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  Part I Listening Comprehension (20 minutes)

  Section A

  Directions: In this section, you will hear 10 short conversations. At the end of each conversa tion, a question will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the question will be spoken only once. After each question there Will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A ), B), C) and D)~ and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

  Example: You will hear.

  You will read:

  A) At the office.

  B) In the waiting room.

  C) At the airport.

  D) In a restaurant.

  From the conversation we know that the two were talking about some work they had to finish in the evening. This conversation is most likely to have taken place at the office. Therefore, A) "At the office" is the best answer. You should choose [A] on the Answer Sheet and mark it with a single line through the centre.

  Sample Answer [A] [B [C] [D]

  1. A) Mark and the woman had not been in touch for some time.

  B) The man saw Mark on the street two months ago.

  C) The woman made a phone call to Mark yesterday

  D) The woman had forgotten Mark s phone number.

  2. A) The woman is glad to meet Mr. Brown in person.

  B) The woman feels sorry that Mr. Brown is unable to come.

  C) The man is meeting the woman on behalf of Mr. Brown.

  D) The man is late for the trip because he is busy.

  3. A) At 10:25. C) At 10:45.

  B) At 10:30. D) At 10:40.

  4. A) The man refuses to listen to his doctor s advice.

  B) The man is under pressure from his wife.

  C) The man usually follows his wife s advice.

  D) The man no longer smokes.

  5. A) Become a teacher. C) Move to a big city.

  B) Go back to school. D) Work in New York.

  6. A) Quit delivering flowers. C) Work at a restaurant.

  B) Leave his job to work for her. D) Bring her flowers every day.

  7. A) She can find the right person to help the man.

  B) She picked up the book from the bus floor.

  C) She can help the man out.

  D) She s also in need of a textbook.

  8. A) The man can t come for the appointment at 4:15.

  B) The man is glad he s got in touch with the doctor.

  C) The man wants to change the date of the appointment.

  D) The man was confused about the date of the appointment.

  9. A) The man is worded about his future.

  B) The two speakers are seniors at college.

  C) The two speakers are at a loss what to do.

  D) The woman regrets spending her time idly.

  10. A) She als0 found the plot difficult to follow.

  B) She has learned a lot from the novel:

  C) She usually has difficulty remembering names.

  Part II Reading Comprehension (35 minutes)

  Directions: There are 4 passages in this part. Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A), B), C) and D). You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

  Passage One

  Questions 11 to 15 are based on the following passage.

  Sign has become a scientific hot button. Only in the past 20 years have specialists in language study realized that signed languages are unique - a speech of the hand. They offer a new way to probe how the brain generates and understands language, and throw new light on an old scientific controversy: whether language, complete with grammar, is something that we are born with, or whether it is a learned behavior. The current interest in sign language has roots in the pioneering work of one rebel teacher at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the worlds only liberal arts university for deaf people.

  When Bill Stokoe went to Gallaudet to teach English, the school enrolled him in a course in signing. But Stokoe noticed something odd: among themselves, students signed differently from his classroom teacher.

  Stokoe had been taught a sort of gestural code, each movement of the hands representing a word in English. At the time, American Sign Language (ASL) was thought to be no more than a form of pidgin English (混杂英语). But Stokoe believed the "hand talk" his students used looked richer. He wondered: Might deaf people actually have a genuine language? And could that language be unlike any other on Earth? It was 1955, when even deaf peopie dismissed their signing as "substandard". Stokoes idea was academic heresy (异端邪说).

  It is 37 years later. Stokoe - now devoting his time to writing and editing books and journals and to producing video materials on ASL and the deaf culture - is having lunch at a caf6 near the Gallaudet campus and explaining how he started a revolution. For decades educators fought his idea that signed languages are natural languages like English, French and Japanese. They assumed language must be based on speech, the modulation (调节) of sound. But sign language is based on the movement of hands, the modulation of space. "What I said," Stokoe explains, "is that language is not mouth stuff- its brain stuff."

  11. The study of sign language is thought to be

  A) an approach to simplifying the grammatical structure of a language

  B) an attempt to clarify misunderstanding about the origin of language

  C) a challenge to traditional views on the nature of language

  D) a new way to took at the learning of language [C]

  12.The present growing interest in sign language was stimulated by

  A) a leading specialist in the study Of liberal arts

  B) an English teacer in a university for the deaf

  C) Some senior experts in American Sign Language

  D) a famous Scholar in thestudy of the human brain

  13. According to Stokoe, sign language is

  A) an international language C) an artificial language

  B) a substandard language D) a genuine language [D]

  14. Most educators objected to Stokoes idea because they thought

  A) a language should be easy to use and understand

  B) sign language was tOO artificial to be widely accepted

  C) a language could only exist in the form of speech sounds

  D) sign language was not extensively used even by deaf people [C]

  15. Stokoes argument is based on his belief that

  A) language is a product of the brain

  B) language is a system of meaningful codes

  C) sign language is derived from natural language

  D) sign language is as efficient as any other language [A]

  Passage Two

  Questions 16 to 20 are based on the following passage.

