Part I Listening Comprehension (20 minutes) Section A
1. A) Once a week.
B) Twice a week.
C) Three times a week.
D) Four times a week.
2. A) He left his notes at home.
B) He doesn’t know where his notes are.
C) He doesn’t want t o lend his notes to the woman.
D) He agrees to lend her his notes.
3. A) He will go in spite of the cold weather.
B) He won’t go since he is not feeling well.
C) He will go when he feels better.
D) He won’t go as he hasn’t finished his work.
4. A) Check the timetable.
B) Go to the railway station earlier.
C) Travel on a later train.
D) Cancel the trip earlier.
5. A) In New York.
B) In Boston.
C) In Newport.
D) In Washington.
6. A) A clerk at the airport information desk.
B) A clerk at the railway station information desk.
C) A policeman.
D) A taxi-driver.
7. A) A guest and a receptionist.
B) A passenger and an air hostess.
C) A customer and a shop assistant.
D) A guest and a waitress.
8. A) He’s better.
B) He’s feeling worse.
C) He’s sick i n bed.
D) He has recovered.
9. A) The man didn’t want the woman to have her hair cut.
B) The woman followed the man’s advice.
C) The woman is wearing long hair now.
D) The man didn’t care if the woman had her hair cut or not.
10. A) He will return from Paris in two weeks.
B) He is studying French in Paris.
C) He is having a vacation in Paris.
D) He is planning to go back to Paris in a year.
Questions 11 to 14 are based on the passage you have just heard.
11. A) Washing plates.
B) Clearing tables.
C) Shining shoes.
D) Sweeping the floor.
12. A) He must work six days a week.
B) He should never be late for work.
C) He must study hard in his spare time.
D) He should not bring his friends to the restaurant.
13. A) To pay him for his work.
B) To let him have 3 meals a day in the restaurant.
C) To give his friends free drinks.
D) To allow him to have more free time.
14. A) Because the boy was not a full-time worker.
B) Because the boy had made some mistakes.
C) Because he thought the boy had failed to meet his requirements.
D) Because he thought it was his son who should pay him.
Questions 15 to 17 are based on the passage you have just heard.
15. A) Watching traditional plays.
B) Visiting the magnificent libraries.
C) Boating on the river.
D) Cycling in narrow streets.
16. A) There are many visitors there.
B) There are many students there.
C) There are many old streets there.
D) There are many bicycles there.
17. A) He thinks the city is too crowded.
B) He likes the place very much.
C) He thinks the streets are too narrow.
D) He admires the comfortable life of the students there.
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.
18. A) He was good at writing about interesting people.
B) It was much easier to write stories about people.
C) He believed that people are always easier to learn about other people.
D) He thought people played an important role in world events.
19. A) Action.
B) World News.
D) Faces and places.
20. A) He is a sportsman.
B) He is an actor.
C) He is a photographer.
D) He is a publisher.
Part II Reading Comprehension (35 minutes)
Questions 21 to 25 are based on the following passage.
Suppose we built a robot (机器人) to explore the planet Mars. We provide the robot with seeing detectors to keep it away from danger. It is powered entirely by the sun. Should we program the robot to be equally active at all times? No. The robot would be using up energy at a time when it was not receiving any. So we would probably program it to cease its activity at night and to wake up at dawn the next morning.
According to the evolutionary (进化的) theory of sleep, evolution equipped us with a regular pattern of sleeping and waking for the same reason. The theory does not deny (否认) that sleep provides some important restorative functions. It merely says that evolution has programmed us to perform those functions at a time when activity would be inefficient and possibly dangerous. However, sleep protects us only from the sort of trouble we might walk into; it does not protect us from trouble that comes looking for us. So we sleep well when we are in familiar, safe place, but we sleep lightly, if at all, when we fear that bears will nose into the tent.
The evolutionary theory accounts well for differences in sleep among creatures. Why do cats, for instance, sleep so much, while horses sleep so little? Surely cats do not need five times as much repair and restoration as horses do. But cats can afford to have long periods of inactivity because they spend little time eating and are unlikely to be attacked while they sleep. Horses must spend almost all their waking hours eating, because what they eat is very low in energy value. Moreover, they cannot afford to sleep too long or too deeply, because their survival depends on their ability to run away from attackers.
