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问答题 By cutting out the middle man and booking your own flights, you can save up to 40 per cent of the cost of a holiday. If you compare this to the price of a hotel stay, the (1)____(save) can be even more impressive.  In some of the most exclusive holiday resorts among the Mediterranean, hotels charge a fortune. Yet for (2)____ to 50 per cent less you can often get tons more space and your own private pad with the opportunity to cook up a storm and save cash on (3) exp____ hotel meals.You have to be careful, though.  There have been horror stories (4) ov____ the years of people booking villas direct with owners, only to lose everything to phony companies or con artists.If you do choose to go direct, I would recommend (5)____(book) with one of the big listing sites on the Internet (6)____ as Holiday-rentals. co.uk.  They have details on more than 122,000 properties worldwide, link you directly with the owner, and have been in business for more than ten years. But, if the worst did happen and your villa or owner didn’t (7) ex____, their guarantee will cover you for up to £3,300.  We got Holiday! Kentals to give us the prices for private rentals in a host of (8) fav____ Mediterranean destinations. We then (9)____(comparison)them with traditional hotel holiday rates for two adults and two children for next summer on the Expedia website.  Both the hotel and villa rentals are based on a week’s holiday for two adults and two children aged 6 and 13 in the (10) p____ season, for the week of August 15 to 22, and the hotel prices are based on the family sharing one room or suite.Here’s how we got on…

问答题 Look at the topic headings below, marked A, B, C, D E, and F, and match them with the paragraphs in the text below. There is one extra heading which you don’t need to use.  Questions 1-5 are based on the following passage.  A. Decrease in food yields  B. Drop in yield affected by reduction in research  C. Pollution mining crops  D. Desperate situation for Asia  E. Population explosion compounds Asia’s problems  F. International commerce threatens Asian agricultureWHY WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LET ASIA STARVE  Among the problems afflicting a burgeoning world population, overcrowding, poverty and environmental degradation are combining to put at risk the very essence of our survival-food.    “If by the beginning of the next century we have failed to satisfy the very basic needs of the two billion very poor and four billion poor, life for the rest of us could be extremely risky and uncomfortable,” predicts Dr. Klaus Lampe of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. This is a highly threatening, even terrifying prediction for Asia, where 70 per cent of the world’s poor live but where reserves of good quality arable land have practically run out.    Although the world regards Asia as the focus of an economic and industrial miracle, without adequate supplies of food, Lampe says, chaos could easily result in many countries. And the impact will be felt widely throughout the region. In the 1990s alone, he says, the cities of Asia will be swollen by a further 500 million people—nearly equal to the population of the United States and European Community combined. “The only growing population in Asia is that of the poor. Prime productive land is being used for city expansion and building roads, while thousands of hectares are being taken out of production each year because of salinity or alkalinity.”    From the mid-1960s when the Green Revolution began, Asian food production doubled through a combination of highyielding crops, expanded farming area and greater intensification. From now on, growing enough food will depend almost entirely on increasing yield from the same, or smaller, area of land. However, a mysterious threat is emerging in the noticeably declining yields of rice from areas that have been most intensively farmed. Unless scientists can unravel why this is so, food output in Asia may actually stagnate at a time when population will double.Such issues, Lampe argues, while seen as remote by many countries and international corporations, will strike at their economic base as well. Societies that are too poor or driven by internal strife and civil war will be bad for investment or as markets for goods. Pressure from a rising tide of environmental and political refugees may also be felt.    One significant factor undermining the agricultural economies of developing countries has been the farm trade war between the US and the EC. “We talk about environmental degradation and dangerous chemicals, yet spend billions of US dollars and ECUs producing things we don’t want which ruin local production systems and incomes for poor people,” Lampe says. And instead of developed countries helping struggling nations to develop sustainable food production systems, their policies tend to erode and destroy them.  When world grain prices are bad, farmers in Asia’s uplands turn from rice to cash crops to supplement failing incomes, or clear larger areas of rainforest with catastrophic environmental consequences within just a few years. Cleared rainforest soils are highly erosive; even where they are not, they rapidly become acid and toxic under intense cultivation and plants die, forcing the clearing of ever-larger areas.    Research at the IRRI has indicated that intensive rice production-growing two or three crops a year on the same land is showing signs of yield declines as great as 30 per cent. Evidence for this comes from as far a field as India, The Philippines and Indonesia. At the same time, agricultural research worldwide has been contracting as governments, non-government bodies and private donors reduce funding because of domestic economic pressures. This means, Lampe says, that at risk is the capacity to solve such problems as rice yield decline and research to breed the new generation of superyielding crops. Yet rice will be needed to feed more than half the human population—an estimated 4.5 billion out of 8.3 billion people by 2030.  Compared with the building of weapons of mass destruction or the mounting of space missions to Mars, Lampe says, the devising of sustainable farming systems has little political appeal to most governments: “To them I say: I hope you can sleep well at night.”

