Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be done at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning? For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be done at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE.
PART II LISTENING COMPREHENSION [20 MIN]
In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on ANSWER SHEET TWO.
SECTION A CONVERSATIONS
In this section you will hear several conversations. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 1 to 3 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the conversation.
1. The following details have been checked during the conversation EXCEPT
A. number of travelers.
B. number of tour days.
C. flight details.
D. room services.
2. What is included in the price?
A. Air tickets and local transport.
B. Local transport and meals.
C. Air tickets, local transport and breakfast.
D. Air tickets, local transport and all meals.
3. Which of the following statements is CORRECT?
A. The traveler is reluctant to buy travel insurance.
B. The traveler is ready to buy travel insurance.
C. The traveler doesn't have to buy travel insurance.
D. Travel insurance is not mentioned in the conversation.
Questions 4 to 7 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the conversation.
4. Which of the following details is CORRECT?
A. Mark knows the exact number of airport buses.
B. Mark knows the exact number of delegates' spouse.
C. Mark doesn't know the exact number of delegates yet.
D. Mark doesn't know the number of guest speakers.
5. What does Linda want to know?
A. The arrival time of guest speakers.
B. The departure time of guest speakers.
C. The type of transport for guest speakers.
D. The number of guest speakers.
6. How many performances have been planned for the conference?
D. Not mentioned.
7. Who will pay for the piano performance?
A. Pan-Pacific Tours.
B. Johnson & Sons Events.
C. Conference delegates.
D. An airline company.
Questions 8 to 10 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the conversation.
8. What is NOT missing in Mary's briefcase?
A. Her cheque book.
B. Her papers for work.
C. Her laptop.
D. Her appointment book.
9. Where was Mary the whole morning?
A. At the police station.
B. At a meeting.
C. In her client's office.
D. In the restaurant.
10. Why was Mary sure that the briefcase was hers in the end?
A. The papers inside had the company's name.
B. The briefcase was found in the restaurant.
C. The restaurant manager telephoned James.
D. The cheque book inside bore her name.
SECTION B PASSAGES
In this section, you will hear several passages. Listen to the passages carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the passage.
11. We learn from the passage that about two-thirds of the courses are taught through
A. the School of Design and Visual Arts
B. the School of Social Work.
C. the School of Business.
D. the Arts and Sciences program.
12. What is the cost of undergraduate tuition?
A. Twenty thousand dollars.
B. Thirty thousand dollars.
C. Twenty-seven thousand dollars.
D. Thirty-eight thousand dollars.
13. International students can receive all the following types of financial assistance EXCEPT
A. federal loans.
B. private loans.
D. monthly payment plans.
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the passage.
14. According to the passage, mothers in spend more time looking after children.
15. Which of the following activities would Australian fathers traditionally participate in?
A. Feeding and playing with children.
B. Feeding and bathing children.
C. Taking children to the park and to school.
D. Taking children to watch sports events.
16. According to the study, the "new man" likes to
A. spend more time at work.
B. spend more time with children.
C. spend time drinking after work.
D. spend time on his computer.
17. It is suggested in the passage that the "new man" might be less acceptable in
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the passage.
18. The services of the new partnership are provided mainly to
A. mothers of infected babies.
B. infected children and women.
C. infected children in cities.
D. infected women in cities.
19. Which of the following details about Family Health International is INCORRECT?
A. It is a nonprofit organization.
B. It provides public health services.
C. It carries out research on public health.
D. It has worked in five countries till now.
20. The example of Cambodia mainly shows
A. the importance of government support.
B. the importance of public education efforts.
C. the progress the country has made so far.
D. the methods used to fight AIDS.
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
In this section, you will hear several news items. Listen to them carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 21 and 22 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the news.
21. According to the news, the victim was
A. a 17-year-old girl.
B. a 15-year-old boy.
C. a 23-year-old woman.
D. an 18-year-old man.
22. We learn from the news that the suspects were arrested
A. one month later.
B. two months later.
D. two weeks later.
Questions 23 and 24 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the news.
23. The Iraqi parliament can vote on the security agreement only after
A. all parties have agreed on it.
B. the US troops have pulled out.
C. the Cabinet has reviewed it.
D. the lawmakers have returned from Mecca.
24. According to the news, the US troops are expected to completely pull out by
B. the end of 2009.
D. the end of 2011.
Questions 25 and 26 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the news.
