2016英语四级听力新题型模拟 (第5套) 短文(1)

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Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard.

16

A.They signed special contracts on that day.

B.They didn't recognize the day legally.

C.They had special celebration on that day.

D.They felt it was just another ordinary day.

17

A.They could go to public parties.

B.They could propose to their boyfriends.

C.They could refuse to marry.

D.They could avoid paying fines.

18

A.Some extra pay.

B.Better working condition.

C.Less working hours.

D.A day off work.

Passage One

The year 2012 has one extra day in it—February 29th. This is because it's what we call a leap year. (16) It is called a leap year because hundreds of years ago in England, the extra day wasn't legally recognized. Contracts that were made were apparently not seen as binding on that day. The British just leapt over that day. Therefore a year with 29 days in February is consequently called a leap year and that 29th day is sometimes called Leap Day.

There is a well-known tradition in the UK associated with 29th February, introduced many centuries ago. (17) Women are allowed to break with tradition and propose to their boyfriends on this day. This all started back in the 5th Century, when a famous Irish saint, Bridget, complained to Saint Patrick, another famous Irish saint, that women had to wait too long for men to propose. According to the legend, Saint Patrick said any females yearning for a proposal could ask their boyfriends to marry them on this additional day in February. This so-called tradition was even written in law in the 13th Century. Scotland passed a law allowing women to propose to men in a leap year. It was said that if the men refused, they had to pay a fine!

(18)Now in 2012, there are calls for 29th February to become a public holiday. Some people believe that it should be an official day off, because no one gets paid extra for working an extra day in a leap year. For the moment though, the British still have to go to work on this day.

16. How did British people treat Feb. 29th hundreds of years ago?

17. What special thing could women do on Feb. 29th?

18. What do people call for on the special Feb. 29th in Britain?

参考答案:

【小题16】B

【小题17】B

【小题18】D

习题解析:

【小题16】短文中提到,几百年前,英国人把2月29日这一天叫做 leap day,因为他们是直接把这一天跳过去的,并且提到 the extra day wasn't legally recognized 即这一天在法律上不被认可。因此答案为选项 B。

【小题17】短文中说,在英国有一个特殊的传统,那就是在 2 月 29 日这个特殊的日子里 Women are allowed to break with tradition and propose to their boyfriends on this day.也就是说,女士可以打破常规,主动向男士求婚。因此答案为选项 B。

【小题18】短文最后一部分说,由于人们在 2 月 29 日这一天上班是没有额外报酬的,因此,有人提议这一天应该成为 a public holiday,也就是说,人们不应该在这一天上班。因此答案为选项 D。
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard. 16 A.They signed special contracts on that day. B.They didn't recognize the day legally. C.They had special celebration on that day. D.They felt it was just another ordinary day. 17 A.They could go to public parties. B.They could propose to their boyfriends. C.They could refuse to marry. D.They could avoid paying fines. 18 A.Some extra pay. B.Better working condition. C.Less working hours. D.A day off work. Passage One The year 2012 has one extra day in it—February 29th. This is because it's what we call a leap year. (16) It is called a leap year because hundreds of years ago in England, the extra day wasn't legally recognized. Contracts that were made were apparently not seen as binding on that day. The British just leapt over that day. Therefore a year with 29 days in February is consequently called a leap year and that 29th day is sometimes called Leap Day. There is a well-known tradition in the UK associated with 29th February, introduced many centuries ago. (17) Women are allowed to break with tradition and propose to their boyfriends on this day. This all started back in the 5th Century, when a famous Irish saint, Bridget, complained to Saint Patrick, another famous Irish saint, that women had to wait too long for men to propose. According to the legend, Saint Patrick said any females yearning for a proposal could ask their boyfriends to marry them on this additional day in February. This so-called tradition was even written in law in the 13th Century. Scotland passed a law allowing women to propose to men in a leap year. It was said that if the men refused, they had to pay a fine! (18)Now in 2012, there are calls for 29th February to become a public holiday. Some people believe that it should be an official day off, because no one gets paid extra for working an extra day in a leap year. For the moment though, the British still have to go to work on this day. 16. How did British people treat Feb. 29th hundreds of years ago? 17. What special thing could women do on Feb. 29th? 18. What do people call for on the special Feb. 29th in Britain? 参考答案: 【小题16】B 【小题17】B 【小题18】D 习题解析: 【小题16】短文中提到,几百年前,英国人把2月29日这一天叫做 leap day,因为他们是直接把这一天跳过去的,并且提到 the extra day wasn't legally recognized 即这一天在法律上不被认可。因此答案为选项 B。 【小题17】短文中说,在英国有一个特殊的传统,那就是在 2 月 29 日这个特殊的日子里 Women are allowed to break with tradition and propose to their boyfriends on this day.也就是说,女士可以打破常规,主动向男士求婚。因此答案为选项 B。 【小题18】短文最后一部分说,由于人们在 2 月 29 日这一天上班是没有额外报酬的,因此,有人提议这一天应该成为 a public holiday,也就是说,人们不应该在这一天上班。因此答案为选项 D。
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