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  (总分:150分 答题时间:120分钟)


  I. 句子理解(Statements) (共5小题;每小题1分,计5分)


  1. A. Whenever I'm free after school in the afternoon, I go swimming.

  B. I go swimming on mornings when I don't have school.

  C. I'd rather go swimming every morning than go to school.

  D. There is a swimming pool in our school, where I often swim.




  A. B. C. D.

  3. A. Although my father is old, he has never given up skiing.

  B. When I was young, my father taught me how to ski.

  C. My father used to ski when he was young.

  D. Skiing is my father's favourite sport now.

  4. A. I ordered a room with two beds in this hotel.

  B. There is a large garden behind the house.

  C. This house hasn't any room for me.

  D. I don't have to share a room in this house.

  5. A. All of us can join this class which mainly teaches this book.

  B. Students who arrive late should not go to classes before signing this attendance book.

  C. This book is a best-seller for the students in this class.

  D. Students will be allowed to enter their classrooms even if they are late.

  II. 问句应答(Responses) (共5小题;每小题1分,计5分)


  6. A. In the centre of the city. B. Oh, I don't know. Maybe I'll go shopping.

  C. I'm from London, actually. D. It's about an hour by plane.

  7. A. No. I'm just leaving for a trip.

  B. No, I don't work hard at my English course.

  C. Yes, there's one about five minutes away.

  D. Yes, I'm really interested in English.

  8. A. I often take the bus to school.

  B. See you in two weeks.

  C. Yes, she's fine. Thanks.

  D. No problem. I'll go and put the kettle on.

  9. A. I prefer music and dancing. B. On the first day of next month.

  C. I'd love to meet them. D. Five days a week is enough.

  10. A. Yes, sorry, I didn't think it was very loud.

  B. The room is crowded with people.

  C. Yes, it is very hot here.

  D. Actually, I am not dancing to the music.

  III. 对话理解(Dialogues) (共10小题;每小题1分,计10分)

  A) 请听下面五组小对话,每组对话后有一个问题,根据你所听到的对话内容,选择能回答所提问题的最佳答案。每组对话和问题均读两遍。(答案涂在答题纸上)

  11. A. The hotel is on the beach.

  B. There are restaurants and clubs near the hotel.

  C. All the rooms in the hotel have beautiful views.

  D. There are fishing boats on the beach.

  12. A. Tom will be fired by his company.

  B. The woman will retire from her work.

  C. Tom's company will hold a celebration party.

  D. It will be Tom's sixty-fifth birthday.

  13. A. Something is wrong with his back. B. He is ill and has to stay in bed.

  C. He can help the woman. D. He hurt his foot and can't move.




  A. B. C. D.

  15. A. Music or literature. B. Places of interest or customs.

  C. Food or sports. D. Sports or furniture.

  B) 请听下面一段长对话,然后根据你所听到的对话内容,选择能回答下列问题的最佳答案。对话读两遍。(答案涂在答题纸上)

  16. What's the relationship between the two speakers?

  A. Director and actor. B. Interviewer and interviewee.

  C. Manager and secretary. D. Teacher and pupil.

  17. What was the result when Matthew tried to sell his game to some companies?

  A. None of them replied.

  B. Some companies asked to see the game.

  C. One company agreed to help.

  D. None of them was interested in the game.

  18. Who provided the money that was used to make the first games?

  A. A bank. B. Some relatives.

  C. A businessman. D. A company.

  19. How did Matthew get his idea for a second product?

  A. He heard a suggestion made by an American company.

  B. Some children told him about it.

  C. He watched his sisters playing.

  D. He visited school children.

  20. According to some research, what are most ten-year-olds interested in?

  A. Games which test what they know. B. Things to do with their lives.

  C. Using their imaginations to play. D. Animals, colour, and food.

  IV. 短文理解(Passages) (共10小题;每小题1分,计10分)

  A) 请听下面一段材料,根据你所听到的内容,选择能回答下列问题的最佳答案(转载于 :wwW.bjyLD.com 月亮岛教育网 : 2020年全国中学生英语能力竞赛(NEPCS)决赛高一年级组试卷新课标人教版)。材料读两遍。(答案涂在答题纸上)

