I. For questions 1-15,
read the article below and then decide which answer below best fits each space.
Indicate your answer on the separate answer sheet. (15%)
really can tell if we are being watched
Stories about how people somehow know when they are being
watched have been going around for years. However, few attempts have been made
to investigate the phenomenon scientifically. Now, with the completion of the largest
ever study of the so-called staring effect, there is impressive evidence that
this is a recognizable and (1) _____ sixth sense. The study (2) _____ hundreds
of children. For the experiments, they sat with their eyes (3) _____ so they
could not see, and with their backs to other children, who were told to either
stare at them or look away. Time and time again the results showed that the
children who could not see were able to (4) _____ when they were being stared
at. In a (5) _____ of more than 18,000 trials (6) _____ worldwide, the children
(7) _____ sensed when they were being watched almost 70% of the time. The
experiment was repeated with the (8) _____ precaution of putting the children
who were being watched outside the room, (9) _____ from the starers by the
windows. This was done just in case there was some (10) _____ going on with the
children telling each other whether they were looking or not. This (11) _____ the
possibility of sounds being (12) _____ between the children. The results,
though less impressive, were more or less the same. Dr. Sheldrake, the
biologist who designed the study, believes that the results are (13) _____ enough
to find out through further experiments (14) _____ how the staring effect might
actually (15) _____.
6．A. worked over
B. worked through
C. carried on
D. carried out
15．A. come about
B. be looked at
C. set out
D. be held up
3．D 由后面的“so they could not see”可知，他们的眼睛应该被蒙住了，所用动词为“cover”。
5．D 这里的意思是“在世界范围内进行的总数超过18000的实验中”。a total of总数为。a collection of一批，一些；许多的。
6．D 与trial搭配应该用carry out。carry out执行，实行。work over彻底检查；充分研究。work through干完。carry on从事；继续。
9．A 这里的意思是“将孩子们与注视者分开”，应该用separate from。
11．A prevent the possibility of防止……的可能。
13．B 由句意可知，Dr. Sheldrake相信这些结果足够有说服力。convincing令人信服的；有说服力的。
15．A 句意：通过进一步实验来查明注视效应究竟是如何产生的。come about发生；产生。set out出发；开始。hold up举起；阻挡。
II. In most lines of
the following text, there is either a spelling or a punctuation error. For each
numbered line 16-30, write the correctly spelt word or show the correct
punctuation in the box on your answer sheet. Some lines are correct. Indicate
these lines with a tick (√) in the box. (15%)
astronomical events that influence the Earth, apart from the occasional
asteroid impact, do so in a
regular fashion, such as day and night the tides and the seasons. There is,
however, one event that has
III. Read the following article and answer questions 31-43.
On your answer sheet, indicate the letter A, B, C, D or E against the number of
each question, 31-43. Give only one answer to each question. (26%)
The Trojan War is one of the most famous wars in history.
It is well known for the ten-year duration, for the heroism of a number of
legendary characters, and for the Trojan horse. What may not be familiar,
however, is the story of how the war began.
According to Greek myth, the strife between the Trojans and
the Greeks started at the wedding of Peleus, King of Thessaly, and Thetis, a
sea nymph. All of the gods and goddesses had been invited to the wedding
celebration in Troy except Eris, goddesses of discord. She had been omitted
from the guest list because her presence always embroiled mortals and immortals
alike in conflict.
To take revenge on those who had slighted her, Eris decided
to cause a skirmish. Into the middle of the banquet hall, she threw a golden
apple marked "for the most beautiful." All of the goddesses began to
haggle over who should possess it. The gods and goddesses reached a stalemate
when the choice was narrowed to Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Someone was needed
to settle the controversy by picking a winner. The job eventually fell to
Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, who was said to be a good judge of beauty.
Paris did not have an easy job. Each goddess, eager to win
the golden apple, tried aggressively to bribe him.
"I'll grant you vast kingdoms to rule," promised
Hera. "Vast kingdoms are nothing in comparison with my gift,"
contradicted Athena. "Choose me and I'll see that you win victory and fame
in war." Aphrodite outdid her adversaries, however. She won the golden
apple by offering Helen, Zeus' daughter and the most beautiful mortal, to
Paris. Paris, anxious to claim Helen, set off for Sparta in Greece.
