专业英语八级考试历年试题详解
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专业英语八级考试历年试题详解
TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS ( 20
  04) ?GRADE EIGHT?
PAPE R ONE T IM E LIM IT : [ 95 min. ] PART Ⅰ L IST E NING C OM PR EH E NSION [ 40 min. ]
In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen ca refully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your coloured answer sheet.
第 一 部 分
SE CTIO N A
TALK
Q uest ions 1 to 5 refer to the talk in this section . At the end of the talk you will be given 75 seconds to answer the questions. Now list en to the talk.
  1. The parallel between waltzing and language use lies in A. the coordination based on individual actions. B. the number of individual participants. C. the necessity of individual actions. D. the requirements for participants.
  2. In the talk the speaker thinks that language use is a( n) A. individual B. combined process. C. distinct D. social

  3. The main difference between personal and nonpersonal settings is in A. the manner of language use. B. the topic and content of speech. C. the interactions between speaker and audience. D. the relationship between speaker and audience.
  4. In fictional settings, speakers
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A. hide their real intentions. B. voice others ’intentions. C. play double roles on and off stage. D. only imitate other people in life.
  5. Compared with other types of settings, the main feature of private setting is A. the absence of spontaneity. C. the lack of real intentions. SE CTIO N B B. the presence of individual actions. D. the absence of audience. INTE RVIEW
Q uest ions 6 t o 10 ar e based on an interview. At t he end of the inter view you will be given 75 seconds t o answer the questions. Now list en to the inter view.
  6. What was education like in Professor Wang’ days? s A. Students worked very hard. C. Education was not career-oriented. B. Students felt they needed a second degree. D. There were many specialized subjects.
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  7. According to Professor Wang, what is the purpose of the present-day education? A. To turn out an adequate number of elite for the society. B. To prepare students for their future career. C. To offer practical and utilitarian courses in each programme. D. To set up as many technical institutions as possible.
  8. In Professor Wang’s opinion, technical skills A. require good education. C. don’ call for good education. t B. are secondary to education. D. don’ conflict with education. t

  9. What does Professor Wang suggest to cope with the situation caused by increasing numbers of fee-paying students? A. Shifting from one programme to another. B. Working our ways to reduce student number. C. Emphasizing better quality of education. D. Setting up stricter examination standards.
  10. Future education needs to produce graduates of all the following categories EXCEPT A. those who can adapt to different professions. B. those who have a high flexibility of mind. C. those who are thinkers, historians and philosophers. D. those who possess only highly specialized skills. SE CTIO N C NE WS BRO ADCAST
第 一 部 分
Q uest ions 11 to 13 a re ba sed on the following news. At the end of t he news item , you will be given 45 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen t o t he news.
  11. Which of the following regions in the world will witness the sharpest drop in life expectancy? A. Latin America. B. Sub-Saharan Africa. C. Asia. D. The Caribbean.
  12. According to the news , which country will experience small life expectancy drop? A. Burma. B. Botswana. C. Cambodia. D. Thailand.

