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高一英语期末考试模拟练习

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第一部分:听力(共两节,满分20分)

第一节(共5小题;每小题1分,满分5分)

听下面5段对话。每段对话后有一个小题,从题中所给的ABC三个选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后,你都有10秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。

1. What is the relationship between the man and the woman?

A. Doctor and patient.            B. Salesman and customer.           C. Professor and student.

2. What will the man have to do?

A. Get operated on twice.              B. Have an operation immediately.              C. See other doctors.

3. What does the woman worry about?

A. The weather.                            B. Her umbrella.                         C. The man.

4. How much does the man save?

A. $20.                                 B. $4.                                        C. $16.

5. What will most probably happen?

A. The woman will say goodbye to the man.         B. They will write an article.

C. They will enter the department store.

第二节(共15小题;每小题1分,满分15分)

听下面5段对话。每段对话后有几个小题,从题中所给的ABC三个选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话前,你将有时间阅读各个小题,每小题5秒钟;听完后,各小题给出5秒钟的作答时间。每段对话读两遍。

听第6段材料,回答第68题。

6. What is the man speaker?

A. A guide.                            B. A houseman.                    C. A police officer.

7. What happened to the woman?

A. Her leg was broken.           B. Her money was stolen.      C. Her briefcase was gone.

8. How many events had happened in the past two weeks?

A. 20.                                          B. 12.                                 C. 13.

听第7段材料,回答第911题。

9. What’s true about White Town?

A. It lies at the foot of the mountain.    

B. It’s 20 km to the east of this place.

C. There are fewer than 1,000 people.

10. What goes past the neighboring towns according to the text?

A. A hill.                               B. A river.                           C. A road.

11. What does David often do on weekends?

A. Fishing.                                   B. Boating.                          C. Climbing the mountain.

听第8段材料,回答第1214题。

12. What is the relationship between the two speakers?

A. They are strangers.             B. They are doctor and patient.     C. They are friends.

13. How many people are there in the dialogue?

A. Three, a woman and two men.  

B. Two, a woman and a man. 

C. Two, a boy and a man.

14. What do you know about the man?

A. He is a doctor.                          B. He is blind.                     C. He is kind.

听第9段材料,回答第1517题。

15. What is the man’s favorite dessert?

A. Apple pie.                         B. Chocolate.                       C. Ice cream.

16. What kind of ice creams does the man prefer?

A. Chocolate ice creams.         B. Strawberry ice creams.     C. Ice creams.

17. Why is the woman happy?

A. Because the man comes.                  

B. Because the man enjoys the dinner very much.

C. Because she likes the dessert also.

听第10段材料,回答第1820题。

18. Why do drag race tracks have to be straight?

A. The fast cars can’t make a sharp turn.

B. Each race lasts only about seven seconds.

C. The cars might run into people in the street.

19. Why is it sometimes impossible to see the racers?

A. The tracks are too straight.  B. There is too much smoke. C. The racing cars go too fast.

20. What do we know about drag racing?

A. It costs more money than other car races.

B. It has nothing in common with other car races.

C. It has changed from a teenage pastime to business.

第二部分:英语知识运用(共两节,满分35分)

第一节:单项选择(共15小题;每小题1分,满分15分)

请认真阅读下面各题,从题中所给的ABCD四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。

21. ---What’s that noise?

---Oh, I forgot to tell you. The new machine ______.

A. was tested           B. will be tested            C. is being tested           D. has been tested

22. I finished collecting clothes outside, got back in and tried to close the door, but it ______.

A. wouldn’t be shut  B. wouldn’t shut           C. shouldn’t be shut       D. shouldn’t shut

23. ---What do you think of Paul?

---The ______ he makes on me is that he is very lazy.

A. attitude               B. idea                         C. sign                         D. impression

24. It’s usually warm in my hometown, but it ______ be rather cold sometimes.

A. must                   B. can                          C. should                      D. would

25. Isn’t it amazing how the human body heals ______ after an injury?

A. himself               B. him                         C. itself                        D. it

26. In order ______ your dream ______, you should put in one hundred percent effort.

A. of; to realize              B. for; to be realized      C. of; come true            D. of; to be come true

27. That young man hasn’t finished the work until now. I’ll ______ him on what he was doing the whole morning.

A. ask                     B. voice                       C. criticize                    D. question

28. ---I wonder if I can have two rooms.

