Part III Listening Comprehension
Directions: In this section, you will hear 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 question 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 2 with a single line through
11. M: I thought you would have the repairman come fix the water heater.
W: I tried calling him all day but his phone apparently was out of order.
Q: Why didn’t the woman have the repairman come?
12. M: Hello, this is Dr. Muller calling. Is that Mrs. Weiner?
W: No, this is Mrs. Pennington, Mrs. Weiner’s sister. Mrs. Weiner isn’t in right now. Can I take a message?
Q: Who answered the phone?
13. M: This perfume is a present, so I would appreciate having it wrapped.
W: Our gift-wrapping department does that up on the third floor. The charge is quite reasonable.
Q: Who does the woman suggest should wrap the present?
14. W: My program says intermission is for thirty minutes. So Act II won’t begin before 9: 00.
M: Then let’s stretch our legs and get some refreshments in the lobby.
Q: What does the man suggest they do?
15. W: I can’t cash your traveler’s check without some identification like a driver’s license.
M: Since I have just arrived in the United States, I have only my passport. Will that do?
Q: Why does the man offer the woman his passport?
16. M: Yesterday, we went to Jane’s house to listen to records.
W: I heard that she has over 100 jazz records. Is that true?
Q: What do we learn about Jane?
17. W: I’m going to change the color of my hair when I’m 50 years old.
M: You are? Well, then when I’m 50, I’m growing a beard.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation about the present ages of the two?
18. W: Are you going to the movies tonight?
M: Only if I finish all my work first.
Q: What does the man’s comment suggest?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
M: How are your new neighbors?
W: They seem nice enough, but they have a son who is driving me crazy.
M: What do you mean?
W: He comes home every night around one o’clock with his car windows rolled down and the radio blaring. It stops as soon as he turns his car off, but by then, the kids are wide awake.
M: Oh, no.
W: Oh, yes. Sometimes it takes me until 2:00 am just to get them settled down again.
M: Have you tried talking to them?
W: We haven’t even met them yet, except to say a quick hello. I hate to get off on the wrong foot.
M: You are not going to like them when you do meet them if you keep on simmering.
W: I know, but I feel stupid complaining. It’s not as though he’s blasting his stereo all night.
M: You said yourself it’s driving you crazy.
W: Well, you know how early I have to be here at the office. I just haven’t got enough sleep and neither have the kids. They are so irritable when I get home in the afternoon.
M: Maybe you could go over sometime with a little gift, a plant for the yard or something. Then you could ask about their son, whether they have other children, and they will be sure to ask about yours.
W: Yes, and then what?
M: And then you could mention that the hardest thing at this stage is getting your kids to go to sleep at night.
W: And keeping them asleep.
M: That’s the idea and you should do it soon. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to do politely.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What bothers the woman?
20. Why is the woman unwilling to talk about the problem with her neighbors?
21. What does the man suggest the woman do?
22. Which of the following is NOT true according to the talk?
M: Well, Claudia, how is your first day on campus working out?
W: Actually, I’m overwhelmed. This campus is too large. I’m not really sure how to get around. How about you?
M: Yeah, I’m having the same problem. That’s why we should leave a bit early to get to our biology class on time.
W1: That sounds like a good plan to me! It’s 9:30 right now. I think our class starts at 10:00 a.m.
M: Actually it starts at 10:15 a.m., which leaves us 45 minutes to find it. The schedule says the class is in the Darwin Building, but I can’t seem to find it on the map.
W1: Since we both don’t know where we are going, why don’t we ask that woman sitting on the bench, she seems to know her way around here.
M: All right, it can’t hurt to ask.
M: Excuse me Miss, could you tell us how to get to the Darwin Building?
W2: The Darwin Building? Oh yes, I remember… Do you see that building to our right there? That’s the East Dormitory. Next to it is the Science Library. What you should do is follow the path between those two buildings until you reach the other side. Then take the left-hand path and follow it to the end. It leads straight to the Darwin Building. Got it?
W1: I think so, after we pass between the Dorm and the Library, we follow the path to the left until the end of the road, then we should be there, right?
W2: Yes, that’s perfect.
M: Thank you very much, indeed.
W2: You are welcome.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. What is their first impression of the campus?
24. What are the two students doing?
25. What can we learn from the conversation?
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 marked A), B), C) and D).
Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.
The world is not only hungry; it is also thirsty for water. This may seem strange to you, since nearly 75% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. But about 97% of this huge amount is sea-water, or salt water. Man can only drink and use the other 3% — the fresh water that comes from rivers, lakes, underground, and other sources. And we cannot even use all of that, because some of it is in the form of icebergs and glaciers. Even worse, some of it has been polluted.
