TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORSTEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS (2005)
TIME LIMIT: 130 MIN
PART IDICTATION [15 MIN ]
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be read at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passagewill be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be read at normal speed again and during thistime you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE.
PART IILISTENING COMPREHENSION [15 MIN]
In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything once only. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your answer sheet.
In this section you will hear several conversations. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 1 to 3 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the conversation.
1. According to the conversation, Mr Johnson is NOT very strong in
2. Mr Johnson thinks that _______ can help him a lot in the job.
3. Mr Johnson would like to work as a(n)
B. computer programmer.
C. product designer.
D. school teacher.
Questions 4 to 7 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the conversation.
4. What is the main purpose of the research?
A. To make preparations for a new publication.
B. To learn how couples spend their weekends.
C. To know how housework is shared.
D. To investigate what people do at the weekend.
5. What does the man do on Fridays?
A. He goes to exercise classes.
B. He goes sailing.
C. He goes to the cinema.
D. He stays at home.
6. On which day does the couple always go out?
D. Any weekday.
7. Which personal detail does the man give?
B. First name.
Questions 8 to 10 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the conversation.
8. Parcel Express needs the following details about the sender EXCEPT
D. phone number.
9. Parcels must be left open mainly for
A. customs’ check.
B. security check.
C. convenience’s sake.
D. the company’s sake.
10. The woman’s last inquiry is mainly concerned with
A. the time needed for sending the parcel.
B. the flight time to New York.
C. the parcel destination.
D. parcel collection.
SECTION B PASSAGES
In this section, you will hear several passages. Listen to the passages carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the passage.
11. Where is the train to Nanjing now standing?
A. At Platform 7.
B. At Platform 8.
C. At Platform 9.
D. At Platform 13.
12. Which train will now leave at 11:35?
A. The train to Jinnan.
B. The train to Zhengzhou.
C. The train to Tianjin.
D. The train to Hangzhou.
13. Which train has now been cancelled?
A. The train to Jinnan.
B. The train to Zhengzhou.
C. The train to Tianjin.
D. The train to Hangzhou.
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the passage.
14. The museum was built in memory of those
A. who died in wars.
B. who worked to help victims.
C. who lost their families in disasters.
D. who fought in wars.
15. Henry Durant put forward the idea because he
A. had once fought in a war in Italy.
B. had been wounded in a war.
C. had assisted in treating the wounded.
D. had seen the casualties and cruelties of war.
16. Which of the following statements about the symbols is INCORRECT?
A. Both are used as the organization’s official symbols.
B. Both are used regardless of religious significance.
C. The red cross was the organization’s original symbol.
D. The red crescent was later adopted for use in certain regions.
17. How should cheerleading be viewed according to the passage?
A. It is just a lot of cheering.
B. It mainly involves yelling.
C. It mainly involves dancing.
D. It is competitive in nature.
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the passage.
18. How do the cheerleaders perform their jobs?
A. They set fireworks for their team.
B. They put on athletic shows.
C. They run around the spectators.
D. They yell for people to buy drinks.
19. Why do the cheerleaders sometimes suffer physical injuries?
A. Because they try dangerous acts to catch people’s attention.
B. Because they shout and yell so their voice becomes hoarse.
C. Because they go to the pyramid and the hills to perform.
D. Because they dance too much every day for practice.
20. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
A. The first cheerleaders was a man named John Campbell.
B. Cheerleaders’ contests are only held at the state level.
C. Before 1930 there were no women cheerleaders.
D. The first cheerleading occurred in 1898.
SECTION C NEWS BROAOCAST
Questions 21 to 22 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news.
21. How many of the emigrants died after being thrown into the sea?
A. 15 of them.
B. 3 of them.
C. 100 of them.
D. Dozens of them.
22. The illegal emigrants came from
C. the Mediterranean region.
D. places unknown.
Question 23 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 5 seconds to answer the question. Now listen to the news.
23. What does the news item mainly report?
A. China will send three people into space in a week.
B. Three Chinese astronauts will spend a week in space.
C. The Shenzhou VI will be launched next year.
D. Shenzhou V circled the earth for two days.
Questions 24 and 25 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news.
