I. Listening Comprehension Section A (2012 高考) Directions: In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A. At a library. A. Relaxed. A. Doctor and patient. C. Secretary and boss. A. He would have thrown $300 around. C. Sandy shouldn’t have given that much. A. She lives close to the man. C. She will turn to her manager. A. 2 B. 3. A. Both of them drink too much coffee. C. They help each other stop drinking coffee. A. He doesn’t mind helping the woman. C. He’ll help if the woman doesn’t mind. A. He’s planning to find a new job. C. He’s too busy to clean his house. 10. A. She doesn’t agree with the man. B. At a hotel. B. Annoyed. C. At a bank. C. Worried. D. At an airport. D. Satisfied.
B. Shop owner and customer. D. Receptionist and guest. B. $300 is not enough for the concert. D. Dave must be mad with the money. B. She changes her mind at last. D. She declines the man’s offer. C. 4. D. 5. B. The woman doesn’t like coffee at all. D. The man is uninterested in the woman’s story. B. He hesitates whether to help or not. D. He can’t help move the cupboard. B. He prefers to keep his house in a mess. D. He has already cleaned his new house. B. She is good at finding a place to stay.
C. She could hardly find the truth. D. She had no travel experience in Britain. Section B (2010 高考) Directions: In Section B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each of the passages. The passages will be read twice, but the questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, read the four possible answers on your paper and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard. Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following introduction. 11．A．White masters. B．African slaves. C．Native dancers. D．Sport trainers. 12．A．Having kung fu experience. B．Being able to sing and play music. C．Wearing a green belt. D．Being strong and able to balance well. 13．A．He uses his hands to keep the balance. B．He doses contact with his opponent. C．He is kicked by his opponent. D．He is pushed out of the circle. Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage 14．A．Great guests and talk to hotel staff. B．Have breakfast and examine room service. C．Prepare for the meeting and write new reports. D．Review the previous night’s reports and check emails. 15．A．Saying hello to every guest. B．Considering different bath requirements. C．Dining with a different staff member. D．Holding various operational meetings. 16．A．A day’s life of a hotel manager. B．The daily routine at a hotel. C．Hotel service and improvement. D．Meetings attended by a hotel massager. Section C
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Directions: In Section C, you will hear two longer conversations. The conversations will be read twice. After you hear each conversation, you are required to fill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Write your answers on your answer sheet. Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation. Complete the form. Write ONE WORD for each answer. Doctor’s Notes Dr.B.Hall Patient’s name: Mr. _____17_____ Symptoms: Awful 18 and a terrible cough Temperature: 19 Doctor’s suggestion: One spoonful of cough 20 every 4 hours for the next five days. Complete the form. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. What does the man ask the woman to do? What does Iaml Wyndham write? Why do the main characters in the story join a group of people? Between whom will there be some conflict in the story? To 22 Because the hope to start Between people and 24 23 . . 21
II. Grammar and Vocabulary Section A A Ballet is a demanding art. Ballet dancers (25) __________ (train) to move their bodies in unnatural ways and if they are good, they make it look natural. They manage to keep a perfect balance (26) __________ they spin around and round without becoming horribly dizzy and falling down. The history of ballet goes back about 600 years to the Renaissance in Europe. Originally dancers would entertain audiences in the pauses between opera scenes. In 1581, the Ballet Comique de la Reine was performed in France and is usually considered to be the first Ballet. In 1661, King Louis XIV of France founded the Royal Academy of Dancing to train dancers to perform for his court. Soon other companies (27) __________ (found) in other countries; The Italian also became well known (28) __________ their style of ballet. In the early 1800s， more women began performing in ballets. France was still the capital of the ballet world, but soon dancers (29) __________ (graduate) from ballet school spread out to other countries, most notably Russia, which soon became large player on the world stage of ballet. Ballet (30) __________ (change) through the years as the needs and wants of choreographers and audience has changed. You can still see the roots of the dancing itself when (31) __________ (watch) a ballet, but those who watched what was considered the first ballet in 1581 probably would not recognize (32) __________ it has evolved into today. B Have you ever regretted doing something you shouldn't have done or something you didn't do which you should have? At one time or another we probably all have. There's no point in getting depressed about it now-it's no use (33) __________ (cry) over spilt milk. However, there may be some gain in thinking about exactly (34) __________ happened and why, so we might be able to draw some conclusions for the future. One thing we all do now and again is to lose our temper with a friend or close relative. The old thing is that
