Part I Writing (30 minutes)
Directions: Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay on innovation. Your essay should include the importance of innovation and measures to be taken to encourage innovation.You are required to write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.
It is universally acknowledged that innovation refers to being creative, unique and different. In fact, today it is impossibly difficult for us to image a 21st century without innovation.
We should place a high value on innovation firstly because innovative spirit can enable an individual to ameliorate himself, so he can be equipped with capacity to see what others cannot see, be qualified for future career promotion, and be ready for meeting the forthcoming challenges. What’s more, we ought to attach importance to the role played by innovation in economic advancement. Put it another way, in this ever-changing world, innovation to economic growth is what water is to fish. To sum up, if innovation misses our attention in any possible way, we will suffer a great loss beyond imagination.
In order to encourage innovation, it is wise for us to take some feasible measures. For example, mass media should greatly publicize the significance of creative spirit and encourage the public to cultivate awareness of innovation. Besides, those who manage to innovate should be awarded generous prize. Though there is a long way ahead to go, I am firmly certain that the shared efforts will be paid off.
这篇六级作文试题中规中矩，属于命题提纲式作文。题目要求考生就创新进行写作，而且明确要求要写出创新的重要作用以及鼓励创新的措施。大家可以采取经典的写作三段论结构，即首段开门见山引出主题（可用定义法开篇，如范文）——主体段阐述创新的重要性（对于个人和社会的重要意义）——结尾段提出建议如何鼓励创新（建议仍然是从个人和社会着眼）。总体而言，这篇作文难度中等，尤其是对于在文都复习考研的同学而言更是a piece of cake小菜一碟，因为类似的语料我们在文都的考研英语写作课程上已经听老师讲解了无数遍，熟能生巧，会者不难。
Part II Listening Comprehension (30 minutes)
Section A Conversation
W: Professor Henderson could you give us a brief overview of what you do, where you work and your main area of research?
M: Well the Center for Climate Research where I work links the science of climate change to issues around economics and policy.
Some of our research is to do with the likely impacts of climate change and all of the associated risks.
W: And how strong is the evidence that climate change is happening that it's really something we need to be worried about.
M: Well most of the science of climate change particularly that to do with global warming is simply fact.
But other aspects of the science are less certain or at least more disputed.
And so we're really talking about risk what the economics tells us is that it's probably cheaper to avoid climate change to avoid the risk than it has to deal with the likely consequences.
W: So what are we doing? What can we do about it?
M: Well I would argue that we need to develop the science specifically to understand the likely impacts of climate change in different contexts.
As I said we need to understand the best ways of avoiding climate change and this will involve a huge transition to low carbon energy systems and the transition is a tremendous priority.
And for this to happen, we may need action on a global scale from a political perspective.
We need to understand the terms on which major countries like China and the USA might sign up to a global agreement because at the moment we don't have that consensus.
M: And we also need to plan ahead so that we're in a position to deal with the likely levels of climate change which are already inevitable and even more so to for the levels that are likely if we don't get those global agreements.
Q1. What does Professor H say about his main area of research?
A It tries to predict the possible trends of global climate change.
B It studies the impact of global climate change on people’s lives.
C It links the science of climate change to economic and policy issues.
D It focuses on the efforts countries can make to deal with global warning.
Q2. What does Professor H say about climate change?
A It will take a long time before a consensus is reached on its impact.
B It would be more costly to deal with its consequences than to avoid it.
C It is the most pressing issue confronting all countries.
D It is bound to cause endless disputes among nations.
Q3. What does Professor H say is a top priority in combating climate change?
A The transition to low-carbon energy systems.
B The cooperation among world major powers.
C The signing of a global agreement.
D The raising of people’s awareness.
Q4. What does Professor H advise us to do to better deal with climate change?
A Carry out more research on it.
B Cut down energy consumption.
C Plan well in advance.
D Adopt new technology.
W: I have many business English students. When I teach the classroom, we often end up talking about things like success and what leads to success. And it's interesting that many of them mention the element of luck.
W: Luck is important to success. But since you've seen that fantastic video on the TED Talks website by Richard St. John, he doesn't mention luck at all.
