Part Ⅰ Listening Comprehension  (40  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 ques tion on your Coloured Answer Sheet.?

Questions 1 to 5 refer to the talk in this section .At the end of the talk you w ill be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following five questions. Now list en to the talk. ?
1. The rules for the first private library in the US were drawn up by  ___.?
A. the legislature            B. the librarian? C. John Harvard                        D. the faculty members?

2. The earliest public library was also called a subscription library bec ause books  ___.?
A. could be lent to everyone
B. could be lent by book stores?
C. were lent to students and the faculty
D. were lent on a membership basis?

3. Which of the following is NOT stated as one of the purposes of free pu blic libraries??
A. To provide readers with comfortable reading rooms.?
B. To provide adults with opportunities of further education.?
C. To serve the community’s cultural and recreational needs.?
D. To supply technical literature on specialized subjects.?

4. The major difference between modem private and public libraries lies i n  ___.?
A. readership  B. content    C. service    D.function?

5. The main purpose of the talk is ___.?
A. to introduce categories of books in US libraries?
B. to demonstrate the importance of US libraries?
C. to explain the roles of different US libraries?
D. to define the circulation system of US libraries?

Questions 6 to 10 are based on an interview. At the end of the interview you wil l be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following five questions. Now listen  to the interview.?
6. Nancy became a taxi driver because  ___.
A. she owned a car
B. she drove well?
C. she liked drivers’ uniforms
D. it was her childhood dream?

7. According to her, what was the most difficult about becoming a taxi dr iver??
A. The right sense of direction.
B. The sense of judgment.?
C. The skill of maneuvering.
D. The size of vehicles.?

8. What does Nancy like best about her job??
A. Seeing interesting buildings in the city.?
B. Being able to enjoy the world of nature.?
C. Driving in unsettled weather.?
D. Taking long drives outside the city.?

9. It can be inferred from the interview that Nancy in a(n) ___ moth er.?
A. uncaring    B. strict          C. affectionate          D. perm issive?

10. The people Nancy meets are?
A. rather difficult to please
B. rude to women drivers?
C. talkative and generous with tips
D. different in personality?

Question 11 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you wil l be given 15 seconds to answer the question. Now listen to the news.?
11. The primary purpose of the US anti-smoking legislation is ___.?
A. to tighten control on tobacco advertising?
B. to impose penalties on tobacco companies?
C. to start a national anti-smoking campaign?
D. to ensure the health of American children?

Questions 12 and 13 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item , you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news.
12. The French President’s visit to Japan aims at  ___.?
A. making more investments in Japan?
B. stimulating Japanese businesses in France?
C. helping boost the Japanese economy
D. launching a film festival in Japan?

13. This is Jacques Chirac’s ___ visit to Japan.?
A. second    B. fourteenth    C. fortieth    D. forty-first?

Questions 14 and 15 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item , you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news.

14. Afghan people are suffering from starvation because  ___.?
A. melting snow begins to block the mountain paths?
B. the Taliban have destroyed existing food stocks?
C. the Taliban are hindering food deliveries?
D. an emergency air-lift of food was cancelled?

15. people in Afghanistan are facing starvation.?
A. 160,000      B. 16,000          C. 1,000,000        D. 100 ,000?

Fill each of gaps with ONE word. You may refer to your notes. Make sure the word you fill in is both grammatically and semantically acceptable.?

                          On Public Speaking?

    When people are asked to give a speech in public for the first time, they? usually feel terrified no matter how well they speak in informal situations.? In fact, public speaking is the same as any other form of (1)___  1.___? that people are usually engaged in. Public speaking is a way for a speaker to? (2)___ his thoughts with the audience. Moreover, the speaker is free  2.___? to decide on the (3)___ of his speech.  3.___? Two key points to achieve success in public speaking:? —(4)___ of the subject matter.  4.___? —good preparation of the speech.? To facilitate their understanding, inform your audience beforehand of the? (5)___ of your speech, and end it with a summary.  5.___? Other key points to bear in mind:? —be aware of your audience through eye contact.? —vary the speed of (6)___  6.___? —use the microphone skillfully to (7)___ yourself in speech.  7.___? —be brief in speech; always try to make your message (8)___  8.___? Example: the best remembered inaugural speeches of the US presidents are? the (9)___ ones.  9.___? Therefore, brevity is essential to the (10)___ of a speech.  10.___?

Part Ⅱ Proofreading and Error Correction  (15  min)
The following passage contains TEN errors. Each line contains a maximum of ONE error. In each case, only ONE word is involved. You should proofread the passage and correct it in the following way.? For a wrong word,      underline the wrong word and wri te the correct one in the blank provided at the end of the line.? For a missing word,        mark the position of the missing word with a “∧” sign and write the word you believe to be missing in the blank provided at the end of the line.? For an unnecessary word      cross out the unnecessary word with a slash “/’ and put the word in the blank provided at the end of the line.
When∧art museum wants a new exhibit,          (1) an?
it never/  buys things in finished form and hangs        (2) never?
them on the wall. When a natural history museum          ?
wants an exhibition, it must often build it.            (3) exhibit?
?  The grammatical words which play so large a part in English?
grammar are for the most part sharply and obviously different  1.___?
from the lexical words. A rough and ready difference which may?
seem the most obvious is that grammatical words have“ less?
meaning”, but in fact some grammarians have called them  2.___?
“empty” words as opposed in the “full” words of vocabulary.  3.___?
But this is a rather misled way of expressing the distinction.  4.___?
Although a word like the is not the name of something as man is,?
it is very far away from being meaningless; there is a sharp  5.___?
difference in meaning between “man is vile and” “the man is?
vile”, yet the is the single vehicle of this difference in meaning.  6.___?
Moreover, grammatical words differ considerably among?
themselves as the amount of meaning they have, even in the  7.___?
lexical sense. Another name for the grammatical words has been?
“little words”. But size is by no mean a good criterion for  8.___?
distinguishing the grammatical words of English, when we?
consider that we have lexical words as go, man, say, car. Apart  9.___?
from this, however, there is a good deal of truth in what some?
people say: we certainly do create a great number of obscurity  10.___?
when we omit them. This is illustrated not only in the poetry of?
Robert Browning but in the prose of telegrams and newspaper headlines.?

