Conversation Two

  W: Hey! You got a new television,

  M: Yeah! It was delivered yesterday. What do you think of it?

  W: It's huge. It practically takes up the entire side of the room。

  M: I know. I know. You don't think it's, well, excessive, do you?

  W: I didn't say that. I mean, if you enjoy it, why not? What happened to your old TV, anyhow?

  M: It just stopped working last Friday. It was pretty old and didn't work well. I thought I can afford it. Why not get a new one?

  W: It must be expensive。

  M: Well, not as much as you might think. I got it on sale for 50% off。

  W: Really? Where?

  M:  At the Stereo City on Route 20. You know at first I just wanted to replace what I had. A       TV of about the same size and quality, but the salesman was pushing these because they were 50% off。

  W: Yeah. But 50% off what?

  M:  2,400 dollars。

  W:  You spent $1,200 on a TV?

  M:  It's got a lot of special features. Look at this remote control。

  W: I am sure. But that’s still a lot of money for a television. I didn’t think you watched TV that much。

  M: Well, I don’t. Do you think I ought to return it? If I do it within a week of purchase, I can get my money back。

  W: Honestly, yes and you know that. I think you ought to read up on TV’s first and choose the make and model you want before you go to the store. That way you will get what you want。

  M: I think you are right。

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

  22. What is the main topic of the conversation?

  23. What does the woman suggest the man do?

  24. What will the man probably do as a result of the conversation?

  25. What is the man's attitude towards the television?

  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

  Smoking can be harmful to your health.  But why do people smoke?

  One reason is that people become addicted to cigarettes. To be addicted means that your body comes to need them. The addictive substance in cigarettes is nicotine. When people smoke, the nicotine goes right into the blood stream and makes people feel relaxed.  A smoker's body gets accustomed to the nicotine and if he stops smoking he feels nervous.  Many smokers try to stop smoking, but because of the addiction to nicotine they feel so uncomfortable that they often find it too difficult to stop。

  Another reason is that people simply enjoy smoking and what it symbolizes. Having a cigarette for many people means taking a break.  For some people smoking becomes part of certain social rituals, for example, the cigarette after dinner. Many people enjoy smoking because it gives them something to do with their hands.  Reaching for a cigarette, lighting it, flicking the ashes are especially comforting in situations where a person feels tense。

  Many people also like the taste of tar in cigarettes. However, it is the tar that causes cancer. While governments and health experts have tried to get people to give up smoking entirely, cigarette manufacturers have tried to keep selling them by producing cigarettes with less tar.  Many people in Western countries have welcomed these cigarettes since they find it hard to stop smoking but want to reduce the risk to their health。

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

  26. What is the substance in cigarettes that causes cancer?

  27. What are health experts trying to do?

  28. What is the best title for this passage?