Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay based on the picture below. You should start your essay with a brief description of the picture and then comment on the importance of reading. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
“It's called ‘reading’. It's how people install new software into their brains.”
The Importance of Reading
As is described in the picture, the teacher is telling her student that it is through reading that people install new software, new knowledge in this case, into their brains. I approve of such statement because reading is of great significance in our life.
First and foremost, reading is the basic way in which we acquire knowledge of the world. Although we can obtain new information through various means, such as watching TV and surfing the Internet, we still gain most knowledge directly or indirectly by means of reading. Secondly, books are the stepping stones of human progress. Being the record of human history, books show us a world full of knowledge and wisdom. Through reading we can grasp abundant knowledge. In addition, reading is also an important way of recreation. From reading we can get pleasure and relaxation. When we are engrossed in reading, we enter a world of our own, leaving all the troubles behind.
To sum up, reading is a necessity in our life. Young people should focus more on reading, no matter when or where.
install...into...(把……装进……)、approve of(同意，赞成)、be of great significance(很重要)
acquire knowledge(获取知识)、surf the Internet(网上冲浪)、the stepping stones of human progress(人类进步的阶梯)、be engrossed in...(全神贯注于……)
to sum up(总之)、necessity(必需品)
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay based on the picture below. You should start your essay with a brief description of the picture and then discuss the changes in lifestyle caused by the advances of technologies. You should give sound arguments to support your views and write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
The Technological Advances and the Changes in Lifestyle
In the picture, we can tell a gradual change of writing tools ranging from the brush to the pen and then to the computer with the handwriting becoming poorer and poorer. This is the epitome of people's changes in lifestyle caused by the advances of technologies.
As is obviously demonstrated, the development of technology is a double-edged sword. It cannot be denied that people's life becomes more convenient and comfortable with the emergence of new and advanced technologies. However, modern technologies also have some negative impacts, which cannot be ignored either. In fact, some people are confined by technologies to a mechanical cage where they use machines at work and live like an ever-running machine, stiff and inflexible.
Therefore, to live a healthy life, people should make full use of the benefits brought by the technological advances and preserve the essence of the previous lifestyles.
range from sth. to sth.(包括从……到……)、epitome(某事物的典型)
make full use of...(充分利用……)、preserve(保持)、essence（要素，本质）
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the saying “A smile is the shortest distance between two people.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
More Smiles, More Understanding
There is a proverb that a smile is the shortest distance between two people. In other words, a smile is of great importance in that it can serve as a bridge to connect people and promote understanding.
For one thing, a smile is a universal language that can help two people understand each other instantly. When you are in a foreign country, you can always smile to express friendliness even if you don't speak their language. And if you ask for help with a smile, you are more likely to get it. For another, a smile can express warmth and positive energy. There was a young man who wanted to commit suicide because he felt so desperate. But eventually he gave up the thought because the vendor from whom he intended to buy a knife smiled warmly to him.
To conclude, a warm smile is effective in making people closer. Therefore, it is suggested that we should have a big smile on our face every day and treat others with sincerity and warmth. Only in this way can we make the world a better place.
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the saying “To be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
To Be a Small Fish in a Big Pond
In life, many people will face a tough choice: to be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond. Both alternatives have their own advantages and disadvantages. As for me, I will choose to be a small fish in a big pond.
For one thing, a big pond can offer us more opportunities and broaden our horizons. We can learn from the “big fishes” in a big pond, which will benefit our own development. For another, there does exist more pressure in a big pond than in a small one. However, a smart person should be able to convert pressure into impetus for personal progress. An example in point is that many college graduates choose to stay in Beijing despite the high living cost.
There is no denying that a big fish in a small pond will live a comfortable life. But the space for personal growth will be relatively small. Therefore, to be a small fish in a big pond is more beneficial in the long run.
horizons（眼界，范围）、convert...into...（把……转换为……）、impetus（动力）、personal progress（个人进步）、in point（恰当的）
beneficial（有益的）、in the long run（长期地）
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled The Importance of Perseverance by commenting on the famous saying “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
The Importance of Perseverance
As the famous saying goes, great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. From the saying, we can learn that perseverance is one of the essential qualities that enable people to make great achievements.
Many famous people in history have attributed their achievements to perseverance. For instance, American author Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after contracting an illness when she was only two years old, but her perseverance ultimately made her one of America's greatest writers. Beethoven also lost his hearing. Nevertheless, he never gave up and his perseverance was finally rewarded with many admired works.
As college students, we should learn to cultivate perseverance as it is a positive attitude toward life and is of great benefit to our future development. We should always keep in mind that strength is the king of the body but perseverance rules human souls.
attribute...to...(把……归因于……)、contract an illness(患上一种疾病)、be rewarded(得到回报，获得奖励)
cultivate(培养)、a positive attitude(一种积极的态度)、keep in mind(记住)