Directions: There are 2 passages in this section. Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A)， B)， C) and D). You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre。
Questions 52 to 56 are based pm the following passage。
In 2011, many shoppers chose to avoid the frantic crowds and do their holiday shopping from the comfort of their computer. Sales at online retailers gained by more than 15%， making it the biggest season ever. But people are also returning those purchases at record rates, up 8% from last year。
What went wrong? Is the lingering shadow of the global financial crisis making it harder to accept extravagant indulgences? Or that people shop more impulsively—and therefore make bad decisions—when online? Both arguments are plausible. However, there is a third factor: a question of touch. We can love the look but, in an online environment, we cannot feel the quality of a texture, the shape of the fit, the fall of a fold or, for that matter, the weight of an earring. And physically interacting with an object makes you more committed to your purchase。
When my most recent book Brandwashed was released, I teamed up with a local bookstore to conduct an experiment about the difference between the online and offline shopping experience. I carefully instructed a group of volunteers to promote my book in two different ways. The first was a fairly hands-off approach. Whenever a customer would inquire about my book, the volunteer would take them over to the shelf and point to it. Out of 20 such requests, six customers proceeded with the purchase。
21.—Excuse me. How can I get to Shanzihe Airport?
The second option also involved going over to the shelf but, this time, removing the book and them subtly holding onto it for just an extra moment before placing it in the customer’s hands. Of the 20 people who were handed the book, 13 ended up buying it. Just physically passing the book showed a big difference in sales. Why? We feel something similar to a sense of ownership when we hold things in our hand. That’s why we establish or reestablish connection by greeting strangers and friends with a handshake. In this case, having to then let go of the book after holding it might generate a subtle sense of loss, and motivate us to make the purchase even more。
—Take Shanghai Road, follow the __________ and you can’t miss it.
A recent study also revealed the power of touch, in this case when it came to conventional mail. A deeper and longer-lasting impression of a message was formed when delivered in a letter, as opposed to receiving the same message online. Brain imaging showed that, on touching the paper, the emotional center of the brain was activated, thus forming a stronger bond. The study also indicated that once touch becomes part of the process, it could translate into a sense of possession。
A. way B.traffic C. notices D. signs
This sense of ownership is simply not part of the equation in the online shopping experience。
22.—I often feel __________ when speaking in public.
—Well, just take it easy.
52. Why do people prefer shopping online according to the author?
A.bored B.great C.nervous D.serious
A) It is more comfortable and convenient。
23.Mum always tells me “A smile costs _____, but gives much.”
B) It saves them a lot of money and time。
A.anything B. something C.everything D.nothing
C) It offers them a lot more options and bargains。
24.Rio 2016 Olympics will __________ 16 days from August 5th to August 21st.
D) It gives them more time to think about their purchase。
A.last B.continue C.count D.keep
53. Why do more customers return their purchases bought online?
25.I was caught in the rain. Even_______, I was late again!
A) They regretted indulging in costly items in the recession。
A.better B.worse C.further D.worst
B) They changed their mind by the time the goods were delivered。
26.Don’t let homework _____ too much time. Children need to play.
C) They had no chance to touch them when shopping online。
A. give up B. take up C. look up D. put up
D) They later found the quality of goods below their expectations。
27.—Well, mum, could I hang out with my friends now?
54. What is the purpose of author’s experiment?
A) To test his hypothesis about online shopping。
A.may B.can C.must D.could
B) To find out people’s reaction to his recent book。
28.Give me a chance, __________ I’ll give you a wonderful surprise.
C) To find ways to increase the sale of his new book。
A. or B. so C. and D. but
D) To try different approaches to sales promotion。
29.—May I speak to Mary?
55. How might people feel after letting go of something they held?
—Hold on, please.She_______in the kitchen.
A) A sense of disappointment C) A subtle loss of interest
A.has cooked B.cooked C.will cook D.is cooking
B) More motivated to own it. D) Less sensitive to its texture。
30.—Could you please tell me________?
56. What does train imaging in a recent study reveal?
—At 169, Jinan Road.
A) Conventional letters contain subtle messages。
A.where the library lies
B) A lack of touch is the chief obstacle to e-commerce。
B.how I can get to the library
C) Email lacks the potential to activate the brain。
C.where is the library
D) Physical touch helps form a sense of possession。
D.how can I get to the library
It was a cold windy winter day and I was walking home from work. My head pointed down against the 31 when I noticed an old lady. She was 32 on the sidewalk in her house slippers (拖鞋).
As I 33 her, I saw that she was well into her 80s, and she was holding some 34 in her hands.
