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Unit 23:Telephones
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Passage 1


  A new problem has appeared with the mobile phones in Austria-they may end up as a mountain of poisonous waste, said the newspaper Standard on Wednesday.

  The paper pointed out that Austria had one of the world's highest mobile phone densities.

  The eight million Austrians shared ten million"mobiles".But four million of the mobile phones were no longer used and just lying about.

  It could be dangerous if they, and the millions more after them, were thrown in the waste material, warned Karin BuechlKrammerstaetter of the Vienna Environment Office.

  "Ten million mobiles have 700 tons of accumulators, and in the long term that means 700 tons of dangerous waste."

  "Accumulators contain numerous substances dangerous to health and the environment, such as the heavy metal cadmium which is poisonous and classified as causing cancer,"said the environment expert. She made an appeal to the public not to throw their old mobile phones away.

  "In the end the accumulators will get to a garbage depot or incinerator. From there the harmful substances will reach the environment, because depots and incinerators are not suited to the disposal of dangerous waste."

  BuechlKrammerstaetter pointed out that shops selling mobile phones were limited by law to accept the accumulators of old ones back without charge, and see they were properly disposed of.


  1. accumulator n.蓄电池

  2. substance n.物质,材料

  3. environment n.环境,外界

  4. classify. v.分类

  5. incinerator n.焚烧炉;焚化炉;煅烧炉

  6. disposal n.布置,安排;陈列


  ( )1700 tons of accumulators mean 700 tons of dangerous waste because_____ .

  A. they are hard to deal with in a short time

  B. they contain a heavy metal cadmium, which is dangerous to health and environment

  C. the mobiles can be used but take up too much room

  D. they are equal to waste in many ways

  ( )2Shops sellig mobile phones were limited by law to accept the accumulators of old ones back without charge so as to _____.

  A. encourage customers to buy new mobile phones

  B. reduce the costs of production for mobile phones

  C. sell them to undeveloped countries

  D. see if they are properly disposed of

  ( )3The author's purpose in writing this passage is to_____.

  A. call on the government to take strict measures to control mobile phones

  B. arouse people to take good care of their health

  C. tell people mobile phones have become a health problem in Austria

  D. look for advanced technology to solve the problem of mobile phones

  ( )4After reading the passage we can infer that_____.

  A. Austria has the world's highest mobile phone cities

  B. everyone in Austria can communicate with its mobile phones

  C. people haven't found better ways to deal with mobiles that are no longer used

  D. most people don't know the ill effect of mobile phones on health


Passage 2


  Never give out identifying information such as Name, Home, Address, School Name, or Telephone Number in a public message such as a chat room or on bulletin board. Never send a person a picture of you without first checking with your parents.

  Never reply to a message or bulletin board items that are:Suggestive/Obscene/Ready to fight/Express intention to hurt/make you feel uncomfortable.

  Be carful when someone offers something for nothing, such as gifts or money. Be very careful about any offers that get you to meet or have someone visit your house.

  Tell your parents right away if you find any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.

  Never arrange a facetoface meeting without telling your parents. If your parents agree to the meeting, make sure that you meet in a public place and have a parent with you.

  Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Because you can't see or even hear the person, it would be easy for someone to misrepresent himself/herself. Thus someone says"she is a 12yearold girl"could really be an old man.

  Be sure that you are dealing with someone that you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself through email.

  Get to know your "online friends"just as you get to know all of your friends.


  1. identify vt.认出;识别;鉴别;验明

  2. bulletin board布告栏;电子公告板

  3. obscene adj.猥亵的;淫诲的

  4. intention n.意图;意向;打算;目的

  5. arrange vt.准备,安排,筹备


  ( )1The best title is_____.

  A. Warning against making online friends

  B. Message one can get on the Internet

  C. How to make friends on the Internet

  D. Safety tips for kids on the Internet

  ( )2The underlined word "misrepresent"in the passage means _____.

  A. making a wrong judgement about

  B. understanding somebody wrongly

  C. giving a wrong description of

  D.shavingsa wrong opinion about

  ( )3In the last four paragraphs, the writer suggests that one should_____ .

