Model Test Ten
Part Ⅲ Listening Comprehension (35 minutes)
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 2 with a single line through the centre.
11. A) She has gotten behind in her work.
B) Her computer is the latest model.
C) She keeps her computer at home.
D) She doesn’t have a computer.
12. A) $ 150.
B) $ 175.C) $ 200.
D) $ 225.
13. A) She wanted to get ready for the party.
B) She was afraid of going out at night.
C) She had to be home early.
D) She wanted to get ready for the play.
14. A) At 7: 00.
B) At 6: 30.
C) At 7: 30.
D) At 8: 00.
15. A) At a bank.
B) At a lawyer’s office.
C) At a department store.
D) At school.
16. A) Bob is too tired to study any more.
B) He told Bob not to study late at night.
C) He has advised Bob to study.
D) Bob didn’t hear the alarm.
17. A) Boss and secretary.
B) Professor and student.
C) Father and son.
D) Lawyer and client.
18. A) He didn’t work hard in school.
B) He took a part-time job in school.
C) He had always been serious about study.
D) He had no interest in social work.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. A) The benefits of strong business competition.
B) A proposal to lower the cost of production.
C) Complaints about the expense of modernization.
D) Suggestions concerning new business strategies.
20. A) It costs much more than its worth.
B) It should be brought up-to-date.
C) It calls for immediate repairs.
D) It can still be used for a long time.
21. A) The personnel manager should be fired for inefficiency.
B) A few engineers should be employed to modernize the factory.
C) The entire staff should be retrained.
D) Better-educated employees should be promoted.
22. A) Their competitors have long been advertising on TV.
B) TV commercials are less expensive.
C) Advertising in newspapers alone is not sufficient.
D) TV commercials attract more investments.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. A) Searching for reference materials.
B) Watching a film of the 1930s.
C) Writing a course book.
D) Looking for a job in a movie studio.
24. A) It’s too broad to cope with.
B) It’s a bit outdated.
C) It’s controversial.
D) It’s of little practical value.
25. A) At the end of the online catalogue.
B) At the Reference Desk.
C) In The New York Times.
D) In the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.
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 2 with a single line through the centre.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. A) To get supplies.
B) To carry their products.
C) To get to their jobs.
D) To enjoy themselves.
27. A) Because they all work in the same company.
B) Because they do not want school buses to take their children to school.
C) Because they live more than a mile from the school.
D) Because they want to take turns driving their children to school.
28. A) All the American families have cars.
B) Car pools put fewer cars on the road.
C) Parking places are always available in large cities.
D) Cars are driven only by businessmen.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. A) To commemorate a historic flight.
B) To try out eighty new balloons.
C) To recruit balloonists from all over the United States.
D) To determine whether helium balloons are better than hot air balloons.
30. A) They may not be able to inflate their balloons.
B) There are too many balloons to launch at once.
C) Their flight pattern could be uncertain due to the wind.
D) They’ll lose money if some balloons can’t take off.
31. A) They’re expensive.
B) They’re the first kind of balloon ever used.
C) They’re faster than air balloons.
D) They’re popular in the United States.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. A) Their flying ability improved greatly.
B) They became warm-blooded.
C) They began to lay eggs.
D) They changed their migration patterns.
33. A) On the ground.
B) In cold places.
C) On the highest branches of trees.
D) Inside tree trunks.
34. A) To avoid predators.
B) To expose the eggs to stronger sunlight.
C) To have a better view of predators.
D) To save labor.
35. A) How birds learn to build nests.
B) Why birds lay eggs.
C) How birds’ nests have evolved.
D) Why some birds’ nests are considered primitive.
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 numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 44 to 46 you are required to fill in the missing information. For these blanks, you can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
When Midori was two years old, she often climbed onto the piano(36) _______ and reached for the violin that belonged to her mother, a 38-year-old (37) _______ musician.
“Please don’t touch, Midori,” her mother (38) _______. The violin was, after all,
(39) _______ more than $ 20,000.
But Midori persisted; she longed to handle the (40) _______ instrument that made beautiful sounds. Finally, on her third birthday, Midori was handed a (41) _______: a tiny violin, about half the normal size.
Almost from the moment Midori was born, her mother knew she was (42) _______ to music. For several years mother and daughter practised together day after day. She was eager to learn. Failure often led to tears, though she never once turned from the instrument. Instead, she persisted until the problem was (43) _______.
One day, Johnston, an American musician, heard Midori playing the violin. He couldn’t believe she was just eight years old. (44) “” the musician said.
A famous American violin teacher heard the tape.