Part III Listening Comprehension (35 minutes)
A) He has proved to be a better reader than the woman.
B) He has difficulty understanding the book.
C) He cannot get access to the assigned book.
D) He cannot finish his assignment before the deadline.
A) She will drive the man to the supermarket.
B) The man should buy a car of his own.
C) The man needn't go shopping every week.
D) She can pick the man up at the grocery store.
A) Get more food and drinks.
B) Ask his friend to come over.
C) Tidy up the place.
D) Hold a party.
A) The talks can be held any day except this Friday.
B) He could change his schedule to meet John Smith.
C) The first-round talks should start as soon as possible.
D) The woman should contact John Smith first.
A) He understands the woman's feelings.
B) He has gone through a similar experience.
C) The woman should have gone on the field trip.
D) The teacher is just following the regulations.
A) She will meet the man halfway.
B) She will ask David to talk less.
C) She is sorry the man will not come.
D) She has to invite David to the party.
A) Few students understand Prof. Johnson's lectures.
B) Few students meet Prof. Jonson's requirements.
C) Many students find Prof. Johnson's lectures boring.
D) Many students have dropped Prof. Johnson's class.
A) Check their computer files.
B) Make some computations.
C) Study a computer program.
D) Assemble a computer.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard
A) It allows him to make a lot of friends.
B) It requires him to work long hours.
C) It enables him to apply theory to practice.
D) It helps him understand people better.
A) It is intellectually challenging.
B) It requires him to do washing-up all the time.
C) It exposes him to oily smoke all day long.
D) It demands physical endurance and patience.
A) In a hospital.
B) At a coffee shop.
C) At a laundry.
D) In a hotel.
A) Getting along well with colleagues.
B) Paying attention to every detail.
C) Planning everything in advance.
D) Knowing the needs of customers.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
A) The pocket money British children get.
B) The annual inflation rate in Britain.
C) The things British children spend money on.
D) The rising cost of raising a child in Britain.
A) It enables children to live better.
B) It goes down during economic recession.
C) It often rises higher than inflation.
D) It has gone up 25% in the past decade.
A) Save up for their future education.
B) Pay for small personal things.
C) Buy their own shoes and socks.
D) Make donations when necessary.
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
A) District managers.
B) Regular customers.
C) Sales directors.
D) Senior clerks.
A) The support provided by the regular clients.
B) The initiative shown by the sales representatives.
C) The urgency of implementing the company's plans.
D) The important part played by district managers.
A) Some of them were political-minded.
B) Fifty percent of them were female.
C) One third of them were senior managers.
D) Most of them were rather conservative.
A) He used too many quotations.
B) He was not gender sensitive.
C) He did not keep to the point.
D) He spent too much time on details.
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
A) State your problem to the head waiter.
B) Demand a discount on the dishes ordered.
C) Ask to see the manager politely but firmly.
D) Ask the name of the person waiting on you.
A) You problem may not be understood correctly.
B) You don't know if you are complaining at the right time.
C) Your complaint may not reach the person in charge.
D) You can't tell how the person on the line is reacting.
A) Demand a prompt response.
B) Provide all the details.
C) Send it by express mail.
D) Stick to the point.
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
A) Fashion designer
C) City planner.
A) Do some volunteer work.
B) Get a well-paid part-time job.
C) Work flexible hours.
D) Go back to her previous post.
A) Few baby-sitters can be considered trustworthy.
B) It will add to the family's financial burden.
C) A baby-sitter is no replacement for a mother.
D) The children won't get along with a baby-sitter.
Almost every child, on the first day he sets foot in a school building, is smarter, more (36)______, less afraid of what he doesn't know, better at finding and (37) ______ things out, more confident, resourceful (机敏的), persistent and (38) ______ than he will ever be again in his schooling – or, unless he is very (39) ______ and very lucky, for the rest of his life. Already, by paying close attention to and (40) ______ with the world and people around him, and without any school-type (41) ______ instruction, he has done a task far more difficult, complicated and (42)______ than anything he will be asked to do in school, or than any of his teachers has done for years. He has solved the (43) ______ of language. He has discovered it – babies don't even know that language exists – and (44) _________. He has done it by exploring, by experimenting, by developing his own model of the grammar of language, (45) ___________________________ until it does work. And while he has been doing this, he has been learning other things as well, (46) ___________________, and many that are more complicated than the ones they do try to teach him. .
11. W: Just imagine! We have to finish reading 300 pages before Monday! How can the professor expect us to do it in such a short time?
M: Yeah, but what troubles me is that I can’t find the book in the library or in the university bookstore.
Q: What does the man mean?
12. M: Do you think I could borrow your car to go grocery shopping? The supermarkets outside the city are so much cheaper. I’d also be happy to pick up anything you need.
