Directions: In this section, you will hear three news reports. At the end of each news report, you will hear two or three questions. Both the news report 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 Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
A 9-year-old girl in New Mexico has raised more than $500 for her little brother who needs heart surgery in Houston Texas this July. Addison Witulski's grandmother Kim Allred said Addison probably overheard a conversation between family members talking about the funds needed to get her little brother to treatment.
" I guess she overheard her grandfather and me talking about how we’re worried about how we’re going to get to Houston, for my grandson’s heart surgery,” said Allred. She decided to go outside and have a lemonade stand and make some drawings and pictures and sell them.”
That’s when Addison and her friends Erika and Emily Borden decided to sell lemonade for 50 cents a cup and sell pictures for 25 cents each.
Before Allred knew it, New Mexico State Police Officers were among the many stopping by helping them reach a total of $568.
The family turned to social media expressing their gratitude saying, “From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to deeply thank each & every person that stopped by!
Questions 1 and 2 are based on the news report you have just heard.
Q1: Who did Addison raise money for?
A)Her friend Erika.
B)Her little brother.
答案：B) Her little brother.
Q2: How did Addison raise money?
A)By taking pictures for passers-by.
B)By working part time at a hospital.
C)By selling lemonade and pictures.
D)By asking for help on social media.
答案：C) By selling lemonade and pictures.
Last week, France announced that the country will pave 621 miles of road with solar panels over the next five years, with the goal of providing cheap, renewable energy to five million people.
Called “the Wattway,” the roads will be built through joint efforts with the French road-building company Colas and the National Institute of Solar Energy. The company spent the last five years developing solar panels that are only about a quarter of an inch thick and are strong enough to stand up to heavy highway traffic without breaking or making the roads more slippery. The panels are also designed so that they can be installed directly on top of existing roadways, making them relatively cheap and easy to install.
France isn’t the first country to kick around the idea of paving its roads with solar panels. In November 2015, the Netherlands completed a 229-foot-long bike path paved with solar panels as a test for future projects. However, this is the first time a panel has been designed to be laid directly on top of existing roads and the first project to install the panels on public highways.
Questions 3 and 4 are based on the news report you have just heard.
Q3: What was France's purpose of constructing the Wattway?
A)Finding cheaper ways of highway construction.
B)Generating electric power for passing vehicles.
C)Providing clean energy to five million people.
D)Testing the efficiency of the new solar panel.
答案：C) Providing clean energy to five million people.
Q4: What is special about the solar panels used in the Wattway?
A)They can stand the wear and tear of natural elements.
B)They can be laid right on top of existing highways.
C)They can only about half an inch thick.
D)They are made from cheap materials.
答案：B) They can be laid right on top of existing highways.
Lions have disappeared from much of Africa, but for the past few years scientists have wondered if the big cats were hanging on in remote parts of Sudan and Ethiopia. Continuous fighting in the region has made surveys difficult.
But scientists released a report Monday documenting, with hard evidence, the discovery of "lost lions."
A team with Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, supported by a charity organization, spent two nights in November camping in the National Park in northwest Ethiopia, on the Ethiopia-Sudan border. The researchers set out six camera traps capturing images of lions, and they identified lion tracks.
The scientists concluded that lions are also likely to live in the neighbouring National Park across the border in Sudan. The International Union for Conservation of Nature had previously considered the area a "possible range" for the species, and local people had reported seeing lions in the area, but no one presented convincing evidence.
Questions 5 and 7 are based on the news report you have just heard.
Q5: What has made it difficult to survey lions in remote parts in Sudan and Ethiopia?
A)Endless fighting in the region.
B)The hazards from the desert.
C)Inadequate funding for research.
D)The lack of clues about the species.
答案：A) Endless fighting in the region.
Q6: What was the main purpose of the research?
A)To observe the wildlife in the two national parks.
B)To identify the reasons for the lions’ disappearance.
C)To study the habitat of lions in Sudan and Ethiopia.
D)To find evidence of the existence of the “lost lions”.
答案：D) To find evidence of the existence of the "lost lions".
Q7: What did the researchers find in the National Park?
A) Lions walking. C) Some camping facilities.
B) Lion’s tracks. D) Traps set by local hunters.
答案：B) Lions' tracks.
Directions: In this section, you will hear two long conversations. At the end of each conversation, you will hear four questions. Both the conversation 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 Answer sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
M: I bet you're looking forward to the end of this month. Are you?
W: Yes, I am. How did you know?
M: David told me you had a special birthday coming up.
W: Oh…yeah that's right. This year will be my golden birthday.
M: What does that mean? I've never heard of a golden birthday.
W: I've actually just learnt this concept myself. Fortunately, just in time to celebrate. A golden or lucky birthday is when one turns the age of their birth date. So, for example, my sister's birthday is December 9th and her golden birthday would have been the year she turned nine years old. Come to think of it, my parents did throw her a surprise party that year.
M: Interesting. Too bad I missed mine. My golden birthday would've been four years ago. I assume you got big plans then.
W: Actually yes. My husband is planning a surprise holiday for the two of us next week. I have no idea what he's got in mind, but I'm excited to find out. Has he mentioned anything to you?
M: He might have.
W: Anything you'd like to share? I'm dying to know what kind of trip he has planned on where we're going.
M: You know nothing at all?
W: Not a clue. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Though I must say I think he's been having even more fun keeping the secret from me in the past few weeks.
M: I'm sure both of you will have a fantastic time. Happy golden birthday! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.
Questions 8 to 11 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
Q8. What is the woman looking forward to?
A) Her ‘lucky birthday’ C) Her wedding anniversary.
B) A call from her dad. D) A special gift from the man.
答案：A) Her 'lucky birthday'.
Q9. What did the woman's parents do on her sister's lucky birthday?
A) Gave her a big model plane. C) Took her on a trip overseas.
B) Bought her a gold necklace. D) Threw her a surprise party.
答案：D) Threw her a surprise party.
Q10. What is the woman eager to find out about?
A) The gift her husband has bought.
B) The trip her husband has planned.
C) What has been troubling her husband.
D) What her husband and the man are up to.
答案：B) The trip her husband has planned.
Q11. What does the man say at the end of the conversation?
A) He will be glad to be a guide for the couple’s holiday trip.
B) He will tell the woman the secret if her husband agrees.
C) He is eager to learn how the couple’s holiday turns out.
D) He wants to find out about the couple’s holiday plan.
答案： C) He is eager to learn how the couple's holiday turns out.