2015年6月英语四级听力真题及原文 第3套

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Part II Listening Comprehension (30 minutes)

  Section A

  Directions: In this section, you will bear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each questions there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B),C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer sheet 1 with a single line through the center.

  注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。

1.A. The woman is the manager's secretary.

B. The man found himself in a wrong place.

C. The man is the manager's business associate.

D. The woman was putting up a sign on the wall.

2.A. He needs more time for the report.

B. He needs help to interpret the data.

C. He is sorry not to have helped the woman.

D. He does not have sufficient data to go on.

3.A. A friend from New York.

B. A message from Tony.

C. A postal delivery.

D. A change in the weather.

4. A. She is not available until the end of next week.

B. She is not a reliable source of information.

C. She does not like taking exams.

D. She does not like psychology.

5. A. He will help the woman carry the suitcase.

B. The woman's watch is twenty minutes fast.

C. The woman shouldn't make such a big fuss.

D. There is no need for the woman to be in a hurry.

6.A. Mary is not so easygoing as her.

B. Mary and she have a lot in common.

C. She finds it hard to get along with Mary.

D. She does not believe what her neighbors said.

7.A. At an information service.

B. At a car wash point.

C. At a repair shop.

D. At a dry cleaner's.

8. A. The woman came to the concert at the man's request.

B. The man is already fed up with playing the piano.

C. The piece of music the man played is very popular.

D. The man's unique talents are the envy of many people.

Questions 9 to 12 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

9. A. He has taught Spanish for a couple of years at a local school.

B. He worked at the Brownstone Company for several years.

C. He owned a small retail business in Michigan years ago.

D. He has been working part-time in a school near Detroit.

10. A. He prefers a full-time job with more responsibility.

B. He is eager to find a job with an increased salary.

C. He likes to work in a company close to home.

D. He would rather get a less demanding job.

11.A. Sports.

B. Travel.

C. Foreign languages.

D. Computer games.

12. A. When he is supposed to start work.

B. What responsibilities he would have.

C. When he will be informed about his application.

D. What career opportunities her company can offer.

Questions 13 to 15 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

13.A. She is pregnant.

B. She is over 50.

C. She has just finished her project.

D. She is a good saleswoman.

14.A. He takes good care of Lisa.

B. He is the CEO of a giant company.

C. He is good at business management.

D. He works as a sales manager.

15. A. It is in urgent need of further development.

B. It produces goods popular among local people.

C. It has been losing market share in recent years.

D. It is well positioned to compete with the giants.

Section B

  Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marketed A), B),C) and D). Then marked the correspond letter on Answer sheet I with a single line through the centre.

  注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。

Passage One

Questions 16 to 19 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

16.A. It is lined with tall trees.

B. It was widened recently.

C. It has high buildings on both sides.

D. It used to be dirty and disorderly.

17.A. They repaved it with rocks.

B. They built public restrooms on it.

C. They beautified it with plants.

D. They set up cooking facilities near it.

18.A. What makes life enjoyable.

B. How to work with tools.

C. What a community means.

D. How to improve health.

19. A. They were obliged to fulfill the signed contract.

B. They were encouraged by the city officials' praise.

C. They wanted to prove they were as capable as boys.

D. They derived happiness from the constructive work.

Passage Two

Questions 20 to 22 are based on the passage you have just heard.

20. A. The majority of them think it less important than computers:

B. Many of them consider it boring and old-fashioned.

C. The majority of them find it interesting.

D. Few of them read more than ten books a year.

21.A. Novels and stories.

B. Mysteries and detective stories.

C. History and science books.

D. Books on culture and tradition.

22.A. Watching TV.

B. Listening to music.

C. Reading magazines.

D. Playing computer games.

Passage Three

Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passage you have just heard.

23. A. Advice on the purchase of cars.

B. Information about the new green-fuel vehicles.

C. Trends for the development of the motor car.

D. Solutions to global fuel shortage.

24.A. Limited driving range.

B. Huge recharging expenses.

C. The short life of batteries.

D. The Stafford high price.

25. A. They need to be further improved.

B. They can easily switch to natural gas.

C. They are more cost-effective than vehicles powered by solar energy.

D. They can match conventional motor cars in performance and safety.

Section C

  Directions: in this section,you will hear a paasage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have just heard. Finally, when the passage is reaf for the third time, you should check what you have written.

