TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS (2009)
TIME LIMIT: 135 MIN
PART I DICTATION [15 MIN]
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be done at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be done at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE.
PART II LISTENING COMPREHENSION [20 MIN]
In Sections A B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on Answer Sheet Two.
SECTION A CONVERSATIONS
In this section you will hear several conversations. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 1 to 3 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the conversation.
1. Mark is unhappy because of
A. his Chemistry homework. B. a girl in his class.
C. Linda's words. D. Friday night's party.
2. Which of the following is CORRECT?
A. Linda is Jane's friend. B. Mark is Jane's boyfriend.
C. John is Jane's boyfriend. D. Mark and John are good friends.
3. Did Mark eventually take Linda's advice?
A. No. B. Partly. C. Completely. D. Not mentioned.
Questions 4 to 7 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the conversation.
4. About the scratch on the product, the shop assistant thinks that
A. the customer made it himself. B. there was definitely not one then.
C. the customer should have checked. D. the customer was making trouble.
5. The customer was ______ when told he might not have worn the headphones properly.
A. annoyed B. surprised C. indifferent D. worried
6. How many complaints did the customer make about the product altogether?
A. Five. B. Four. C. Three. D. Two.
7. The shop could exchange the product if the customer
A. makes no more complaints. B. can produce the receipt.
C. is still unhappy with it. D. brings it back within a week.
Questions 8 to 10 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15
seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the conversation.
8. Joe Smith telephoned Victoria for
A. the menu. B. the place. C. the reception. D. the campaign.
9. When will the lunch be held?
A. Friday next week. B. Thursday next week.
C. April 30th. D. This week.
10. All the following information is new to Victoria EXCEPT A. how many people to attend it. B. why to hold it. C. where to hold it. D. what to cook.
SECTION B PASSAGES
In this section, you will hear several passages. Listen to the passages carefully and then
answer the questions that follow.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage. ,4t the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds
to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
11. People choose London for post-Christmas shopping because A. shops open early in the morning.
B. shops stay open for longer hours.
C. they can buy really cheap things.
D. they can shop with their friends.
12. We learn from the passage that
A. people are very keen on sales.
B. post-Christmas sales start at 3:30am.
C. post-Christmas sales last for a day.
D. sales include only a few items.
13. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage? A. Some people buy Christmas presents in the sales. B. Some people shop online during the sales.
C. Some people buy presents for next Christmas.
D. Online retailers offer better post-Christmas sales.
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 20 seconds
to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
14. Ballroom dancing used to be associated with
A. TV shows. B. old people.
C. celebrities. D. professional dancers.
15. According to the passage, recent popularity of ballroom dancing is the result of
A. the participation of celebrities.
B. the designing of colourful costumes.
C. the benefits it brings.
D. a TV programme.
16. Which of the following is NOT mentioned about the TV show? A. Performers have to be formally dressed on the show. B. Each professional dancer dances with a celebrity. C. People on the show perform a different dance every week. D. The show runs for about four months.
17. According to the passage, the TV show has the greatest impact on A. old people. B. middle-aged people.
C. kids and young people. D. all of the above.
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds
to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
18. According to New Zealand's rules about naming children, which of the following names is NOT acceptable?
A. Spiderman. B. Gandalf. C. 2win. D. Arsenal.
19. According to the passage, unusual names come from
A. popular culture. B. parents' invention.
C. sports. D. all of the above.
20. All of the following countries have strict rules about naming children EXCEPT A. Algeria. B. Germany. C. Japan. D. Argentina.
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
In this section, you will hear several news items. Listen to them carefully and then answer the questions that
Questions 21 to 23 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds
to answer the questions. Now. listen to the news.
