Consulates (领事馆) exist to help citizens abroad to help themselves. Every year millions of people go abroad for pleasure or profit (利润). There are consular officers ready to do what they can to help if people get into difficulties, but for all sorts of reasons there are limits to what they can do. Most times things go well for travellers abroad but occasionally things go wrong.
So, whether you are an experienced traveller or a first timer, going by yourself, with the family or a group there are things you should do before you go. Think about money sand tickets well in advance. Take enough money including enough to pay your return fare, and hold on to it. Better still, buy return tickets in the first place. In an emergency (紧急情况) a consul (领事馆) will contact relatives or friends and ask them to help you with money or tickets. But there's no law that says a consul has to lend you money and if he eventually does (and it will have to be repaid) he will want to be satisfied first that you really do have no money and there is no one else you know who can help.
It is also important to take out proper insurance (保险) for everything from car breakdowns to loss of life. A consul cannot pay your medical or any other bills, nor can he do the work of local travel representatives or motoring organizations.
56. What is the author trying to do in the text?
A. To inform people about laws abroad. B. To describe an international problem.
C. To explain how to visit a consulate. D. To give advice about consulates.
57. Why would somebody read the text?
A. To know how to contact a consul. B. To find out how to make a complaint (抱怨).
C. To know when to contact a consul. D. To find out where a consul lives.
58. You can borrow money from a consul if you
A. need to stay' abroad longer. B. have to help a relative
C. have no other financial (资金) means D. need to have your car repaired
59. Which of the following notices would you see in Consular Office?
A. CONSULAR OFFICE
In an emergency you may contact your consul. He may give you advice but you should not rely on being given financial help. B. CONSULAR OFFICE
In an emergency you may contact this office. Your consul can always help with hospital and dental costs.
C. CONSULAR OFFICE
You may contact your consul if you have run out of money. He will arrange for you to receive help if you cannot pay your bills. D. CONSULAR OFFICE
Your consul is here to help you. It' your car has broken down or you me experiencing travel difficulties of any kind. contact your consul.
Last night was the last game for my eight-year-old son's soccer team. It was the final quarter. The score was two to one, my son's team in the lead. Parents surrounded the playground, offering encouragement.
With less than ten seconds remaining, the ball suddenly rolled in front of my son's teammate, Mickey O'Donnel. With shouts of "Kick it!" echoing (回响) across the playground, Mickey turned around and gave it everything he had. All around me the crowd erupted (沸腾). O'Donnel had scored!
Then there was silence. Mickey had scored all right, but in the wrong goal, ending the game in a tie. For a moment there was a total hush. You see, Mickey has Down syndrome (综合症) and for him there is no such thing as a wrong goal. All goals were celebrated by a joyous hug from Mickey. He had even been known to hug the opposing players when they scored.
The silence was finally broken when Mickey, his face filled with joy, hugged my son tightly and shouted, "I scored! I scored. Everybody won! Everybody won!" For a moment I held my breath, not sure how my son would react. I need not have worried. I watched, through tears, as my son threw up his hand in the classic high-five salute and started chanting, "Way to go Mickey! Way to go Mickey!" Within moments both teams surrounded Mickey, joining in the chant and congratulating him on his goal.
Later that night, when my daughter asked who had won, I smiled as I replied, "It was a tie. Everybody won."
60. What was the score of the soccer match?
A. Two to two, equal to both the teams. B. Three to one in Mickey's team's favor.
C. Two to one in the opposite team's favor. D. Everybody won because of Mickey's goal.
61. The underlined word "hush" in paragraph 3 means
A. cheer B. cry C. laughter D. silence
62. What did the author worry about when Mickey scored and hugged his son?
A. The result of the match would fail his son.
B. His son would shout at Mickey for his goal.
C. Mickey would again hug the opposing players.
D. His son would understand Mickey's wrong goal.
63. It can be inferred from the passage that ________.
A. both teams liked and respected Mickey
B. both teams were thankful to Mickey for his goal
C. Mickey didn't mind though his goal was wrong
D. Mickey was a kind- hearted boy and hoped everybody won
64. The purpose of the author in writing the passage is ________.
A. to tell a joke to make readers laugh
B. to suggest we should not mind losing
C. to show enjoying a game is more than winning a game
D. to present his son's fine qualities of understanding others
Russian dances: The famous "Little White Birth" Dance Troupe will travel from Russia to present performances in Beijing.
The troupe, founded in 1948, is famous for their combination of Russian folk dances and classical dancing art.
It has been invited by the Beijing Foreign Culture Exchange Co to give four performances in Beijing.
Tickets are available (可得到的) through ticket hotlines and website such as www. paio. com. cn, www. chinaticket, com and www. ticket, elong. com.
Time: 7: 30 pm, January 18 - 21
Place: Beizhan Theatre, 135, Xiwai Dajie, Xicbeng District
Kite show: All together 81 kites collected by the China National Art Museum is on show in the Yanhuang Art Museum.
Kong Xiangze, an expert on Chinese kites, published a book on kites, explaining the origins of the Kite-making process. The exhibited kites arc made in a traditional Chinese style.
Time: 9 am-5 pm until February 11
Place: 9 Huizhong Lu
Tel: 6491-2902 CONCERTS
Folk music: A concert of classics of Chinese folk music will greet audiences on the first day of the Year of Snake at the Beijing Concert Hall.
The China Song and Dance Ensemble will perform dozens of traditional instrumental pieces, such as "Full of Joy", "Colourful Cloud Chasing the Moon." and "Spring Festival Suite."
