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20051月大学英语四级考试试题及参考答案

Part I  Section A   Listening Comprehension

(20 minutes)

Directions:  In this section, you will hear 10 short conversations. At the end of each convers-

ation, a question will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the question 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 the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

Example:

You will hear:

You will read:

A) At the office.

B) In the waiting room.

C) At the airport.

D) In a restaurant.

From the conversation we know that the two were talking about some work they had

to finish in the evening. This conversation iS most likely to have taken place at the

office. Therefore, A) "At the office" is the best answer. You should choose [A] on the

Answer Sheet and mark it with a single line through the centre.

 

Sample Answer  [A] [B] [C] [D]

 

 

1.
A) The man enjoys traveling by car.

B) The man lives far from the subway.

C) The man is good at driving.
D) The man used to own a car.

 

2.
A) Tony should continue taking the course.

B) She approves of Tony's decision.

C) Tony can choose another science course.
D) She can't meet Tony so early in the morning.

 

3.
A) She has to study for the exam.

B) She is particularly interested in plays.

C) She's eager to watch the new play.

D) She can lend her notes to the man.

                                                                

4.
A) They will be replaced by on-line education sooner or later.

B) They will attract fewer kids as on-line education expands.

C) They will continue to exist along with on-line education.
D) They will limit their teaching to certain subjects only.

 

5.

A) Most students would like to work for a newspaper.

B) Most students find a job by reading advertisements.

C) Most students find it hard to get a job after they graduate.
D) Most students don't want jobs advertised in the newspapers.

 

6.
A) Move the washing machine to the basement.

B) Turn the basement into a workshop.

C) Repair the washing machine.
D) Finish his assignment.

 

7.
A) Some students at the back cannot hear the professor.

B) The professor has changed his reading assignment.

C) Some of the students are not on the professor's list.
D) The professor has brought extra copies of his assignment.

 

8.
A) She doesn't want to talk about the contest.

B) She's modest about her success in the contest.

C) She's spent two years studying English in Canada.
D) She's very proud of her success in the speech contest.

 

9.
A) Talking about sports.

B) Writing up local news.
C) Reading newspapers.
D) Putting up advertisements

 

10.
A) They shouldn't change their plan.

B) They'd better change their mind.

C) The tennis game won't last long.

D) Weather forecasts are not reliable.


Part I   Section B  Compound Dictation 

Directions:  in this section, y'ou 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 S1 to S7 with the exact words you have

just heard. For blanks numbered from S8 to SIO you are

required to fill in the missing information. 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.

There are a lot of good cameras available at the moment - most

of these are made in Japan but there are also good (S 1)        

models from Germany and the USA. We have (S2)        

range of different models to see which is the best (S3)        

money. After a number of different tests and interviews with people

who are (S4)        

assessed, our researchers (S5)        

with the different cameras being

the Olympic BY model

as the best auto-focus camera available at the moment. It costs $200

although you may well want to spend more - (S6)         

much as another $200 - on buying (S7)        

lenses and

other equipment. It is a good Japanese camera, easy to use. (S8)                

                                                                    

                                                                     

whereas the American versions are considerably more expensive

The Olympic BY model weighs only 320 grams which is quite a bit

less than other cameras of a similar type. Indeed one of the other mod-

els we looked at weighed almost twice as much. (S9)                          

                                                                    ALL

the people we interviewed expressed almost total satisfaction with it

(Sl0)                                                                     

                                                                    

Part II   Reading Comprehension

(35 minutes)

Directions:  There are 4 passages in this part. Each passage is followed by some questions or               unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A), B), C)               and D). You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on               the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

 

Passage One

Questions 11 to 15 are based on the following passage.

    Scratchy throats, stuffy noses and body aches all spell misery, but being able to tell if the cause is a cold orflu ( ~,~ ) may make a difference in how long the misery lasts.

