Part III Listening 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 through the centre.
11. [A] The man is the manager of the apartment building.
[B] The woman is very good at bargaining.
[C] The woman will get the apartment refurnished.
[D] The man is looking for an apartment.
12. [A] How the pictures will turn out. [C] What the man thinks of the shots.
[B] Where the botanical garden is. [D] Why the pictures are not ready.
13. [A] There is no replacement for the handle.
[B] There is no match for the suitcase.
[C] The suitcase is not worth fixing.
[D] The suitcase can be fixed in time.
14. [A] He needs a vehicle to be used in harsh weather.
[B] He has a fairly large collection of quality trucks.
[C] He has had his truck adapted for cold temperatures.
[D] He does routine truck maintenance for the woman.
15. [A] She cannot stand her boss’s bad temper.
[B] She has often been criticized by her boss.
[C] She has made up her mind to resign.
[D] She never regrets any decisions she makes.
16. [A] Look for a shirt of a more suitable color and size.
[B] Replace the shirt with one of some other material.
[C] Visit a different store for a silk or cotton shirt.
[D] Get a discount on the shirt she is going to buy.
17. [A] At a “Lost and Found”. [C] At a trade fair.
[B] At a reception desk. [D] At an exhibition.
18. [A] Repair it and move in. [C] Convert it into a hotel.
[B] Pass it on to his grandson. [D] Sell it for a good price.
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. [A] Unique descriptive skills. [C] Colourful world experiences.
[B] Good knowledge of readers’ tastes. [D] Careful plotting and clueing.
20. [A] A peaceful setting. [C] To be in the right mood.
[B] A spacious room. [D] To be entirely alone.
21. [A] They rely heavily on their own imagination.
[B] They have experiences similar to the characters’.
[C] They look at the world in a detached manner.
[D] They are overwhelmed by their own prejudices.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
22. [A] Good or bad, they are there to stay.
[B] Like it or not, you have to use them.
[C] Believe it or not, they have survived.
[D] Gain or lose, they should be modernised.
23. [A] The frequent train delays. [C]The food sold on the trains.
[B] The high train ticket fares. [D] The monopoly of British Railways.
24. [A] The low efficiency of their operation.
[B] Competition from other modes of transport.
[C] Constant complaints from passengers.
[D] The passing of the new transport act.
25. [A] They will be de-nationalised. [C] They are fast disappearing.
[B] They provide worse service. [D] They lose a lot of money.
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.
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. [A] The whole Antarctic region will be submerged.
[B] Some polar animals will soon become extinct.
[C] Many coastal cities will be covered with water.
[D] The earth will experience extreme weathers.
27. [A] How humans are to cope with global warming.
[B] How unstable the West Antarctic ice sheet is.
[C] How vulnerable the coastal cities are.
[D] How polar ice impacts global weather.
28. [A] It collapsed at least once in the past 1.3 million years.
[B] It sits firmly on solid rock at the bottom of the ocean.
[C] It melted at temperatures a bit higher than those of today.
[D] It will have little impact on sea level when it breaks up.
29. [A] The West Antarctic region was once an open ocean.
[B] The West Antarctic ice sheet was about 7,000 feet thick.
[C] The West Antarctic ice sheet was once floating ice.
[D] The West Antarctic region used to be warmer than today.
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
30. [A] Whether we can develop social ties on the Internet.
[B] Whether a deleted photo is immediately removed from the web.
[C] Whether our blogs can be renewed daily.
[D] Whether we can set up our own websites.
31. [A] The number of visits they receive. [C] The files they have collected.
[B] The way they store data. [D] The means they use to get information.
32. [A] When the system is down. [C] When the URL is reused.
[B] When new links are set up. [D] When the server is restarted.
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
33. [A] Some iced coffees have as many calories as a hot dinner.
[B] Iced coffees sold by some popular chains are contaminated.
[C] Drinking coffee after a meal is more likely to cause obesity.
[D] Some brand-name coffees contain harmful substances.
34. [A] Have some fresh fruit. [C] Take a hot shower.
[B] Exercise at the gym. [D] Eat a hot dinner.
35. [A] They could enjoy a happier family life.
[B] They could greatly improve their work efficiency.
[C] Many cancer cases could be prevented.
[D] Many embarrassing situations could be avoided.
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.
Psychologists are finding that hope plays a surprisingly vital role in giving people a measurable advantage in realms as (36) _____________ as academic achievement, bearing up in tough jobs and coping with (37) ______________ illness. And, by contrast, the loss of hope is turning out to be a stronger sign that a person may (38) ______________ suicide than other factors long thought to be more likely risks.
“Hope has proven a powerful predictor of (39) ______________ in every study we’ve done so far,” said Dr. Charles R. Snyder, a psychologist who has devised a (40) ______________ to assess how much hope a person has.
For example, in research with 3,920 college students, Dr. Snyder and his (41) ______________ found that the level of hope among freshmen at the beginning of their first semester was a more (42) ______________ predictor of their college grades than were their S.A.T. scores or their grade point (43) ______________ in high school, the two measures most commonly used to predict college performance.
(44)”___________________________________________________________________________________________,” Dr. Snyder said. “When you compare students of equivalent intelligence and past academic achievements, what sets them apart is hope.”
In devising a way to assess hope scientifically, Dr. Snyder (45)________________________
_______________________________. “That notion is not concrete enough, and it blurs two key components of hope,” Dr. Snyder said. (46)”_____________________________________________________________________.”