English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 24
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: Did you hear Kate’s presentation in the meeting last night?
M: How she could be so calm in front of such a large audience is really beyond me。
Q: What does the man imply?
12. M: I heard there are a few seats left for the show tonight。
W: Really? I was under the impression that the tickets were sold out a long time ago。
Q: What do we know from the woman’s reply?
13. M: I’m having trouble making ends meet. Now it looks like I have to make another phone call to my parents。
W: I don’t think it would be a problem if you cut down on the discs you buy。
Q: What does the woman mean?
14. M: Congratulations! I heard your debating team has reached the finals。
W: Yes, we’re all excited about it. Now we’re working hard to prepare for it。
Q: What will the woman’ s team probably do?
15. W: You’ve spent too much time doing coursework, Jack. Do you think you should go out and get some fresh air?
M: Thanks for the advice. But this is how I relieve my stress. I’d rather not get too far behind。
Q: What can you infer from the man’s response?
16. M: You seem very confident about the job interview, aren’t you?
W: Yes. I feel ready for it. I bought a good suit at the clothing store. I had my hair cut. I have studied almost every thing about finance and economics。
Q: Where is the woman probably going to work?
17. W: My English teacher suggested that I come in and borrow a German-English Dictionary。
M: Of course, Miss Helen. You’re welcome to use our dictionaries, but they may not be taken out of the library. Wouldn’t it be better if you had one of your own?
Q: What does the man suggest Helen do?
18. M: Excuse me, professor. Could you please explain about temperature and road conditions again?
W: Very well, as soon as I’ve checked these figures on the board and assigned tomorrow’s homework。
Q: Where did the conversation most probably take place?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations。
M: Are you going to watch the game in the stadium?
W: No, but I’ll be watching it on television with some friends。
M: Weren’t you able to get any tickets?
W: I didn’t try. I really don’t go to games very often。
M: But don’t you enjoy going? Don’t you find it exciting to be part of the crowd?
W: Oh, sure, nothing beats the atmosphere at a sporting event: the cheering, all that energy. But sometimes it’s just too inconvenient getting into and out of the stadium before and after the game. And if you watch the game with friends, or at a bar or restaurant…
M: …you’ve basically created your own crowd。
W: That’s right. Another reason why I like to watch sports on television is that I simply find it easier to follow the action on TV。
M: Yeah, sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of the ball when you’re sitting in the stands。
W: Especially when your seats are high up in the grandstand, and far from the field。
M: It’s like you’re watching from an airplane, sometimes。
W: Also, good sports commentators on television can add to your understanding and enjoyment of the game。
M: After listening to you I’m starting to wonder how they are able to sell any tickets to these games!
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
19. What are the two speakers talking about?
20. What does the woman say about watching the game in the stadium?
21. Why does the woman prefer to watch the game on TV?
M: Oh, look at the sky, Betty! It’s going to rain。
W: I see it. I hope it doesn’t rain. I thought it was going to be a fine day today。
M: That’s certainly what the department was hoping for when they chose today as the date for the annual picnic。
W: You can’t have a picnic without good weather. You need sunshine for all the eating and games and entertainment。
M: Yeah, sunshine----but not too much! Do you remember last year?
W: I sure do. It was so hot that all we did was look for shade, look for ways to escape from the sun。
M: And no one wanted to participate in any of the planned activities. All we wanted was cold drinks. And then dozed off。
W: If there had just been the tiniest breeze to cool us off…
M: But there wasn’t. Just that burning sun, without a cloud in the sky, and the temperature just seemed to climb higher and higher。
W: Well, we don’t have that problem this year, apparently. Did you hear the weather forecast? Is it supposed to rain?
M: I don’t know. I didn’t catch the weather report. But maybe if it rains, it will only be a short shower which cools things off a little. That might not be bad。
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
22. What are the two speakers doing?
23. What can you infer from the talk?
24. What do you know about the man?
25. What happened to them last year?
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。
Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in the upper atmosphere. Near the Earth, ozone in the air is a danger to life because it is a pollutant. But between ten and fifty kilometers up in the atmosphere, ozone protects life on the Earth. Ozone forms in the atmosphere through the action of radiation from the sun. Ozone blocks harmful radiation from reaching the Earth. Scientists say a decrease in ozone and an increase in the harmful radiation will cause many more cases of skin cancer. And it will harm crops, animals and fish。
Ozone problems first became known in 1985. British scientists reported that ozone levels in the Antarctic atmosphere near the South Pole fell sharply each year in October and November. 1987 was the first year that a huge hole developed in the ozone layer above the Antarctic。
A recent study of the atmosphere over the Arctic area near the North Pole showed extreme thinning of the ozone. Officials from the American space agency said the latest study is a result of the largest campaign yet to measure ozone amounts and changes in the Arctic area. NASA researcher Paul Newman said some of the measurements show ozone in the Arctic decreased about sixty percent between January and the middle of March. These measurements are similar to the ozone losses observed in this area a few years ago。
Other studies have shown that man-made chemicals were destroying ozone in the atmosphere. An international agreement halted production of the most harmful chemicals. The new findings support the idea that recovery of the ozone layer may be delayed。
