Listening Comprehension (20 minutes)
1. A) Twenty-five dollars. B) Twenty dollars.
C) Forty dollars. D) Fifty dollars.
2 . A) To go to the French restaurant.
B) To try a new restaurant.
C) To visit a friend.
D) To stay at home.
3. A) Easy-going and friendly. B) Very nervous.
C) Angry. D) Not easy-going.
4. A) He plays jazz music. B) He is a jazz fan.
C) He needs 300 jazz records. D) He music.
5. A) At a post office. B) At a bank.
C) At a restaurant. D) At an airport.
6. A) He was sacred. B) He was upset.
C) He hasn’t got a car. D) He is glad to drive her there.
7. A) Lending money to a student. B) Filling a form.
C) Reading a student’s application. D) Asking for some financial aid.
8. A) 12:30. B) 11:30. C) 12:00. D) 11:00.
9.A) Skiing. B) Tennis. C) Swimming. D) Golf.
10.A) Sick. B) Comfortable. C) Better. D) Fine.
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 11 to 17 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 18 to 20 you are required to fill in the missing information. You can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
Very high waves are destructive when they 11 ____ the land. Fortunately, this 12 ____ happens. One reason is that out at sea, waves moving in one direction almost always run into waves moving in a different direction. The two __ 13 __ of waves tend to cancel each other out. Another reason is that water is __ 14 __ near the shore. As a wave gets closer to land,;the shallow __ 15 __ helps reduce its __ 16 __.
But the power of waves striking the shore can still be very great. During a winter gale, waves sometimes strike the __ 17 __ with the force of 6,000 pounds for each square foot. That means a wave, 25 feet high and 500 feet along its face, may __ 18 __.
Yet __ 19 __. During the most raging storms, __ 20 __.
11.strike 12.seldom 13.sets 14.shallower 15.bottom
18.strike the shore with a force of 75 million pounds.
19. the waves, no matter how big or how violent, affect only the surface of the sea
20. the water a hundred fathoms (600 feet) beneath the surface is just as calm as on the day without a breath of wind.
Scripts for Listening Comprehension
1. M: How much are these jackets?
W: They are on sale today, sir. Twenty-five dollars each, or two for forty dollars.Q: How much does one jacket cost?
2. W: Shall we have dinner in that French restaurant?
M: I can’t eat a thing. I feel too bad. My stomach aches.
Q: What do you think the woman will do?
3. M: Tina’s husband is friendly and easy-going.
W: Yes, just the exact opposite to her brother.
Q: What is Tina’s brother like? 4. W: Last night, we went to Peter’s house to listen to music.
M: I heard that he has more than 300 jazz records. Is that right?
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
5. M: I need six stamps and I’d like to send these two books by air mail.
W: Here are your stamps, but you have to go to the next window for the books.
Q: Where does this conversation most probably take place?
6. W: Jim, would you mind driving me to my school?
M: Sure, why not?
Q: How does Jim respond to the woman?
7. M: Did you see Mary in the business office?
W: Yes, she was applying for a student loan.
Q: What was Mary doing?
8. W: When is the movie to start?
M: Don’t worry. It doesn’t start until 12:30, we’ve still got 30 minutes.
Q: What’s the time now?
9. M: I like skiing but not swimming.
W: Swimming and tennis are my favorite;sports.
Q: Which sport does the man like?
10. W: Tom, how are you? I heard you were sick.
M: They must have confused me with somebody else, I’ve never felt better.
Q: How does Tom feel?
Very high waves a, re destructive when they strike the land. Fortunately, this seldom happens. One reason is that out at sea, waves moving in one direction almost always run into waves moving in a different direction. The two sets of waves tend to cancel each other out. Another reason is that water is shallower near the shore. As a wave gets closer to land, the shallow bottom helps reduce its strength.
But the power of waves striking the shore can still be very great. During a winter gale, waves sometimes strike the shore with the force of 6,000 pounds for each square foot. That means a wave, 25 feet high and 500 feet along its face, may strike the shore with a force of 75 million pounds.
Yet the waves, no matter how big or how violent, affect only the surface of the sea. During the most raging storms, the water a hundred fathoms (600feet) beneath the surface is just as calm as on the day without a breath of wind.