    The American Lung Association (ALA) has issued new guidelines on combating colds and the flu(流感), and one of the keys is being able to quickly tell the two apart. That's because the prescription drugs available for the flu need to be taken soon after the illness sets in. As for colds, the sooner aperson starts taking over-the-counter remedy, the sooner relief will come.

    The common cold and the flu are both caused by viruses. More than 200 viruses can cause cold symptoms, while the flu is caused by three viruses - flu A, B and C. There is no cure for eitherillness, but the flu can be prevented by the flu vaccine ( ~-~ ), which is, for most people, the bestway to fight the flu, according to the ALA.

    But if the flu does strike, quick action can help. Although the flu and common cold have manysimilarities, there are some obvious signs to look for.

    Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny nose and scratchy throat typically develop gradu-

ally, and adults and teens often do not get a fever. On the other hand, fever is one of the character-

istic features of the flu for all ages. And in general, flu symptoms including fever and chills, sore

throat and body aches come on suddenly and are more severe than cold symptoms.

    The ALA notes that it may be particularly difficult to tell when infants and preschool age

children have the flu. It advises parents to call the doctor if their small children have flu-like

symptoms.

    Both cold and flu symptoms can be eased with over-the-counter medications as well. However,children and teens with a cold or flu should not take aspirin for pain relief because of the risk of Reye syndrome(综合症) a rare but serious condition of the liver and central nervous system.Reye syndrome .

    There is, of course, no vaccine for the common cold. But frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who have colds can reduce the likelihood of Catching one.

 

11. According to the author, knowing the cause of the misery will help         

A) shorten the duration of the illness

B) the patient buy medicine over the counter

C) the patient obtain cheaper prescription drugs

D) prevent people from catching colds and the flu

 

12. We learn from the passage that       

A) one doesn't need to take any medicine if he has a cold or the flu

B) aspirin should not be included in over-the-counter medicines for the flu

C) delayed treatment of the flu will harm the liver and central nervous system

D) over-the-counter drugs can be taken to ease the misery caused by a cold or the flu

 

13. According to the passage, to combat the flu effectively,         

A) one should identify the virus which causes it

B) one should consult a doctor as soon as possible

C) one should take medicine upon catching the disease

D) one should remain alert when the disease is spreading

 

14. Which of the following symptoms will distinguish the flu from a cold?

A)A stuffy nose.

B) A high temperature.

Ci A sore throat.

D) A dry cough.

 

15. If children have flu-like symptoms, their parents        

A) are advised not to give them aspirin

B) should watch out for signs of Reye syndrome

C) are encouraged to take them to hospital for vaccination

D) should prevent them from mixing with people running a fever

 

Passage Two   Questions 16 to 20 are based on the following passage.

     In a time of low academic achievement by children in the United States, many Americans are turning to Japan, a country of high academic achievement and economic success, for possible

answers. However, the answers provided by Japanese preschools are not the ones Americans ex-

pected to find. In'most Japanese preschools, surprisingly little emphasis is put on academic instruction. In one investigation, 300 Japanese and 210 American preschool teachers, child development specialists, and parents were asked about various aspects of early childhood education. Only 2 percent of the Japanese respondents (答问卷者)listed "to give children a good start'academically" as one of their top three reasons for a society to have preschools. In contrast, over half the American respondents chose this as one of their top three choices. To prepare children for success ful careers in first grade and beyond, Japanese schools do not teach reading, writing, and math ematics, but rather skills such as persistence, concentration, and the ability to function as a member of a group. The vast majority of young Japanese children are taught to read at home by their parents.

    In the recent comparison of Japanese and American preschool education, 91 percent of Japa-

nese respondents chose providing children with a group experience as one of their top three rea-

sons for a society to have preschools. Sixty-two percent of the more individually oriented (强调个性发展的) Americans listed group experience as one of their top three choices. An emphasis on

the importance of the group seen in Japanese early childhood education continues into elementary

school education.

