The Memory Project
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: We’ll wait here by the door and look at the sea. We can change our rooms if we don’t like them.
M: Oh, I would like a room facing the sea. I’ve been looking forward to that ever since we left London.
Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?
12.M: When do you want to start working?
W: Right away. Yesterday I spent all day making phone calls. But nobody wanted a secretary.
Q: What can we learn from the conversation?
13. W: Bob said that Seattle is a great place for conferences.
M: He’s certainly in a position to make that comment. He’s been there so often.
Q: What does the man say about Bob?
14. M: Hey, Mary. My parents are coming to visit for the weekend. Any idea where I can find an inexpensive place for them to stay near the campus?
W: Try that new hotel down the road. My parents stayed there when they were here last month. It was nice. Oh, yeah, the rates are really reasonable.
Q: What does the woman imply?
15.M: The bookstore is out of the texts for English Literature. And the exam is next Monday.
W: You’d better borrow one from the library, because the new order won’t arrive by then.
Q: What does the woman mean?
16.W: Did you hear that Henry is leaving the company?
M: Yes. That’s too bad. I was under the impression he was on a fast track to the top.
W: It sure looked that way. Everyone was always saying what a good job he was doing. He must have done something wrong.
Q: What did people think about Henry?
17. M: Did you watch the eight o’clock news program last night?
W: I couldn’t because I had an appointment with Professor Li then.
Q: Why did the woman miss the news program?
18. W: Come in, Jack. Would you like some cookies? I’ve just taken them out of the oven.
M: They look very good, but I shouldn’t eat any. I put on weight very easily.
Q: Why does the man refuse to try the cookies?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
M: Let’s just go over the arrangements for my trip to Bombay.
W: Sure, here’s your schedule. You’re flying at 9:55 on Monday evening. That’s British Airways flight 139. Er, you have to check in two hours before, so I’ve arranged for a car to pick you up from the office at 6:30.
M: Good. What time does the flight get into Bombay?
W: It gets into Bombay at 11:15. That’s local time, of course. Er, I’ve booked you a room at the Oberoi. They’re going to send a car to pick you up.
M: Fine. Now when am I seeing Mr. Shah?
W: Tuesday afternoon at two. By the way, Mr. Majundar is coming to the meeting as well.
M: That’s good news; we won’t have to arrange a separate meeting. And has the tour of the new plant in Bombay and the meeting with the directors been arranged for Wednesday?
W: Yes, they’ll pick you up in the morning at 9, and plan to show you the plant, take you to lunch, and return you to the hotel at about 5 p.m.
M: Good. Now, has my visa arrived?
W: No, not yet. I’ll phone the embassy and find out if they’ve sent it off yet.
M: Thanks. And could you order some travelers’ cheques?
W: Sure, I’ll phone the bank.
M: And when am I flying back?
W: I’m afraid the earliest flight I could get is Thursday at 1:15 a.m., everything else was booked up. That’s British Airways again, flight 138. That gets you back into London at 6:25 Thursday morning. You’ve got Thursday in London for the Sales Meeting, but not until 3 p.m., then Friday morning you’re leaving for New York...
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. How will the man go to the airport from his office?
20. What are the man’s activities on Wednesday?
21. Who do you think the man and the woman are?
M：I really don’t know what to do this summer. I can’t afford to just sit around, and there don’t seem to be any jobs available.
W: Why don’t you try house-sitting? Last summer my friend Margaret house-sat for the Dodds when they went away on vacation. Mr.Dodd hired Margaret to stay in their house because he didn’t want it left empty.
M: You mean the Dodds paid Margaret just to live in their house?
W: It wasn’t that easy. She had to mow and water the houseplants. And when Eric house-sat for Mr.Cohen, he had to take care of his pets.
M: House-sitting sounds like a good job. I guess it’s a little like baby-sitting — except you’re taking care of a house instead of children.
W: The student employment office still has a few jobs posted.
M: Do I just have to fill out an application?
W: Margaret and Eric had to interview with the homeowners and provide three references each.
M: That seems like a lot of trouble for a summer job.
W: The homeowners want some guarantee that they can trust the house-sitter. You know, they want to make sure you’re not the type who will throw wild parties in their house, or move groups of friends in with you.
M: House-sitters who do that sort of things probably aren’t paid.
W: Usually they are paid anyway just because the homeowners don’t want to make a fuss. But if the homeowners report it, and then the house-sitter wouldn’t be able to get another job. So why don’t you apply?
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
22. What does the man want to do this summer?
23. What did the Dodds do when they went away last summer?
24. What is one responsibility the house-sitter probably wouldn’t have?
25. How do homeowners determine the reliability of a house-sitter?
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.
How much paper do you use every day? Probably you can’t answer that question quickly. In 1990 the world’s use of paper was about one kilogram for each person in a year. Now some countries use as much as 50 kilograms of paper for each person in a year. Some people say that the amount of paper a country uses shows how advanced the country is. Countries like the United States, England and Sweden certainly use more paper than other countries.
Paper, like many other things that we use today, was first made in China. In Egypt and the west, paper was not very commonly used before the year 1400. The Chinese first made paper about 2,000 years ago. China still has pieces of paper which were made as long ago with that. But Chinese paper was not made from wood of trees. It was made from the hair-like parts of certain plants.
Paper was not made in southern Europe until about the year 1100. Scandinavia — which now makes a great deal of the world’s paper—did not begin to make it until 1500. It was a German named Schaeffer who found out that one could make the best paper from trees. After that, the forest countries of Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the United States became the most important in paper making. Today in Finland, which makes the best paper in the world, the paper industry is the biggest in the land. New paper making machines are very big, and they can make paper very fast. The biggest machines can make a piece of paper 300 meters long and six meters wide in one minute.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. What was Chinese paper made from?
27. When did paper begin to be made in Europe?
28. Which country makes the best paper in the world?
Professional sports are very popular in the United States, and they are big business. The most popular sports are baseball, football and basketball. Each has its own season, and millions of supporters. Professional teams are named for the cities where they are located. Their strongest supporters live in these cities. When a team plays in a championship game, most people in the city follow the game with interest and enthusiasm.
Basketball is well-known around the world. Professional basketball games in the United States are played indoors during the winter months. From November to April one can find a professional basketball game several nights a week in most large American cities.
Basketball is an American sport. It has been called the national pass-time. The game is played in the evenings nearly every day of the week and on weekends as well. The season begins in April and finishes with the World Series in October.
Football has become the most popular professional sport in the U. S. It is played on Sundays during the fall from August to January. American football is different from international football, which Americans call soccer. Both games require strength and special skills.
Professional Athletes are very well paid. The most famous a