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201012月大学英语四级考试真题

Part I   Writing  (30 minutes)

How Should Parents Help Children to Be Independent?

1. 目前不少父母为孩子包办一切

2. 为了让孩子独立,父母应该……

 

Part II Reading Comprehension ( Skimming and Scanning) (15 minutes)

                                 A Grassroots Remedy

Most of us spend our lives seeking the natural world. To this end, we walk the dog, play golf, go fishing, sit in the garden, drink outside rather than inside the pub, have a picnic, live in the suburbs, go to the seaside, buy a weekend place in the country. The most popular leisure activity in Britain is going for a walk. And when joggers(慢跑者) jog, they don’t run the streets. Every one of them instinctively heads to the park or the river. It is my profound belief that not only do we all need nature, but we all seek nature, whether we know we are doing so or not.

But despite this, our children are growing up nature-deprived(丧失). I spent my boyhood climbing trees on Streatham Common, South London. These days, children are robbed of these ancient freedoms, due to problems like crime, traffic, the loss of the open spaces and odd new perceptions about what is best for children, that is to say, things that can be bought, rather than things that can be found.

The truth is to be found elsewhere. A study in the US: families had moved to better housing and the children were assessed for ADHD-attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(多动症). Those whose accommodation had more natural views showed an improvement of 19%; those who had the same improvement in material surroundings but no nice view improved just 4%.

A study in Sweden indicated that kindergarten children who could play in a natural environment had less illness and greater physical ability than children used only to a normal playground. A US study suggested that when a school gave children access to a natural environment, academic levels were raised across the entire school.

Another study found that children play differently in a natural environment. In playgrounds, children create a hierarchy(等级)based on physical abilities, with the tough ones taking the lead. But when a grassy area was planted with bushes, the children got much more into fantasy play, and the social hierarchy was now based on imagination and creativity.

Most bullying(恃强凌弱)is found in schools where there is a tarmac(柏油碎石) playground; the least bullying is in a natural area that the children are encouraged to explore. This reminds me unpleasantly of Sunnyhill School in Streatham, with its harsh tarmac, where I used to hang about in corners fantasising about wildlife.

But children are frequently discouraged from involvement with natural spaces, for health and safety reasons, for fear that they might get dirty or that they might cause damage. So, instead, the damage is done to the children themselves: not to their bodies but to their souls.

One of the great problems of modern childhood is ADHD, now increasingly and expensively treated with drugs. Yet one study after another indicates that contact with nature gives huge benefits to ADHD children. However, we spend money on drugs rather than on green places.

The life of old people is measurably better when they have access to nature. The increasing emphasis for the growing population of old people is in quality rather than quantity of years. And study after study finds that a garden is the single most important thing in finding that quality.

In wider and more difficult areas of life, there is evidence to indicate that natural surroundings improve all kinds of things. Even problems with crime and aggressive behaviour are reduced when there is contact with the natural world.

Dr William Bird, researcher from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, states in his study, “A natural environment can reduce violent behaviour because its restorative process helps reduce anger and impulsive behaviour.” Wild places need encouraging for this reason, no matter how small their contribution.

We tend to look on nature conservation as some kind of favour that human beings are granting to the natural world. The error here is far too deep: not only do humans need nature for themselves, but the very idea that humanity and the natural world are separable things is profoundly damaging.

Human beings are a species of mammals(哺乳动物). For seven million years they lived on the planet as part of nature. Our ancestral selves miss the natural world and long for contact with non-human life. Anyone who has patted a dog, stroked a cat, under a tree with a pint of beer, given or received a bunch of flowers or chosen to walk through the park on a nice day, understands that.

We need the wild world. It is essential to our well-being, our health, our happiness. Without the wild world we are not more but less civilised. Without other living things around us we are less than human.

Five ways to find harmony with the natural world

Walk: Break the rhythm of permanently being under a roof. Get off a stop earlier, make a circuit of the park at lunchtime, walk the child to and from school, get a dog, feel yourself moving in moving air, look, listen, absorb.

Sit: Take a moment, every now and then, to be still in an open space. In the garden, anywhere that’s not in the office, anywhere out of the house, away from the routine. Sit under a tree, look at water, feel refreshed, ever so slightly renewed.

Drink: The best way to enjoy the natural world is by yourself; the second best way is in company. Take a drink outside with a good person, a good gathering: talk with the sun and the wind with birdsong for background.

Learn: Expand your boundaries. Learn five species of bird, five butterflies, five trees, five bird songs. That way, you see and hear more: and your mind responds gratefully to the greater amount of wildness in your life.

