English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 20
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 the centre。
11. W: Boy, I’m nervous. This term paper is due in two days. All the books I need are checked out!
M: I know what you mean. There are a million of books in this place and I can never find what I need。
Q: Where are the speakers?
12. W: Can I see you sometime this week? I missed part of your explanation on this week’s chemistry experiment。
M: Ok, come to my office tomorrow around one o’clock。
Q: Who is the woman probably talking to?
13. W: What are the requirements for the course?
M: There will be weekly quizzes and a final exam. You will have to go to the language lab at least two hours a week。
Q: What kind of course is this?
14. W: I’m sorry. We are just not happy with these plans for the living room。
M: Would you like me to draw up another set of blueprints?
Q: What is the man’s job?
15. M: Julie, have you heard the one about the two bears having a drink at a bar?
W: Oh, no, Norman. Not another ridiculous joke。
Q: Why is the woman refusing to listen to the man?
16. M: I’m not sure whether I should tell that story about Mr. Leeds at the Awards Dinner. What do you think?
W: Well, you are a good storyteller, but I’m not sure people would find it all that interesting. When in doubt, leave it out。
Q: What does the woman mean?
17. M: Since you won’t be joining the Antarctica expedition this year, would you reconsider our offer to join the staff here?
W: Thank you again for the offer, but I still don’t think I’m cut out for teaching。
Q: What is the woman refusing?
18. M; In view of the fact that people are ignoring the importance of the ecology of the polar regions, I think we are headed for catastrophe。
W: You mean like a worldwide drought caused by global warming or severe flooding in coastal cities?
Q: What is the man implying?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations。
W: Why is it that some children perform better than others at school?
M: Obviously, certain children are brighter than others. But it is not that simple. A lot of emphasis is placed on intelligence measured by tests。
W: The so-called IQ tests?
M: Yes. Basically they are intended to test language and numerical ability, so some children are bound to suffer. This is very unfortunate. A child with an average IQ may turn out to be successful when he grows up。
W: What you are saying is that some children have abilities that are not easy to measure。
M: Exactly. If these abilities are not discovered early, they cannot be developed. That’s why there are so many unhappy parents in the world. They are not doing the things they are best at。
W: I see。
M: But at school, only those who are good with words and numbers will probably do well in exams。
W: Right. Is there anything a parent can do to help in this case?
M: Yes. In my opinion, a child should be judged on his individual talents. After all, being happy in life is putting your skills to good use, no matter what they are.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
19. What is the basic purpose of IQ tests?
20. According to the conversation, why are there so many unhappy parents in the world?
21.According to the conversation, why can’t some children do well in school examinations?
22. Which of the following statements is true according to the conversation?
W: How was this street before?
M: There were so many people around. We had 3 to 4 guesthouses. People from the surrounding villages came to do different businesses。
W: So, obviously there were more shops here. What kind of shops were they?
M: Any kind. That was the biggest town in this region。
W: When did the population start declining?
M: About 50 years ago, when the river to the south gradually dried up, and people began to face a serious shortage of water。
W: So a lot of people started to move out of this town, right?
M: Yes, what else could they do?
W: Has the local government tried to do something?
M: They have been trying to build this dam for 7-8 years。
W: If the dam is built, the situation here will be improved。
M: That’s what we hope for. But the local government hasn’t been able to finish it。
M: They said they were short of money. I really don’t know how long before the dam will be built。
W: Is there anything that can be done?
M: Nothing has been done. Without money how could one do business? I think life here will continue to be as difficult as always。
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
23. Which of the following statements is not true about the town in the past?
24. Why did people move out of the town?
25. What is the man’s attitude toward the construction of the dam?
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 centre。
The motor vehicle has killed and disabled more people in its history than any bomb or weapon ever invented. Much of the blood on the street flows essentially from uncivil behavior of drivers who refuse to respect the legal and moral rights of others. So the massacre on the road may be regarded as a social problem。
In fact, the enemies of society on wheels are rather harmless people, just ordinary people acting carelessly, you might say. But it is a principle both of law and common morality that carelessness is no excuse when one’s actions could bring death or damage to others. A minority of these killers go even beyond carelessness to total negligence。
Researchers have estimated that as many as 80 percent of all automobile accidents can be attributed to the psychological condition of the driver. Emotional upsets can distort driver’s reactions, slow their judgment, and blind them to dangers that might otherwise be evident. The experts warn that it is vital for every driver to make a conscious effort to keep one’s emotions under control.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard。