I walked on and arrived at the traffic light. Waiting there, I saw the mailbox 35 the street. The light turned green, but I pretended (假装) to check my phone and waited for her to catch up with me. In this neighborhood, even crossing with the green light was 36 . Drivers often drove 37 through red lights and stop signs.
I stayed there until she 38 me. I turned to her and touched her gently on the arm. She smiled and took my hand in hers and 39 it. Her small hand was soft and warm. Hand-in-hand, we were waiting for the 40 to change.
When the light turned green, we walked together slowly across the street, 41 the letters in the mailbox. Then I took her 42 across the street.
As I walked the rest of the way home, I could still feel the 43 of her hand in my own.
People say the first language of all humans is 44 . A caring touch helps to make a bad situation 45 .And even now, every time I think of the old lady, I can still feel the power of touch.
A.crowd B.snow C.wind D.rain
A.begging B.walking C.running D.riding
A.knew B.expected C.missed D.passed
A.letters B.pictures C.books D.flowers
A.across B.over C.through D.behind
A.strange B.crazy C. dangerous D.safe
A.carefully B.quietly C.wildly D.calmly
A.called B.reached C.found D.caught
A.pushed B.pulled C.hit D.held
A.way B.light C.ride D.traffic
A.took B.sent C.dropped D.locked
A.forward B.back C.away D.ahead
A.warmth B.trust C.care D.love
A.help B.kindness C.touch D.action
A.interesting B.necessary C.popular D.hopeful
Do you want to get home from work knowing you have made a real difference in someone’s life?
If yes, don’t care about sex or age! Come and join us, then you’ll make it!
Job: Volunteer Social Care Assistant
(No Pay with Free Meals)
Hours: Part Time
We are now looking for volunteers to support people with learning disabilities to live active lives! Only 4 days left. Don’t miss the chance of lending your warm hands to help others!
You will provide people with learning disabilities with all kinds of help in their daily life. You will help them to develop new skills. You will help them to protect their rights and their safety. Most important of all, you should let them know they are valued.
Skills and Experience Required：
You will have the right values and great listening skills. You will be honest and patient. You should have the ability to drive a car and to communicate in excellent written and spoken English, since you’ll help those people with different learning disabilities. Previous (先前的) related experience will be a great advantage for you.
A.You’ll make others’ life more meaningful with this job.
B. You’ll arrive home from work just in time.
C. You’ll make much money from this job.
D. You’ll succeed in getting this job.
A. get some support
B. protect themselves
C. learn some living skills
D. know their own value
B. Free meals are provided for the volunteers.
C. The volunteers should be over sixteen.
D. Only four days are left for those who want to get the job.
A. The one who can drive a car.
B. The one who has done similar work before.
C. The one who can speak English very well.
D. The one who has patience to listen to others.
A. offer a notice
B. give a report
C. carry an advertisement
D. send an invitation
In 1959, when Jean Harper was in the third grade, her teacher asked them to write a report on what they wanted to be when they grew up. She poured her heart into her report and expressed her dream of becoming an airline pilot. Her paper came back with an “F” on it. The teacher told her it was a “fairy tale”. Jean wascompletely disappointed. As the years went by, Jean was beaten down by the discouragement. “Girls can’t become airline pilots; never have, never will. You’re crazy.” Finally Jean gave up.
In her senior year of high school, her English teacher was Mrs. Dorothy Slaton, a strict teacher with high standards. One day Mrs. Slaton asked this question, “What will you do in the future?” Jean felt a rush of the old enthusiasm (热情), and with excitement she wrote down the very old dream right away.
The next thing that Mrs. Slaton said changed the course of Jean’s life. “I have a little secret for you. You do have unlimited (无限的) abilities and talents. When you leave school, if you don’t go for your dream, no one will do it for you. You can have what you want if you try!”
The hurt and fear of years of discouragement disappeared suddenly. Jean felt thrilled and told herteacher about her dream of becoming a pilot. Mrs. Slaton slapped (敲) the desk top, “Then do it!” she said.
So Jean did. It didn’t happen overnight. In her l0 years of hard work, even facing all kinds ofdifficulties, she never gave up her dream.
Eventually, Jean Harper became a Boeing 737 captain (机长) of the United Airline Company.
A. great B. impossible C. challenging D. reasonable
A. Jean is not a nice girl
B. only some of her students have great abilities
C. a belief helps to realize one’s dream
D. her students are good enough to enter the best schools
A. Jean’s dream was always in her deep heart
B. Jean didn’t go for her dream
C. most people around Jean were for her dream