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全国英语等级考试三级真题(1) - 5
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Everyone knows how the story of Cinderella ends, but did you ever really think about how she spent her days before she met the prince? Her daily routine was not fascinating. She did everything from sweeping the floor to cooking the meals. If someone had asked Cinderella, “Are there any kinds of household work that you particularly hate?” she probably would have answered, “Why, none, of course. Housework is my duty!” In the real world, however, most people have definite dislikes for certain sorts of household work. Two of these tasks are ironing clothes and washing dishes.
Ironing clothes is most hated because it is not a task that can be completed quickly or thoughtlessly. Each piece of clothing must be handled individually, so ironing a basket of laundry can take hours! After www.pets12345.com clothing with great caution, which requires smoothing out the fabric, and following the seams, you need to place it on a hanger as soon as possible. If you do not follow these directions carefully, it might become wrinkled and you have to start over. Perhaps that is why ironing is not a favorite thing to do. It calls for extreme attention to detail from beginning to end.
Another household job that many people dislike is washing dishes. Of course, some people claim that this work is no longer a problem because we have dishwashers now! However, no one would argue that dishes, silverware, and especially pots and pans washed in a dishwasher don’t come out as clean as they do when washed by hand. For this reason, many of us continues to wash our dishes by hand, but we are not necessarily happy doing it. Cleaning dishes is a job that not only takes a lot of energy but also requires the patience to wash and dry them. In addition, unlike ironing clothes, washing dishes is a thing that usually must be done every day. I don’t know how Cinderella felt about this particular task, but I believe that most people hate it as much as I do.


56.For Cinderella, doing household work is .
A. an assignment B. a compulsion C. an obligation D. a burden

57.Most people hate to do clothes-ironing because .
A. it has to be done by one person B. it must be handled skillfully
C. it involves careful planning D. it is time-consuming

58.To avoid ironing the clothes over again, one should .
A. know how to iron certain clothes material
B. spare no care through all the procedures
C. find some proper hangers for the ironed
D. pay special attention to the seams

59.Many people still prefer washing dishes by hand to machine washing because .
A. hand-washed dishes are cleaner
B. dishwashers are not so easily handled
C. some dishes cannot be machinewashed
D. washing dishes by hand is cheaper

60.Ironing is different from dishwashing in that .
A. it requires patience B. it is not a daily routine
C. it is not laborious D. it demands less care

Part B
Directions:
Read the texts from a newspaper article in which five people talk about where they played when they were children. For questions 61 to 65, match the name of each people(61 to 65) to one of the statements(A to G)given below. Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET 1.
Peter:
My favorite childhood play area was the back garden. Back in the days when I was www.pets12345.com a large housing estate, the ‘goals’
would be a pair of garage doors or two jackets laid out in the garden. I would spend hours kicking a ball about with my dad, learning how to control, dribble or kick it.
Simon:
The playground was quite small. The floor was covered with flat bricks and there were many that were cracked or broken or missing, and a few weeds struggled through. It was totally enclosed on one side by the school and on the other by high brick walls. It was more like a prison yardon top of the walls was a layer of concrete into which pieces of broken glass had been stuck. After school was finished my friends and I would climb a lamppost outside the school and sit on top of the wall, slowly breaking off the bits of glass.
Alan:
I come from an area of terraced houses, pavements and streets. There were no gardens. My first school was Prince’s Street Primary and the room in which I received my first lessons had large, folding glass doors that opened onto a small playground that had grass, bushes and flowers. my amazement at seeing these items, which are normal to most of the world, has stayed with me all my life.
Nick:
I was strictly forbidden from the obvious playgrounda long, overgrown ditch running through waste ground, mainly built to take away the rain. It was irresistible to us local schoolchildren. Its charm, compared with the surrounding tennis courts, football pitches and farmland, was purely because it was out of bounds. That area was truly where I grew up, more than in the rest of the little town’s correct and neat suburbia, where my house was.
Julle:
Until I was twelve I was brought up on airforce camps and each camp had a small playground in the middle of the houses. It was always a great meeting place and I remember sitting with my friends on the swings many evenings until dark. You would often go out and swing for hours until someone else came out. I always liked swinging.
Now match each of the persons (61 to 65)to the appropriate statement.
Note:there are two extra statements.
Statements

61. Peter A.I developed sporting skills there.
62. Simon B.I never went straight home from school.
63. Alan C.I enjoyed the feeling of flying.
64. Nick D.My play area was just outside my classroom.
65. Julle E.I enjoyed both being alone and with friends.
F.I played in a place dangerous in others’eyes.
G.There were some playground equipment around my play area.

SECTION IV Writing(40 minutes)

Directions:
You should write www.pets12345.com both Part A and Part B of this section on ANSWER SHEET 2.

Part A
66.Suppose you have made an appointmen with your friend at 5 p.m., but you have some urgent business to attend to and have to cancel your appointment. Write a note to your friend,
1.explaining why you have to cancel your appointment
2.making an apology for that
3.telling him how you plan to make up for it
You should write approximately 100 words. Do not sign your own name at the end of your note. Use “Wang Lin” instead.

Part B
67.Look at the pictures below and write an essay of about 120 words making reference to the following two points:
1. a description of these two pictures
2.your comment on them