|1||Why Animals Play||Children nowadays rely too much on technology, such as computers, smartphones, and video games, for fun and entertainment; playing with simpler toys or playing outside with friends would be better for children’s development.|
|2||The Turkish Origin of the Etruscans||Getting advice from friends who are older than you is more valuable than getting advice from friends in your same age.|
|3||Genetically Modified Mosquitoes||Letting a friend make a mistake is better than saying or doing something that would destroy the friendship.|
|4||The Red Palm Weevil||People should buy things made in their own country, even if they cost more than the same things that are made elsewhere.|
|5||A Canal Through Nicaragua||What ONE of the following abilities do you think is the most important for a teacher of high school students（age 15-18）to have? |
a: the ability to give good advice to students about planning for their future;
b: the ability to recognize which students in a class need the most help and to provide that help;
c: the ability to encourage students to learn on their own outside of the classroom.
|6||Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)||People living in cities will be more satisfied than people living in villages or farm areas.|
|7||The human-made Underwater Rock Structure in Japan||A university has money in its budget to do ONE thing to improve its facilities for students: it can either improve the quality of the technology（for example, computers and printers) that it provides for students, OR it can redesign spaces where students hold club meetings and gather with friends in their spare time to make these areas more comfortable and appealing. Which idea do you prefer, and why?|
|8||Plant Shelter Forests in Temperate Zones||Sometimes at work or school, you might encounter a problem that requires creativity–for example, when you are given a new task to complete that is very different from other tasks you do. In work or school situations that require thinking creatively, would you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?|
|9||Building Wind Turbines in the Great Lakes||Imagine that you are considering taking action to improve your performance in order to get better grades (marks) at school or to get a promotion and higher pay at work. You are considering the following two actions.|
— Doing additional work or extra assignments beyond what is required
— Participating more actively and contributing your own ideas more frequently in group discussions.
Which ONE of these two actions do you think would be MORE helpful for improving your performance? Why?
|10||Using Space-based Solar Power||Some students choose a university because they have heard about the good jobs that students at that university get after graduation; others choose a university because its professors are famous. Which view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.|
|11||The mystery of the Mary Celeste||Sometimes people wish to be more confident-for example, they may want to express their opinions more frequently in meetings at work, or they may want to contribute more to class discussions at school. Which ONE of the following actions do you think would best help to increase confidence in these types of work or school situations? Why?|
— Spending more time preparing for class discussions at school or meetings at work
— Learning about and practicing techniques to help you become more confident
— Finding a more experienced person who can give advice about how to handle these situations
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Be sure to use your own words. Do not use memorized examples.
|12||Drake discovered British Columbia||Some young people have free time in the evenings after school or on days off from school. Which ONE of the following activities do you think would be most beneficial for young people (ages 14-18) to do in their spare time? Why?|
— Gaining practical work experience either at a part-time job or by volunteering in the community
— Learning to play a sport
— Learning to play a musical instrument
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer
|13||a Life-size Marble Bust Represents Julius Caesar||Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?Nowadays, young people (ages 12-18) behave badly (for example, by being Impolite or unkind) more often than young people did fifty years ago.|
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
|14||ZT001-Triceratops’ Large Bony Frill||Some students Choose a university because they have heard about the good jobs that students at that university get after graduation. Others choose a university because its professors are famous. Which view do you agree with?||👉自助讲解订阅|
|15||ZT002-Why lions live in groups?||Some parents enjoy giving their children weekly spending money; for example, they may give their primary (elementary) or middle school child a small amount of money each week to spend on whatever the child wants. some people believe that this practice can cause children to develop bad habits or ideas about money and that parents should not give their children weekly spending money. Do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing for parents to give their children weekly spending money? Why?||👉自助讲解订阅|
|16||ZT003-The Size of Human Brain||The most important problems affecting society today will probably be solved during my lifetime.||👉自助讲解订阅|
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