25. The following are involved in the operations to rescue the children in Honduras EXCEPT
A. the police.
B. the district attorney.
C. the prison authorities.
D. Institute of Childhood and Family.
26. What punishment would parents face if they allowed their children to beg?
A. To be imprisoned and fined.
B. To have their children taken away.
C. To be handed over to the authorities.
Question 27 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 5 seconds to answer the question.
Now, listen to the news.
27. What is the news item about?
A. Coastlines in Italy.
B. Public use of the beach.
C. Swimming and bathing.
D. Private bathing clubs.
Question 28 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 5 seconds to answer the question.
Now, listen to the news.
28. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the news?
A. The airport was shut down for Friday.
B. There was a road accident involving two buses.
C. Local shops were closed earlier than usual.
D. Bus service was stopped for Friday.
Questions 29 and 30 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.
Now, listen to the news.
29. How many people were rescued from the apartment building?
30. Which of the following details in the news is CORRECT?
A. The rescue operation involved many people.
B. The cause of the explosions has been determined.
C. Rescue efforts were stopped on Thursday.
D. The explosions didn't destroy the building.
PART III CLOZE [15 MIN]
Decide which of the choices given below would best complete the passage if inserted in the corresponding blanks. Mark the best choice for each blank on ANSWER SHEET TWO.
How men first learned to invent words is unknown; (31) , the origin of language is a mystery. All we really know is that men, unlike animals, somehow invented certain (32) to express thoughts and feelings, actions and things, (33) they could communicate with each other; and that later they agreed (34) certain signs, called letters, which could be (35) to represent those sounds, and which could be (36) . Those sounds, whether spoken, (37) written in letters, we call words.
The power of words, then, lies in their (38) -the things they bring up before our minds. Words become (39) with meaning for us by experience; (40) the longer we live, the more certain words (41) to us the happy and sad events of our past; and the more we (42) , the more the number of words that mean something to us (43) .
Great writers are those who not only have great thoughts but also express these thoughts in words which appeal (44) to our minds and emotions. This (45) and telling use of words is what we call (46) style. Above all, the real poet is a master of (47) . He can convey his meaning in words which sing like music, and which (48) their position and association can (49) men to tears. We should, therefore, learn to choose our words carefully and use them accurately, or they will (50) our speech or writing silly and vulgar.
(31) A. in addition B. in other words C. in a word D. in summary
(32) A. sounds B. gestures C. signs D. movements
(33) A. such that B. as that C. so that D. in that
(34) A. in B. with C. of D. upon
(35) A. spelt B. combined C. written D copied
(36) A. written down B. handed down C. remembered D. observed
(37) A. and B. yet C. also D. or
(38) A. functions B. associations C. roles D. links
(39) A. filled B. full C. live D. active
(40) A. but B. or C. yet D. and
(41) A. reappear B. recall C. remember D. recollect
(42) A. read and think B. read and recall C. read and learn D. read and recite
(43) A. raises B. increases C. improves D. emerges
(44) A. intensively B. extensively C. broadly D. powerfully
(45) A. charming B. academic C. conventional D. common
(46) A. written B. spoken C. literary D. dramatic
(47) A. signs B. words C. style D. sound
(48) A. in B. on C. over D. by
(49) A. move B. engage C. make D. force
(50) A. transform B. change C. make D. convert
PART IV GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY [15 MIN]
There are thirty sentences in this section. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Choose one word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET TWO.
51. Which of the following italicized phrases indicates CAUSE?
A. Why don't you do it for the sake of your friends?
B. I wish I could write as well as you.
C. For all his efforts, he didn't get an A.
D. Her eyes were red from excessive reading.
52. Nancy's gone to work but her car's still there. She by bus.
A. must have gone B. should have gone
C. ought to have gone D. could have gone
53. He feels that he is not yet to travel abroad.
A. too strong B. enough strong C. so strong D. strong enough
54. After seemed an endless wait, it was his turn to enter the personnel manager's office.
A. that B. it C. what D. there
55. Fool Jerry is, he could not have done such a thing.
A. who B. as C. like D. that
56. Which of the following sentences is INCORRECT?
A. They each have two tickets.
B. They cost twenty yuan each.
C. Each they have bought the same book.
D. They were given two magazines each.
57. She seldom goes to the theatre, ？
A. doesn't she B. does she C. would she D. wouldn't she
58. Dr Johnson is head of the department, an expert in translation.
A. or B. either C. but D. and
59. When one has good health, should feel fortunate.
A. you B. they C. he D. we
60. It is necessary that he the assignment without delay.
A. hand in B. hands in
C. must hand in D. has to hand in
61. In the sentence "It's no use waiting for her", the italicized phrase is
A. the object B. an adverbial C. a complement D. the subject
62. Which of the following sentences is INCORRECT?
A. All his lectures are very interesting.
B. Half their savings were gone.
C. Many his friends came to the party.
D. Both his sisters are nurses.
63. Which of the following sentences has an object complement?
A. The directors appointed John manager.
B. I gave Mary a Christmas present.
C. You have done Peter a favour.
D. She is teaching children English.
64. Which of the following words can NOT be used to complete "We've seen the film "?
A. before B. recently C. lately D. yet
65. should not become a serious disadvantage in life and work.
