Part III Listening Comprehension
M: I’d like to go camping with you this weekend, but I don’t have a
W: No problem. You can count on me to get one for you. My family has tons
of camping gear。
Q: What does the woman mean?
M: I know I promise to drive you to the airport next Thursday, but I’m
afraid something has come up. They’ve called a special meeting at work。
W: No big deal. Karen said she was available as a back-up。
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: Have you saved enough money for a trip to Hawaii?
M: Not even close. My uncle must put the brakes on my travelling plans。
Q: What does the man mean?
M: I’m starving. Do we still have any pie left from the dinner
W: Oh, Julia invited her friends over in the afternoon and they ate it
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
W: Three letters of recommendation are required to apply to graduate
schools. I was wondering if the one professor Smith wrote for me last year could
still be used。
M: It’s a bit dated. You’d better submit a recent one。
Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?16.
W: I’ve noticed that you spend a lot of time tending your garden. Would you
like to join our gardening club? We meet every other Wednesday。
M: Oh, thanks for the invitation, but this is how I relax. I’d rather not
make it something formal and structured。
Q: What can we infer about the man?
M: I heard the recent sculpture exhibit was kind of disappointing。
W: That’s right. I guess a lot of other people feel the way I do about
Q: What does the woman mean?
M: Bob is running for chairman of the student union. Would you vote for
W: Oh, I can’t decide right now because I have to find out more about the
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: I don’t know what to do. I can’t seem to get anyone in the hospital to
listen to my complaints and this outdated equipment is dangerous. Just look at
M: Hmm, uh, are you trying to say that it presents a health hazard?
W: Yes, I am. The head technician in the lab tried to persuade the hospital
administration to replace it, but they are trying to cut costs。
M: You are pregnant, aren’t you?
W: Yes, I am. I made an effort to get my supervisor to transfer me to
another department, but he urged me not to complain too loudly. Because the
administration is more likely to replace me than an X-ray equipment, I’m afraid
to refuse to work. But I’m more afraid to expose my unborn child to the
M: I see what you mean. Well, as your union representative, I have to warn
you that it would take quite a while to force management to replace the old
machines and attempt to get you transferred may or may not be successful。
W: Oh, what am I supposed to do then?
M: Workers have the legal right to refuse certain unsafe work assignments
under two federal laws, the Occupation or Safety and Health Act and the National
Labor Relations Act. But the requirements of either of the Acts may be difficult
W: Do you think I have a good case?
M: If you do lose your job, the union will fight to get it back for you
along with back pay, your lost income. But you have to be prepared for a long
wait, maybe after two years。
Q19. What does the woman complain about?
Q20. What has the woman asked her supervisor to do?
Q21. What does the man say about the two federal laws?
Q22. What will the union do if the woman loses her job?
W: Mr. Green, is it fair to say that negotiation is an art?
M: Well, I think it’s both an art and science. You can prepare for a
negotiation quite scientifically, but the execution of the negotiation has quite
a lot to do with one’s artistic quality. The scientific part of a negotiation is
in determining your strategy. What do you want out of it? What can you give?
Then of course there are tactics. How do you go about it? Do you take an opening
position in a negotiation which differs from the eventual goal you are heading
for? And then of course there are the behavioral aspects。
W: What do you mean by the behavioral aspects?
M: Well, that’s I think where the art comes in. In your behavior, you can
either be an actor. You can pretend that you don’t like things which you are
actually quite pleased about. Or you can pretend to like things which you are
quite happy to do without. Or you can be the honest type negotiator who’s known
to his partners in negotiation and always plays everything straight. But the
artistic part of negotiation I think has to do with responding immediately to
cues one gets in the process of negotiation. These can be verbal cues or even
body language. This is where the artistic quality comes in。
W: So really, you see two types of negotiator then, the actor or the honest
M: That’ right. And both can work. I would say the honest negotiator can be
quite effective in some circumstances. In other circumstances you need an
Q23. When is a scientific approach best embodied in a negotiation according
to the man?
Q24. In what way is a negotiator like an actor according to the man?
Q25. What does the man say about the two types of negotiator?
A scientific team is studying the thinking ability of eleven and half month
old children. The test is a simple one. The baby watches a sort of show on a
small stage. In Act One of the show, a yellow cube is lifted from a blue box,
and moved across the stage. Then it is returned to the box. This is repeated 6
times. Act Two is similar except that the yellow cube is smaller. Baby boys do
not react at all to the difference and the size of the cube. But girls
immediately become excited. The scientists interpret the girls’ excitement as
meaning they are trying to understand what they have just seen. They are
wondering why Act Two is odd and how it differs from Act One. In other words,
the little girls are reasoning. This experiment certainly does not definitely
prove that girls start to reason before boys, but it provides a clue that
scientists would like to study more carefully. Already it is known that bones,
muscles and nerves develop faster in baby girls. Perhaps it is early nerve
development that makes some infant girls show more intelligence than infant
boys. Scientists have also found that nature seems to give another boost to
girls. Baby girls usually talk at an earlier age than boys do. Scientists think
that there is a physical reason for this. They believe that the nerve endings in
the left side of the brain develop faster in girls than in boys, and it is this
side of the brain that strongly influences an individual’s ability to use
language and remember things。
Q26. What is the difference between Act One and Act Two in the test?