  A. believe nobody on the net

  B. be careful about the online friends

  C. not be honest on the net

  D. make friends with those you believe in

  ( )4What will you do if an online friend asks you to meet him or her?

  A. Meet him or her as soon as possible.

  B. Meet him or her without telling your parents.

  C. Tell your parents and with them meet him or her in a public place.

  D. Never meet him or her face to face even with your parents.

  ( )5To whom is this passage written?

  A. Kids often going on line.

  B. Kids who like to make friends.

  C. People who like to make online friends.

  D. People who are good at computer.


Passage 3


  The __1___ picked up the thermoses and poured some hot water into the teacup and placed in on the small table in front of his __2___, who were a father and daughter, and put the lid on the cup with a clink. Apparently ___3__ of something, he hurried into the inner room, leaving the __4___ on the table. His two guests heard a chest of drawers opening and a rustling.

  They __5___ sitting in the livingroom, the 10yearold daughter, looking at the flowers outside the window. The father was just about to take his cup when the __6___ came, right there in the livingroom. Something was hopelessly broken.

  It was the thermos, which had fallen to the floor. The girl looked __7___ her shoulder at once, startled, __8___ It was __9___. Neither of them had touched it, not even a little bit.

  The sound caused the host to rush back from the inner room. He looked at the __10___ floor and blurted out, "It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter!"

  The father started to say something. Then he muttered, "Sorry, I ___11__ it and it fell."

  "It doesn't matter," the host said.

  Later, when they left the house, the daughter said. "Daddy, I saw your _12____ in the windowpane. You were sitting perfectly _13___. Why did you say...?"

  The father _14____. "What then would you __15___ as the cause of its fall?"

  "It fell by itself. The floor is uneven. It wasn't steady when Mr. Li put it there."

  "It won't __16___, girl. It sounds more __17___ when I say I knocked it down. There are things people accept less the more you __18___ them. The truer your story is, the less true it sounds."

  The daughter was __19___ in silence for a while. Then she said, "Can you ___20__ it only this way?""Only this way."the father said.


  1. thermos n.热水瓶

  2. apparently adv.显然地

  3. chest n.箱,柜,盒,匣

  4. rustling n.瑟瑟声,沙沙声

  5. startle v.震惊

  6. blurt v.不加思索地说

  7. mutter n.喃喃而语,抱怨vt.低声说;嘀咕

  8. windowpane n.窗玻璃窗框内的一块玻璃

  9. uneven adj.不平坦的,崎岖的

  10. steady adj.稳固的,平稳的


  ( )1A. owner B. Host C. Grest D. master

  ( )2A. friends B. neighbours C. children D. guests

  ( )3A. knowing B. remembering C. hearing D. thinking

  ( )4A. thermos B. cup C. lid D. tea

  ( )5A. enjoyed B. remained C. imagined D. hated

  ( )6A. stranger B. host C. crash D. noise

  ( )7A. around B. at C. behind D. over

  ( )8A. staring B. watching C. shouting D. crying

  ( )9A. helpless B. exciting C. strange D. terrible

  ( )10A. broken B. steaming C. dirty D. flooded

  ( )11A. touched B. used C. hit D. moved

  ( )12A. face B. shadow C. reflection D. action

  ( )13A. calm B. still C. silent D. straight

  ( )14A. shouted B. murmured C. laughed D. repeated

  ( )15A. tell B. make C. accent D. aive

  ( )16A. do B. help C. go D. fit

  ( )17A. comfortable B. friendly C. acceptable D. agreeable

  ( )18A. defend B. support C. discuss D. argue

  ( )19A. kept B. shut C. worried D. lost

  ( )20A. do B. explain C. make D. manage


Passage 4


  The human brain contains, I am told, 10 thousand million cells and each of these may have a thousand connections. Such enormous numbers used to discourage us and cause us to dismiss the possibility of making a machine with humanlike ability, but now that we have grown used to moving forward at such a pace we can be less sure.

  Quite soon, in only 10 or 20 years perhaps, we will be able to fit together(assemble) a machine as complex as the human brain, and if we can we will. It may then take us a long time to cause it intelligent by loading in the right software or by changing the architecture but that too will happen.