    Like in America, there is diversity in Japanese early childhood education. Some Japanese

kindergartens have specific aims, such as early musical training or potential development. In large

cities, some kindergartens are attached to universities that have elementary and secondary schools.

Some Japanese parents believe that if their young children attend a university-based program, it

will increase the children's chances of eventually being admitted to top-rated schools and universi-

ties. Several more progressive programs have introduced free play as a way out for the heavy

intellectualizing in some Japanese kindergartens.

 

16. We learn from the first paragraph that many Americans believe        

A) Japanese parents are more involved in preschool education than American parents

B) Japan's economic success is a result of its scientific achievements

C) Japanese preschool education emphasizes academic instruction

D)Japan's higher education is superior to theirs

 

17. Most Americans surveyed believe that preschools should also attach importance to            

A) problem solving

B) group experience

believe that preschools should also attach importance to

C) parental guidance

D) individually-oriented development

 

18. In Japan's preschool education, the focus is on        

A) preparing children academically

B) developing children's artistic interests

C) tapping children's potential

D) shaping children's character

 

19. Free play has been introduced in some Japanese kindergartens in order to         

A) broaden children's horizon

B) cultivate children's creativity

C) lighten children's study load

D) enrich children's knowledge

 

20. Why do some Japanese parents send their children to university:based kindergartens?

A) They can do better in their future studies.

B) They can accumulate more group experience there.

C) They can be individually oriented when they grow up.

D) They can have better chances of getting a first-rate education.

 

Passage Three  Questions 21 to 25 are based on the following passage.

    Lead deposits, which accumulated in soil and snow during the 1960's and 70's, were primarily the result of leaded gasoline emissions originating in the United States. In the twenty years that the Clean Air Act has mandated unleaded gas use in the United States, the lead accumulation world-wide has decreased significantly.

    A study published recently in the journal Nature shows that air-borne leaded gas emissions

from the United States were the leading contributor to the high concentration of lead in the snow in Greenland. The new study is a result of the continued research led by Dr. Charles Boutron, an

expert on the impact of heavy metals on the environment at the National Center for Scientific

Research in France. A study by Dr. Boutron published in 1991 showed that lead levels in arctic

(北极的 ) snow were declining.

    In his new study, Dr. Boutron found the ratios of the different forms of lead in the leaded

gasoline used in the United States were different from the ratios of European, Asian and Canadian

gasolines and thus enabled scientists to differentiate ( 分区) the lead sources. The dominant lead

ratio found in Greenland snow matched that found in gasoline from the United States.

    In a study published in the journal Ambio, scientists found that lead levels in soil in the North-

eastern United States had decreased markedly since the introduction of unleaded gasoline.

    Many scientists had believed that the lead would stay in soil and snow for a longer period.

    The authors of the Ambio study examined samples of the upper layers of soil taken from the

same sites of 30 forest floors in New England, New York and Pennsylvania in 1980 and in 1990.

The forest environment processed and redistributed the lead faster than the scientists had expected.

    Scientists say both studies demonstrate that certain parts of the ecosystem (生态系统 ) re-

spond rapidly to reductions in atmospheric pollution, but that these findings should not be used as

a license to pollute.

 

21. The study published in the journal Nature indicates that         

A) the Clean Air Act has not produced the desired results

B) lead deposits in arctic snow are on the increase

C) lead will stay in soil and snow longer than expected

D) the US is the major source of lead pollution in arctic snow

 

22. Lead accumulation worldwide decreased significantly after the use of unleaded gas in the US

        

A) was discouraged

B) was enforced by law

C) was prohibited by law

D) was introduced

 

23. How did scientists discover the source of lead pollution in Greenland?

A) By analyzing the data published in journals like Nature and Ambio.

B) By observing the lead accumulations in different parts of the arctic area.

C) By studying the chemical elements of soil and snow in Northeastern America.

D) By comparing the chemical compositions of leaded gasoline used in various countries.

