阅读理解 Below is a selection about some Guinness(吉尼斯)World Records. Top 6 Unusual Guinness World Records ? Fastest 100 m running on all fours The 2008 Guinness World Records Day was, according to CWR, their biggest day of record-breaking ever, with more than 290,000 people taking part in record attempts in 15 different countries. Kenichi Ito's record attempt was part of this special day. He is just another example of Japanese with "super powers". His "super power" is to run with great speed on all fours. Kenichi Ito ran 100 m on all fours in 18.58 seconds. The Japanese set this record at Setagaya Kuritsu Sogo Undojyo, Tokyo, in 2008. ? Most people inside a soap bubble The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California celebrated this year the 15th anniversary of the Bubble 泡泡 Festival. A bubble's math principles and science were presented and demonstrated at the three-week-long exhibition. The intriguing Bubble Show was also part of the program. Fan Yang and Deni Yang impressed the audience with their awesome skills for bubble making. The Yang family cooperated with the Discovery Science Center to set a new Guinness World Record for most people inside a soap bubble and they succeeded. The family that has been working with soap bubbles for 27 years created a huge soap bubble and got 118 people inside it. The record was set on April 4, 2011 ? Longest ears on a dog A bloodhound from Illinois has the longest ears ever measured a dog. The right ear is 13.75 inches long and the left one 13.5 inches. The dog named Tigger earned this title in 2004 and is owned by Christina and Bryan Flessner. Mr. Jeffries is the previous record holder of this title. Each of his ears measured approximately 11.5 inches long. His grandfather used to hold this amazing world record, but when he died Mr.Jeffries took over. ? Most living generations
Did you ever wonder what is the Guinness World Record for most living generations in one family? Seven is the answer. The ultimate authority on record-breaking mentions on the website that the youngest great-great- great-great grandparent of this family was Augusta Bung "aged 109 years 97 days, followed by her daughter aged 89, her granddaughter aged 70, her great grand-daughter aged 52, her great-great grand-daughter aged 33 and her
great-great-great granddaughter aged 15 on the birth of her great-great-great-great grandson on January 21, 1989". ? Most T shirts worn at once Believe it or not, there is a record also for this category. Krunoslav Budiseli set a new world record on May 22,2010 for wearing 245 T-shirts at the same time. The man from Croatia was officially recognized as the new record bolder by Guinness World Records after he managed to put on 245 different T-shirts in 1ess than two hours.The T-shirts weighted 68 kg and Budiseli said he began struggling around T-shirt No. 120. He dethroned the Swedish Guinness record holder who wore 238 T-shirts. ? Heaviest pumpkin Guinness World Records confirmed on October 9, 2010 that a gigantic pumpkin(南 瓜)grown in Wisconcin was officially the world’s heaviest. It weighed 1,810 pounds 8 ounces and was unveiled by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Festival in Minnesota. Stevens' pumpkin was 85 pounds Javier than the record, another huge pumpkin grown in Ohio. The proud farmer said his secret is a precise of rain, cow mature, good soil, sea grass and fish emulsion. Some of the world’s heaviest pumpkins, including the record holder, were on public display at the Bronx Botanical Gardens in New York for a dozen days. 67. Why is Kenichi Ito described a man with a “super power”? A. He set a good example to all Japanese. B. He made record attempts in 15 different countries. C. He set a new record for “Fastest 100 m running on all fours”. D. He participated in the 2008 Guinness World Records Day activities. 68. Jeffries is the name of______.
A. the owner of the dog with the longest ears B. the grandfather of the dog with the longest ears C. the present holder of the record for “Longest ears on a dog” D. the former holder of the record for “longest ears on a dog” 69. How many T-shirts had Krunoslav Budiseli put on before he felt it difficult to go on? A. 68. B. 120. C. 2. D. 245.
70. According to the given information. which Guinness World Record was most recently set? A. The record for “Most people inside a soup bubble”. B. The record for “Most living generations”. C. The record for “Most T-shirts worn at once”. D. The record for “Heaviest pumpkin”.
