2008年12月大学英语六级听力真题
Part III Listening Comprehension (35 minutes)
Section A
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) He is quite easy to recognize
B) He is an outstanding speaker
C) He looks like a movie star
D) He looks young for his age

  12. A) consult her dancing teacher
B) take a more interesting class
C) continue her dancing class
D) improve her dancing skills

  13. A) the man did not believe what the woman said
B) the man accompanied the woman to the hospital
C) the woman may be suffering from repetitive strain injury
D) the woman may not followed the doctor’s instructions

  14. A) they are not in style any more
B) they have cost him far too much
C) they no longer suit his eyesight
D) they should be cleaned regularly

  15. A) he spilled his drink onto the floor
B) he has just finished wiping the floor
C) he was caught in a shower on his way home
D) he rushed out of the bath to answer the phone

  16. A) fixing some furniture
B) repairing the toy train
C) reading the instructions
D) assembling the bookcase

  17. A) urge Jenny to spend more time on study
B) help Jenny to prepare for the coming exams
C) act towards Jenny in a more sensible way
D) send Jenny to a volleyball training center

  18. A) The building of the dam needs a large budget
B) The proposed site is near the residential area
C) The local people feel insecure about the dam
D) The dam poses a threat to the local environment
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  19. A. It saw the end of its booming years worldwide
  B. Its production and sales reached record levels.
C. It became popular in some foreign countries
D. Its domestic market started to shrink rapidly.

  20. A. They cost less. C. They were in fashion.
B. They tasted better. D. They were widely advertised.

  21. A. It is sure to fluctuate. C. It will remain basically stable.
B. It is bound to revive. D. It will see no more monopoly
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  22. A. Organising protests C. Acting as its spokesman.
B. Recruiting members D. Saving endangered animals.

  23. A. Anti-animal-abuse demonstrations B. Anti-nuclear campaigns
C. Surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor D. Removing industrial waste.

  24. A. By harassing them. C. By taking legal action.
B. By appealing to the public D. By resorting to force.

  25. A. Doubtful C. Indifferent.
B. Reserved D. Supportive
Section B
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.
Passage One
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  26. A. The air becomes still. C. The clouds block the sun.
B. The air pressure is low. D. The sky appears brighter.

  27. A. Ancient people were better at foretelling the weather.
B. Sailors’ saying about the weather are unreliable.
C. People knew long ago how to predict the weather.
D. It was easier to forecast the weather in the old days.

  28. A. Weather forecast is getting more accurate today.
B. People can predict the weather by their senses
C. Who are the real experts in weather forecast.
D. Weather changes affect people’s life remarkably
Passage Two
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  29. A. They often feel insecure about their jobs.
B. They are unable to decide what to do first.
C. They feel burdened with numerous tasks every day.
D they feel burdened with numerous tasks every day

  30. A. Analyze them rationally. C. Turn to others for help.
B. Draw a detailed to-do list. D. Handle them one by one.

  31. A. They have accomplished little. C. They have worked out a way to relax.
B. They feel utterly exhausted. D. They no longer feel any sense of guilt.
Passage Three
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  32. A. Their performance may improve.
B. Their immune system may be reinforced
C. Their blood pressure may rise all of a sudden.
D. Their physical development may be enhanced.

  33. A. Improved mental functioning C. Speeding up of blood circulation
B. Increased susceptibility to disease D. Reduction of stress-related hormones

  34. A. Pretend to be in better shape. C. Turn more often to friends for help
B. Have more physical exercise. D. Pay more attention to bodily sensations.

  35. A. Different approaches to coping with stress.
B. Various causes for serious health problems.
C. The relationship between stress and illness.
D. New finding of medical research on stress.
Section C
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.
  One of the most common images of an advanced, Western-style culture is that of a busy, traffic-filled city. Since their first (
  36) on American roadways, automobiles have become a (
  37) of progress, a source of thousands of jobs and an almost inalienable right for citizens’ personal freedom of movement. In recent (
  38) , our “love affair” with the car is being (
  39) directly to the developing world, and it is increasingly (
  40) that this transfer is leading to disaster.
  American’s almost complete dependence on automobiles has been a terrible mistake. As late as the 1950s, a large (
  41) of the American public used mass transit. A (
  42) of public policy decisions and corporate scheming saw to it that countless (
  43) and efficient urban streetcar and intra-city rail systems were dismantled. (
  44) . Our lives have been planned along a road grid?homes far from work, shopping far from everything, with ugly stretches of concrete and blacktop in between.
  Developing countries are copying Western-style transportation systems down to the last detail. (
  45) . Pollution control measures are either not strict or nonexistent, leading to choking clouds of smog. Gasoline still contains lead, which is extremely poisonous to humans. (
  46) .
  In addition to pollution and traffic jams, auto safety is a critical issue in developing nations.
2008年12月英语六级听力答案解析
听力原文
Section A
Short Conversation

  11. M: I’m asked to pick up the guest speaker Bob Russel at the airport this afternoon, do you know what he looks like?
W: Well, he’s in his sixties, he stands out, he’s bald, tall and thin and has a beard.
Q: What do we conclude from the woman’s remarks about Bob Russel?