閱讀理解 A

Part Ⅲ Reading Comprehension  (40  min)
In this section there are four reading passages followed by a total of fifteen multiple-choice questions. Read the passages and then mark your answers on your Coloured Answer Sheet.??
    Despite Denmark’s manifest virtues, Danes never talk about how proud they a re to be Danes. This would sound weird in Danish. When Danes talk to foreigners about Denmark, they always begin by commenting on its tininess, its unimportance , the difficulty of its language, the general small-mindedness and self-indulgen ce of their countrymen and the high taxes. No Dane would look you in the eye and say, “Denmark is a great country.” You’re supposed to figure this out for yo urself.?
   It is the land of the silk safety net, where almost half the national budg et goes toward smoothing out life’s inequalities, and there is plenty of money f or schools, day care, retraining programmes, job seminars-Danes love seminars: t hree days at a study centre hearing about waste management is almost as good as a ski trip. It is a culture bombarded by English, in advertising, pop music, the  Internet, and despite all the English that Danish absorbs—there is no Danish Academy to defend against it —old dialects persist in Jutland that can barel y be understood by Copenhageners. It is the land where, as the saying goes,“ Fe w  have too much and fewer have too little, ”and a foreigner is struck by the swe e t egalitarianism that prevails, where the lowliest clerk gives you a level gaze,  where Sir and Madame have disappeared from common usage, even Mr. and Mrs. It’ s a nation of recyclers—about 55 % of Danish garbage gets made into something new— and no nuclear power plants. It’s a nation of tireless planner. Trains run on time. Things operate well in general.?
      Such a nation of overachievers — a brochure from the Ministry of Busines s and Industry says, “Denmark is one of the world’s cleanest and most organize d countries, with virtually no pollution, crime, or poverty. Denmark is the most c orruption-free society in the Northern Hemisphere. ”So, of course, one’s heart  l ifts at any sighting of Danish sleaze: skinhead graffiti on buildings(“Foreigne r s Out of Denmark! ”), broken beer bottles in the gutters, drunken teenagers slu mped in the park. ?
      Nonetheless, it is an orderly land. You drive through a Danish town, it co mes to an end at a stone wall, and on the other side is a field of barley, a nic e clean line: town here, country there. It is not a nation of jay-walkers. Peopl e stand on the curb and wait for the red light to change, even if it’s 2 a.m. a n d there’s not a car in sight. However, Danes don’ t think of themselves as a w ai nting-at-2-a.m.-for-the-green-light people——that’s how they see Swedes and Ge r mans. Danes see themselves as jazzy people, improvisers, more free spirited than  Swedes, but the truth is( though one should not say it)that Danes are very much like Germans and Swedes. Orderliness is a main selling point. Denmark has few n atural resources, limited manufacturing capability; its future in Europe will be as a broker, banker, and distributor of goods. You send your goods by container ship to Copenhagen, and these bright, young, English-speaking, utterly honest, highly disciplined people will get your goods around to Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and Russia. Airports, seaports, highways, and rail lines are ultramodern  and well-maintained.?
      The orderliness of the society doesn’t mean that Danish lives are less me s sy or lonely than yours or mine, and no Dane would tell you so. You can hear ple nty about bitter family feuds and the sorrows of alcoholism and about perfectly sensible people who went off one day and killed themselves. An orderly society c an not exempt its members from the hazards of life.?
      But there is a sense of entitlement and security that Danes grow up with. Certain things are yours by virtue of citizenship, and you shouldn’t feel bad f o r taking what you’re entitled to, you’re as good as anyone else. The rules of th e welfare system are clear to everyone, the benefits you get if you lose your jo b, the steps you take to get a new one; and the orderliness of the system makes it possible for the country to weather high unemployment and social unrest witho ut a sense of crisis.?
16. The author thinks that Danes adopt a ___ attitude towards their country.
A. boastful    B. modest    C. deprecating  D. mysterious?
17. Which of the following is NOT a Danish characteristic cited in the pa ssage??
A. Fondness of foreign culture.        B. Equality in society.? C. Linguistic tolerance.                D. Persistent planning.
18. The author’s reaction to the statement by the Ministry of Business a nd Industry is ___.
A. disapproving      B. approving      ?C. noncommittal    D. doubtful?
19. According to the passage, Danish orderliness ___.?
A. sets the people apart from Germans and Swedes?
B. spares Danes social troubles besetting other people?
C. is considered economically essential to the country?
D. prevents Danes from acknowledging existing troubles?
20. At the end of the passage the author states all the following EXCEPT that  ___.?
A. Danes are clearly informed of their social benefits?
B. Danes take for granted what is given to them?
C. the open system helps to tide the country over?
D. orderliness has alleviated unemployment?

   But if language habits do not represent classes, a social stratification in to something as bygone as “aristocracy” and “commons”, they do still of cour se s erve to identify social groups. This is something that seems fundamental in the use of language. As we see in relation to political and national movements, lang uage is used as a badge or a barrier depending on which way we look at it. The n ew boy at school feels out of it at first because he does not know the fight wor ds for things, and awe-inspiring pundits of six or seven look down on him for no t being aware that racksy means “dilapidated”, or hairy “out first ball”. Th e mi ner takes a certain pride in being “one up on the visitor or novice who calls t h e cage a “lift” or who thinks that men working in a warm seam are in their “u nde rpants” when anyone ought to know that the garments are called hoggers. The “i ns ider” is seldom displeased that his language distinguishes him from the “outsi der”.?
    Quite apart from specialized terms of this kind in groups, trades and profe ssions, there are all kinds of standards of correctness at which mast of us feel more or less obliged to aim, because we know that certain kinds of English invi te irritation or downright condemnation. On the other hand, we know that other k inds convey some kind of prestige and bear a welcome cachet.?
    In relation to the social aspects of language, it may well be suggested tha t English speakers fall into three categories: the assured, the anxious and the in different. At one end of this scale, we have the people who have “position” an d “status”, and who therefore do not feel they need worry much about their use o f English. Their education and occupation make them confident of speaking an uni mpeachable form of English: no fear of being criticized or corrected is likely t o cross their minds, and this gives their speech that characteristically unself c onscious and easy flow which is often envied. ?
    At the other end of the scale, we have an equally imperturbable band, speak ing with a similar degree of careless ease, because even if they are aware that their English is condemned by others, they are supremely indifferent to the fact . The Mrs Mops of this world have active and efficient tongues in their heads, a nd if we happened not to like the/r ways of saying things, well, we “can lump i t ”. That is their attitude. Curiously enough, writers are inclined to represent t he speech of both these extreme parties with -in’ for ing. On the one hand, “w e’re goin’ huntin’, my dear sir”; on the other, “we’re goin’ racin’ , ma te.”?
      In between, according to this view, we have a far less fortunate group, th e anxious. These actively try to suppress what they believe to be bad English an d assiduously cultivate what they hope to be good English. They live their lives  in some degree of nervousness over their grammar, their pronunciation, and thei r choice of words: sensitive, and fearful of betraying themselves. Keeping up wi th the Joneses is measured not only in houses, furniture, refrigerators, cars, a nd clothes, but also in speech.?
      And the misfortune of the “anxious” does not end with their inner anxiet y. Their lot is also the open or veiled contempt of the “assured” on one side of them and of the “indifferent” on the other.?
      It is all too easy to raise an unworthy laugh at the anxious. The people t hus uncomfortably stilted on linguistic high heels so often form part of what is, in many ways, the most admirable section of any society: the ambitious, tense, inner-driven people, who are bent on“ going places and doing things”. The grea te r the pity, then, if a disproportionate amount of their energy goes into what Mr Sharpless called“ this shabby obsession” with variant forms of English— espe ci ally if the net result is(as so often)merely to sound affected and ridiculous. “ Here”, according to Bacon, “is the first distemper of learning, when men study  w ords and not matter …. It seems to me that Pygmalion’ s frenzy is a good emble m …of this vanity: for words axe but the images of matter; and except they have l ife of reason and invention, to fall in love with them is to fall in love with a picture.”?
21. The attitude held by the assured towards language is ___.?
A. critical          B. anxious? C. self-conscious                    D. nonchalant?
22. The anxious are considered a less fortunate group because ___.?
A. they feel they are socially looked down upon?
B. they suffer from internal anxiety and external attack?
C. they are inherently nervous and anxious people?
D. they are unable to meet standards of correctness?
23. The author thinks that the efforts made by the anxious to cultivate w hat they believe is good English are ___.?
A. worthwhile        B. meaningless        C. praiseworthy    D. irrational?

   Fred Cooke of Salford turned 90 two days ago and the world has been beating a path to his door. If you haven’t noticed, the backstreet boy educated at Bla c kpool grammar styles himself more grandly as Alastair Cooke, broadcaster extraor dinaire. An honorable KBE, he would be Sir Alastair if he had not taken American citizenship more than half a century ago.?
    If it sounds snobbish to draw attention to his humble origins, it should be reflected that the real snob is Cooke himself, who has spent a lifetime disguis ing them. But the fact that he opted to renounce his British passport in 1941 — just when his country needed all the wartime help it could get-is hardly a ma tter for congratulation.?
      Cooke has made a fortune out of his love affair with America, entrancing l isteners with a weekly monologue that has won Radio 4 many devoted adherents. Pa rt of the pull is the developed drawl. This is the man who gave the world “mida tlantic”, the language of the disc jockey and public relations man.?
      He sounds American to us and English to them, while in reality he has for decades belonged to neither. Cooke’s world is an America that exists largely in the imagination. He took ages to acknowledge the disaster that was Vietnam and e ven longer to wake up to Watergate. His politics have drifted to the right with age, and most of his opinions have been acquired on the golf course with fellow celebrities.?
    He chased after stars on arrival in America, Fixing up an interview with Ch arlie Chaplin and briefly becoming his friend. He told Cooke he could turn him i nto a fine light comedian; instead he is an impressionist’s dream.?
      Cooke liked the sound of his first wife’s name almost as much as he admir e d her good looks. But he found bringing up baby difficult and left her for the w ife of his landlord.? Women listeners were unimpressed when, in 1996, he declared on air that th e fact that 4% of women in the American armed forces were raped showed remarkabl e self-restraint on the part of Uncle Sam’s soldiers. His arrogance in not allo w ing BBC editors to see his script in advance worked, not for the first time, to his detriment. His defenders said he could not help living with the 1930s values  he had acquired and somewhat dubiously went on to cite “gallantry” as chief a mo ng them. Cooke’s raconteur style encouraged a whole generation of BBC men to th i nk of themselves as more important than the story. His treacly tones were the mo del for the regular World Service reports From Our Own Correspondent, known as F OOCs in the business. They may yet be his epitaph.?
24. At the beginning of the passage the writer sounds critical of ___.?
A. Cooke’s obscure origins?
B. Cooke’s broadcasting style?
C. Cooke’s American citizenship?
D. Cooke’s fondness of America?
25. The following adjectives can be suitably applied to Cooke EXCEPT ___.?
A. old-fashioned                        B. sincere? C. arrogant                              D. popular? 26. The writer comments on Cooke’s life and career in a slightly ___ tone.?
A. ironic  B. detached  ?C. scathing D. indifferent

