English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 24
Part III Listening Comprehension
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. W: Did you hear Kate’s presentation in the meeting last night?
M: How she could be so calm in front of such a large audience is really beyond me。
Q: What does the man imply?
12. M: I heard there are a few seats left for the show tonight。
W: Really? I was under the impression that the tickets were sold out a long time ago。
Q: What do we know from the woman’s reply?
13. M: I’m having trouble making ends meet. Now it looks like I have to make another phone call to my parents。
W: I don’t think it would be a problem if you cut down on the discs you buy。
Q: What does the woman mean?
14. M: Congratulations! I heard your debating team has reached the finals。
W: Yes, we’re all excited about it. Now we’re working hard to prepare for it。
Q: What will the woman’ s team probably do?
15. W: You’ve spent too much time doing coursework, Jack. Do you think you should go out and get some fresh air?
M: Thanks for the advice. But this is how I relieve my stress. I’d rather not get too far behind。
Q: What can you infer from the man’s response?
16. M: You seem very confident about the job interview, aren’t you?
W: Yes. I feel ready for it. I bought a good suit at the clothing store. I had my hair cut. I have studied almost every thing about finance and economics。
Q: Where is the woman probably going to work?
17. W: My English teacher suggested that I come in and borrow a German-English Dictionary。
M: Of course, Miss Helen. You’re welcome to use our dictionaries, but they may not be taken out of the library. Wouldn’t it be better if you had one of your own?
Q: What does the man suggest Helen do?
18. M: Excuse me, professor. Could you please explain about temperature and road conditions again?
W: Very well, as soon as I’ve checked these figures on the board and assigned tomorrow’s homework。
Q: Where did the conversation most probably take place?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations。
M: Are you going to watch the game in the stadium?
W: No, but I’ll be watching it on television with some friends。
M: Weren’t you able to get any tickets?
W: I didn’t try. I really don’t go to games very often。
M: But don’t you enjoy going? Don’t you find it exciting to be part of the crowd?
W: Oh, sure, nothing beats the atmosphere at a sporting event: the cheering, all that energy. But sometimes it’s just too inconvenient getting into and out of the stadium before and after the game. And if you watch the game with friends, or at a bar or restaurant…
M: …you’ve basically created your own crowd。
W: That’s right. Another reason why I like to watch sports on television is that I simply find it easier to follow the action on TV。
M: Yeah, sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of the ball when you’re sitting in the stands。
W: Especially when your seats are high up in the grandstand, and far from the field。
M: It’s like you’re watching from an airplane, sometimes。
W: Also, good sports commentators on television can add to your understanding and enjoyment of the game。
M: After listening to you I’m starting to wonder how they are able to sell any tickets to these games!
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
19. What are the two speakers talking about?
20. What does the woman say about watching the game in the stadium?
21. Why does the woman prefer to watch the game on TV?
M: Oh, look at the sky, Betty! It’s going to rain。
W: I see it. I hope it doesn’t rain. I thought it was going to be a fine day today。
M: That’s certainly what the department was hoping for when they chose today as the date for the annual picnic。
W: You can’t have a picnic without good weather. You need sunshine for all the eating and games and entertainment。
M: Yeah, sunshine----but not too much! Do you remember last year?
W: I sure do. It was so hot that all we did was look for shade, look for ways to escape from the sun。
M: And no one wanted to participate in any of the planned activities. All we wanted was cold drinks. And then dozed off。
W: If there had just been the tiniest breeze to cool us off…
M: But there wasn’t. Just that burning sun, without a cloud in the sky, and the temperature just seemed to climb higher and higher。
W: Well, we don’t have that problem this year, apparently. Did you hear the weather forecast? Is it supposed to rain?
M: I don’t know. I didn’t catch the weather report. But maybe if it rains, it will only be a short shower which cools things off a little. That might not be bad。
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
22. What are the two speakers doing?
23. What can you infer from the talk?
24. What do you know about the man?
25. What happened to them last year?
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。
Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in the upper atmosphere. Near the Earth, ozone in the air is a danger to life because it is a pollutant. But between ten and fifty kilometers up in the atmosphere, ozone protects life on the Earth. Ozone forms in the atmosphere through the action of radiation from the sun. Ozone blocks harmful radiation from reaching the Earth. Scientists say a decrease in ozone and an increase in the harmful radiation will cause many more cases of skin cancer. And it will harm crops, animals and fish。
Ozone problems first became known in 1985. British scientists reported that ozone levels in the Antarctic atmosphere near the South Pole fell sharply each year in October and November. 1987 was the first year that a huge hole developed in the ozone layer above the Antarctic。
A recent study of the atmosphere over the Arctic area near the North Pole showed extreme thinning of the ozone. Officials from the American space agency said the latest study is a result of the largest campaign yet to measure ozone amounts and changes in the Arctic area. NASA researcher Paul Newman said some of the measurements show ozone in the Arctic decreased about sixty percent between January and the middle of March. These measurements are similar to the ozone losses observed in this area a few years ago。
Other studies have shown that man-made chemicals were destroying ozone in the atmosphere. An international agreement halted production of the most harmful chemicals. The new findings support the idea that recovery of the ozone layer may be delayed。
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard。
26. What is the passage mainly about?
27. Where can ozone be found useful to life according to the passage?
28. When did ozone problems first become known?
Trade between countries is one of the most important economic activities in the world today. The U.S. has many trading partners; one of the most important is Japan. The trade between the two countries amounts to several billion dollars a year. Many U.S. banks therefore have offices in Japan, particularly in Tokyo and Osaka, the largest cities. Jean McPherson is the manager of one of those for branch banks in Tokyo。
Jean majored in accounting and business administration in college. After graduation she got a job with a large New York bank. After two years in accounting, she was transferred to the loan department. Many of the loans which she was asked to consider involved international transactions. Some of them were so complicated that Jean felt she didn’t have a broad enough background to understand them。
To get more experience, she asked for a transfer to the bank’s international department. She became such an expert in international finance that it became her career. When the bank decided to open a branch in Tokyo, Jean was selected to set it up and run it for the first few years. She has been in Tokyo for more than three years now。
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard。
29. What does Jean McPherson do now?
30. Why did she ask for a transfer to the bank’s international department?
31. What is the passage mainly talking about?
Not all trips are holidays. For example, when people travel on business, they don’t have the time or the peace of mind to enjoy themselves. But when people take a vacation, do they always have fun?
The fact is some people who travel for pleasure get no pleasure from it at all. Others, who travel because they must travel, have a lot of fun doing it. What makes one trip more enjoyable than another?
Any trip can be enjoyable if it is well planned. Every minute that you spend planning y