  注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。  

My favorite TV. show? "The Twilight Zone. " I 26____like the episode called "The Printer's Devil. " It's about a newspaper editor who's being 27____out of business by a big newspaper syndicate--you know, a group of papers 28____by the same people. He's about to 29____when he's interrupted by an old man who says his name is Smith. The editor is not only offered $ 5,000 to pay off his newspaper's 30____, but this Smith character also offers his services for free. It turns out that the guy operates the printing machine with amazing speed, and soon he's turning out newspapers with 31____. The small paper is successful again. The editor is 32____ a thow quickly Smith gets his stories--only minutes after they happen--but soon he's presented with a contract to sign. Mr. Smith, it seems, is really the devil! The editor is frightened by this news, but he is more frightened by the idea of losing his newspaper, so he agrees to sign. But soon Smith is 33____the news even before it happens--and it's all terrible--one disaster after another. Anyway, there is a little more to tell, but I don't want to 34____the story for you. I really like these old episodes of "The Twilight Zone" because the stories are fascinating. They are not realistic. But then again, in a way they are, because they deal with 35____。

Part II Listening Comprehension

Section A

Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, oneor more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation andthe questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be apause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C), and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter onAnswer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.

Now let’s begin with the eight shortconversations.

1.

W: What are you doing in here, sir? Didn't you see the Private sign over there?

M: I'm sorry. I didn't notice it when I came in. I'm looking for the manager's office.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

2.

W: Mike, what's the problem? You've known for months the report is due today.

M: I know, but I'm afraid I need another few days. The data is harder to interpret than I expected.

Q: What does the man mean?

3.

W: Excuse me, Tony. Has my parcel from New York arrived?

M: Unfortunately, it's been delayed due to the bad weather.

Q: What is the woman waiting for?

4.

W: Pam said we won't have the psychology test until the end of next week.

M: Ellen, you should know better than to take Pam's word's for anything.

Q: What does the man imply about Pam?

5.

W: Tom, would you please watch my suitcase for a minute? I need to go make a quick phone call.

M: Yeah, sure. Take your time. Our train doesn't leave for another twenty minutes.

Q: What does the man mean?

6.

M: Frankly, Mary is not what I call easy-going.

W: I see. People in our neighborhood find it hard to believe she's my twin sister.

Q: What does the woman imply?

7.

M: How soon do you think this can be cleaned?

W: We have same day service, sir. You can pick up your suit after five o'clock.

Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?

8.

W: I really enjoy that piece you just played on the piano. I bet you get a lot of requests for it.

M: You said it. People just can't get enough of it.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

Now you’ll hear the two long conversations.

Conversation One

W: Good afternoon, Mr. Jones. I am Teresa Chen, and I'll be interviewing you. How are you today?

M: I am fine, thank you. And you, Miss Chen?

W: Good, Thanks. Can you tell me something about your experience in this kind of work?

M: Well, for several years, I managed a department for the Brownstone Company in Detroit, Michigan.

Now I work part time because I also go to school at night. I'm getting a business degree.

W: Oh, how interesting. Tell me, why do you want to leave your present job?

M: I'll finish school in a few months, and I'd like a full-time position with more responsibility.

W: And why would you like to work for our company?

M: Because I know your company's work and I like it.

W: Could you please tell me about your special skills and interests?

M: Of course, I'm good at computers and I can speak Spanish. I used to take classes in Spanish at the local college. And I like traveling a lot.

W: Can you give me any references?

M: Yes, certainly. You can talk to Mr. McCaw, my boss, at the Brownstone Company. I could also give you the names and numbers of several of my teachers.

W: All right, Mr. Jones, and would you like to ask me any questions?

M: Yes, I wonder when I'll be informed about my application for the job.

W: Well, we'll let you know as soon as possible. Let's stay in touch. Thank you very much for coming this afternoon.

M: Thank you.

9. What does the man say about his working experience?

10. Why does the man want to leave his present job?

11. What is the man interested in?

12. What question did the man ask the woman?

Conversation Two

M: Lisa, Lisa! Over here, darling! It's wonderful to see you. Oh, Lisa, you look marvelous.