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we more often display great anger towards someone we are fond (35) __________ than towards strangers. The explanation may be that we see friends and relatives as a kind of safety net, (36) __________ opportunity to let off a bit of steam in a safe environment, while the consequences of insulting a stranger could be far (37) __________ (serious). Being honest is usually thought of as a virtue and undoubtedly this is the case. On the other hand, we have all experienced occasions (38) __________ we have spoken out our minds to someone, telling them exactly what we feel, and then (39) __________ (find) ourselves filled with feelings of guilt. Perhaps we (40) __________ have kept our mouths shut? Section B A. strengthened G. addicted B. ties C. informed H. fulfilled I. discourages D. beneficial J. serious E. providing K. particularly F. concern
When it first appeared fifty years ago, TV was expected to make extraordinary contributions to education and culture. Radio, of course, could already reach almost everyone in developed countries, __41__ entertainment and news as well as some educational programs. Everybody in a particular area was able to listen to the same program at the same time, and this __42__ people’s sense of community. It also brought about the wider use of a standard form of the language. TV, it was thought, would have all these __43__ results, but to a much greater degree, since viewers would not only hear but also see what was happening. There is no doubt that these expectations have to a great extent been __44__. People are better __45__ than ever before of events in the furthest corners of the earth, and even beyond. TV has brought increased comfort to people unable to leave their beds, to the lonely and to the old. It is suggested that it may have strengthened family__46__, as families stay at home to watch their favorite programs. Nevertheless, in a number of ways the effects of TV have been a source of disappointment and even of __47__ to those who had expected so much of it. The main problem has been its effects on kids. Some American scientists claim that in the United States TV has produced a generation who have become __48__ to TV. Others say that the fact that an average American teenager sees about 15,000 deaths on TV before he or she becomes an adult has led to increased violence in real life. The violence seen on TV, they believe, is __49__ dangerous because the harm it does to viewers is not always immediately obvious. Similarly, teachers complain that children have less interest in reading and their reading ability has declined, because watching so much TV __50__ children from using their own imaginations. III. Reading Comprehension Section A Black holes act like huge drains in the universe. The very __51__ of black holes confuses our common notions of matter, time and space. The theory that black holes can, and probably do, exist in space doesn’t only __52__ scientists and astronomers. For if the theory is valid, we must question all our basic physical laws and, indeed, our “normal” experience of the __53__ world around us. What is the black hole? Well, it’s __54__ to answer this question, since the terms we would normally use to describe a scientific phenomenon are __55__ here. Astronomers and scientists think that a black hole is a region of space (not a thing) into which matter has fallen and from which nothing can __56__ -- not even light. So we can’t see a black hole. A black hole has a strong gravitational pull and yet it has no matter. It is only space. How can this happen? The __57__ is that some stars explode when their density increases to a particular point; they “collapse” and sometimes a supernova occurs. From earth, a supernova looks like a very bright light in the sky which shines even in the daytime. Supernovae were reported by astronomers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The
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collapse of a star may produce a star whose __58__ is so dense that it continually shrinks by the force of its own gravity. But if the star is very large (much bigger than our sun), this process of shrinking may be so intense that a black hole __59__. Imagine the earth reduced to the size of a marble, but still having the same mass and s stronger gravitational pull, and you have some idea of the force of a black hole. Any matter near the black hole is sucked in. It is impossible to say what happens inside a black hole. But in theory, matter must behave very differently inside the hole. __60__, if a man fell into a black hole, he would think he must reach the centre of it very quickly. However, an onlooker at the area around the hole would think that the man never