W: Well, I don’t like to let anyone else drive my car. Tell you what, why don’t we go together?
Q: What does the woman mean?
13. M: Forgive the mess in here, we have a party last night. There were a lot of people and they all brought food.
W: Yeah, I can tell. Well, I guess it’s pretty obvious what you’ll be doing most of today.
Q: What does the woman think the man will do?
14. W: What time would suit you for the first round talks with John Smith?
M: Well, you know my schedule. Other than this Friday, one day is as good as the next.
Q: What does the man mean?
15. W: I was so angry yesterday! My biology teacher did not even let me explain why I missed the field trip. He just wouldn’t let me pass!
M: That doesn’t seem fair. I’d feel that way too if I were you.
Q: What does the man imply?
16. M: I really can’t stand the way David controls the conversation all the time. If he is going to be at your Christmas party, I just won’t come.
W: I’m sorry you feel that way, but my mother insists that he come.
Q: What does the woman imply?
17. W: You’re taking a course with Professor Johnson. What’s your impression so far?
M: Well, many students could hardly stay awake in his class without first drinking a cup of coffee.
Q: What does the man imply?
18. W: Have you ever put a computer together before?
M: No, never. But I think if we follow these instructions exactly, we won’t have much trouble.
Q: What are the speakers going to do?
W: What sort of hours do you work, Steve?
M: Well I have to work very long hours, about eleven hours a day.
W: What time do you start?
M: I work 9 to 3, then I start again at 5:30 and work until 11, six days a week. So I have to work very unsocial hours.
W: And do you have to work at the weekend?
M: Oh, yes, that’s our busiest time. I get Wednesdays off.
W: What are the things you have to do and the things you don’t have to do?
M: Uh, I don’t have to do the washing-up, so that’s good. I have to wear white, and I have to keep everything in the kitchen totally clean.
W: What’s hard about the job?
M: You are standing up all the time. When we are busy, people get angry and sharp, but that’s normal.
W: How did you learn the profession?
M: Well, I did a two-year course at college. In the first year we had to learn the basics, and then we had to take exams.
W: Was it easy to find a job?
M: I wrote to about six hotels and one of them gave me my first job, so I didn’t have to wait too long.
W: And what’s the secret of being good at your job?
M: Attention to detail. You have to love it. You have to show passion for it.
W: And what are your plans for the future?
M: I want to have my own place when the time is right.
Q19. What does the man say about his job?
Q 20. What does the man think is the hardest part of his job?
Q 21. Where did the man get his first job after graduation?
Q 22. What does the man say is important to being good at his job?
W: Now you’ve seen this table of figures about the pocket money children in Britain get?
M: Yes. I thought it was quite interesting, but I don’t quite understand the column entitled change. Can you explain what it means?
W: Well, I think it means the change from the year before. I am not a mathematician, but I assume the rise from 70p to 90p is a rise of 25 percent.
M: Oh yes, I see. And the inflation rate is there for comparison.
W: Yes. why do you think the rise in pocket money is often higher than inflation?
M: I am sorry I’ve no idea. Perhaps parents in Britain are too generous.
W: Perhaps they are. But it looks as if children were not better off in 2001 than they were in 2002. That’s strange, isn’t it? And they seem to have been better off in 2003 than they are now. I wonder why that is.
M: Yes, I don’t understand that at all.
W: Anyway, if you had children, how much pocket money would you give them?
M: I don’t know. I think I’ll probably give them 2 pounds a week.
W: Would you? And what would you expect them to do with it?
M: Well, out of that, they have to buy some small personal things, but I wouldn’t expect them to save to buy their own socks, for example.
W: Yes, by the way, do most children in your country get pocket money?
M: Yeah, they do.
Q23 What is the table of figures about?
Q24 What do we learn from the conversation about British children’s pocket money?
Q25 Supposing the man had children, what would he expect them to do with their pocket money?
As the new sales director for a national computer firm, Alex Gordon was looking forward to his first meeting with the company’s district managers. Everyone arrived on time, and Alex’s presentation went extremely well. He decided to end the meeting with the conversation about the importance of the district managers to the company’s plans. “I believe we are going to continue to increase our share of the market,” he began, “because of the quality of the people in this room. The district manager is the key to the success of the sales representatives in his district. He sets the term for everyone else. If he has ambitious goals and is willing to put in long hours, everyone in his unit will follow his example.” When Alex was finished, he received polite applauses, but hardly the warm response he had hoped for. Later he spoke with one of the senior managers. “Things were going so well until the end”, Alex said disappointedly. “Obviously, I said the wrong thing.” “Yes”, the district manager replied. “Half of our managers are women. Most have worked their way up from sales representatives, and they are very proud of the role they played in the company’s growth. They don’t care at all about political correctness. But they were definitely surprised and distressed to be referred to as ‘he’ in your speech.”