Our need for water is increasing rapidly. Only if we take steps to deal with this problem now can we avoid a severe worldwide water shortage later on. One useful step we should take is to develop ways of reusing it.
Today, in most large cities water is used only once. But it is possible to pipe water that has been used to a purifying plant. There it can be filtered and treated with chemicals so that it can be used again just as if it were fresh from a spring.
But even if every large city purified and reused its water, we still would not have enough. Where could we turn next? To the oceans! All we’d have to do to make use of the vast amount of sea-water is —— remove the salt. This salt-removing process is already in use in many parts of the world. So if we take all these steps, we’ll be in no danger of drying up!
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. What percentage of the earth’s water can man actually use?
27. How can we avoid a worldwide water shortage in the future?
28. How can sea-water be turned into fresh water?
Mrs. Jones was very fond of singing. She had a good voice, except that some of her high notes tended to sound like a gate, which someone had forgotten to oil. Mrs. Jones was very conscious of this weakness, and took every opportunity she could find to practice these high notes. As she lived in a small house where she could not practice without disturbing the rest of the family, she usually went for long walks along the country roads whenever she had time, and practiced her high notes there. Whenever she heard a car or a person coming along the road, she stopped and waited until she could no longer be heard before she started practicing again, because she was a shy person, and because she was sensitive about those high notes.
One afternoon, however, a fast, open car came up behind her so silently and so fast that she did not hear it until it was only a few yards from her. She was singing some of her highest and most difficult notes at the time, and as the car passed her, she saw an anxious expression suddenly come over its driver’s face. He put his brakes on violently, and as soon as the car stopped, jumped out and began to examine all his tires carefully.
Mrs. Jones did not dare to tell him what the noise he had heard had really been, so he got back into his car and drove off as puzzled as he had been when he stopped.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. What was Mrs. Jones very fond of?
30. What did she do about her weakness?
31. Where did she practice?
China’s first astronaut returned safely to earth on Thursday when his craft touched down on time and as planned after 21 hours in orbit. China’s mission control declared the country’s landmark flight “a success.”
The craft carrying Yang Liwei touched down on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia in northern China as planned at dawn on Thursday. He emerged from the capsule and waved at rescuers. The landing came after a 21-hour mission in which Shenzhou V orbited the Earth 14 times.
It was reported that the astronaut’s condition was good, and he would undergo an immediate exam. The completion of the mission was the crowning achievement of an 11-year, manned space program.
While in orbit Yang spoke to his family, telling them it looked “splendid” in space. He also had a conversation with the country’s defense minister, unfurled the flags of China and the United Nations and took a nap.
Yang, an astronaut since 1998, was picked for the flight from three finalists. They have trained for years. His trip came after four test flights, beginning in 1999, of unmanned Shenzhou capsules.
China has had a rocketry program since the 1950s. It launched a manned space program in the 1970s during the Cultural Revolution but later abandoned it. The program was relaunched in 1992 under the code name Project 921.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. When did the craft carrying Yang Liwei return safely to Earth?
33. How many times did China’s first manned spaceship Shenzhou V orbit the Earth?
34. While in orbit, Yang performed some tasks. Which is not mentioned in the passage?
35. When did China launch a manned space program?
Directions: In this section, you will hear a 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 second
time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have
just heard. For blanks numbered form 44 to 46 you are required to fill in the missing information.
For these blanks, you can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main
points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check
what you have written.
There have been a lot of (36) changes in American eating (37 habits in the last ten years. One is the growing (38) awareness of the nutritional value of food. Another is an (39) increasing interest in a (40) variety of international foods. Since about 1970, Americans have been more and more (41) concerned about health. They have begun to notice the (42) ingredients in what they eat.
When they select food in the (43) supermarket, they turn the packages over to read the labels carefully. (44) They prefer to eat food that is produced without unnecessary chemicals and often choose fruits and vegetables grown without poisons used to kill insects. A small group of Americans, called vegetarians, have decided not to eat meat. (45) So they choose a complete diet from other kinds of food, because they think that meat products are not good for their health.
More and more Americans have also become interested in food from other countries. (46) They have been going out to international restaurants and eagerly trying unfamiliar dishes. Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, and Greek, as well as many other recipes, are all popular these days in the United States. People used to say that Americans ate uninteresting, and unhealthy food, but this has changed in the last ten years.