21. The author uses the example of the robot in space exploration to tell us ________.
A) the differences between robots and men
B) the reason why men need to sleep
C) about the need for robots to save power
D) about the danger of men working at night
22. Evolution has programmed man to sleep at night chiefly to help him ________.
A) maintain a regular pattern of life
B) prevent trouble that comes looking for him
C) avoid danger and inefficient labor
D) restore his bodily functions
23. According to the author, we cannot sleep well when we ________.
A) are worrying about our safety
B) are overworked
C) are in a tent
D) are away from home
24. Cats sleep much more than horses do partly because cats ________.
A) need more time for restoration
B) are unlikely to be attackers
C) are more active than horses when they are awake
D) spend less time eating to get enough energy
25. Which of the following is the main idea of the passage? ________.
A) Evolution has equipped all creatures with a regular pattern of sleeping and
B) The study of sleep is an important part of the evolutionary theory.
C) Sleeping patterns must be taken into consideration in the designing of robots.
D) The sleeping pattern of a living creature is determined by the food it eats.
Questions 26 to 30 are based on the following passage.
“Congratulations, Mr. Jones, it’s a girl.”
Fatherhood is going to have a different meaning and bring forth a different response from every man who hears these words. Some feel pride when they receive the news, while others worry, wondering whether they will be good father. Although there are some men who like children and may have had considerable experience with them, others do not particularly care for children and spend little time with them. Many fathers and mothers have been planning and looking forward to children for some time. For other couples,pregnancy (怀孕) was an accident that both husband and wife have accepted willingly or unwillingly.
Whatever the reaction to the birth of a child, it is obvious that the shift from the role of husband to that of father is a difficult task. Yet, unfortunately, few attempts have been made to educate fathers in this resocialization process. Although numerous books have been written about American mothers, only recently has literature focused on the role of a father.
It is argued by some writers that the transition to the father’s role, although difficult, is not nearly as great as the transition the wife must make to the mother’s role. The mother’s role seems to require a complete trans formation in daily routine (生活规律) and highly innovative (创新的) adaptation, on the other hand, the father’s role is less demanding and immediate. However, even though we mentioned the fact that growing numbers of women are working outside the home, the father is still thought by many as
the breadwinner in the household.
26. According to the author, being a father ________.
A) brings a feeling of excitement to some men
B) has a different meaning for those who have daughters
C) makes some men feel proud and others uneasy
D) means nothing but more responsibilities
27. It is stated in the passage that ________.
A) some parents are not prepared to have a child
B) young couples do not like children at all
C) working couples do not have much time to take care of their children
D) many parents look forward to having a boy as their first child
28. In the second paragraph, the author ________.
A) criticizes fathers for not taking enough responsibilities in bringing up their
B) excuses the American writers for ignoring the difficulties of being a father
C) supports the idea that the chief role of a father is to earn money for the family
D) complains about the lack of social programs to help husbands adjust themselves
to being a father
29. The transition to the mother’s role requires that the wife ________.
A) change her life style in a highly innovative way
B) make a complete change in her everyday life to deal with the new situation
C) stay at home to take care of the baby
D) help her husband in his resocialization process
30. Some writers argue that with respect to the change of roles, fathers, compared with
A) have to shoulder more burdens
B) have to make more difficult adaptations
C) have an easier job to do
D) can usually do a better job
Questions 31 to 35 are based on the following passage.
Reading is thought to be a kind of conversation between the reader and the text. The
reader puts questions, as it were, to the text and gets answers. In the light of these he puts further questions, and so on.
For most of the tim e this “conversation” goes on below the level of consciousness. At times, however, we become aware of it. This is usually when we are running into difficulties, when mismatch is occurring between expectations and meaning. When successful matching is being experienced, our questioning of the text continues at the unconscious level.
Different people converse with the text differently. Some stay very close to the words on the page; others take off imaginatively from the words, interpreting, criticizing, analyzing and examining. The former represents a kind of comprehension which is written in the text. The latter represents higher levels of comprehension. The balance between these is important, especially for advanced readers.
