1.W:I heard on the radio that the storm is coming.
M:If the weather man is as accurate as usual it will probably be sunny all day.
Q:What do we learn from the conversation?
2.W:Oh,dear,that will be $ 55 altogether.I don't have enough money.
I guess I have to put something back.
M:Wait a minute,Mary.I can lend you $ 20.
But with the money I lent you last night you owe me $ 30 now.
Q:How much did the woman borrow last night?
3.W:I really like those abstract paintings we saw in our art history today.What did you think?
M:I guess it's something I haven't acquired a taste for yet.
Q:What does the man mean?
4.W:I can't believe 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 start taking it three times a day like you were told.
Q:What does the man suggest the woman do?
5.W:I've been working on this report all day.
And I've still got 10 pages to write.At this rate,I'll never get it done by tomorrow.
M:Oh,that's right.You weren't in class today,so you probably haven't heard that the deadline has been extended a week.
Q:What do we know about the woman?
6.M:Can you believe the way Mary was talking to her roommate?No wonder they don't get along.
W:Well,maybe Mary was just reacting to something her roommate said.
There are two sides to every story,you know.
Q:What does the woman mean?
7.M:My telephone doesn't seem to be working.And I have lots of calls that I have to return this afternoon.
W:Feel free to use mine if you want.I'll be in a meeting till five.
Q:What does the woman suggest the man do?
8.W:What wrong with you?You sure don't look like yourself.
M:Stay away from me.I don't know what I've got.But whatever it is,you don't want to catch it.
Q:What can be inferred about the man?
9.M:I've noticed that you spend a lot of time tending to your garden.
Do you think you might like to join the university gardening club?
W:Oh,thanks for the invitation.But this is how I relax.I'd rather not make it something formal.
Q:What does the woman mean?
10.M:Tom's house is a mess.Doesn't he ever clean it?
W:I guess he just has too much else on his mind with that new job of this.
Q:What do we know about Tom from the woman's remarks.
Sugar is so much a part of our modern life that we only really think about it when,for some reason,we cannot obtain it.
It has been known to man for at least 3,000 years,but has come into common use only in modern times.
Until quite recently it was considered as a medicine and as a luxury for the very rich only.
Sugar is,then,very important to our civilization.
But what exactly is it?
Of course most of us recognize sugar immediataly as the sweet material which we put in coffee or cakes.
This common form of sugar is derived from two plants;the sugar cane and the sugar beet.
But there are in fact many types of sugar,and the chemist recognises hundreds of different varieties,each coming from a different source.
About 90% of the sugar is produced as food.
Only 10% is used in industry for purposes other than food production.
Yet sugar has great possibilities for use as the basis of chemicals.
It can even be used for making plastics.
In the future these potential uses will certainly be developed more than in the past.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the passage you have just heard.
11.How long has sugar been used widely?
12.What material is mentioned that can be made from sugar?
13.Which of the following statements is true?
Last week when I was watching TV news,the announcer,whose name was Ralph Story.
said something that caught my attention.
"All great discoveries",he said,"are made by people between the ages of twenty_five and thirty."
Being a little over thirty myself I wanted to disagree with him.
The next day I spent several hours in the public library looking up ages of famous people and their discoveries.
Ralph was right.
Galileo discovered by the famous experiment that bodies of different weights fall at the same speed when he was 26.
Madame Curie started her research that led to a Nobel Prize when she was 28.
Einstein was 26 when he published his world_changing theory of relativity.
Well,enough of that.Yet I wondered if those"best years"were true in other fields.
Then how about the field of politics?
Winston churchill was elected to the House of Commons at the age of 26.
Abraham Lincoln gave up the life of a country lawyer and was elected to the government at what age?Twenty_six!
But why don't best years come after thirty?
After thirty,I guess,most people do not want to take risks or try new ways.
Then I thought of people like Shakespeare and Picasso.
The former was writing wonderful works at the age of fifty,while the latter was still trying new ways of paining when he was ninety!
Perhaps there is still hope for me.
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the passage you have just heard.
14.What did the speaker do to prove Ralph was wrong?
15.How did the speaker feel after his research?
16.How did the speaker probably feel in the end?
17.What can be concluded from the passage?
People live with noises all their lives.
A place may seem quiet at first,but sound soon come through.
During a quiet night at home,you may hear the noise of a refrigerator motor or the heating system.
Nature's noises usually bother us less than people's noises.
Even in a natural quiet spot one hears birds or animal noises or perhaps the wind.
Weather is sometimes very noisy.Noise is everywhere.
Noise can travel a long distance.
If you live near a free way,you know that mad noise of vehicles can travel from eight to ten miles.
Ways in which people can escape unwanted noise include soundproofing,substitution and selective listening.
Curtains,for example,can soften noises in a home.
Music can cover up less attractive noises by substituting one sound for another.
Selective listening can provide escape from noise.
When a person does something attentively,the sound seems to disappear.
A train that passes on a regular schedule may hardly be noticed after its first noisy journey.
It is fortunate that people have ways to reduce the effects of noise although noise will probably not decrease.
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.
18.Which of the following statements is true?
19.Which of the following is not a way to escape unwanted noise?
20.What is the passage mainly talking about?