Directions: For this part, you are allowed thirty minutes to write a short essay entitled My View on the Price of Housing in China. You should write at least 150 words following the outline given below:
My View on the Price of Housing in China
There is no denying the fact that the high price of housing is a heated topic nowadays in most parts of China. In the past few years, the price of housing has been soaring at an alarming speed, particularly in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Actually, the price of housing has gone far beyond the means of average Chinese, inviting widespread social complaints.
A number of factors could account for the high price of housing, but the following are the most critical ones. First, the previous reform has gone too far in pushing housing into the market. As a result, with an eye to make profits, many real estate businessmen raised the price of houses and apartments. Secondly, the government failed to encourage the construction of economical apartments, which resulted in the imbalance in the distribution of housing resources.
In view of the seriousness of the problem, effective measures must be taken before things get worse. First it is essential that laws and regulations be formulated and enforced to make the price of housing transparent and reasonable. Meanwhile, more average apartments should be built to meet the needs of low-income citizens. With these measures taken, it is reasonable for us to expect a bright future.二、1. It isn't so much whether he works hard; the question is whether he works _____
A. above all B. in all C. at all D. after all
2. Mary had taken _____ to see that her guests had everything that they could possibly want.
A. efforts B. pains C. attempts D. endeavors
3. He ate what he could, and gave the _____ of the food to the birds.
A. remain B. uneaten C. rest D. part
4. The government placed _____ on the numbers of foreign cars that could be imported.
A. limitations B. restraint C. requirements D. restrictions
5. We won't know whether it will be successful. We won't know whether there will be good_____.
A. ends B. results C. effects D. cause
1. [答案]C. at all。
[注释]at all全然，真地(常用于肯定句中)：If you do it at all, do it well。(你若真做，就得做好。)not...at all全不，毫不：He doesn't seem at all interested in my plane。(他似乎对我的计划毫无兴趣。)above all(=most important of all)最重要的。in all总计：We were fifteen in all。(我们总计15人。)after all毕竟，终究。
2. [答案]B. pains.
[注释]take pains to do sth。下苦功夫做某事：I'm grateful because you have taken pains to show me how to do the work。
3. [答案]C. reset
[注释]the rest (of)剩余部分，其余。remain作“剩余物”(=what is left)解时常用复数形式，如：the remains of a meal(残羹剩饭)。[ALI]《新英汉辞典》认为也可以用单数。
4. [答案]D. restrictions。
[注释]restriction(可数名称)限制性规定：It is a club with rigid restrictions on its membership.Limitation局限性，不足之处，不利之处(可数)：1)I know my limitations。(我了解我的不足之处。) 2)Every from of art has its limitations。(每种艺术形式都有其局限性。)
5. [答案]B. results。
[注释]result意为“由某种活动或某种原因所产生的结果”，如：obtain(=get, attain, gain win, secure)good results(取得好结果)，publish the results(公布成绩)。