24. Which of the following had NOT been affected by the wildfires?
25. The fires were thought to have been started
C. on the Mexican border.
D. in southern California.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the question. Now listen to the news.
26. ________ ranks second among leading tourism nations.
B. The United States
27. It is predicted that by 2020 China will receive _________ visitors.
A. 77 million
B. 130 million
C. 36.8 million
D. 100 million
28. According to a Xinhua report, last year saw a _________ per cent increase in
the number of Chinese traveling abroad.
Question 29 and 30 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question. Now listen to the news.
29. What would happen to the Argentine officers?
A. They would be arrested by Spanish authorities.
B. They would be tried in an Argentine court.
C. They would be sent to Spain for trial.
D. They would be tortured or murdered.
30. What accusation would the Argentine officers face?
A. Violation of human rights.
B. Involvement in illegal actions.
C. Planning anti-government activities.
D. Being part of the military rule.
PART III CLOZE [15 MIN.]
Decide which of the choices given below would best complete the passage if inserted in the corresponding blanks. Mark the best choice for each blank on your answer sheet.
A person’s home is as much a reflection of his personality as the clothes he wears, the food he eats and the friends with whom he spends his time. Depending on personality, most have in mind a(n) “(31) ______ home”. But in general, and especially for the student or new wage earners, there are practical (32) ________ of cash and location on achieving that idea.Cash (33) ________, in fact, often means that the only way of (34) _________ when you leave school is to stay at home for a while until things (35) _________ financially. There are obvious (36) ________of living at home—personal laundry is usually (37) _________ done along with the family wash; meals are provided and there will be a well-established circle of friends to (38) _________. And there is (39) _________ the responsibility for paying bills, rates, etc.
On the other hand, (40) _________ depends on
31. A. idealB. perfectC. imaginaryD. satisfactory
32. A. deficienciesB. weaknessesC. insufficienciesD. limitations
33. A. cutB. shortageC. lackD. drain
34. A. getting overB. getting inC. getting backD. getting along
35. A. improveB. enhanceC. developD. proceed
36. A. concernsb. issuesC. advantagesD. problems
37. A. stillB. alwaysC. habituallyD. consequently
38. A. call inB. call overC. call uponD. call out
39. A. alwaysB. rarelyC. littleD. sometimes
40. A. littleB. enoughC. manyD. much
41. A. andB. butC. stillD. or
42. A. tolerantB. hostileC. indifferentD. good-tempered
43. A. agreementB. consensusC. compromiseD. deal
44. A. go aboutB. go overC. go in forD. go through
45. A. seldomB. lessC. probablyD. certainly
46. A. dependentB. a good source of informationC. of great valueD.reliable
47. A. familiarB. coldC. humidD. new
48. A. thoughB. whileC. sinceD. as
49. A. enthusiasmB. hesitationC. cautionD. concern
50. A. sameB. equivalentC. equalD. simiarity
PART IV GRAMMAR %26 VOCABULARY[15 MIN]
There are thirty sentences in this section. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Choose one word or phrase that best completes the sentence.Mark your answers on your answer sheet.
51. If you explained the situation to your solicitor, he ________ able to advise you much better than I can.
A. would beB. will have beenC. wasD. were
52. _________, Mr. Wells is scarcely in sympathy with the working class.
A. Although he is a socialistB. Even if he is a socialist
C. Being a socialistD. Since he is a socialist
53. His remarks were ________ annoy everybody at the meeting.
A. so as toB. such as toC. such toD. as much as to
54. James has just arrived, but I didn’t know he _________ until yesterday.
A. will comeB. was comingC. had been comingD. came
55. _________ conscious of my moral obligations as a citizen.
A. I was and always will beB. I have to be and always will be
C. I had been and always will beD. I have been and always will be
56. Because fuel supplies are finite and many people are wasteful, we will have to install _________ solar heating device in our home.