  ? Mr Duffy raised his eyes from the paper and gazed out of his window on the cheerless evening landscape. The river lay quiet beside the empty distillery and from time to time a light appeared in some house on Lucan Road. What an end! Th e whole narrative of her death revolted him and it revolted him to think that he had ever spoken to her of what he held sacred. The cautious words of a reporter  won over to conceal the details of a commonplace vulgar death attacked his stom ach. Not merely had she degraded herself, she had degraded him. His soul’s comp a nion! He thought of the hobbling wretches whom he had seen carrying cans and bot tles to be filled by the barman. Just God, what an end! Evidently she had been u nfit to live, without any strength of purpose, an easy prey to habits, one of th e wrecks on which civilization has been reared. But that she could have sunk so low! Was it possible he had deceived himself so utterly about her? He remembered  her outburst of that night and interpreted it in a harsher sense than he had ev er done. He had no difficulty now in approving of the course he had taken.?
      As the light failed and his memory began to wander he thought her hand tou ched his. The shock which had first attacked his stomach was now attacking his n erves. He put on his overcoat and hat quickly and went out. The cold air met him on the threshold; it crept into the sleeves of his coat. When he came to the pu blic house at Chapel Bridge he went in and ordered a hot punch.?
      The proprietor served him obsequiously but did not venture to talk. There were five or six working-men in the shop discussing the value of a gentleman’s e state in County Kildare. They drank at intervals from their huge pint tumblers, and smoked, spitting often on the floor and sometimes dragging the sawdust over their heavy boots. Mr Duffy sat on his stool and gazed at them, without seeing o r hearing them. After a while they went out and he called for another punch. He sat a long time over it. The shop was very quiet. The proprietor sprawled on the  counter reading the newspaper and yawning. Now and again a tram was heard swish ing along the lonely road outside.?
      As he sat there, living over his life with her and evoking alternately the  two images on which he now conceived her, he realized that she was dead, that s he had ceased to exist, that she had become a memory. He began to feel ill at ea se. He asked himself what else could he have done. He could not have lived with her openly. He had done what seemed to him best. How was he to blame? Now that s he was gone he understood how lonely her life must have been, sitting night afte r night alone in that room. His life would be lonely too until he, too, died, ce ased to exist, became a memory-if anyone remembered him.?
27. Mr Duffy’s immediate reaction to the report of the woman’s death wa s that of ___.
A. disgust      B. guilt      C. grief      D. compassion?
28. It can be inferred from the passage that the reporter wrote about the  woman’s death in a ___ manner.?
A. detailed B. provocative      C. discreet        D. sens ational?
29. We can infer from the last paragraph that Mr Duffy was in a(n) ___ mood.?
A. angry          B. fretful          C. irritable    D. remorseful?
30. According to the passage , which of the following statements is NOT t rue??
A. Mr Duffy once confided in the woman.?
B. Mr Duffy felt an intense sense of shame.?
C. The woman wanted to end the relationship.?
D. They became estranged probably after a quarrel.

閱讀理解 B

    In this section there are seven passages followed by ten multiple -choice q uestions. Skim or scan them as required and then mark your answers on the Colour ed Answer Sheet.?

First read the following question.?
31. In the passage Bill Gates mainly discusses ___.?
A. a person’s opportunity of a lifetime?
B. the success of the computer industry?
C. the importance of education?
D. high school education in the US?
Now go through TEXT E quickly and answer question 31.?
    Hundreds of students send me e-mail each year asking for advice about educa tion. They want to know what to study, or whether it’s OK to drop out of colleg e since that’s what I did.?
    My basic advice is simple and heartfelt.“ Get the best education you can. Take advantage of high school and college. Learn how to learn.”?
    It’s true that I dropped out of college to start Microsoft, but I was at H a rvard for three years before dropping out-and I’d love to have the time to go b a ck. As I’ve said before, nobody should drop out of college unless they believe they face the opportunity of a lifetime. And even then they should reconsider.
  The computer industry has lots of people who didn’t finish college, but I 'm  not aware of any success stories that began with somebody dropping out of high school. I actually don’t know any high school dropouts, let alone any successfu l ones.?
    In my company’s early years we had a bright part-time programmer who threa tened to drop out of high school to work full-time. We told him no.?
    Quite a few of our people didn’t finish college, but we discourage droppin g out.?
    College isn’t the only place where information exist. You can learn in a l i brary. But somebody handing you a book doesn’t automatically foster learning. Y o u want to learn with other people, ask questions, try out ideas and have a way t o test your ability. It usually takes more than just a book.?
    Education should be broad, although it’s fine to have deep interests, too.
? In high school there were periods when I was highly focused on writing soft ware, but for most of my high school years I had wide-ranging academic interests . My parents encouraged this, and I’m grateful that they did.?
    One parent wrote me that her 15-year old son “lost himself in the hole of t he computer. ”He got an A in Web site design, but other grades were sinking, sh e said.?
  This boy is making a mistake. High school and college offer you the best ch ance to learn broadly-math, history, various sciences-and to do projects with ot her kids that teach you firsthand about group dynamics. It’s fine to take a dee p  interest in computers, dance, language or any other discipline, but not if it j eopardizes breadth.?
      In college it’s appropriate to think about specialization. Getting real e x pertise in an area of interest can lead to success. Graduate school is one way t o get specialized knowledge. Choosing a specialty isn’t something high school s t udents should worry about. They should worry about getting a strong academic sta rt.?
   There’s not a perfect correlation between attitudes in high school and su c cess in later life, of course. But it’s a real mistake not to take the opportun i ty to learn a huge range of subjects, to learn to work with people in high schoo l, and to get the grades that will help you get into a good college.?

First read the following question.?
32. The passage focuses on ___.?
A. the history and future of London?
B. London’s manufacturing skills
C. London’s status as a financial centrer?
D. the past and present roles of London?
Now go through Text F quickly and answer question 32.?
    What is London for? To put the question another way, why was London, by 190 0, incomparably the largest city in the world, which it remained until the bomba rdments of the Luftwaffe? There could be many answers to this question, but any history of London will rehearse three broad explanations. One is the importance of its life as a port. When the Thames turned to ice in February 1855,50,000 men were put out of work, and there were bread riots from those whose liveliboods h ad been frozen with the river. Today, the Thames could be frozen for a year with out endangering the livelihoods of any but a few pleasure-boatmen. ?
    The second major cause of London’s wealth and success was that it was easi l y the biggest manufacturing centre in Europe. At the beginning of the Industrial  Revolution, Dutch looms and the stocking knitting frame were first pioneered in  London. The vast range of London’s manufacturing skills is another fact; almos t any item you can name was manufactured in London during the days of its prosper ity. In 1851, 13.75 percent of the manufacturing work-force of Great Britain was  based in London. By 1961, this had dramatically reduced. By 1993, there were a mere 328,000 Londoners engaged in manufacturing. In other words, by our own time s, two of the chief reasons for London’s very existence-its life as a pert and as a centre of manufacture-had dwindled out of existence.?
    London’s third great function, since the seventeenth century, has been tha t  of national and international bourse: the exchange of stocks and shares, bankin g, commerce and, increasingly, insurance. Both In wood and Francis Sheppard, in London: A history, manage to make these potentially dry matters vivid to the gen eral reader, and both authors assure us that “The City” in the financial sense  i s still as important as ever it was. Both, however, record the diminution of the  City as an architectural and demographic entity, with the emptying of many city offices (since the advent of the computer much of the work can be done anywhere ) and the removal of many distinctive landmarks.?