M: Well, I'm a firm believer that people can make their own luck. I mean what people regard as luck, you can actually create, to a degree.
W: Sure. I think a lot of what people consider luck is attributed to how you respond to the opportunities that come your way.
M: Yes. Very good point.
W: Seizing the opportunities. But was there any point in the video that you thought was particularly interesting?
M: Yes. Actually there was. Something very impressive to me as many people think that luck is important and that natural talent is something you must have in order to be successful. And in the video we saw, the point about getting good at something is not about having some natural talent. It's all about practice, practice, practice.
W: Definitely yeah. Natural talent helps in some way but at the end of the day you really do need to work hard and get really really good at what you do.
W: I thought one interesting thing in the video was the idea of passion being so important and that people who really love what they do. Of course you're going to want to work harder and put the time and effort into it. And the funny thing is that if you love what you do and are really passionate about it and work really hard, the money kind of comes automatically.
Q5. What are the speakers mainly talking about?
A) When luck plays a role.
B) What determines success.
C) Whether practice makes perfect.
D) How important natural talent is.
Q6. What is the woman’s view of luck?
A) It knocks at your door only once in a while.
B) It is something that no one can possibly create.
C) It comes naturally out of one’s self-confidence.
D) It means being good at seizing opportunities.
Q7. What is the chief point the TED Talks video makes?
Luck rarely contributes to a person’s success.
B) One must have natural talent to be successful.
C) One should always be ready to seize opportunities.
D) Practice is essential to becoming good at something.
Q8. What does the woman think is the funny thing in the TED Talks video?
A) Putting time and effort into fun things is profitable.
B) People who love what they do care little about money.
C) Being passionate about work can make one wealthy.
D) People in need of money work hard automatically.
Section B Passage
Devil’s Tower, the first national monument in America, could almost be mistaken for the stump of an enormous tree. Its sheer rock sides sweep up from a broad base until they cut off abruptly at the flat summit. Rising more than 1,000 feet in the middle of the gently rolling plains of Wyoming, the massive column of rock, looks as though it was dropped down into this location from a different time and place.
In a sense, it was, Devil’s Tower is a relic of the past. When the melt rock of the earth’s core forced its way to the surface to form the throat of a volcano, as the centuries passed, the rock cooled and hardened, shrinking and cracking into long columns, born in fire and fury. Devil’s Tower was then shaped by the slow, gentle work of wind and water. The outer layers of the volcano were worn away until the hard core stood completely exposed.
It is small wonder that an Indian legend described Devil’s Tower as being formed by supernatural powers. The legend says that when seven girls were attacked by bears, they took refuge on top of a small rock, and they appealed to the Rock God for help. The God caused the rock to grow and to lift the girls far above the ground, while it sides were scored by the claws of the angry bears. Even today, says the legend, the girls can be seen above the towering rock. As seven shining stars in the night sky.
What does the Devil’s Tower look like?
A) The stump of a giant tree.
B) A huge piece of rock.
C) The peak of a mountain.
D) A tall chimney.
What cause the volcano’s outer layers to wear away?
A) Human activity.
B) Wind and water.
C) Chemical processes.
D) Fire and fury.
What does the Indian legend say about the Devil’s Tower?
.A) It is a historical monument.
B) It was built in ancient times.
C) It is Indians’ sacred place for worship.
D) It was created by supernatural powers.
12. How did the Rock God help the seven girl in the Indian legend?
A) By sheltering them in a cave.
B) By killing the attacking bears.
C) By lifting them well above the ground.
D) By taking them to the top of a mountain.
