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) She will give him the receipt later.
B) The man should make his own copies.
C) She has not got the man's copies ready.
D) The man forgot to make the copies for her.
12. A) She phoned Fred about the book. C) She ran into Fred on her way here.
B) She was late for the appointment. D) She often keeps other people waiting.
13. A) Mark is not fit to take charge of the Student Union.
B) Mark is the best candidate for the post of chairman.
C) It won't be easy for Mark to win the election.
D) Females are more competitive than males in elections.
14. A) It failed to arrive at its destination in time.
B) It got seriously damaged on the way.
C) It got lost at the airport in Paris.
D) It was left behind in the hotel.
15. A) Just make use of whatever information is available.
B) Put more effort into preparing for the presentation.
C) Find more relevant information for their work.
D) Simply raise the issue in their presentation.
16. A) The man has decided to choose Language Studies as his major.
B) The woman isn't interested in the psychology of language.
C) The man is still trying to sign up for the course he is interested in.
D) The woman isn't qualified to take the course the man mentioned.
17. A) They are both to blame.
B) They are both easy to please.
C) They can manage to get along.
D) They will make peace in time.
18. A) They are in desperate need of financial assistance.
B) They hope to do miracles with limited resources.
C) They want to borrow a huge sum from the bank.
D) They plan to buy out their business partners.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. A) We simply cannot help reacting instinctively that way.
B) We wish to hide our indifference to their misfortune.
C) We derive some humorous satisfaction from their misfortune.
D) We think it serves them right for being mean to other people.
20. A) They want to show their genuine sympathy.
B) They have had similar personal experiences.
C) They don't know how to cope with the situation.
D) They don't want to reveal their own frustration.
21. A) They themselves would like to do it but don't dare to.
B) It's an opportunity for relieving their tension.
C) It's a rare chance for them to see the boss lose face.
D) They have seen this many times in old films.
22. A) To irritate them. C) To relieve her feelings.
B) To teach them a lesson. D) To show her courage.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. A) Smuggling drugs into Hong Kong. C) Stealing a fellow passenger's bag.
B) Having committed armed robbery. D) Bringing a handgun into Hong Kong.
24. A) He said not a single word during the entire flight.
B) He took away Kumar's baggage while he was asleep.
C) He was travelling on a scholarship from Delhi University.
D) He is suspected of having slipped something in Kumar's bag.
25. A) Give him a lift. C) Check the passenger list.
B) Find Alfred Foster. D) Search all suspicious cars.
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 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. A) They think travel has become a trend.
B) They think travel gives them their money's worth.
C) They find many of the banks untrustworthy.
D) They lack the expertise to make capital investments.
27. A) Lower their prices to attract more customers.
B) Introduce travel packages for young travelers.
C) Design programs targeted at retired couples.
D) Launch a new program of adventure trips.
28. A) The role of travel agents. C) The number of last-minute bookings.
B) The way people travel. D) The prices of polar expeditions.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. A) The old stereotypes about men and women.
B) The changing roles played by men and women.
C) The division of labor between men and women.
D) The widespread prejudice against women.
30. A) Offer more creative and practical ideas than men.
B) Ask questions that often lead to controversy.
C) Speak loudly enough to attract attention.
D) Raise issues on behalf of women.
31. A) To prove that she could earn her living as a gardener.
B) To show that women are more hardworking than men.
C) To show that women are capable of doing what men do.
D) To prove that she was really irritated with her husband.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. A) Covering major events of the day in the city.
B) Reporting criminal offenses in Greenville.
C) Hunting news for the daily headlines.
D) Writing articles on family violence.
33. A) It is a much safer place than it used to be.
B) Rapes rarely occur in the downtown areas.
C) Assaults often happen on school campuses.
D) It has fewer violent crimes than big cities.
34. A) There are a wide range of cases.
B) They are very destructive.
C) There has been a rise in such crimes.
D) They have aroused fear among the residents.
35. A) Write about something pleasant. C) Offer help to crime victims.
B) Do some research on local politics. D) Work as a newspaper editor.
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.
In America, people are faced with more and more decisions every day, whether it's picking one of 31 ice cream (36) _____ or deciding whether and when to get married. That sounds like a great thing. But as a recent study has shown, too many choices can make us (37) _____, unhappy – even paralyzed with indecision.
That's (38) _____ true when it comes to the workplace, says Barry Schwartz, an author of six books about human (39) _____. Students are graduating with a (40) _____ of skills and interests, but often find themselves (41) _____ when it comes to choosing an ultimate career goal.
In a study, Schwartz observed decision-making among college students during their (42) _____ year. Based on answers to questions regarding their job-hunting (43) _____ and career decisions, he divided the students into two groups: "maximizers" who consider every possible option, and "satisficers" who look until they find an option that is good enough.
You might expect that the students (44) _________________________________. But it turns out that's not true. Schwartz found that while maximizers ended up with better paying jobs than satisficers on average, they weren't as happy with their decision.
The reason (45) _________________________________. When you look at every possible option, you tend to focus more on what was given up than what was gained. After surveying every option, (46) _________________________________.