W: Oh, Paul, you look tired. Two months away in the capital? Paul, I think you've been working too hard.

M: I'm fine. The city is very hot at this time of the year. It's good to get back to some fresh air.

You know, Lisa, what they say about pregnant women really is true.

W: What's that Paul?

M: They say they look beautiful.

W: Well, I had a lot of tension while you've been studying hard on your course in D.C.

M: Oh?

W: Oh, don’t worry, all from a man over 50. Father has told all his business friends the good news about the baby. And the phone hasn't stopped ringing.

M: Oh, look, darling. There's a taxi.

W: Paul, tell me about the special project you mentioned on the phone. You sounded very excited about it!

M: You know, I've learned a lot from the project. I'm surprised that we're still in business.

W: That's because we have a wonderful sales manager,you!

M: Thanks. But that's not the problem at all. Lisa, our little company, and it is little compared to the giants in the city.

Our little company's in danger. We are out of date. We need to expand. If we don't, we will be swallowed up by one of the giants.

13. What do we learn about Lisa?

14. What do we learn about the man from the conversation?

15. What does the man say about his company?

Section B

Directions: In this section, you will hear3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Boththe passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear aquestion, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B),C), and D).Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a singleline through the centre.

Passage One

Farmington, Utah, is a more pleasant community since a local girls 4-H club improved Main Street.

Six 4-H girls worked to clean a 72-foot curbside that was covered with weeds, rocks and trash.

Each member volunteered to clean up and to dig and plant five flats of flowers.

They also took turns watering, weeding and maintaining the plot.

Participation in this project helped the girls developed a new attitude towards their appearance of their own homes;

they've learned how to work with tools, and improve their work habits.

One mother said that before her daughter was involved in this project, she would not even pull a weed.

The experience on Main Street stimulated self-improvement, and encouraged members to take pride in their home grounds and in the total community.

City officials cooperated with the 4-H members in planting trees, building cooking facilities, picnic tables, swings and public rest rooms.

The 4-H girls planted trees and took care of them during the early stages of growth.

The total park project will need more plantings in the following years.

Members of the 4-H club agreed to follow the project through to completion, because they receive satisfaction from the results of constructive work.

The project is a growing one and has spread from the park to the school and the shopping center.

Trees and flowers have all been planted in the shopping center, making the atmosphere pleasant.

16. What do we learn about Main Street in Farmington?

17. What do the 4-H club members do about the curbside?

18. What have the 4-H girls learned from the project?

19. Why do the 4-H girls agree to follow the park project through to completion?

Passage Two

According to a survey on reading conducted in 2001 by the U.S. National Education Association,

young Americans say reading is important, more important than computers and science.

Over 50% of the 12 to 18-year-olds interviewed said they enjoy reading a lot.

79% find it stimulating and interesting. And 87% think it is relaxing.

About 68% of those surveyed disagree with the opinion that reading is boring or old-fashioned.

Over half the teenagers interviewed said they read more than ten books a year.

The results also showed that middle school students read more books than high schoolers.

Over 66% of teens like to read fiction, such as novels and stories.

Only 26% were interested in non-fiction, such as history books.

64% of students listed reading stories about people my own age as their favorite topic.

Mysteries and detective stories came second on the list at 53%.

Just under 50% said they were interested in reading about their own culture and tradition.

Of the teenagers who participated in the survey, 49% said that libraries are where they get most of their books.

However, many complain that their school libraries do not have enough up-to-date interesting books and magazines.

Even though many teenagers in the U.S. enjoy reading, they still have other interests.

When asked which activity would be the most difficult to give up for a week, 48% said listening to music.

TV would be difficult to give up for 25% of those surveyed.

20. What does the survey on teenager reading show?

21. What books are most popular among teenagers according to the survey?

22. What activity do teenagers find the most difficult to give up for a week?

Passage Three

Thank you for coming, everyone.

Today's presentation will show how we see the development of the motor car in the short to medium term, and that is why we have invited all of you here today.

Let's start with power. It's clear that petrol-driven engines have no future.

