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In an all girls setting, girls are more likely to speak up frequently and make significant contributions to class than in a coeducational setting. Girls studying in a single-sex setting also earn higher scores on their College Board and advanced placement exams than girls who study in coeducational settings. All girls schools tend to be smaller than coeducational schools, which means teachers would be able to tailor the materials to girl students’ personal learning styles and interest.
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Q16: What advantage does the speaker say girls from single-sex schools have over those from coeducational schools?
Q17: What do teachers tend to do in c澳门新葡亰客户端下载oeducational settings?
Q18: What are teachers more likely to do in an all-girls’ school?
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Today I found out that Seattle doesn’t really get that much rain compared with most US cities. In fact, Seattle ranks 44th among major US cities in average annual rainfall. Cities that get more rainfall than Seattle include Huston, Memphis, Nashville, and pretty much every major city on the eastern coast, such as New York, Boston, and Miami.
So, why does everyone think of Seattle as a rainy city? The primary root of this misconception lies in that Seattle has a relatively large number of days per year with rainfall compared with New York and Boston, which get an average of about 16% more rain per year than Seattle, but also average between them about 36 fewer days a year of rainfall. So it rains a lot less in Seattle. And the rain is spread out over more days than those cities. This is why few locals in Seattle carry an umbrella generally. When it does rain, it tends to be a very light rain that isn’t troublesome. It almost never really rains as most people think. On top of that, it never really storms in Seattle, either. Seattle gets an average of a mere 7 days a year with thunder.
So in short, if you like sunny but not too hot summers, mild winters but with lots of cloudy days, Seattle’s the place to be. Anyway, if you visit Seattle, don’t bring an umbrella. People will look at you, thinking you are funny.
Questions 19-21 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Q19. What does the speaker find out about Seattle?
Q20. Why do local people in Seattle seldom carry an umbrella?
Q21. Why does the speaker say ‘Seattle is a good place to be’?
19. C, it does not rain as much as people think
20. A, the rain is usually very light
21. B, it has mild weather both in summer and in winnter