First read the following question.?
33. The primary purpose of the passage is to  ___.?
A. discuss the impact of the internet?
B. forecast the future roles of the bookstore?
C. compare the publisher with the editor?
D. evaluate the limitations of the printed page?
Now go through TEXT G quickly and answer question 33.?
      Since the advent of television people have been prophesying the death of the book. Now the rise of the World Wide Web seems to have revived this smolderi ng controversy from the ashes. The very existence of paper copy has been brought  into question once more.? It might be the bookstore, rather than the book itself, that is on the br ink of extinction. Many of you will have noted tom of bookseller websites poppin g up. They provide lists of books and let you read sample chapters, reviews from other customers and interviews with authors.?
      What does all this mean? Browsing a virtual bookstore may not afford you the same dusty pleasure as browsing round a real shop, but as far as service, pr ice and convenience are concerned there is really no competition. This may chang e before long, as publishers’ websites begin to offer direct access to new publ ications.?
      Perhaps it is actually the publisher who is endangered by the relentless advance of the Internet. There are a remarkable number of sites republishing tex ts online--an extensive virtual library of materials that used to be handled pri marily by publishing companies.?
      From the profusion of electronic-text sites available, it looks as if thi s virtual library is here to stay unless a proposed revision to copyright law ta kes many publications out of the public domain. However, can electronic texts st ill be considered books??
      Then again, it might be the editor at risk, in danger of being cut out of  the publishing process. The Web not only makes it possible for just about anyon e to publish whatever they like whenever they like-there are virtually no costs involved. The editors would then be the millions of Internet users. And there is  little censor ship, either.?
      So possibly it is the printed page, with its many limitations, that is pe rishing as the implications of new technologies begin to be fully realized. Last  year Stanford University published the equivalent of a 6,000 page Business Engl ish dictionary, online. There seem to be quite obvious benefits to housing these multi-volume reference sets on the Web. The perceived benefits for other books, such as the novel, are perhaps less obvious.?

First read the following question.?
34. The reviewer’s attitude towards the books is ___.?
A. ambiguous    B. objective    C. doubtful    D. ho stile?
Now go through TEXT H quickly and answer question 34.?
    The 1990s have witnessed a striking revival of the idea that liberal democr atic political system are the best basis for international peace. Western states men and scholars have witnessed worldwide process of democratization, and tend t o see it as a sounder basis for peace than anything we have had in the past.?
      Central to the vision of a peaceful democratic world bas been the proposit ion that liberal democracies do not fight each other; that they may and frequent ly do get into fights with illiberal states, but not with other countries that a re basically similar in their political systems. The proposition appeals to poli tical leaders and scholars as well.?
      Yet it is doubtful whether the proposition is strong enough to bear the va st weight of generalization that has been placed on it. Among the many difficult ies it poses, two stand out: first there are many possible exceptions to the rul e that democracies do not fight each other; and second, there is much uncertaint y about why democracies have, for the most part, not fought each other.?
      Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American politics and international security b y John M. Owen is an attempt to explain the twin phenomena of liberal peace (why democracies do not fight each other) and liberal war (why they fight other sta tes, sometimes with the intent of making them liberal).?
      Owen’s analysis in the book strongly suggests that political leaders on a l l sides judged a given foreign country largely on the basis of its political sys tem; and this heavily influenced decisions on whether or not to wage war against  it. However, be also shows that military factors, including calculations of the  cost of going to war, were often influential in tipping the balance against war . In other words, democratic peace does not mean the end of power politics.?
      Owen hints at, but never addresses directly, a sinister aspect of democrat ic peace theory: its assumption that there would be peace if only everybody else was like us. This can lead only too easily to attempts to impose the favoured s ystem on benighted foreigners by force-regardless of the circumstances and sensi bilities that make the undertaking hazardous, Owen’s central argument is not st r engthened by the occasional repetition nor by the remorselessly academic tone of the more theoretical chapters. However, most of the writing is succinct; the hi storical accounts are clear and to the point; and the investigation of the causa l links between liberalism and war is admirably thorough.?
      There are several grounds on which the book’s thesis might be criticized. The most obvious is that some twentieth-century experience goes against the argu ment that liberal states ally with others, above all, because they perceive them as fellow liberals. In our own time, several liberal democracies have maintaine d long and close relations with autocracies. However, Owen’s argument for a deg r ee of solidarity between liberal states provides at least part of the explanatio n for the continuation and even expansion of NATO in the post-Cold War era.?

First read the following questions.?
35. In ___, the table of contents of the magazine was placed on its back cover.?
A. 1922    B. 1948    C. the 1930s  D. the 1960s?
36. The magazine was criticized for failing to ___.?
A. appeal to the young                        B. attract old people    C. interest readers aged 47                        D. captivate rea ders in their 50s?
Now go through TEXT I quickly and answer questions 35 and 36.?
    New York-Reader’s Digest, the most widely read magazine in the world, will get a new look in a bid to attract younger readers, Reader’ Digest Association Inc. announced on March 29. Beginning with the May issue, the world’s largest- circulation magazine will move its table of contents off the front cover to mode rnize its look and make it easier for readers to navigate, editor in chief Chris top her Willcox said. “When you have the table of contents on the cover, it limits w hat you can say about what’s in the magazine, ”Willcox said. The magazine’s f ami liar table of contents will be replaced with a photograph. The small size and fo cus of the editorial content will be unchanged, publisher Gregory Coleman said. “It will be a much more visual magazine, with more photography and less illustr ation,” he said in an interview.?
      Reader’s digest was first published in 1922, with line drawings on the c o vers, and in the 1930s began listing the contents on the front. For a couple of years in the 1960s, Willcox said,the table of contents was shifted to the back c over. The May issue will feature a cover photo of a woman firefighter in San Fra ncisco for an except from a new book,“ Fighting Fire. ”The names of a few arti cl es are listed on the cover, but the full table of contents will be on papes 2 an d 3. The issue began reaching subscribers on April 10 and will be on newsstands two weeks later. All 48 of the Digest’s worldwide editions—27 million copies in 19 languages—are making the change. Publisher Gregory Coleman said he expe cted the redesign to boost advertising sales. “We’ve done a lot of research, a nd have tested the concept in the US, Sweden, and New Zealand,” Coleman said.?
      The move comes as Reader’s Digest Association Inc. has struggled to boost profits. But industry analysts said its problems stretch beyond changes that wer e needed at the magazine. Publishing industry executives and Wall Street analyst s have criticized the magazine for failing to attract the next generation of rea ders. The company says its average reader is about 47,the same as the age for th e weekly new magazines, “They’ve been looking for ways to make the magazine a li ttle bit more the ’90s than the ’50s,” said Doug Arthur at Morgan Stanley Dea n W itter & Co. “The company has to be addressing the response rate on its direct m a rketing campaign, ”where its main problems lie. The company earned USD 133.5 mi l lion on sales of USD 2.8 billion in the year which ended last June. But it said, when it reported results, that profits would fall in the current year.?
    In answer to a question, Coleman said the redesign was not done because of advertisers, although they were enthusiastic about the changes. “This is being done from a reader-driven standpoint, ”he said. ?

First read the following questions.?
37. Words in both the OWF and Longman Activator are  ___.?
A. listed according to alphabetical order?
B. listed according to use frequency?
C. grouped according to similarities only?
D. grouped according to differences only?
38. To know the correct word for “boiling with a low heat”, you will pr obably turn to first ___.?
A. page 10        B. page 99        C. page 100          D. page 448?
Now go through TEXT J quickly and answer questions 37 and 38.?
    The Oxford Wordfinder (OWF)is a “production dictionary” designed for learn er s of English at Intermediate level and above, It is a useful tool with which to discover and encode (produce) meaning, rather than just to simply check the mean ing, grammar and pronunciation of words. The OWF encourages a reversal of the tr aditional role of the language learners’ dictionary, which is normally to help decode and explain aspects of words that appear in a text.?
    The OWF is based upon similar lines to the ground breaking Longman Activato r in that words in each dictionary are not simply listed in alphabetical order. Instead, they are grouped according to their similarities and differences in bot h meaning and use. Twenty-three main groups of 630 “keywords” (concepts) in al ph abetical order, assist the learner in exploring semantic areas such as: “People ” , “Food and drink”, and “Language and Communication”. Each of these rather l arge areas contains cross-referencing in order to provide further helpful lexical in formation. Some of the keywords helpfully direct the learner to another keyword. Most keywords, however, have an index that shows how lexical items and their re lated terms are organized. Other keywords point to smaller sub-section headings whilst a few contain sections labeled “More”, which deal with less frequently occurring vocabulary.?
    The majority of words in the OWF are grouped together because they are clea rly related in meaning. Examples include: rucksack, “suitcase”,  trunk and hol d- all, on page 28, under the keyword “Bag”. Other words are grouped together bec au se statistically they tend to “collocate”, i.e. appear in English very near, i f not next to each other. The reader would, more often than not, find them in the same sentence or phrase. Examples include those for “butter”, “spread” and “melt ”, and those for Television on page 448: “watching”, “turn on/off” and “pr ogramme”.?
    The OWF is an ideal supplementary resource for learners to engage in word-b uilding activities during topic based lessons. How is it best used? Let’s say t h e learner wishes to know the correct word for “boiling with a low heat”. The i nt ermediate learner, who will probably begin her search under “Cook” on page 99,  l ocates the sub-section: “heating food in order to cook it” on page 100,then th e further sub-section “cooking food in water” and finally finds the definition f ol lowed by the word:—to boil slowly and gently: simmer. With the help of the OWF teachers could design a variety of such vocabulary exercises for a class, or eve n go on to designing a vocabulary-based syllabus.?
      Definitions in the OWF are, as with all good dictionaries, concise but cle ar. They are obviously written according to a controlled defining vocabulary. Li nguistic varieties are also taken into consideration: formal/in formal labels ar e provided and, where it occurs, American English (AmE) is pointed out, e. g. fo r alcohol, liquor in AmE on page 10. The OWF also contains many drawings that ou tline meaning where words could not possibly do so or would require too much spa ce. Items chosen for inclusion in the OWF, along with example phrases outlining meaning are, it is assumed, based on evidence of frequency from a carefully cons tructed linguistic corpus, although this is not made clear.?

