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国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷
2009 年 12 月
题目序号 应得分数 实际得分
Ⅰ 20
Ⅱ 40
Ⅲ 20
Ⅳ 20
总分 100
核分人
得分
评卷人
复核人
Ⅰ.Listening: 20%(听力,20 分) (听力,
Section A Directions: “ alike” and “different” Listen to the descriptions, and then listen to each question. Circle around “yes” or “no”. This section totals five points.
  1.
  2.
  3.
  4.
  5. yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no
Section B Directions: Here is part of the dialogue between Mr. Charles Wright and Tom Yang, listen to 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 2 页 (共 14 页)
the tape and fill in the blanks with the words you have just heard. This section totals 10 points. Wright: Yang: Yang: Well, Mr. Tom, what do you think of our (
  1) Quite (
  2) ?
, Charley. I enjoyed having a look. you
Good. Tom, what do you think? Do you have an idea of what(
  3) want to order?
Yang:
Charley, if the (
  4) order (
  5)
is right, we’re prepared to of each model. that you came to Quality
Wright:
I know you’ll be (
  6)
Machine Tools. Like our name sys, our machine tools are of the highest (
  7) (
  8) (
  9) Yang: . . Tom, l think if you look into the , you’ll find that our prices compare
I’m afraid that l can’t agree with you, Charley. l have looked into the market. Although your machines are of high quality, your prices are much too high. Like that I said, a 5% (
  10) acceptable. in price would make it more
Section C: Directions: Listen to the tape and translate the sentences into Chinese. This section totals five points.
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得分
评卷人
复核人
II.Reading & Comprehension: 40%(阅读与理解,40 分) . (阅读与理解,
Section A Directions: There are ten incomplete sentences in this section. For each sentence there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. Choose the ONE that best completes the sentence. Then write down the right answer in the brackets for each sentence. This section totals 10 points, one point for each sentence. ( )1 There are too many examples in aviation and other of what has happened to companies that have tried to do that. A. sections ( B. sectors C. segments D. components
)2 He is impressed, he says, by the way in which oil companies have from losing national images. A. obtained B. got C. reached D. benefited

)3
If a company wishes to enter the Chinese market, it usually looks for a local who will cooperate in setting up a joint venture. A. man B. talent C. manager D. partner

) As companies move towards ‘remote working’, the need for the right tone of voice 4 to every level of the organization. A. extends B. stretches C. expands D. attaches

)5 When customers want last-minute changes to clothing, the plants cannot meet customers’ tight . A. times B. periods C. dates D. deadlines your sole distributor. C. acted as D. represented

)6 We would appreciate it if we could be A. pointed out B. appointed

)7 Please note that the goods you ordered can be certainly promised for immediate shipment A. upon B. with receipt of your L/C. C. in D. without
国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 4 页 (共 14 页)

)8 As we are one of the leading importers in this line, we are to handle large quantities. A. at a position B. of a position C. on a position D. in a position

)9 We offer you the following items your reply reaching here by May 21 our time. A. subjecting to B. to subject to C. subjects to D. subject to

)10 We are confident that the package of our products will the roughest handling in transit. A. suffer from B. stand up to C. stand to D. put up
Section B Directions: There are ten blanks in the following letter. You are required to choose the best one from the given four choices marked A, B, C, and D. Then write down the correct answer in the brackets. This section totals 10 points, one point for each blank.
Dear Sir
With
1
to Our S/C no.7904 of August 8, we
2 3
to say that your L/C as the goods have
has not reached us up to now. This has caused us much been 4
for quite some time and we have already made preparations for 5 of the said S/C.
shipment according to the
The demand of late has been so great that we find it hard to longer. However, in 7
6
them for you any
of our friendly business relations, we are prepared to 8 9 October 5, 20
  06. If we again fail to our S/C and ask you to refund to us the
wait for your L/C, which must reach us receive your L/C in time, we shall
storage charges we have paid on your behalf.
Your cooperation in this respect will be
10
.
Sincerely yours 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 5 页 (共 14 页)
( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