A. To be not tall B. Not being tall
C. Being not tall D. Not to be tall
66. Due to personality , the two colleagues never got on well in work.
A. contradiction B. conflict C. confrontation D. competition
67. During the summer vacation, kids are often seen hanging in the streets.
A. about B. on C. over D. out
68. There were 150 at the international conference this summer.
A. spectators B. viewers C. participants D. onlookers
69. School started on a cold day in February.
A. severe B. bitter C. such D. frozen
70. In the face of unexpected difficulties, he demonstrated a talent for quick, action.
A. determining B. defensive C. demanding D. decisive
71. The team has been working overtime on the research project
A. lately B. just now C. late D. long ago
72. Because of the economic crisis, industrial output in the region remained
A. motionless B. inactive C. stagnant D. immobile
73. The police had difficulty in the fans from rushing on to the stage to take photos with the singer.
A. limiting B. restraining C. confining D. restricting
74. Joan is in the dorm, putting the final to her speech.
A. details B. remarks C. comments D. touches
75. His in gambling has eventually brought about his ruin.
A. indulgence B. habit C. action D. engagement
76. The teacher told the students to stay in the classroom and they did
A. absolutely B. accidentally C. accordingly D. accurately
77. You can actually see the deer at close range while driving through that area. The italicized phrase means .
A. clearly B. very near C. quickly D. very hard
78. He listened hard but still couldn't what they were talking about.
A. make over B. make up C. make upon D. make out
79. For the advertised position, the company offers a(n) salary and benefits package.
A. generous B. plentiful C. abundant D. sufficient
80. As there was no road, the travelers up a rocky slope on their way back.
A. ran B. hurried C. scrambled D. crawled
PART V READING COMPREHENSION [25 MIN]
In this section there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that you think is the best answer.
Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET TWO.
What is the nature of the scientific attitude, the attitude of the man or woman who studies and applies physics, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, medicine or any other science?
We all know that science plays an important role in the societies in which we live. Many people believe, however, that our progress depends on two different aspects of science. The first of these is the application of the machines, products and systems of applied knowledge that scientists and technologists develop. Through technology, science improves the structure of society and helps man to gain increasing control over his environment.
The second aspect is the application by all members of society of the special methods of thought and action that scientists use in their work.
What are these special methods of thinking and acting? First of all, it seems that a successful scientist is full of curiosity - he wants to find out how and why the universe works. He usually directs his attention towards problems which he notices have no satisfactory explanation, and his curiosity makes him look for underlying relationships even if the data available seem to be unconnected. Moreover, he thinks he can improve the existing conditions and enjoys trying to solve the problems which this involves.
He is a good observer, accurate, patient and objective and applies logical thought to the observations he makes. He utilizes the facts he observes to the fullest extent. For example, trained observers obtain a very large amount of information about a star mainly from the accurate analysis of the simple lines that appear in a spectrum.
He is skeptical - he does not accept statements which are not based on the most complete evidence available - and therefore rejects authority as the sole basis for truth. Scientists always check statements and make experiments carefully and objectively to verify them.
Furthermore, he is not only critical of the work of others, but also of his own, since he knows that man is the least reliable of scientific instruments and that a number of factors tend to disturb objective investigation.
Lastly, he is highly imaginative since he often has to look for relationships in data which are not only complex but also frequently incomplete. Furthermore, he needs imagination if he wants to make hypotheses of how processes work and how events take place.
These seem to be some of the ways in which a successful scientist or technologist thinks and acts.