第三部分：阅读理解 (共 20 小题；每小题 2 分, 满分 40 分) 【福建省厦门外国语学校 2013 模拟】A A month went by in this manner, but a month was all I could bear. The memory of Marguerite accompanied me wherever I went. I had loved that woman – still loved her – too much for her suddenly to mean nothing to me. Whatever feelings I might have for her now, I had to see her again. At once. ? I knew Marguerite. Meeting me so unexpectedly must have thrown her into a state of great confusion. Probably, she had heard of my departure which had set her mind at rest as to the consequences of our sudden parting. But, seeing me back and coming face to face with me, weak as I was, she had sensed that my return had a purpose, and must have wondered what was going to happen. If, when I saw her again, Marguerite had been unhappy; if, in taking my revenge
(复仇), there had also been some way of helping her then I might well have forgiven her, and would certainly never have dreamed of doing her any harm. But when I saw her again, she was happy, at least on the surface. Another man had ensured her the wealthy life in which I had been unable to keep her. She brought shame both to my pride and my love; she was going to have to pay for what I had suffered. I could not remain cold to what she did now. It followed that the thing that would hurt her most would be exactly for me to show coldness. Coldness, therefore, was the feeling which I now needed to pretend, not only in her presence but in the eyes of others. I tried to put a smile on my face, and I went to call on Prudence with whom Marguerite was staying. ? Prudence saw me to the door, and I returned to my apartment with tears of anger in my eyes and thirst for revenge in my heart and thought only of finding a way to make the poor creature suffer. 56. This passage is most probably ______ of a love story. A. the beginning B. the introduction C. a summary D. a chapter
57. According to the passage, the hero wanted to ______. A. forgive Marguerite because he found her unhappy B. stop the relationship with Marguerite because he couldn’t afford a rich life C. make up the relationship with Marguerite because he still loved her D. give Marguerite sufferings because his pride and his love were hurt 58. What kind of feelings did the hero most probably have? A. Coldness and love. C. Love and hate. B. Coldness and hate. D. Hate and sadness.
59. What would the author most probably write about next? A. Why he changed his mind suddenly. B. How he made up his relationship with Marguerite. C. How he made Marguerite suffer. D. Why he wanted Marguerite to pay for what he had suffered. 【参考答案】A: DDCC
A In 1835, a British astronomer called Sir John Herschel built a giant telescope in a remote area of Sauth Africa．He wanted to take advantage of the clear air in that region to observe parts of the southern sky not visible in the northern hemisphere （半球） ． In August of that year, an article appeared in the New York Sun with the following headline: GREAT ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES MADE BY SIR JOHN HER- SCHEL （ FROM THE EDINBURGH JOURNAL OF SCIENCE） The Sbn reported that Herschel had discovered life on the moon—his telescope being sopowerful that he could observe the Moon's surface "as if he Were standing on it"． More articles followed, with news that Herschel had been able to see the Moon's craters, rivers, vegetation and animals—creatures that bore a strong resemblance to antelopes, goats and pelicans on the Earth． In the final installment, it was revealed that Herschel had actually seen a race of furry, winged men and women, human—like creatures who could fly! The Sun's illustrators provided graphic images based on Herschel's "descriptions"． The story caused a sensation in America, and were soon syndicated （供许多报 纸同时发表）to newspapers all over the world．Scientists were skeptical about the information, but it seems that no one pointed out that the Edinburgh Journal of Science didn't actually exist．There had been a magazine with that name but it had closed down more than ten years before． The Sun articles were, of course, an elaborate hoax（骗局） ．Herschel had not really observed life on the Moon, nor had he made any of the other astronomical discoveries that the article reported．In fact, Herschel did not even know about the articles until he returned to England some time later．He had nothing to do with the stories at all． The Sun never admitted that the stories were fake．However, a few weeks after the publication, the editor wrote: "We can only concede （承认） that the story is
a hoax if the Scottish paper that published it admits it．"As the "Scottish paper" didn't exist, this was not likely to happen． 56．What is the text about? A．An article about the Moon in an early 20th century astrological magazine． B．A series of articles about the Moon in a Science Journal in the early 19th, century． C．A series of articles about the Moon in a newspaper in the early 19th century． D．An article about South African skies in a geographical． 57．Sir John Herschel was ____． A．a British astronomer who used a giant telescope to observe the skies in Africa B．a British journalist who observed the skies in South Africa and wrote about the Moon C．a South Africa astronomer who built a giant telescope D．a British astronomer who discovered life on the Moon 58．What does the underlined sentence in the fourth paragragh mean? A．They believed it without question． B．They didn't believe the stories because they knew the Science Journal didn't exist． C．They believed it because it was In the newspaper． D．They didn't believe it butaccepted it because they thought the stories had been published． 59．Since ____, the article was indeed an elaborate hoax． A．Herschel had something to do with the stories B．Herschel had not discovered anything reported about the Moon C．scientists knew that the Edinburgh Journal of Science didn't actually exist D．the newspaper admitted it was a lie
