W: I’m going to give up playing chess. I lost again today.
M: Just because you lost? Is that any reason to quit?
Q: What does the man imply?
M: Do you know Sally’s new address? She’s got some mail here, and I’d like to forward it to her.
W: Well, we’ve not been in touch for quite a while. Let’s see. Mary should know it.
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: I missed classes this morning. Could you please lend me your notes?
M: My notes? You’ve never see my handwriting, have you?
Q: What does the man imply?
M: I’m taking my girlfriend to the fancy new restaurant for her birthday tonight.
W: I went there last weekend, I found it rather disappointing.
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: Winter is over at last. Time to put away my gloves and boots.
M: I’ve been waiting for this for months.
Q: What does the man mean?
W: Thank you for bringing the books back.
M: I thought you need them over the weekend. Many thanks for letting me use them.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
W: Are you working flexible hours?
M: No, I’m not. The weather today is so nice, so I decided to walk to work, and that meant I had to leave an hour earlier than usual.
Q: What did the man decided to do?
W: Our plane has been circling for a long time. Why the delay?
M: The airport is closed for a while this morning, and things are still not back to normal.
Q: What does the man mean?
Woman: Morning, this is TGC!
Man: Good morning, Walter Barry here, calling from London. Could I speak to Mr. Grand, please?
Woman: Who’s calling, please?
Man: Walter Barry, from London.
Woman: What is it about, please?
Man: Well, I understand that your company has a chemical processing plant. My own company LCP, Liquid Control Products, is a leader in safety from leaks in the field of chemical processing. I’d like to speak to Mr. Grand to discuss ways in which we could help TGC to protect itself from such problems and save money at the same time.
Woman: Yes, I see. Well, Mr. Grand is not available just now.
Man: Can you tell me when I could reach him?
Woman: He’s very busy for the next few days. Then he’ll be away in New York. So it’s difficult to give you a time.
Man: Could I speak to someone else, perhaps?
Woman: Who, in particular?
Man: A colleague, for example?
Woman: You are speaking to his personal assistance. I can deal with calls for Mr. Grand.
Man: Yes, well, could I ring him tomorrow?
Woman: No, I’m sorry, he won’t be free tomorrow. Listen, let me suggest something. You send us details of your products and services, together with references from other companies. And then we’ll contact you.
Man: Yes, that’s very kind of you. I have your address.
Woman: Very good, Mr…?
Man: Barry. Walter Barry, from LCP in London.
Woman: Right, Mr. Barry. We look forward to hearing from you.
Man: Thank you, goodbye.
9. What do we learn about the woman’s company?
10. What do we learn about the man?
11. What’s the woman’s position in her company?
12. What does the woman suggest the man do?
Man: Miss Yamada, did you ever think that you would find yourself living and working in the western world?
Woman: No, not really, although I’ve always listened to recordings of great orchestras from Europe.
Man: So you enjoyed classical music even when you were very young?
Woman: Oh, yes. I was an only child.
Man: You were born in 1955, 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 then that 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 you first come to Europe?
Woman: I was very lucky. When I was fifteen, I won a scholarship to a college in Paris. That was for a three-year course.
Man: How did your parents feel about that?
Woman: I think they were pleased and worried at the same time. It was the chance of a lifetime. But of course I would be thousands of miles from home. Anyway, I studied in Paris for three years and then went back to Tokyo.
13. What do we know about the woman before she went to Europe?
14. What does the woman say about her music experience?
15. What does the woman say about her study in Paris?
What makes a person famous? This is a mystery that many people have carefully thought about. All kinds of myths surround the lives of well-known people.
Most people are familiar with the works of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest English writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Yet how many know Shakespeare the person, the man behind the works?
After centuries of research, scholars are still trying to discover Shakespeare's personal history. It is not easily found in his writings. Authors of the time could not protect their works. An acting company, for example, could change a play if they wanted to. Nowadays, writers have copyrights that protect their work.
Many myths arose about Shakespeare. Some said he had no formal education. Others believe that he began his career by tending the horses of wealthy men. All of these myths are interesting, but are they true? Probably not. Shakespeare's father was a respected man in Stratford-on-Avon, a member of the town council. He sent young William to grammar school. Most people of Elizabethan times did not continue beyond grammar school; so, Shakespeare did have, at least, an average education.
Some parts of Shakespeare's life will always remain unknown. The Great London Fire of l666 burned many important documents that could have been a source of clues. We will always be left with many questions and few facts.
Question16 What does the speaker say about William Shakespeare?
Question 17 What do we learn about Shakespeare's father?
Question 18 Why does the speaker say parts of Shakespeare's life will remain a mystery?
