Part II Listening Comprehension
News Report One
The emergency plan announced by the Kenyan Cabinet this week includes mobilizing the army to assist those desperately short on food and water. The plan alsonearly doubles the amount of rational food and provides emergency measures for herders whose livestock is threatened by the area’s severe drought.
Rockefeller Foundation foodsecurity analyst Joseph Nyoro welcomed the government’s announcement but said the relief plan was inadequate. Nyoro is also critical of the government’s decision to rely on the army as the main vehicle for the assistance, saying it is thelocal communities and the civil society that actually know in each area who are suffering the most. The water shortage is also causing a severe energy short fall across the country which relies heavily on hydro—electric power. Kenya’s majorpower company has instituted systematic power rationing until supplies improve.
Questions 1 and 2are based on the news report you have just heard.
1.What’s the main idea of this news report?
2.Who will the government depend on for the assistance?
News Report Two
TheGerman former Moto Racing Champion Michael Schumacher is having a medical testafter suffering a head injury while skiing in the French Alps. One of theFrance’s leading trauma specialists, who is also a close friend, has flown to the hospital in Grenoble where the former racing driver is being treated.Michael Schumacher who is an experienced skier was with his 14-year-old sonwhen he had the accident this morning. His head hit a rock but he was wearing ahelmet and emergency services were quickly at the scene. He was taken by helicopter to hospital at a nearby town of Moutiers. But then later, he wastransferred to the larger regional hospital in Grenoble. There is no official word about his condition.
Questions 3 and 4are based on the news report you have just heard.
3.When did Michael Schumacher get injured?
4.What do we know about Michael Schumacher?
News Report Three
More than 100 bodies have been found in one village alone in central Nigeria,following clashes between Christians and Muslims. And aid workers recovered thecorpses in a village 30 kilometers from the city of Jos. From there, our correspondent Caroline Duffield reports. The town of Jos and the area to thesouth of it are under tight military control. The scare of violence in outlying villages and in the Bukuru area is becoming clearer. Bukuru market, a large commercial area to the south, was burnt to the ground. Debris lit the streets and fires are still smoldering. At least 1, 000 shops and homes in the market were destroyed in the inferno.
Questions 5 to 7are based on the news report you have just heard.
5.What can we learn about the clashes in Nigeria?
6.What do we know about the Bukuru market?
7.How many shops and homes were destroyed in the inferno?
Section B LongConversations
W: Hi,Eric. How was your weekend?
M: Great!I met Maria's parents. And we told them we want to be engaged.
W: Eric,that's wonderful. Congratulations!
M: Thanks, Alice. I really like herparents too. They're very nice. Mrs. Carmona speaks four languages, and Mr.Carmona is a diplomat. In fact, he gave a speech at the law school on Saturdaymorning.
W: Oh, that was Maria's father? I heard his speech.
M: You did?
W: Well, I heardpart of it.
I listened to it for ten minutes andthen I fell asleep. I thought I was in class.
Anyway, tell me about your weekend.
M: Saturdayevening we saw a play. And Sunday afternoon, we watched a soccer game.
Then Sunday night we all went out fordinner, Maria, her parents and me.
That was the first chance we had totalk.
W: Were younervous?
M: At first I was.We didn't say much.
Mr. Carmona told us some good storiesabout his experiences as a diplomat. And he asked me about my hobbies.
W: And what didyou say?
M: Well, I didn'ttell him about my flying lessons.
I told him about my chess playing and myclassical music collection.
W: Good idea. Herparents really approve of you, don't they?
M: I guess so. Maria called this morningand said: "My father told me he'd like you for a son-in-law rightnow."
W: That's great.
M: Not exactly. Iwant to get married after graduate school in about three years.
Questions 9 to11 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
8.What does Ericsay about Maria's father?
9.What did Ericand Maria do last Sunday afternoon?
10.What do welearn from Maria's phone call this morning?
11. What is thereaction of the man to Maria’s phone call?
Man: Miss Yamada, didyou ever think that you would find yourself living and working in the westernworld?
Woman: No, not really,although I’ve always listened to recordings of great orchestras from Europe.
Man: So, you enjoyedclassical music even when you were very young?
Woman: Oh, yes. I was anonly child.
Man: You were born in1955, is that right?
Woman: Yes, I began violin lessons at school when I was 6.
Man: As young as that,did you like it?
Woman: Oh, yes, very much.
Man: When did you first play on your own? I mean, when did you give your first performance?
Woman: I think I was 8…?No, Nine. I just had my birthday a week before, and my father had bought me a new violin. I played a small piece at the school concert.
Man: Did you know thenthat you would become a professional violinist?
Woman: Yes, I think so.I enjoy playing the violin very much, and I didn’t mind practicing, sometimes three or four hours a day.
Man: And when did youfirst come to Europe?
Woman: I was very lucky.When I was fifteen, I won a scholarship to a college in Paris. That was for athree-year course.