Travel: The places you always wanted to visit: by the seaside, in the country, in the hills. Take a weekend break, a day-trip, get out there and do it: for the scenery, for the way through the woods, for the birds, for the bees. Go somewhere special and bring specialness home. It lasts forever, after all.

1. What is the author’s profound belief?

  A) People have quite different perceptions of nature       B) People must make more efforts to study nature

  C) People instinctively seek nature in different ways       D) People should spend most of their lives in the wild

2. What does the author say people prefer for their children nowadays?

  A) Things that are natural    B) Things that are purchased   C) Urban surroundings    D) Personal freedom

3. What does a study in Sweden show?

  A) A good playground helps kids develop their physical abilities

  B) More access to nature makes children less likely to fall ill

  C) Natural views can prevent children from developing ADHD

  D) The natural environment can help children learn better

4. Children who have chances to explore natural areas ________ .

  A) tend to develop a strong love for science            B) are more likely to fantasise about wildlife

  C) tend to be physically tougher in adulthood           D) are less likely to be involved in bullying

5. What does the author suggest we do to help children with ADHD?

  A) Place them under more personal care               B) Provide more green spaces for them

  C) Find more effective drugs for them                 D) Engage them in more meaningful activities

6. In what way do elderly people benefit from their contact with nature?

  A) They enjoy a life of better quality                 B) They look on life optimistically

  C) They become good-humoured                    D) They are able to live longer

7. Dr William Bird suggests in his study that _______ .

  A) access to nature contributes to the reduction of violence  B) it takes a long time to restore nature once damaged

  C) humanity and nature are complementary to each other   D) wild places may induce impulsive behaviour in people

8. It is extremely harmful to think that humanity and the natural world can be _______ .

9. The author believes that we would not be so civilised without _______ .

10. The five suggestions the author gives at the end of the passage are meant to encourage people to seek _______ with the natural world.

 

Part III Listening Comprehension ( 35 minutes)         听力录音请到中国四六级考试网下载

Section A

11. A) The man should visit the museums              B) The beach resort is a good choice

   C) She enjoys staying in Washington               D) She can’t stand the hot weather

12. A) What her job prospects are                    B) Her new responsibilities in the company

   C) The director’s opinion of her work              D) What the customers’ feedback is

13. A) Include weightlifting in the program             B) Combine her training with dieting

  C) Repeat the training every three days              D) Avoid excessive physical training

14. A) When she will return home                    B) Whether she can go by herself

   C) Whether she can travel by air                  D) When she will completely recover

15. A) The woman had been fined many times before         B) The woman had violated traffic regulations

   C) The woman is good at finding excuses               D) The woman knows how to deal with the police

16. A) Buy a refrigerator of better quality                  B) Have someone repair the refrigerator

   C) Switch off the refrigerator for a while                D) Ask the man to fix the refrigerator

17. A) He can finally do what he has dreamed of                 B) He has got enough money to buy a house

   C) He is moving into a bigger apartment                    D) He owns a piece of land in the downtown area

18. A) She has to go to see a doctor                           B) She got hurt in an accident yesterday

   C) She is black and blue all over                           D) She stayed away from work for a few days

Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard

19. A) She was a witness to the crime                         B) She was a victim of the robbery

   C) She was a bank manager                              D) She was a defence lawyer

20. A) A medium-sized young man carrying a gun          B) A tall man with dark hair and a moustache

   C) A youth with a distinguishing mark on his face       D) A thirty-year-old guy wearing a light sweater

21. A) Have her photo taken for their files                B) Go upstairs to sign some document

   C) Veify the record of what she had said              D) Identify the suspect from pictures

Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard

22. A) By listening to the morning news                 B) By seeing a commercial on TV

   C) By reading a newspaper ad                      D) By calling an employment service

23. A) She could work close to her family                B) She could use her previous experiences

   C) She could improve her foreign languages           D) She could travel overseas frequently

24. A) Studying for a degree in French                   B) Working as a secretary

   C) Taking management courses                     D) Teaching English at a university

25. A) Send in a written application as soon as possible      B) Read the advertisement again for more details

   C) Prepare for an interview in a couple of days          D) Get to know the candidates on the short list

Section B

Passage One

Questions 26 to 29 are based on the passage you have just heard

26. A) They cannot see the firefighters because of the smoke     B) They cannot hear the firefighters for the noise

   C) They do not realize the danger they are in              D) They mistake the firefighters for monsters

