【News report 1】
(1) A poisonous fish which has a sting strong enough to kill a human is invading the Mediterranean, warn the scientist.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has raised concerns after the poisonous fish was spotted in the waters around Turkey, Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean.
Native to the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, the potentially deadly fishhas poisonous barbs and an painful sting capable of killing people.
Although fatalities are rare, the stings can cause extreme pain, and stop people breathing.
The fish, also known as the Devil Firefish, is a highly invasive aspecies, (2) and environmentalists fear its arrival could endanger other types of marine life.
After being spotted in the Med, a marine scientist says: "The fish is spreading, and that's a cause for concern.”
Q1: What is reported in the news?
1.D. A deadly fish has been spotted in the Mediterranean waters.
Q2: What is the environmentalist concern about the spread of devil fire fish in the Mediterranean?
2.B. It could pose a threat to other marine species.
【News report 2】
(3) Almost half the center of Paris will be accessible only by foot or bicycle this Sunday to mark World-Car-Free Day. (4) This is in response to rising air pollution that made Paris the most polluted city in the world for a brief time. Mayor Ann Ethogo promoted the first World-Car-Free Day last year. Ethogo also has supported a Pairs-briefs-Day on the first Sunday of every month. Paris clears traffic from eight lanes of the main road. About 400 miles of streets will be closed to cars. It is expected to bring significantreduction in pollution levels. (4) Last year's Car-Free Day showed a 40% drop in pollution levels in some parts of the city. According to an independent air pollution monitor, reports the guardian and sound levels dropped by 50% in the city center.
Q3: What will happen on World-Car-Free-Day in Paris?
3.C. About half of its city center will be closed to cars.
Q4: What motivated the mayor of Paris to promote the first World-Car-Free Day in her city?
4.D. The rising air pollution in Paris.
【News report 3】
A Philippine fisherman was feeling down on his luck when a house fireforced him to clear out his possessions and change locations. Then, a good luck charm that hekept under his bed changed his life. (5) The unidentified man fished out a giant pearl from the ocean when his anchor got stuck on the rock while sailing off a coastal island in the Philippines 10 years ago. (6) When he was forced to sell it, (7) the shocked tourist agent at Puerto Francesca told him that the £77 giant pearl that he had kept hidden in his run-down wooden house was the biggest pile in the world, which was valued at £76 million.
The pearl of Allah, which is currently on display in a New York Museum, only weighs 14 pounds. That is 5 times smaller than the pearl that the fisherman just handed in. The monstrous pearl, measured at 1 foot wide and 2.2 feet long, is going to be verified by local experts and international authorities before hopefully going on display to attract more tourists in the little town.
Question 5. What happened to the Philippine fisherman one day?
5.A. His house was burnt down in a fire.
Question 6. What was the fisherman forced to do?
6.C. Sell the pearl he had kept for years.
Question 7. What did the fisherman learn from the tourist agent?
7.B. His monstrous pearl was extremely valuable.
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