---Sorry, our hotel is booked full and no room is ______ now.

A. acceptable           B. unusable                   C. suitable                    D. available

29. She ______ well refuse to speak to you, because she’s in a very bad mood.

A. will                    B. can                          C. must                        D. may

30. ---Pardon?

---The teacher asked ______ the film Kung Fu Panda.

A. you have see                                                 B. if or not you have see             

C. whether or not you have seen                   D. whether have you seen

31. I thought she was going to fall, but she recovered her ______ quickly and carried on performing on the ice.

A. health                 B. breath                      C. balance                    D. experience

32. ---What’s your opinion on my speech?

---I don’t think that your speech has ______ to the crowd, for they appeared quite puzzled.

A. got across           B. got back                   C. got through                     D. got away

33. As a journalist, I was able to know all the important people whom I would ______ have no chance to meet at all.

A. otherwise            B. therefore                  C. instead                            D. however

34. ---How do you know she works in this department?

---I ______ her name on a list several days ago.

A. came about         B. came across              C. came out                  D. came to

35. ---I’m putting on weight recently.

---To change your body shape, you need to ______ calories.

A. take                    B. absorb                      C. lose                         D. burn

第二节:完形填空(共20小题;每小题1分,满分20分)

请认真阅读下面短文,从短文后各题所给的ABCD四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。

Leaning against my parents’ wardrobe(衣柜) in the bedroom, I, six years old then, listened to their talk about budgets(预算) and paychecks. I  36  that my family was poor.

Their money talk  37 , and a thought hit me: Dad had to  38  for me. While the story of my birth was expected as a bedtime favorite, I had never considered hospital  39 , the meals I’d eaten, or the  40  of my clothes.

“Daddy,” I interrupted, “how much did I cost?” “Oh, let me see. About a million dollars.”

A million dollars! Because of me, Dad  41  two jobs. Because of me, he wore  42  jeans, drove an old car, and had his shoes  43  --- over and over again.

I went to the kitchen. From a shelf, I took my granny-shaped bank, which  44  every penny I owned --- seven dollars. I pulled the bank’s plug out, and  45  the coins into my hands. I had often played with these coins in secret and I felt secure(可靠的,放心的)  46  in just knowing they were there.

Whether the topic had changed when I returned to my parents’  47 , I didn’t notice. Pulling on Dad’s shirt, I held out my first  48  on a million dollars.

“Here,” I said. “Maybe this will  49  to pay for me.”

“What?” Dad’s confused look  50  my own. Didn’t he remember what he’d said? Didn’t the  51  of me remind him of how much I cost?

My tear-filled eyes, which I couldn’t seem to take off the bank,  52  made sense to him.

Dad knelt down and pulled me  53 . “You didn’t cost a million dollars, but you’re worth a million million dollars. And  54  that’s what I’d have to pay for you, I would do it.”

Today, I often  55  this memory, think about it and feel the warm weight of it in my heart.

36. A. avoided                     B. decided                    C. pretended                 D. refused

37. A. failed                 B. began                       C. stopped                    D. continued

38. A. look                   B. pay                          C. speak                       D. call

39. A. bills                   B. trips                         C. income                     D. staff

40. A. quality                B. style                        C. material                   D. price

41. A. provided             B. lost                          C. worked                    D. left

42. A. new                    B. old                          C. clean                        D. beautiful

43. A. bought                B. washed                     C. repaired                   D. sold

44. A. held                   B. damaged                  C. missed                            D. recognized

45. A. poured                B. looked                            C. turned                      D. burst

46. A. anxiety               B. sorrow                            C. pleasure                   D. victory

47. A. wardrobe            B. bed                          C. company                  D. bedroom

48. A. focus                  B. suggestion                C. dependence               D. payment

49. A. help                   B. forget                      C. remember                 D. regret

50. A. matched              B. minded                    C. hurt                         D. defended

51. A. confusion            B. sight                        C. anger                       D. danger

52. A. lately                  B. finally                      C. hardly                      D. hopefully

53. A. away                  B. down                       C. close                        D. up

54. A. after                   B. though                            C. if                             D. unless

55. A. fill up                 B. knock out                 C. leave up                   D. pull out

第三部分:阅读理解(共15小题;每小题2分,满分30分)

请认真阅读下列短文,从短文后各题所给的ABCD四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。

A

Are you looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? As publishers of children’s books, we often hear from parents about their reluctant readers and what they have done to encourage their children to read. Here are five parent-tested strategies.