81. Many people believe that science helps society progress through
A. applied knowledge.
B. more than one aspect.
C. technology only.
D. the use of machines.
82. Which of the following statements is INCORRECT about curiosity?
A. It gives the scientist confidence and pleasure in work.
B. It gives rise to interest in problems that are unexplained.
C. It leads to efforts to investigate potential connections.
D. It encourages the scientist to look for new ways of acting.
83. According to the passage, a successful scientist would not
A. easily believe in unchecked statements.
B. easily criticize others' research work.
C. always use his imagination in work.
D. always use evidence from observation
84. What does the passage mainly discuss?
A. Application of technology.
B. Progress in modem society.
C. Scientists' ways of thinking and acting.
D. How to become a successful scientist.
85. What is the author's attitude towards the topic?
Over the past several decades, the U.S., Canada, and Europe have received a great deal of media and even research attention over unusual phenomena and unsolved mysteries. These include UFOs as well as sightings and encounters with "nonhuman creatures" such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. Only recently has Latin America begun to receive some attention as well. Although the mysteries of the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations have been known for centuries, now the public is also becoming aware of unusual, paranormal phenomena in countries such as Peru.
The Nazca“lines” of Peru were discovered in the 1930s. These lines are deeply carved into a flat, stony plain, and form about 300 intricate pictures of animals such as birds, a monkey, and a lizard. Seen at ground level, the designs are a jumbled senseless mess. The images are so large that they can only be viewed at a height of 1,000 feet - meaning from an aircraft. Yet there were no aircraft in 300 B.C., when it is judged the designs were made. Nor were there then, or are there now, any nearby mountain ranges from which to view them. So how and why did the native people of Nazca create these marvelous designs? One answer appeared in 1969, when the German researcher and writer Erich von Daniken proposed that the lines were drawn by extraterrestrials as runways for their aircraft. The scientific community did not take long to scoff at and abandon von Daniken's theory. Over the years several other theories have been put forth, but none has been accepted by the scientific community.
Today there is a new and heightened interest in the Nazca lines. It is a direct result of the creation of the Interment. Currently there are over 60 sites dedicated to this mystery from Latin America's past, and even respected scientists have joined the discussion through e-mail and chat rooms.
Will the Interment help explain these unsolved mysteries? Perhaps it is a step in the right direction.
86. Which of the following statements is INCORRECT?
A. Latin America has long received attention for unusual phenomena.
B. Public attention is now directed towards countries like Peru.
C. Public interest usually focuses on North America and Europe.
D. Some ancient civilizations have unsolved mysteries.
87. According to the passage, the Nazca lines were found
A. in mountains.
B. in stones.
C. on animals.
D. on a plain.
88. We can infer from the passage that the higher the lines are seen, the the images they present.
89. There has been increasing interest in the Nazca lines mainly because of
A. the participation of scientists.
B. the emergence of the Interment.
C. the birth of new theories.
D. the interest in the Interment.
90. The author is about the role of the Interment in solving mysteries.
Graduation speeches are a bit like wedding toasts. A few are memorable. The rest tend to trigger such thoughts as, "Why did I wear such uncomfortable shoes?"
But graduation speeches are less about the message than the messenger. Every year a few colleges and universities in the US attract attention because they've managed to book high-profile speakers. And, every year, the media report some of these speakers' wise remarks.
Last month, the following words of wisdom were spread:
"You really haven't completed the circle of success unless you can help somebody else move forward." (Oprah Winfrey, Duke University)
"There is no way to stop change; change will come. Go out and give us a future worthy of the world we all wish to create together." (Hillary Clinton, New York University)
"This really is your moment. History is yours to bend." (Joe Biden, Wake Forest University)
Of course, the real "get" of the graduation season was first lady Michelle Obama's appearance at the University of California, Merced. "Remember that you are blessed," she told the class of 2009, "Remember that in exchange for those blessings, you must give something back... As advocate and activist Marian Wright Edelman says, 'Service is the rent we pay for living ... it is the true measure, the only measure of success'."
Calls to service have a long, rich tradition in these speeches. However, it is possible for a graduation speech to go beyond clich6 and say something truly compelling. The late writer David Foster Wallace's 2005 graduation speech at Kenyon College in Ohio talked about how to truly care about other people. It gained something of a cult after it was widely circulated on the Interment. Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs' address at Stanford University that year, in which he talked about death, is also considered one of the best in recent memory.
But when you're sitting in the hot sun, fidgety and freaked out, do you really want to be lectured about the big stuff? Isn't that like trying to maintain a smile at your wedding reception while some relative gives a toast that amounts to "marriage is hard work"? You know he's right; you just don't want to think about it at that particular moment. In fact, as is the case in many major life moments, you can't really manage to think beyond the blisters your new shoes are causing.
That may seem anticlimactic. But it also gets to the heart of one of life's greatest, saddest truths: that our most "memorable" occasions may elicit the fewest memories. It's probably not something most graduation speakers would say, but it's one of the first lessons of growing up.