  First read the following questions.?
39. Students who wish to take courses in Dutch or French ___.?
A. should pass the TOEFL test first?
B. must speak Dutch or French fluently?
C. may receive language training?
D. must have a good command of English?
40. Belgian universities do NOT offer courses on ___.?
A. medical sciences
B. computer science?
C. political and social sciences
D. archaeology and art sciences?
Now go through TEXT K quickly and answer questions 39 and 40.?
      To qualify to study in Belgium, it is essential to meet relevant requireme nts in (1) academic credentials,  (2)linguistic skills, (3) academic objectives and (4) financial resources. Let us review these four points:?
1. Academic credentials?
Equivalence and admissibility of degrees will be assessed according to Belgian l aw and individual university regulations. Please submit a copy of your degree wi th a translation to the chosen university’s admission board. ?
2. Language skills?
Chinese students who wish to follow courses in Dutch or French must realize that  a superficial knowledge of the language will not do. The ability to speak Dutch or French is imperative in order to follow lectures and to pass examinations. A  preparatory year of language instruction is available in some universities for already enrolled students. Please apply for information at the university of you r choice. Students who wish to attend lectures in English (post-academic trainin g international courses)must of course have a good command of that language. Uni versities will inform you about their individual TOEFL requirements.?
3. Programmes?
Belgian universities offer basic academic courses, advance academic training cou rses, doctoral programmes, post-academic training and various international stud y programmes (Master’s) in the field of technology, law, economics and applied e conomics, political and social sciences, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, lan guage and literature/history, archaeology and art sciences, psychology and educa tional sciences, medical sciences, engineering and applied biological sciences.
4. Financing?
Although precise determination of study and living expenses depends on individua l life style, one can assess that about 350,000 Belgian Francs (BEF)( about 88,0 00 RMB) is necessary for one year’s study. This amount should include books, ho u sing, food, transport, and health insurance. It does not include registration fe es which can vary from about 25,000 BEF for a student under scholarship to 290,0 00 BEF for a self-financing student, according to the chosen study program.

試卷二 (120  min)??
Part Ⅳ Translation  (60  min)


Translate the following underlined part of the text into English. Write your tra nslation on ANSWER SHEET THREE.?
    中國科技館的誕生來之不易。與國際著名科技館和其他博物館相比,它先天有些不足, 后天也常缺乏營養,但是它成長的步伐卻是堅實而有力的。它在國際上已被公認為后起之秀 。?
    世界上第一代博物館屬于自然博物館,它是通過化石、標本等向人們介紹地球和各種生 物的演化歷史。第二代屬于工業技術博物館,它所展示的是工業文明帶來的各種階段性結果 。這兩代博物館雖然起到了傳播科學知識的作用,但是,它們把參觀者當成了被動的旁觀者 。?
    世界上第三代博物館是充滿全新理念的博物館。在這里,觀眾可以自己去動手操作,自 己細心體察。這樣,他們可以更貼近先進的科學技術,去探索科學技術的奧妙。?
    中國科技館正是這樣的博物館!它汲取了國際上一些著名博物館的長處,設計制作了力 學、光學、電學、熱學、聲學、生物學等展品,展示了科學的原理和先進的科技成果。?


Translate the following text into Chinese. Write your translation on ANSWER SH EET THREE.?
    If people mean anything at all by the expression “untimely death”, they m us t believe that some deaths nm on a better schedule than others. Death in old age  is rarely called untimely—a long life is thought to be a full one. But with th e passing of a young person, one assumes that the best years lay ahead and the m easure of that life was still to be taken.?
    History denies this, of course. Among prominent summer deaths, one recalls those of MariLarry Monroe and James Deans, whose lives seemed equally brief and co mplete. Writers cannot bear the fact that poet John Keats died at 26, and only h alf playfully judge their own lives as failures when they pass that year. The id ea that the life cut short is unfulfilled is illogical because lives are measure d by the impressions they leave on the world and by their intensity and virtue.

Part Ⅴ  Writing  (60  min)
   Some people simply see education as going to schools or colleges, or as a m eans to secure good jobs; most people view education as a lifelong process. In y our opinion, how important is education to modem man??
  Write a composition of about 300 words on the following topic:?
    In the first part of your writing you should present your thesis statement, and in the second part you should support the thesis statement with appropriate deta ils. In the last part you should bring what you have written to a natural conclu sion or a summary.?
    Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriacy. Failur e to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.?
Write your composition on ANSWER SHEET FOUR.



    The earliest libraries existed thousands of years ago in China and Egypt wh ere collections of records on tablets of baked clay were kept in temples and roy al palaces. In the western world, libraries were first established is Ancient Gr eece. For example, Aristotle once had a research library in the 3rd century B. C

. ? The first library in the Unites States was a private library, which could only b e used by authorized readers. In 1633, John Harvard gave money and more than 300 books to a newly-established college in Massachusetts. In return for his genero sity, the legislature voted the school be named Harvard College. The librarian t here set rules for the new library. Only college students and faculty members co uld use the books. No book could be lent for more than one month. ?

        The earliest public library was established in Philadelphia in 1731. Although th is library was open to every one, all readers had to pay a membership or subscri ption fee in order to borrow books. Very few subscription libraries exist today.  Some book and stationary stores maintain small rental libraries, where anyone m ay borrow books for a daily charge. The first truly free public library that cir culated books to every one at no cost was started at a small New England town in  1833. Today, there are more than 7,000 free public libraries throughout the US.  They contain about 160 million books which were circulated to over 52 million r eaders.?

      Historically, the major purpose of free public libraries was educational. They were expected to provide adults with the opportunity to continue their educ ation after they left school. So the function of public library was once describ ed as “less reservoir than a fountain”. In other words, emphasis was to be pla ce d on wide circulation rather than on collecting and storing books. Over the year s public library services have greatly expanded. In addition to their continuing and important educational role, public libraries provide culture and recreation , and they are trying to fill many changing community needs. Most libraries offe r browsing rooms where readers can relax on comfortable chairs and read current newspapers and magazines. Many also circulate music records. Library programs of films, lectures, reading clubs, and concerts also attract library users. ? In addition to books, records, periodicals, and reference material, libraries pr ovide technical information such as books and pamphlets on gardening, carpentry and other specialized fields of interests. The largest public library in the US is the Library of Congress. It was originally planned as the reference library f or the federal legislature. Today in addition to that important function, it ser ves as the reference library for the public, and sends out many books to other l ibraries on inter-library-loan system.?

    Unlike free pubic libraries, which open to everyone, private libraries can be u sed only by authorized readers. Many industrial and scientific organizations and  business firms have collections of books, journals and research data for their staffs. Several private historical associations have research collections of spe cial interest to their members. In addition, many elementary and secondary schoo ls operate libraries for use by students and teachers. Prisons and hospitals mai ntain libraries too. ? The largest and the most important private libraries are operated by colleges an d universities, and axe used by students, faculty members, and occasionally by v isiting scholars. Many universities have special libraries for research in parti cular fields, such as law, medicine and education. Recent surveys report that me re than 300 million books are available in these academic libraries and they are regularly used by over 8 million students.?


(I: Interviewer N: Nancy)?

