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APicasso, the famous Spanish painter, was born in 1881. His father was an art teacher. Picasso began to paint very early. He was admitted to the Royal Academy at the age of 15. After 1900, he spent much time in Paris, living there from 1904 to 1947, when he moved to the south of France.
Throughout his career, Picasso moved from style with ease. He practiced sculpture, illustrated books and also showed great interest in pottery design and other fields of art.
Picasso produced a great number of drawings during his lifetime. No later artist ofthe School of Paris has replaced him in international influence.
Picasso is generally considered to be the foremost figure in 20th century French art. His paintings are now exhibited in leading European and American galleries.
56. The main idea of the passage is ____.
A. Picasso is considered to be the foremost figure in the 20th century French art.
B. Picasso is a famous Spanish painter.
C. Picasso spent much time in Paris, living there from 1904 to 1907.
D. Picasso's life and art.
57. According to the writer, Picasso was _____.
A. more important than any other French artist in international influence.
B. more important than any other Spanish artist in international influence.
C. the most important figure in Spain.
D. the most important figure in France.
58. How long did he stay in Spain and France?
A. Over 19 years in Spain and the rest life in France.
B. 15 years in Spain and 43 years in Paris.
C. 15 years in Spain and the rest life in Paris.
D. He did not stay so long in Paris than in Spain.
59. Picasso moved from style to style with ease. It means ____.
A. he did not like only one style.
B. he changed his style without difficulty.
C. he not only liked sculpture, but also pottery design.
D. he showed great interest in other fields of art.
BStrange coincidences（巧合）happened in the deaths of John. F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. For example, Kennedy was elected President in 1960 while Lincoln became the President in 1860. Both men were murdered from behind, on a Friday, and in the presence of their wives.
The two men were exactly one hundred years apart and so were their murderers, Lee Harvery Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. Perhaps the strange coincidence is that Kennedy's secretary whose name was Lincoln advised him not to go to Dallas where he was shot. Lincoln's secretary whose name was Kennedy, suggested him not going to the Ford Theatre, where he met his death.
60. The coincidences about the deaths of the two presidents were _____.
A. very mysterious
B. just the same
C. rather contrary
D. quite special
61. Where was his wife when Kennedy was murdered on the spot?
A. Maybe she was in a church
B. Maybe she was at home
C. She was somewhere we don't know
D. She was with her husband
62. Which of the following are you not sure about?
A. The two murderers were born one hundred years apart.
B. The two murderers fired their guns behind the two presidents.
C. The two presidents were shot in a theatre.
D. Both secretaries insisted they not go where they were killed, but both were refused.
63. What is the passage mainly about?
A. Two strange presidents.
B. Both Kennedy and Lincoln died on Friday.
C. Both Kennedy and Lincoln didn't die in a natural death.
D. Strange coincidences about two presidents' death.
CI was very disappointed not to be able to go to the jazz concert last Friday. The advertisement in the paper said that you could buy tickets at the theatre box in Richland Hills any day between 10:00 and 4:00. Since I work from 9:00 to 5:30, the only time I could go to the theatre was during my 45-minute lunch break. Unfortunately, the theatre is on the other side of the town, and the bus service between my office and Richland Hills is not very good. But if you are lucky, you can make the round trip in 45 minutes. Last Monday, I stood at the bus stop for 15 minutes waiting for the bus, By the time I saw one come around the corner, there was not enough time left to make the trip. So i gave up and went back to the office. The same thing happened on Tuesday, and again next day. On Thursday, my luck changed. I got on a bus right away and arrived at the theatre in exactly 20 minutes. When I got there, however, I found a long line of people at the box office. I heard one man say he had been waiting in line for over an hour. Realizing I would not have enough time to wait in line, I caught the next bus and headed back across the town. By Friday I realized my only hope was to make the trip by taxi, it was expensive, but I felt it would be worth it to hear the concert. The trip by taxi only took 10 minutes, but felt like an hour to me. When I got to the theatre, I was relieved to see that nobody was waiting in line. The reason, however, I quickly discovered, was that they had already sold all the tickets.