Already there are many alternative fuel vehicles on the market, powered by anything from solar power to natural gas.

Some independent thinkers have even produced cars that run on vegetable oil.

But as we all know, of all these alternative fuel vehicles, the most practical are electric vehicles.

Sure, in the past electric vehicles have their problems, namely, a limited driving range and very few recharging points, which limited their use.

Now, however, recent developments in electric vehicle technology mean they can match conventional petrol engines in terms of performance and safety.

Let's not forget that electric vehicles are cleaner.

Plus, importantly, the power source is rechargeable, so this does not involve using any valuable resources.

Moving on to communications, very soon, cars will be linked to GPS satellites, so they'll do all the driving for you.

What controls remain for the users will be audio-based, so, for example, you'll just have to say a bit warmer, and the air conditioning will adjust automatically.

You'll also be able to receive e-mail, music and movies, all via an internet link.

So just type in the destination you want, sit back, sleep, watch a movie, whatever.

23. What is the presentation mainly about?

24. What used to restrict the use of electric vehicles?

25. What does the speaker say about electric vehicles of today?

Section C

Directions: In this section, you will heara passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the secondtime, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have justheard. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should checkwhat you have written.

Now listen to the passage.

My favorite T.V. show? The Twilight Zone. I especially like the episode called The Printer's Devil.

It's about a newspaper editor who's being driven out of business by a big newspaper syndicate you know, a group of papers owned by the same people.

He is about to commit suicide when he is interrupted by an old man who says his name is Smith.

The editor is not only offered $5,000 to pay off his newspapers debts, but this Smith character also offers his services for free.

It turns out that the guy operates the printing machine with amazing speed, and soon he is turning out newspapers with shocking headlines.

The small paper is successful again.

The editor is amazed at how quickly Smith gets his stories only minutes after they happen, but soon he's presented with a contract to sign.

Mr. Smith, it seems, is really the devil!

The editor is frightened by this news, but he is more frightened by the idea of losing his newspaper, so he agrees to sign.

But soon Smith is reporting the news even before it happens, and its all terrible, one disaster after another.

Anyway, there is a little more to tell, but I don't want to ruin the story for you.

I really like these old episodes of The Twilight Zone because the stories are fascinating.