It’s no accident that most gas stations have convenience stores attached. Few of us can fill up the tank without buying a few snacks, cigarettes，soft drinks or other items we can live without. I deserve it. That’s what hard working men and women say to justify their lavish vacations, big stereo systems or regular restaurant meals. They do deserve such indulgences. However, they also deserve a home of their own--a secure retirement and freedom from worrying about unpaid bills. No one should have to live with what a Texas mother described as constant stress，tension, even fear about money. Sadly the pleasure that comes from extravagances often disappears long before the bills do. The video camera that one single mother bought for a special occasion, for example, is not much fun now. She’s figured out that it will take her another three years to pay it off at $30 a month. And the New Yorkers who spent a bundle on an outdoor hot tub now admit they rarely use it, because we can't afford to heat it in winter. The solution set priorities add up the annual cost of each item. Then consider what else you can buy with the same money. That will help you decide which items are really worth it. One Chicago woman, for example, discovered that daily lunches with coworkers cost her $2000 a year; she decided to take lunch to work instead. “I now put $20 a week into my vacation fund and another 20 into retirement savings, she says, those mean more to me than lunch”.
Q13. What does the speaker say about drivers who stop at gas stations?
A)They will buy something from the convenience stores.
B) They will take advantage of the time to rest a while.
C) They will have their vehicles washed or serviced.
D) They will pick up some souvenirs or gift items.
Q14. What does the speaker say about extravagances?
A) They can bring only temporary pleasures.
B) They are meant for the extremely wealthy.
C) They should be done away with altogether.
D) They may eventually drive one to bankruptcy.
Q15. What does a speaker want to show by the example of the Chicago woman?
A) A good way to socialize is to have daily lunch with one’s colleagues.
B) Retirement savings should come first in one’s family budgeting.
C) A vacation will be affordable if one saves 20 dollars a week.
D) Small daily savings can make a big difference in one’s life.
Section C -- Recording One
Let’s say you start to brain storm a list of all the emotions you ever experienced. Just for fun, try it now.
What’s on your list? Chances are, you included things like: happy, sad, excited, angry, afraid, grateful, proud, scared, confused, stressed, relaxed and amazed. Now sort your list into two categories: positive emotions and negative emotions.
Feeling both positive and negative emotions is a natural part of being human. We might use the word “negative” to describe more difficult emotions but it does not mean those emotions are bad or we shouldn’t have them. Still, most people were probably rather feel a positive emotion than a negative one. It’s likely you prefer to feel happy instead of sad or confident instead of insecure.
What matters is how our emotions are balanced. How much of each type of the emotion positive or negative we experience.
Negative emotions warn us of threats or challenges that we may need to deal with. For example, fear can alert us to possible danger, it’s a signal that we might need to protect ourselves. Angry feelings warn us that someone is stepping on our toes, crossing a boundary or violating our trust. Anger can be a signal that we might have to act on our own behalf.
Negative emotions focus our awareness. They help us to zero in on a problem so we can deal with it. But too many negative emotions can make us feel overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted or stressed out. When negative emotions are out of balance, problems might seem too big to handle.
The more we dwell on our negative emotions, they more negative we begin to feel. Focusing on negativity just keeps it going.
Positive emotions balance out negative ones, but they have other powerful benefits, too. Instead of narrowing our focus, like negative emotions do, positive emotions affect our brains in ways that increase our awareness, attention and memory. They help us take in more information, hold several ideas in mind at once and understand how different ideas relate to each other.
When positive emotions open us up to new possibilities, we are more able to learn and build on our skills. That leads to doing better on tasks and tests.
People who have plenty of positive emotions in their everyday lives tend to be happier, healthier, learn better and get along well with others.
Q16. What does the speaker say about negative emotions?
A) They should be done away with.
B) They are necessary in our lives.
C) They enrich our experience.
D) They are harmful to health.
Q17.What happens to people whose negative emotions are out of balance?
A) They feel stressed out even without any challenges in life.
B) They feel too overwhelmed to deal with life’s problems.
C) They are anxious to free themselves from life’s troubles.
D) They are exhausted even without doing any heavy work.
Q18. How do positive emotions affect us?
A) They expand our mind.
B) They prolong our lives.
C) They narrow our focus.
D) They lessen our burdens.
Section C -- Recording Two
In the past few months, I've been travelling for weeks at a time with only one suitcase of clothes. One day, I was invited to an important event, and I wanted to wear something special for it. I looked through my suitcase but couldn't find anything to wear. I was lucky to be at the technology conference then, and I had access to 3D printers. So I quickly designed a skirt on my computer, and I loaded the file on the printer. It just printed the pieces overnight. The next morning, I just took all the pieces, assembled them together in my hotel room, and this is actually the skirt that I'm wearing right now.