26. Why should traffic accidents be regarded as a social problem?
27. Why does the passage mention the psychological condition of the driver?
28. For the minority of road killers, what is the major cause of their traffic accidents?
From Beijing to Bucharest people like Michael Jordan. So when he suddenly retired last week, the news was reported around the world. Michael Jordan is widely considered basketball’s best player ever. He seems to fly through the air with the ball. He became known as Air Jordan. Jordan gained wide notice by helping to sell products, and businesses paid him tens of millions of dollars。
Michael is thirty years old. He attended the University of North Carolina. He joined the Chicago Bulls nine years ago. He led the team to the National Basketball Association Championship for the past three years. He was the top scoring player in the NBA for the past seven years. He also won two Olympic gold medals。
In July, Jordan’s father was murdered in North Carolina. James Jordan and his son were close friends. Michael Jordan says it means a lot to him that his father saw his last game. But he says his father’s death was not the reason he retired. He says he had been considering the idea for a few years. Jordan is the third major NBA player to retire in the last three years. Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers retired two years ago because he has the virus that causes AIDS. Last year Larry
Bird retired because of a back problem。
Jordan’s skill helped increase the popularity of basketball. Sports centers sold all their seats when the Chicago Bulls played there.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard。
29. Why is Jordan known as Air Jordan?
30. Which of the following statements about Jordan is true?
31. Why did Larry Bird retire?
Every part of the United States has special celebrations, depending on the particular national groups that live in the area. In Hawaii, there are many Asians. Many of these Asians are Japanese, Chinese and Polynesians. Recent immigrants from Japan and China arrived in Hawaii in great numbers during the past century. The early Polynesians came to Hawaii from the South Pacific islands more than a thousand years before any other people. The Asians left rich traditions for their younger generations to follow. Today, Hawaiians honor the memory of their ancestors with special feasts and festivals。
Chinese-Hawaiians hold the Moon Festival to honor the memory of their ancestors and their native land. The Moon Festival occurs in August on the night of the full moon. Unlike the Japanese festival, the Chinese celebration is a simple family occasion. Family members gather in a garden or a large open-air space in the light of the moon. They drink tea and feast on delicious moon-shaped cakes filled with meat or sweets, depending on family custom. If the family is from southern China, the cakes have meat in them; if the family comes from northern China, the cakes have sweet fillings. The cakes, an important food on this occasion, represent an event in Chinese history. A long time ago, the people used round cakes in a special way: they sent secret messages to each other in them. The messages give instructions for the people of the north and south to join together to fight against the evil emperor who ruled them at that time. The trick worked and the people were able to overthrow their ruler. By recalling this event in the Moon Festival, the Chinese people help to keep their native traditions alive and their family ties strong。
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard。
32. What three groups of people are introduced in this passage?
33. For what purpose do Chinese-Hawaiians hold the Moon Festival?
34. What do the moon-shaped cakes represent?
35. How did the ancient Chinese win their war against to the emperor?
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 from 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。
Of the thousands of different kinds of animals that exist in the world man has learned to make friends with an (36) enormous number. Some are pets, and offer him (37) companionship; some give him protection, and some do hard work which man cannot do for himself. The (38) inhabitants of certain countries are (39) dependent for their very lives on the camel, the yak, or the reindeer. In the West Indies the little donkey, strong and sure-footed, carrying heavy loads even in (40) mountainous places, is a familiar sight。
Trained and tamed for many generations, domestic animals are not (41) accustomed to roaming in search of food and (42) shelter. They look to their masters to provide for their needs, and as long as these are (43) supplied, they are content to do what their maters required。
(44) All domestic animals need proper food. It must be suitable for them, sufficient in quantity, fresh and clean. The quantity of food depends on the size of the animal and the amount of exercise it takes. (45) Containers for food and water must be washed regularly if the animal is to maintain good health。
Even well cared-for animals may sometimes fall ill. If this happens, the wise master seeks the best advice he can get. (46) All sorts of medicines and treatments are available for sick animals, and in some countries, organizations exist to provide them free or at cheap prices. Useful, friendly, hardworking animals deserve to have some time, money and attention spent on their health.