21. Why were the fishing crew stranded on Oct. 10th?
A. They went to a remote area.
B. Their fishing boats collided.
C. They tried to repair their boats.
D. They decided to stay in the boats.
22. How did they survive during those three months?
A. On supplies they brought with them.
B. On supplies sent to them by rescue teams.
C. On supplies left at the military base.
D. Not mentioned in the passage.
23. How were the crew rescued eventually?
A. By helicopter. B. By boat. C. By radio contact. D. By a search team.
Questions 24 and 25 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
24. Juan Carlos has been King of Spain
A. since 1981. B. for 32 years. C. for 70 years. D. for 17 years.
25. What is the news item mainly about?
A. The King's birthday. B. The stability of the monarchy.
C. Criticism from both the left and the right. D. The King's public defence of his reign.
Questions 26 and27 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds
to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
26. The three suicide bombings occurred in
A. November and December. B. October and November.
C. November. D. December.
27. Did people die in the bombings?
A. No one died in the bombings.
B. Yes. In one of the bombings.
C. Yes. In two of the bombings.
D. Yes. In all the bombings.
Questions 28 to 30 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
28. What is the purpose of the national survey?
A. To collect data on sources of pollution.
B. To identify pollution in rivers and lakes.
C. To help control environmental pollution.
D. To help control industrial wastes.
29. According to the news item, efforts of environmental protection are especially affected by A. lack of technology.
B. rapid economic growth.
C. unknown pollution sources.
D. shortage of manpower.
30. Which of the following details is CORRECT according to the news item?
A. Census offices are set up by government departments.
B. A main centre receives reports from provinces.
C. A database is set up for each province.
D. Data will be reviewed and analyzed in mid-2009.
PART III CLOZE [15 MIN]
Decide which of the choices given below would best complete the passage if inserted in the corresponding blanks. Mark the best choice for each blank on Answer Sheet Two.
Scientists around the world are racing to learn how to rapidly diagnose, treat and stop the spread of a new, deadly disease. SARS -- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --- was (31) ____ for the first time in February 2003 in Hanoi, (32) _____ since then has infected more than 1,600 people in 15 countries, killing 63. At this (33) _____, there are more questions than answers surrounding the disease.
Symptoms start (34) _____ a fever over 100.4 degrees F, chills, headache or body (35)____. Within a week, the patient has a dry cough, which might (36) _____ to shortness of breath. In 10% to 20% of cases, patients require (37)_____ ventilation to breathe. About 3.5% die from the disease. Symptoms (38)____ begin in two to seven days, but some reports suggest it (39) ____ take as long as 10 days. Scientists are close to (40) ____ a lab test to diagnose SARS. In the meantime, it is diagnosed by its symptoms. There is no evidence (41)____ antibiotics or anti-viral medicines help, (42) _____ doctors can offer only supportive care. Patients with SARS are kept in isolation to reduce the risk of(43) ____ Scientists aren't sure yet, but some researchers think it's a (44) ____ discovered coronavirus, the family of viruses that cause some common colds.
Most cases appear to have been passed (45) ____ droplets expelled when infected patients cough or sneeze. Family members of infected people and medical workers who care (46) ____ them have been most likely to (47) ____ the illness. But recent developments in Hong Kong suggest that the (48) ____ might spread through air, or that the virus might (49) ____ for two to three hours on doorknobs or other (50)____. Health experts say it is unlikely, though, that sharing an elevator briefly with an infected person would be enough to pass the virus.
(31) A. detected B. caught C. disclosed D. revealed
(32) A. but B. and C. or D. yet
(33) A. time B. point C. aspect D. instance
(34) A. from B. over C. upon D. with
(35) A. hurt B. sore C. aches D. feelings
(36) A. process B. advance C. progress D. convert
(37) A. automatic B. artificial C. mechanical D. controlled (38) A. regularly B. ordinarily C. traditionally D. generally (39) A. will B. might C. should D. must
(40) A. cultivating B. fostering C. developing D. designing (41) A. which B. that C. whether D. what
(42) A. so B. but C. still D. yet
(43) A. communication B. transportation C. transformation D. transmission (44) A. lately B. newborn C. newly D. renewed
(45) A. under B. through C. beneath D. from
(46) A. for B. over C. after D. about
(47) A. acquire B. receive C. obtain D. contract
(48) A. ailment B. ill-health C. disease D. infection
(49) A. continue B. linger C. delay D. persist