reached the centre __61__. Our space and time laws don’t seem to __62__ objects in the area of a black hole. Einstein’s relativity theory is the only one which can explain such phenomena. Einstein __63__ that matter and energy are interchangeable, so that there is no “absolute” time and space. It is interesting that Einstein’s theory provided a basis for the idea of black holes before astronomers started to find some evidence for their __64__. It is only recently that astronomers have begun specific research into black holes. The story of black holes is just beginning. But the theory of black holes in space is __65__ by many serious scientists and astronomers. They show us a world which operates in a totally different way from our own and they question our most basic experience of space and time. 51 A. conclusion B. consideration C. concept D. conscience 52 A. include B. contain C. involve D. concern 53 A. mental B. physical C. spiritual D. typical 54 A. difficult B. easy C. vague D. deliberate 55 A. understandable B. enough C. accurate D. inadequate 56 A. appear B. grow C. escape D. hide 57 A. message B. fact C. conclusion D. theory 58 A. surface B. matter C. ground D. structure 59 A. results B. floats C. disappears D. blows 60 A. In practice B. For instance C. By contrast D. In turn 61 A. all along B. above all C. at all D. all over 62 A. apply to B. depend on C. appeal to D. stand for 63 A. declared B. announced C. acknowledged D. claimed 64 A. preference B. existence C. relevance D. awareness 65 A. refused B. doubted C. accepted D. proposed Section B A A new study confirms what most people already know: American women are still far behind American men in taking top leadership jobs in business and politics. The Pew Research Center in Washington, DC produced the study. Pew researchers found that most Americans believe women have the right qualities to be leaders. But they say women may still not be hired into leadership positions. "On the one hand, the public thinks that women are just as qualified as men to be in top leadership positions, in business and in government, on the other hand the public feels it is easier for men to get those jobs, and the public is also skeptical that things are going to change in the future, particularly on the business front.” Kim Parker directs social trends at the Pew Research Center. She says the new study found that Americans think men and women have the same intelligence and ability to create new things. But Americans think women and men have some different abilities. For instance, they believe women are especially good at finding compromises. In other words, women can find ways for people to agree, or at least accept solutions. The study
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also found Americans see women as more compassionate and organized leaders than men. Americans also believe women are better leaders for social issues, such as education and health care. But Americans see men as better leaders on national defense and security. In the business world, Americans say women still have challenges at the top. 66. Americans may believe the following statements except _____________. A. Females are better leaders in some social issues B. Females are expert at finding compromises C. Males are more compassionate and organized D. Males are more suitable as business and political leaders 67. Which of the following words can substitute the underlined word “skeptical” in Para. 2? A. positive B. doubtful C. determined D. urgent 68. Kitty, a 45-yetr-old female, works in New York. Which of the following field she'd better choose if she is ambitious to be at the top management? A. Health care B. politics C. business D. national security 69. What is the passage mainly concerned with _________. A. The physical difference between the genders B. The different outlooks on life between the genders C. The racism problem in America D. The Sexism or prejudice in America B 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards 1. RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) Sam Smith 2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNER Morning Phase Beck 3. SONG OF THE YEAR WINNER Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, song writers (Sam Smith) Label: Capitol Records; 4. BEST NEW ARTIST WINNER Sam Smith Label: Capitol Records Grammy.com—It wasn’t such a lonely hour for Sam Smith, or more accurately, not such a lonely three and half hours. Smith now has four GRAMMY Awards to keep him company, though he narrowly missed becoming only the second male artist to sweep the four general categories (Christopher Cross remains the only one to accomplish that feat). Smith's haul Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year (the latter with co-writers James Napier and William