 

24. The authors of the Ambio study have found that         

A) forests get rid of lead pollution faster than expected

B) lead accumulations in forests are more difficult to deal with

C) lead deposits are widely distributed in the forests of the US

D) the upper layers of soil in forests are easily polluted by lead emissions

 

25. It can be inferred from the last paragraph that scientists        

A) are puzzled by the mystery of forest pollution

B) feel relieved by the use of unleaded gasoline

C) still consider lead pollution a problem

D) lack sufficient means to combat lead pollution

 

Passage Four   Questions 26 to 30 are based on the following passage.

     Exercise is one of the few factors with a positive role in long-term maintenance of body weight.Unfortunately, that message has not gotten through to the average American, who would rather try switching to "light" beer and low-calorie bread than increase physical exertion. The Centers for Disease Control, for example, found that fewer than one-fourth of overweight adults who were trying to shed pounds said they were combining exercise with their diet.

    In rejecting exercise, some people may be discouraged too much by caloric-expenditure charts;for example, one would have to briskly walk three miles just to work off the 275 calories in one delicious Danish pastry (小甜饼). Even exercise professionals concede half a point here. "Exercise by itself is a very tough way to lose weight," says York Onnen, program director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

    Still, exercise's supporting role in weight reduction is vital. A study at the Boston University

Medical Center of overweight police officers and other public employees confirmed that those

who dieted without exercise regained almost all their old weight, while those who worked exercise

into their daily routine maintained their new weight.

    If you have been sedentary ( 极少活动的 ) and decide to start walking one mile a day, the

added exercise could burn an extra 100 calories daily. In a year's time, assuming no increase in

food intake, you could lose ten pounds. By increasing the distance of your walks gradually and

making other dietary adjustments, you may lose even more weight.

                                                                                                 

26. What is said about the average American in the passage?

A) They tend to exaggerate the healthful effect of "light" beer.

B) They usually ignore the effect of exercise on losing weight.

C) They prefer "light" beer and low-calorie bread to other drinks and food.

D) They know the factors that play a positive role in keeping down body weight.

 

27. Some people dislike exercise because        

A) they think it is physically exhausting

B) they find it hard to exercise while on a diet

C) they don't think it possible to walk 3 miles every day

D) they find consulting caloric-expenditure charts troublesome

 

28. "Even exercise professionals concede half a point here" (Line 3, Para. 2) means "They           

A) agree that the calories in a small piece of pastry can be difficult to work off by exercise

B) partially believe diet plays a supporting role in weight reduction

C) are not fully convinced that dieting can help maintain one's new weight

D) are not sufficiently informed of the positive role of exercise in losing weight

 

29. What was confirmed by the Boston University Medical Center's study?

A) Controlling one's calorie intake is more important than doing exercise.

B) Even occasional exercise can help reduce weight.

C) Weight reduction is impossible without exercise.

D) One could lose ten pounds in a year's time if there's no increase in food intake.

 

30. What is the author's purpose in writing this article?

A) To justify the study of the Boston University Medical Center.

B) To stress the importance of maintaining proper weight.

C) To support the statement made by York Onnen.

D) To show the most effective way to lose weight.

Part III   Vocabulary      (20 minutes)

Directions:  There are 30 incomplete sentences in this part. For each sentence there are four               choices marked A), B), C) and D). Choose the ONE answer that best completes the               sentence. Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line               through the centre.

 

31. The machine looked like a large,        old-fashioned typewriter.

A) forceful

B) clumsy

C) intense

D) tricky

 

32. Though she began her          by singing in a local pop group,she is now a famous Hollywood movie star.

A) employment

B) career

C) occupation

D) profession

 

33. Within two weeks of arrival, all foreigners had to        with the local police

A) inquire

B) consult

C) register

D) profession

 

34. Considering your salary, you should be able to           at least twenty dollars a week.

A) put forward

B) put up

C) put out

D) put aside

 