Q26 Who did Alex Gordon speak to at the first meeting?
Q27 What did Alex want to emphasize at the end of his presentation?
Q28 What do we learn about the audience at the meeting?
Q29 Why did Alex fail to receive the warm response he had hoped for?
The way to complain is to act business-like and important. If your complaint is immediate, suppose you got the wrong order at a restaurant, make a polite but firm request to see the manager. When the manager comes, ask his or her name. And then state your problem and what you expect to have done about it. Be polite! Shouting or acting rude will get you nowhere. But also be firm in making your complaint. Besides, act important. This doesn’t mean to put on airs and say “do you know who I am?” What it means is that people are often treated the way they expect to be treated. If you act like someone who expects a fair request to be granted, chances are it will be granted. The worst way to complain is over the telephone. You are speaking to a voice coming from someone you cannot see. So you can’t tell how the person on the line is reacting. It is easy for that person to give you the run-around. Complaining in person or by letter is generally more effective. If your complaint doesn’t require an immediate response, it often helps to complain by letter. If you have an appliance that doesn’t work, send a letter to the store that sold it. Be business-like and stick to the point. Don’t spend a paragraph on how your uncle John tried to fix the problem and couldn’t.
Q30 What does the speaker suggest you do when you are not served properly at a restaurant?
Q31 Why does the speaker say the worst way to complain is over the telephone?
Q32 What should you do if you make a complaint by letter?
Barbara Sanders is a wife and the mother of two children, ages 2 and 4. Her husband, Tom, is an engineer and makes an excellent salary. Before Barbara had children, she worked as an architect for the government, designing government housing. She quit her job when she became pregnant, but is now interested in returning to work. She's been offered an excellent job with the government. Her husband feels it's unnecessary for her to work since the family does not need the added income. He also thinks that a woman should stay home with her children. If Barbara feels the need to do socially important work, he thinks that she should do volunteer work one or two days a week. Barbara, on the other hand, has missed the excitement of her profession and does not feel she would be satisfied doing volunteer work. She would also like to have her own income, so she does not have to ask her husband for money whenever she wants to buy something. She does not think it's necessary to stay home every day with the children and she knows a very reliable babysitter who's willing to come to her house. Tom does not think a babysitter can replace a mother and thinks it's a bad idea for the children to spend so much time with someone who's not part of the family.
Q33 What was Barbara's profession before she had children?
Q34 What does Barbara's husband suggest she do if she wants to work?
Q35 What does Tom think about hiring a babysitter?
Almost every child, on the first day he sets foot in the school building, is smarter, more curious，less afraid of what he doesn't know, better at finding and figuring things out, more confident, resourceful, persistent and independent, than he will either be again in his schooling or, unless he is very unusual and very lucky, for the rest of his life.
Already, by paying close attention to and interacting with the world and people around him, and without any school-type formal instruction, he has done a task far more difficult, complicated and abstract than anything he will be asked to do in school, or than any of his teachers has done for years-he has solved the mystery of language. He has discovered it. Babies don't even know that language exists.
And he has found out how it works and learnt to use it appropriately. He has done it by exploring, by experimenting, by developing his own model of the grammar of language, by trying it out and seeing whether it works, by gradually changing it and refining it until it does work.
And while he has been doing this, he has been learning other things as well, including many of the concepts that the schools think only they can teach him, and many that are more complicated than the ones they do try to teach him.
11. C He can not get access to the assigned book.
12. A She will drive the man to the supermarket.
13. C Tidy up the place.
14. A The talks can be held any day except Friday.
15. A He understands the woman's feelings.
16. D She has to invite David to the party.
17. C Many students find Prof. Johnson's lectures boring.
18. D Assemble the computer.
19. B It requires him to work long hours.
20. D It demands physical endurance and patience.
21. D In a hotel.
22. B Paying attention to every detail.
23. A The pocket money British children get.
24. C It often rises higher than inflation.
25. B Pay for small personal things.
26. A District managers.
27. D The important part played by district managers.
28. B Fifty percent of them were female.
29. B He was not gender sensitive.
30. C Ask to see the manager politely but firmly.
31. D You can't tell how the person on the line is reacting.
32. D Stick to the point.
33. B Architect.
34. A Do some volunteer work.
35. A Few baby-sitters can be considered trustworthy.
43. he has found out how it works and learnt to use it appropriately.
44. by trying it out and seeing whether it works, by gradually changing it and refining it
45. including many of the concepts that the schools think only they can teach him,