Source:  Onion  2008-09-05  我要投稿   恒星英语学习论坛   Favorite  


Section A
--Good news! I'm not going to have surgeryafter all. The doctor says I can start working out again soon and maybe play football like before in a few weeks.
--That’s terrific! It will be great if you could get back in shape in time for the World Cup.
What do we learn from the conversation?

--I really need to make some extra money. You know, I've practically spent my entirebudget for the semester.
--Why not check out the new cafeteria at Market Street? I think there are still a few opening for seniors like you.
What does the woman suggest the man do?

--I hear John left his cat in your care while he's on vacationabroad. How are you getting along with it?
--Well, it never comes when I call it. It spills its food and sheds all over the place. I can't wait till John gets back.
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--Hello, Professor White. I got my grade in the mail this morning, but I think there might be a mistake in my mark.
--Yeah. I've got several calls just like yours. There must be a problem with the computing system. It should be straightenedout in a couple of hours.
What does the man mean?

--Professor Johnson, last night when I was putting the finishing touches on my paper, a computer failurecompletely wiped up my files. Do you think I could have another day to retype it?
--I'm sorry, Rod. I'm leaving for a conference tomorrow. And I'll be away two weeks. I suppose you could send me an e-copy.
Why does the man say he can't submit his assignment on time?

--I just called the travel agency. It's all set. On June 1st, we’re heading for the mountains and we’;; be camping there for a whole week.
--Have you checked the academy calendar? My classes aren't over until the 8th.
What does the man imply?

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--I thought there was still time for me to apply for a student loan. But someone just told me
that the closing day was last Tuesday.
--Are you sure? I thought we still had another month. Wait. I got a brochure right here. Last Tuesday was the opening date.
What does the man imply?

--Look at all the pollutants going into the air from those factories? Do you think they’ll ever get that under control?
--Now with the new loss in effect, and social awareness increasing, we're sure to turn things around.
What does the man mean?

Now you'll hear the two long conversations.
Conversation 1 www.hxen.com

W: Tell me, Peter, what makes Harris so famous?
M: Well, it's the biggest departmentstore in UK, and its food hall, and Egyptian hall are very famous. People come to Harris just to see them.
W: What is special about the food hall?
M: It sells many different kinds of food. For example, it has 250 kinds of cheese from all over the world, and more than 180 kinds of bread. Customers also like different kinds of chocolate; they buy a hundred tons every year.
W: That's amazing.
And, why is the Egyptian hall so famous?
M: Well, when people see it, they feel they were in another world. It looks like an Egyptian building from four thousand years ago. And it sells beautiful objects. They're not four thousand years old of course.
W: Is it true that Harris produces its own electricity?
M: Yes, it does, 70%, enough for a small town. To light the outside of the building, we use 11,500 light bulbs.
W: Really? Tell me, how many customers do you have on an averageday? And how much do they spend?
M: About 30,000 people come on an average day, but during the sales the number increases to 30,000 customers a day. How much do they spend? Well, on average, customers spend 1.5 million pounds a day; the record for one day is 9 million pounds.
W: 9 million pounds in one day?
M: Yes, on the first day of the "January sales".
W: Harris says it sells everything to everybody everywhere. Is that really true?
M: Oh, yes, of course! Absolutelyeverything.

Question 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

Question 19: What is the food hall of Harris noted for?

Question 20: What does the Egyptian hall seem like to the customers?

Question 21: What makes customers surprising about Harris?

Question 22: About how many customers come on an average day?

Conversation 2 Www.Hxen.com

W: Hi, Kevin.
M: Hi, Lora. Long time no see. Where have you been up to lately?
W: Not much I can assureyou, and you?
M: Much the same except I do have some big news.
W: Come on, the suspenseis killing me.
M: No, really. What have you been doing these past few weeks? The last time I saw you, you were looking for a new job.
W: Well, that's not exactly true. I was thinking about changing jobs. Luckily, they offered me a new position in the accounting department.
M: A step-up in the big business world.
W: I wouldn't exaggerate, but I'm pleased. I had been hoping to get a promotion for a while. So when it finally came through, I was relieved. Actually, that's why I was looking for a new job. I just didn't want to work there anymore. They weren’t going to recognizemy efforts.
M: Right, sometimes you could do your best and it seems like the others don't know you exist. I hope the money is better.
W: I got a reasonable raise. Now, enough about me. I’m dying to hear your news.
M: I'm getting married.
W: No! You say you’d never get married.
M: That was then, and this is now. You’ve got to met Angela, she’s great.
W: This is all news to me. I didn't even know you were dating.
M: We weren’t. We’ve just been dating for 2 weeks now.
W: And you're getting married?
M: I know. I can't help it. I just know she is the one.
W: Well, congratulations! That’s fantastic.
M: Thanks. I’m glad to hear you feel that way.

Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard. www.hxen.com

Question23 what was the woman doing when the man last saw her?

Question24 Why does the woman say she was relieved?

Question25 Why is the woman surprised at the man’s news?

