Part Ⅰ Listening Comprehension (40 min) 

In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each ques tion on your Coloured Answer Sheet.

Questions 1 to 5 refer to the talk in this section .At the end of the talk you w ill be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following five questions. Now list en to the talk.  
1. The rules for the first private library in the US were drawn up by ___. 
A. the legislature B. the librarian C. John Harvard D. the faculty members 

2. The earliest public library was also called a subscription library bec ause books ___. 
A. could be lent to everyone 
B. could be lent by book stores 
C. were lent to students and the faculty 
D. were lent on a membership basis 

3. Which of the following is NOT stated as one of the purposes of free pu blic libraries? 
A. To provide readers with comfortable reading rooms. 
B. To provide adults with opportunities of further education. 
C. To serve the community’s cultural and recreational needs. 
D. To supply technical literature on specialized subjects. 

4. The major difference between modem private and public libraries lies i n ___. 
A. readership B. content C. service D.function 

5. The main purpose of the talk is ___. 
A. to introduce categories of books in US libraries 
B. to demonstrate the importance of US libraries 
C. to explain the roles of different US libraries 
D. to define the circulation system of US libraries 

Questions 6 to 10 are based on an interview. At the end of the interview you wil l be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following five questions. Now listen to the interview.  
6. Nancy became a taxi driver because ___. 
A. she owned a car 
B. she drove well 
C. she liked drivers’ uniforms 
D. it was her childhood dream 

7. According to her, what was the most difficult about becoming a taxi dr iver? 
A. The right sense of direction. 
B. The sense of judgment. 
C. The skill of maneuvering. 
D. The size of vehicles. 

8. What does Nancy like best about her job? 
A. Seeing interesting buildings in the city. 
B. Being able to enjoy the world of nature. 
C. Driving in unsettled weather. 
D. Taking long drives outside the city. 

9. It can be inferred from the interview that Nancy in a(n) ___ moth er. 
A. uncaring B. strict C. affectionate D. perm issive 

10. The people Nancy meets are 
A. rather difficult to please 
B. rude to women drivers 
C. talkative and generous with tips 
D. different in personality 

Question 11 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you wil l be given 15 seconds to answer the question. Now listen to the news. 
11. The primary purpose of the US anti-smoking legislation is ___. 
A. to tighten control on tobacco advertising 
B. to impose penalties on tobacco companies 
C. to start a national anti-smoking campaign 
D. to ensure the health of American children 

Questions 12 and 13 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item , you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news. 
12. The French President’s visit to Japan aims at ___. 
A. making more investments in Japan 
B. stimulating Japanese businesses in France 
C. helping boost the Japanese economy 
D. launching a film festival in Japan 

13. This is Jacques Chirac’s ___ visit to Japan.  
A. second B. fourteenth C. fortieth D. forty-first 

Questions 14 and 15 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item , you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the news. 

14. Afghan people are suffering from starvation because ___. 
A. melting snow begins to block the mountain paths 
B. the Taliban have destroyed existing food stocks 
C. the Taliban are hindering food deliveries 
D. an emergency air-lift of food was cancelled 

15. people in Afghanistan are facing starvation. 
A. 160,000 B. 16,000 C. 1,000,000 D. 100 ,000

Fill each of gaps with ONE word. You may refer to your notes. Make sure the word you fill in is both grammatically and semantically acceptable. 

On Public Speaking 

When people are asked to give a speech in public for the first time, they usually feel terrified no matter how well they speak in informal situations. In fact, public speaking is the same as any other form of (1)___ 1.___ that people are usually engaged in. Public speaking is a way for a speaker to (2)___ his thoughts with the audience. Moreover, the speaker is free 2.___ to decide on the (3)___ of his speech. 3.___ Two key points to achieve success in public speaking: —(4)___ of the subject matter. 4.___ —good preparation of the speech. To facilitate their understanding, inform your audience beforehand of the (5)___ of your speech, and end it with a summary. 5.___ Other key points to bear in mind: —be aware of your audience through eye contact. —vary the speed of (6)___ 6.___ —use the microphone skillfully to (7)___ yourself in speech. 7.___ —be brief in speech; always try to make your message (8)___ 8.___ Example: the best remembered inaugural speeches of the US presidents are the (9)___ ones. 9.___ Therefore, brevity is essential to the (10)___ of a speech. 10.___