They are not realistic. But then again, in a way they are, because they deal with human nature.
Part II Listening Comprehension (30 minutes)   Section A   Directions: In this section, you will bear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each questions there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B),C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer sheet 1 with a single line through the center.   注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。 1.A. The woman is the manager's secretary. B. The man found himself in a wrong place. C. The man is the manager's business associate. D. The woman was putting up a sign on the wall. 2.A. He needs more time for the report. B. He needs help to interpret the data. C. He is sorry not to have helped the woman. D. He does not have sufficient data to go on. 3.A. A friend from New York. B. A message from Tony. C. A postal delivery. D. A change in the weather. 4. A. She is not available until the end of next week. B. She is not a reliable source of information. C. She does not like taking exams. D. She does not like psychology. 5. A. He will help the woman carry the suitcase. B. The woman's watch is twenty minutes fast. C. The woman shouldn't make such a big fuss. D. There is no need for the woman to be in a hurry. 6.A. Mary is not so easygoing as her. B. Mary and she have a lot in common. C. She finds it hard to get along with Mary. D. She does not believe what her neighbors said. 7.A. At an information service. B. At a car wash point. C. At a repair shop. D. At a dry cleaner's. 8. A. The woman came to the concert at the man's request. B. The man is already fed up with playing the piano. C. The piece of music the man played is very popular. D. The man's unique talents are the envy of many people. Questions 9 to 12 are based on the conversation you have just heard. 9. A. He has taught Spanish for a couple of years at a local school. B. He worked at the Brownstone Company for several years. C. He owned a small retail business in Michigan years ago. D. He has been working part-time in a school near Detroit. 10. A. He prefers a full-time job with more responsibility. B. He is eager to find a job with an increased salary. C. He likes to work in a company close to home. D. He would rather get a less demanding job. 11.A. Sports. B. Travel. C. Foreign languages. D. Computer games. 12. A. When he is supposed to start work. B. What responsibilities he would have. C. When he will be informed about his application. D. What career opportunities her company can offer. Questions 13 to 15 are based on the conversation you have just heard. 13.A. She is pregnant. B. She is over 50. C. She has just finished her project. D. She is a good saleswoman. 14.A. He takes good care of Lisa. B. He is the CEO of a giant company. C. He is good at business management. D. He works as a sales manager. 15. A. It is in urgent need of further development. B. It produces goods popular among local people. C. It has been losing market share in recent years. D. It is well positioned to compete with the giants. Section B   Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marketed A), B),C) and D). Then marked the correspond letter on Answer sheet I with a single line through the centre.   注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。 Passage One Questions 16 to 19 are based on the conversation you have just heard. 16.A. It is lined with tall trees. B. It was widened recently. C. It has high buildings on both sides. D. It used to be dirty and disorderly. 17.A. They repaved it with rocks. B. They built public restrooms on it. C. They beautified it with plants. D. They set up cooking facilities near it. 18.A. What makes life enjoyable. B. How to work with tools. C. What a community means. D. How to improve health. 19. A. They were obliged to fulfill the signed contract. B. They were encouraged by the city officials' praise. C. They wanted to prove they were as capable as boys. D. They derived happiness from the constructive work. Passage Two Questions 20 to 22 are based on the passage you have just heard. 20. A. The majority of them think it less important than computers: B. Many of them consider it boring and old-fashioned. C. The majority of them find it interesting. D. Few of them read more than ten books a year. 21.A. Novels and stories. B. Mysteries and detective stories. C. History and science books. D. Books on culture and tradition. 22.A. Watching TV. B. Listening to music. C. Reading magazines. D. Playing computer games. Passage Three Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passage you have just heard. 23. A. Advice on the purchase of cars. B. Information about the new green-fuel vehicles. C. Trends for the development of the motor car. D. Solutions to global fuel shortage. 24.A. Limited driving range. B. Huge recharging expenses. C. The short life of batteries. D. The Stafford high price. 25. A. They need to be further improved. B. They can easily switch to natural gas. C. They are more cost-effective than vehicles powered by solar energy. D. They can match conventional motor cars in performance and safety. Section C   Directions: in this section,you will hear a paasage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have just heard. Finally, when the passage is reaf for the third time, you should check what you have written.   注意:此部分试题请在答题卡1上作答。   My favorite TV. show? "The Twilight Zone. " I 26____like the episode called "The Printer's Devil. " It's about a newspaper editor who's being 27____out of business by a big newspaper syndicate--you know, a group of papers 28____by the same people. He's about to 29____when he's interrupted by an old man who says his name is Smith. The editor is not only offered $ 5,000 to pay off his newspaper's 30____, but this Smith character also offers his services for free. It turns out that the guy operates the printing machine with amazing speed, and soon he's turning out newspapers with 31____. The small paper is successful again. The editor is 32____ a thow quickly Smith gets his stories--only minutes after they happen--but soon he's presented with a contract to sign. Mr. Smith, it seems, is really the devil! The editor is frightened by this news, but he is more frightened by the idea of losing his newspaper, so he agrees to sign. But soon Smith is 33____the news even before it happens--and it's all terrible--one disaster after another. Anyway, there is a little more to tell, but I don't want to 34____the story for you. I really like these old episodes of "The Twilight Zone" because the stories are fascinating. They are not realistic. But then again, in a way they are, because they deal with 35____。 