91. According to the passage, most graduation speeches tend to recall memories.
92. "But graduation speeches are less about the message than the messenger" is explained
A. in the final paragraph.
B. in the last but one paragraph.
C. in the first paragraph.
D. in the same paragraph.
93. The graduation speeches mentioned in the passage are related to the following themes EXCEPT
94. It is implied in the passage that at great moments people fail to
A. remain clear-headed.
B. keep good manners.
C. remember others' words.
D. recollect specific details.
95. What is "one of the first lessons of growing up"?
A. Attending a graduation ceremony.
B. Listening to graduation speeches.
C. Forgetting details of memorable events.
D. Meeting high-profile graduation speakers.
Cultural rules determine every aspect of food consumption. Who eats together defines social units. For example, in some societies, the nuclear family is the unit that regularly eats together. The anthropologist Mary Douglas has pointed out that, for the English, the kind of meal and the kind of food that is served relate to the kinds of social links between people who are eating together. She distinguishes between regular meals, Sunday meals when relatives may come, and cocktail parties for acquaintances. The food served symbolizes the occasion and reflects who is present. For example, only snacks are served at a cocktail party. It would be inappropriate to serve a steak or hamburgers. The distinctions among cocktails, regular meals, and special dinners mark the social boundaries between those guests who are invited for drinks, those who are invited to dinner, and those who come to a family meal. In this example, the type of food symbolizes the category of guest and with whom it is eaten.
In some New Guinea societies, the nuclear family is not the unit that eats together. The men take their meals in a men's house, separately from their wives and children. Women prepare and eat their food in their own houses and take the husband's portion to the men's house. The women eat with their children in their own houses. This pattern is also widespread among Near Eastern societies.
Eating is a metaphor that is sometimes used to signify marriage. In many New Guinea societies, like that of the Lesu on the island of New Ireland in the Pacific and that of the Trobriand Islanders, marriage is symbolized by the couple's eating together for the first time. Eating symbolizes their new status as a married couple. In U.S. society, it is just the reverse. A couple may go out to dinner on a first date.
Other cultural rules have to do with taboos against eating certain things. In some societies, members of a clan, a type of kin (family) group, are not allowed to eat the animal or bird that is their totemic ancestor. Since they believe themselves to be descended from that ancestor, it would be like eating that ancestor or eating themselves.
There is also an association between food prohibitions and rank, which is found in its most extreme form in the caste system of India. A caste system consists of ranked groups, each with a different economic specialization. In India, there is an association between caste and the idea of pollution. Members of highly ranked groups can be polluted by coming into contact with the bodily secretions, particularly saliva, of individuals of lower-ranked castes. Because of the fear of pollution, Brahmans and other high-ranked individuals will not share food with, not eat from the same plate as, not even accept food from an individual from a low-ranking caste.
96. According to the passage, the English make clear distinctions between
A. people who eat together.
B. the kinds of food served.
C. snacks and hamburgers.
D. family members and guests.
97. According to the passage, who will NOT eat together?
A. The English.
B. Americans on their first date.
C. Men and women in Near Eastern societies.
D. Newly-weds on the island of New Ireland.
98. According to the passage, eating together indicates all the following EXCEPT
A. the type of food.
B. social relations.
C. marital status.
D. family ties.
99. The last paragraph suggests that in India decides how people eat.
D. social status
100. Which of the following can best serve as the topic of the passage?
A. Different kinds of food in the world.
B. Relations between food and social units.
C. Symbolic meanings of food consumption.
D. Culture and manners of eating.
PART VI WRITING [45 MIN]
SECTION A COMPOSITION [35 MIN]
It was recently reported in a newspaper that six students who shared a dorm at a local university hired a cleaner to do laundry and cleaning once a week. And each of them paid her 60 yuan a month. This has led to a heated debate as to whether college students should hire cleaners.
Write on ANSWER SHEET THREE a composition of about 200 words on the following topic:
Should College Students Hire Cleaners?
You are to write in three parts.
In the first part, state clearly what your view is.
In the second part, support your view with appropriate reasons.
In the last part, bring what you have written to a natural conclusion or a summary.
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness. Failure to follow the instructions may result in a loss of marks.
SECTION B NOTE-WRITING [10 MINI
Write on ANSWER SHEET THREE a note of about 50-60 words based on the following situation:
Your good friend, John, is thinking of organizing an end-of-the-term party. Write him a note telling him that you like his idea and offer to help him. You have to be specific about how you can help him.
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness.
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