27. A) He often teaches children what to do during a fire       B) He teaches Spanish in a San Francisco community

   C) He provides oxygen masks to children free of charge    D) He travels all over America to help put out fires

28. A) He gives informative talks to young children          B) He is very good at public speaking

   C) He rescued a student from a big fire                 D) He saved the life of his brother choking on food

29. A) Kids should learn not to be afraid of monsters         B) Firefighters play an important role in America

   C) Carelessness can result in tragedies                  D) Informative speeches can save lives

Passage Two

Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard

30. A) To fully realize their potential                      B) To satisfy the needs of their family

   C) To make money for early retirement                 D) To gain a sense of their personal worth

31. A) They may have to continue to work in old age         B) They may have nobody to depend on in the future

   C) They may regret the time they wasted               D) They may have fewer job opportunities

32. A) Saving as much as you can                        B) Making wise use of your time

   C) Enjoying yourself while you can                    D) Working hard and playing hard

Passage Three

Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard

33. A) Hardworking students being accused of cheating        B) Boy students being often treated as law-breakers

   C) Innocent people being suspected groundlessly          D) Junior employees being made to work overtime

34. A) Forbidding students to take food out of the restaurant    B) Requesting customers to pay before taking the food

   C) Asking customers to leave their bags on the counters    D) Allowing only two students to enter at a time

35. A) He was taken to the manager                        B) He was closely watched

   C) He was asked to leave                             D) He was overcharged

Section C

Writing keeps us in touch with other people. We write to communicate with relatives and friends. We write to (36) ______ our family histories so our children and grandchildren can learn and (37) ______ their heritage (传统). With computers and Internet connections in so many (38) _____ , colleges, and businesses, people are e-mailing friends and relatives all the time-or taking to them in writing in online (39) _____ rooms. It is cheaper than calling long distance, and a lot more (40) _____ than waiting until Sunday for the telephone (41) _______ to drop. Students are e-mailing their professors to (42) _____ and discuss their classroom assignments and to (43) _____ them. They are e-mailing classmates to discuss and collaborate (合作) on homework. (44) ______________ .

Despite the growing importance of computers, however, there will always be a place and need for the personal letter. (45) ____________ . No matter what the content of the message, its real point is, “I want you to know that I care about you.” (46) ___________ ,but only in the success of human relationships.

 

Part IV Reading Comprehension (Reading in Depth) (25 minutes)

Section A

Questions 47 to 56 are based on the following passage

What determines the kind of person you are? What factors make you more or less bold, intelligent, or able to read a map? All of these are influenced by the interaction of your genes and the environment in which you were 47 . The study of how genes and environment interact to influence 48 activity is known as behavioral genetics. Behavioral genetics has made important 49 to the biological revolution, providing information about the extent to which biology influences mind, brain and behavior.

Any research that suggests that 50 to perform certain behaviors are based in biology is controversial. Who wants to be told that there are limitations to what you can 51 based on something that is beyond your control, such as your genes? It is easy to accept that genes control physical characteristics such as sex, race and eye color. But can genes also determine whether people will get divorced, how 52 they are, or what career they are likely to choose? A concern of psychological scientists is the 53 to which all of these characteristics are influenced by nature and nurture, by genetic makeup and the environment. Increasingly, science 54 that genes lay the groundwork for many human traits. From this perspective, people are born 55 like undeveloped photographs. The image is already captured, but the way it 56 appears can vary based on the development process. However, the basic picture is there from the beginning.

A) abilities         B) achieve         C) appeal        D) complaints      E) contributions        

F) displayed        G) essentially      H) eventually     I) extent           J) indicates          

K) proceeds        L) psychological    M) raised        N) smart           O) standard

Section B

Passage One

Questions 57 to 61 are based on the following passage

It is pretty much a one-way street. While it may be common for university researchers to try their luck in the commercial world, there is very little traffic in the opposite direction. Pay has always been the biggest deterrent, as people with families often feel they cannot afford the drop in salary when moving to a university job. For some industrial scientists, however, the attractions of academia(学术界)outweigh any financial considerations.

Helen Lee took a 70% cut in salary when she moved from a senior post in Abbott Laboratories to a medical department at the University of Cambridge. Her main reason for returning to academia midcareer was to take advantage of the greater freedom to choose research questions. Some areas of inquiry have few prospects of a commercial return, and Lee’s is one of them.

The impact of a salary cut is probably less severe for a scientist in the early stages of a career. Guy Grant, now a research associate at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge, spent two years working for a pharmaceutical(制药的)company before returning to university as a post-doctoral researcher. He took a 30% salary cut but felt it worthwhile for the greater intellectual opportunities.

