Part Ⅲ                      Listening Comprehension                 (35 minutes)

Section A

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) He should start to find a new apartment right now.

B) He should buy an apartment right away.

C) He should start to find a new apartment in a few weeks.

D) He should buy an apartment near the campus.

12. A) He's surprised she chose that agency.  

B) He wonders why she is still keeping the job.

C) He doesn't know when her classes started. 

D) He doubts if she makes much money now.

13. A) Writing an essay.                 B) Studying for a test.

C) Shopping for shoes.               D) Reading a magazine.

14. A) Because she can't watch TV.

B) Because her ears were hurt.

C) Because she can't hear the words on the telephone.

D) Because her eyes were hurt.

15. A) William is just starting the violin lessons.  

B) William can't play the violin.

C) William is very modest about his performance.  

D) William is very proud of his performance.

16. A) Children learn by example.          B) Children must not tell lies.

C) Children don't like discipline.        D) Children must control their temper.

17. A) At the Computer Center.             B) At home.

C) At company.                      D) At the Oak Street.

18. A) He has refused another dinner appointment.  

B) He doesn't eat out very often.

C) He knows the way to the restaurant.

D) He does not like to eat out either.

Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

19. A) How to arrange for a trip.           B) How to book a satisfactory room.

C) When the shop will be closed.       D) What the weather is like.

20. A) Because there is an excellent bus service.          

B) Because there is an excellent railway service.       

C) Because there is an excellent subway system.

D) Because taxi system there isn't convenient.

21. A) Usually warm but sometimes very cold and wet. 

B) Always warm.

C) Usually cold and wet but sometimes warm. 

D) Always cold.

22. A) At once.                        B) Fifteen days later.

C) By the 15th of this month.         D) In the middle of this year.

Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

23. A) He will return to his hometown.     B) He will play tennis.

C) He will join the woman for dinner.   D) He will go to a coffee shop with the woman.

24. A) Because she doesn't drink coffee.    B) Because she has a plane to catch.

C) Because she has to go to a lesson.       D) Because she doesn't like the man.

25. A) He will postpone the trip.           B) He will marry the woman.

C) He will cook dinner for the woman.      D) He will take tennis lessons.

Section B

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.

Passage One

Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.

26. A) To drink as much as possible each day.

B) To drink as actually needed.

C) To drink eight glasses of water daily.

D) To drink no more than eight glasses daily.

27. A) To drink according to the exercises you have done.

B) To drink according to the need of your body.

C) To drink according to the seasons.

D) To drink according to the World Health Organization's recommendation.

28. A) Because the rule is out of date.

B) Because the rule is made for sick people.

C) Because the rule is based on the studies under extraordinary conditions.

D) Because the rule is based on the need of soldiers and patients.

Passage Two

Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.

29. A) They share certain traditional customs. B) They share the traditional costumes.

C) They share certain traditional foods.   D) They share the traditional music.

30. A) They will exchange rings.           B) They will exchange presents.

C) They will exchange promises.        D) They will exchange flowers.

31. A) To hold a reception party.            B) To have a big dinner.

C) To congratulate on the couple.        D) To shower the couple with rice.

Passage Three

Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.

32. A) It resembles the biological virus.

B) It works the same way as the human virus.

C) It influences the human as the biological viruses do.

D) It spreads to people who use the infected computers.

33. A) They invade the computer and make it a place for manufacturing.

B) They spread throughout the whole system by quickly copying themselves.

C) They infect the hard disc and the whole system.

D) They spread viruses inside the computer system.

34. A) It is a virus that causes great damage.

B) It is a virus that once infected the IBM's computer system.

C) It is a virus that carries a Christmas greeting.

D) It is a virus that causes no harm to the computer systems.

35. A) It can cause no damages at all.

B) It can cause damages to the computer systems.

C) It can copy your files in computers.

D) It can format your hard drive.

Section C

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.

All that we really need to plot out the future of our universe are a few good measurements. This does not mean that we can sit down today and (36)     the future course of the universe with anything like (37)    . There are still too many things we do not know about the way the universe is put together. But we do know (38)     what information we need to fill in our knowledge, and we have a pretty good (39)     of how to go about getting it.

Perhaps the best way to think of our present situation is to (40)     a train coming into a switchyard. All of the switches are set before the train arrives, so that its path is completely (41)    . Some switches we can see, others we cannot. There is no doubt if we can see the setting of a switch: we can say with confidence that some (42)     futures will not be realized and others will. At the unseen (43)    , however, there is no such certainty about it. (44)                           .The unseen switches are the true decision points in the future, and what happens when we arrive at them determines the entire subsequent course of events.

(45)                            , but after that there are decision points to be dealt with and possible fates to consider. (46)                             .


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