  I think it certain that in decades not centuries, machines of silicon will arise first to rival and then surpass their human progenitors. Once they surpass us they will be capable of their own design. In a real sense they will be reproductive. Silicon will have ended carbons long monopoly. And ours too, I suppose, for we will no longer be able to consider ourselves the finest intelligence in the known universe.


  1. decade n.十年,十年间

  2. silicon n.硅(14号元素,符号Si,旧名矽)

  3. rival n.对手,竞争者v.竞争,匹敌

  4. surpass vt.超过;超越;凌驾;胜过

  5. progenitor n. (正式用语)祖先,先驱;前辈

  6. capable adj.有才能的,有能力的;可容纳的

  7. monopoly n.独占,垄断


  ( )1According to the passage we know the human brain contains 10 thousand million cells.

  ( )2Wed better not make a humanlike machine stronger than human.

  ( )3According to the passage machines of silion will have more brain cells than humans.

  ( )4From the passage we know silion machines will completely take the place of human.


  Passage 1

  1. B根据文章第六段,蓄电池含有对人们的健康和环境有害的重金属,因此说700吨废弃的蓄电池就是700吨危险的废物。

  2. D文章最后一句是正确答案。

  3. C文章第一句内容就明确地告诉我们:移动电话在澳大利亚成为影响健康的一个新问题。

  4. C此题是推理题,到目前为止,人们还没有找到一种较好的方法来处理用过的蓄电池。

  Passage 2

  1. D阅读全文,你便知道整篇文章都在提醒告诫小孩儿上网要小心。2. C因为人们在上网聊天时难以看到或听到对方,所以有些人就胡乱编造自己的身份来蒙骗对方,故选C。3. B文章后四段中,作者建议孩子们交网友要当心。


  5. A根据文章内容,本文主要是提醒上网的孩子们要注意的安全问题。

  Passage 3

  1. B阅读文章第一段后,根据文章的汉语意思可确定正确答案。

  2. Din front of意为"在……前面",guests意为"客人",本句意思是:"主人拿起暖水瓶倒了杯开水放在客人面前。

  3. Dthink of意为"想起",动词ing形式在句中作状语。

  4. A从上文可以得知主人把暖水瓶放在桌子上,匆匆地进了里屋。

  5. Bremain意思是"依旧是,仍然是"。

  6. Ccrash意为"哗啦声",短语"be about to do sth."意为"准备做某事,着手做某事",本句意为:"女孩的父亲正准备端起杯子喝水,这时哗啦一声……"。

  7. Dlook over one's shoulder意为"脸向某人的身后看"。

  8. Astare意为"盯住某人某物看、发愣"等意。

  9. C根据下面一句内容来确定答案。"真奇怪,没有人摸它(暖水瓶)它怎么会碎呢?"

  10. B因为暖水瓶里的热水流在地上,地上冒着热气。

  11. Atouch意为"摸,触摸"。

  12. Creflection意为"反射,反射物,映像"。本句是说:"小姑娘从玻璃窗里反射的影子(映像)里看到父亲坐着就没有动。"

  13. Bstill意为"静,静止的。"例①:He stood still.他站着一动也不动。例②:still water run deep流静水深(人静心深)。calm意为"平静,安静,沉着",例①:He remained calm.他始终镇静。例②:The sea calmed down.海上风平浪静。

  14. Claugh意为"哈哈笑",其他选项不合题意。

  15. D那么,你能找出它(暖水瓶)倒的原因吗?

  16. A根据汉语意思确定答案。do指代把暖水瓶碰倒这件事,do后省略了宾语。

  17. Cacceptable意为"可接受的"。

  18. Adefend意为"辨护",本句意思是:"有些事情越辩护地多别人越不信。"

  19. Dbe lost in silence是固定搭配。

  20. Bexplain意为"解释,说明",姑娘半天不说话,后来接着说:"你只能这样解释吗?"

  Passage 4

  1. T依据文章第一句内容可以得出答案。

  2. T文章第一段第二句已经说明想制造象人一样的功能的机器人是很困难的。

  3. Fbrain cells是"脑细胞"的意思,而机器人没有脑细胞,所以此题与原文不符。

  4. F我们知道,机器人可能会代替人类做些事情,但永远不会完全代替人类。

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