Preliminary Contest on Capacity of Learning via English Media
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Institute of Media for Foreign Language Teaching, Zhejiang University
Section One 75% I. The following multiple choice questions are based on what you have read (15%):
  1. According to the passage “ The Face of Hope”, burn survivor Brian Birdwell learns reaching out can be the best way to heal, and he and his wife manage to help burn victims and their families by . A. working with a firefighter once burned badly B. reading Bible to comfort them C. starting the ministry “ Face the Fire” D. securing financial assistance from the Pentagon (英语世界
  9, P11 ? P
  2. In GeoWeek, it’s reported that researchers have found in the mountains of a remote section of the Indonesian island of New Guinea . A. a mist-and-moss-covered valley B. a water world named Shangri-la C. a naturalist’s “ Garden of Eden” D. a legend of birds and mammals (英语周报 大学综合版 2006 ? 2007 第 3 期 第 3 版)
  3. “Early Autumn” is a very short story which tells . A. how two lovers feel years after they part B. how two young people fall in love in the hospital C. how people are getting old D. how the young people look after their parents (英语知识
  9,P24 ? P
  4. Which of the following statements is NOT true about James Byron Dean, the American actor? A. B. C. D. He starred in the epic film Giant with Elizabeth Taylor. He died in an auto accident in his twenties. He once pursued a degree in pre-law at a university. His father unreservedly supported his career in acting.
  9, P
  5. If you have read the article “ Ray”, you’re apt to be impressed by . A. B. C. D. the relationship between parents and children the relationship between lovers the life of a black American musician the life of a great American athlete
  8, P40 - P
  43) II. Fill in each blank with a proper word of which the first letter is given (20%): Although some evidence points to a trade along China’s portion of the Silk Road, as far b(
  1) as 7,000 years, the establishment of the trade r(
  2) really occurred about 2,000 years ago in R(
  3) times. Silk, one of China’s prime e(
  4), was of course moved to Europe and elsewhere via the route. But so were exotic animals, ivory, gold and plants. It also f(
  5) the flow of new ideas and languages between far-flung cultures.
(英语周报 大学综合版 2006 ? 2007 第 3 期 第 4 版)
In the past, the slow learners used to have tutors. Today, however, it seems all of them have tutors for one reason or a(
  6). The slow learners need tutors because they can’t catch up with others by their own e(
  7). They have difficulties in understanding the teachers and doing their a(
  8). They need more attention and special c(
  9) that only tutors can provide. After class tutoring is really important to them. But the n(
  10) point is that they may become dependent on tutors and not work very hard in class. (英语知识
  9, P32 )
What do the underlined words or phrases mean in Chinese (18%)? People do migrate into the cities when there are jobs for income. But I think what we can do is to take proactive(
  1) measures to improve the ways they manage their land. For example, diversifying (
  2) the farming techniques, and also reducing the number of animals that they graze on the pastures. (英语学习 7, P
For the next 40 years diplomatic relations between Sweden and the former Soviet Union were soured (
  3) by what came to be known as the “Catalina Affair.” Family members of the eight crewmen lost on the DC-3 pressured the Swedish government for answers about the plane and its mission. In 2003, after five years of searching, underwater explorers found the DC-3 in about 400 feet (122 meters) of water, half-buried in sand. The plane, intact and in remarkably good condition, is to be salvaged (
  4) by the Swedish military and its crew finally laid to rest. (英语周报 大学综合版 2006 ? 2007 第 1 期 第 4 版)
Human beings, proclaims one dictionary, are distinguished from the other animals “by a notable development of brain with a resultant capacity for speech and abstract reasoning.” Perhaps so, but how truly different is our species from our fellow organisms with whom we share the planet? I mean holy cow, holy cats and holy mackerel a little bird told me that the human race is filled with congressional hawks (
  5) and doves who fight like cats and dogs till the cows come home, Wall Street bulls and bears who make a beeline for the goose that lays the golden eggs, cold fish and hot-doggers, early birds and night owls, lone wolves and social butterflies, young lions (
  6)and old crows, and lame ducks, sitting ducks, and dead ducks. (英语世界
  9, P119 ? P1
Choose five appropriate sentences from the seven given below and put them in their proper places (10%)
Old Age, I decided, is a gift. The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. (
  1) Upon seeing my reaction, he was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let him know.
Old Age, I decided, is a gift. (
  2) Oh, not my body! I sometimes despair over my
body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. (
  3) I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. (
  4) I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need... I am entitled to over eat, (
  5). I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon, before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
(A)I've become my own friend. (B)I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. (C)And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't agonize over those things for long. (D)to be messy, to be extravagant. (E) Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 a.m? (F) to those wonderful tunes of the 50's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love. (G) I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. (英语学习 7, P
The layout of the following passage is confusing. Can you correctly sequence the paragraphs (
  1) ? (
  6)? (12%)
Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller. That may just sound like fun and games for the unfortunate, but really, it spells the beginning of a radical change in how we interact with computers and business will never be the same.
  1) Nagle, a 26-year-old quadriplegic, was hooked up to a computer via an implant smaller than an aspirin that sits on top of his brain and reads electrical patterns. Using that technology, he learned how to move a cursor around a screen, play simple games, control a robotic arm. All while chatting amiably with the researchers.
  2) Already, the Brown researchers say, this kind of technology can enable a hooked-up human to write at 15 words a minute - half as fast as the average person writes by hand. Remember, though, that silicon-based technology typically doubles in capacity every two years.
  3) If you think that's mind-blowing, try to wrap your head around the sensational research that's been done on the brain of Matthew Nagle by scientists at Brown University and three other institutions, in collaboration with Foxborough, Mass.-based company Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems.
  4) So if improved hardware is all it takes to speed up the device, Cyberkinetics' chip could be able to process thoughts as fast as speech110 to 170 words per minute - by 20
  12. Imagine issuing commands to a computer as quickly as you could talk. Isn’t it inspiring?
  5) Keyboards and computer mice will be remembered someday only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All workemails, spreadsheets, and Google searcheswill be performed by mind control.
  6) Nagle was able to accomplish all this because the brain has been greatly demystified in laboratories over the last decade or so. Researchers unlocked the brain patterns for thoughts that represent letters of the alphabet as early as 19
  99. Now, Cyberkinetics and a host of other companies are working on turning those discoveries into real products. (大学英语 9, Section Two P
  6) 25% Multiple choice (6%):
I. How much do you know about our world?