  A is for always getting to work on time.

  B is for being extremely busy.

  C is for the conscientious (勤勤恳恳的) way you do your job.

  You may be all these things atthe office, and more. But when it comes to getting ahead, experts Say, the ABcs of business should include a P, for politics, as in office politics.

  Dale Carnegie suggested asmuch more than 50 years ag Hard work alone doesnt ensure Career advancemen. You have to be able to sell yourself and your ideas, both publicly and behind thescefies. Yet, despite the ovious rewards Of engaging in office politics - a better job, a raise, praise- many people are still unable or unwilling - to "play the game."

  "People assume that office politics involves some manipulative (工于心计的) behavior," says Deborah Comer, an assistant professor of management at Hofstra University. "But politics derives from the word polite. It can mean lobbying and forming associations. It can mean being kind and helpful, or even trying, to please your superior, and thenexpecting something in return."

  In fact, today, experts define office politics as proper behavior used to pursue ones own self-interest in the workplace. In many cases, this involves some form of socializing within the office environment - not just in large companies, but in small workplaces as well.

  "The first thing people are usually judged on is their ability to perform well on a consistent basis," says Neil P. Lewis, a management psychologist. "But if two or three candidates are up for a promotion, each of whom has reasonably similar ability, a manager is going to promote the person he or shelikes best. Its simple human nature."

  Yet, psychologists say, many employees and employers have trouble with the concept of politics in the office. Some people, they say, have an idealistic vision of work and what it takes to succeed. Still others associate politics withfiattery奉承), fearful that, if they speak up for themselves, they may appear to be flattering their boss for favors.

  Experts suggest altering this negative picture by recognizing the need for some self-promotion.

  16. "Office politics" (Line 2, Para. 4) is used in the passage to refer to

  A) the political views and beliefs of office workers

  B) the interpersonal relationships within a company

  C) the various qualities required for a successful career

  D) the code of behavior for company staff

  17. To get promoted, one must not only be competent but

  A) avoid being too outstanding

  B) get along well with his colleagues

  C) honest and loyal to his company

  D) give his boss a good impression [D]

  18. Why are many people unwilling to "play the game" (Line 4, Para. 5)?

  A) They are not good at manipulating colleagues.

  B) They feel that such behavior is unprincipled.

  C) They think the effort will get them nowhere.

  D) They believe that doing so is impractical.

  19. The author considers office poetics to be .

  A) unwelcome at the workplace

  B) bad for interpersonal relationships

  C) an important factor for personal advancement

  D) indispensable to the development of company culture [C]

  20. It is the authors view that

  A) self-promotion does not necessarily mean flattery

  B) hard work contributes Very little to ones promotion

  C) many employees fail to recognize the need of flattery

  D) speaking up for oneself is part of human nature [A]

  Passage Three

  Questions 21 to 25 are based on the following passage.

  It came as something of a surprise when Diana, Princess of Wales, made a trip co Angola in 1997, to support the Red Crosss campaign for a total ban on all anti-personnel landmines. Within hours of arriv!ng in Angola, television screens around the world were filled with images of her comforting victims injured in explosions caused by landmines. "I knew the statistics," she said. "But putting a face to those figures brought the reality home to me; like when I met Sandra, a 13- year-old girl who had lost her leg, and people like her."

  The Princess concluded with a simple message: "We must stop landmines". And she used every opportunity during her visit to repeat this message.

  But, back in London, her views were not shared by some members of the British government, which refused to support a ban on these weapons. Angry politicians launched an attack On the Princess in the press. They described her as "very ill-informed" and a "loose cannon (乱放跑的人)

  The Princess responded by brushing aside the Criticisms: "This is a distraction (干扰) we do not need. All Im trying to do is help."

  Opposition parties, the media and the public immediately voiced their Support for the Princess. To make matters worse for the government, it soon emerged that the Princesss trip had been approved by the Foreign Office, and that she was in fact very well-inf0rmed about both the situa-tion in Angola and the British governments policy regarding landmines. The result was a severe embarrassment for the government.