  21. What is the change in plans?

  A. They will visit two towns. B. They won't look around a university.

  C. They will visit a wildlife park. D. They won't go to the countryside.

  22. Where will they stop for coffee?

  A. Near a waterfall. B. By a lake.

  C. On a mountain. D. Near the wildlife park.

  23. Why has the town of Brampton become well known?

  A. People come to Brampton for the shops. B. There is a museum in the town.

  C. The university made it famous. D. Because it is in beautiful countryside.

  24. What animals will they see in the wildlife park?

  A. Pandas. B. Monkeys.

  C. Tigers and deer. D. Lions and giraffes.

  25. What time will they arrive back at the hotel?

  A. Half past five. B. Six thirty.

  C. A quarter to seven. D. Seven fifteen.

  B) 非选择题:请听下面一段材料,根据你所听到的内容,补全空白处所缺的信息。材料读两遍。(答案写在答题纸上)

  Pathway Holidays

  Monday 12th June—Saturday 17th June

  Cycle from Whitehaven to Sunderland in England

  ● The total length of the ride is about (26) ________.

  ● The highest place on the ride is Black Hill.

  ● The price includes accommodation, food, (27) ________ and a guide.

  ● It is recommended that you bring your own (28) ________.

  ● (29) ________ there is a party.

  ● Information available from the (30) ________.


  I. 选择填空 (Vocabulary and structure) (共15小题;每小题1分,计15分)


  31. —Well, good-bye. Have a nice vacation. If you see Tom, say hello to him for me.

  —Thanks, I will.

  —Don't forget to write.

  —I'll drop you a card ________ I get there. Well, I'd better be going now, or I'll be late for my train.

  A. so far as B. as soon as C. as much as D. as well as

  32. I ________ have watered the flowers. Just after I finished it started raining.

  A. didn't B. mustn't C. needn't D. hadn't

  33. I can't ________ that sign. What does it say?

  A. take up B. see through C. make out D. go over

  34. —Sorry I'm late, but I got caught in a traffic jam.

  —That's all right. ________

  A. I prefer strawberry jam.

  B. You've learnt to deal with our traffic.

  C. I'm not late for our appointment, am I?

  D. You're not used to traffic jams.

  35. ________ the wrong number, she couldn't get in touch with her friend Lisa.

  A. Being received B. Having been given

  C. While receiving D. When having given

  36. She took her guests into the kitchen to ________ her new washing machine.

  A. pull up B. stay up C. show off D. hunt for

  37. There used to be a department store near our university, ________?

  A. didn't they B. didn't there C. isn't there D. hasn't it

  38. —Would you mind if I borrowed this book?

  —________ In fact, I was going to suggest you read it.

  A. More or less. B. No, I'd rather not. C. Not at all. D. Yes, of course.

  39. When I first studied abroad, I made many language mistakes, and ________ my fellow foreign students.

  A. either of B. so are C. so did D. neither of

  40. Yesterday I went to the bookshop, ________ I met my teacher.

  A. where B. from where C. of which D. whenever

  41. Young children are completely ________ the mother for their physical needs and for their early education and training.

  A. relied on B. independent of C. depending on D. dependent on

  42. —What did you do with that old bicycle? Does it work well?

  —I threw it away. I thought you didn't want it any more.

  —That's too bad. ________

  —Well, it's too late to worry about it now.

  A. I thought you didn't, either. B. I wanted some more.

  C. I was too old to ride. D. It might have been useful.

  43. That picture doesn't seem ugly to me; ________, I think it's quite beautiful.

  A. on the contrary B. however C. on the other hand D. in opposition

  44. The countryside ________ memories of my hometown which I had left five years before.

  A. gave out B. took off C. brought back D. set up

  45. —John wants to see you tomorrow morning in your office.

  —I would rather he ________ today than tomorrow.