  1. In Mexico, a skeleton stands for . A. bad luck B. death C. knowledge D. friendship

  2. In this world, which of the following countries is known as a flower kingdom? A. Netherlands B. France C. Luxembourg D. Belgium

  3. In America, Thanksgiving Day falls on . A. the second Thursday of November C. the first Tuesday of November B. the fourth Thursday of November D. three weeks before Christmas

  4. The well-known novel A Tale of Two Cities was written by . A. William Shakespeare B. Thomas Hardy C. Mark Twain D. Charles Dickens

  5. The oldest university in the world is in . A. England B. Morocco C. France D. Italy

  6. Which of the following birds can fly backward? A. A humming bird B. A nightingale C. A blackbird D. A flamingo
II. How much do you know about English idioms? A. Talk through one’s hat B. Get the ax C. Hot under the collar D. Have the world by the tail E. Get away clean F. Get the ball rolling Example: BA? 4 , C
Match the idioms and their meanings:
Escape punishment Initiate action Be successful and happy Make foolish statements Be dismissed Extremely angry
Now you try the others (5%): , D, E, F.
III. Challenge your intelligence
  1. In Britain, why are 1980 pennies worth more than 1979 pennies? (2%)

There was enough evidence to prove Mr. and Mrs. White smugglers, so the police
decided to arrest them. But when the policemen arrived at their hotel, the guilty couple had already left. A detective collected some paper fragments here and there on the floor and pieced them together. At last he found where they would be. Now here are all the fragments. Can you tell what the note says? (3%)

Three men took part in a robbery of the post office, and they were arrested later while abandoning the stolen car they used. They had worn face masks, but witnesses had noted some useful details, such as height and hair colour, as well as the names they called each other and the part each one played in the holdup. The details were sketchy, but good enough for the detective in charge of the case to piece together a rough description of each one: name, height, hair colour, and which one was the driver, the lookout and the gunman. Can you do the same? (9%)
Here is what the witnesses said: A. B. C. D. E. Name Tim Mush Jim Key: Section One 75% I. II. (15%)1C 2C 3A 4D 5C (20%)(
  1)back (
  2)route (
  3)Roman (
  4)exports (
  5)facilitated (
  10)negative The gunman was shorter than the lookout. The one called Jim was shorter than the driver. Jim was taller than the redheaded man. Mush was taller than the dark-haired man. Tim was shorter than the blond. Height Hair Colour Part Played
  6)another (
  7)efforts III. (18%)(
  1)主动的/前摄的 (
  4)打捞,营救 IV. V. (10%) (
  1)G (12%) (
  8)assignments (

  5)鹰派;共和派 (
  3)C (
  4)A (

Section Two
I. (6%) D A B D B A II. (5%) B ? 5 III. C?6 D?3 E?1 F?2

  1.(2%) Because there is one more penny in the former than in . (or: 1980>19
  2.(3%) Meet at the railway station at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Name Tim Mush Jim
Height Shortest Tallest Medium
Hair Colour Red Blond Dark
Part Played Gunman Driver Lookout
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