  To try and limit the damage, the Foreign Secretary, Malcolm Rifkidnd, claimed that the Princesss views on landmines were not very different from government policy, and that it was "working towards" a worldwide ban. The Defence Secretary, Michael Portillo, claimed the matter was "a misinterpretation or misunderstanding." -

  For the Princess, the trip to this war-torn countrywas an excellent opportunity to use her popularity to show the world how much destruction and suffering landmines can cause. She said that the experience had also given her the chance to get closer to people and their problems.

  21. Princess Diana paid a visit to Angola in 1997

  A) to clarify the British governments stand on landmines

  B) to establish her image as a friend of landmine victims

  C) to investigate the sufferings of landmine victims there

  D) to voice her support for a total ban of landmines [D]

  22. What did Diana mean when she said "…… putting a face tO those figures brought the reality home to me" (Line 5, Para. 1)?

  A) Meeting the landmine victims in person made her believe the statistics.

  B) She just couldnt bear to meet the landmine victims face to face.

  C) The actual situation in Angola made her feel like going back home.

  D) Seeing the pain of the victims maher realize the seriousness of the situation. [D]

  23. Some members of the British government criticized Diana because

  A) she had not consulted the government before the visit

  B) she was ill-informed of the governments policy

  C) they were actually opposed to banning landmines

  D) they believed that she had misinterpreted the situation in Angola [C]

  24. How did Diana respond to the criticisms?

  A) She made more :appearances on TV.

  B) She paid no attention to them.

  C) She rose to argue with her opponents.

  D) She met the 13-year-old girl as planned.

  25. What did Princess Diana think of her visit to Angola?

  A) It had caused embarrassment to the British government.

  B) It had greatly promoted her popularity.

  C) It had brought her closer to the ordinary people.

  D) It had affected her relations with the British government. [C]

  Passage Four

  Questions 26 to 30 are based on the following passage.

  As soon as it was revealed that a reporter for Progressive magazine had discovered how to make a hydrogen bomb, a group offirearm (火器) fans formed the National Hydrogen Bomb Association, and they are now lobbying against any legislation to stop Americans from owning one.

  "The Constitution," said the associations spokesman, "gives everyone the right to own arms. It doesnt spell out what kind of arms. But since anyone can now make a hydrogen bomb, the public should be able to buy it to protect themselves."

  "Dont you think its dangerous to have one in the house, particularly where there are children around?"

  "The National Hydrogen Bomb Association hopes to educate people in the safe handling of this type of weapon. We are instructing owners to keep the bomb in a locked cabinet and the fuse (导火索) separately in a drawer."

  "Some people consider the hydrogen bomb a very fatal weapon which could kill somebody."

  The spokesman said, "Hydrogen bombs dont kill people - people kill people. The bomb is for self-protection and it also has a deterrent effect. If somebody knows you have a nuclear weapon in your house, theyre going to think twice about breaking in."

  "But those who want to ban the bomb for American citizens claim that ifyou have one locked in the cabinet, with the fuse in a drawer, you would never be able to assemble it in time to stop an intruder (侵入者)"

  "Another argument against allowing people to own a bomb is that at the moment it is very expensive to build one. So what your association is backing is a program which would allow the middle and upper classes to acquire a bomb while poor people will be left defenseless with just handguns."

  26. According to the passage, some people started a national association so as to      A) instruct people how to keep the bomb safe at home

  B) coordinate the mass production of the destructive weapon

  C) promote the large-scale sale of this newly invented weapon

  D) block any legislation to ban the private possession of the bomb [D]

  27. Some people oppose the ownership of H-bombs by individuals on the grounds that

  A) they may fall into the hands of criminals

  B) peoples lives will be threatened by the weapon

  C) most people dont know how to handle the weapon

  D) the size of the bomb makes it difficult to keep in a drawer

  28. By saying that the bomb also has a deterrent effect the spokesman means that it

  A) can kill those entering others houses by force

  B) will threaten the safety of the owners as well

  C) will frighten away any possible intruders

  D) can show the special status of its owners [C]

  29. According to the passage, opponents of the private ownership of H-bombs are very much worried that

  A) the cost of the weapon will put citizens on an unequal basis

  B) the wide use of the weapon will push up living expenses tremendously

  C) poorly-educated Americans will find it difficult to make use of the weapon

  D) the influence of the association is too powerful for the less privileged to overcome [A]

  30. From the tone of the passage we know that the author is

  A) not serious about the private ownership of H-bombs

  B) concerned about the spread of nuclear weapons

  C) doubtful about the necessity Of keeping H-bombs at home for safety

  D) unhappy with those who vote against the ownership of H-bombs [C]