There is another conversation which from our point of view is equally important, and that is to do not with what is read but with how it is read. We call this a “process” conversation as opposed to a “content” conversation. It is concerned not with meaning but with the strategies (策略) we employ in reading. If we are an advanced reader our ability to hold a process conversation with a text is usually pretty well developed. Not so our ability to hold a content conversation. It is precisely this kind of conversation that is of importance when we are seeking to develop our reading to meet the new demands being placed upon us by studying at a higher level.
31. Reading as a kind of conversation between the reader and the text becomes
conscious only when ________.
A) the reader’s expectations agree with what is said in the text
B) the reader has trouble understanding what the author says
C) the reader asks questions and gets answers
D) the reader understands a text very well
32. At a lower level of comprehension, readers tend to ________.
A) read a text slowly
B) read without thinking hard
C) interpret a text in their own way
D) concentrate on the meaning of words only
33. A “process” conversation has to do with ________.
A) the application of reading strategies
B) matching our expectations with the meaning of a text
C) the development of our ability to check the details
D) determining the main idea of a text
34. According to the passage, it is of great importance for readers at a higher level to
maintain a balance between ________.
A) conscious and unconscious levels of comprehension
B) the reader’s expectations and the meaning of a text
C) lower and higher levels of comprehension
D) interpreting and criticizing a text
35. If we want to develop our reading ability at an advanced level, we should ________.
A) learn to use different approaches in reading different texts
B) make our reading process more conscious
C) pay more attention to the content of a text
D) take a critical attitude towards the author’s idea
Questions 36 to 40 are based on the following passage.
Although April did not bring us the rains we all hoped for, and although the Central Valley doesn’t generally experience the atmospheric sound and lightning that can accompany those rains, it’s still important for pa rents to be able to answer the youthful questions about thunder and lightning.
The reason these two wonders of nature are so difficult for many adults to explain to children is that they are not very well understood by adults themselves. For example, did you know that the lightning we see flashing down to the earth from a cloud is actually flashing up to a cloud from the earth? Our eyes trick us into thinking we see a downward motion when it’s actually the other way around. But then, if we believed only wha t we think we see, we’d still insist that the sun rises in the morning and sets at night.
Most lightning flashes take place inside a cloud, and only a relative few can be seen jumping between two cloud or between earth and a cloud. But, with about 2,000 th understorms taking place above the earth every minute of the day and night, there’s enough activity to produce about 100 lightning strikes on earth every second.
Parents can use thunder and lightning to help their children learn more about the world around them. When children understand that the light of the lightning flashing reaches their eyes almost at the same moment, but the sound of the thunder takes about 5 seconds to travel just one mile, they can begin to time the interval between the flash and the crash to learn how close they were to the actual spark.
36. According to the author, in the area of the Central Valley, ________.
A) rains usually come without thunder and lightning
B) it is usually dry in April
C) children pay no attention to natural phenomena
D) parents are not interested in thunder and lightning
37. We believe that lightning is a downward notion because ________.
A) we were taught so by our parents from our childhood
B) we are deceived by our sense of vision
C) it is a common natural phenomenon
D) it is a truth proved by science
38. What is TRUE about lightning according to the passage?
A) Only a small number of lightning flashes occur on earth.
B) Lightning travels 5 minutes faster than thunder.
C) Lightning flashes usually jump from one cloud to another.
D) There are far more lightning strikes occurring on earth than we imagine.
39. The word “activity” (Para. 3, Line 3) is most closely related to the word(s)
B) “lightning strikes”
C) “lightning flashes”
40. It can be concluded from the passage that ________.
A) we should not believe what we see or hear
B) things moving downward are more noticeable
C) people often have wrong concepts about ordinary phenomena
D) adults are not as good as children in observing certain natural phenomena
Part III Vocabulary and Structure (20 minutes)
41. Before he left for his vacation he went to the bank to ________ some money.
42. By the end of the year all but two people ________.
A) have left
B) will leave
C) will be leaving
D) will have left
43. Frankfurt, Germany, is in one of the most ________ populated regions of Western
44. Everyone had an application from in his hand, but no one knew which office room
A) to send it to
B) to send it
C) to be sent to
D) to have it sent
45. The police set a ________ to catch the thieves.
46. We ________ to start our own business, but we never had enough money.
A) have hoped
C) had hoped
D) should hope
47. We have to try every means to ________ the costs of the construction project.
A) bring off
B) bring forth
C) bring down
D) bring back
48. The students were participating ________ an international energy-saving
competition between towns in New England and Canada.