I: Hello, Nancy, I know you are one of a few women taxi drivers in the c ity now, and you drive for a living.? What made you want to be a common taxi driver in the first place??

N: I took pride in driving well, even when I was young for I have to wait until I have a car to learn to drive. When I finally learned, it was something I reall y enjoyed and still enjoy. I remember how smart those taxi drivers have seemed driving so well, and dressed so neatly in their uniforms. I thought I’d like to do that myself.?

I: You really enjoy driving, I see. And how long have you been a taxi driver??

N: Eh, altogether 12 years.?

I: Mm, it’s been quite some time already, hasn’t it??

N: Yeah.?

I: Then, what did you find the most difficult about becoming a taxi driver??

N: I can still remember when I was first learning to drive. It was scary I didn ’ t know yet how to judge distance. And when a big truck came near, it seemed like  a wheel was just coming right over me. Anyway, soon I learned to judge distance . I began to look ahead, stopped worrying about trucks and about what was moving  on either side.?

I: In your opinion, what does it take to become a good taxi driver??

N: Eh, besides driving well, the most important thing to a taxi driver needs to know is the streets and I know the city well because I have lived in it for a long time. I know all the main streets, and even the side streets. And of course, you ha ve to keep updating your knowledge of the streets because the city changes. Ther e might be a new road appearing somewhere one day.?

I: Now, what about annual leaves? Do you have them??

N: Oh, yes. When I first started, I had only 10 days. Now I have 3 weeks every y ear with pay.?

I: Just out of curiosity. When you go on vacation to another place or city, do y ou drive there as well??

N: In most cases, not. I prefer to be driven by others if I go by car. I would a lso prefer to go by train or plane, if there is a choice. I have already had too  much driving in my life, so when I’m on holiday, I just want to relax.?

I: Oh, I see. Let’s come back to your work. Are there any unpleasant aspects in  your job??

N: The only serious difficulty in this work is that it’s sometimes dangerous to drive at night. But you have choices, and I always choose to work days rather than at night.?

I: What’ s the best part of your job??

N: I soon found that what I like best about the job was being outdoors, seeing h ow this city changes from season to season. And there are places of scene I woul d probably never have seen in another job. And I love all kinds of weather. I li ke to leave the window down in a fine rain, and, and when I have a long drive, m aybe end-of the day, I sometimes go pass my home to tell my two little children I’ll be home soon, when they always want to come along in my car.?

I: Do they? I guess kids all like to be taken for a ride sometimes.?

N: Yes, but you can not take any all along, and thus they pay or you pay for the m. So I’ve to pay their fares one of these days, and take them out in my taxi, b ecause I really think it is fun out into the country side on the long drive, wit h the fresh air and sun shining. You just seem to want to drive for ever. At lea st that is how it’s for me.?

I: Being a taxi driver, you have to meet all kinds of people. How do you feel ab out that??

N: I enjoy meeting many different people. I might not have met some of them if n ot for this job. I learned a lot how people behave in these years.?

I: Can you tell us a bit more about it??

N: The biggest advantage is that you come across various characters in your work . Some people are interesting, some rushed, some pleasant, some funny, some talk ative, some so pressed for time that they change clothes in the taxi. Those who are in greatest rush would sometimes forget to pay.?

I: Have you ever met some people who don’t like women drivers??

N: Yeah. Once a passenger really objected to having a woman driver. That I laugh ed him so much that he stopped his fussing. Although there has been one or two c ases like this, I still think most people are nice to woman drivers. So this is really an interesting part of my work.?

I: Now my last question. Have you ever thought of changing your job??

N: Not yet. I might in a few years time, but not at this moment, because I reall y enjoy my work. And I do get lots of satisfaction out of it. So why should I??

I: Ok. Our interview is coming to the end. I’d like to wind up our interview by wishing you good luck in your job. Thank you very much for your time, Nancy.?

N: Pleasure.?


News Item 1(For Question 11)?

    President Clinton has renewed his attacks on the American tobacco industry. Accusing of using delaying tactics to block anti-smoking legislation, the US co ngress is considering a bill which will place tight restrictions on tobacco adve rtising and impose penalties on tobacco companies if they continue to sell cigar ettes to children. Mr. Clinton said, it was a fight with the lives of the Amer i can children, and he urged congress to move ahead with the bill. But a spokesman f or one of the big tobacco companies called the legislation totally unreasonable, and he said the process had become wholly politicized.??

News Item 2(For Questions 12-13)?

      The French President Jacques Chirac is to discuss the efforts to stimulate Japan’s economy during his visit to Japan which begins today. The French P r esident is no stranger to Japan. He’s visited the country 40 times before and t h is will be his second visit as President. Mr. Chirac will hold summit talks wit h Japanese Prime Minister next Monday. He is expected to discuss efforts to boos t Japanese economy as well as investment by Japanese companies in France. He’ll also meet the Emperor and Empress at a luncheon on Tuesday. But perhaps the event that will draw most attention is the launch of a-year-long festival of French ar t and culture in Japan. A replica of Arch de Triomphe that usually stands in Pad s has been transported to Tokyo Bay for the festival. And Mr. Chirac will unveil  it. The festival includes films, theatrical performance, dance and exhibitions,  as well as promotions for French food and wine, both of which are very popular in Japan.??

News Item 3(For Questions 14-15)?

      Officials of the World Food Program (WFP) say they are receiving informati on that famine has great part of central Afghanistan. WFP officials say as the w inter’s snow begins to melt and high mountain paths begin to clear, local leade r s and international aid workers are reporting some people are dying of starvatio n. Officials say a major disaster affecting hundreds of thousands of people may be in the making. The Taliban are blocking food deliveries to central Afghanista n. The UN has warned for several months that more than one million people are su ffering from blockade and 160,000 face starvation. An emergency air-lift of food to central Bombay province was cancelled earlier this year when the Taliban bom bed the local airport. WFP officials say the existing food stocks in that area a re exhausted and an emergency effort will be launched to bring wheat and potatoe s into the area.??


      Good morning. Today I’d like to discuss with you the secrets of good conv ersation, that is, how to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere.?

      When someone tells you that you have to give a speech, your response may b e ”I’ve got to do what? But it’s important to remember that speeches are like an ything else in life there’s always a “first time”. People, even those who are  wo nderful talkers in a conversational setting, are often terrified over the prospe ct of giving their first speech. Some are scared about it no matter how many spe eches they have given before. I suspect you may have the same experience, or hav e seen others in similar situations. I give speeches many times a year to groups of every possible description. My secret is simply that I think of public speak ing as no different from any other form of talk. It’s a way of sharing my thoug h t with other people. You know, in one sense, it’s actually easier than social c o nversation because you are in complete control of where the talk is going. At th e same time you have to have something to say, of course. This leads us to the f irst key of being a successful public speaker: Talk about something you know abo ut.?

    The second key to being a good speaker is to follow the motto of the Boy Sc outs-Be well prepared. Never go to a speech without some prior work on it. If yo u are talking about a subject you know well, as I’ve just advised, preparing th e  speech itself should not be too difficult. If you let the audience know where y ou’re going at the beginning, they will follow you more easily through the body of your speech. At the end of your speech, try to summarize your most important points in slightly different words from the ones you used in your opening.?

      Here are some other key tips based on my own speaking experience and what I’ve noticed in other good speakers. Look at your audience. I’ve already said ho w important it is to make eye contact. First, be sure to look up from you text o r notes. Second, don’t talk to the wall in the back, or to the window or to the side. They are not your audience. Each time you look up from your text, look at a different part of the audience, so the whole group feels they’re being addres s ed. Note the pacing and inflection you want to use in speech. Some speakers, if they’re reading from a complete text, underline the words they want to emphasiz e . If you are using an outline or notes, highlight ideas or phrases you should st ress in your speech with different-colored pen or something. This accomplishes t wo things: It guarantees that your emphasis will be where you intended it to be, and it assures your audience that you won’t be speaking in a dull monotone tha t will put them to sleep, especially if you’re talking after a heavy meal. Stand up straight. I don’ t mean that you have to assume a parade ground posture, but stand in a comfortable, natural way rather than hunching over the lectern. Hunch ing constricts your breathing, and it makes you look bad as well. If there’s a m icrophone in front of you, adjust it to the right height rather than forcing you rself to stoop during the speech. If you can, check this out before it’s your t u rn to speak. Talk normally into the microphone. If you speak at a high volume in to it, you will actually be harder to hear. And be careful to keep your mouth in the range of the mike; don’t wave around or turn away to answer a question fro m the side. ?