  A. come B. came C. should come D. has come



  II. 阅读理解 (Reading comprehension) (共20小题;选择题5小题,每小题1分;非选择题15小题,每小题2分,计35分)

  A) 选择题:阅读下面短文,从A、B、C、D四个选项中,选出能回答所提问题或完成所给句子的最佳答案。(答案涂在答题纸上)

  When skateboarding started in the 1960s, skateboards were made of wood and had clay wheels. Since the wheels did not grip concrete(混凝土) well, riders could do very few tricks with them. Soon people lost interest in the sport.

  In 1973, though, a new wheel was invented in California. It was made of a plastic called urethane (氨基甲酸酯). A skateboard with these wheels moved very quickly and it also gripped the concrete well.

  During the next few years skateboards were further improved. The urethane was perfected, and because the boards were shaped better, riders liked them better. These skateboards gave new life to skateboarding.

  The streets were not safe for skateboarding, although it was easy to ride on the streets. As a result, skateboard parks sprang up. The first parks appeared in California and Florida. At first there were only outdoor parks that had concrete slopes with small curves (曲线). Then more exciting parks appeared which had steep downward slopes, banked curves, and vertical (垂直的) walls. Today, there are both indoor and outdoor parks.

  In most of these parks riders must wear helmets as well as knee and elbow pads. This gear can prevent a fall from causing serious injury.

  Whenever they ride, people should always use this safety equipment, and they should learn how to fall safely. Many accidents happen during the first week of riding so it is very important that riders be taught well.

  46. Why were the new skateboards more popular?

  A. They were safer than the older ones.

  B. The older models were expensive.

  C. They were stronger than the older ones.

  D. People could do more tricks with them.

  47. The underlined word “grip” in the first paragraph means “________”.

  A. move over a surface without slipping B. stick to

  C. replace D. break down

  48. Skateboard parks developed because ________.

  A. parents decided it would be a good idea

  B. too many accidents happened on the streets

  C. many streets did not allow skateboarding

  D. most city parks did not allow skateboarding

  49. Which of the following statements about skateboard parks is TRUE?

  A. The first parks appeared in Scotland and Florida.

  B. The earlier parks had steep slopes.

  C. In the parks people don't have to wear helmets.

  D. At first there weren't any indoor parks.

  50. The most important rule in a skateboard park might be “________”

  A. Do not speed! B. Leave the park by 7 p.m.

  C. Take care of your personal things! D. Wear safety equipment.

  B) 非选择题:阅读下列材料,然后按要求完成所给出的题目。(答案写在答题纸上)


  Have you ever experienced any exciting sports like skydiving? Would you consider skydiving? Read Mike's blog (博客) below, and maybe you will say “No way!”



  Questions 51—55: Answer the following questions or complete the sentences.

  51. From the passage, we can conclude that Mike is an amateur (业余的) ________.

  52. How did Mike actually feel when he was lying in hospital after the accident? (Please answer within 15 words.)

  53. When did Mike take his first jump, in the morning or in the afternoon? What was the weather like? (Please answer within 3 words.)

  54. The underlined sentence “I was hooked” means “________” in English.

  55. Before Mike had the accident, how many jumps had he done?




  Questions 56—60: Answer the following questions briefly.

  56. How many game shows are there on Saturday night TV? What are the programme names?

  57. What does “tuxedo” refer to in the film “The Tuxedo”?

  58. On which channel can people enjoy a tennis match? At what time?

  59. At what time and on which channel can people watch a cartoon programme?

  60. Can you watch a soap opera on Saturday night? If so, on which channel and at what time?



In the United States, it is important to be on time, for a date, a class, a meeting, etc. However, this is not true in all countries. An American professor discovered this difference while teaching a class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at a Brazilian university. On the first day, when the professor arrived on time, no one was in the classroom. Many students came after 10 a.m. Several arrived after 10:30 a.m. Two students came after 11 a.m. Although all the students greeted the professor as they arrived, few apologised for their lateness. Were these students being rude? He decided to study the students' behaviour.


  The professor talked to American and Brazilian students about lateness in both an informal and a formal situation such as lunch with a friend and in a university class. He gave them an example and asked them how they would react. If they had a lunch date with a friend, the average American student set lateness as 20 minutes after the agreed time. On the other hand, the average Brazilian student felt the friend was late after 33 minutes.