Although Paris learned that Helen was married, he accepted
the hospitality of her husband, King Menelasu of Sparta, anyway. Therefore,
Menelaus was outraged for a number of reasons when Paris departed, taking Helen
and much of the king's wealth back to Troy. Menelaus collected his loyal forces
and set sail for Troy to begin the war to reclaim Helen.
31．Eris was known for _____ both mortals and immortals.
A. scheming against
B. involving in conflict
C. feeling hostile toward
32．Each goddess tried _____ to bribe Paris.
E. answer not stated
33．Athena _____ Hera, promising Paris victory and fame in
A. denied the statement of
C. agreed with
D. restated the statement
E. questioned the statement
31．B 由第二段最后一句可知，Eris总是“embroiled mortals and
immortals alike in conflict”。
32．A 由倒数第三段“Each goddess, eager to
win the golden apple, tried aggressively to bribe him.”可知A项正确。
One of the most
intriguing stories of the Russian Revolution concerns the identity of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar
Nicholas II. During his reign over Russia, the Czar had planned to revoke many
of the harsh laws established by previous czars. Some workers and peasants, however,
clamored for more rapid social reform. In 1918 a group of these people, known
as Bolsheviks, overthrew the government. On July 17 or 18, they murdered the Czar
and what was thought to be his entire family.
Although witnesses vouched that all the members of the
Czar's family had been executed, there were rumors suggesting that Anastasia
had survived. Over the years, a number of women claimed to be Grand Duchess
Anastasia. Perhaps the best-known claimant was Anastasia Tschaikovsky, who was
also known as Anna Anderson.
In 1920, eighteen months after the Czar's execution, this
terrified young woman was rescued from drowning in a Berlin river. She spent
two years in a hospital, where she attempted to reclaim her health and
shattered mind. The doctors and nurses thought that she resembled Anastasia and
questioned hear about her background. She disclaimed any connection with the
Eight years later, though, she claimed that she was
Anastasia. She said that she had been rescued by two Russian soldiers after the
Czar and the rest of her family had been killed. Two brothers named
Tschaikovsky had carried her into Romania. She had married one of the brothers,
who had taken her to Berlin and left her there, penniless and without a
vocation. Unable to invoke the aid of her mother's family in Germany, she had
tried to drown herself.
During the next few years, scores of the Czar's relatives,
ex-servants, and acquaintances interviewed her. Many of these people said that
her looks and mannerisms were evocative of the Anastasia that they had known.
Her grandmother and other relatives denied that she was the real Anastasia, however.
Tried of being accused of fraud, Anastasia immigrated to
the United States in 1928 and took the name Anna Anderson. She still wished to
prove that she was Anastasia, though, and returned to Germany in 1933 to bring
suit against her mother's family. There she declaimed to the court, asserting
that she was indeed Anastasia and deserved her inheritance.
In 1957, the court decided that it could neither confirm
nor deny Anastasia's identity. Although we will probably never know whether
this woman was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, her search to establish her
identity has been the subject of numerous books, plays, and movies.
34．Some Russian peasants and workers _____ for social
B. cried out
E. thought much
35．Witnesses _____ that all members of the Czar's family
had been executed.
A. gave assurance
D. convinced some
E. answer not stated
36．Tschaikovsky _____ any connection with the Czar's
E. answer not stated
37．She was unable to _____ the aid of her relative.
B. speak about
C. call upon
38．In court she _____ maintaining that she was Anastasia
and deserved her inheritance.
A. finally appeared
B. spoke forcefully
D. gave evidence
E. answer not stated
34．B 由第一段中“Some workers and peasants, however, clamored for more rapid
social reform.”可知，他们迫切想要改革。clamor for大声呼吁，强烈要求。cry out for迫切需要
35．A 第二段第一句说到“witnesses vouched that...executed”。vouch担保；证明。give assurance保证，确保。
36．A 由第三段最后一句“She disclaimed any connection with the Czar's family.”可知，她否认了与沙皇家族的关系。
37．C 根据倒数第三段中“Unable to invoke the aid of her mother's family”可知，她无法得到亲人的帮助。invoke调用；引起。call upon号召。
38．B 倒数第二段最后一句说到“There she declaimed to the court, asserting that she was
indeed Anastasia and deserved her inheritance.”，与B项意思相同。
Together with her husband, Margaret Wilkins runs a well drilling
business, using technology such as drilling rigs and air-compressed hammers.