So it wasn't the first time that I printed clothes. For my senior collection at fashion design school, I decided to try and 3D print an entire fashion collection from my home. The problem was that I barely knew anything about 3D printing, and I had only nine months to figure out how to print five fashionable looks.
I always felt most creative when I worked from home. I love experimenting with new materials, and I always tried to develop new techniques to make the most unique textiles for my fashion projects.
One summer break, I came here to New York for an internship at a fashion house in Chinatown. We worked on two incredible dresses that were 3D printed. They were amazing -- like you can see here. But I had a few problems with them. They were made from hard plastics and that's why they were very breakable. The models couldn't sit in them, and they even got scratched from the plastics under their arms.
So now, the main challenge was to find the right material for printing clothes with, I mean the material you feed the printer with. The breakthrough came when I was introduced to Filaflex, which is a new kind of printing material. It's strong, yet very flexible. And with it, I was able to print the first garment, a red jacket that had the word "freedom" ded into it. And actually, you can easily download this jacket, and change the word to something else. For example, your name or your sweetheart's name.
So I think in the future, materials will evolve, and they will look and feel like fabrics we know today, like cotton or silk.
Q19. What does the speaker say about the skirt she is wearing now?
A) It is not easily breakable.
B) It came from a 3D printer.
C) It represents the latest style.
D) It was made by a fashion designer.
Q20. When did the speaker start experimenting with 3D printing?
A) When she had just graduated from her college.
B) When she attended a conference in New York
C) When she was studying at a fashion design school.
D) When she attended a fashion show nine months ago.
Q21. What was the problem with the material the speaker worked on at a New York fashion house?
A) It was difficult to print.
B) It was hard to come by.
C) It was hard and breakable.
D) It was extremely expensive.
Q22. What does the speaker say about Filaflex?
A)It is the latest model of a 3D printer.
B)It is a plastic widely used in 3D printing.
C)It gives fashion designers room for imagination.
D)It marks a breakthrough in printing material.
Section C -- Recording Two
23. [A] They arise from the advances in technology.
24. [D] It is intensively competitive.
25. [D] Sharing of costs with each other.
Part III Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)
26. [O] vanished
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个动词的过去分词，与前面的have构成现在完成时，再根据语义应该选择vanished，Some have vanished 意为：一些已经消失。
27. [M] undergone
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个动词的过去分词，与前面的have构成现在完成时，再根据语义应该选择undergone，but all have undergone changes意为：但是所有的社会团体都经历了改变。
28. [D] expanding
解析：从语法上判断，本空的词应该是形容词类的，再根据语义应该选择expanding，expanding machine civilization意为：扩大的机器文明。
29. [K] survived
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个动词的过去分词，与前面的have构成现在完成时，再根据语义应该选择survived，have survived in the modern world意为：在现代社会当中幸存了下来。
30. [H] process
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个名词做前面resisted的宾语，have resisted the homogenization process. 意为：抵制了同化进程。
31. [L] terminals
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个名词，in railway or bus terminals意为：在火车站或者汽车站。
32. [E] industrialized
33. [F] perceived
解析：从语法上判断，本空的词应该是过去分词，与前面的are 构成被动语态，The Amish are often perceived by other Americans to be relics of the past 意为：阿米什人经常被其他的美国人看作是过去的遗物。
34. [B] conveniences
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个名词做前面abandon的宾语，abandon modern conveniences 意为：抛弃了现代的便利。
35. [G] practice
解析：从语法上判断，本空应该填入一个动词做后面the virtues的谓语，practice the virtues of work and thrift意为：践行工作和节约的美德。
36.[J] 对应关键词，题干中提到Chinese officials和scientific research, 定位到J段，此段中同时出现了这两个关键词。
37.[C] 划出关键词efforts, ocean sancturies, Russian’s obstruction, 然后定位到C段，此时看到while Russian frustrated efforts, frustrate=obstruct, 所以跟题干信息匹配。
38.[E] 对应题干中的关键词Russia, America’s dominance（美国的主导地位），跟E段信息Russia, the dominance of America完全匹配.
