Rome can be pricey for travelers, which is why many choose to stay in a hostel ( 旅 社 ). The hostels in Rome offer a bed in a dorm room for around $25 a night, and for that, you’ll often get to stay in a central location (位置) with security and comfort.
If I had to make just one recommendation for where to stay in Rome, it would be Yellow Hostel. It’s one of the best-rated hostels in the city, and for good reason. It’s affordable, and it’s got a fun atmosphere without being too noisy. As an added bonus, it’s close to the main train station.
Hostel Alessandro Palace
If you love social hostels, this is the best hostel for you in Rome. Hostel Alessandro Palace is fun. Staff members hold plenty of bar events for guests like free shots, bar crawls and karaoke. There’s also an area on the rooftop for hanging out with other travelers during the summer.
Youth Station Hostel
If you’re looking for cleanliness and a modern hostel, look no further than Youth Station. It offers beautiful furnishings and beds. There are plenty of other benefits, too; it doesn’t charge city tax; it has both air conditioning and a heater for the rooms; it also has free Wi-Fi in every room.
Hotel and Hostel Des Artistes
Hotel and Hostel Des Artistes is located just a 10-minute walk from the central city station and it’s close to all of the city’s main attractions. The staff is friendly and helpful, providing you with a map of the city when you arrive, and offering advice if you require some. However, you need to pay 2 euros a day for Wi-Fi.
21.What is probably the major concern of travelers who choose to stay in a hostel?
22.Which hotel best suits people who enjoy an active social life?
BHostel Alessandro Palace.
CYouth Station Hostel.
DHotel and Hostel Des Artistes.
23.What is the disadvantage of Hotel and Hostel Des Artistes?
AIt gets noisy at night.
BIts staff is too talkative.
CIt charges for Wi-Fi.
DIt’s inconveniently located.
By day, Robert Titterton is a lawyer. In his spare time though he goes.
on stage beside pianist Maria Raspopova — not as a musician but as her page turner. “I’m not a trained musician, but I’ve learnt to read music so I can help Maria in her performance.”
Mr Titterton is chairman of the Omega Ensemble but has been the group’s official page turner for the past four years. His job is to sit beside the pianist and turn the pages of the score so the musician doesn’t have to break the flow of sound by doing it themselves. He said he became just as nervous as those playing instruments on stage.
“A lot of skills are needed for the job. You have to make sure you don’t turn two pages at once and make sure you find the repeats in the music when you have to go back to the right spot.” Mr Titterton explained.
Being a page turner requires plenty of practice. Some pieces of music can go for 40 minutes and require up to 50 page turns, including back turns for repeat passages. Silent onstage communication is key, and each pianist has their own style of “nodding” to indicate a page turn which they need to practise with their page turner.
But like all performances, there are moments when things go wrong. “I was turning the page to get ready for the next page, but the draft wind from the turn caused the spare pages to fall off the stand,” Mr Titterton said, “Luckily I was able to catch them and put them back.”
Most page turners are piano students or up-and-coming concert pianists, although Ms Raspopova has once asked her husband to help her out on stage.
“My husband is the worst page turner,” she laughed. “He’s interested in the music, feeling every note, and I have to say: ‘Turn, turn!’ “Robert is the best page turner I’ve had in my entire life.”
24.What should Titterton be able to do to be a page turner?
BPlay the piano.
DFix the instruments.
25.Which of the following best describes Titterton’s job on stage?
26.What does Titterton need to practise?
ACounting the pages.
BRecognizing the “nodding”.
CCatching falling objects.
DPerforming in his own style.
27.Why is Ms Raspopova’s husband “the worse page turner”?
AHe has very poor eyesight.
BHe ignores the audience.
CHe has no interest in music.
DHe forgets to do his job.
When the explorers first set foot upon the continent of North America, the skies and lands were alive with an astonishing variety of wildlife. Native Americans had taken care of these precious natural resources wisely. Unfortunately, it took the explorers and the settlers who followed only a few decades todecimatea large part of these resources. Millions of waterfowl ( 水 禽 ) were killed at the hands of market hunters and a handful of overly ambitious sportsmen. Millions of acres of wetlands were dried to feed and house the ever-increasing populations, greatly reducing waterfowl habitat (栖息地).
In 1934, with the passage of the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act(Act), an increasingly concerned nation took firm action to stop the destruction of migratory ( 迁徙的`) waterfowl and the wetlands so vital to their survival. Under this Act, all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and over must annually purchase and carry a Federal Duck Stamp. The very first Federal Duck Stamp was designed by J.N. “Ding” Darling, a political cartoonist from Des Moines, lowa, who at that time was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as Director of the Bureau of Biological Survey. Hunters willingly pay the stamp price to ensure the survival of our natural resources.
