M: Look at these low prices at these fashionable TV sets. Something is fishy, don’t you think so?
W: Well, there have been a lot of robberies recently. Some of the stolen goods may have landed here。
Q: What does the woman imply about the low price television sets?
M: I’ve been assigned to cover the governess speech today. What about you?
Part III Listening Comprehension
W: Nothing is grand as yours. I have to do an interview for the evening news about a man with dozens of cats。
Part III Listening Comprehension
Q: What do we learn about the speakers?
W: Didn’t I see you going into the administration building this afternoon?
W: I don’t know what to do. I can’t seem to get anyone in the hospital to listen to my complaints and this outdated equipment is dangerous. Just look at it。
M: I needed to switch my computer class to the 950 section。
M: Hmm, uh, are you trying to say that it presents a health hazard?
Since I started working part-time at a grocery store, I have learned that a customer is more than someone who buy something. To me, a customer is a person whose memory fails entirely once he or she starts to push a shopping card. One of the first things customers forget is how to count. There is no other way to explain how so many people get in their express line, which is clearly marked 15 items or less, with 20, 25 or even a cart load of items. Customers also forget why they came to the store in the first place. Just as I finish ringing up an order, a customer will say, “Oops, I forgot to pick up a fresh loaf of bread. I hope you don’t mind waiting while I go get it。” Five minutes later, he’s back with the bread, a bottle of milk, and three rolls of paper towels. Strange is that seems customers also seem to forget that they have to pay for their groceries. Instead of writing a check or looking for a credit card while I am ringing up the groceries, my customers will wait until I announce the total. Then, in surprise, she says, “Oh no, what did I do with my check book?” After 5 minutes of digging through her purse, she borrows my pen because she’s forgotten hers. But I have to be tolerant of customers because they pay my salary, and that’s something I can’t afford to forget。
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
W: Yes, I am. The head technician in the lab tried to persuade the hospital administration to replace it, but they are trying to cut costs。
Q26. What does the speaker say about customers’ entering the grocery A scientific team is studying the thinking ability of eleven and half month old children. The test is a simple one. The baby watches a sort of show on a small stage. In Act One of the show, a yellow cube is lifted from a blue box, and moved across the stage. Then it is returned to the box. This is repeated 6 times. Act Two is similar except that the yellow cube is smaller. Baby boys do not react at all to the difference and the size of the cube. But girls immediately become excited. The scientists interpret the girls’ excitement as meaning they are trying to understand what they have just seen. They are wondering why Act Two is odd and how it differs from Act One. In other words, the little girls are reasoning. This experiment certainly does not definitely prove that girls start to reason before boys, but it provides a clue that scientists would like to study more carefully. Already it is known that bones, muscles and nerves develop faster in baby girls. Perhaps it is early nerve development that makes some infant girls show more intelligence than infant boys. Scientists have also found that nature seems to give another boost to girls. Baby girls usually talk at an earlier age than boys do. Scientists think that there is a physical reason for this. They believe that the nerve endings in the left side of the brain develop faster in girls than in boys, and it is this side of the brain that strongly influences an individual’s ability to use language and remember things。
W: Iguess you watch the quiz show on television last night. What did you think about it?
M: You are pregnant, aren’t you?
Q26. What is the difference between Act One and Act Two in the test?
M: Well, it’s great. The first four contestants won only small prizes, but the fifth left with a new luxury car。
W: Yes, I am. I made an effort to get my supervisor to transfer me to another department, but he urged me not to complain too loudly. Because the administration is more likely to replace me than an X-ray equipment, I’m afraid to refuse to work. But I’m more afraid to expose my unborn child to the radiation。
Q27. How do the scientists interpret their observation from the experiment?
Q: What does the man say about the quiz show?
M: I see what you mean. Well, as your union representative, I have to warn you that it would take quite a while to force management to replace the old machines and attempt to get you transferred may or may not be successful。
Q28. What does the speaker say about the experiment?
W: I can’t find the arrival time of the New York to Boston Express on this schedule。
W: Oh, what am I supposed to do then?
Q29. According to scientists, what is another advantage given to girls by nature?
M: Look for New York in the left-hand column and follow it across until you find the hour listed in the Boston column。
M: Workers have the legal right to refuse certain unsafe work assignments under two federal laws, the Occupation or Safety and Health Act and the National Labor Relations Act. But the requirements of either of the Acts may be difficult to meet。
Q: What are the speakers most probably doing?
W: Do you think I have a good case?
W: You look different today, but Ican’t quite put my finger on what it is。
M: If you do lose your job, the union will fight to get it back for you along with back pay, your lost income. But you have to be prepared for a long wait, maybe after two years。
A super attendant of the city municipal building, Dillia Adorno, was responsible for presenting its new security plan to the public. City employees, citizens and reporters gathered in the hall to hear her describe the plan. After outlining the main points she would cover, she assured the audience that she would be happy to answer questions at the end of her presentation. Dillia realized the plan was expensive and potentially controversial. So she was not surprised to see a number of hands go up as soon as she finished speaking. An employ asked, “Would the new system create long lines to get into the building like the line in the airport security checks?” Dillia had anticipated this question and had an answer ready. After repeating the question, she explained that the sufficient number of security guards would be working at peak hours to speed things along. The next question was more confrontational。”Where was the money come from to pay for all of this?”The journalists who ask the question seem hostile. But Dillia was careful not to adopt the defensive tone. She stated that the money would come from the city’s general budget. “I know these are tide times”， she added, “But everyone agrees on the importance of safe guarding our employees and members of the public who come into the building。” Near the end of the 25 minutes she has said, Dillia said she would take two more questions. When those were finished, she concluded the session with a brief restatement of how the new system will improve security and peace of mind in the municipal building。
M: Oh, yesterday I finally got around to that new barbershop in the mall and enjoyed their services。
Q19. What does the woman complain about?
Question 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard。
Q: What can be inferred about the man?
Q20. What has the woman asked her supervisor to do?
30. What is the focus of Dillia Adorno’s presentation?
W: What do you think Picasso’s painting exhibited in the city museum?
Q21. What does the man say about the two federal laws?
31. What question had Dillia Adorno anticipated?
M: Personally I can’t quite see the meaning in his modern works. Most of them remind me of the stuff my nephew brings home from the kindergarten。