64. The man learned _____ that there would be a concert last Friday.
A. from his friends
B. from one of his work-mates
C. over the radio
D. from the newspaper
65. He tried to go to the theatre every day but managed to get there only _____.
A. once B. twice C. three times D. four times
66. One day the man took ____ to get to the theatre by bus.
A. forty-five minutes
B. fifteen minutes
C. just twenty minutes
D. over an hour
67. The underlined word "relieved" may best be replaced by _____.
A. surprised B. pleased C. puzzled D. sorry
DMy aunt Edith was a widow of 50, working as a secretary, when doctors discovered what was then thought to be a very serious heart illness.
Aunt Edith doesn't accept defeat easily. She began studying medical reports in library and found an article in a magazine about a well-known heart doctor, Dr. Michael Debakey, of Houston, Texas. He had saved the life of someone with the same illness. The article said Dr. Debakey's fees were very high; Aunt Edith couldn't possibly pay them. But could he tell her of someone whose fee she could pay?
So Aunt Edith wrote to him. She simply listed her reasons for wanting to live: herthree children, who would be on their own in three or four years and among them a little girl who always dreamed of traveling and seeing the world. There wasn't a word of self-pity-only warmth and humor and the joy of living. She mailed the letter, not really expecting an answer.
A few days later, my doorbell rang. Aunt Edith didn't wait to come in; she stood inthe hall and read aloud:
Your beautiful letter moved me very deeply. If you can come to Houston, there will be no charge for either the hospital or the operation.
Signed: Michael Debakey
That was seven years ago. Since then, Aunt Edith has been around the world. Her three children are happily married. For her age, she is one of the youngest, most alive people I know.
68. "Aunt Edith doesn't accept defeat easily" means that _____.
A. she is very beautiful B. she is very strong
C. she is very brave D. she is very warm-hearted
69. Why did aunt Edith write to Dr. Debakey? Because _____.
A. she had no time to visit him
B. she didn't know the way to Houston
C. she didn't believe in him
D. she wanted to get some help from him
70. In fact, aunt Edith's letter to Dr. Debakey was full of ____.
A. courage B. illness C. pity D. sadness
71. After reading Dr. Debakey's letter, aunt Edith felt _____.
A. discouraged B. frightened C. disappointed D. encouraged
E"Sesame Street" has been called "the longest street in the world. " This is becausethe television program by that name can now be seen in so many parts of the world. The program, which went on the air in New York in 1969, uses songs, jokes, and pictures to give children a basic understanding of numbers, letters and human relationships. More than 6 million children in the United States watch it regularly. The viewers include morethan half the nation's children before school age.
Many teachers consider the program a great help, though some teachers find that problems happen when the first-year pupils who have learned from "Sesame Street" are in the same class with those who have not watched the program. Tests have shown that children who watch it five times a week learn more than those who seldom watch it. In the United States the program is shown at different hours during the week in order to increase the number of children who can watch it regularly.
Why has "Sesame Street" been so much more successful than other children's shows? Many reasons have been suggested. Perhaps one reason is that mothers watch "Sesame Street" along with their children. But the best reason for the success of the program may be that it makes every child watching it feel able to learn. The child finds himself learning, and he wants to learn more.
72. People call "Sesame Street" the longest street in the world because _____.
A. it is the longest TV program ever produced
B. it took much more time to put on this program than any other one
C. it is shown almost throughout the world
D. it has been on the air since 1969
73. "Sesame Street" is a TV program produced mainly for ______.
A. children B. children of school age
C. primary school teachers D. mothers and their children
74. "Sesame Street" is so successful mainly because _____.
A. mothers watch it with their children
B. it contains songs, stories and jokes
C. it is shown at different hours during the week
D. children are willing and able to learn when watching it
75. When the first-year pupils who have watched the program are the same class with those whohaven't ______.
A. teaching will become a bit difficult
B. they will not get on well with one another
C. it is impossible to begin class at the fixed time
D. they don't want to learn anything more