I. Listening Comprehension
Section A Short Conversations
Directions: In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard.
1. W: I guess the stories in this book deal with housing and employment problems in Chicago or San Francisco, right?
M: Well, I’m afraid the stories are about some issues in London in 1880s.
Q: Which city does the man think the stories possibly happened?
2. M: This is to confirm the appointment we made to meet at your office at 10:00 am on Monday, February 20th.
W: Thanks. I’ve made the time available. It’s just in a week.
Q: What’s the date today?
3. M: I need it by the morning of April 5th, so it can be reviewed by other members prior to the meeting.
W: All right. I’ll get it ready soon.
Q: What’s the relationship between the two speakers?
4. M: Why would you want to cherish a piece of junk food like that?
W: But this little beauty means the world to me.
Q: What do we learn from the woman’s words?
5. W: During my last spring vacation I took a job in a restaurant to help pay the costs of my trip abroad.
M: Any plan for this spring vacation? I need some cashiers in my supermarket.
Q: Why does the woman need a part-time job?
M: When bears sleep or lie down, their postures depend on whether they want to get rid of heat or conserve it.
W: I see. That’s why the bear body stretches out.
Q: What do we learn from the talk?