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Phillips) for "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" as well as Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. “It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen,” Smith said while collecting the Best Pop Vocal Album award. Three-time GRAMMY winners for the night included Beyonce (Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Drunk In Love” and Best Surround Sound Album for Eeyonce); Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Solo Performance for “Happy [Live],” Best Urban Contemporary Album for Girl and Best Music Video for “Girl”; and engineer Bob Ludwig, who was awarded for work on Beck’s Morning Phase and Beyonce’s Beyonce. Also winning three awards was roots artist Rosanne Cash (Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for A Feather’s Not A Bird and Best Americana Album for The River & The Thread). “T he last time I won a GRAMMY [Ronald] Regan was president,” Cash laughed when accepting during the GRAMMY Awards premiere Ceremony. Beck won Album Of The Year, as well as Best Rock Album, for Morning Phase. 70. Who was the biggest winner in the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015? A. Darkchild Version B. Beyonce C. Taylor Swift D. Sam Smith 71. Beyonce won three Grammys this year. Which of the following belongs to her? A. Best Rock Album B. Best American Roots Performance C. Best Surround Sound Album D. Best Music Vedio 72. What does the underlined word “sweep” mean in the passage? A. To clean with a brush or to remove by brushing B. To move quickly and powerfully C. To carry along quickly and powerfully D. To move quickly in a proud or determined way C When you think of the tremendous technological progress we have made, it’s amazing how little we have developed in other respects. We may speak contemptuously (轻蔑地)of the poor old Romans because they mistook the Slaughter (残杀) in their arenas (竞技场) for entertainment. We may forgive them easily because they lived 2000 years ago and obviously knew no better. But are our feelings of superiority really justified? Are we any less blood-thirsty? Why do boxing matches, for instance, attract such universal interest? Don’t the spectators who attend them hope they will see some violence? Human beings remain as bloodthirsty as ever they were. The only difference between ourselves and the Romans is that while they were honest enough to admit that they enjoyed watching hungry lions tearing people apart and eating them alive, we find all sorts of excuses to defend sports which should have been for long, sports which are quite as cruel as, such as boxing. It really is incredible that in this day and age we should still allow hunting or bull-fighting, that we should be prepared to sit back and watch two men batter each other to pulp in a boxing ring, that we should be unmoved by the sight of one or a number of racing cars crashing and bursting into flames. Let us not cheat ourselves. Any talk of the sporting spirit is sheer hypocrisy. People take part in violent sports just because of the high rewards they bring. Spectators are willing to pay large sums of money to see violence. A world heavyweight championship match, for instance, is front page news. Millions of people are disappointed if a big fight is over in two rounds instead of fifteen.
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Why should we ban violent sports if people enjoy them to much? You may well answer is simple: they are uncivilized. For centuries man has been trying to improve himself spiritually and emotionally -- but with little success. But At least we no longer see madmen in cages, or public floggings (鞭打) which were common in the past. Prisons are no longer the merciless places they used to be. Socialwelfare systems are in operation in many parts of the world. These changes have come about not because human beings have suddenly improved, but because positive steps were taken to change the law. The law is the biggest instrument of social change that we have. If we banned dangerous and violent sports, we would be moving one step further to improving mankind. We would recognize that violence is degrading and unworthy of human beings. 74. The author mentions the old Romans ________. A. to indicate Romans were crueler than human beings nowadays. B. to show Rome was the origin of cruel and dangerous sports. C. to indicate human beings today are also bloodthirsty. D. to show human beings in the past knew nothing better. 75. The underlined word “hypocrisy” probably means ________. A. becoming greedy. B. hoping to achieve success. C. having a great ambition. D. pretending to be kind. 76. In the last paragraph, the author mentions some progress human beings have achieved to show ________. A. man is able to realize his own mistakes and make efforts to correct them. B. changes in law can have a positive effect in history. C. human beings have realized that violence is uncivilized and should be avoided. D. human beings never stop to improve themselves in any field. 