1 . Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
These three short plays by Suzan Lori•Parks are the start of an ambitious attempt to retell the story of the American civil war. The focus is on a slave promised his freedom by his master if he joins in the fight against the Union. Steve Toussaint and Jimmy Akingbola head the cast, and Jo Bonney is in charge.
★15 September to 4 October, Royal Court, London. Box office: 020•7565 5000.
A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer
Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel consider our attitudes to cancer and the language we employ to deal with it through the stories of five people. This is an all•singing, all•dancing affair with music by Tom Parkinson, wiping off the pink charity ribbons to look at the realities of diagnosis(诊断) and what it means for the wider family.
★20～24 September, Home, Manchester. Box office: 0161•200 1500.
Every parent wants the best for their baby. Kurt and Martha are prepared to work hard to ensure theirs has everything he needs, even if that means Kurt taking on extra work. Franz Xaver Kroetz’s extraordinary play about the damage that profit causes to individuals and the environment gets a new translation from Conor McPherson.
★15～22 October, Lyric, Belfast. Box office: 028•9038 1081.
The Red Barn
David Hare’s new play is based on La Main, a psychological thriller by the great Georges Simenon. The story concerns two couples who, on their way back from a party, struggle through the snow. The play is directed by Robert Icke, and the cast is headed by Mark Strong and Hope Davis.
★6～20 October, Lyttelton, London. Box office: 020•7452 3000.
【小题1】When can you see the play directed by Robert Icke?
|A．On 19 September.
||B．On 3 October.
|C．On 10 October.
||D．On 21 October.
【小题2】In which play can we feel parents’ love for children?
|B．The Red Barn.
|C．Father Comes Home from the Wars.
|D．A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer.
【小题3】What do the plays mentioned in the text have in common?
|A．They are all comedies.
||B．They are put on in autumn.
|C．They are highly thought of.
||D．They are works of the same writer.
2 . After finishing my teaching for a school year, I thought that I should go back to Montreal, Quebec, my hometown for a visit. My main goal was to relax in preparation for the challenges of my retirement(退休) in the coming year.
Through my stay in Montreal, I met lots of Chinese who were trying hard to succeed and then led a better life in Canada. Some travelled thousands of miles to get knowledge. When I spoke with some of them about the major barrier(障碍) they had to face after they arrived in Canada, they all talked about the two official languages of Canada. But I was impressed by their ability to express their ideas while they were changing between English and French.
Almost all of those people said they often felt homesick. They miss their families and friends. Though Montreal has lots of Chinese restaurants, they long for a home•cooked meal.
I met some tourists who were trying to realize their childhood dreams of experiencing the life in a developed country. When I asked them if Montreal had lived up to their expectations, they hesitated. They said that reality never agrees with fantasies. However, they were glad to have the opportunity to visit Montreal and didn’t regret taking the trip.
Not all the Chinese people I met were happy. I once met a young lady who met with a gentleman through the Internet. However, to her disappointment, he disappeared after he promised to marry her in Montreal.
I was served by another Chinese person who could not deal with the challenges of studying in an English-speaking environment and ended up working in a restaurant with low pay.
Exploring different parts of the world, without any doubt, is an enriching experience. However, one should be realistic when it comes to leaving his hometown to start a new life in a foreign country. One should take time to examine the advantages and the shortcomings of the adventure before he decides to chase an uncertain dream of achieving success or leading a better life.
【小题1】Why did the writer go to his hometown?
|A．To meet his old friends.
|B．To study a new language.
|C．To go on with his teaching.
|D．To prepare for his retirement life.
【小题2】What is the main barrier for some Chinese to get knowledge in Canada?
【小题3】The writer thinks that .
|A．overseas Chinese are good at communication in Canada
|B．the trip to Montreal is a good chance for people to study
|C．overseas Chinese feel disappointed at their life in Canada
|D．people should think carefully before chasing their dreams abroad
【小题4】What is the best title for the passage?
|A．Improving Life Skills in Canada
|B．Exploring Different Parts of Canada
|C．Struggling for a Better Life in Canada
|D．Going to Canada—Your Ideal Destination
3 . People who have seen Trisha Seifried Woodall with her cats say that she has a magic touch. Most people don’t know anyone who can order a cat to jump on a table, sit for two minutes, and then jump to the floor and walk backward.
Ms. Seifried Woodall has taught her cats to do all these tricks — and many more. At her training center. Got Pet-ential, cats learn tricks for TV and magazine ads. Some of her cats have appeared on bags of cat food.
When Ms. Seifried Woodall gets a cat, she first learns what that cat likes and doesn’t like. “Some cats like to stay close to the ground, so I’ll teach them how to stand behind me, and walk with me,”she says. “Other cats, like high places, so they’ll learn how to jump on my bent knee and then safely leap to my shoulder.”
Ms. Seifried Woodall grew up in a family with many pets, and she was first paid to work with animals when she was 18. At a summer job at an amusement park, she learned how to train a few of the animals for performances. She continued to train and learn about animals for 20 years before starting her own animal-training center.
Ms. Seifried Woodall is proud of the skills her cats have learned, but she is also proud that her center’s cats are healthy and social. She believes her cats enjoy learning new tricks.
In Ms. Seifried Woodall’s experience, nobreed(品种) of cat is easier to train than others. All of her cats came from shelters. They have become pets in her home.
Like most animal trainers, Ms. Seifried Woodall uses a reward system. Cats that are successful during training get food or a new toy. A cat that doesn’t enjoy eating or playing will probably not be interested in being trained. She never scolds(责骂) them. “Cats need a lot of encouragement when they are performing, she says.” I say good job or that’s right several times during a single minute.”
【小题1】What are the cats trained by Ms. Seifried Woodall mainly used to do?
|A．Work for amusement parks.
||B．Act in TV and magazine ads.
|C．Become people’s family pets.
||D．Set a good example to other cats.
【小题2】What can we learn about Ms. Seifried Woodall and her cat-training job?
|A．She usually trains cats at her home.
|B．She prefers training cats that are active.
|C．She trains cats according to their characters.
|D．She can train any cat to be well-behaved.
【小题3】What did Ms. Seifried Woodall do before becoming a cat trainer?
|A．She took care of pets for families.
|B．She performed at an amusement park.
|C．She worked in an animal shelter.
|D．She worked with animals for years.
【小题4】Which of the following can best describe Ms. Seifried Woodall?
|A．Brave and strong
||B．Polite and friendly
|C．Caring and patient
||D．Humorous and talkative