Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
1. A) The woman should go on playing chess.
B) He is willing to play chess with the woman.
C) The woman has good reason to quit the game.
D) He will give the woman some tips on the game.
2. A) She would like to resume contact with Sally.
B) The man can forward the mail to Mary.
C) She can call Mary to take care of the mail.
D) Mary probably knows Sally's new address.
3. A) He did not attend today’s class.
B) His notes are not easy to read.
C) His handwriting has a unique style.
D) He is very pleased to be able to help.
4. A) The new restaurant is a perfect place for dating.
B) The new restaurant caught her fancy immediately.
C) The man has good taste in choosing the restaurant.
D) The man had better choose another restaurant.
5. A) He will help the woman put things away.
B) He has been waiting for the winter sale.
C) He has been looking forward to spring.
D) He will clean the woman's boots for spring.
6. A) The woman often works overtime at weekends.
B) The man often lends books to the woman.
C) The man appreciates the woman's help.
D) The woman is rather forgetful.
7. A) Take a sightseeing trip.
B) Go to work on foot.
C) Start work earlier than usual.
D) Take a walk when the weather is nice.
8. A) Temporary closing has disturbed the airport’s operation.
B) The plane is going to land at another airport.
C) All flights have been delayed due to bad weather.
D) The airport’s management is in real need of improvement.
Questions 9 to 12 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
9. A) It specializes in safety from leaks. B) It is headquartered in London.
C) It has a chemical processing plant. D) It has a partnership with LCP.
10. A) He is a safety inspector. B) He is Mr. Grand’s friend.
C) He is a chemist. D) He is a salesman.
11. A) The public relations officer. B) Head of the personnel department.
C) Mr. Grand’s personal assistant. D) Director of the safety department.
12. A) Send a comprehensive description of their work.
B) Provide details of their products and services.
C) Leave a message for Mr. Grand.
D) Wait for Mr. Grand to call back.
Questions 13 to 15 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
13. A) She listened to recordings of many European orchestras.
B) She read a lot about European musicians and their music.
C) She dreamed of working and living in a European country.
D) She learned playing the violin from a famous French musician.
14. A) She was a pupil of a famous European violinist.
B) She gave her first performance with her father.
C) She became a professional violinist at fifteen.
D) She began taking violin lessons as a small child.
15. A) It was the chance of a lifetime.
B) It was a great challenge to her.
C) It gave her a chance to explore the city.
D) It helped her learn classical French music.
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some 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.
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard.
16. A) There are mysterious stories behind his works.
B) His personal history is little known.
C) His works have no match worldwide.
D) There are many misunderstandings about him.
17. A) He once worked in a well-known acting company.
B) He moved to Stratford-on-Avon in his childhood.
C) He failed to go beyond grammar school.
D) He was a member of the town council.
18. A) People of his time had little interest in him.
B) His works were adapted beyond recognition.
C) Possible sources of clues about him were lost in a fire.
D) Writers of his time had no means to protect their works.
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the passage you have just heard.
19. A) Theft. B) Air crash. C) Cheating. D) Road accidents.
20. A) Learn the local customs. B) Have the right documents.
C) Book tickets well in advance. D) Make hotel reservations.
21. A) Contact your agent. B) Use official transport.
C) Get a lift if possible. D) Have a friend meet you.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the passage you have just heard.
22. A) Cut down production cost. B) Refine the taste of his goods.
C) Sell inexpensive products. D) Specialise in gold ornaments.
23. A) At a meeting of top British businesspeople.
B) During a local sales promotion campaign.
C) During a live television interview.
D) At a national press conference.
24. A) Discouraged. B) Distressed. C) Puzzled. D) Insulted.
25. A) He is not laughed at, that laughs at himself first.
B) There should be a limit to one’s sense of humour.
C) He who never learns from the past is bound to fail.
D) The words of some businesspeople are just rubbish.
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have just heard. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
Looking at the basic biological systems, the world is not doing very well. Yet economic indicators show the world is 26____. Despite a slow start at the beginning of the eighties, global economic output increased by more than a fifth during the 27____. The economy grew, trade increased, and millions of new jobs were created. How can biological indicators show the 28____ of economic indicators?
The answer is that the economic indicators have a basic fault: they show no difference between resource uses that 29____ progress and those uses that will hurt it. The main measure of economic progress is the gross national product (GNP), 30____, 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 31____ a common way among countries of measuring change in economic output. For some time, this seemed to work 32____ well, but serious weaknesses are now appearing. As indicated earlier, GNP includes loss in value of factories and equipment, but it does not 33____ the loss of natural resources, including nonrenewable resources such as oil or renewable resources such as forests.
This basic fault can produce a 34____ sense of national economic health. According to GNP, for example, countries that overcut forests actually do better than those that preserve their forests. The trees cut down are counted as income but no subtraction is made for 35____ the forests.