Part III Listening Comprehension
W: I just heard about a really beautiful park in the east end of the town. There are a lot of roses in bloom.
M: Why don’t we walk over there and see for ourselves?
Q: What will the speakers probably do?
M: My presentation is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning at the lecture hall. I hope to see you there.
W: Oh, sorry. I was about to tell you that I have an appointment with my dentist at 9:00 o’clock tomorrow.
Q: What do we learn about the woman?
W: How long have you been running this company?
M: Twenty years if you can believe that. I brought it from a small operation to what it is today.
Q: What do we learn about the man?
M: Have you read the news on the campus net? Susan has won the scholarship for next year.
W: I knew she would from the very beginning. Such a brilliant and diligent girl! She certainly deserves it.
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: Taking a bus to Miami, it’s cheaper than going by train.
M: That’s true. But I’d rather pay a little more for the added comfort and convenience.
Q: What does the man mean?
M: I think it’s time we got rid of all this old furniture.
W: You’re right. We need to promote our image besides it’s not a real antique.
Q: What do the speakers mean?
M: That was some storm yesterday. How was I afraid I couldn’t make it home.
W: Yeah, most of the roads to my house were flooded. I didn’t get home from the lab until midnight.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
W: My boys are always complaining that they’re bored.
M: Why don’t you get them into some team sports? My son and daughter play soccer every Saturday. And they both look forward to it all week.
Q: What does the man mean?
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard
W: So John, I hear you and Arthur share a job, don’t you?
M: Yes. We’ve shared a sales job at Sonatech for about two years now.
W: Well, how do you divide up your schedule?
M: You know we are both sales representatives, and we take orders over the phone. When we started job sharing it was difficult, because we both worked all day Monday. I worked Tuesday and Thursday and Arthur worked Wednesday and Friday. The problem was that when I was in the office on Tuesday. I would talk to people, then they would call back on Wednesday with a question. But Arthur couldn’t answer the question and he couldn’t ask me about it because I wasn’t in the office. So he had to ask the people to call me back the next day, Thursday. Of course, they didn’t like to wait until the next day to have their questions answered.
W: Yes, that sounds like a problem.
M: So, finally we decided that Arthur would work in the mornings and I would work in the afternoons. Now if someone calls with the question for me in the morning, Arthur tells them to call me in the afternoon. This way, people get their questions answered the same day.
W: What do you do about vacations?
M: Well, Sonatech gives the usual two weeks of vacation to full-time employees, I take a week and Arthur takes a week.
W: It sounds like job sharing has worked out well for you.
M: Yes, it has. We are both happy with it.
Q19. What do John and author do at Sonatech?
Q20. What problem did John and Arthur have when they started job sharing?
Q21. What does John say about their annual vacation?
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard
W: May I see your license, please?
M: But officer, did I do something wrong?
W: Do you mean to say you didn’t see the speed limit sign back there?
M: Um, no, madam, I guess I didn’t.
W: In other words, you drove by too fast to read it. The sign says 35m/h. A school is just nearby, you know?
M: Don’t get me wrong, but my speedometer didn’t read much faster than that.
W: Then, why is it that my radar showed you are going 45? Let me put it another way. I’m going to give you a ticket. Again, may I see your license, please?
M: Here it is, officer. But let me explain. I was late for an important appointment and I was worried that I wouldn’t make it on time. So...
W: Uha, just a minute, here. Your license is no longer valid. You should have renewed it two weeks ago. I’m going to have to write you up for that, too.
M: What? Really?
W: Your license becomes invalid on your birthday and that was two weeks ago according to the date here. You are in violation of the law—driving without a valid license.
M: I’m sorry, madam. I hadn’t realized that.
W: Here’s the ticket for not having a valid license. But I’m only going to give you a warning about exceeding the speed limit. Be careful next time.
M: Yes, madam, officer, I will. Thank you.
Q22. Where was the man stopped by the police officer?
Q23. What did the man claim about the speed limit sign?
Q24. What did the woman say about the man’s driving license?
Q25. What was the man’s penalty?