Part I Listening Comprehension (20 minutes)
Section A
Directions: In this section, you will hear 10 short conversations. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the question 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 the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.
Example: You will hear:
You will read:
A) At the office.
B) In the waiting room.
C) At the airport.
D) In a restaurant.
From the conversation we know that the two were talking about some work they had to finish in the evening. This is most likely to have taken place at the office. Therefore, A) "At the office" is the best answer. You should choose [A] on the Answer Sheet and mark it with a single line through the centre.
Sample Answer [A] [B] [C] [D]

  1. W: George, look at the long waiting line. I’m glad you’ve made the reservation.
M: More and more people enjoy eating out now. Besides, this place is especially popular with oversea students.
Q: Where did this conversation most probably take place?

  2. M: I wonder if you can drop by tomorrow evening. The Stevensons is coming over for dinner .I’d like you to meet them.
W: Sure. I’d love to. I’ve heard they’re interesting people.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

  3. W: The presentation made by Professor Jackson was too complicated to understand.
M: Well, I think he didn’t speak slowly enough for us to take notes.
Q: What is the man’s complaint?

  4. W: You’ve got your apartment furnished, haven’t you?
M: Yes. I bought some used furniture at the Sunday Market and it was a real bargain.
Q: What does the man mean?

  5. M: Mary doesn’t want me to take the job. She says our child is too young and the job requires much traveling.
W: You should talk to her again and see if you can find a way out. Think about the gains and loses before you make a decision.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

  6. M: I haven’t got my scores on the GRE test yet. Do you think I should call to make inquiries?
W: There is no hurry. The test scores are released at least eight weeks after the test.
Q: What does the woman advise the man to do?

  7. M: Have you finished reading the book you bought last month?
W: Oh, I didn’t read it straight through the way you read a novel. I just cover the few chapters that interested me most.
Q: How did the woman read the book?

  8. W: Hi, John! Haven’t seen you for quite a while. Are you fine?
M: Oh, yes. But luck seemed to go against me. I had a car accident, only some minor injuries, though.
Q: What happened to John?

  9. M: The taxi is waiting downstairs. Let’s hurry.
W: Wait a minute. I’ll take some food with us. I don’t like the meal served on the train.
Q: What are the speakers going to do?

  10. W: Is that optional course as hard as everybody says?
M: Exactly even worse, believe it or not.
Q: What does the man say about the course?

  1. A) At a theatre. C) At a railway station.
B) At a booking office. D)At a restaurant.

  2. A) The man is inviting the woman to dinner.
B) The woman is too busy to join the man for dinner.
C) The woman is a friend of the Stevensons'.
D) The man is going to visit the Stevensons.

  3. A) The professor's presentation was not convincing enough.
B) The professor's lecture notes were too complicated.
C) The professor spoke with a strong accent.
D) The professor spoke too fast.

  4. A) The furnished apartment was inexpensive.
B) The apartment was provided with some old furniture.
C) The furniture in the market was on sale every Sunday.
D) The furniture he bought was very cheap.

  5. A) The man is thinking about taking a new job.
B) The man likes a job that enables him to travel.
C) The man is sure that he will gain more by taking the job.
D) The man doesn't want to stay home and take care of their child.

  6. A) Take the GRE test again in 8 weeks. C) Be patient and wait.
B) Call to check his scores. D) Inquire when the test scores are released.

  7. A) She read it selectively. C) She read it slowly.
B) She went over it chapter by chapter. D) She finished it at a stretch.

  8. A) He was kept in hospital for a long time.
B) He was slightly injured in a traffic accident.
C) He was seriously wounded in a mine explosion.
D) He was fined for speeding.

  9. A) Wait for a taxi. C) Go on a trip.
B) Buy some food. D) Book train tickets.

  10. A) It's not as hard as expected.
B) It's too tough for some students.
C) It's much more difficult than people think.
D) It's believed to be the hardest optional course.
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 choice marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.
Passage One
My father woke me up early one morning when I was fourteen and announced: “Get up! You’re going with me to cut grass.” I felt proud and excited because my father thought I was responsible enough to help him in his business. Still that first day was really hard. From sunrise to sunset, my father, my younger brother and I cut and trimmed very large yards in a well-to-do part of the city. By the end of the day I was exhausted but I felt food. I had put in a hard day’s labor and had earned six dollars. One day my father spotted some weeds I had missed cutting and pulled me aside. “Get that section again,” he said fimp3ly. “Don’t let me have to tell you to do the job right the first time.” In every job I have held,from cutting lawns to washing dishes to working a machine in a construction site, I have learnt something that help me in my next job. If you look hard enough, you can learn from any job you do.

  11. How did the speaker feel when his father asked him to help cut grass?

  12.What did his father do when the speaker missed cutting some leaves?

  13.What did the speaker want to tell us in this passage?
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  11. A) Anxious and worried. C) Nervous and confused.
B) Proud and excited. D) Inspired and confident.

  12. A) His father scolded him severely. C) His father made him do the cutting again.
B) His father took back the six dollars. D) His father cut the leaves himself.