35. As he has         our pratience,we’ll not wait for him any longer.

A) torn

B) wasted
C) exhausted

D) consumed

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36. These teachers try to be objective when they         the integrated ability of their students

A) justify

B) evaluate

C) indicate

D) reckon

 

37. Mrs. Morris's daughter is pretty and       ,and many girls envy her.

A) slender

B) light

C) faint

D) minor

 

38. Tomorrow the mayor is to       a group of Canadian businessmen on a tour of the city.

A) coordinate

B) cooperate

C) accompany

D) associate

 

39. I'm         enough to know it is going to be a very difficult situation to compete against three strong teams.

A) realistic

B) conscious

C) register

D) resolve

40. Can you give me even the         clue as to where her son might be?

A) simplest

B) slightest

C) least

D) utmost

 

41. Norman Davis will be remembered by many with         not only as a great scholar but also as a most delightful and faithful friend.

A) kindness

B) friendliness

C) warmth

D) affection

 

42. Salaries for         positions seem to be higher than for permanent ones.

 

A) legal

B) optional

C) voluntary

D) temporary

 

43. Most people agree that the present role of women has already affected U.S. society.       

    it has affected the traditional role of men.

A) Above all                      

B) In all

C) At most

D) At last

 

44. Science and technology have        in important ways to the improvement of agricultural production.

A) attached

B) assisted

C)contributed

D)witnessed

 

45. As an actor he could communicate a whole       of emotions.

A) frame

B) range

C) number

D) scale

 

46. This is what you should bear in mind: Don't         a salary increase before you actually get it.

A) hang on

B) draw on

C) wait on

D) count on

 

47. The ship's generator broke down, and the pumps had to be operated         instead of mechanically.

A) artificially

B) automatically

C) manually

D) synthetically

 

48. The little girl was so frightened that she just wouldn't         her grip on my arm.

A) loosen

B) remove

C) relieve

D) dismiss

 

49. He never arrives on time and my        is that he feels the meetings are useless.

A) preference

B) conference

C) inference

D) reference

 

50. Mrs. gmithwas so         about everything that no servants could please her.

A)speeific

B) speeial

C)precise

D)particular

 

51. Last night he saw two dark        enter the building,and then there was the explosion.

A) features

B) figures

C) sketches

D) images

 

52. It is obvious that this new rule is applicable to everyone without         

A) exception               

B) exclusion                

C) modification

D) substitution

 

53. His temper and personalky show that he can become a soldier of the top        

A) circle                

B) rank                            

C) category

D) grade

 

54. During the lecture, the speaker occasionally         his point by relating his own experiences.

A) illustrated

B) hinted

C) cited

D)displayed

 

55. Only those who can        to lose their money should make high-risk investments.

A) maintain

B) sustairt

C) endure

D)afford

 

56, He found the        media attention intolerable and decided to go abroad.

A) sufficient

B) constant

C) steady

D) plenty

 

57. There has been a collision          a number of cars on the main road to town.

A) composing

B) consisting

C) involving

D) engaging

58.         elephants are difthrent from wild elephants in many aspects, including their tem-

pers.

A) Cultivated

B) Regulated

C) Civil

D) Tame

 

59. Ten days ago the young man info~ed his boss of his intention to         

A) resign                 

B) reject                  

C) retreat

D) replace

 

60. As one of the world's highest paid models, she had her face.     for five million dollars

A) deposiled               

B) assured                          

C) measured

D) insured

Part IV  Cloze  (15 minutes)

Directions:  There are 20 blanks in the following passage. For each blank there are four choices                    marked A), B), C) and D) on the right side of the paper You should choose the ONE               that best fits into the passage. Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer                Sheet with a single line through the centre.

 

Wise buying is a positive way in which you can make your money go further. The    61    go about purchasing an article or a service  can actually    62    you money or can add

   63    the cost.

