c (82) of weeks. W: Thank you. But I don’t want to trouble you too m (83) . M: No trouble at all. W: How much should I pay for the r (84) ? M: About ＄120 a week. W: Great! That’s one-third l (85 than it was when I first rented house. 第二节 书面表达 （共 1 题， 共 25 分） 最*几年越来越多的大学生加入打零工(take a part-time job)的队伍，请你结合下表，就这一现象 写一篇短文。(请不要逐条译成英文，并注意文章的结构) 1. 根据最*调查，约 25％的大学生打零工, 现象 2. 在暑假，这一数字将增至 72％, 3. 大学生常做的零活有：家教、服务员、售货员等. 原因 意义 注意： 1.文章的开头已为你写好。 4. 想赚钱支付一部分日益增长的学费, 5. 想经济上独立，买一些自己想买的东西 (由考生自己拟定，意义至少要写两条) 2.词数：120 左右。 76__________ 77__________
78__________ 79__________ 80__________ 81__________ 82__________ 83__________ 84__________ 85__________
3. 参考词汇： 调查：survey; 家庭教师：tutor; 学费：tuition; 经济地：economically; 视野：outlook； 意义：significance. According to a recent survey, ________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________
[参考答案] 6—10 CBACC 11—15 BBCAA 16—20 BBCBC 31—35 CBABD
单项填空：21—25 CCBCD 26—30 CBBCB
完型填空：36.C 37.D 38.A 39.B 40.C 41.B 42.D 43.A 44.D 45.B 46.B 47.D 48.C 49.B 50.A 51.C 52.C 53.C 54.A 55.B 阅读理解: (A)56—60 BCA DA (D)69—71 CDB 对话填空： 76. weather 77. everything 81. share 82. couple (B) 61—64 C A BA (E)72—75 BCAC (C) 65—68ABDA
78. afford 83. much
79. only 84. rent
80. vacation 85. lower
书面表达: One possible version
According to a recent survey, about 25 percent of college students have a part-time job．During summer vacation, this figure will increase to 72 percent. College students are working as tutors, waiters or salesmen. Why do they want part-time jobs？First，they want to earn money to help cover the increasingly higher college tuition. Second, they hope to be economically independent and buy whatever they want. In my opinion, by doing part-time jobs, college students can gain some society experience and broaden their outlook. What’s more, part -time jobs can provide them with a valuable chance/opportunity to know the outside world. So it’s of great significance for college students to do part-time jobs.
Text 1 W: Paul, did you take part in either of Helen’s last two family parties? M: No. I didn’t take part in either of them. W: Why not? I know you are good friends and have grown to love each other. M: Yes, but her parents don’t like me any more. Text 2 M: I have asked Mr. King to find another doctor for me. W: Do you think he can find one in time? M: I’m sure he could just ask one of his fellow colleagues Text 3 Text 4 W: Peter, I’m awfully sorry to hear your mother was that seriously ill M: Don’t worry so much, Granny. She is much better now. M: It seems to me that I’ve spent a lot of my life worrying about my weight. Although I’m not really very fat, I want to weigh less. W: You don’t have much of a problem. Text 5 W: Did you attend yesterday’s lecture? M: Yes. W: The lecture was supposed to start at 9:00 a.m., but the professor was an hour late. M; He would have arrived on time, but an accident jammed the main road for one and a half hours. Text 6 W: Hi, Eric. How are you?
M: Hi, Dear Aunt. I’m well. And you? W: Fred and me are doing well. Are you enjoying your holidays in China? M: Yeah. I meet my friends, visit my relatives, watch TV, play computer games, or go to movies. It’s really enjoyable! How have you been? W: Well! I went back to my regular job at the elementary school last week, teaching the kids Chinese Mandarin, and Fred is also back at school. I’ve also started my regular classes at the University of Washington. M: You must be very busy. W: Yes, it’s been really busy. Anyway, we’ll manage. M: Take good care of yourself and remember me to Fred. W: I will. And you, too. Text 7 M: What do you want to have for supper tonight? W: well, the refrigerator is empty, so we’ll have to go to the supermarket. M: Well, how about going out to eat to save the trouble? But… let’s not go to the French restaurant on Broadway. Maybe it’s the best in town but it’s too expensive. W: there’s a new Mexican place called Tortolla Flat. I don’t know about the prices, though. M: But we both love hot food. Why not take a chance? Where is the place? W: It’s on Hope Street, just past the high school. M: Oh, we’d better hurry. It’ll take us half an hour to get there. It’s already eight, and most restaurants around here stop serving dinner by nine or so. W: Relax! I can be ready in five minutes. We’ll get there in plenty of time Text 8 M: Is that the box-office? W: Yes? M: The opera next week. I’d like four tickets for Wednesday. W: In the daytime or evening? M: Oh, evening. W: You said four tickets? M: That’s right. What prices are they? W: $2.5, $1.5 and $1.00. Oh, sorry, there aren’t any one dollar ones left. M: Where are the one-dollar-fifty-cent seats? W: Well, they’ll be at the end of the row, I’m afraid. Obviously the centres of the rows go first. I have got rows No. 26—29, or 1—4. In fact, if you wouldn’t mind sitting two and two, there are some central ones. Rows K16 and K17, and rows M19 and M20. M: No, I think we’d like to sit together. It will have to be the two-dollar-fifty seats, I suppose. W: In that case, you’ll be given rows at the back. M: That sounds fine. Thank you. W: Could you pick the tickets up by next Monday, please? M: Mm. That’s fine. Thank you. Text 9 M: I think we’re going to miss the train. Must we go so slowly? W: Yes, we must. As they say, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” M: What does that mean? W: It means we don’t want to have an accident. M: Mary, I think you’ll miss the train. W: No, Grandpa. There are still four or five blocks to go. Then we have to turn right. M: Doesn’t Ellen always turn next to the school? W: Sometimes, Grandpa. But that’s a slow way to go. We’re in a hurry.
M: Oh, no! There are more traffic lights ahead. I hope the light stay green. W: Oh, no! There it goes. A red light and we have to stop for the green light. M: Do you think we’ll make it to the station in time? W: I don’t know. How long will we wait at this light? What time do you have, Grandpa? M: Ten minutes to three. W: Oh, no. I don’t think we’re going to make it. Bad luck! Text 10 Once there was an old woman who liked to bake cookies. She didn’t have anyone to share them with, so she just gave them away to the children in the neighborhood. This went on for several years and the cookies became quite famous, especially at Christmas time. The parents began to like the cookies as much as the children did, and the old woman’s kitchen became very busy, so the children came to help. Then one Christmas the old woman became ill. There were no cookies, and there was no money to pay the doctor. The children were very sad. Later they had a bright idea, that is, to bake cookies from the old woman ’s recipe. So the children started a cookies store. Soon they had a very good cookie business, with money to pay the doctor as well as to put in the bank. After the woman got well, she was asked to become the manager of the store, selling special cookies for all the holidays of the year. After the old woman died, the children, now grown up, kept the cookie business alive in her name. Maybe life is like a Christmas cookie. The more you share it with your friends, the more you’re likely to enjoy it.