But when it comes to locating water, she needs nothing more than a forked hazel
stick. The couple's success rate is higher than 90 per cent. Dowsing - the
ability to locate water, minerals and lost objects underground - is a so-called
'sixth sense'. There are many theories about how it is done, ranging from the
physical, such as magnetism, to the spiritual. One of the most credible is
based on the knowledge that everything on this planet vibrates water more than
other matter. It is suggested that dowsers have an acute ability to sense
vibrations while standing on the Earth's surface; some dowsers say that they
can 'sense' water, others that they can smell it, smell being the most acute
For the Wilkins, the drought years of recent times have
been busy, with an almost six-week-long waiting list at one stage. Most of
Margaret's customers are farmers with wells that have dried up: 'We will see
customers only once in a lifetime because wells last for a long time.' Other
customers own remote cottages or barns, now holiday homes, where the expense of
running water pipes for great distances is prohibitive. Others are golf-course
developers with clubhouse facilities to build.
Margaret tries to locate water between 50 and 70 metres
down. 'You can't drill a well where there is the slightest risk of farm or
other waste getting into the water supply. The water we locate is running in
fissures of impervious rock and, as long as we bring the water straight up, it
should give a good clean supply, though Cornwall is rich in minerals so you
have to watch out for iron.' Another necessity is electricity to drive the
pump; this is too expensive to run across miles of fields so ideally the well
should be near to existing power supplies.
After considering all this, Margaret can start to look for
water. On large areas, such as golf courses, she begins with a map of the area
and a pendulum. 'I hold the pendulum still and gently move it over the map. It
will swing when it is suspended over an area where there is water.'
After the map has indicated likely areas, Margaret walks
over the fields with a hazel stick, forked and equal in length and width each
side. 'Once I'm above water I get a peculiar feeling; I reel slightly. When it
subsides I use the stick to locate the exact spot where we should drill.'
Gripping the two forks of the stick with both hands, she eases them outwards
slightly to give tension. 'When water is immediately below, the straight part
of the stick rises up. It's vital to drill exactly where the stick says. A
fraction the wrong way, and you can miss the waterline altogether. My husband
will dowse the same area as me; usually, not always, we agree on the precise
place to drill. If we disagree, we won't drill and will keep looking until we
Margaret Wilkins is not in isolation, carrying out some
curious old tradition down in the west of England. Anthropologists and writers
have long been fascinated by this inexplicable intuition. Margaret calls it an
'intuitive perception of the environment' and that is the closest we can get to
understanding why she locates water so accurately. If she did not have this 'sixth
sense', how else could the family live off their well-drilling business year after
39．What does the writer say about the theory of vibration
A It has only recently been accepted.
B There are limits to its application.
C There might be some truth in it.
D It is based on inaccurate information.
40．One reason why people employ Margaret to find water is
A the isolated position of their property.
B the failure of their own efforts.
C the low fees she charges for her work.
D the speed at which she operates.
41．Margaret is cautious about new finds of water in
Cornwall because they may be _____.
A unfit for human consumption.
B too insignificant to be worthwhile.
C too deep to bring to the surface.
D expensive to locate with certainty.
42．When Margaret and her husband use the dowsing stick to
locate places to drill, they _____.
A are unlikely to achieve the same result.
B have regular differences of opinion.
C employ different techniques.
D are unwilling to take risks.
43．What does the writer suggest as proof of the effectiveness
of Margaret's dowsing?
A the interest shown in it by anthropologists
B the regular income which can be made from it
C people's appreciation of the tradition behind
D people's description of it as a 'sixth sense'
39．C 第一段中作者说到“One of the most credible is based on the knowledge that
everything on this planet vibrates water more than other matter.”，由此可见作者认为里面可能有点道理。
41．A 第三段提到“Cornwall is rich in minerals so you have to watch out for
43．B 由最后一段最后一句“If she did not have this 'sixth sense', how else could the
family live off their well-drilling business year after year?”可知，作者认为如果Margaret没有这样的第六感的话，那她的钻井业务也就不会年复一年地继续下去了。
IV. Read the lines
below, from "The Eagle" by Tennyson; then answer the two questions
that follow. (6%)
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
44．What rhetorical device is employed in the first line?
