1 .    Your future in the performing arts doesn’t have to be a dream. For over 50 years, AMDA has launched some of the most successful careers in theatre, film and television, AMDA creates industry professionals who don’t just wait for life to happen-they stage their own career path. Now it’s your turn.

Program description

At AMDA,we believe a performer must perform. From the first day, you’ll find many performance opportunities in the three core areas of acting, musical theatre and dance, both in and out of the class-room ,as well as individual voice lessons. Over the course of your four semesters, you’ll also improve your performance technique through an intensive curriculum (课程) that focuses on both basic and advanced concepts in acting, musical theatre and dance. Finally, through courses in career preparation, you’ll learn how to apply all of this training to a successful career on stage and screen.

Philosophy and mission

AMDA is committed to providing a splendid performing arts education to a diverse community of creative artists, AMDA serves as both school and stage, where students are given the support and opportunity to identify their own personal objectives and to develop and improve their own distinctive artistic voices. AMDA tries to create an environment for students to develop the skills, confidence, imagination, and power to contribute to their community as artists, business people, lifelong learners, and hard-working citizens of the world. Above all,,AMDA wants to teach students that commitment and passion are the marks of a successful and joyous career.

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【小题1】What is the first paragraph meant to do?

A.To attract the reader’s attention.
B.To show AMDA’s great achievements.
C.To show the long history of AMDA.
D.To make a brief introduction about AMDA.

【小题2】In AMDA,,students can be expected to learn many skills except             .

A.acting B.dancing
C.playing a new instrument D.improving their voice

【小题3】This article can probably be found in              

A.a travel magazine B.a university website
C.a theatre’s notice D.an advertisement


2 . China’s Most Mysterious Internet Celebrity

Her life looks like one straight out of a fairy tale. Li Ziqi impresses millions with her videos, where she makes seemingly everything from scratch with her own two hands, from dying a dress with fresh grape juice to fashioning traditional lipstick. She has some 50 million fans in China and another 8 million overseas, but she remains a mystery to many of them. In her videos, she doesn’t speak, and she rarely gives interviews.

To find Li, we had to travel to rural Sichuan Province in southwestern China, where she grew up. Li grew up with her grandparents here. She says she came to live with them after her stepmother mistreated her. But they were poor, so when she turned 14, Li went to work in the city. In 2012 , she decided to return to the countryside to take care of her grandmother.

Four years later, she started filming her life there. The dishes she prepares range from a single condiment to elaborate multi-course meals. But whatever she makes, she leaves no stone unturned, going as far as raising baby ducklings just to make a sauce (调味汁)out of salted duck eggs.

But Li is not without controversy(争议).Some viewers have been doubtful about her claim that she started as a one—woman band. Two years ago, Li posted a behind-the-scenes video to deny those claims. We weren’t able to make sure these claims because we were not allowed to observe Li filming. But today, three years after she first picked up the camera, Li is one of China’s most successful online video makers.

【小题1】Why is Li Ziqi remain mystery to most fans?

A.She lives far from the city.
B.She seldom shows in public.
C.She is too shy to speak to others.
D.She is unwilling to communicate with others.

【小题2】What can we learn from the passage about Li Ziqi’s early life?

A.She was brought up by her parents.
B.She didn’t leave her hometown for the city until 2012.
C.She went to live with her grandparents when she was 14.
D.She returned to her hometown because of her grandmother.

【小题3】What does the underlined part in Para 4 “she leaves no stone unturned”mean?

A.She misunderstands the things she does.
B.She tries her best to make all her fans satisfied.
C.She wants to find out everything under the stone.
D.She does everything she can to achieve a goal.

【小题4】What is the controversy about Li Ziqi?

A.She makes the video in a new way.
B.She does not know how to start a band.
C.Some viewers doubt whether she started as a one-woman band.
D.Some viewers doubt her purpose of making the videos.


3 .    Derry which was short-listed (入围的) along with Birmingham, Sheffield and Norwich, has been chosen as the UK City of Culture.

Hundreds of people gathered in. the Guildhall to hear the result relayed on big screens.A number of nationally important events such as the Brit Awards and the Turner Prize could  be hosted in Derry. The idea for a UK City of Culture came from the success of Liverpool during its year as European Capital of Culture in 2008. The honor does not come with any direct government funding but the bid organizers are hoping to focus on fundraising and rebuilding.

Plans are already in place to hold a ceremony on the River Foyle celebrating the return of St. Columbia to Ireland, a contemporary(当代的)music festival and a visual arts festival.

The judging group was led by television producer Phil Redmond, who was joined by culture minister Ed Vaizey for the announcement Both men are due to travel to Derry on Friday.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness travelled to Liverpool for the announcement and said he was “over the moon”.

The city’s mayor,Colum Eastwood,,also travelled to Liverpool for the announcement and said he was also “over the moon”.”The award will bring lasting benefits .for Deny. It will bring the jobs, the investment and the regeneration that we need,”he added.

Gregory Campbell, Member of Parliament for East Derry, said that he felt very proud of the city’s success.”It has great potential; let’s realize that potential,”he said.

“It could be the case if we are not careful that this could just be a three-year long party.”

Mr. Campbell also cautioned that everyone needed to take part in the events in what is a majority nationalist city.” We need to try to make sure that the divisions of the past area are the divisions of the past and that this has a universal potential for the future,”he said, “Too often in the past this city has a divided culture;we need to bring people together.”

【小题1】The underlined part “over the moon” in Para 5 most probably means        

A.curious B.shocked C.frightened. D.overjoyed

【小题2】According to Colum Eastwood, winning the bid will  .

A.bring a lot of long-term advantages for the city
B.make the city become the center of Europe
C.help the government become richer and stronger
D.benefit the environmental protection

【小题3】What can be learned from the text?

A.Liverpool was named the UK City of Culture in 2008.
B.Several events and celebrations will be held in Derry.
C.Phil Redmond alone will make the announcement.
D.Only Derry was chosen as the UK City of Culture.

【小题4】Which of the following might be the best title for the text?

A.Great Potential of Derry
B.The Changing Face of Derry
C.Derry , chosen as the UK City of Culture
D.Derry , bringing people together