  In an American university, classes not only begin on time, but also end on time. In contrast, in Brazil, neither the teacher nor the students always arrive at the stated time. And only a few students left the class at noon; many remained past 12:30 to discuss the class and ask questions. While arriving late may not be very important in Brazil, neither is staying late.

  The explanation for these differences is complex. People from Brazilian and North American cultures have different feelings about lateness. (64) In Brazil, the students believe that a person who usually arrives late is probably more successful than a person who is always on time. (65) In fact, Brazilians expect a person with a high social position to arrive late, while in the United States lateness is usually considered to be disrespectful and unacceptable. As a result, if a Brazilian is late for an appointment with a North American, the American may misunderstand and become angry.

  As a result of his study, the professor learned that the Brazilian students were not being disrespectful to him. They were simply behaving in the normal way for a Brazilian student in Brazil. So, he was able to adapt and felt comfortable in the new culture.

  Questions 61—63: Answer the following questions.

  61. What is the main idea of the passage? (Please answer within 12 words.)

  62. How did the professor conduct his study? (Please answer within 10 words.)

  63. Why did the professor study the Brazilian students' behaviour? (Please answer within 10 words.)

  Questions 64—65: Translate the underlined sentences in the passage into Chinese.

  III. 完形填空(Cloze) (共15小题;每小题1分,计15分)

  阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后选择方框内所给的单词或短语,并用其适当的形式填空(转载于 :wwW.bJyld.com 月亮岛教育网 : 2020年全国中学生英语能力竞赛(NEPCS)决赛高一年级组试卷新课标人教版)。方框内有多余的词或短语,每个词或短语限用一次。(答案写在答题纸上)



  differ from, affect, something, instead of, time, use, spend, why, deal with,

  normal, if, discuss, go wrong, serious, obvious, homework, too much, exchange,

  no wonder, even if

  There can be no doubt at all that the Internet has made a huge difference to our lives. Parents are worried that children spend (66) ________ time playing on the Internet, and hardly ever do anything else in their spare time. Naturally, parents are curious to find out (67) ________ the Internet is so attractive, and they want to know (68) ________ it can be harmful to their children. Should parents worry if their children are (69) ________ that much time staring at their computers?

  (70) ________, if children are bent over their computers for hours, absorbed in some game, (71) ________ doing their homework, then something is wrong. Parents and children could decide how much (72) ________ the child should make of the Internet, and the child should give his or her word that it won't interfere (干扰) with their (73) ________. If the child does not keep to this arrangement, the parent can take more steps. (74) ________ a child's use of the Internet is not much (75) ________ negotiating (交涉) any other sort of bargain about behaviour.

  Any parent who is (76) ________ alarmed about a child's behaviour should make an appointment to (77) ________ the matter with a teacher. A child who is spending a lot of time in front of the screen will not necessarily (78) ________ his or her performance at school. (79) ________ a child is completely crazy about using the Internet, he or she is probably just going through a phase (阶段), and in a few months there will be (80) ________ else to worry about!

  IV. 翻译 (Translation) (共5小题;每小题2分,计10分)


  81. 不但他的太太,连他的孩子们都被邀请参加了那次聚会。(as well as)

  82. 的确,一件东西只有在失去时,我们才会懂得它的珍贵。(truely; not... until...)

  83. 她遇到了很大的麻烦,所以需要你的忠告。(in trouble)

  84. 你不觉得他的演讲除了几处发音错误之外很精彩吗?(except for)

  85. 这家工厂每年生产50万辆汽车,其中80%销往国外。(定语从句)

  V. 短文改错(Error correction) (共10小题;每小题1分,计10分)


  此行多一个词:把多余的词用斜线( \ )划掉,在该行右边横线上写出该词,并也用斜线划掉。




  Dear Pete,

  Thank for your last letter. It was good to hear all your news. The big news

  86. ________

  from me is what Rebecca and I have decided to get married. We've

  87. ________

  only known each for six months, but we've thought about it carefully and

  88. ________

  talk it through, so we're going into it with our eyes wide open. We're both

  89. ________

  thirty-five, so at the least nobody can tell us we're being young and silly,

  90. ________

  although, I must admit, I still stop several times a day and ask ourselves

  91. ________

  if we really are doing the right thing—but that's only natural, isn't that?