77. It can be inferred from the passage that the author's opinion of human beings today is ________. A. positive B. high C. practical D. critical Section C Bill Gates and Buffet -- the world’s two richest men, held a charity banquet in Beijing. Undoubtedly the aim is to persuade charitable donations in China. China emerges a large number of billionaires with the high economic development. But to everybody's surprise, few rich men promised to donate, and their meanness causes a scolding voice of where the rich’s conscience go. China’s rich do not want to spend money on charity, why? Are they mean and not willing to spend money on it? No. The money they own cannot be used up for several lifetime, so a little money for use of charity does not mean any loss of their life. Actually their way of thinking is different from that of general people. For them what they lack is not money, but the safety of property and social reputation. If the money donation can earn property security and social reputation, it is very cost-effective for them. That’s just the problem. In China，the rich who do charity cannot bring property security and social reputation. On the contrary, the wealth exposure produces more insecurity and worse reputation. That is why the rich do not want to pay for charity. China’s environment is very different from that of the United States where wealth is a symbol of individual success and rich is a role model. While in China the rich are scolded and regarded as a model of exploitation. To conceal the wealth is better, and to show one’s wealth does not bring any good results. The possession of wealth will bring bad reputation of exploiter and lack of property security. Exposing one’s rich in such a society is the most stupid act. So the rich’s solution is to quietly transfer the property to a safe place
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in foreign countries, rather than to do donations to charity. This is why a large number of riches immigrate to Western countries in recent years. I think charity comes from the ordinary people rather than the rich. The resolution is the way now advocated by Jet Li’s One Foundation -- One Yuan per person per month. I think this meets China's conditions and has a good development prospect. But the One Foundation recently encountered great difficulty. The reason is charity is monopolized by the state, which greatly held back the development of charity. A more fundamental question is that whether government should do charity. I do not think so. Government is different from civil organization. Its most important feature is it is backed with force and can use coercive measures to achieve a particular goal. Charity does not require any mandatory (强制性的) power but enthusiasm and carefulness. This is precisely what the government lacks. Therefore, government around the world do not do charity; charity is left to common people. (Note: Answer the questions or complete the statements in NO MORE THAN TWELVE WORDS.) 78. Why don't the rich in China want to donate money? 79. In the United States, wealth means ____________________________________________. 80. How do the rich in China deal with their money? 81. In the author's opinion, governments don’t do charity in that _________________________________.
I．Translation 1. 他警告我不要卷入那件亊情里去。 （involve)
2. 问题发现的越早，解决起来就越容易。 （The more..., the more...)
3. 直到我开始工作才意识到光从书本上学习理论知识是远远不够的。 (Not until)
4. 上海市中心的房价很贵，一套地处市中心的公寓的价格可能是个套地处郊区的同样面积的公寓的 3 倍。 (as … as)
5. 随着智能手机的普及，各种应用软件（app)争相涌现,在很大程度上改变着人们的生活方式。 (spring up)
II. Guided Writing Directions: Write an English composition in 120-150 words according to the instructions given below in Chinese. 2015 年的上海市春季高考拟招收应届髙三学生共计 1640 人，但据相关部门统计，大约有 2 万多人报名参 考，其竞争激烈程度远远超过了秋季高考，请结合你的实际，谈谈你的看法。你的文章需包括：
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1、造成这个现象的原因是什么？ 2、你是否参加了春考？为什么？ 春季高考：The Spring University Entrance Examination
KEYS: 01—05. BCBCD 06—10. BADCA 11—15 BDCDB 16A 17．Gerald 18．flu 19．Normal 20．mixture 21．recommend a book 22．Science fiction(stories) 23．the perfect society 24．huge spiders 25—40 are trained; when; were founded; for; graduating; has been changing; what; crying; what; of; an; more serious; when; have found; should 41—50 EADHC; BFGKI 51—65 CDBAD; CDBAB; CADBC 66—77 CBAD; DCCC; CDBD 78. Because it produces more insecurity and worse reputation. 79. a symbol of individual success and a role model. 80. They transfer the property to a safe place abroad. 81. charity doesn’t require any mandatory power. 1. He warned me not to get involved in the thing. 2. The earlier the problem is found, the more easily it will be solved. 3. Not until I started to work did I realize that it was far from enough to learn just theory from books. Section A
Directions: In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard. 1. W: Hello, may I help you? M: Yes, we would like to check into our room. Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place? 2. W: Come on, John! Relax! What can go wrong? M: At my first job interview? Plenty. Q: How does the man feel? 3. M: Good morning, madam, what can I do for you? W: Well, someone at the hotel suggested I come here to buy a coat. Q: What’s the probable relationship between the two speakers? 4. W: I gave Dave 300 dollars for his sponsored concert. M: 300 dollars? Sandy, you must be mad! I wish I had 300 dollars to throw round like that. Q: What does the man mean? 5.
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M: Shall I come and take you to the railway station?
W: No, thanks, I’ll manage. It’s not far any way.