45．The figure in the last line is a simile, not a
44．The first line employs personification.
45．Because it uses the word “like”.
V. Read the excerpt below; then answer the two questions
that follow. (8%)
Creative writing may serve many purposes for the writer.
Above all, it is a means of self-expression. It is the individual's way of
saying, "These are my thoughts and they are uniquely experienced by
me." But creative writing can also serve as a safety valve for hidden
tensions. This implies that a period of time has evolved in which the child
gave an idea some deep thought and that the message on paper is revealing of
this deep inner thought. Finally, a worthwhile by-product of creative writing
is the stimulus it gives students to do further reading and experimentation in
their areas of interest. A child may become an ardent reader of good literature
in order to satisfy an appetite whetted by a creative writing endeavor.
46．What is the primary purpose of the author of this
47．The content of
the passage indicates that the passage would be least likely to appear in what
kinds of publications? Give reasons.
46．The primary purpose is to expound the significance of
47．The passage would be least likely to appear in books on
politics, philosophy and so on.
VI. You are required
to write both the following writing tasks. Your answer should follow exactly
the instructions given. Write approximately 250 words for each. (30%)
1．There is going to
be an international music festival in your area. You have seen the following
notice in the local newspaper.
International Music Festival-Judges Wanted
Can you help? Thousands of groups and musicians have applied
to play in our 3-day festival. We need judges to help us decide which groups
and musicians to accept. If you are interested in working with us, please write
l which types of music
you think we should have
l what your own tastes
in music are
l what would make you a
Write your letter of application.
I have learned
from an advertisement on a newspaper that your festival is in need of judges. I
would like you to consider me for the position.
I am a senior college
student now. As a leader of student union, I have organized several evening
party with my fellows. Music
festival which rose in the west was known to Chinese people through the
introduction of rock music. Thus, in China, music festivals are more in favor of
rock music. And music festivals in China today mainly focus on pop music and
rock music. As there is going to be an international
music festival, music which is going to be performed needs to be more
international. In my opinion, besides pop music and rock music, European
classical music should also be involved, such as compositions of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
As for my music
taste, I prefer Chinese old songs and western rock music. My two types of
favorite songs seems like two extremes. Chinese old songs express refined
emotions and make me calm down. Western rock music like California Dreaming
gives me inspirations. Besides, western rock music can warm up the festival and
matches the atmosphere of music festival.
As I mentions
above, I am a senior student now, so I have enough time to work for the
festival. And for I have experiences of organizing parties, I have a good taste
to music and can identify what is suitable for the festival.
Thank you for
your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
2．You see the following announcement for a competition in
an international magazine.
TIME CAPSULE-TO BE OPENED IN 100 YEARS' TIME!
We are preparing a
special container designed to be buried underground and opened in 100 years' time. We invite our readers to recommend three things to include in this time capsule
which represent life and culture today, and to say why they would be of
interest to people in the future. Write your competition entry.
In my opinion,
the first thing to include in this time capsule should be a mobile phone.
Nowadays, people can contact each other by a small mobile phone. Mobile phones
enable us to get rid of wire telephones and inconvenience. It shortens the
distance between people who are far remote from each other, but lengthens the
heart distance between close friends and families. It is a remarkable emblem of
life today. And I am sure people in the future will be interested in the “antique”.
Besides a mobile
phone, I think coins from countries on the earth are worthy to be put in the
capsule. After 100 years, people can know about what was happening in different
countries through coins. The reason why coins instead of paper money is that
they are easier to be preserved. Coins are memorable gifts for all countries.
They should be given back to the country and be displayed in museums of these
In addition, the
last thing which should be included in the capsule is a picture of the Earth
taken by satellites. The earth is changing continually for plate movement and
human activities. And the appearance of the earth today must be different from
that of 100 years later. People in the future can compare the image of the
earth today with the image of 100 years later. With this evidence, they may
find how plates moves and what they should do to protect the environment.