Among my peers, the most common reasons to sit in front are: poor vision, poor hearing, and harder to fall asleep (my main reason).
That’s about it. I’ve sat in the back and I’ve sat in the front, and I’ve seen no difference in how professors treat me. In fact, I sat in the front of my math class and still fell asleep a lot. I went to office hours for that class regularly and asked the professor if it bothered him and he said he understood completely. I put in the work outside the classroom and performed well on exams, and that’s what ends up on the transcript (成绩单).
From my experience, going to office hours regularly, emailing questions that may be beyond the scope of class just out of your own curiosity, and reading ahead of time so you can ask good relevant questions are the best ways to give a professor a good impression. Where I’ve sat in the classroom hasn’t noticeably affected a professor’s opinion of me in the slightest.
Typically, sitting at the front indicates to me that you want to hear everything I say and want to have more one-on-one questioning with me. Sitting in the middle suggests that you want to fit in, and will be better at group work. Sitting in the back usually means that you want to play with your phone. The people in the front seats will often get the highest grades, dropping as the rows go back. Yes, of course, this is a tendency and not a law, and there are exceptions. But I must point out that for some older professors, they actually can’t see the people in the back well.
I have not noticed where to sit has any effect on attentiveness, participation and respectful behavior. I have noticed though, that students who sit in the back row are almost always disrespectful and inattentive. I have not observed any correlation between achievement and seat location, even though when I was a student myself, I usually preferred to sit in the front.
29. According to the author, the best ways to impress professors do NOT include _____.
A. preparing for the class in advance B. asking questions through emailing
C. going to office hours regularly D. sitting in the front in every class
30. What does the word underlined “correlation” in paragraph 5 probably mean?
A. Connection. B. Balance. C. Difference. D. Separation.
31. What is the author’s opinion of students sitting in the front?
A. They may be better at group work. B. They may want to stay awake in class.
C. They want to play with their phones. D. Their grades are always the highest.
32. What is the author’s purpose of writing the passage?
A. To persuade students to sit in the front.
B. To analyze the advantages of sitting in the back.
C. To show the effect of seating on study results.
D. To discuss different seat locations in the class.
With smartphones and e-readers becoming more common, some have worried that the days of paper books are numbered. But as a recent survey showed, traditional books are still popular among readers. Industry research company Nielsen found that 7 percent more paper books were sold in the UK in 2016 compared to the previous year, while sales of their digital rivals declined by 4 percent. It was the second year in a row that e-book sales have fallen, according to the report released last month.
So what is the reason behind? Nielsen’s survey, surprisingly, found that it is young people who preferred physical books to e-reader versions. Steve Bohme, research director at Nielsen Book Research UK, explained that young people were using books as a break from their daily connections to electronic devices and social media. “We are seeing that books are a respite (缓解), particularly for young people who are so busy digitally,” he told The Guardian.
And the story is the same in other countries. According to a study by American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, 92 percent of college students preferred paper books instead of e-books. In 2010 and 2013, Baron led a team that asked more than 420 university students from the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read. The main reasons were that when reading e-books, students find it not easy to concentrate on the contents. Some also ended up with headaches or sore eyes. In addition, print books can bring a very different reading experience. Slovakian students in particular said that they liked the smell of books when reading a hard copy. Other students said that they get a sense of accomplishment when they finish reading a paper book and they enjoy seeing it on the bookshelf.
While e-book sales have declined, Bohme pointed out that it was still important to remember that the figures were still higher than they were five years ago in the UK. Bohme told The Guardian that e-book sales would continue to decline this year as industry confidence in traditional books increases. “If we have a couple of years of that success story, print sales will keep going up,” he said.
33. Which is NOT the reason why students prefer paper books?
A. The design of hard copies is more attractive.
B. It is difficult to focus when reading e-books.
C. Reading e-books may cause headaches and sore eyes.
D. Finishing reading paper books brings a sense of achievement.
34. What do we know about print books and e-books?
A. Sales figures of e-books were higher in 2011 in the UK.
B. More paper books have been sold than e-books in the UK recently.
C. More than 10% students still prefer e-books according to Baron’s survey.
D. It is possible that print sales will increase continually in the future.
35. What is the best title for the text?
A. Stop Reading E-books. B. Pleasure of reading.
C. Print Coming Back. D. Success of Paper Books.
The Queen’s Guard is the name given to the soldiers responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London. The guard is made up of a company of soldiers, who are divided into two groups. 36 The Queen’s Guard has the name because its main purpose is to protect the Queen.
The Queen’s Guard has become a symbol of Britain. Every summer, many tourists come to see the Guard. Tourists sometimes try to make one of the guard speak to them, or ask them questions. Please don’t.
The Queen’s Guard has their everyday uniform. 38 At a few specific times, the Guard puts on their uniform with the red jackets and bright blue trousers. The Bear — the characteristic headgear (头饰) — is always worn on the soldiers’ heads.
39 And they are actually the original equipment from then — tended and cared for by new soldiers from year to year. The only new thing is the gun. 40 It is common for the guards to
faint (晕倒) during longer marches while wearing it, because of its warmth.