Let them read funny stories

Interest alone is a big motivator for getting kids to love reading. Funny books are what they are interested in. You’ll be glad to know that cartoons include vocabulary-stretching words besides pictures.

Read yourself

Set time aside each day to read something. Show by example that reading is something you do throughout your life to enjoy, to learn, or to keep up with what is happening in your field of interest.

Have a family reading time

My mom is British, so each afternoon we would have tea-time. We would drink our tea and nibble(小口咬) on cookies while Mom read a chapter to us from a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. You will all enjoy the family time and your child will also learn to enjoy reading and listening.

Give books as presents

Pick out books on topics your child likes, such as animals, princesses, plants, and magic. Buy these books as present for them. The book parents choose with encouraging words in it is always special.

Give reading rewards

Sometimes you can put money between the pages. This is especially motivating to teens. Many parents have mentioned this technique to us. So if nothing else is working, perhaps your reluctant reader will get excited about this approach.

Reading opens up new worlds, creates understanding, and enriches lives. Help your child learn the wonder that can be found in books by using these strategies.

56. From the passage, we know the author of the passage ______.

A. is a primary school teacher                             B. is a publisher of children’s books

C. writes story books for children                        D. researches on children’s growth

57. What does the underlined word “reluctant” in the first paragraph probably mean?

A. Unwilling.                 B. Lazy.                       C. Silent.               D. Shy.

58. Why does the author use his/her mother as an example?

A. To advise parents and children to eat something while reading.

B. To prove that a mother’s reading helps her child become intelligent.

C. To advise parents to enjoy reading with their child.

D. To advise parents to fix a time to drink tea with their child.

59. What is the passage mainly about?

A. Some kinds of books that children should read.

B. How to pick out the books children like best.

C. How to arrange time for children to read.

D. The strategies for encouraging children to read.

B

Close your eyes and think of someone who has hurt you. The offense(伤害) may be severe or small but deeply painful. He may be a stranger --- the driver who caused your accident or someone who took your child. More likely, it is someone close and trusted. It may even be yourself.

Let all the anger and hurt you feel for that wrongdoer gradually come to the surface. Feel your heart beating quickly, your stomach churning(翻腾) and your thoughts racing in dark directions. OK, stop. Now, forgive the offender. Don’t just remember the bitterness, but wish him well and move on --- whether he is sorry or not.

Many researchers think forgiveness may be medicine for the body. They have shown that “forgiveness interventions(介入)” --- often just a couple of short sessions in which the wounded are guided towards positive feelings for an offender --- can reduce pain and depression and increase quality of life among the very ill.

Like proper nutrition and exercise, forgiveness appears to be a behaviour that a patient can learn, exercise and repeat as needed to prevent disease and preserve health. But the new science worries many in mental health who fear that traumatized(精神创作的) patients face pressure to forgive when their desire to do so is not fully developed.

While much of the early work on forgiveness has focused on forgiveness of others, scientists are turning up evidence that forgiving oneself may have a more powerful effect on overall health. “Sometimes people hurt us, and we move on, and it might fade,” says Loren Toussaint, a psychologist who with colleagues was the first to establish a long-term link between people’s health and their likeliness to forgive. However, Dr. Toussaint has been surprised to learn that those who hold onto self-blame may suffer more. As he says, “The human mind is sometimes an instrument of suffering.”

60. The first paragraph mainly wants to tell readers that ______.

A. it’s easy for us to remember who has hurt us    B. we may be hurt by any person

C. any offence is deeply painful                    D. to forgive others is to forgive ourselves

61. What does the underlined word “so” in the fourth paragraph refer to?

A. Forgiveness.        B. Treatment.         C. Health preservation.         D. Pain reduction.

62. According to Dr. Toussaint, which of the following may be the most useful thing for our health?

A. Self-blame          B. Forgiving others.      C. Showing anger.    D. Forgiving ourselves

C

Remember your dreams will require some effort on your part. But what your dreams can offer and tell you about yourself will be well worth it. Here are some tips to help you:

1. Have a regular bedtime and wake-up time. Make this your habit. Going to bed and waking up at regular time every day helps in dream recollection.