Take the    64    example of a hairdryer. If you are buying a hairdryer, you might    65   

you are making the  66   buy if you choose  one    67    look you like and which is also the  cheapest   68   price. But when you get it home you may find that it    69    twice as long as a more expensive   70  to dry your hair. The cost of the electricity plus the cost of your time could  well    71    your hairdryer the most expensive one of all.

So what principles should you    72    when you go out shopping?  

If you_  73   your home, your car or any valuable    74    in excellent condition, you'll be saving money in the long   75   

Before you buy a new    76   , talk to someone who owns one.If you can,use it or borrow it to check it suits your particular   77   .

Before you buy an expensive    78   ,or a service,do check the price and   79   is on offer. If possible, choose   80  three items or three estimates.

                                                                                                                                                 

 

61. A) form

   B) fashion

   C) way

   D) method

 

62. A) save

   B) preserve

   C)in

   D)similar

 

63. A) up

   B) to
   C) in

   D) on

 

64. A) easy

   B) single

   C) simple

   D) similar

 

 65. A) convince

B) accept

C) examine

D) think

 

 66. A) proper

B) best

C) reasonable

D) most

 

 67. A) its

B) which

C) whose

D) what

 

  68. A) for

     B) with

     C) in

     D) on

 

  69. A) spends

     B) takes
     C) lasts

     D) consumes

 

70. A) mode

     B) copy

     C) sample

     D)model

 

   71. A) cause

      B) make

      C) leave

      D) prove

 

   72. A) adopt

      B) lay

      C) stick

      D) adapt

 

   73. A)reserve

      B) decorate

C) store

D) keep

  74. A) products

     B) possession

     C) material

   D) ownership

  75. A) run

     B) interval

     C) period

     D) time

 76. A) appliance

B) equipment

    C) utility

D) facility

 77. A) function

B) purpose

    C) goal

D) task

78. A) component

   B) element  

   C) item

   D) particle

79. A) what     

   B) which  

   C) that

   D) this

80. A) of      

   B) in     

   C) by

   D) from

Part V           Writing            (30 minutes)

Directions:  For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a campaign

speech in support of your election to the post of chairman of the

student union. You should write at least 120 words following the

outline given below in Chinese

A Campaign Speech

 

1 你认为自己具备是什么条件(能力,性格,爱好)可以胜任学生会主席工作,

2 如果当选你将会为本校同学做什么?

答案:

Part Listening Comprehension
Section A
1.D) The man used to own a car.
2.A) Tony should continue taking the course.
3.A) She has to study for the exam.
4.C) They will continue to exist along with on-line education.
5.B) Most students find a job by reading advertisements.
6.D) Finish his assignment.
7.C) Some of the students are not on the professor's list.
8.B) She's modest about her success in the contest.
9.C) Reading newspapers.
10.A) They shouldn't change their plan.

Section B Compound Dictation
S1. quality
S2. investigated
S3. value
S4. familiar
S5. recommend
S6. perhaps
S7. additional
S8. Equivalent German models tend to be heavier and slightly less easy to use.
S9. Similarly, it is smaller than most of its competitors, thus fitting easily into a pocket or a handbag.
S10. The only problem was the slight awkwardness in loading the film.

Part Reading Comprehension
11.A) shorten the duration of the illness
12.D) over-the-counter drugs can be taken to ease the misery caused by a cold or the flu
13.B) one should consult a doctor as soon as possible
14.B) A high temperature
15.A) are advised not to give them aspirin
16.C) Japanese preschool education emphasizes academic instruction
17.B) group experience
18.D) shaping children's character
19.C) lighten children's study load
20.D) They can have better chances of getting a first-rate education.
21.D) the US is the major source of lead pollution in arctic snow
22.B) was enforced by law
23.D) By comparing the chemical compositions of leaded gasoline used in various countries.
24.A) forests get rid of lead pollution faster than expected
25.C) still consider lead pollution a problem
26.B) They usually ignore the effect of exercise on losing weight.
27.A) they think it is physically exhausting
28.D) are not sufficiently informed of the positive role of exercise in losing weight
29.C) Weight reduction is impossible without exercise.
30.D) To show the most effective way to lose weight.