  13. The countries that are predicted to experience negative population growth are mainly in A. Asia. B. Africa. C. Latin America. D. The Caribbean.
Q uest ions 14 a nd 15 a re based on the following new s. At the end of the news item , you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen t o t he news.
  14. The trade dispute between the European Union and the US was caused by A. US refusal to accept arbitration by WTO. B. US imposing tariffs on European steel. C. US refusal to pay compensation to EU. D. US refusal to lower import duties on EU products.
  15. Who will be consulted first before the EU list is submitted to WTO? A. EU member states. SE CTIO N D B. The United States. C. WTO. D. The steel corporations.
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NO TE-TAK ING AND G AP -F ILLING
In this section you will hear a m ini-lectur e. You will hear the lectur e O NCE O NL Y. W hile list ening to the lectur e, take notes on the im port ant points. Your notes will not be ma rked, but you will need t hem to com plete a 15-minute gap-filling task on ANSWE R SHE ET O NE a fter the mini-lectur e. Use the blank sheet for note-taking.
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PART Ⅱ PR OO FRE ADING & ER RO R CO RR E CT IO N [ 15 min. ]
P roofread the given passage on ANSWER SH EE T TWO a s instructed.
PART Ⅲ
SE CTIO N A
R EADING C OM PR EH E NSION
READING CO M P REH ENSIO N
[ 40 min. ]
[ 30 min. ]
In this section there ar e four reading passages followed by a tota l of fifteen m ultiplechoice quest ions. Rea d the passa ges and then ma rk your answers on your CO LO URE D ANSW ER SH EET . T EXT A Farmers in the developing world hate price fluctuations. It makes it hard to plan ahead. But most of them have little choice: they sell at the price the market sets. Farmers in Europe, the U. S. and Japan are luckier: they receive massive government subsidies in the form of guaranteed prices or direct handouts. Last month U. S. President Bush signed a new farm bill that gives American farmers S 190 billion over the next 10 years, or S 83 billion more than they had been | | scheduled to get, and pushes U. S. agricultural support close to crazy European levels. Bush said the step was necessary to“ promote farmer independence and preserve the farm way of life for generations” It is also designed to help the Re. publican Party win control of the Senate in November’ mid-term elections. s Agricultural production in most poor countries accounts for up to 50% of GDP, compared to only 3% in rich countries. But most farmers in poor countries grow just enough for themselves and their families. Those who try exporting to the West find their goods whacked with huge tariffs or competing against cheaper subsidized goods. In 1999 the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development concluded that for each dollar developing countries receive in aid they lose up to S 14 just because of trade barriers imposed on the export of their manufactured goods. It’ not as if the develo| s ping world wants any favours, says Gerald Seendawula, Uganda ’s Minister of Finance.“ What we want is for the rich countries to let us compete. ” Agriculture is one of the few areas in which the Third World can compete. Land and labour are cheap, and as farming methods develop, new technologies should improve output. This is no pie-in-the-sky speculation. The biggest success in Kenya’s economy over the past decade has been the boom in exports of cut flowers and vegetables to Europe. But that may all change in 2008, when Kenya will be slightly too rich to qualify for the“ least-developed country” status that allows African producers to avoid paying stiff European import duties on selected agricultural products. With trade barriers in place, the horticulture industry in Kenya will shrivel as quickly as a discarded rose. And while agriculture exports remain the great hope for poor countries, reducing trade barriers in other sectors also works: America’ African Growth and s
第 一 部 分
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Opportunity Act, which cuts duties on exports of everything from handicrafts to shoes, has proved a boon to Africa’ mans ufacturers. The lesson: the Third World can prosper if the rich world gives it a fair go. This is what makes Bush’s decision to increase farm subsidies last month all the more depressing. Poor countries have long suspected that the rich world urges trade liberalization only so it can wangle its way into new markets. Such suspicions caused the Seattle trade talks to break down three years ago. But last November members of the World Trade Organization, meeting in Doha, Qatar, finally agreed to a new round of talks designed to open up global trade in agriculture and textiles. Rich countries assured poor countries, that their concerns were finally being addressed. Bush’ handout s last month makes a lie of America’ commitment to those talks and his personal devotion to free trade. s
  16. By comparison, farmers A. in the developing world C. in Europe
  17. In addition to the economic considerations, there is a bill. receive more government subsidies than others. B. in Japan D. in America motive behind Bush ’s signing of the new farm
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A. partisan B. social C. financial D. cultural

  18. The message the writer attempts to convey throughout the passage is that. A. poor countries should be given equal opportunities in trade. B.“ the least-developed country” status benefits agricultural countries. C. poor countries should remove their suspicions about trade liberalization. D. farmers in poor countries should also receive the benefit of subsidies.
  19. The writer’s attitude towards new farm subsidies in the U. S. is A. favourable. T EXT B Oscar Wilde said that work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. If so, Americans are now among the world’ saddest refugees. Factory workers in the United States are working longer hours than at any time in the past s half-century. America once led the rich world in cutting the average working week-from 70 hours in 1850 to less than 40 hours by the 1950s. It seemed natural that as people grew richer they would take extra earnings for more leisure. Since the 1970s, however, the hours clocked up by American workers have risen, to an average of 42 this year in manufacturing. Several studies suggest that something similar is happening outside manufacturing: Americans are spending more time at work than they did 20 years ago. Executives and lawyers boast of 80-hour weeks. On holiday, they seek out fax machines and phones as eagerly as Germans bag the best sun-loungers. Yet working time in Europe and Japan continues to fall. In Germany’s engineering industry the working week is to be trimmed from 36 to 35 hours next year. Most Germans get six weeks ’ paid annual holiday; even the Japanese now take three weeks. Americans still make do with just two. Germany responds to this contrast with its usual concern about whether people’s aversion to work is damaging its competitiveness. Yet German workers, like the Japanese, seem to be acting sensibly: as their incomes rise, they can achieve a better standard of living with fewer hours of work. The puzzle is why America, the world’ richest country, sees s things differently. It is a puzzle with sinister social implications. Parents spend less time with their children, who may be left alone at home for longer. Is it just a coincidence that juvenile crime is on the rise? Some explanations for America’ time at work fail to stand up to scrutiny. One blames weak trade unions that leave s workers open to exploitation. Are workers being forced by costcutting firms to toil harder just to keep their jobs ? A recent study by two American economists , Richard Freeman and Linda Bell, suggests not: when asked, Americans actually want to work longer hours. Most German workers, in contrast, would rather work less. Then, why do Americans want to work harder? One reason may be that the real earnings of many Americans have been stagnant or falling during the past two decades. People work longer merely to maintain their living standards. Yet many higher-skilled workers , who have enjoyed big increases in their real pay, have been working harder too. Also, one reason for the slow growth of wages has been the rapid growth in employment-which is more or less where the argument began. Taxes may have something to do with it. People who work an extra hour in America are allowed to keep more of their money than those who do the same in Germany. Falls in marginal tax rates in America since the 1970s have made it all the more profitable to work longer. None of these answers really explains why the century-long decline in working hours has gone into reverse in America but not elsewhere( though Britain shows signs of following America ’s lead) . Perhaps cultural differences ?the last refuge of the defeated economist?are at play. Economists used to believe that once workers earned enough to provide for their basic needs and allow for a few luxuries, their incentive to work wou
 

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