My family and I lived across the street from Rose, Park since I was four years old． Then just last year the city put a chain link fence around the park and started bulldozing （用推土机推平） the trees and grass to make way for a new apartment complex．When I saw the fence and bulldozers,I asked myself, “Why don’t they just leave it alone?" Looking back, I think what sentenced the park to oblivion was the drought; （旱 灾） we had about four years ago．Up until then．Rose Park was a nice green park ．with plenty of trees and a public swimming pool ． My friends and I rollerskated on the sidewalks, climbed the trees, and swam in the pool all the years I was growing up, ．The park was almost like my own yard．In the summer I was fifteen the drought came and things changed． There had been almost no rain all that year．The city stopped watering the park grass．Within a few weeks I found myself living across the street from a huge, brown desert． Leaves tell off the park trees, and pretty soon the trees started dying, too． The park swimming pool was closed．Then the city cut down on the work force that kept the park, and it just got too ugly and dirty to enjoy anymore． As the drought lasted into the :fall, the park got worse and worse．The rubbish piled up or blew across the brown grass．There were few people in the park．It was said that drugs were being sold or traded there．The park had gotten scary, and my mother told us kids not to go there anymore． The drought finally ended and things seemed to get back to normal that is,
everything but the park．It had gotten into such bad shape that the city just let it stay that way． Then about six months ago I heard that the city was going to"redevelop" certain worn-out areas of the city．It turned out that the city had planned to get rid of the park, sell the land and let someone build rows of apartment buildings on it． The chain-link fence and the bulldozers did their work．Now we live across the street from six rows of apartment buildings．Each of them is three units high and stretches a block in each direction．The neighborhood has changed without the park．The
streets I used to play in are jammed with cars now．Things will never be the same again．Sometimes I wonder what would happen if another drought came． 60．How did the writer feel when he saw the fence and bulldozers? A．Scared． B．Excited． C, Curious． D．Upset．
61．Why was the writer told not to go to the park by his mother? A．It was being rebuilt． C．It was dangerous． B．It became crowded． D．It had turned into a desert．
62．According to the writer, what evehtuaily brought about the disappearance of the park? A．The drought． C．The decisions of the city． B．The crime． D．Piles of rubbish ．
63．The last sentence of the passage implies that if another drought came A．people would have to desert their homes B．the situation would be much worse C．the city would be fully prepared in advance D．the city would have to redevelop the neighborhood
【福建省厦门外国语学校 2013 模拟】B In rainy London, always carry your “brolly”. BIG Ben，the Queen，a plate of ham and eggs—no, no, no. If you’re looking for a symbol of Britain，only one thing passes the test—the umbrella. Now, I know what you’re thinking—we have rain in China and we have umbrellas too. Certainly, I will never forget the way it rained when I lived in Beijing: the streets became instant rivers and the sky flashed with lightning for hours on end. People dove for cover under bin bags, the shops were emptied of their plastic raincoats within seconds，and I found myself wet from head to foot, my poorly-chosen skirt and
T-shirt now totally see-through. This would never have happened in Britain. For one thing, during my year in Beijing, it only really rained about 10 times. But although we never get a Beijing-style washout in London, the drizzle(毛毛 雨) that does fall is all but constant. Even when the sky is perfectly blue, you can be sure it’s going to cloud over and start drizzling again within the hour. And when it does, there is chaos. Trains stop, drains(下水道) block, and buses break down as if this was the first time the local authorities had seen this wet stuff coming out of the clouds. So—as with so many things in the UK—it’s up to ordinary people to sort themselves out. No self-respecting Briton will ever leave home without his “brolly” —as the umbrella is affectionately known. A brolly has hundreds of uses, even on rare rain-free days. A real gentleman of London will use his umbrella as a walking stick. A traditional game of cricket can be played using an umbrella as a hat. Nor do you ever have to be afraid of robbers—your umbrella doubles as a defensive weapon. There is no brolly more British than my own. But it’s not from London or Manchester or any where in the UK. It was a gift from my Chinese teacher—in Beijing. How fitting that my No. l symbol of Brutishness—like almost everything in Britain—was made in China. 60. The author mentioned her rainy weather experience in Beijing to show that A. many foreigners have embarrassing moments living in Beijing B. the rain in Beijing is usually much heavier than the rain in London C. British people are more used to rainy weather than Chinese people D. both Beijing and Londoners have unpleasant experience with sudden rain 61. The underlined word “this” in Paragraph 3 refers to “ A. people getting extremely wet on rainy days B. sudden rain leading to traffic troubles C. people being well-prepared on rainy days D. it only raining a dozen times per year 62. The tone of the articles is .
63. What is the main idea of the article? A. Beijing-style rain and London-style drizzles both bring chaos. B. Everything in Britain was made in China. C. Why the umbrella is the best symbol of Britain. D. What British people use a brolly for. 【参考答案】B: CAAC
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