2. Avoid drinking alcohol and taking medicine before going to bed. These things may stop you from remembering your dreams. Eating fatty foods too close to bedtime can also divert(转移) bodily resources away from the brain and hinder dream recollection.

3. Keep a pencil, notebook or tape recorder next to your bed so that it will be within reach as soon as you wake up. You want to make recording your dreams as easy a task as possible. Having a small lamp by your bedside is also a good idea if you should wake up in the middle of the night and want to record your dreams immediately.

4. Upon waking from a dream, lie still in your bed. Wake up slowly and stay relaxed. Hold on to the feelings you have and let your mind wander to the images of what you have just dreamt. Were you depressed, terrified, or happy?

5. Write down as many details in your dreams as you can, no matter how tiny or seemingly unimportant they may be. Make it a habit that this is the first thing you do. Talking about your dreams to friends or taking part in forums and chats also helps you remember.

6. Sometimes it may help to draw pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Even if you are not an artist, a simple drawing can help to remember details of your dreams.

63. We can learn from the passage that ______.

A. dreams have a bad effect on people’s health

B. having a regular bedtime leads to fewer dreams

C. analyzing dreams can help you learn more about yourself

D. taking medicine will make people remember dreams more easily

64. The underlined word “hinder” in paragraph 3 can best be replaced by “______”.

A. prevent                      B. help                         C. slow                 D. quicken

65. It can be inferred from paragraph 4 that ______.

A. sleeping with a lamp on is not a bad idea  

B. dreams are often forgotten very quickly   

C. people dream most at midnight                

D. people often speak out what they are dreaming while sleeping

66. What would be the best title for the passage?

A. Sleeping habits and health                       B. The secrets behind dreams

C. How to recall your dreams                       D. How to form good sleeping habits

D

From the moment we heard about these projects, we wanted to share them with our readers. They are stories that have touched us greatly and changed the lives of many around the world. These organizations stand out in our eyes. They are projects that continue to inspire us.

Knit with Love

Brigitte Weeks

Knit for Kids began as a simple request to Guideposts readers to knit and donate sweaters for poor children. Since then, the response has been heartwarming and the project has donated over 300,000 sweaters to needy children all over the world. To find out how you can get involved, visit Guidepostsmag.com/sweater.

Sole Survivors

Mona Purdy

When Mona Purdy traveled all the way to Guatemala(危地马拉) to run a half-marathon, Mona found more than just the finish line. Witnessing poverty right in front of her eyes, she was inspired to stretch her energy to a new level. Today, her organization, Share Your Soles, donates shoes to needy people all over the world. She not only changes the lives of others but has shown her kids what giving truly means. To find out how you can donate shoes, visit shareyoursoles.com.

Hannah’s Socks

Rosie Schaap

When four-year-old Hannah Turner helped her mother serve Thanksgiving d inner at a shelter, she noticed an elderly man’s feet showing through the holes in his shoes. From this small observation and desire to help, Hannah’s generosity(慷慨) inspired her mother to create a non-profit organization donating socks of all sizes to the needy. To find out how you can donate socks, visit hannahssocks.org.

Mother Bear Project

Rosie Schaap

After Amy Berman learned about the millions of children in Africa with AIDS, she was inspired to reach out to them by creating something that had comforted her own children --- knitted bears. She created The Mother Bear Project, which sends the infected kids in Africa a hand-knitted furry(毛茸茸的) friend so they know that someone cares about them. To see the bears and order a bear pattern, visit motherbearproject.org.

67. The main purpose of this passage is to ______.

A. show offering is receiving                       B. ask readers to share their stories

C. introduce some moving projects               D. encourage people to be special

68. If a person wants to donate a pair of shoes to the needy, he can visit ______.

A. Guidepostsmag.com/sweater                     B. shareyoursoles.com

C. hannahssocks.org                                    D. motherbearproject.org

69. An African girl who has not enough clothes to wear in winter will probably receive something from ______.

A. Knit with Love                                       B. Sole Survivors

C. Hannah’s Socks                                      D. Mother Bear Project

70. What do the four organizations have in common?

A. They only help poor Africans.                  B. They’re aimed at helping children.

C. They offer free clothes to the poor            D. They were all set by women.

第四部分:任务型阅读(共10小题;每小题1分,满分10分)

请认真阅读下面短文,并根据所读内容在文章后表格中的空格里填入一个最恰当的单词。

注意:每个空格只填1个单词。请将答案写在答题卡上相应题号的横线上。

In many parts of the world, there are four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. In the US, there are only three: football, basketball, and baseball. That’s not completely true, but almost. In every season, Americans have a ball. If you want to know what season it is, just look at what people are playing. For many Americans, sports are very important in their lives.