Section B HxEn.com

passage 1

Water scooters are water vehiclesthat look very much like motor cycles. Nowadays speedy, colorful water scooters are gaining in popularity. They can travel anywhere a small boat can and typically popular with young people. The rising popularityof the craft has raised the question of water scooter regulation. In this case, the argument for strict regulation is compelling. Water scooters are a particularly deadly form of water recreation. For example, two women were vacationing in Long Boat Key. While they were floating on a rubber boat along the shore, a water scooter crashed into them and killed them. Also, water scooter operators have been killed or seriously injured in collisions with other water craft. Others have been straddled at the sea when the scooters either failed or sank far from shore. Many water scooter operators are inexperienced and ignorant of navigationalrules which increases the potential for accidents. The increasing popularity of the scooter has aggravated the problem providing more water vehicles to compete for the same space. Crowded water ways are simply an open invitation to disaster. In addition to the inherent operational hazards of water scooters, they’re proving to be an environmental nonsense. Beach residents complained of the noise of the scooters. The Pacific Whale Foundation on the west coast expressed concern that the scooters are frightening away and endanger species of whale that migrates to Hawaii for breeding. Regulations such as minimum operating age, restricted operating areas and compulsoryclasses in water safety are essential. Without such regulations, tragedies involve water scooters are sure to multiply which makes many beaches unsafe for recreation.

26:what did the speaker say about water scooters?

27.what does he mentioned as one of the causes of water accidents?

28.In what way are water scooters say to be an environmental nuisance?

29.what does the speaker purposed to ensure the safety of bleach for recreation"


It seems to me that neighbors are going out of style in America. The friend next door from whom you borrowed four eggs or a ladder has moved and the people in there now are strangers.

Some of the traditional stories of neighborlinessare impractical or silly, and it may be just as well that our relations with our neighbors are changing. The saying in the Bible "Love Thy Neighbor" was probably a poor translationof what must have originally been "Respect Thy Neighbor." Love can't be called up on order. Fewer than half the people in the United States live in the same house they lived in five years ago, so there's no reason to love the people who live next door to you just because they happened to wanderinto a real estate office that listed the place next door to yours. The only thing neighbors have in common, to begin with, is proximity, and unless something more develops, that isn't reason enough to be best friends. It sometimes happens naturally, but the chances are very small that your neighbors will be you choice as friends. Or that you will be theirs, either.

The best relationship with neighbors is one of friendly distance. You say hello, you small-talk if you see them in the yard, you discuss problems as they arise and you help each other in an emergency. The driveway or the fence between you is not really a cold shoulder, but a clear boundary. We all like clearly-defined boundaries for ourselves.

30 What does the speaker say about the relations among neighbors nowadays?

31 Why does the speaker say it may be difficult for people to love their neighbors?

32 What should neighbors do in the speaker’s opinion?

passage3 www.hxen.com

Articles in magazines and newspapers and special reports on radio and television reflect the concern of many Americans about the increasing dropout rate in our junior and senior high schools. Coupled with this fact is the warning that soon we will no longer have workforceto fill the many jobs that require properly-educated personnel. The highest student dropout rate is not a recent development. Ten years ago, many urban schools were reporting dropoutrates between 35 and 50 percent. Some administrators maintain that dropouts remain the single greatest problem in their schools. Consequently, much effort has been spent on identifying students with problems in order to give them more attention before they become failures. Since the dropout problem doesn't start in senior high school, special programs in junior high school focus on students who show promise but have a record of truancy, that is, staying away from school without permission. Under the guidanceof counselors, these students are placed in classes with teachers who have had success in working with similar young people. Strategies to motivate students in high school include rewarding academic excellenceby designating scholars of the month, or by issuing articles of clothing such as school letter jackets formally given only to athletes. No one working with these students claims to know how to keep all students in school. Counselors, teachers, and administrators are in the frontlinesof what seems at times to be a losing battle. Actually, this problem should be everyone's concern, since uneducated, unemployed citizens affect us all.

Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.

Question 33: Why are many Americans concerned with the increasing dropout rate in school?

Question 34: What do we learn about the student dropout problem in America?

Question 35: What is mentioned as one of the strategies used to motivate students?

I’m interested in the criminal justicesystem of our country. It seems to me that something has to be done if we are to survive as a country. I certainly don’t know what the answers to our problems are. Things certainly get complicatedin a hurry when you get into them. But I wonder if something couldn’t be done to deal with some of these problems. One thing I’m concerned about is our practice of putting offenders in jail who haven’t harmed anyone. Why not work out some system wherebythey can pay back the debts they owe society instead of incurring another debt by going to prison and of course coming out at the influence of hardened criminals? I’m also concerned about the short prison sentences people are serving for serious crimes. Of course one alternativeto this is to restore capital punishment, but I’m not sure I would be for that—I’m not sure it’s right to take an eye for an eye. The alternative to capital punishment is longer sentences. But they would certainly cost the taxpayers much money. I also think we must do something about the insanity plea. In my opinion, anyone who takes another person’s life intentionallyis insane. However, that does not mean that the person isn’t guilty of the crime or that he shouldn’t pay society the debt he owes. It’s sad of course that a person may have to spend the rest of his life or a large part of it in prison for acts that he committedwhile not in full control of his mind.


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