Time: 7: 30 pm, January 24
Place: 1, Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District
Flower festival: The Beijing Botanical Garden is bringing people a blooming festival with the beautiful flowers in its tropical (热带) plants greenhouse.
The garden has introduced nearly 80 kinds of flowers abroad for the exhibition.
There is also an exhibition of potted narcissus (水仙) landscapes (风景). More than 300 mini landscapes involving imported narcissus will be displayed, people can get a preview of the show by visiting www. beijingbd, com, the garden's website.
Time: 8:30 am-5 pm until January 28
Place: Wofosi Lu near the Fragant Hills
65. Suppose you are too far away from Beijing or you can't spare time to go there in person, which of the following show can you enjoy all the same?
A. Russian dances. B. Kite show C. Folk music D. Flower festival
66. The phrase "get a preview of" used in the passage means ________.
A. watch in advance B. see clearly
C. get good position of D. get a general idea of
67. If you and vour classmates have a free evening to ,pend on the 19th of January, which is a useful number to call?
A. 6606-4258 B. 6491-2902 C. 6559-8285 D. 8259-5547
BEUING (Associated Press 美联社) -China has a growing middle class, a tradition (传统) of expecting education and 21 million new babies every year. Selling educatioinal toys should be easy.
While China may be the world's biggest toy-maker, much of the best is exported (出品). Department stores here do not have enough high-quality toys. It is said that the demand for educational toys is low.
A US company', BabyCare, is trying to change that with a new way to sell toys in China.
BabyCare works basically together with doctors in Beijing hospitals. People who join the company's "mother' club" get lectures and newsletters on baby and child development at no extra cost, if they agree to spend 18 dollars a month on the company's educational toys and childcare books.
"We want to build a seven-year relationship with those people," said Matthew J. Estes, BabyCare's president. "It starts during pregnancy (孕期), when the anxiety and needs are highest." BabyCare works on a one-to-one basis. Doctors, nurses, and teachers paid by BabyCare advise parents, explaining toy's that are designed for children at each stage (阶段) of development to age six.
BabyCare opened its first store in China last June in a shopping center in central Beijing and another near Beijing Zoo. It plans to have 80 stores in China within six years.
It is a new model for China and develops a market in young children's education and health that no other companies are in.
68. What do the first two paragraphs mainly tell us?
A. Educational toy's and foreign toy markets.
B. Problems with China's toy market and education.
C. Reasons for pushing sales of educational toys in China.
D. Baby population and various kinds of toys made in China.
69. Which of the following is a fact according to the passage?
A. Club members buy BabyCare products for free child-care advice.
B. Doctors in Beijing help in making BabyCare products.
C. Parents are. encouraged to pay $ t8 for club activities.
D. BabyCare trains Chinese doctors at no extra cost.
70. BabyCare is developing its business in China by ________.
A. opening stores in Beijing hospitals B. offering 18-month courses on child-care
C. setting up children's education centers D. forming close relationships with parents
71. Which of the following would be the most suitable title for the passage?
A. Mother's Club in China. B. BabyCare and Doctors.
C. American Company Model. D. Educational Toys On.
Experts have put forward detailed plans tot a tunnel (隧道) to join Taiwan with the Chinese mainland.
The shortest proposed route would be 126 kilometers-more than twice the length of the English Channel Tunnel. And the longest proposed route would be 207 kilometers.
A recent conference in Xiamen, Fujian Province brought together more than 70 experts. The event was co-sponsored (共同发展) by universities from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
Fujian is the province where beth proposed routes would begin.
There is no direct passenger access (通道) between the mainland and Taiwan by air or sea at the moment.
Experts say that it is better to start research sooner rather than later, although there is a lack of government funding. There are no technical problems to build a Taiwan tunnel. But it will require an improved political relationship across the Straits.
A professor of Tsinghua university said, "A special feature of huge projects is that the period of preparation is longer than the period of construction."
For example, he said, the English Channel Tunnel took 14 years of planning and had been discussed for two centuries. And preparations for the huge Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River began in the 1950s.
The Xiamen conference focused (集中) on the longest southern route., which would use the Taiwan-controlled islands of Jinmen and Penghu as stepping stones.
The first stage of the new project could be a bridge to cross the five kilometers between Xiamen and Jinmen. This would mean that travelling from Xiamen to Jinmen by car would only take five minutes.
The longest tunnel now being planned anywhere in the world is the 54-kilometer Land tunnel to link Lyon in France with Turin in Italy. The tunnel will not be completed until 2015-2020.
72. Which is the longest tunnel in the world at present?
A. The English Channel Tunnel. B. The tunnel between Lyon and Turin.
C. The Taiwan Straits tunnel. D. The passage doesn't mention it.
73. The example of English Channel Tunnel shows _______.
A. it's not easy to complete a huge project
B. there are many problems to be solved before doing something
C. discussions among countries usually take a lot of time
D. the preparation takes longer time than the construction
74. Which of the following is NOT true?
A. Universities both at home and abroad have sponsored (赞助) the plan.
B. If the project is completed, the world's longest tunnel will appear.
C. You can't reach Taiwan from the mainland directly at present.
D. The starting point of the proposed tunnel is in Fujian.
75. What is the possible difficulty in carrying out the plan?
A. The lack of money for the project from the government.
B. Improving the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland.
C. The detailed plans for the tunnel.
D. The technical problems with the tunnel.