Part Vocabulary
31.B) clumsy
32.B) career
33.C) register
34.D) put aside
35.C) exhausted
36.B) evaluate
37.A) slender
38.C) accompany
39.A) realistic
40.B) slightest
41.D) affection
42.D) temporary
43.A) Above all
44.C) contributed
45.B) range
46.D) count on
47.C) manually
48.A) loosen
49.C) inference
50.D) particular
51.B) figures
52.A) exception
53.B) rank
54.A) illustrated
55.D) afford
56.B) constant
57.C) involving
58.D) Tame
59.A) resign
60.D) insured

Part IV Close
61. C)way
62. A)save
63. B)to
64. C)simple
65. D)think
66. B)best
67. C)whose
68. C)in
69. B)takes
70. D)model
71. B)make
72. A)adopt
73. D)keep
74. B)possession
75. A)run
76. A)appliance
77. B)purpose
78. C)item
79. A)what
80. D)from


听力原文:
Section A Listening Comprehension
1. Woman: You've sold your car. You don't need one?
Man: Not really. I've never liked drive anyway. Now we'd moved to a place near the subway entrance. We can get about quite conveniently.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
2. Man: I'm going to drop my Information Science class. It needs too early in the morning.
Woman: Is that really the good reason to drop the class, Tony?
Q: What does the woman mean?
3. W: If you aren't doing anything particular, shall we see the new play at the grand theater tonight?
M: Sounds great. But I've got to go over my notes for tomorrow's midterm.
Q: What does the woman imply?
4. M: What do you think of the prospects for online education? Is it going to replace the traditional school?
W: I doubt it. Schools are here to stay, because there are much more than just book learning. Even though more and more kids are going online, I believe fewer of them will quit school altogether.
Q: What does the woman think of the conventional schools?
5: M: How do most students find a job after they graduate?
W: They usually look for a job by searching the want ads in the newspapers.
Q: What does the woman mean?
6. M: Allen is in the basement trying to repair the washing machine.
W: Shouldn't he be working on his term paper?
Q: What does woman think Allen should do?
7. W: Professor Newman, a few of us at the back didn't get a copy of your reading assignment.
M: Well, there're only 38 names on my class list. And I didn't bring any spare copies.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
8. W: If you are referring to my winning the English speech contest, I don't think it's such a big deal. You know I've spent two summer vacations learning English in Canada.
Q: What do we learn about Li Ming from the conversation?
9. M: Would you pass me the sports section please?
W: Sure, if you give me the classified ads and local-news section.
Q: What are the speakers doing?
10. W: If the weather is this hot tomorrow, we may as well give up the idea of playing tennis in the afternoon.
M: Oh, I don't think it'll last long. The weather forecast says it will cloud over by mid-afternoon
Q: What does the man mean?

Section B Compound Dictation
There are a lot of good cameras available at the moment-most of these are made in Japan but there are also good (S1) quality models from Germany and the USA. We have (S2) investigated a range of different models to see which is the best (S3) value for money. After a number of different tests and interviews with people who are (S4) familiar with the different cameras being assessed, our researchers (S5) recommend the Olympic BY model as the best auto-focus camera available at the moment. It costs $200 although you may well want to spend more-(S6) perhaps as much as another $200-on buying (S7) additional lenses and other equipment. It is a good Japanese camera, easy to use. (S8) Equivalent German models tend to be heavier and slightly less easy to use, whereas the American versions are considerably more expensive.
The Olympic BY model weighs only 320 grams which is quite a bit less than other cameras of a similar type. Indeed one of the other models we looked at weighed almost twice as much. (S9) Similarly, it is smaller than most of its competitors, thus fitting easily into a pocket or a handbag. All the people we interviewed expressed almost total satisfaction with it. (S10) The only problem was the slight awkwardness in loading the film.