  1. A. refer )
  2. A. regret )
  3. A. inconvenience )
  4. A. made )
  5.A. regulation )
  6. A. remain )
  7. A. regard )
  8. A. not later than )
  9. A. call )
  10. A. grateful
B. reference B. regretted B. issues B. open B. stipulation B. sell B. respect B. later than B. reject B. thankful
C. regards C. regretting C. problem C. ready C. rule C. supply C. view C. no more than C. refuse C. appreciated
D. regarding D. regrettable D. question D. produced D. specification D. keep D. term D. none later than D. cancel D. obliged
Section C Directions: There are two passages in this section. Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. You should decide on the best choice. Then write down the correct answer in the brackets for each question or statement. This section totals 20 points, two points for each question. Passage One
Life assurance has existed, in one form or another, for thousands of years. When Roman soldiers were paid, part of their earnings went into a fund on their behalf. If they were in battle then this money was given to their families. Or, if they were retired from the army, they were given this money to help them start a new career. In the days when pirates used to attack ships at sea, many sea captains used to club together by putting money into a fund. Then when one of these captains was unlucky enough to get captured, money from the fund was used to pay his ransom and so get them released as soon as possible. Gradually, over the centuries, the basic principles of life assurance were growing. One very important idea or principle that began to develop was that ? if life 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 6 页 (共 14 页)
assurance was to work well ? a fund of money was needed. People who wanted to have assurance would join a club or society and pay money regularly into the society’s fund each year. In this way, the fund would gradually grow, and if one of the society’s members did die there should be enough in the fund to be able to pay out the amount assured. The problem that remained was this: how much should each person put into the fund? This important question was solved by a mathematics teacher who worked in London two hundred years ago. He was James Dodson. He realized that the amount each person should pay into the fund rested on the principle of probability. That is ? how probable or likely was it that the person might die? Using his mathematics, James Dodson calculated the probability of death for each individual who wanted life assurance. Today, we say that we are working out a person’s life expectancy ? how long the person can expect or hope to live. Much will depend on the age of the person, how healthy he or she is, and how risky the job he or she does. James Dodson realized that the more likely a person was to die, the fewer years he or she would be expected to pay into the fund and, therefore, the more he or she should pay each year. With this information, James Dodson could calculate mathematically the fixed amount that each person should pay each year, in order to be assured that an agreed sum of money would be given to his or her family when he or she died. This fixed amount of money is known as a level premium ? because it remains at the same level for as long as he or she keeps up the policy. So, in 1762, the first scientifically calculated life assurance began ? although, sadly, James Dodson himself died before his scheme started working properly.


  1. Life assurance has existed for thousands of years. This statement is supported by two examples given in this passage, they are A. Roman soldiers’ fund and James Dodson’s scheme B. pirates’ attack and sea captains’ fund C. level premium and James Dodson’s scheme D. Roman soldiers’ fund and sea captains’ fund 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 7 页 (共 14 页) .


  2. The problem that how much each person should put into the fund was solved by James Dodson based on the principle of A. probability C. level premium ( . B. health D. club fund
) If a person wants to have assurance he has to pay money regularly into the club’s or
  3. society’s fund each year. What the person does is generally referred to as “ A. paying a premium C. collecting money ”. B. raising the fund D. paying the ransom .

) A person’s life expectancy has much to do with the following factors except
  4. A. age C. hobby B. health D. job .


  5. Which of the following is the most proper title of this passage? A. Life Assurance. . B. History of Life Assurance. D. A Person’s Life Expectancy
C. Basic Principles of Life Assurance
Passage Two You hear the refrain all the time: the U.S. economy looks good statistically, but it doesn’t feel good. Why doesn’t ever-greater wealth promote ever-greater happiness? It is a question that dates at least to the appearance in 1958 of The Affluent (富裕的) Society by John Kenneth Galbraith, who died recently at
  97. The Affluent Society is a modern classic because it helped define a new moment in the human condition. For most of history, “hunger, sickness, and cold” threatened nearly everyone, Galbraith wrote. “Poverty was found everywhere in that world. Obviously it is not of ours.” After World War II, the dread of another Great Depression gave way to an economic boom. In the 1930s unemployment had averaged
  18.2 percent; in the 1950s it was
  4.5 percent. To Galbraith, materialism had gone mad and would breed discontent. Through advertising, companies conditioned consumers to buy things they didn’t really want or need. Because so much spending was artificial, it would be unfulfilling. Meanwhile, government spending that would make everyone better off was being cut down because people 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 8 页 (共 14 页)
instinctively?and wrongly?labeled government only as “a necessary evil.” It’s often said that only the rich are getting ahead; everyone else is standing still or falling behind. Well, there are many undeserving rich?overpaid chief executives, for instance. But over any meaningful period, most people’s incomes are increasing. From 1995 to 2004, inflation-adjusted average family income rose
  14.3 percent, to $43,2
  00. People feel “squeezed” because their rising incomes often don’t satisfy their rising wants?for bigger homes, more health care, more education, faster Internet connections. The other great frustration is that it has not eliminated insecurity. People regard job stability as part of their standard of living. As corporate layoffs increased, that part has eroded. More workers fear they’ve become “the disposable American,” as Louis Uchitelle puts it in his book by the same name. Because so much previous suffering and social conflict stemmed from poverty, the arrival of widespread affluence suggested utopian(乌托邦式的) possibilities. Up to a point, affluence succeeds. There is much less physical misery than before. People are better off. Unfortunately, affluence also creates new complaints and contradictions. Advanced societies need economic growth to satisfy the multiplying wants of their citizens. But the quest for growth lets loose new anxieties and economic conflicts that disturb the social order. Affluence liberates the individual, promising that everyone can choose a unique way to self-fulfillment. But the promise is so extravagant that it predestines many disappointments and sometimes inspires choices that have anti-social consequences, including family breakdown and obesity(肥胖症). Statistical indicators of happiness have not risen with incomes. Should we be surprised? Not really. We’ve simply reaffirmed an old truth: the pursuit of affluence does not always end with happiness.


  6. What question does John Kenneth Galbraith raise in his book The Affluent Society? A. Why statistics don’t tell the truth about the economy. B. Why affluence doesn’t guarantee happiness. C. How happiness can be promoted today. D. What lies behind an economic boom. 国际商务英语等级考试(中级)试卷 第 9 页 (共 14 页)
 

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