  Part III Vocabulary (20 minutes)

  Directions: There are 30 incomplete sentences in this part. For each sentence there are four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Choose the ONE answer that best completes the sentence. Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

  31. This is not an economical way to get more water; , it is very expensive.

  A) or else C) on the contrary

  B) in short D) on the other hand

  32. First published in 1927, the charts remain an source for researchers.

  A) intelligent C) inevitable

  B) indispensable D) identical

  33. You should try to your ambition and be more realistic.

  A) restrain C) reserve

  B) retain D) replace

  34. There is a of impatience in the tone of his voice.

  A) dot C) notion

  B) hint D) phrase

  35. Deserts and high mountains have always been a to the movement of people from place to place.

  A) jam C) fence

  B) barrier D) prevention

  36. Joe is not good at sports, but when it mathematics, he is the best in the class.

  A) comes up to C) comes to

  B) comes around to D) comes on to

  37. Please dictionaries when you are not sure of word spelling or meaning.

  A) search C) inquire

  B) seek D) consult

  38. Critics believe that the control of television by mass advertising has the quality of the programs.

  A) affected C) lessened

  B) effected D) declined

  39. She keeps a supply of candles in the house in case of power

  A) drop C) failure

  B) lack D) absence

  40. For more than 20 years, we've been supporting educational programs that from kindergartens to colleges.

  A) spread C) move

  B) shift D) range

  41. I was so in today's history lesson. I didn t understand a. thing.

  A) confused C) amused

  B) neglected D) amazed

  42. I must congratulate you the excellent design of the new bridge.

  A) with C) on

  B) at D) of

  43. Now that spring is here, you can these fur coats till you need them again next winter.

  A) put over C) put down

  B) put off D) put away

  44. I went along thinking of nothing only looking at things around me.

  A) in brief C) in harmony

  B) in doubt D) in particular

  45. In order to make things convenient for the people, the department is planning to set up some shops in the residential area.

  A) flowing C) drifting

  B) mobile D) Unstable

  46. The lecture which lasted about three hours was so that the audience couldn't help yawning.

  A) tedious C) bored

  B) clumsy D) tired

  47. It you to at least 50% off the regular price of either frames or lenses when you buy both.

  A) credits C) presents

  B) entitles D) tips

  48. When carbon is added to iron in proper the result is steel.

  A) rates C) proportions

  B) densities D) thicknesses

  49. There is a fully health center on the ground floor of the main office building.

  A) equipped C) provided

  B) projected D) installed

  50. Nancy is only a sort of of her husband's opinion and has no ideas of her own.

  A) shadow C) reproduction

  B) sample D) echo

  51. Mr. Smith says: quot;The media are very good at sensing a mood and then it.quot;

  A) exaggerating C) widening

  B) overtaking D) enlarging

  52. The at the military academy is so rigid that students can hardly bear it.

  A) confinement amp;nbs

  A) succession C) revival

  B) substitute D) relief

  54. It was the first time that such a had to be taken at a British nuclear power station.

  A) presentation C) prediction

  B) preparation D) precaution

  55. The board of the company has decided to its operations to include all aspects of the clothing business.

  A) multiply C) lengthen

  B) stretch D) expand

  56. The test results are beyond ; they have been repeated in labs all over the world.

  A) conflict C) bargain

  B) dispute D) negotiation

  57. The group of technicians are engaged in a study which all aspects Of urban planning.

  A) embraces C) inserts

  B) performs D) grips

  58. that he wasn't happy with the arrangements, I tried to book a different hotel.

  A) Puzzling C) Perceiving

  B) Penetrating D) Preserving

  59. His business, was very successful, but it was at the of his family life.

  A) exhaustion C) credit

  B) consumption D) expense

  60. At yesterday's party, Elizabeth's boyfriend amused us by Charlie Chaplin.

  A) modeling C) following

  B) imitating D) copying

  2004 年6月英语四级试题参考答案(B卷)


  1-5 ACDDA 6-10 BCBBC

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  S2. historical

  S3. prints

  S4. instruments

  S5. permitted

  S6. established

  S7. destroyed

  S8. In 1897, the library moved into its own building across the street from the Capitol

  S9. The library provides books and materials to the US Congress and also lends books to other American libraries, government agencies and foreign libraries.

  S10. Anyone who wants copyright protection for a publication in the US must send two copies to the library.


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  31-35 CBABB 36-40 CDACD 41-45 ACDDB 46-50 ABCAD 51-55 ACBDD 56-60 BACDB


  61-65 DACAD 66-70 BCBAC 71-75 DABDC 76-80 DCBBC

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