I. Listening Comprehension
Directions: In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard.
1. W: What would you like to have, sir?
M: Well, a cup of coke and a hamburger, please.
Q: Where does this conversation most probably take place?
2. M: How's the new job, Alison?
W: Well, I enjoy meeting people. And I like answering the phone. But I hate typing all day long.
Q: What can we learn about Alison’s occupation?
3. M: How about going to the theatre tonight, Susan?
W: Sorry I can’t. My sister is going to Boston and I have to drive her to the airport.
Q: Where is Susan going tonight?
4. W: I need a car this weekend, but mine has broken down.
M: I’m sorry to hear it. But you can always rent one if you have a license.
Q: What does the man mean?
5. M: Brrrr! I'm freezing! I thought it was supposed to get warmer today.
W: Yeah, That's what the weatherman said. It's no fun standing out here, even if the sun is shining.
Q: What can we learn about the weather?
6. W: Look at all the waste paper here in the waste bin in your office.
M: That is rather a lot but it's the same with every office in this building.
Q: What can we learn from the conversation?
7. W: We've got to do something about the neighbor's dog!
M: Why? Has he been into your flower garden again? I think you should talk to Mrs. Gorham about it.
Q: What are the two speakers talking about?
8. W: I feel thirsty. Could you get me something to drink?
M: Sorry, I’ve got no money with me. We are almost home.
Q: What does the man imply?
9. W: Mark was called up again to Mr. Allen’s room. Apparently, he went against his class teacher again.
M: They say he takes after his elder brother, Bobby. He too used to get into a lot of trouble in school.
Q: What can we learn from the conversation?
10. M: Larry's always checking share prices on the internet these days.
W: Yes, he's always talking about which companies are on the way up, and which ones are on the way down.
Q: What is Larry probably interested in according to the conversation?
Directions: In Section B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each of the passages. The passages will be read twice, but the questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, read the four possible answers on your paper and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard.
Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage.
Hello, everyone. My name is Karl Roberts, and I’ll be your teacher of this course, Language and Culture.
To begin with, please take a look at the teaching program in front of you. As you should all know by now, this course is given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 in the afternoon. We will be meeting in this room for the first half of the course, but we will be using the research lab every other week on Friday in Room 405 during the last two months of the course.
This is the text for this lesson. Unfortunately, the books haven’t come in yet, but I was told that you should be able to buy them at the bookstore the day after tomorrow. Again as you see on your course outline, the grade is determined by your performance in the mid-term and final exams, classroom tests, and on your research work.
My office hours are from 9:00 to 12:00 on Wednesdays, and you can set up a date with me on other times as well. (Now listen again)
11. When will the first half of the course be delivered?
12. How often will the class meet in the research lab?
13. What might NOT be closely related to one’s grades according to the passage?
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.
Despite its widespread and negative impact, the current economic situation may perhaps help one particular group of people — the young generation.
Teens should learn the basics of proper financial management: maintaining a savings/checking account, and having a clear understanding of interest rates. Parents are always important in teaching money management, as well as the values of hard work and perseverance.
It is also suggested that teens should become their own financial managers. Learning how to maintain a budget, comparing prices before buying something, or even paying a bill quickly are things that allow teens to become financially independent. Parent-child communication on financial matters must always be open. After going away to college, the student must learn to take control of his/her monetary situation and become his own accountant.
Perhaps American businessman Warren Buffett said it best when he stated that, "Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." The nation’s economic crisis today is proof that we cannot afford to allow a generation to grow up without understanding how to look after their money.
(Now listen again)
14. Who can help to teach children the basics of financial management according to the passage?
15. What should a college student learn to do according to the passage?
16. What is this passage mainly about?
Directions: In Section C, you will hear two longer conversations. The conversations will be read twice. After you hear each conversation, you are required to fill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Write your answers on your answer sheet.
Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.
M: Hello, Mrs. Jenkins. This is the police office. You reported a break-in just now?
W: Yes, I did.
M: We’ll need a little more information about it.
M: What time did it happen?
W: Well, it must have been sometime between 12:00(twelve) and 3:15(three fifteen) because I was home until noon and I went back from the supermarket at about a quarter past three.
M: What did they take?
W: En, What I know now is some jewelry and some cash.
M: How much is it about?
W: Well, They’ve taken 240 dollars in cash and the jewelry is worth like 800 dollars in all.
M: OK. You’d better make a list. By the way, did you have any of your belongings marked?
W: I don’t know. Maybe I’ll have to ask my husband about it.
M: Where is your husband now?
W: He’s on a trip to Switzerland, and I haven’t told him about the robbery yet.
M: I see. Where did you put your jewelry?
W: I put it in my drawer. But some of my best jewelry is in the safe box in the bank.
M: Thank you. We’ll keep in touch with you as soon as we find any track about it.
(Now listen again)
Complete the form. Write one word for each answer.
Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.
M: Sure. I've summarized the results in the handout, broken down by consumer age groups and sporting activities. According to the results, the most active group involved in sporting activities are those between 18 and 26 years old, followed by those 36 to 45 years old.
M: As far as particular sports are concerned, people in these two groups chose jogging and tennis as their favorite recreational sports followed by skiing, swimming, and cycling.
W: And what about these groups broken down by gender?
M: Oh, thanks for bringing that up. Men appear to be slightly more active than women in the 18 to 26 year-old age group, but women seem more active in the other three groups.
M: I see what you mean. However, when these results are compared with the survey carried out three years ago, we can see a growing trend among older consumers-- I mean those 46 to 55--who are becoming more conscious and concerned about staying fit. I believe this trend will continue, so we should focus on this group instead.
Gary: I see your point. Well, let's meet again on Wednesday to iron out more of the details of this proposal. (Now listen again)
Complete the form. Write no more than three words for each answer.