  13. A) One can benefit a lot from working with his father.
B) Manual labourers shouldn't be looked down upon.
C) One should always do his job earnestly.
D) Teenagers tend to be careless.
Passage Two
I live in a small village in the country. My wife and I run the village shop. We have a very peaceful life. “Boring ”, some might say. But we love it. We know all the people in the village and have plenty of time to stop and chat. I have plenty of time for my hobbies too, gardening, fishing, and walking in the countryside. I love the outdoor life. It wasn’t always like this though. I used to have a really stress job, working till late in the office every evening and often bringing work home at the weekend. The advertising world is very competitive and when I look back, I can’t imagine how I stayed it. I had no private life at all, no time for the really important things in life. Because of the pressure of the job I used to smoke and drink too much. The crisis came when my wife left me .She complained that she never saw me and I had no time for family life. This made me realize what was really important to me. I talked things through with her and decided to get back together again and started a new and better life together. I gave up tobacco and alcohol, and searched for new hobbies. Now I am afraid looking back since the past life seemed a horrible dream.

  14. What did the speaker use to do for a living?

  15. What do we know about the speaker’s life in the past?

  16. What made the speaker change his life style?
Questions 14 to 16 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  14. A) He ran a village shop. C) He worked in an advertising agency.
B) He worked on a famp
  3. D) He was a gardener.

  15. A) It was stressful. C) It was peaceful.
B) It was colorful. D) It was boring.

  16. A) His desire to start Iris own business. C) The decline in his health.
B) The crisis in his family life. D) His dream of living in the countryside.
Passage Three
“Where is the university” is the question many visitors to Cambridge asked, but no one could point them in any one direction because there is no campus. The university consists of thirty-one self-governing colleges. It has lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, museums and offices throughout the city. Individual colleges choose their own students who have to meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the university. Undergraduates usually live and study in their colleges where they are taught in very small groups. Lectures and laboratory and practical work are organized by the university and held in university buildings. There are over 10,000 undergraduates and 3,500 post-graduates, about 40% of them are women and some 8% from overseas. As well as teaching, research is of major importance. Since the beginning of the 20th century, more than 60 university members have won Nobel Prizes. University has a huge number of buildings for teaching and research. It has more than 60 specialist subject libraries as well as the university library, which, as a copyright library, is entitled to a copy of every book published in Britain. Examinations are set and degrees are awarded by the university. It allowed women to take the university exams in 1881, but it was not until 1948 that they were awarded degrees.

  17.Why is it difficult for visitors to locate Cambridge University?

  18. What does the passage tell us about the colleges of Cambridge University?

  19. What can be learnt from the passage about the libraries in Cambridge University?

  20. What does the passage tell about women students in Cambridge University?
Questions 17 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  17. A) Because there are no signs to direct them.
B) Because no tour guides are available.
C) Because all the buildings in the city look alike.
D) Because the university is everywhere in the city.

  18. A) They set their own exams. C) They award their own degrees.
B) They select their own students. D) They organize their own laboratory work.

  19. A) Most of them have a long history.
B) Many of them are specialized libraries.
C) They house more books than any other university library.
D) They each have a copy of every book published in Britain.

  20. A) Very few of them are engaged in research.
B) They were not awarded degrees until 19
  48.
C) They have outnumbered male students.
D) They were not treated equally until 18
  81.
2003年6月21日四级听力试题原文及译文
Section A
W:Gorge, look at the long waiting line. I am glad you've made a reservation.
M:More and more people enjoy eating out now. Beside, this place is especially popular with the overseas students.
Q:Where did the conversation most probably take place?
W: 乔治,看看这里排着这么长的队,真高兴你订到了座位。
M:越来越多的人喜欢在外面吃饭。而且这个地方尤其受留学生亲睐。
Q:对话可能在哪里发生?
M:I wonder if you can drop by tomorrow evening. The Stevensons are coming over to dinner. I'd like you? to meet them.
W: Sure, I'd love to. I've heard they are very interesting people.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
M:你明天晚上能到我这来一趟吗?史蒂文森一家明天到我家吃晚饭,我希望你能见见他们。
W:当然,我非常愿意。我听说他们非常有意思。
Q:我们可从该对话中了解到什么?
W: The presentation made by Professor Jackson?was?? complicated to understand.
M: Well, I think he didn't speak slowly enough for us??
? for us to take the notes.
Q: What did the man complain?
W:杰克森教授作的报告太难懂了。
M;我觉得他的语速太快,我们根本没法做笔记。
Q:男士抱怨什么?
W: You've got your apartment furnished, haven't you?
M: I've bought some used furniture from Sunday? market. It was a real bargain.
Q: What does the man mean?
W:你买了家俱,是吗?
M:我从周日市场买了一些旧家俱。价钱便宜。
Q:男人什么意思?
M Mary doesn't want me to take the job. She says our child is too young. And the job requires much travelling.
W: You should talk to her again and see if you can find a way out. Think about the gains and losses before you make the decision.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
M:玛丽不想让我干那个工作,她说孩子还些?这个工作又需要我经常出差。
 

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