    Last but not the least, a speaker has to keep in mind the value of brevity.  It’s not easy to be brief, especially on a topic you know a lot about. But in a ny kind of communication, it’s always worth taking the time to boil your messag e down to its essentials. That emphasis on brevity applies even more when you are delivering a speech. The show business expression “know when to get off” come s into play again. And the best public speakers always know when. Some of the long est speeches ever inflicted on the American public have been the inaugural addre sses of their presidents. However one of the shortest inaugural addresses is als o one of the best remembered and most often quoted. It was delivered on January 20,1960 by John F. Kennedy. Kennedy spoke for less than 15 minutes. We can learn  from these speakers, whose ability to talk effectively was central to their suc cess, as is the case with so many successful people in every profession. Brevity  is the first thing we can learn from them. If people like Kennedy are willing t o keep it short to maximize their effectiveness as speakers, we should be smart enough to do the same thing.?

      To sum up, I’ve mentioned several key points in becoming a successful pub l ic speaker, such as good preparation, audience awareness, brevity, etc. I hope y ou find them very useful in making your speeches effective. Thank you.?






【詳細解答】由談話可知,哈佛投資建成了美國的第一所私人圖書館,但是“The librarian there set rules for the new library.”故答案選B。?




【詳細解答】在介紹建于1731的第一所公共圖書館時,談話者說“Although this library wa s open to every one, all readers had to pay a membership or subscription fee in order to borrow books.”由此可知,所有借書者必須交納一定的會費,故答案選D。  ?




【詳細解答】這四個選項在錄音中都提到了,但是“comfortable reading rooms”只是圖書 館提供的服務,不是建立的目的,故答案選A。?




【詳細解答】解答本題的關鍵句是“Unlike free pubic libraries, which open to everyon e, private libraries can be used only by authorized readers.”由此可知,私人圖書 館只供特定的讀者閱讀,而公共圖書館則面向所有的讀者。故答案選A。?




【詳細解答】這段錄音是對美國的私人圖書館和公共圖書館作比較,介紹了不同類的圖書館的 功用。故答案選C。?





【詳細解答】采訪者一開始就問南茜這個問題,她的回答是“…even when I was young for I have to wait until I have a car to learn to drive.”由此可知,當一名司機是南茜 兒時的夢想,故答案選D。?




【詳細解答】解答本題的關鍵句是“It was scary I didn’t know yet how to judge distan ce.”這就是她所說到的難事,故答案選B。?




【詳細解答】當采訪者問到她工作的最大優點時,南茜說道“I like best about the job wa s being outdoors, seeing how this city changes from season to season. And there are places of scene I would probably never have seen in another job.”由此可知, 她非常喜歡車窗外的各種景色。故答案選B。?




【詳細解答】當采訪者說她的孩子們一定喜歡經常坐她的車時,南茜的回答是“So I’ve to p ay their fates one of these days, and take them out in my taxi, because I really  think it is fun out into the country side on the long drive, with the fresh air and sun shining. You just seem to want to drive for ever. At least that is how it’s for me.”由此可知南茜是一位對孩子非常慈愛的母親。故答案選C。?




【詳細解答】南茜說她喜歡接觸不同個性的人,如“Some people are interesting, some ru shed, some pleasant, some funny, some talkative, some so pressed for time that t hey change clothes in the taxi.”由此可知,她所遇到的人個性各不相同。故答案選D。


News Item 1?




【詳細解答】本題可從克林頓的話中得出答案,“It was a fight with the lives of the A merican children,…”即制定禁煙法是為了保護兒童。故答案選D。?

News Item 2?




【詳細解答】新聞首句說“The French President Jacques Chirac is to discuss the effo rts to stimulate the Japan’s economy during his visit to Japan which begins toda y.”因此答案選C。?


【問句譯文】這是Jacques Chime第幾次訪問日本??


【詳細解答】根據新聞中:“He’s visited the country 40 times before and this would be his second visit as President.”由此可知,他以前曾訪問過40次,那么這次即是第4 1次。?


News Item 3?




【詳細解答】解答本題的關鍵句是“The Taliban are blocking food deliveries to centra l Afghanistan.”由此可知,是由于塔利班封鎖食品發放所造成的。故答案選C。?




【詳細解答】新聞中說“The UN has warned for several months that more than one mill ion people are suffering from blockade and 160,000 face starvation.”故答案選A。



1.答案:talk    ?

【詳細解答】有人害怕演講,于是講話者根據自己的經驗說“My secret is simply that I t hink of public speaking as no different from any other form of talk.”?

2.答案:share    ?

【詳細解答】只要聽清關鍵句“It’s a way of sharing my thought with other people.” 就可知道此處應填原形動詞share。?

3.答案:subject    ?

【詳細解答】根據關鍵句“If you are talking about a subject you know well, as I’ve just advised, preparing the speech itself should not be too difficult.”這里說的 是自由決定演講的主題(subject)。?

4.答案:knowledge    ?

【詳細解答】在談到如何取得演講的成功時,第一要點是“Talk about something you know about.”也就是要掌握“knowledge of the subject matter”。?


【詳細解答】錄音中說“If you let the audience know where you’re going at the begin ning, they will follow you more easily through the body of your speech.”這句話 告訴了我們演講一開始就告知聽眾主題“theme/idea”的重要性。?

6.答案:speaking ?

【詳細解答】錄音中談到如何取得演講成功的其他要點時說“Note the pacing and inflecti on you want to use in speech.”即要注意演講語速(the speed of speaking)的變化。

7.答案:comfort ?

【詳細解答】錄音中提到要調整麥克風的高度,“If there’s a microphone in front of yo u, adjust it to the right height rather than forcing yourself to stoop during th e speech.”這樣做的目的是為了讓你在演講過程中感覺舒服(comfort)。?

8.答案:short ?

【詳細解答】錄音中談到如何取得演講成功的最后一點時說“Last but not the least, a sp eaker has to keep in mind the value of brevity.”這里的brevity意為shortness,即t ry to make your message short。?

9.答案:shortest    ?

【詳細解答】錄音中談到如何取得演講成功的最后一點時舉例說“However one of the short est inaugural addresses is also one of the best remembered and most often quoted .”由此可知,此處應填寫shortest。 ?


【詳細解答】談話者以美國總統肯尼迪的著名演講僅用時15分鐘為例,旨在說明演講要盡量簡 潔。即簡潔是成功(success)的關鍵。

1.答案: the?
【詳細解答】本句中的most為副詞,修飾形容詞obvious,意為“十分,非?!?,由于obvious 不是最高級形式,故不用定冠詞the。?
【詳細解答】as opposed to為固定搭配,意為“與……對照,與……相比”。?
【詳細解答】根據句意,這里的方式(way)是對他人有誤導,不是被他人誤導。所以應該用m islead的現在分詞表示主動的含義。?
【詳細解答】far away from意為“距離某處很遠”,而far from being則意為“遠不是,遠 夠不上”。根據上下文,這里是說“遠非毫無意義”,故應該用短語far from being。?
【詳細解答】by no means為固定搭配,意為“絲毫不,絕不”。?
【詳細解答】such as是常見表達方式,用來舉例說明。?
【詳細解答】a number of 意為“大量的”,應修飾可數名詞復數形式。