39.[G] 题干中有关键词geologist’s estimate,以及oil and natural gas，去文中定位，看到G段的oil and gas, 然后向下找信息，找到了geologist estimate,所以39题为G段的总结。
40.[D] 通过关键词richest reserves, fresh water on earth定位到D段，找到biggest reserve,发现前边有estimate，题干也有动词estimate; 然后看到fresh water on planet，planet=earth, 所以非常确定D为正确选项。
41. [I] 通过关键词demand for energy resources和renegotiate匹配到I选项。
42. [B]题干中提到many countries很多国家彼此之间竞争以增加对南极洲的影响Antarctica，所以定位到B段落.
43. [H]定位词是harsh nature conditions南极洲严酷的自然环境给开发资源造成了巨大的障碍，匹配关键词到H段落。
44. [Q] 南极洲不在受白人国家的主导，white nations定位到Q段落。
解析：答案定位在文章第一段，其中“veteran nicotine addict”直接对应题目中的chain smokers，而根据that 从句内的“plays no role in the decision to keep smoking”就可以选出正确选项D：
解析：答案定位在第二段的第一句及第三段的最后一句：在第二段中，But that is not why the government - under pressure from .... party - has agreed to legislate for standardised packaging. 纵然原句意思为“这并不是政府同意针对香烟的包装立法”；在第三段中“Since tobacco is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the UK, a measure that tames the habits even by a fraction is worth trying”，在英国由于吸烟而导致早产儿大批死亡，英国政府帮这些老烟枪们改变吸烟的嗜好的任何尝试都是值得的；因此，答案就尤为明显了，因此补办选出答案A：“英国政府就香烟包装的标准化通过了法案”。
解析：答案定位在第三段的第三句“this approach has led over time to a fall in smoking numbers having roughly halved since the 1970s. Evidence from Australia suggests plain packaging pushes society further along that road.”这一方法使得吸烟者数量锐减，尤其是在澳大利亚而言，这一方法颇见成效。这样选项B就尤其明显了。
解析：答案定位在第四段“David Cameron’s election campaign........(David Cameron denied...in legislative program me)”及最后一句话中“now we are told Members of .......is dissolved in March”。在特殊符号里“括号”中，首相Cameron否认在其顾问在外的经济利益与法案改变之间有联系，并在最后一句中指出将会让国会议员投票。由此答案就尤为明显，可以定位到A选项。
解析：答案定位在第四段的最后一句“his attitude to state intervention... checkouts fueled obesity”，答案由“checkouts fueled obesity”体现：“检测出导致肥胖”。由此，答案选C。
Part IV Translation (30minutes)
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to translate a passage from Chinese to
English. You should write your answer on Answer Sheet 2.
With the improvement of living standards, vacation is playing an increasingly important role in Chinese people’s life. In the past, Chinese people mainly spent their time on earning a living and seldom didthey have the opportunities to travel abroad. However, the recent years has witnessed a fast development of China’s tourism industry. The boom of economy and emergence of the affluent middle class, has triggered an unprecedented tourism boom. Chinese people are not only traveling within China, but traveling abroad is also becoming more and more popular. During the National Day holiday of 2016, the consumption of tourism adds up to more than 400 billion. According to the estimate of the WTO, China will become the country with the largest tourism industry in the world in2020, and it will become the country with the fastest consumption increase in traveling abroad in the next few years.
此次题目考的是常见热点话题旅游热潮，无论从词汇和句子结构来说，对同学们不会造成太大障碍。不过在翻译时，学生们可以尝试使用一些高级的英语句型结构，使自己的翻译更加出彩。比如通过使用抽象名词做主语，把China’s tourism industry has been developing fast in the recent years.替换为高级结构the recent years has witnessed a fast development of China’s tourism industry。通过使用倒装结构把People seldom hadthe opportunities to travel abroad. 换成倒装句seldom didthey have the opportunities to travel abroad.