  92. ________

  Both her and my parents are very exciting. We're planning to get married

  93. ________

  in the summer—probably sometimes in July. I hope you'll be free

  94. ________

  to come. We're hoping to sell both our flats and buy a bigger apartment

  95. ________

  somewhere outside town. I'll ring you when we've fixed the date.


All the best,



  VI. 智力测试 (IQ) (共5小题;每小题1分,计5分)


  96. SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Which day comes three days before the day that comes two days after the day that comes two days after the day that comes three days before Wednesday?

  97. Change the order of the following capital letters to form two words that are opposite in meaning: PURE AS TUFT.

  98. In a race, sail boat A is east of B and south of C. The boats are sailing southwards.

  Which sail boat is losing?

  99. What number should replace the question mark?




  Look at the shields on the right, and guess what comes next. Draw the missing shield to replace the question mark on your answer sheet.

  VII. 写作(Writing) (共2题;A题满分10分,B题满分20分,计30分)

  A) An international health and fitness magazine is doing a survey on tablets (药片) designed to help people lose weight. They have asked readers to write and tell the editor about their personal experience with the tablets.

  Read the advertisement for the tablets and the notes you have made. Then write a letter to the magazine editor.



  Write a letter about 80 words in a suitable style. The beginning and the end of the letter have been given below, and are not included in the total word count. (10分) (答案写在答题纸上)

  Dear Sir / Madam,

  In response to your request for information about Weightaway tablets, I am writing to tell you about my experience.


  I have nearly finished the tablets I bought and I think I am even more overweight than before. I strongly advise your readers not to waste their money on this product.

  Yours faithfully,


  B) An international charity (慈善机构) is looking into the living conditions of elderly people around the world and has asked for a report from your country. As a Chinese student, you are asked to write a report about the living conditions of elderly people around you for the charity in about 120 words. (20分) (答案写在答题纸上)




  I. 句子理解(Statements)

  1—5 BCCDB

  II. 问句应答(Responses)

  6—10 BCDBA

  III. 对话理解(Dialogues)

  11—15 BDACC 16—20 BDBCA

  IV. 短文理解(Passages)

  21—25 CACDC

  26. 210 kilometres / kms

  27. luggage transportation / the transportation of the luggage

  28. bicycle / bike

  29. On Friday evening

  30. website


  I. 选择填空(Vocabulary and structure)

  31—35 BCCDB 36—40 CBCCA 41—45 DDACB

  II. 阅读理解(Reading comprehension)

  46—50 DABDD

  51. skydiver

  52. He was feeling unhappy because he thought he couldn't live without skydiving.

  53. In the afternoon. Sunny.

  54. I was addicted to skydiving.

  55. 1039.

  56. Two. They are “Whatever you want” and “Love at First Sight”.

  57. It's a special computerised dinner jacket.

  58. On BBC2. (At) 6:00 (p.m.).

  59. At 8:20 (p.m.). On BBC2.

  60. Yes. On ITV1 at 6:55 (p.m.).

  61. Different cultures have different understandings / opinions about lateness. / The importance of being on time is different in different cultures.

  62. In both an informal and a formal situation.

  63. To learn if the students were being rude to him.

  64. 在巴西,学生们认为经常迟到的人较经常准时的人可能更成功。

  65. 事实上,巴西人(更)期望地位高的人晚到;而在美国迟到时常被认为是失礼和不可接受的行为。

  III. 完形填空(Cloze)

  66. too much 67. why 68. if 69. spending 70. Obviously 71. instead of 72. use 73. homework

  74. Dealing with 75. different from 76. seriously 77. discuss 78. affect 79. Even if 80. something

  IV. 翻译(Translation)

  81. His children as well as his wife were invited to the party.

  82. Truely it is not until something is lost that we realise how precious it is. / Truely not until something is lost do we realise its value / how precious it is.