49. When she was criticized, she claimed that it was outside her ________ of
50. While ________ the sun, the satellite has sent more than four billion bits of
information back to earth.
A) having orbited
B) being orbited
C) having been orbited
51. Language is a city, to the building of ________ every human being brought a stone.
52. ________ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is
53. Government cannot operate effectively ________ it is free from such interference.
A) so long as
B) so that
54. We welcome rain, but a(an) ________ large amount of rainfall will cause floods.
55. Beethoven is my favorite musician. I regard him as ________ other musicians.
A) superior to
B) more superior than
C) more superior to
D) superior than
56. I hope that you’ll be more careful in typing the letter. Don’t ________ anything.
57. We don’t need air conditioning, ________.
A) nor can we afford it
B) and nor we can afford it
C) neither can afford it
D) and we can neither afford it
58. She is a very ________ secretary: she never forgets anything or makes a mistake.
59. The Browns ________ here, but not any more.
A) were used to living
B) had lived
C) used to live
D) had been living
60. I’ll accept any job ________ I don’t have to get up early.
B) as long as
C) in case
61. Once out of the earth’s gravity, the astronauts is ________by the problem of
62. Medical research has shown that the widespread of use of cigarettes contributes
________ the increase of cancers.
63. Could you find someone ________.
A) for me to play tennis with
B) for me to play tennis
C) play tennis with
D) playing tennis with
64. The computer has brought about surprising technological changes ________ we
organize and produce information.
A) in a way
B) in the way
C) in that way
D) in no way
65. The manager of the hotel requests that their guests ________ after 11:00 p.m.
A) not to play loud music
B) shouldn’t play loud music
C) don’t play loud music
D) couldn’t play loud music
66. He is late again today. I’ll ________ that he will not be late tomorrow.
A) be sure
B) hope for
D) to be felt
67. In Australia the Asians make their influence ________ in businesses large and
D) to be felt
68. This popular sports car is now being ________ at the rate of a thousand a week.
A) turned down
B) turned out
C) turned up
D) turned on
69. In Britain people drive ________ the left.
70. This programme will examine the writer’s books in detail, ________ an introduction
to her life.
B) having followed
C) being followed
D) to be followed
Part IV Cloze (15 minutes)
As the place circled over the airport, everyone sensed that something was wrong. The plane was moving unsteadily through the air, and __71__ the passengers had fastened their seat belts, they were suddenly __72__ forward. At that moment, the air-hostess __73__. She looked very pale, but was quite __74__. Speaking quickly but almost in a whisper, she __75__ everyone that the pilot had __76__ and asked if any of the passengers knew anything about machines—or at __77__ how to drive a car. After a moment’s __78__, a man got up and followed the hostess into the pilot’s cabin.
Moving the pilot __79__, the man took his seat and listened carefully to the __80__ instructions that were being sent by radio from the airport __81__. The plane was now dangerously close __82__ the ground, but to everyone’s __83__, it soon began to climb. The man had to __84__ the airport several times in order to become __85__ with the controls of the plane. __86__ the danger had not yet passed. The terrible __87__ came when he had to land. Following __88__, the man guided the plane to ward the airfield. It shook violently __89__ it touched the ground and then moved rapidly __90__ the runway and after a long run it stopped safely.
71. A) although
72. A) shifted
73. A) showed
74. A) well
75. A) inquired
76. A) fallen
77. A) best
78. A) hesitation
79. A) back
80. A) patient
81. A) beneath
82. A) to
83. A) horror
84. A) surround
85. A) intimate
86. A) Then
87. A) moment
88. A) impression
89. A) as
90. A) around
Part V Writing (30 minutes)
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic The World Is Getting Smaller and Smaller. You should write at least
100 words and you should base your composition on the outline (given in
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