Q: What can we learn about the woman? 6. W: How many children have you got? M: Two. John’s five and Clair’s four. And there’s another one on the way. Q: How many children will the man most probably have? 1. W: Do you know how I can stop drinking too much coffee? M: No, but I wish I did. I spend too much money at cafe’s. Q: What can we learn from the conversation? 2. W: Could you give me a hand moving this cupboard, please? M: Well, I’d rather not if you don’t mind. I’m not feeling well today. Q: What does the man mean? 3. M: Tom’s house is a mess! Doesn’t he ever clean it? W: I guess he just has too much ails on his mind with that new job. Q: What can we learn about Tom? 4. M: I didn’t have any trouble in finding accommodation in Britain. W: According to my experience, it sounds too good to be true. 5. Q: what does the woman mean? Section B Directions: In Section B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each of the passages. The passages will be read twice, but the questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, read the four possible answers on your paper and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard. Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage. I’m going to tell you about a sport, Capoeira. Capoeira came from Brazil where it was started by the African slaves. They used it for entertainment and also to fight against their white masters. It is a kind of Kungfu which is also like a dance. You need to be very fit and strong and you should have a good control of your body. You often have to use your hands to balance. Everyone sits around in a circle, singing and playing music and two people fight in the center. To fight the other person, you kick with your feet, but nowadays, there is no contact. As soon as you see other person’s hand or foot coming towards you, you have to move away quickly. You must be careful the other person doesn’t kick you. If the other person kicks you, then you lose. I have been doing Capoeira for three years. I have improved a lot since I first started, and now I wear a green belt. In the future, I would like to become a trainer and teach other people about this beautiful sport. Questions: 11. Who first started Capoeira? 12. What is required if a man wants to do Capoeira? 13. When can a man be judged to lose in Capoeira? Questions 14 through16 are based on the following passage: As a hotel manager, I have to walk around and smile all the time. Every day, I arrive at the hotel at 7:30 a.m. Before I prepare for the daily operational meeting, I first review the night manager’s reports and catch up on the E-mails that come through overnight. Then I check on breakfast and walk through the restaurant to say hello to guests. At 9 a.m., there is the daily operational meeting where staff report on what’s happened the night before and what need to be careful. At 9:45, I am very visible and always around the hotel meeting and greeting staff. I have to keep an eye on what is going on, everything from the temperature of the shower to the variety of food. And we have to bear in mind cultural differences. For example, the Japanese want a running bath and the Americans are
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fine just with ashower. At 1 p.m., I always eat with a different member of staff as this is a valuable way of finding out what is going on. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., there are different meetings concerning all the aspects of hotel operation. I try to get through all the work by 7 p.m. Questions: 14. What does the speaker do first after arriving at the hotel? 15. Which of the following detail shows the speaker concerns about the cultural differences? 16. What does the passage mainly tell us? Section C Directions: In section C, you will hear two longer conversations. The conversations will be read twice. After you hear each conversation, you are required to fill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Write your answers on your answer sheet. Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation: W: Next patient, please. M: Morning, Doctor. W: It’s Mr. Gerald, isn’t it? M: That’s right. W: Is that G-E-R-A-L-D? M: Yes, it is. W: Right. Now, what seems to be the trouble? M: Well, I’ve had this awful flu, and a terrible cough. W: I see. How long have you been feeling like this? M: Oh, about three or four days, I suppose. W: Have you had a temperature? M: It’s normal. W: Okay. I’ll just look at your chest. Now breathe in and out slowly. And again. Good. That’s it. M: Thank you. W: Well, I’ll give you some cough mixture. Take one spoonful every four hours for the next five days. M: OK, Doctor. Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation. M: I don’t know what to read, can you recommend anything? W: Hum, have you read a book by John Wyndham, called Web? I’ve just finished it. M: No, I haven’t. What sort of book is it? W: Well, you know John Wyndham writes science fiction stories. This one is a novel set on Pacific Island. M: What’s it about then? W: Well, the main characters are a man and a woman, who join in a group of people hoping to start the perfect society. M: I see. And do they succeed? W: No. It turns out that the island they go to is full of huge spiders. They are determined to destroy everything there, including any people who come. But I won’t tell you what happens next, or you won’t want to read it. M: Okay. I’ll give it a try. Thanks.
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