Besides “the big three” sports, Americans play a variety of other sports. In warm weather, people enjoy water sports. Lovers of surfing or sailing go to the ocean. Swimmers and water skiers also have their favorite places. Fishermen try their luck in ponds, lakes and rivers. In winter, sportsmen enjoy freezing fun. From the first snowfall, skiers hit slopes. Frozen ponds become playgrounds for skating. People play indoor sports in all weathers. Racquetball(美式墙网球), weightlifting and bowling are year-round activities.

Not all Americans love sports, but sportsmen are an important part of their culture. Throughout their school life, Americans learn to play many sports. All students take PE classes in school. Some try out for the school teams, while others join school sports leagues. Sports meetings at universities attract lots of fans and even the whole community. Many people also enjoy activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or camping. For many people in the US, sports are not just for fun. They’re almost a religion. Thousands of sports fans buy expensive tickets to watch their favorite teams and sportsmen play in person. Other fans watch the games at home on TV. The most devoted sports fans never miss a game. Many a wife become a “sports widow” during her husband’s favorite season.

Americans’ devotion to sports has created a new class of wealthy people. Sports stars often receive million-dollar salaries. Some even make big money by appearing in advertisements for soft drinks, shoes and so on.

Sports in America represent the international heritage of the people who play. Many sports were imported from other countries. People from Europe brought tennis, golf, bowling and boxing to America. Football and baseball came from other Old World games. Only basketball has a truly American origin. Even today some “foreign” sports like soccer are gaining American fans. In 1994 the US hosted the World Cup for the first time ever.

Not only do Americans import sports, but they also export fever as well. Satellites broadcast games to sports fans around the globe. The names of American superstars like Michael Jordan have become household words all over the world.

Title

Sports in the US

Most (71)____ sports

Football, basketball and base ball

Other sports

* In warm weather, people enjoy water sports.

* In winter, sportsmen enjoy freezing fun.

* People play indoor sports (72) ____ the weather is like.

* Racquetball, weightlifting and bowling are performed (73) ____ the year.

Reasons for loving sports

* Sportsmen are an important part of Americans’ (74) ____.

* Sports are almost a (75) ____ for Americans.

Results of people’s loving sports

* A new class of (76) ____ people appear.

* Millions of dollars go to sports stars.

* Some even make big money by (77) ____ soft drinks, shoes, etc.

(78) ____ of American sports

* Tennis, golf, bowling and boxing came from Europe.

* Football and baseball were (79) ____ from other Old World games.

* Basketball originated in (80) ____.

Influence

American sports attract sports fans around the world.

第五部分:书面表达(满分25分)

Nick是一个与众不同的25岁的澳大利亚青年,他的成功之路被公认为是奇迹。请根据以下信息,以“Attitude is Altitude”为题,用英语写一篇150词左右的短文,谈谈Nick的故事对你的启发。

1. 天生时无手无脚,曾被很多人当作怪物嘲笑;

2. 永不言弃;乐观自信;

3. 会游泳、冲浪、钓鱼;获得了双学位;是两个公司的CEO

4. 人生信条:态度决定高度。

参考词汇:肢、臂limb


高二英语期末考试模拟练习参考答案

1-5 CAABC           6-10 CBAAB         11-15 BABCA              16-20 ABABC

21-25 CBDBC              26-30 BDDDC       31-35 CAABD

36-40 BDBAD       41-45 CBCAA       46-50 CDDAA       51-55 BBCCD

56-60 BACDB       61-65 ADCAB       66-70 CCBAD

71. popular            72. whatever          73. all/throughout          74. culture      75. religion

76. wealthy/rich     77. advertising              78. Origins     79. imported/introduced 80. America

One possible version:

Attitude is Altitude

Nick, 25 years old, is a special Australian man, whose success is commonly accepted as a miracle.