Higher up the ladder, where a pay cut is usually more significant, the demand for scientists with a wealth of experience in industry is forcing universities to make the transition(转换)to academia more attractive, according to Lee. Industrial scientists tend to receive training that academics do not, such as how to build a multidisciplinary team, manage budgets and negotiate contracts. They are also well placed to bring something extra to the teaching side of an academic role that will help students get a job when they graduate, says Lee, perhaps experience in manufacturing practice or product development, “Only a small number of undergraduates will continue in an academic career. So someone leaving university who already has the skills needed to work in an industrial lab has far more potential in the job market than someone who has spent all their time on a narrow research project.”

57. By “a one-way street” (Line 1 , Para. 1 ), the author means ________ .

   A) university researchers know little about the commercial world

   B) few industrial scientists would quit to work in a university

   C) few university professors are willing to do industrial research

   D) there is little exchange between industry and academia

58. The word “deterrent” (Line 3, Para. 1) most probably refers to something that _______ .

   A) brings someone a financial burden             B) helps to move the traffic

   C) keeps someone from taking action             D) attracts people’s attention

59. What was Helen Lee’s major consideration when she changed her job in the middle of her career?

   A) Her research interests                       B) Flexible work hours

   C) Prospects of academic accomplishments        D) Her preference for the lifestyle on campus

60. Guy Grant chose to work as a researcher at Cambridge in order to _______ .

   A) do financially more rewarding work            B) raise his status in the academic world

   C) exploit better intellectual opportunities          D) enrich his experience in medical research

61. What contribution can industrial scientists make when they come to teach in a university?

   A) Increase its graduates’ competitiveness in the job market    B) Help it to obtain financial support from industry

   C) Gear its research towards practical applications           D) Develop its students’ potential in research

Passage Two

Questions 62 to 66 are based on the following passage

Being sociable looks like a good way to add years to your life. Relationships with family, friends, neighbours, even pets, will all do the trick, but the biggest longevity(长寿)boost seems to come from marriage or an equivalent relationship. The effect was first noted in 1858 by William Farr, who wrote that widows and widowers were at a much higher risk of dying than their married peers. Studies since then suggest that marriage could add as much as seven years to a man’s life and two to a woman’s. The effect holds for all causes of death, whether illness, accident or self-harm.

Even if the odds are stacked against you, marriage can more than compensate. Linda Waite of the University of Chicago has found that a married older man with heart disease can expect to live nearly four years longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart. Likewise, a married man who smokes more than a pack a day is likely to live as long as a divorced man who doesn’t smoke. There’s a flip side, however, as partners are more likely to become ill or die in the couple of years following their spouse’s death, and caring for a spouse with mental disorder can leave you with some of the same severe problems. Even so, the odds favour marriage. In a 30-year study of more than 10,000 people, Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School describes how all kinds of social networks have similar effects.

So how does it work? The effects are complex, affected by socio-economic factors, health-service provision, emotional support and other more physiological(生理的)mechanisms. For example, social contact can boost development of the brain and immune system, leading to better health and less chance of depression later in life. People in supportive relationships may handle stress better. Then there are the psychological benefits of a supportive partner.

A life partner, children and good friends are all recommended if you aim to live to 100. The ultimate social network is still being mapped out, but as Christakis says: “People are interconnected, so their health is interconnected.”

62. William Farr’s study and other studies show that ________ .

   A) social life provides an effective cure for illness           B) marriage contributes a great deal to longevity

   C) women benefit more than men from marriage            D) being sociable helps improve one’s quality of life

63. Linda Waite’s studies support the idea that _______ .

   A) the married are happier than the unmarried              B) older men should quit smoking to stay healthy

   C) marriage can help make up for ill health                D) unmarried people are likely to suffer in later life

64. It can be inferred from the context that the “flip side” (Line 5, Para. 2 ) refers to ______ .

   A) the consequence of a broken marriage                  B) the emotional problems arising from marriage

   C) the responsibility of taking care of one’s family          D) the disadvantages of being married

65. What does the author say about social networks?

   A) They help develop people’s community spirit           B) They provide timely support for those in need

   C) They help relieve people of their life’s burdens          D) They have effects similar to those of a marriage

66. What can be inferred from the last paragraph?

   A) To stay healthy, one should have a proper social network

   B) Getting a divorce means risking a reduced life span

   C) We should share our social networks with each other

   D) It’s important that we develop a social network when young

 

Part V Cloze (15 minutes)

Over half the world’s people now live in cities. The latest “Global Report on Human Settlements” says a significant change took place last year. The report 67 this week from U.N. Habitat, a United Nations agency.