问答题 In this section, there is one passage followed by a summary. Read the passage carefully, and then complete the summary below by choosing a maximum of three words from the passage to fill in each of the blanks. Remember to write the answers on the answer sheet.  Questions 1 to 5 are based on the following passage.  Everyone knows about pollution in the environment. Water, air, and land are all polluted. This means that pollution is everywhere. Now, scientists are looking inside our bodies to find out about internal pollution.  In 2003, the Environmental Working Group studied nine people to measure the chemicals in their bodies. These nine people had an average of 53 cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies. They also had an average of 62 chemicals that can damage the brain, and 55 that can harm babies in pregnant women. Even though a lot of chemicals were found in human bodies, the chemicals were found in small amounts. The amounts were small enough that they were probably not hurting the people. However, scientists are worried because most of these chemicals were created by humans. Most of these chemicals did not exist 75 years ago. This proves that we have not only polluted the world—we have polluted our own bodies!  How does this pollution get into our bodies? We come into contact with many chemicals every day. For example, everyone uses soap, skin lotion, and shampoo. However, few people know that these products contain harmful chemicals, some of which may cause memory loss. Chemicals known as DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) may seep into the skin and stop us from absorbing a helpful nutrient called “choline”. Choline is a nutrient that plays a crucial role in the memory cell making process in the developing brain. Some people worry that every time we wash our hair, we are decreasing our memories.  Everyone knows they should brush their teeth regularly, but recent research has shown that some toothpastes can cause cancer. Fluoride is a key ingredient in many toothpastes. However, studies show that fluoride does not really protect our teeth. In fact, fluoride has been connected with bone cancer and other diseases. While we are trying to save our smiles, we could be damaging our health.  Women are probably exposed to more chemicals than men because they use more beauty products. Recently, harmful chemicals have been found in nail polish, hair spray, deodorant, and perfume. The chemicals are called “phthalates”. Studies on animals have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, the kidneys, and the lungs. Cosmetic companies say the amounts of phthalates in their products are safe, but consumer protection groups disagree. They say some women use so many products that the levels are actually high. So, the more women try to look beautiful, the more they could be harming their health.  In a futuristic story by Ray Bradbury, a man found a pristine stream on a new planet. When he drank from the stream, he died! Why? His body was so polluted that pure water was a poison to him! Perhaps that is only science fiction, but it reminds us to take care of our bodies. We must find ways to reduce the pollution we absorb.  Summary:  Like our polluted environment, our bodies are no longer pollution-free. Scientists now know that there is pollution in our bodies. On  1 , we have 53 cancer-causing chemicals in our bodies. Even fluoride  2 with bone cancer and other diseases. Some common cosmetics contain small amounts of chemicals, which seep into our  3 when we use these products. They prevent us from absorbing the  4 our bodies need. So, it is  5 that we find ways to reduce the amount of chemicals in our bodies. We should remind our friends and families to take care of their bodies.

问答题 Most British couples, whether religious or not, have a church wedding, which combines the religious rite with the legal contract. Wedding arrangement for inviting and entertaining guests at a wedding are usually the (1)____ (responsible) of the bride's family. In most cases it is mainly friends and (2) re____ of both families who are invited, but when the bride's father is a person with (3) pr____ social standing or a businessman of some kind, the wedding reception may provide a useful occasion for establishing social (4) co____ with those people whose goodwill may be of great advantage to him and his family. It is however, the bride's mother who has the job of sending out the formal printed (5)____ (invite) cards.  In the case of church wedding, the vicar of each parish in which the bride and bridegroom live is normally informed about a month in (6)____ of the ceremony so that an announcement of the coming wedding can be made in church on each of three Sundays before it takes place. Often up to a hundred or more people attend the religious service and the church and the bride usually wears the (7)____(tradition) long white dress and veil, while her (8) br____, who are often children, wear long dresses in attractive colours. The wedding ceremony resembles a Christian sevice during which the bride and bridegroom make promises to each other, according to which, whatever unforeseen difficulties they may encounter, they will remain (9) l____ to each other until they die. The wedding ceremony may also happen in the case of a civil wedding in a register office but is probably less usual and more purely (10) l____.

问答题 Given the choice between spending an evening with friends and taking extra time for his schoolwork, Andy Klise admits he would probably opt for the latter. It's not that he doesn't like to have fun; it's just that his desire to excel academically drives his decision-making process.  A 2001 graduate of Wooster High School and now a senior biology (1) m____ at The College of Wooster, Klise acknowledges that he may someday have second thoughts about his decision to limit the time he has spent (2)____ (social), but for now, he is comfortable (3)____ the choices he has made. “If things had not worked out as well as they have, I would have had some regrets,” says Klise, (4)____ was a Phi Beta Kappa inductee as a junior. “But spending the extra time studying has been w ell worth the (5)____ (invest). I realized early on that to be successful, I had to make certain (6) sa____.”  As for the origin of his intense motivation, Klise notes that it has been part of his makeup for as long as he can remember. “I've always been goal (7)____,” he says. “This internal drive has caused me to give my all in pretty much everything I do.”  Klise credits Wooster's nationally recognized Independent Study (I.S.) program with preparing him for his next step in life; a research position with the National Institute of Health (NIH). “I am hoping that my I.S. experience will help me (8) l____ a research position with NIH,” says Klise. “The yearlong program gives students a chance to work with some of the nation's (9)____(lead) scientists while making the (10) tr____ from undergraduate to graduate studies or a career in the medical field.”

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