A. some type ofB. some types of a
C. some type of aD. some types of
57. I went there in 1984, and that was the only occasion when I ________ the journey in exactly two days.
A. must takeB. must have made
C. was able to makeD. could make
58. I know he failed his last test, but really he’s _________ stupid.
A. something butB. anything but
C. nothing butD. not but
59. Do you know Tim’s brother? He is _________ than Tim.
A. much more sportsmanB. more of a sportsman
C. more of sportsmanD. more a sportsman
60. That was not the first time he ________ us. I think it’s high time we ________ strong actions against him.
A. betrayed…takeB. had betrayed…took
C. has betrayed…tookD. has betrayed…take
61. What’s the chance of ________ a general election this year?
A. there beingB. there to be
C. there beD. there going to be
62. The meeting was put off because we __________ a meeting without John.
A. objected havingB. were objected to having
C. objected to haveD. objected to having
63. ________ you _______ further problems with your printer, contact your dealer
A. If, hadB. Have, hadC. Should, haveD. In
64. He asked me to lend him some money, which I agreed to do, ________ that he paid me back the following week.
A. on occasionB. on purposeC. on conditionD. only if
65. Children who stay away from school do ________ for different reasons.
A. themB. /C. itD. theirs
66. Why are you staring?
I＊ve never seen ______tree before.
67. There are still many problem ahead of us, but by his time next year we can see light at the end of the _________.
A. battleB. dayC. roadD. tunnel
68. We realized that he was under great _________, so we took no notice of his bad temper.
A. excitementB. stressC. crisisD. nervousness
69. The director tried to get the actors to _________ to the next scene by hand signals.
A. move onB. move offC. move outD. move along
70. His ideas are invariably condemned as ________ by his colleagues.
A. imaginativeB. ingeniousC. impracticalD. theoretical
71. Thousands of people turned out into the streets to _________ against the local authorities＊ decision to build a highway across the field.
A. contradictB. reformC. counterD. protest
72. The majority of nurses are women, but in the higher ranks of the medical profession women are in a _________.
A. minorityB. scarcityC. rarityD. minimum
73. Professor Johnson＊s retirement ________ from next January.
A. carries into effectB. takes effect
C. has effectD. puts into effect
74. The president explained that the purpose of taxation was to ________ government spending.
A. financeB. expandC. enlargeD. budget
75. The heat in summer is no less _________ here in this mountain region.
A. concentratedB. extensiveC. intenseD. intensive
76. Taking photographs is strictly ________ here, as it may damage the precious cave paintings.
A. forbiddenB. rejectedC. excludedD. denied
77. Mr. Brown＊s condition looks very serious and it is doubtful if he will _________.
A. pull backB. pull upC. pull throughD. pull out
78. Since the early nineties, the trend in most businesses has been toward on-demand, always-available products and services that suit the customer＊s _________ rather than the company＊s.
A. benefitB. availabilityC. suitabilityD. convenience
79. The priest made the ________ of the cross when he entered the church.
A. markB. signalC. signD. gesture
80. This spacious room is ________ furnished with just a few articles in it.
A. lightlyB. sparselyC. hardlyD. rarely
PART VREADING COMPREHENSION[25 MIN]
In this section there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that you think is the best answer.Mark your answers on your answer sheet.
Predicting the future is always risky. But it’s probably safe to say that at least a few historians will one day speak of the 20th century as America’s “ Disney era ” . Today, it’s certainly difficult to think of any other single thing that represents modern America as powerfully as the company that created Mickey Mouse. Globally, brands like Coca-Cola and McDonalds may be more widely-known, but neither encapsulates 20th-century America in quite the same way as Disney.
The reasons for Disney’s success are varied and numerous, but ultimately the credit belongs to one person — the man who created the cartoon and built the company from nothing, Walt Disney. Ironically, he could not draw particularly well. But he was a genius in plenty of other respects. In business, his greatest skills were his insight and his management ability. After setting himself up in Hollywood, he single-handedly pioneered the concepts of branding and merchandising — something his company still does brilliantly today.
But what really distinguished Disney was his ability to identify with his audiences. Disney always made sure his films championed the “ little guy ” , and made him feel proud to be American. This he achieved by creating characters that reflected the hopes and fears of ordinary people. Some celebrated American achievements — Disney’s very first cartoon Plane Crazy, featuring a silent Mickey Mouse, was inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic. Others, like the There Little Pigs and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, showed how, through hard work and helping one’s fellow man, or Americans could su
Disney’s other great virtue was the fact that his company — unlike other big corporations — had a human face. His Hollywood studio — the public heard — operated just like a democracy, where everyone was on firstname terms and had a say in how things should be run. He was also regarded as a great patriot because not only did his cartoons celebrate America, but, during World War II, studios made training films for American soldiers.
