The view from my bedroom window was absolutely (spectacular).
She moves from one (exotic) location to another.
Supplies were parachuted into the earthquake (zone).
There are no hotels in this (locality).
His father tried to(probe) his mind and discover what he was thinking.
The weather was (crisp) and clear and you could see the mountains fifty miles away.
We usually choose to play PC games as an (amusement).
The rules are too (rigid) to allow for human error.
The clerk took down the woman’s (particulars).
At that time,we did not fully (grasp) the significance of what had happened.
The Hinman University Math Team _____________ in the 27th annual International Collegiate Math Olympics.
—How about your trip to Hainan?—It couldn’t have been_________.Sometimes I went swimming in the sea;sometimes I lay on the sand.
What_________you do this Sunday if it
A.do, will rain
I wish it______fine tomorrow.
According to the travel Web site, many travelers________staying at the Reliant Hotel in Hanoi.
Both teams were in hard training; __________was willing to lose the game.
The policeman ran after the man and______him by the arm.
—It’s $ 500, but that is my last offer.—OK，it is a__________.cost
—How about camping this weekend, just for a change?—OK, ___________you want.
—Is______here?—No, Bob is ill at home.
Business and government leaders also consider the inflation rate to be an important general indicator.Inflation is a period of increased spending that causes rapid rises in prices.___(21) your money buys fewer goods so that you get__________(22) for the same amount of money as before, inflation is the problem、There is a general rise_________(23) the price of goods and services、Your money buys less、Sometimes people describe inflation as a time when “a dollar is not worth a dollar anymore”. Inflation is a problem for all consumers、People who live on a fixed income are hurt the_________(24).Retired people, for instance, cannot count on an increase in income as prices rise. Elderly people who do not work face serious problems in stretching their incomes to____________(25)their needs in time of inflation、Retirement income_________(26) any fixed income usually does not rise as fast as prices.Many retired people must cut their spending to___________(27) rising prices.In many cases they must stop ___________(28) some necessary items, such as food and clothing.Even_________(29) working people whose incomes are going up, inflation can be a problem.The_________(30) of living goes up,too.People who work must have even more money to keep up their standard of living, just buying the things they need costs more.When incomes do not keep_______________(31) with rising prices,the standard of living goes down.People may be earning the same amount of money, but they are not living as well because they are not able to buy as many goods and services. Government units gather information about prices in our economy and publish it as price indexes__________(32) the rate of change can be determined.A price index measures changes in prices using the price for a_________(33) year as the base.The base price is set at 100,and the other prices are reported as a_________(34) of the base price.A price index makes ________(35) possible to compare current prices of typical consumer goods,for example,with prices of the same goods in previous years.
A.live up to
B.catch up on
C.put up with
D.keep up with
It seems that politicians around the world are thinking about the health of their countries、While in China, Chen Zhu has announced his plans for a universal health service and reform. across health services、Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister, has also announced he is planning to make some changes in our health service. The crux of Mr.Brown’s proposals is related to giving the NHS (National Health Service) a greater focus on prevention, rather than just curing patients. He is planning to introduce increased screening for common diseases such as heart disease，strokes and cancer, for example, breast cancer.In Britain there are 200000 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes, many of which might have been avoided if the condition had been known about. Initially，the diagnostic (诊断的)tests will be available for those who are vulnerable，or most likely to have the disease.One example is a plan to offer all men over 65 an ultrasound test to check for problems with the main artery (动脉)，a condition which kills 3000 men a year.The opposition have criticized Mr.Brown’s proposals，saying that they are just a trick, and claiming that there is no proper timetable for the changes、They also say that Mr.Brown is reducing the money available for the treatment of certain conditions while putting more money towards testing for them. The NHS was founded in 1948, and is paid for by taxation、The idea is that the rich pay more towards the health service than the poor.However, in recent years there has been a great increase in the use of private health care, and it’s much quicker.The NHS waiting lists for operations can be very long, so many people who can afford it choose to pay for medical care themselves. The underlined word“vulnerable”in the fourth paragraph probably means_________.
All the following statements are true except that_______.
A.all people should pay for their health care at the NHS
B.some people are against the reform. of health care
C.the writer is likely to come from Britain
D.more money will be spent on testing people than before
Which of the following is the reason for the increasing private health care?
A.People are paying more attention to their own health.
B.People are well off enough to pay their health care.
C.The NHS was not available for most of the people.
D.It’s not so convenient for people to go to the NHS for their health care.
According to the passage, the purpose of the health reform. plan in the UK is to________.
A.encourage more private health care
B.focus on the prevention rather than on curing the patient
C.deal with the main artery problems
D.fight against the opposition in the UK
The author of this passage intends to tell us______.
A.the NHS should be reformed right away
B.more and more people are dying from diseases
C.the plan to reform. the NHS in the UK
D.the criticism of Mr.Brown’s proposals
It’s summer.In the United States，it’s the season of swimming pools，barbeques，camping and road trips. Road trip vacations where the car journey is part of the fun are especially popular with college students, who like to explore the country on wheels.These budget trips are ideal for students who often have plenty of free time but little money. “Ever since I went to college，Pve been traveling around a lot, exploring the country,” said Austin Hawkins, a 19-year-Old college student from New York.This summer, Hawkins and his friends have spent weekends traveling in New England. The best part about car trips，said Hawkins，is that you can be spontaneous.“On a road trip，if you get interested in tilings you see along the way you can stop and explore.” Matt Roberts, a 20-year-old student from Ohio who drove to Montreal, Canada, agrees.With road trips you don’t have to plan in advance，you can just get into a car and drive.” Even with high gas prices, driving with friends is cheaper than flying.Roberts paid about 40 dollars for gas, but a round trip plane ticket would have cost nearly 400 dollars. Driving trips first became popular in the 1920s.Newly paved roads and improved cars made it possible to travel longer distances.Motels started appearing outside cities. By the 1950s, car ownership became the norm.Construction of the US interstate highway system began in 1956 and motel and restaurant chains popped up everywhere making long distance trips easier. Today, the US has the highest car ownership rate in the world.Only 8 percent of American homes have no car, according to the most recent US census. Though many college students don’t own a car, most have access to one.On many of Hawkins’trips, they used a borrowed van. Hawkins’most memorable road trip took place over spring break.He and two friends drove from New York to New Orleans to volunteer, helping rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina hit it last July.They crossed the country in two days and slept in their car in church parking lots. Roberts? road trip to Canada last winter was even more eventful.Upon arriving in Montreal, they were lost in a blizzard and shivering in the -25°cold.To find their hotel, they turned on a laptop and drove around in circles until they found a spot with wireless Internet coverage. “I know we should have planned better, but we’re youn
A.Now, when I see those guys I always say：‘Remember when we were lost in the snow storm!’I’ll never forget that.” Which of the following statements is NOT true of American college students?
B.They have little money
C.They like traveling by bike.
D.They like to explore the country.D.They often have plenty of time.
What will Hawkins do when he sees something interesting on a road trip?
A.He will turn back
B.He will drive around.
C.He will stop to explor
D.He will stop exploring.
When did motels suddenly appear everywhere?
A.After the work to build the interstate highway system started.
B.When driving trips became popular.
C.After many roads were paved.
D.After new cars were made.
Which of the following words can best describe Hawkins? trip to New Orleans?
The word“blizzard”in paragraph 12 means_________.