  12. M: I am considering dropping my dancing class. I am not making any progress.
W: If I were you, I stick with it. It’s definitely worth time and effort.
Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?

  13. W: You see I still have this pain in my back, this medicine the doctor gave me was supposed to make me feel better by now.
M: Maybe you should’ve taken it three times a day as you were told.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

  14. M: Frankly, when I sat the back of the classroom, I can’t see the words on the board clearly.
W: Well, you’ve been wearing those same glasses as long as I’ve known you. Why not get a new pair? It wouldn’t cost you too much.
Q: What does the woman imply about the man’s glasses?

  15. W: How come the floor is so wet? I almost slipped, what happened?
M: Oh, sorry! The phone rang the moment I got into the shower, anyway, I’ll wipe it up right now.
Q: Why was the floor wet according to the man?

  16. M: The instructions on the package say that you need to some assembly yourself. I’ve spent all afternoon trying in vain to put this bookcase together.
W: I know what you mean, last time I tried to assemble a toy train for my son and I almost gave up.
Q: What does the man find difficult?

  17. M: I’m getting worried about Jenny’s school work. All she talks about these days is volleyball games and all she does is practice, training and things like that.
W: Her grades on the coming exams will fall for sure. It’s high time we talk(ed) some sense to her.
Q: What are the speakers probably going to do?

  18. W: Do you understand why the local people are opposed to the new dam up the river?
M: They are worried about the potential danger if the dam should break. The river is very wide above the proposed site.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
Long Conversation One
W: Mr. White, what changes have you seen in the champagne market in the last ten to fifteen years?
M: Well the biggest change has been the decrease in sales since the great boom years of the 1980s when champagne production and sales reached record levels.
W: Which was the best year?
M: Well the record was in 1989 when 249 million bottles of champagne was sold. The highest production level was reached in 1990 with a total of 293 million bottles. Of course since those boom years sales have fallen.
W: Has the market been badly hit by the recession?
M: Oh certainly, the economic problems in champagnes’ export markets that’s Europe, the United States, Japan, and of course the domestic market in France, the economic problems have certainly been one reason for the decrease in champagne sales.
W: And the other reasons?
M: Another important factor has been price. In the early 90s, champagne was very overpriced, so many people stop buying it. Instead they bought sparkling wines from other countries, in particular from Australia and Spain. And then there was another problem for champagne in the early 90s.
W: What was that?
M: There was a lot of rather bad champagne on the market. This meant the popularity of good sparkling wines increased even more. People was surprised by their quality and of course they were a lot cheaper than champagne.
W: Do you think the champagne market will recover in the future?
M: Oh, I’m sure it will. When the economic situation improves, I believe the market will recover.
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  19. What does the man say about champagne in the 1980s?

  20. Why did sparkling wines become more popular than champagne in the early 90s?

  21. What does the man think of the champagne market in the future?
Long Conversation Two
W: Right, well, in the studio this morning, for our interview spot is Peter Wilson. Peter works for Green Peace. So, Peter, welcome.
M: Thanks a lot. It’s good to be here.
W: Great! Now, Peter, perhaps you can tell us something about Green Peace and your job there.
M: Sure. Well, I’ll start by telling you roughly what Green Peace is all about. I actually work in London for the Green Peace organization. We’ve been going for a few decades and we’re a non-violent, non-political organization. We’re involved in anti-nuclear activity, conservation and protection of animals and protection and support of our eco-system. I’m the action organizer and arrange any protests.
W: Right! A pretty important role, Peter. What sort of protest would you organize?
M: Well, recently we’ve been involved in anti-nuclear campaigns. I, personally arranged for the demonstration against radioactive waste dumping in the Atlantic Ocean. We’ve got a few small Green Peace boats that we harass the dumping ship with.
W: Say? Hold on, Peter. I thought you said your organization was non-violent. What do you mean by "harass"?
M: Well, we circle round and round the ships and get in the way when they try to dump the drums of nuclear waste in the sea. We talk to the men and try to change, you know, yell at them to stop. We generally make ourselves as much of a nuisance as possible.
M: Well, people may think differently of your methods, but there’s no doubt you’re doing a great job. Keep it up and good luck. And thanks for talking with us.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversations you have jus
 

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