閱讀理解 A

【詳細解答】短文第一段首句說“Despite Denmark’s manifest virtues, Danes never talk about how proud they are to be Danes.”由此可知,丹麥人對他們的國家持謙虛態度, 故答案選B。?
【詳細解答】短文第二段第二句說“…and despite all the English that Danish absorbs — there is no Danish Academy to defend against it — old dialects persist in J utland that can barely be understood by Copenhageners.”由此可知,丹麥是一個在語 言上有容忍性的國家,故可排除選項C;下一句接著說“It is the land where, as the sa ying goes,“ Few have too much and fewer have too little, ”and a foreigner is str uck by the sweet egalitarianism that prevails,…”由此可知丹麥社會是個人人平等的 社會,故可排除選項B;由本段最后一句“It’s a nation of tireless planner. Trains r un on time. Things operate well in general.”可知,丹麥是個有秩序守時的國家,故 可排除選項D。文中并沒有提到丹麥人喜歡外國文化,故選項A為正確答案。?
【詳細解答】工商部長在講話中說到丹麥是世界上最干凈,最有秩序的國家,沒有污染,沒有 犯罪與貧窮等等,作者并沒有直接地表達自己的態度,而是列舉了一些與該部長談話相反的 社會現象,由此可知,作者是持懷疑的態度,故答案選D。?
【詳細解答】短文第四段中說到“Orderliness is a main selling point.”由于丹麥缺乏自 然資源,井然有序的社會秩序對該國經濟發展起到重要作用,故選項C為正確答案。?
【詳細解答】由本段第三句“The rules of the welfare system are clear to everyone,… ”,可排除選項A;由第二句中的“…you shouldn’t feel bad for taking what you’re e ntitled to,…”可排除選項B;由最后一句“the orderliness of the system makes it p ossible for the country to weather high unemployment and social unrest without a sense of crisis.”可排除選項C。本段并沒有提到“井然有序的社會秩序有可能減輕失業 問題”,故答案選D。?
【詳細解答】短文第三段在談到自信類的人時說“…who therefore do not feel they need worry much about their use of English. Their education and occupation make them confident of speaking an unimpeachable form of English: no fear of being critici zed or corrected is likely to cross their minds, and this gives their speech tha t characteristically unselfconscious and easy flow which is often envied.”由此 可知,自信類的人總是泰然自若、無所畏懼的樣子,故答案選D。?
【詳細解答】短文第五段第三句說“They live their lives in some degree of nervousnes s over their grammar,…”第六段第二句說“Their lot is also the open or veiled co ntempt of the ‘assured’on one side of them and of the “indifferent” on the oth er.”由此可知,內外受困使得焦慮類的人成為不幸者,故答案選B。?
【詳細解答】短文最后一段首句說“It is all too easy to raise an unworthy laugh at t he anxious.”這些人可能會在語言方面花費過多的精力,以致被英語的各種形式所困擾。 作者認為這些做法是不明智的。故答案選D“不合理的,荒謬的”。?
【詳細解答】短文第二段首句中說“…it should be reflected that the real snob is Coo ke himself, who has spent a lifetime disguising them.” 這句話表明作者對于庫克放 棄英國護照的做法是持批評態度,認為這一點是不能容忍的,故答案選C。?
【詳細解答】短文第一段描寫的是庫克過90歲生日的盛況,由此可知庫克相當有名,故可首先 排除選項D;短文最后一段第二句說“His arrogance in not allowing BBC editors to se e his script in advance worked, not for the first time, to his detriment.”由此 可知他的傲慢個性,故可排除選項C;這里接著說“His defenders said he could not hel p living with the 1930s values he had acquired and somewhat dubiously went on to cite “gallantry” as chief among them.”由此可知他是一位保守人物,故可排除選項A ;全文沒有提到他的“真誠”一面,故答案選B。?
【詳細解答】文中在談到庫克的事業成功給予了肯定。而當談到他的國籍、婚姻、軍隊中性犯 罪、為人處事等問題時,作者提出了極其嚴厲地批評。故選項C“尖銳的,諷刺的”為正確 答案。?
【詳細解答】短文第一段第三句說“The whole narrative of her death revolted him and it revolted him to think that he had ever spoken to her of what he held sacred. ”這里兩次用到revolt(厭惡,反感)一詞,因此答案選A。?
【詳細解答】短文第一段第四句說“The cautious words of a reporter won over to conce al the details of a commonplace vulgar death attacked his stomach.”由此可知選項 C“謹慎的”為正確答案。?
【詳細解答】短文最后—段提到,當Duffy先生坐在房間里回想與“她”的往事的時,“He be gan to feel ill at ease. He asked himself what else could he have done. He could not have lived with her openly. He had done what seemed to him best. How was he to blame?”從這里我們可以看出他處于一種自責、懊悔的情緒之中。故選項D“懊悔的” 為正確答案。?
【詳細解答】短文第一段第四句說“…he had ever spoken to her of what he held sacred .”,由此可知他曾經十分信任她,故可排除選項A。第六句說“Not merely had she degra ded herself, she had degraded him.”這表明他感到非常羞恥,故可排除選項B;該段還 提到Duffy先生和“她”發生了一次激烈的爭吵,于是他提出分手,最后一句說“He had no difficulty now in approving of the course he had taken.”這表明是Duffy先生想要 結束他們之間的關系。故答案選項C。
閱讀理解 B

【詳細解答】快速閱讀全文,便知談的是學校教育。短文第二段比爾·蓋茨說道“Get the be st education you can. Take advantage of high school and college. Learn how to le arn.”故這篇短文主要討論的是“教育的重要性”。?
【詳細解答】這篇文章從三個方面論述了倫敦地位的重要性:重要的港口城市、最大的制造中 心以及國內國際商貿中心。在回顧倫敦歷史的同時,又提到倫敦的現狀。故選項D為正確答 案。?
【詳細解答】短文第一段最后一句首先引出話題“The very existence of paper copy has b een brought into question once more.”接著文中從四個方面論述了網絡技術給印刷業所 帶來的影響。故答案選A。?
【詳細解答】本文先介紹的是Owen先生的書的內容,指出了值得肯定的方面,接著談到書中的 不足之處。作者知識客觀地去評論。故答案選B。?
【詳細解答】短文第二段第二句說“For a couple of years in the 1960s, Willcox said, the table of contents was shifted to the back cover.”,由此可知,時間為二十世紀 六十年代。?
【詳細解答】短文第三段第三句說“Publishing industry executives and Wall Street ana lysts have criticized the magazine for failing to attract the next generation of readers.”由此可知,不能吸引年青人是其受到指責的原因。故答案選A。?
短文大意:本文主要介紹的是Oxford Wordfinder(OWF)這部字典的諸多優點。?
【參考譯文】OWF與Longman Activator這兩部字典的詞匯怎樣??
【詳細解答】短文第二段開頭說“The OWF is based upon similar lines to the ground br eaking Longman Activator in that words in each dictionary are not simply listed in alphabetical order.”由此可知,這兩部字典除了按字母表順序排列單詞之外,還根據 詞意、用法的異同排列。故答案選A。?
【參考譯文】要查到一個意為“boiling with a low heat”的詞,你可能首先翻到第幾頁??
【試題分析】本題為細節題。? 詳細解答短文第四段第二句說“Let’s say the learner wishes to know the correct wor d for “boiling with a low heat”. The intermediate learner, who will probably beg in her search under “Cook” on page 99,…”由此可知,正確答案為B。?
【詳細解答】首先快速查找有關“Dutch or French”的文字,發現它在Language skills中, 由此可知,這些學生可能要接受語言培訓。故答案選C。?
【詳細解答】快速查找programmes項,可分別查到選項A、C和D,只有選項B沒有提到,故為正 確答案。

    The first-generation museums in the world are museums of natural history. W ith fossils and specimens they introduce to people the evolution of the earth an d various living organisms on it. The second-generation museums are those of ind ustrial technology. Fruits of various stages of industrial civilization are on d isplay here. Although these two generations of muslins have played the role of s preading scientific knowledge, they regard visitors as passive spectators.?
    The world’s third-generation museums are full of completely new concepts. H ere visitors can carry out operations and careful observations themselves. In th is way they come closer to advanced achievements in science and technology so as to probe their mystery.?

Education as a Lifelong Process?
    When education is mentioned, we can easily think of school, colleges and yo ung people. In fact, education is so important in modern society that it can be viewed as a lifelong process.?
    First, it’s the requirement of fast-developing society, to accept education despite of your age. Our world is changing dramatically with the development of new science and technology. A person who completed his education at school in 7 0s or 80s may have encountered new problems when he is working now. The problems  might have something to do with his major or other aspects. For example an acco untant now must master the skills of accounting through computers, which is the basic tools for him, so he should also learn how to apply his job in a computer.  No matter how old is he.?
    Secondly, education creates human character and moralities. Through educati on, youth may learn how to make contributions to the world. And the old may lear n new things to enrich their lives. Through education, a healthy person can beco me stronger and a disabled person can have a new hope on his life. Man can find great pleasure by accepting education.?
    Thirdly, our modem society has provided everyone the chance to accept educa tion. As long as you wish you could get education by attending night-schools, ad ult colleges, training centers and even long-distance education through Internet and TV.?
    In one word, knowledge is limitless. And life is limited. So education is a lifelong process.?
improviser  即興詩人,即興演講者,即席演出者?
distributor  發行人?
stratification  層化,階層的形成?
downright  明白的,明顯的?
frenzy  狂暴,狂怒?
adherent  信徒,追隨者,擁護者?
benighted  愚昧的?
jeopardize  危害?
persist in  堅持?
creep into  開始發生于,溜進……?
drop out of  退出……,不參與……?
cut out  切掉, 取代, 停止