Q27. How do the scientists interpret their observation from the
Q28. What does the speaker say about the experiment?
Q29. According to scientists, what is another advantage given to girls by
A super attendant of the city municipal building, Dillia Adorno, was
responsible for presenting its new security plan to the public. City employees,
citizens and reporters gathered in the hall to hear her describe the plan. After
outlining the main points she would cover, she assured the audience that she
would be happy to answer questions at the end of her presentation. Dillia
realized the plan was expensive and potentially controversial. So she was not
surprised to see a number of hands go up as soon as she finished speaking. An
employ asked, “Would the new system create long lines to get into the building
like the line in the airport security checks?” Dillia had anticipated this
question and had an answer ready. After repeating the question, she explained
that the sufficient number of security guards would be working at peak hours to
speed things along. The next question was more confrontational。”Where was the
money come from to pay for all of this?”The journalists who ask the question
seem hostile. But Dillia was careful not to adopt the defensive tone. She stated
that the money would come from the city’s general budget. “I know these are tide
times”， she added, “But everyone agrees on the importance of safe guarding our
employees and members of the public who come into the building。” Near the end of
the 25 minutes she has said, Dillia said she would take two more questions. When
those were finished, she concluded the session with a brief restatement of how
the new system will improve security and peace of mind in the municipal
Question 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard。
30. What is the focus of Dillia Adorno’s presentation?
31. What question had Dillia Adorno anticipated?
32. What did the speakers think of the question from the journalist?
Despite unemployment and the lost of her home, Andrea Clark considers
herself a blessed and happy woman. Why the cheerful attitude? Her troubles have
brought her closer to her family. Last year, Andrea’s husband, Rick, a miner in
Nevada was laid off. Though Andrea kept her job as a school bus driver, she knew
that they couldn’t pay their bill and support their youngest of five children,
Zack, age nine, on one income. “At first their church helped out, but you can’t
keep that up forever”， Andrea says. Then Michal, their eldest of her four adult
children suggested they move in with his family. For almost three months, seven
Clarks lived under one roof. Andrea, Rick and Zack stayed in the basement
department, sharing laundry and single bathroom with Michal, his wife and their
The change cut their expenditures in half, but the new living arrangement
proved too challenging. When Andrea found a job with a school district closer to
her mother’s home in west Jorden, Utah, the family decided to move on. Packing
up again with no picnic, Zack had to switch schools for the second time and
space is even tighter. Andrea says that the moves themselves are exhausting and
Rick is still looking for a job。
The recession has certainly come with more problems than Andrea
anticipated, but she remains unfailingly optimistic. She is excited to spend
more time with her mother. Another plus, rents are lower in Utah than in Nevada.
So Andrea thinks they’ll be able to save up and move out in less than 6
Questions 33-35 are based on the passage you have just heard。
Q33 What do we learn about Andrea’s husband?
Q34 Why did Andrea move to live in her eldest son’s home?
Q35 What is Andrea’s attitude toward the hardships brought by the economic
Mountain climbing is becoming a popular sport, but it is also a potentially
dangerous one. People can fall. They may also become ill. One of the most common
dangers to climbers is altitude sickness, which can affect even very experienced
climbers. Altitude sickness usually begins when a climber goes above 8,000 to
9,000 feet. The higher one climbs, the less oxygen there is in the air. When
people don’t get enough oxygen, they often begin to gasp for air. They may also
feel dizzy and light-headed. Besides these symptoms of altitude sickness, others
such as headache and fatigue may also occur. At heights of over 18,000 feet,
people may be climbing in a constant daze. Their state of mind can have adverse
affect on their judgment. A few precautions can help most climbers avoid
altitude sickness. The first is not to go too high, too fast. If you climb to
10,000 feet, stay at that height for a day or two. Your body needs to get used
to a high altitude before you climb to a even higher one. Or if you do climb
higher sooner, come back down to a lower height when you sleep. Also, drink
plenty of liquids and avoid tobacco and alcohol. When you reach your top height,
do like activities rather than sleep too much. You breathe less when you sleep,
so you get less oxygen. The most important warning is this: if you have severe
symptoms, then don’t go away, go down. Don’t risk injury or death because of
over-confidence or lack of knowledge。