Part II Listening Comprehension Section A Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, oneor more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation andthe questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be apause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C), and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter onAnswer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre. Now let’s begin with the eight shortconversations. 1. W: What are you doing in here, sir? Didn't you see the Private sign over there? M: I'm sorry. I didn't notice it when I came in. I'm looking for the manager's office. Q: What do we learn from the conversation? 2. W: Mike, what's the problem? You've known for months the report is due today. M: I know, but I'm afraid I need another few days. The data is harder to interpret than I expected. Q: What does the man mean? 3. W: Excuse me, Tony. Has my parcel from New York arrived? M: Unfortunately, it's been delayed due to the bad weather. Q: What is the woman waiting for? 4. W: Pam said we won't have the psychology test until the end of next week. M: Ellen, you should know better than to take Pam's word's for anything. Q: What does the man imply about Pam? 5. W: Tom, would you please watch my suitcase for a minute? I need to go make a quick phone call. M: Yeah, sure. Take your time. Our train doesn't leave for another twenty minutes. Q: What does the man mean? 6. M: Frankly, Mary is not what I call easy-going. W: I see. People in our neighborhood find it hard to believe she's my twin sister. Q: What does the woman imply? 7. M: How soon do you think this can be cleaned? W: We have same day service, sir. You can pick up your suit after five o'clock. Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place? 8. W: I really enjoy that piece you just played on the piano. I bet you get a lot of requests for it. M: You said it. People just can't get enough of it. Q: What do we learn from the conversation? Now you’ll hear the two long conversations. Conversation One W: Good afternoon, Mr. Jones. I am Teresa Chen, and I'll be interviewing you. How are you today? M: I am fine, thank you. And you, Miss Chen? W: Good, Thanks. Can you tell me something about your experience in this kind of work? M: Well, for several years, I managed a department for the Brownstone Company in Detroit, Michigan. Now I work part time because I also go to school at night. I'm getting a business degree. W: Oh, how interesting. Tell me, why do you want to leave your present job? M: I'll finish school in a few months, and I'd like a full-time position with more responsibility. W: And why would you like to work for our company? M: Because I know your company's work and I like it. W: Could you please tell me about your special skills and interests? M: Of course, I'm good at computers and I can speak Spanish. I used to take classes in Spanish at the local college. And I like traveling a lot. W: Can you give me any references? M: Yes, certainly. You can talk to Mr. McCaw, my boss, at the Brownstone Company. I could also give you the names and numbers of several of my teachers. W: All right, Mr. Jones, and would you like to ask me any questions? M: Yes, I wonder when I'll be informed about my application for the job. W: Well, we'll let you know as soon as possible. Let's stay in touch. Thank you very much for coming this afternoon. M: Thank you. 9. What does the man say about his working experience? 10. Why does the man want to leave his present job? 11. What is the man interested in? 12. What question did the man ask the woman? Conversation Two M: Lisa, Lisa! Over here, darling! It's wonderful to see you. Oh, Lisa, you look marvelous. W: Oh, Paul, you look tired. Two months away in the capital? Paul, I think you've been working too hard. M: I'm fine. The city is very hot at this time of the year. It's good to get back to some fresh air. You know, Lisa, what they say about pregnant women really is true. W: What's that Paul? M: They say they look beautiful. W: Well, I had a lot of tension while you've been studying hard on your course in D.C. M: Oh? W: Oh, don’t worry, all from a man over 50. Father has told all his business friends the good news about the baby. And the phone hasn't stopped ringing. M: Oh, look, darling. There's a taxi. W: Paul, tell me about the special project you mentioned on the phone. You sounded very excited about it! M: You know, I've learned a lot from the project. I'm surprised that we're still in business. W: That's because we have a wonderful sales manager,you! M: Thanks. But that's not the problem at all. Lisa, our little company, and it is little compared to the giants in the city. Our little company's in danger. We are out of date. We need to expand. If we don't, we will be swallowed up by one of the giants. 13. What do we learn about Lisa? 14. What do we learn about the man from the conversation? 15. What does the man say about his company? Section B Directions: In this section, you will hear3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Boththe passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear aquestion, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B),C), and D).Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a singleline through the centre. Passage One Farmington, Utah, is a more pleasant community since a local girls 4-H club improved Main Street. Six 4-H girls worked to clean a 72-foot curbside that was covered with weeds, rocks and trash. Each member volunteered to clean up and to dig and plant five flats of flowers. They also took turns watering, weeding and maintaining the plot. Participation in this project helped the girls developed a new attitude towards their appearance of their own homes; they've learned how to work with tools, and improve their work habits. One mother said that before her daughter was involved in this project, she would not even pull a weed. The experience on Main Street stimulated self-improvement, and encouraged members to take pride in their home grounds and in the total community. City officials cooperated with the 4-H members in planting trees, building cooking facilities, picnic tables, swings and public rest rooms. The 4-H girls planted trees and took care of them during the early stages of growth. The total park project will need more plantings in the following years. Members of the 4-H club agreed to follow the project through to completion, because they receive satisfaction from the results of constructive work. The project is a growing one and has spread from the park to the school and the shopping center. Trees and flowers have all been planted in the shopping center, making the atmosphere pleasant. 16. What do we learn about Main Street in Farmington? 17. What do the 4-H club members do about the curbside? 18. What have the 4-H girls learned from the project? 19. Why do the 4-H girls agree to follow the park project through to completion? Passage Two According to a survey on reading conducted in 2001 by the U.S. National Education Association, young Americans say reading is important, more important than computers and science. Over 50% of the 12 to 18-year-olds interviewed said they enjoy reading a lot. 79% find it stimulating and interesting. And 87% think it is relaxing. About 68% of those surveyed disagree with the opinion that reading is boring or old-fashioned. Over half the teenagers interviewed said they read more than ten books a year. The results also showed that middle school students read more books than high schoolers. Over 66% of teens like to read fiction, such as novels and stories. Only 26% were interested in non-fiction, such as history books. 64% of students listed reading stories about people my own age as their favorite topic. Mysteries and detective stories came second on the list at 53%. Just under 50% said they were interested in reading about their own culture and tradition. Of the teenagers who participated in the survey, 49% said that libraries are where they get most of their books. However, many complain that their school libraries do not have enough up-to-date interesting books and magazines. Even though many teenagers in the U.S. enjoy reading, they still have other interests. When asked which activity would be the most difficult to give up for a week, 48% said listening to music. TV would be difficult to give up for 25% of those surveyed. 20. What does the survey on teenager reading show? 21. What books are most popular among teenagers according to the survey? 22. What activity do teenagers find the most difficult to give up for a week? Passage Three Thank you for coming, everyone. Today's presentation will show how we see the development of the motor car in the short to medium term, and that is why we have invited all of you here today. Let's start with power. It's clear that petrol-driven engines have no future. Already there are many alternative fuel vehicles on the market, powered by anything from solar power to natural gas. Some independent thinkers have even produced cars that run on vegetable oil. But as we all know, of all these alternative fuel vehicles, the most practical are electric vehicles. Sure, in the past electric vehicles have their problems, namely, a limited driving range and very few recharging points, which limited their use. Now, however, recent developments in electric vehicle technology mean they can match conventional petrol engines in terms of performance and safety. Let's not forget that electric vehicles are cleaner. Plus, importantly, the power source is rechargeable, so this does not involve using any valuable resources. Moving on to communications, very soon, cars will be linked to GPS satellites, so they'll do all the driving for you. What controls remain for the users will be audio-based, so, for example, you'll just have to say a bit warmer, and the air conditioning will adjust automatically. You'll also be able to receive e-mail, music and movies, all via an internet link. So just type in the destination you want, sit back, sleep, watch a movie, whatever. 23. What is the presentation mainly about? 24. What used to restrict the use of electric vehicles? 25. What does the speaker say about electric vehicles of today? Section C Directions: In this section, you will heara passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the secondtime, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have justheard. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should checkwhat you have written. Now listen to the passage. My favorite T.V. show? The Twilight Zone. I especially like the episode called The Printer's Devil. It's about a newspaper editor who's being driven out of business by a big newspaper syndicate you know, a group of papers owned by the same people. He is about to commit suicide when he is interrupted by an old man who says his name is Smith. The editor is not only offered $5,000 to pay off his newspapers debts, but this Smith character also offers his services for free. It turns out that the guy operates the printing machine with amazing speed, and soon he is turning out newspapers with shocking headlines. The small paper is successful again. The editor is amazed at how quickly Smith gets his stories only minutes after they happen, but soon he's presented with a contract to sign. Mr. Smith, it seems, is really the devil! The editor is frightened by this news, but he is more frightened by the idea of losing his newspaper, so he agrees to sign. But soon Smith is reporting the news even before it happens, and its all terrible, one disaster after another. Anyway, there is a little more to tell, but I don't want to ruin the story for you. I really like these old episodes of The Twilight Zone because the stories are fascinating. They are not realistic. But then again, in a way they are, because they deal with human nature.
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