1997年1月大学英语四级听力 真题 原文 MP3 在线模拟

Section A
Directions: In this section, you will hear 10 short conversations. At the end of each conversation, 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 center.

You will hear:
You will read:
A) 2 hours.
B) 3 hours.
C) 4 hours.
D) 5 hours.
From the conversation we know that the two were talking about some work they will start at 9 o’clock in the morning and have to finish at 2 in the afternoon. Therefore, D) “5 hours” is the correct answer. You should choose [D] on the Answer Sheet and mark it with a single line through the center.
M: I don't think we can find a better hotel around here at this time.
W: Let's walk a little further to see if there is another one. I just can't bear the traffic noise here.
Q: What will the speakers most probably do?
A) Look for a more expensive hotel.
B) Go to another hotel by bus.
C) Try to find a quiet place.
D) Take a walk around the city.
W: Hi! I'm calling about the three-bedroom house you advertised in yesterday's paper. It sounds really nice.
M: It is--especially if you have children.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
A) They’re talking about nice children.
B) The man has a house for sale.
C) The woman lives in a nice house.
D) The man has three children.
W: Dear, I feel hungry now. How about you?
M: So do I. Let me call Room Service. Hello, Room Service? Please send a menu to 320 right away.
Q: Where are the two speakers?
A) In a hotel.
B) At a dinner table.
C) In the street.
D) At the man’s house.
M: I've just brought your ladder back. Thanks for lending it to me.Where shall I leave it?
W: Just lean it against the wall there. Use the ladder again any time.
Q: What's the probable relationship between these two speakers?
A) Relatives.
B) Roommates.
C) Colleagues.
D) Neighbors.
M: What's the time for departure?
W: 5:30. That only leaves us 15 minutes to go through the customs and check our baggage.
Q: At what time did the conversation take place?
A) 5:00.
B) 5:15.
C) 5:30.
D) 5:45.
W: Look here, darling. The paper says people tend to feel unwell if they sleep less than six hours a day.
M: That may be true for you, but it certainly isn't true for me.
Q: What can we conclude from the man's reply?
A) He wants to have more sleep.
B) His wife doesn’t sleep well.
C) Women need more sleep than men.
D) He doesn’t need as much sleep as his wife.
M: Are there any more questions on this lecture? Yes, Mary.
W: Dr.Baker, do you think an independent candidate could become president?
Q: What most probably is Mary?
A) A student.
B) A reporter.
C) A visitor.
D) A lecturer.
M: Can you stay for dinner?
W: I'd love to , but I have to go and send some registered mail before picking up the children from school.
Q: Where will the woman go first?
A) To the school.
B) To a friend’s house.
C) To the post office.
D) Home.
W: How many people has the boss chosen for the business trip to France?
M: Well, as far as I know, whether there'll be such a trip is yet to be decided.
Q: What does te man mean?
A) He is afraid he won’t be chosen for the trip.
B) The boss has not decided where to go.
C) Such a trip is necessary for the company.
D) It’s not certain whether the trip will take place.
W: The speech the blind girl gave this evening was extremely moving.
M: I think everyone felt the same.
Q: How did the man feel about the girl's speech?
A) It was boring.
B) It was entertaining.
C) It was touching.
D) It was encouraging.
Section B

Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the center.
Passage One

I had to go to Amsterdam last week for a conference. I arrived at the airport in plenty of time and checked in, but I only had one small case so I decided to take it on the plane as hand luggage. As the flight was not due to board for 45 minutes, I went to a cafe, sat down,and ordered a cup of coffee.
While I was sitting there drinking my coffee and reading the paper,I was vaguely aware of a woman and her child coming to sit at the next table. I did not pay much attention to them, though, and when my flight was called I reached for my case and left.
An hour later, the plane was in the air and I decided to look at the conference programme to see what I wanted to attend. Imagine my horror when I opened the case and found that it was full of picture books and children's toys--and imagine what the woman must have thought about a case full of men's clothes and scientific papers!

Questions 11 to 13 are based on the passage you have just heard.
 Why did the speaker go to a cafe?
A) He wanted to find a place to read his papers.
B) He wanted to kill time before boarding the plane.
C) He felt thirsty and wanted some coffee.
D) He went there to meet his friends.
 What was in the speaker's case?
A) Toys for children.
B) Important documents.
C) Food and coffee.
D) Clothes and scientific papers.
 What did the speaker find out on board the plane?
A) The woman took his case on purpose.
B) All his papers had been stolen.
C) He had taken the woman’s case.
D) The woman played a joke on him.
Passage Two

There are many reasons why family life in Britain has changed so much in the last fifty years. The liberation of women in the early part of the twentieth century and the social and economic effects of World War II had a great impact on traditional family life. Women became essential to industry and the professions. During the war they had worked in factories and proved their worth, now, with the loss of millions of men, their services were indispensable to the nation.
More recently, great advances in scientific knowledge, and particularly in medicine, have had enormous social consequences.Children and better cared for and are far healthier. Infant death rate is low. Above all, parents can now plan the size of their family if they wish through more effective means of birth control.
Different attitudes to religion, authority and tradition generally have also greatly contributed to changes in family life. But these developments have affected all aspects of society. It is particularly interesting to note that the concept of "the family" as a social unit has survived all these challenges.

Questions 14 to 16 are based on the passage you have just heard.
 What is this passage mainly about?
A) The liberation movement of British women.
B) Rapid economic development in Britain.
C) Changing attitudes to family life.
D) Reasons for changes in family life in Britain.
 Why did British women become indispensable to industry after World War II?
A) Because millions of men died in the war.
B) Because women had proved their worth.
C) Because women were more skillful than men.
D) Because factories preferred to employ women.
 What remained unchanged in spite of all the challenges in family life?
A) The concept of “the family” as a social unit.
B) The attitudes to birth control.
C) The attitudes to religion.
D) The ideas of authority and tradition.
Passage Three

The key question for any only child is this: why were you an only child? It's a key question for at least two reasons. If your parents had wanted several children but could have you only, they are most likely to pour into you all the energy and attention that had been intended for several children. I call this the "special jewel" phenomenon. Only children who are special jewels often arrive when their parents are older--usually in their thirties. These special jewels can become very spoiled and self-centered.
On the other hand, you may be an only child because your parents planned for only one and stuck to their plan. Your parents may give you a very strict and well-structured education to make you "a little adult". Many only children grow up feeling unhappy because they always had to be such "little adults".

Questions 17 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.
 Who are likely to treat their only children as "special jewels"?
A) Those who are themselves spoiled and self-centered.
B) Those who expected to have several children but could only have one.
C) Those who like to give expensive jewels to their children.
D) Those who give birth to their only children when they are below
 Why do some only children become "little adults"?
A) Because their parents want them to share the family burden.
B) Because their parents are too strict with them in their education.
C) Because they have nobody to play with.
D) Because their parents want them to grow up as fast as possible.
 What does the passage mainly discuss?
A) Two types of only children.
B) Parents’ responsibilities.
C) The necessity of family planning.
D) The relationship between parents and children.
 Why do some only children feel unhappy?
A) They have no sisters or brothers.
B) They are overprotected by their parents.
C) Their parents expect too much of them.
D) Their parents often punish them for minor faults.
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