1998年1月大学英语四级考试听力附试题和答案

1998年1月大学英语四级考试试题及参考答案

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 center.

Example:
You will hear:
You will read:
A) 2 hours.
B) 3 hours.
C) 4 hours.
D) 5 hours.

From the conversation we know that the two were talking about some work they will start at 9 o’clock in the morning and have to finish at 2 in the afternoon. Therefore, D) “5 hours” is the correct answer. You should choose [D] on the Answer Sheet and mark it with a single line through the center.
Sample Answer [A] [B] [C] [D]

1.
A) The man wants to attend tomorrow’s show.
B) There aren’t any tickets left for tonight’s show.
C) There aren’t any tickets left for tomorrow’s show.
D) The man doesn’t want to attend tomorrow’s show.

2.
A) Detective stories.
B) Stories about jail escapes.
C) Love stories.
D) Stories about royal families.

3.
A) It was a long lecture, but easy to understand.
B) It was not as easy as she had thought.
C) It was as difficult as she had expected.
D) It was interesting and easy to follow.

4.
A) To put him through to the director.
B) To have a talk with the director about his work.
C) To arrange an appointment for him with the director.
D) To go and see if the director can meet him right now.

5.
A) Margaret wanted to return some magazines to the woman.
B) Margaret wanted to lend some magazines to the woman.
C) Margaret wanted to borrow some magazines from the woman.
D) Margaret wanted to get some magazines back from the woman.

6.
A) He doesn’t care much about it.
B) He enjoys it very much.
C) He doesn’t mind even though it’s tedious.
D) He hates working overtime.

7.
A) The woman doesn’t think it exciting to travel by air.
B) They’ll stay at home during the holidays.
C) They are offered some plane tickets for their holidays.
D) They’ll be flying somewhere for their vacation.

8.
A) Something went wrong with the bus.
B) She took somebody to hospital.
C) Something prevented her from catching the bus.
D) She came on foot instead of taking a bus.

9.
A) Do her homework.
B) Clean the backyard.
C) Wash clothes.
D) Enjoy the beautiful day.

10.
A) The man is looking for a place to live in.
B) The man has a house for rent.
C) The woman is a secretary.
D) The two speakers are old friends.

Section B Compound Dictation
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. Then listen to the passage again. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from S1 to S7 with the exact works you have just heard. For blanks numbered from S8 to S10 you are required to fill in the missing information. You can either use the exact works 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.

  Very few people can get college degree before 11, but Michael was an exception. He started high school when he was 5, finish in just nine months. He became the (S1) ___________ youngest college graduate when he was 10 years and 4 months old, earning an (S2) _____________ degree. Now at 11 Michael’s working on a master’s degree in (S3) ___________ intelligence.

  But Michael’s (S4) ___________ hasn’t always come easy. (S5) _________ his intelligence. He still lacks important life (S6) ________________.

  In one class, he had to struggle to understand (S7) ____________ novels, because, he says, “I’ve never been in love before.”

  Another challenge was his size. (S8)________________________________.
He likes computers so much (S9) ________________________________________.
He wants to make robots do all the heavy tasks. (S10) __________________________.

Part II Reading Comprehension (35 minutes)
Direction: There are 4 passages in this part. 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 and mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the center.

Passage One
Questions 11 to 15 are based on the following passage:

  In bringing up children, every parent watches eagerly the child’s acquisition(学会)of each new skill-the first spoken words, the first independent steps, or the beginning of reading and writing. It is often tempting to hurry the child beyond his natural learning rate, but this can set up dangerous feelings of failure and states of worry in the child: This might happen at any stage. A baby might be forced to use a toilet too early, a young child might be encouraged to learn to read before he knows the meaning of the words he reads. On the other hand, though, if a child is left alone too much, or without any learning opportunities, he loses his natural enthusiasm for life and his desire to find out new things for himself.

  Patents vary greatly in their degree of strictness towards their children. Some may be especially strict in money matters. Others are sever over times of coming home at night or punctuality for meals. In general, the controls imposed represent the needs of the parents and the values of the community as much as the child’s own happiness.

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