About 98 cents of every duck stamp dollar goes directly into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to purchase wetlands and wildlife habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System — a fact that ensures this land will be protected and available for all generations to come. Since 1934, better than half a billion dollars has gone into that Fund to purchase more than 5 million acres of habitat. Little wonder the Federal Duck Stamp Program has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated.
28.What was a cause of the waterfowl population decline in North America?
ALoss of wetlands.
BPopularity of water sports.
CPollution of rivers.
DArrival of other wild animals.
29.What does the underlined word “decimate” mean in the first paragraph?
30.What is a direct result of the Act passed in 1934?
AThe stamp price has gone down.
BThe migratory birds have flown away.
CThe hunters have stopped hunting.
DThe government has collected money.
31.Which of the following is a suitable title for the text?
AThe Federal Duck Stamp Story
BThe National Wildlife Refuge System
CThe Benefits of Saving Waterfowl
DThe History of Migratory Bird Hunting
Popularization has in some cases changed the original meaning of emotional (情感的) intelligence. Many people now misunderstand emotional intelligence as almost everything desirable in a person’s makeup that cannot be measured by an IQ test, such as character, motivation, confidence, mental stability, optimism and “people skills.” Research has shown that emotional skills may contribute to some of these qualities, but most of them move far beyond skill-based emotional intelligence.
We prefer to describe emotional intelligence as a specific set of skills that can be used for either good or bad purposes. The ability to accurately understand how others are feeling may be used by a doctor to find how best to help her patients, while a cheater might use it to control potential victims. Being emotionally intelligent does not necessarily make one a moral person.
Although popular beliefs regarding emotional intelligence run far ahead of what research can reasonably support, the overall effects of the publicity have been more beneficial than harmful. The most positive aspect of this popularization is a new and much needed emphasis (重视) on emotion by employers, educators and others interested in promoting social well-being. The popularization of emotional intelligence has helped both the public and researchers re-evaluate the functionality of emotions and how they serve people adaptively in everyday life.
Although the continuing popular appeal of emotional intelligence is desirable, we hope that such attention will excite a greater interest in the scientific and scholarly study of emotion. It is our hope that in coming decades, advances in science will offer new perspectives ( 视角) from which to study how people manage their lives. Emotional intelligence, with its focus on both head and heart, may serve to point us in the right direction.
32. What is a common misunderstanding of emotional intelligence?
AIt can be measured by an IQ test.
BIt helps to exercise a person’s mind.
CIt includes a set of emotional skills.
DIt refers to a person’s positive qualities.
33.Why does the author mention “doctor” and “cheater” in paragraph 2?
ATo explain a rule.
BTo clarify a concept.
CTo present a fact.
DTo make a prediction.
34.What isthe author’s attitude to the popularization of emotional intelligence?
35.What does the last paragraph mainly talk about concerning emotional intelligence?
AIts appeal to the public.
BExpectations for future studies.
CIts practical application.
DScientists with new perspectives.
My husband and I just spent a week in Paris.36So the first thing we did was rent a fantastically expensive sixth-floor apartment the size of a cupboard. It was so tiny that we had to leave our suitcases in the hallway.
The place wasn’t entirely authentic, though. Unlike a normal Parisian apartment, the plumbing ( 水 管 ) worked.37Our building even had a tiny lift with a female voice that said, “Ouverture des portes,” in perfect French. That is the only French phrase I mastered, and it’s a shame I don’t have much use for it.
Parisians are different from you and me. They never look lazy or untidy. As someone noted in this paper a couple of weeks ago, they eat great food and never gain weight.38French strawberries do not taste likecardboard. Instead, they explode in your mouth like little flavor bombs.
39Onour first morning in Paris, I went around the corner to the food market to pickup some groceries. I bought a handful of perfectly ripe small strawberries anda little sweet melon. My husband and I agreed they were the best fruit we hadever eaten. But they cost $18!
In France, quality of life is much more important thanefficiency (效率).
You can tell thisby caféslife. French cafésare always crowded.40When do these people work? The Frenchtake their 35-hour workweek seriously — so seriously that some labor unionsrecently struck a deal with a group of companies limiting the number of hoursthat independent contractors can be on call.
A.Not all the customers aretourists.
B.The quality of life inFrance is equallyexcellent.
C.There was a nice kitchen anda comfortablebed.