The British are supposed to be famous for laughing at themselves, but even their sense of humour has a limit, as the British retailer Gerald Ratner found out to his cost. When Ratner took over his father's chain of 130 jewelry 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 and his tasteless silver ornaments. By 1991, Ratner's company had 2,400 shops and it was worth over 680 million pounds. But in April of that year, Gerald Ratner made a big mistake. At a big meeting of top British businesspeople, he suited up and explained the secret of his success. People say "How can we sell our 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 away from Ratner's shops. Sales fell and 6 months after his speech, Ratner's share price had fallen by 42%. The following year, things got worse and Gerald Ratner was 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.(http://www.171english.cn)
Question 22 What did Gerald Ratner decide to do when he took over his father's shops?
Question 23 On what occasion did Gerald Ratner explained the secret of his success?
Question 24 How did people feel when they leaned of Gerald Ratner's remarks?
Question 25 What does the story of Gerald Ratner suggest?
Looking at the basic biology systems, the world is not doing very well. Yet economic indicators show the world is prospering. Despite a slow start at the beginning of the eighties, global economic output increased by more than a fifth during the decade. The economy grew, trade increased, and millions of new jobs were created. How can biological indicators show the opposite of economic indicators?
The answer is that the economic indicators have a basic fault: they show no difference between resources uses that sustain progress and those uses that will hurt it. The main measure of economic progress is the gross national product (GNP). In simple terms, this totals the value of all goods and services produced and subtracts loss in value of factories and equipment. Developed a half-century ago, GNP helped establish a common way among countries of measuring change in economic output. For some time, this seemed to work reasonably well, but serious weakness are now appearing. As indicated earlier, GNP includes loss in value of factories and equipment, but it does not take into account the loss of natural resources, including nonrenewable resources such as oil or renewable resources such as forests.
This basic fault can produce a misleading sense of national economic health. According to GNP, for example, countries that overcut forest actually do better than those that preserve their forest. The trees cut down are counted as income but no subtraction is made for using up the forests.
短对话答案 1. A. The woman should go on playing chess. 2. D. Mary probably knows Sally’s new address. 3. B. His notes are not easy to read. 4. D. The man had better choose another restaurant. 5. C. He has been looking forward to spring. 6. B. The man appreciates the woman’s help. 7. B. Go to work on foot. 8. A. Temporary closing has disturbed the airport’s operation.
听力短文 Passage One 16. What does the speaker say about William Shakespeare? 答案：B) His personal history is little known. 【点评】本题考查事实细节。文章中作者先提出“有多少人了解莎士比亚本人”的问题，接着指出各学者经过几个世纪的研究之后，仍然在不断探索发现他的个人史。由此可知，莎士比亚的个人史很少有人知道。 17. What do we learn about Shakespeare's father? 答案：D) He was a member of the town council. 【点评】本题考查事实细节。文章中提到莎士比亚的父亲受人尊敬，是Stratford-on-Avon镇议会的一名成员。选项a member of the town council与原文完全对应。 18. Why does the speaker say parts of Shakespeare's life will remain a mystery? 答案：C) Possible sources of clues about him were lost in a fire. 【点评】本题考查事实细节。文章中提到莎士比亚一部分的生活将永远不为人所知。因为1666年伦敦的一场大火把很多重要文件烧毁了，而这些本来可能是了解莎士比亚的重要线索。所以答案选择Possible sources of clues about him were lost in a fire。
Passage Two 19. What is mentioned as a most common danger when people go travelling abroad? 答案：A) Theft. 【点评】本题考查事实细节。原文开篇就提到人们在外出旅游时会遇到很多危险，而其中最为常见的就是盗窃。根据所听即所得，可选出正确答案。 20. What is the most important thing to do when you prepare for your trip abroad? 答案：B) Have the right documents. 【点评】本题考查事实细节。原文中提到在准备出国旅游时，一定要确保文件正确，避免出现签证错误、过期护照等情况。因此答案应选正确的文件。选项中的documents与文中的paperwork对应。 21. What does the speaker suggest you do when you arrive at your destination? 答案：B) Use official transport. 【点评】文章最后提到，到达目的地后要选择乘坐正式的交通工具，不要搭乘陌生人的车。选项use official transport和文中完全一致，所听即所得可得出答案。
短文3 答案 22. C) Sell inexpensive products. 23. A) At a meeting of top British businesspeople. 24. D) Insulted. 25. B) There should be a limit to one's sense of humour.
听力填空答案 26. prospering 27. decade 28. opposite 29. sustain 30. In simple terms 31. establish 32. reasonably 33. take into account 34. misleading 35. using up