16年12月四级真题2套section_C

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Section C

 Directions:

 In this section,

 you will hear three passages.

 At the end of each passage,

 you will hear three or four questions.

 Both the passage and the questions

 will be spoken only once.

 After you hear a question,

 you must choose the best answer

 from the four choices

 marked A), B), C) and D).

 Then mark the corresponding letter

 on Answer Sheet 1

 with a single line through the centre.

 Passage One

 There's one sound

 that gets a big reaction from kids

 on a hot day,

 the sound of an ice-cream truck.

 Maria McCartney

 has been in the mobile ice-cream business

 since 2005.

 "When I was a little girl,

 I saw an ice-cream truck

 and knew I wanted to have one someday,"

 McCartney said.

 During the hot days of summer,

 Maria and her daughter

 drive an ice-cream truck

 through neighborhoods and parks

 in Billings.

 It's not about making money

 for this former elementary school teacher.

 Rather,

 she wants to preserve the tradition

 of the neighborhood ice-cream truck.

 "Truly my favorite part

 is to see the kids

 jumping up and down

 and they just get so excited.

 It's great

 to build a memory for them too.

 There's not

 a lot of these ice-cream trucks

 around anymore.

 The parents come out

 barefoot and screaming,

 ready to buy ice-cream;

 they remember when they were kids

 and they saw a truck,"

 she said.

 While the treats may be ice cold,

 Maria has a warm heart for little faces.

 Her truck features a donation bucket

 for kids who don't have money

 for ice-cream.

 "When there are three kids

 and only two of them have money,

 I always make sure

 the third one gets something

 because I can't drive away

 and have that third one

 not have something,"

 she said.

 Questions 16 to 18

 are based on the passage

 you have just heard.

 16. What does the speaker say

 about Maria McCartney?

 17. Why does Maria

 go into the mobile ice-cream business?

 18. Why does Maria

 put a donation bucket

 in her truck?

 Passage Two

 We know we have to pay

 for what we get.

 If we buy food,

 we have to pay for it.

 If a doctor treats us,

 we know

 there will be a bill to pay.

 These are private bills.

 But there are also public bills

 to be paid.

 They are paid by the government.

 In turn

 we get the needed services.

 We pay for these services

 through taxes.

 What would happen

 if everyone stopped paying taxes?

 The water supply would stop;

 the streets might not be cleaned;

 schools would be closed.

 We would not want to live

 in such a city.   

 The chief duty of every government

 is to protect persons and property.

 More than three-fourths

 of government expenses

 are used for this purpose.

 The next largest amount of public money

 goes to teach and train our citizens.

 Billions of dollars each year

 are spent on schools and libraries.

 Also, a large amount of public funds

 is spent on roads.

 Most of the needed funds

 is raised by taxes.

 The law orders us to pay taxes.

 We have no choice in the matter.

 Years ago

 the government made money

 by selling public lands.

 But most of the best public lands

 have now been sold.

 There are still some public lands

 that contain oil, coal

 and other natural resources.

 They could be sold,

 but we want to save them

 for future years.

 So, we all must pay our share

 for the services

 that make our lives comfortable.

 Questions 19 to 21

 are based on the passage

 you have just heard.

 19. What does the speaker

 mainly talk about?

 20. What is most of the government money

 used for?

 21. How did the government raise money

 to pay public bills in the past?

 Passage Three

 Did you know that,

 besides larger places

 like France and Germany,

 Europe is home

 to several extremely tiny countries?

 One of these countries contains less

 than a square mile of land.

 Another is surrounded on all sides

 by Italy.

 Yet each is an independent land,

 with its own government, trade, and customs.

 One of the best known

 of these small countries

 is Monaco.

 It is situated on the Mediterranean Sea

 and surrounded by France

 on three sides.

 Monaco became familiar to Americans

 when its ruler, Prince Rainier,

 married the American actress Grace Kelly.

 Rainier's family

 has ruled Monaco

 almost continuously since 1297.

 The land has been independent

 for over three hundred years.

 Andorra,

 with an area of some 200 square miles,

 is considerably larger than Monaco.

 This country is located

 in the Pyrenees Mountains,

 with France on one side

 and Spain on the other.

 Potatoes and tobacco are grown

 in Andorra's steep mountain valleys.

 One of the products it exports

 is clothing.

 Andorra is also known

 for its excellent skiing locations.

 Within the Alps in Central Europe

 is Liechtenstein,

 a tiny country of about 30,000 people

 who speak mostly German.

 Liechtenstein uses the same money

 as its neighbor Switzerland,

 but it has been an independent country

 since the 1860s.

 Taxes are low,

 so many businesses

 have their headquarters here.

 The country makes and exports

 a lot of machinery.

 Other small, independent states in Europe

 are San Marino and Luxembourg.

 Each of these has unique qualities as well.

 Questions 22 to 25

 are based on the passage you have just heard.

 22. What does the speaker say about Monaco?

 23. Why did Monaco become familiar to Americans

 according to the speaker?

 24. What is one of the products

 Andorra exports?

 25. What does the speaker  mainly talk about?

 This is end of listening comprehension.


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