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard。
26. What is the passage mainly about?
27. Where can ozone be found useful to life according to the passage?
28. When did ozone problems first become known?
Trade between countries is one of the most important economic activities in the world today. The U.S. has many trading partners; one of the most important is Japan. The trade between the two countries amounts to several billion dollars a year. Many U.S. banks therefore have offices in Japan, particularly in Tokyo and Osaka, the largest cities. Jean McPherson is the manager of one of those for branch banks in Tokyo。
Jean majored in accounting and business administration in college. After graduation she got a job with a large New York bank. After two years in accounting, she was transferred to the loan department. Many of the loans which she was asked to consider involved international transactions. Some of them were so complicated that Jean felt she didn’t have a broad enough background to understand them。
To get more experience, she asked for a transfer to the bank’s international department. She became such an expert in international finance that it became her career. When the bank decided to open a branch in Tokyo, Jean was selected to set it up and run it for the first few years. She has been in Tokyo for more than three years now。
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard。
29. What does Jean McPherson do now?
30. Why did she ask for a transfer to the bank’s international department?
31. What is the passage mainly talking about?
Not all trips are holidays. For example, when people travel on business, they don’t have the time or the peace of mind to enjoy themselves. But when people take a vacation, do they always have fun?
The fact is some people who travel for pleasure get no pleasure from it at all. Others, who travel because they must travel, have a lot of fun doing it. What makes one trip more enjoyable than another?
Any trip can be enjoyable if it is well planned. Every minute that you spend planning your trip may save ten minutes of trouble during your trip. It may also add an hour of pleasure!
Many resorts and cities around the world are popular during some months of the year and less popular during other months. Find out if the places you are visiting have an “in” season and an “off”’ season. This may help you decide when you want to go。
There are some very good reasons to travel during the off-season. Usually everything is much cheaper. It is also less crowded, of course. If you don’t have a lot of money or if you don’t like crowds of tourists go in the off-season。
Some places are not as exciting during the off-season. The weather may be too cold or too hot. The beaches may be closed. Hotels and restaurants may be shut. Be sure to find out before you go。
There was a time when a person could decide to leave the country on Monday and get on a boat on Tuesday. Now everyone must give a passport to go abroad. It is not hard to get a passport, but you should ask for one a few months before you begin your journey. To get one, you must have your birth certificate or another legal document to prove that you are a citizen. You will probably also need to bring a few photographs of yourself and some money. For more information call or write the passport office。
Sometimes you need a visa to visit a country. If a visa is necessary you can ask for one at the country’s embassy. Sometimes getting a visa takes many months, so it is very important to plan early. The same is true of health certificates. For this information it is a good idea to call or write the embassies. You may also get a lot of other useful information from them。
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard。
32. Why does the writer advise you not to travel during the “in” season?
33. According to the passage, what can make one’s trip more enjoyable?
34. What is unnecessary when applying for a passport?
35. What can you infer from the passage?
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。
Looking to improve your language skills, but don’t have the time to go overseas to attend school? More and more universities around the world are offering opportunities for students to obtain degrees online from the (36) comfort of their own homes, and many of these (37) institutions have met certain standards of (38) excellence。
If you decide to take language courses online (or any subject for that matter)， be sure to (39) evaluate the benefits of studying online (40) versus going abroad. The advantages of studying online are that the costs are usually lower, you can study at your own (41) pace, and you have(42)access to the materials 24 hours a day from almost any computer in the world. However, you won’t get the human (43) interaction of meeting people face to face like you would if (44) you were physically attending a school overseas。
On the other hand, the advantages of going overseas may include day-to-day opportunities to be exposed to a new culture, meet new friends with whom you can use and practice the language, and chances to see different parts of the world. However, there may be a number of disadvantages for some including(45) expense, time away from one’s school, family, or work, and the challenge of adapting to a new culture and way of life。
Whatever you do, consider a long-distance education program that (46) meets your educational needs, is within your budget, and equally important, provides you with opportunities to grow beyond the classroom through cultural and educational activities。