A. All of the uniforms worn by the Queens’ Guard can date back to the middle of the 18th century.
B. One group is assigned to Buckingham Palace and the other group, St James’s Palace.
C. They are under strict orders not to speak to anybody but their colleagues in arms!
D. The Guard wears the red coat in the guard house when it’s cold or raining.
E. The piece of equipment most feared by the guard is the Bear.
F. It is characterized by the dark blue jackets and dark blue trousers.
G. The guards stay on duty for two hours by turns.
第三部分 英语知识运用 (共两节，满分45分)
第一节 完形填空 (共20小题;每小题1.5分，满分30分)
In March, I experimented with cutting my work hours by 17% to see how it would affect my
41 and well-being.
For two weeks, 42 working from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and reading a work-related book during lunch, I worked from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. and took a half-hour lunch 43 .
Parts of my experience were 44 — for example, I felt quite rushed during the first few days of the 45 . Other parts were less expected — like the fact that I was just as productive as before. But the most surprising finding is that I 46 spending more money.
On a (n) 47 workday, I dine on something particular, like a peanut butter and banana sandwich, while 48 in the Business Insider Kitchen. But during the first week of the experiment, I was so excited about the 49 that I wandered happily to the local food shop and 50 a sandwich that I ate while sitting in Madison Square Park. When I left work early, and 51 when I was killing time before plans with friends later in the evening, I 52 myself with tea and magazines.
So if you do decide to 53 your work hours, it’s probably wise to plan some 54 in advance — like visiting a 55 or a free museum that’s open during lunch or in the evenings, depending on your personality, 56 could potentially be even more meaningful than 57 at a coffee shop.
I should decide at some 58 in the future to go back to a(n) 59 workweek because that benefits me so much, and it’s certainly 60 I’ll keep in mind.
41. A. ability B. personality C. productivity D. nationality
42. A. more than B. other than C. or so D. instead of
43. A. breath B. chat C. look D. break
44. A. believable B. predictable C. comfortable D. reasonable
45. A. work B. step C. experiment D. progress
46. A. ended up B. started with C. speeded up D. lived with
47. A. terrible B. obvious C. flexible D. typical
48. A. sitting B. sleeping C. listening D. finding
49. A. freedom B. snack C. love D. happiness
50. A. borrowed B. bought C. found D. made
51. A. actually B. exactly C. especially D. quickly
52. A. educated B. reminded C. devoted D. entertained
53. A. take B. cut C. make D. spend
54. A. activities B. lists C. ideas D. goals
55. A. school B. factory C. library D. restaurant
56. A. that B. which C. where D. what
57. A. trying out B. putting out C. taking out D. hanging out
58. A. aspect B. point C. direction D. entrance
59. A. shorter B. cleverer C. easier D. longer
60. A. everything B. nothing C. something D. anything
15-year-old Andrea Wright likes to joke that she’s been involved in hot air ballooning since before she was born. “My mom 61 (be) nine months pregnant with me when she helped organize the first balloon rally in Prosser, Washington,” explains Wright. That beginning and the 62 (determine) to participate in The Great Prosser Balloon Rally every year have resulted 63 the teen’s desire to get her hot air balloon pilot’s license.
Wright was excited 64 (learn) that it’s possible for one so young to obtain a license.
65 it’s possible, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. There are no balloon owners in the Prosser area. The
66 (close) balloon owners are in Walla Walla, which is 136km away.
In order to get her license, Wright will have to put in 10 hours of flying time. Her
67 (instruct) will have to guarantee her skills, and she’ll have to pass 68 written test and take an FAA inspector on a flight.
Marion Lee is the owner of the company Sunrise Splash, which 69 (offer) balloon rides. He is delighted at the girl’s love for ballooning. “We need more pilots and we need more women pilots,” said Lee. “I will get the girls like her 70 (do) everything just like a real pilot,” he said.
第四部分 写作 (共两节，满分35分)
第一节 短文改错 (共10小题;每小题1分，满分10分)
Without goals, we will lose ourselves. Just like sail without a compass, we will never reach the destination. When I was in junior high school, I hate school and had no motivation. But I got five Cs in the final exams. My head teacher had private talk with me. After hearing that I wanted to be an engineer, she told me about the ten best university for engineering and their admission rules. She also told me that I should study hard if I wanted to realize to my dream. After the conversation, I set a goal — to get into a university what ranks among the top ten for engineering. Now, I have a clearly direction and have also become interesting in school.
Goal setting is an important part on my motivation to study. I believe I can get what I want.
第二节 书面表达 (满分25分)
3. 参考词汇：入住 check in。
1~5 BCBBA 6~10 BABCC 11~15 BAAAA 16~20 CBCAB
21-24 ABCC 25-28 BCDB 29-32 DABD 33-35 ADC
41-45 CDDBC 46-50 ADAAB 51-55 CDBAC 56-60 BDBAC
61. was; 62. determination; 63. in; 64. to learn; 65. While/Although/Though; 66. closest;
67. instructor; 68. a; 69. offers; 70. to do
sail — sailing hate — hated But — And/So
had 后面加a university — universities realize 后面to去掉 what — that;which
clearly — clear interesting — interested on — of
My name is Li Hua, and I am a Senior 2 student from China. I am writing to you because of an unhappy stay I had in your hotel.
The first thing that annoyed me was that I had to sit around for a long time before I could check in. Then, while checking in, the clerk said more to her colleagues than to me. When I finally got to my room, I found the floor of the washroom to be wet and dirty. Your staff dealing with the problem, I felt really upset. What's more, the time you offer dinner is not convenient. I once became hungry at about 9 pm, only to find that I couldn't find anywhere in the hotel to get food.
I hope you can deal with these problems soon.