D.The amazing food is mainlyconsumed by local farmers.
E.That’snotthe only reason the French eat less than wedo.
F.Our aim was to see if wecould live, in some way, like realParisians.
G.The food is so delicious that you don’t need much ofit to make you happy.
41.阅读下面短文，从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。
My life as a tax-paying employed person began in middle school, when, for three whole days, I worked in a baking factory.
My best friend Betsy’s father was a manager at Hough Bakeries, which, at Easter time, 41little bunny ( 兔 子 ) cakes for all its42throughout Cleveland. It happened that the plant downtown needed eight kids for 43help during our spring break, for which I had no44 beyond listening to my favorite records. I’d 45minimum wage. I’d see how a factory46. My parents thought all of this was a grand idea and called Betsy’s dad with their47.
Our48in the factory were simple: Place cakes on a moving belt. Attach icing (糖霜) ears. Apply icing eyes and nose. 49bunny from the belt. This was50than it sounds.51a bit and the cakes pile up. As I told my parents at dinner that first night, it was all a little more high-pressure than I’d52.
Dad53. The sonof a grocer, he’d spentthe summers of his childhood54food in Benardsville, New Jersey. This wasthe sort of work that made you55the dollars you earned and respect thosewho did the work, he toldme.
41.A. sold B. orderedC. madeD. reserved
42.A. storesB. familiesC. schoolsD. citizens
43.A. generousB. financialC. technicalD. temporary
44.A. plansB. problemsC. excusesD. hobbies
45.A. offerB. earnC. setD. suggest
46.A. worked B. closed C. developed D. survived
47.A. ambition B. permission C. experience D. invitation
48.A. joys B. ideas C. roles D. choices
49.A. SaveB. KeepC. StopD. Remove
50.A. harderB. betterC. longerD. cheaper
51.A. Calm downB. Slow downC. Stay onD. Move on
52.A. indicatedB. witnessedC. expectedD. remembered
53.A. criedB. smiledC. hesitatedD. refused
54.A. tastingB. finding C. sharingD. delivering
55.A. withdrawB. donateC. receiveD. appreciate
56.阅读下面短文，在空白处填入 1 个适当的单词或括号内单词的正确形式。
Going to MountHuangshan reminds me of the popular Beatles’ song“The Long and Winding Road”.56is so breathtakingabout the experience is theout-of-this-world scenes. The rolling sea of clouds you see once you are at thetop will remind you how tiny we57(human)are.
The hot spring at the foot of themountain is something you must try after the climb. It will58(undoubted) help you get refreshed! The amazingthing about the spring is thatthe colder thetemperaturegets, the59 (hot) the spring! Strange, isn’t it? Butthat’s how nature is —always leaving us60(astonish).
What comes nextis the endless series of steps. You can’t help wondering how hard it61(be) for the people then to put all those rocks into place. Though it is theonly unnatural thing on your way up the mountain, still it highlights the wholeadventure62offers a place where you can sit down to rest your63(ache)legs.
As the song goes, this long and windingroad “will never disappear”, and it will always stick in the visitor’smemory. It suredoes in64(I).While you’re inChina, Mount Huangshan is65must tovisit!
AMOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE
The twins were filled with excitementas they thought of the surprise they were planning for Mother’s Day. How pleased and proud Mother would bewhen they brought her breakfast in bed. They planned to make French toast andchicken porridge. They had watched their mother in the kitchen. There wasnothing to it. Jenna and Jeff knew exactly what to do.
The big day came at last. The alarmrang at 6 a.m. The pair went down the stairs quietly to the kitchen. Theydecided to boil the porridge first. They put some rice into a pot of water andleft it to boil while they made the French toast. Jeff broke two eggs into aplate and added in some milk. Jenna found the bread and put two slices into theegg mixture. Next, Jeff turned on the second stove burner to heat up the fryingpan. Everything was going smoothly until Jeff started frying the bread. The panwas too hot and the bread turned black within seconds. Jenna threw the burntpiece into the sink and put in the otherslice of bread. This time, she turned down the fire so it cooked nicely.
shake. The next minute, the porridge boiled over andput out the fire. Jenna panicked. Thankfully, Jeff stayed calm and turned offthe gas quickly. But the stove was a mess now.Jenna told Jeff to clean it up so they could continuetocooktherestoftheporridge.ButJeff’shandtouchedthehotburner and he gave a cry of pain. Jenna made him puthis hand in cold water. Then shecaught the smell of burning. Oh dear! The piece of bread in the pan had turnedblack aswell.
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