Part III Listing Comprehension (35 minutes)
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 though the centre.
11. A) It could help people of all ages to avoid cancer.
B) It was mainly meant for cancer patients.
C) It might appeal more to viewers over 40.
D) It was frequently interrupted by commercials.（C）
12. A) The man is fond of traveling.
B) The woman is a photographer.
C) The woman took a lot of pictures at the contest.
D) The man admires the woman’s talent in writing.（D）
13. A) The man regrets being absent-minded.
B) The woman saved the man some trouble.
C) The man placed the reading list on a desk.
D) The woman emptied the waste paper basket.（B）
14. A) He quit teaching in June.
B) He has left the army recently.
C) He opened a restaurant near the school.
D) He has taken over his brother’s business.（A）
15. A) She seldom reads books from cover to cover.
B) She is interested in reading novels.
C) She read only part of the book.
D) She was eager to know what the book was about.（C）
16. A) She was absent all week owing to sickness.
B) She was seriously injured in a car accident.
C) She called to say that her husband had been hospitalized.
D) She had to be away from school to attend to her husband.（D）
17. A) The speakers want to rent the Smiths’ old house.
B) The man lives two blocks away from the Smiths.
C) The woman is not sure if she is on the right street.
D) The Smiths’ new house is not far from their old one.（D）
18. A) The man had a hard time finding a parking space.
B) The woman found they had got to the wrong spot.
C) The woman was offended by the man’s late arrival.
D) The man couldn’t find his car in the parking lot.（A）
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. A) The hotel clerk had put his reservation under another name.
B) The hotel clerk insisted that he didn’t make any reservation.
C) The hotel clerk tried to take advantage of his inexperience.
D) The hotel clerk couldn’t find his reservation for that night.（C）
20. A) A grand wedding was being held in the hotel.
B) There was a conference going on in the city.
C) The hotel was undergoing major repairs.
D) It was a busy season for holiday-makers.（B）
21. A) It was free of charge on weekends.
B) It had a 15% discount on weekdays.
C) It was offered to frequent guests only.
D) It was 10% cheaper than in other hotels.（A）
22. A) Demand compensation from the hotel.
B) Ask for an additional discount.
C) Complain to the hotel manager.
D) Find a cheaper room in another hotel.（C）
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. A) An employee in the city council at Birmingham.
B) Assistant Director of the Admissions Office.
C) Head of the Overseas Students Office.
D) Secretary of Birmingham Medical School.（B）
24. A) Nearly fifty percent are foreigners.
B) About fifteen percent are from Africa.
C) A large majority are from Latin America.
D) A small number are from the Far East.（A）
25. A) She will have more contact with students.
B) It will bring her capability into fuller play.
C) She will be more involved I policy-making.
D) It will be less demanding than her present job.（C）
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 the Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. A) Her parents thrived in the urban environment.
B) Her parents left Chicago to work on a farm.
C) Her parents immigrated to America.
D) Her parents set up an ice-cream store.（C）
27. A) He taught English in Chicago.
B) He was crippled in a car accident.
C) He worked to become an executive.
D) He was born with a limp.（B）
28. A) She was fond of living an isolated life.
B) She was fascinated by American culture.
C) She was very generous in offering help.
D) She was highly devoted to her family.（D）
Questions 29 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. A) He suffered a nervous breakdown.
B) He was wrongly diagnosed.
C) He was seriously injured.
D) He developed a strange disease.（C）
30. A) He was able to talk again.
B) He raced to the nursing home.
C) He could tell red and blue apart.
D) He could not recognize his wife.（A）
31. A) Twenty-nine days.
B) Two and a half months.
C) Several minutes.
D) Fourteen hours.（B）
32. A) They welcomed the publicity in the media.
B) The avoided appearing on television.
C) They released a video of his progress.
D) They declined to give details of his condition.（D）
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
33. A) For people to share ideas and show farm products.
B) For officials to educate the farming community.
C) For farmers to exchange their daily necessities.
D) For farmers to celebrate their harvests.（A）
34. A) By bringing an animal rarely seen on nearby farms.
B) By bringing a bag of grain in exchange for a ticket.
C) By offering to do volunteer work at the fair.
D) By performing a special skill at the entrance.（B）
35. A) They contribute to the modernization of American farms.
B) They help to increase the state governments’ revenue.
C) They provide a stage for people to give performances.
D) They remind Americans of the importance of agriculture.（D）
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.
Students’ pressure sometimes comes from their parents. Most parents are well (36) ________, but some of them aren’t very helpful with the problems their sons and daughters have in (37) ________ to college, and a few of them seem to go out of their way to add to their children’s difficulties.
For one thing, parents are often not (38) ________ of the kinds of problems their children face. They don’t realize that the (39) ________ is keener, that the required (40) ________ of work are higher, and that their children may not be prepared for the change. (41) ________ to seeing A’s and B’s on high school report cards, they may be upset when their children’s first (42) ________ college grades are below that level. At their kindest, they may gently (43) ________ why John or Mary isn’t doing better, whether he or she is trying as hard as he or she should, and so on. (44) ________________________________.
Sometimes parents regard their children as extensions of themselves and (45) ________________________________. In their involvement and identification with their children, they forget that everyone is different and that each person must develop in his or her own way. They forget that their children, (46) ________________________________.