It was 7 a.m. in Kyoto, Japan, and the taxi company had just called a second time to say they couldn't find my house. Once again I spelt out directions even a blind person could follow, I glanced impatiently at my watch, and waited. Only two hours remained until my flight left and it was an hour-and-a-half trip to the airport. Outside, heavy rains were pouring down. My house was so far north in the city that buses pass only three times a day.
The telephone rang again.
Standing in the wind-driven rain, I looked up and down the road. No taxi. A car went by, driver and passenger staring at the crazy foreigner in the downpour. Finally a white car appeared and pulled to a stop. A young man threw open the door, waving for me to get in. Shaking with cold and anger, I climbed in.
In the most polite Japanese, the man said he was called Mike, with whom I had spoken three times that morning. He had left his post in the office and raced here in his personal car. He apologized again, but did not explain why a taxi would not pick me up. Delivering me straight to the airport, he refused the 2000 yen I pressed into his hand.
A few hours later, as the storm-delayed 727 took off, I opened the newspaper. On the second page my eyes caught the headline of a short article：
56. Why did the writer call a taxi early in the morning？
[ A ] There were few taxis in town.
[ B ] He was unable to find the airport.
[ C ] He wanted to catch a plane.
[ D ] All the buses stopped because of the rain.
57. What was the reason for the taxi company not being able to pick him up？
[ A ] The taxi drivers refused to work.
[ B ] The writer didn't give the correct address.
[ C ] More people were riding in taxis on rainy days.
[ D ] The taxi drivers didn't like to drive long distance.
58. The writer got to the airport .
[ A ] by getting a lift in a passing car
[ B ] with the help of Mike from the post office
[ C ] by riding in Mike's car from the taxi company
[ D ] with the help of a taxi driver sent by his company
59. We can learn from the text that the driver is .
[ A ] quick-minded at taking actions
[ B ] warm-hearted toward people
[ C ] unfamiliar with the road
[ D ] a self-employed driver
She once said：
60. Willa Cather wrote because she found writing .
[ A ] simple and lively
[ B ] interesting and enjoyable
[ C ] neither too hard nor too easy
[ D ]opened up a road to, success
61. What did Cather mean by
[ A ] Writing is the only path to successs.
[ B ] I feel happy when I finish writing a book.
[ C ] I enjoy writing whether it is hard or easy.
[ D ] Writing itself, not its result, is important.
62. What was the place like where Cather grew up？
[ A ] It was cold, plain and without a church.
[ B ] It was a colorful world of wild flowers.
[ C ] It was like a German Christmas card
[ D ] It was vast, open, flat and wild.
63. When she said
[ A ] you either love the place or hate it
[ B ] you decide either to stay or to leave
[ C ] some find the place warm； others find it cold
[ D ] some find the place peaceful； others find it wild
64. What happens when Cather comes to the open plains？
[ A ] She breathes differently from others：
[ B ] She wants to make the place her home.
[ C ] She finds the place similar to her home.
[ D ] She feels completely comfortable.
You want to know where the safest place for young children is in the car ？ Experts .（专家）, all say the back seat is the safest place , for a child of any age. In the back seat, the child is farthest away from the force or effect of a head-on collision （迎头撞击）, which can cause the most injuries（伤害）。 Just as important , the child in the back seat is. removed from the passenger air bag, if there is any. If your child is under8 years of age and weighs no more, than 80 pounds, it is necessary to fit your car with a special child safety seat.
The child safety seat comes in three types or sizes： the first type is designed for babies from birth to one year of age, until the baby weighs about 20 pounds； the second size is for children between one and four years of age, who weigh between 20 and 40 pounds； the third, kind is used by older children big enough to use the car's belt system. Moreover, .all these safety seats must be fitted and held in place on the car's back seat. If your child does need your attention while .you are driving, don't look back with only one hand on the wheel. Just pull over.
65. This text mainly discusses .
[ A ] how a child can be kept safe while riding in a car
[ B ] why the back seat is the safest place in a car
[ C ] how a child safety seat can protect a child
[ D ] what causes passengers the most injuries
66. This text seems to be written for .
[ A ] safety experts
[ B ] very young readers
[ C ] parents of small children
[ D ] taxi drivers
67. The third type of safety seat is for children .
[ A ] above eight years of age
[ B ] between four and eight
[ C ] weighing between 20 and 40 pounds
[ D ] weighing more than 80 pounds
Many people are worded about what television has done to the generation of American children who have grown up watching it. For one thing, recent studies show that TV weakens the ability to imagine. Some teachers feel that television has taken away the child's ability to form mental pictures in his own mind, resulting in children who cannot understand a simple story without pictures. Secondly, too much TV too early usually causes children to be removed from real-life experences. Thus, they grow up to be passive （被动的） watchers who can only respond （反应） to action, but not start doing something actively. The third area for such a worrying situation is the serious dissatisfaction frequently expressed by school teachers that children show a low patience for the pains in learning. Because they have been usedt0 seeing results of all problems in 30 or 60 minutes on TV, they are quickly discouraged by any activity that promises less than. immediate
satisfaction.But perhaps the most serious result is the TV effect of bloody fights and death on children, who have come to believe that it is an everyday thing. Not only does this increase their admission of terrible acts on others, but some children will follow anti-social （反社会的） acts that they see on televison.
68. Because of TV, children have lost their ability to_______.
[ A ] have ideas of new things
[ B ] understand pictures in books
[ C ] read story books
[ D ] think in a clear way
69. What do school teachers worry about？
[ A ] Children suffer from mental pains.
[ B ] Children are weak at facing diffculties.
[ C ] Children become uninterested in class activities.
[ D ] Children spend little time learning unknown things.
70. When children see terrible killing on TV, they _______.
[ A ] are frightened
[ B ] think it's real
[ C ] become annoyed
[ D ] feel satisfied
71. The main purpose of the text is to tell people_______.
[ A ] how to prevent children from watching TV
[ B ] how children like frightening TV prograrmnes
[ C ] What bad effects TV programme have on children
[ D ] what teachers think of today's children
72. The main purpose of this leaflet is to_______.
[ A ] give information to people who are planning to buy cars
[ B ] discuss the major causes of pollution problems in Boston
[ C ] give suggestions to people suffering from pollution-related diseases
[ D ] persuade people to use public transportation instead of their own cars
73. How much percent of the land in downtown Boston is taken , up by streets, garages and_______
[A] 30%. [B] 50%.
[C] 80%. [D] 89%.
74. We may infer from the leaflet that_______.
[ A ] loud noises can make people lose their hearing
[ B ] many people in Boston can. only afford cheaper cars
[ C ] poullution by cars costs $ 2 000 per person per year in Boston
[ D ] people in Boston don't have gardens because of the need for garages
75. According to the leaflet, better public transportation is very effective in reducing pollution because_______.
[ A ] the city will have more money to deal with pollution problems
[ B ] buses and trains do not produce dangerous gas
[ C ] there will be more places for trees and grass
[ D ] fewer people will drive their own cars
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With the development of computer technology, Internet has become 76.____ more and more popular. All students regard itas a great helper~ Since there
is a lot of information on line, you can surf the Internet for any information
you need it in a short time without working hard in the library. It is also 79.____ very convenient to communicate to others by using the Internet. However, 80.____ others students think that there is some information on line that is not good
for the students. In addition, spending too much time play games on line 82.____
not only has a bad effect on study but also makes harm to our health. 83.____ Therefore, we should make a proper use of the Internet. And it is of great 84.____ importance for us to separate（分离） good plants into wild weeds. 85.____