The reality, of course, was less idyllic. As the public would later learn, Disney’s patriotism had an unpleasant side. After a strike by cartoonists in 1941, he became convinced that Hollywood had been infiltrated by Communists. He agreed to work for the FBI as a mole, identifying and spying on colleagues whom he suspected were subversives.
But, apart from his affiliations with the FBI, Disney was more or less the genuine article. A new book, The Magic Kingdom; Walt Disney and the American Way of Life, by Steven Watts, confirms that he was very definitely on the side of ordinary Americans — in the 30s and 40s he voted for Franklin Roosevelt, believing he was a champion of the workers. Also, Disney was not an apologist for the FBI, as some have suggested. In fact, he was always suspicious of large, bureaucratic organizations, as is evidenced in films like That Darned Cat, in which he portrayed FBI agents as bungling incompetents.
By the time he died in 1966, Walt Disney was an icon like Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. To business people and filmmakers, he was a role model; to the public at large, he was “ Uncle Walt ”— the man who had entertained them all their lives, the man who represented them all their lives, the man who represented all that was good about America.
86. Walt Disney is believed to possess the following abilities EXCEPT
87. According to the passage, what was the pleasant side of Disney’s patriotism?
A. He sided with ordinary Americans in his films.
B. He supported America’s war efforts in his own way.
C. He had doubts about large, bureaucratic organizations.
D. He voted for Franklin Roosevelt in the 30s and 40s.
88. In the sixth paragraph the sentence “Disney was more or less the genuine article” means that
A. Disney was a creative and capable person.
B. Disney once agreed to work for the FBI.
C. Disney ran his company in a democratic way.
D. Disney was sympathetic with ordinary people.
89. The writer’s attitude toward Walt Disney can best be described as
PART VI WRITING[45 MIN.]
SECTION A COMPOSITION[35 MIN]
The students’ Union of your university is planning to hold an arts festival next semester, and they are inviting students to contribute their ideas and suggestions as to how it should be organized or what should be included.
Write on ANSWER SHEET TWO a composition of about 200 words on the following topic:
MY IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY ARTS FESTIVAL
You are to write in three parts.In the first part, state specifically what your idea is.In the second part, provide one or two reasons to support your idea OR describe your idea. In the last part, bring what you have written to a natural conclusion or a summary.
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness. Failure to follow the instructions may result in a loss of marks.
SECTION B NOTE-WRITING[10 MIN]
Write on ANSWER SHEET TWO a note of about 50-60 words based on the following situation:
You have got two tickets to a concert given by a famous pop band/orchestra. Write a note to your friend, Hilda/Mike, describing briefly what it is and inviting her/him to come with you.
Marks will be awarded for content ,organization, grammer and appropriateness.
The Wrist Watch
It is generally believed that wrist watches are an exception / to the normal sequence in the evolution of man’s jewelry. / Reversing the usual order, they were first worn by women, / and then adopted by men. / In the old days, queens included wrist watches among their crown jewelry. / Later, they were worn by Swiss workers and farmers. / Until World War I, Americans associated the watch with fortune hunters. / Then army officers discovered that the wrist watch was most practical for active combat. / Race car drivers also loved to wear wrist watches, / and pilots found them most useful while flying. / Soon men dared to wear wrist watches without feeling self-conscious. / By 1924, some 30 percent of man’s watches were worn on the wrist. / Today, the figure is 90 percent. / And they are now worn by both men and women / for practical purposes rather than for decoration.
1-10 CABAD BACBA
11-20 CBDBD BDBAB
21-30 DBBCA CBDCA
31-40 AABAA CCABC
41-50 BDBAD DDBCD
51-60 AABBD ACBBC
61-70 ADCCD BDBBC
71-80 DABAC ACDDB
81-90 CADBC ABDAB