Man: How did yourparents feel about that?
Woman: I think they were pleased and worried at the same time. It was the chance of a lifetime. But ofcourse, I would be thousands of miles from home. Anyway, I studied in Paris forthree years and then went back to Tokyo.
Questions13 to 15are based on the conversation you have just heard.
12.What do we know about the woman before she went to Europe?
13. What does the woman say about her music experience?
14. What does the woman say about her study in Paris?
15.What is the woman’s nationality?
Farmington,Utah, is a more pleasant community since a local girls’ 4-H club improved MainStreet. Six 4-H girls worked to clean a 72-foot curbside that was covered withweeds, rocks and trash. Each member volunteered to clean up and to dig and plant ﬁve ﬂats of ﬂowers. They also took turns in watering, weeding and maintaining the plot.Participation in this project helped the girls develop a new attitude towardsthe appearance of their own homes; they have learned how to work with tools and improve their work habits. One mother said that before her daughter was involved in this project, she would not even pull a weed. The experience on Main Street stimulated self-improvement and encouraged members to take pride in their homegrounds and in the total community.Cityofficials cooperated with the 4-H members in planting trees, building cookingfacilities, picnic tables, swings and public rest rooms. The 4-H girls planted trees and took care of them during the early stages of growth. The total parkproject will need more plantings in the following years. Members of the 4-Hclub agreed to follow the project through to completion, because they receivesatisfaction from the results of constructive work. The project is a growingone and has spread from the park to the school and the shopping center. Treesand flowers have all been planted in the shopping center, making the atmospherepleasant.
Questions 16 to 18are based on the passage you have just heard.
16.What do we learn about Main Street in Farmington?
17.What did the 4-H club members do about the curbside?
18.What have the 4-H girls learned from the project?
Wherever you go and for whatever reason, it's important to besafe. While the majority of people you meet when travelling are sure to befriendly and welcoming, there are dangers-theft being the most common.
Just as in your home country, do not expect everyone you meet tobe friendly and helpful. It's important to prepare for your trip in advance andto take precautions while you are travelling. As you prepare for your trip,make sure you have the right paperwork. You don't want to get to yourdestination only to find you have the wrong visa, or worse, that your passportisn't valid any more. Also, make sure you travel with proper medical insurance,so that if you are sick or injured during your travels, you will be able to gettreatment. If you want to drive while you are abroad, make sure you have aninternational driver's license.
When you get to your destination, use official transport. Always go to bus and taxi stands. Don't accept rides from strangers who offer you alift. If there is no meter in the taxi, agree on a price before you get in. If you prefer to stay in cheap hotels while travelling, make sure you can lock thedoor of your room from the inside. Finally, remember to smile. It's the friendliest and most sincere form of communication and is sure to be understood in any part of the world!
Questions 19 to 21are based on the passage you have just heard.
19. What is mentionedas a most common danger when people go travelling abroad?
20. What is the mostimportant thing to do when you prepare for your trip abroad?
21. What does thespeaker suggest you do when you arrive at your destination?
The British are supposed to be famous for laughing at themselves,but even their sense of humor has a limit, as the British retailer GeraldRatner found out to his cost. When Ratner took over his father's chain of 130jewelry shops in 1984, he introduced a very clear company policy. He decided that his shops should sell down market products at the lowest possible prices.It was a great success. The British public loved his cheap gold earrings andhis tasteless silver ornaments. By 1991, Ratner's company had 2,400 shops andit was worth over 680 million pounds. But in April of that year, Gerald Ratnermade a big mistake. At a big meeting of top British business people, he suitedup and explained the secret of his success. People say "How can we sellour goods for such a low price?" I say "Because they are absolute rubbish." His audience roared with laughter. But the British newspapers and the British public were not so amused. People felt insulted and stayed awayfrom Ratner's shops. Sales fell and 6 months after his speech, Ratner's shareprice had fallen by 42%. The following year, things got worse and Gerald Ratnerwas forced to resign. By the end of 1992, he lost his company, his career and his house. Even worse, 25,000 of his employees had lost their jobs. It had been a very expensive joke.
Questions 22 to 25are based on the passage you have just heard.
22. What did GeraldRatner decide to do when he took over his father's shops?
23. On what occasiondid Gerald Ratner explained the secret of his success?
24. How did people feelwhen they learned of Gerald Ratner's remarks?
25. What does the storyof Gerald Ratner suggest?
Part II Listening Comprehension （本题满分35分）
Section A News reports （本题满分7分，包括7道小题，每小题1分）
1. D 2. B 3. C 4. D 5. A 6. C 7. C
Section B Long Conversations（本题满分8分，包括8道小题，每小题1分）
8. C 9. B 10. D 11.C 12. A 13. D 14. A 15. B
Section C Passages （本题满分20分，包括10道小题, 每小题2分）
16. D 17. C 18.B 19. A 20.B
21. B 22. C 23. A 24.D 25. B