Two days later, the agent phoned to tell me that the couple had bought the house. He repeated what the buyer had said when he handed over the check the following day: “That house has a warm, live-in feeling, just like ours.”
Question No. 21. Why did the speaker sell her house?
Question No. 22. Why did the agent call on the speaker so early in the morning?
Question No. 23. Why did the couple laugh in the speaker‘s house?
Questions 24 to 26 are based on the following talk.
For many years, T-shirts were simple short-sleeved undershirts for men and boys, T-shirts used to be of one colorwhite. And since they were worn under shirts, they were generally not seen.
Today the T-shirt has become fashionable. It can be seen everywhere and on everyone. Women and little children wear T-shirts as do teenagers, university students, and men from all walks of life. T-shirts are worn on playground, at the beach or in town. They can also be worn for work. Yet T-shirts remain relatively inexpensive and longwearing, as well as easy to care for. Smart but comfortable and convenient to wear, they have become one of America‘s newest idea on fashion.
Although T-shirts are now available in a wide variety of bright materials and styles, the most popular kind is the traditional cotton T-shirts with a slogan or picture printed on the front. A T-shirts may bear a single word, a popular phrase, pictures of popular singers, or an advertisement. As T-shirts are becoming more and more popular, new designs are coming up all the time.
Question No. 24. What is the most popular kind of T-shirt?
Question No. 25. Why do people like to wear T-shirts so much today?
Question No. 26. What is being done to make T-shirts more attractive?
Questions 27 to 30 are based on the following talk.
When you take a walk in any of the cities in the West, you often see a lot of people walking dogs. It is still true that a dog is the most useful and faithful animal in the world, but the reasons why people keep a dog have changed. In the old days people used to train dogs to protect themselves against attacks by other beasts. And later they came to realize that a dog was not only useful for protection but willing to obey his master. For example, when people used dogs for hunting, the dogs would not eat what was caught without permission. But now people in the city need not protect themselves against attacks of animals. Why do they keep dogs, then? Some people keep dogs to protect themselves from robbery. But the most important reason is for companionship. For a child, a dog is his best friend when he has no friends to play with. For young couples, a dog is their child when they have no children. For old couples, a dog is also their child when their real children have grown up. So the main reason why people keep dogs has changed from protection to friendship. Question No. 27. According to the talk, what were dogs trained for in the past?
Question No. 28. Why were dogs used for hunting?
Question No. 29. What is the most important reason for people in the city to keep dogs now?
Question No. 30. What is the main idea of this talk?
Part C: Listening and Translation
l. Sentence Translation
Directions: In this part of the test , you will hear 5 English sentences. You will hear the sentences only once. After you have heard each sentence, translate it into Chinese and write your version in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. Now let‘s begin Sentence Translation with Sentence No. 1.
Sentence No. 1. John corrected one mistake but neglected the others.
Sentence No. 2. He was too sleepy to take the medicine.
Sentence No. 3. The problem was solved after several months‘ discussion.
Sentence No. 4. The boss told his secretary to finish the report on time.
Sentence No. 5. He suggests that she spend more time studying her textbook.
Ⅱ. Passage Translation
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages. You will hear the passages only once. After you have heard each passage, translate it into Chinese and write your version in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. You may take notes while you are listening. Now let‘s begin Passage Translation with the first passage.
Passage 1 :
Professional sports are very popular in the United States. The most popular sports are baseball，football and basketball. Each has its own season，and millions of supporters.
Passage 2 :
No air means death. Although we can‘t see it, there is air round us. So air is everywhere and it gives life to every living thing. Without it we cannot live.