Nick was born without limbs, and life seemed to be impossible for him so that he had to struggle to survive. He used to be made fun of, as he looked like a monster. However, Nick never gave up. After many failures, he finally learned to swim, fish and even surf. He completed a university education with two degrees. And now he is CEO of two companies.

How has he created this miracle? Nick’s answer is: attitude is altitude. He is always confident about himself, and is optimistic about life, even in the face of difficulties and obstacles. Nick’s story tells us that nothing is impossible so long as we have the right attitude towards life and the world. What we have to do is make every effort to achieve our dreams.

听力录音材料

Text 1

W: How long do you expect this paper we are writing to be?

M: Less than ten pages.

W: When shall we hand it in?

M: Before February 20th, 2006.

Text 2

M: You mean I should have two operations?

W: Yes, very likely. Otherwise you’ll go on suffering from these diseases for the rest of your life.

M: Let me think it over, Doctor Brown. When I’ve made up my mind, I’ll come again.

Text 3

W: Oh, dear, I’ve forgotten my umbrella.

M: Well, never mind. I don’t suppose it will rain.

Text 4

W: Have you bought your textbooks, Jack?

M: Yes. You gave me twenty dollars, but I only spent sixteen dollars.

Text 5

W: Look at that big department store with such attractive show windows. It must be the biggest one in the city.

M: Yes, it is. Let’s go in and take a look around, shall we?

W: Good idea. I enjoy looking at the various articles though I needn’t buy anything.

Text 6

M: What happened?

W: Well, my husband left for work at 7:30. A few minutes later, somebody broke into the house. I guess he thought the house was empty.

M: Where were you?

W: I was still in bed. I heard something in the living room, so I went downstairs. And there was this man, putting money into his briefcase. I guess I surprised him. He ran out of the front door and I ran after him.

M: It’s good he didn’t have a gun.

W: You said it! Well, he fell down the steps and broke his leg. That’s when I called you.

M: We’ve been looking for this man. In the past two weeks, he broke into 20 homes in this area.

Text 7

W: Where are you from, David?

M: I am from White Town.

W: White Town? That’s a new name for me. Where is it?

M: It’s twenty miles to the east of this place, at the foot of the mountain.

W: Really? I haven’t been to that place. Can you tell me something about it?

M: Well, it’s a very small town with a little more than one thousand people.

W: Are there any interesting places there?

M: If you like climbing hills, there are a lot of beautiful views on the mountain. On top of the mountain, you can see the small towns around it and a river that goes past the neighboring towns.

W: That’s a very good view.

M: Yes. Talking about the river, you can do a lot of things there: fishing, swimming, boating. We often go boating on weekends.

W: That sounds very nice. I’ll surely go there soon.

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M: Here, doggie, come, boy.

W: Excuse me, sir. Can you help me?

M: Certainly. What’s wrong?

W:Well, my car’s broken down. I’m a doctor and I’m in a great hurry. I must return to the hospital at once.

M: What can I do? How can I help you?

W: I must get a taxi, but I’ve left my money at the hospital. Could you possibly lend me some?

M: Well, all right. Is five dollars enough?

W: Can you give me ten dollars? Give me your address and I’ll return it to you by tomorrow.

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M: The salad is tasty.

W: I’m glad you like it. Are you ready for the dessert?

M: Yes, please.

W: Have some apple pie, please.

M: Oh, that’s my favorite dessert.

W: Would you have some ice cream? We have chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Which one do you prefer?

M: Would you give me some chocolate?

W: Sure.

M: It was an enjoyable dinner. Thank you very much.

W: I’m so happy you like it.

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You’ve probably seen fast cars racing on TV or the movies, but have you ever seen a drag race? Drag racing started in the United States in 1953. The first drag tracks were built by those who were worried about teenagers who were racing their cars on public streets. A track is a straight course about 1,200 feet long. The track has to be straight because the cars go so fast that they can’t possibly take a corner. Each race lasts only about seven seconds! The cars used in drag racing don’t have much in common with other racing cars. In the front is something that looks like a bicycle wheel. Huge, fat tires are at the back. The powerful engine is usually in front of the driver. During a race there is sometimes so much smoke from the engines that it’s hard to see the racers. The fans say the best races are those where the cars go so fast that they can’t see them at all! There are professional drag races now. A good drag racer can earn as much as 65,000 a year.

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