A century ago, 68 than five percent of all people lived in cities. 69 the middle of this century it could be seventy percent, or 70 six and a half billion people.

Already three-fourths of people in 71 countries live in cities. Now most urban population 72 is in the developing world.

Urbanization can 73 to social and economic progress, but also put 74 on cities to provide housing and 75. The new report says almost two hundred thousand people move 76 cities and towns each day. It says worsening inequalities, 77 by social divisions and differences in 78 , could result in violence and crime 79 cities plan better.

Another issue is urban sprawl(无序扩展的城区). This is where cities 80 quickly into rural areas, sometimes 81 a much faster rate than urban population growth.

Sprawl is 82 in the United States. Americans move a lot. In a recent study, Art Hall at the University of Kansas found that people are moving away from the 83 cities to smaller ones. He sees a 84 toward “de-urbanization” across the nation.

85 urban economies still provide many 86 that rural areas do not.

67. A) came on            B) came out            C) came over           D) came off

68. A) rather              B) more               C) less                D) other

69. A) To                B) Through             C) By                D) Along

70. A) barely             B) almost              C) really               D) ever

71. A) developed          B) thriving             C) fertile              D) flourishing

72. A) raise              B) addition             C) extension           D) growth

73. A) turn              B) keep                C) lead                D) refer

74. A) load              B) restraint             C) pressure             D) weight

75. A) concerns          B) surroundings          C) communities         D) services

76. A) upon             B) into                 C) around              D) onto

77. A) drawn            B) pulled               C) pressed              D) driven

78. A) category          B) situation             C) treasure              D) wealth

79. A) whereas          B) if                   C) when                D) unless

80. A) expand           B) split                C) invade               D) enlarge

81. A) in               B) beyond              C) with                D) at

82. A) common         B) conventional          C) ordinary             D) frequent

83. A) essential         B) prior                C) primitive             D) major

84. A) trend           B) style                 C) direction             D) path

85. A) Then           B) But                  C) For                 D) While

86. A) abilities         B) qualities              C) possibilities          D) realities

 

Part VI Translation (5 minutes)

87. _______________ (为了确保他参加会议),I called him up in advance.

88. The magnificent museum _____________ (据说建成于)about a hundred years ago.

89. There would be no life on earth _______________ (没有地球独特的环境).

90. _______________ (给游客印象最深的)was the friendliness and warmth of the local people.

91. They requested that _______________ (我借的书还回图书馆)by next Friday.

 

答案:

快速阅读:

  1.people instinltively

  2.things purchused

  3.more access

  4.are less

  5.provide

  6.they enjoy

  7.access to

  8.separable things

  9.the wild world

  10.harmony

  听力:

  11.A, get

  12.B, buying

  13.A, taking p

  14.B, he

  15.D, he

  16.C, her gym

  17.D, The

  18.A,Indifferent。

  19.C ,he has

  20.B,learn

  21.C, every

  22.A, what to

  23.D. A financial trader

  24.B, He considers

  25. D, It can

  36 international

  37 revolution

  38 emphasized

  39 poor-paying

  40 effectively

  41 freelancewriter

  42 conditioned

  43 reasonably

  44 The earthquake left thousands of people in urgent need of medicar care。

  45 There is no denying the fact that he has directed the most popular film in ten years。

  46 A lighted cigarette thrown out of a car or train window can star a fire。

  选词填空:

  47.raised

  48.displayed

  49.contributions

  50.abilities

  51.achieve

  52.smart

  53.proceeds

  54.indicates

  55.essentially

  56.evevtually

  仔细阅读:

  57.few…university

  58.attracts…

  59.her…interests

  60.exploit…

  61.Increase…

  62.marriage…illness

  63.marriage…health

  64.the…married

  65.they…need

  66.To…

  完形填空:

  67.came out

  68.less

  69.By

  70.almost

  71.fertile

  72.growth

  73.lead

  74.pressure

  75.surroundings

  76.into

  77.driven

  78.treasure

  79.when

  80.expand

  81.at

  82.frequent

  83.major

  84.trend

  85.While

  86.qualities

  翻译

  87.In order to ensure him to attend the meeting

  88.was said to be founded

  89.without the special environment on earth

  90.what the tourists were impressed by

  91.the books that I borrowed be returned to the library

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