  83. She is in great trouble, so she needs your advice.

  84. Don't you think his speech was wonderful except for a few pronunciation mistakes?

  85. The factory produces half a million cars every year, 80% of which are sold abroad.

  V. 短文改错(Error correction)

  Dear Pete,

  Thank for your last letter. It was good to hear all your news. The big news

  86. Thanks

  from me is what Rebecca and I have decided to get married. We've

  87. that___

  only known each ∧ for six months, but we've thought about it carefully and

  88. other

  talk it through, so we're going into it with our eyes wide open. We're both

  89. talked

  thirty-five, so at the least nobody can tell us we're being young and silly,

  90. __the

  although, I must admit, I still stop several times a day and ask ourselves

  91. myself

  if we really are doing the right thing—but that's only natural, isn't that?

  92. _ it____

  Both her and my parents are very exciting. We're planning to get married

  93. excited

  in the summer—probably sometimes in July. I hope you'll be free

  94. sometime

  to come. We're hoping to sell both our flats and buy a bigger apartment

  95. √_____

  somewhere outside town. I'll ring you when we've fixed the date.

  All the best,


  VI. 智力测试(IQ)

  96. MONDAY / Monday 97. PAST FUTURE / past future 98. Sail boat C is losing. 99. 29 (52+64=116. 116÷4=29. Similarly 93+95=188. 188÷4=47) 100.


  VII. 写作(Writing)

  A) One possible version:

  Dear Sir / Madam,

  In response to your request for information about Weightaway tablets, I am writing to tell you about my experience.

  I am always looking for ways to lose weight and the advertisement for Weightaway made it sound ideal for me. So I tried the tablets.

  So far, however, I seem to have lost no weight at all. After I take the tablet with my breakfast I feel sick for the rest of the morning. This certainly reduces my appetite, but I consider it a very unpleasant effect. Besides, in the evening I am very hungry and sometimes eat even more than usual. As for exercise, the tablets make me too tired to move at all.

  I have nearly finished the tablets I bought and I think I am even more overweight than before. I strongly advise your readers not to waste their money on this product.

  Yours faithfully,


  B) One possible version:

  This report is about the living conditions of elderly people in my town.

  Many elderly people live alone or in special retirement homes because they prefer to be independent and do not want to cause problems to their families. This may also be because their children have small houses and don't have enough room for them.

  Although many elderly people prefer to live alone, this is often inconvenient. For example, it may be difficult for them to go upstairs. They may also be lonely. On the other hand, if they live in a retirement home, they may not be free to do the things they want to.

  I have three suggestions as follows:

  1. The living conditions should be suitable for elderly people.

  2. There should be regular visits to those living alone.

  3. Those living with others need to have some privacy.

  一、 评分原则:

  1. 本题总分为30分: A) 10分; B)20分。按四个档次给分。

  2. 评分时,先根据文章的内容和语言初步确定其所属档次,然后以该档次的要求来衡量,确定或调整本档次,最后给分。

  3. 作文词数少于或多于规定词数20词的, 从总分中减去2分。

  4. 如书写较差,以至影响交流,将分数降低一个档次。

  二、 各档次的给分范围和要求:

  第四档(很好):A) 9—10分; B) 16—20分


  第三档(好):A) 6—8分; B) 11—15分


  第二档(一般):A) 3—5分; B) 6—10分


  第一档(差):A) 1—2分; B) 1—5分





  Part I. Statements

  Listen to the following sentences and choose the statement or the picture which has the same or almost the same meaning as the sentence you hear. Each sentence will be read only once.

  1. Some mornings I don't have school and I go swimming instead.

  2. She is looking for a coat with a wide belt, large collar and two big pockets on the sides.

  3. My father doesn't ski now, but he did when he was young.

  4. It isn't necessary to share a room in this house.

  5. Students who are late must sign this attendance book before going to their classes.

  Part II. Responses

  Listen to the following questions and choose the best response to each question you hear. Each question will be read only once.

  6. I'm going to walk round the town and see what there is. What about you?

  7. I need to buy a book for my English course. Is there a bookshop near here?

  8. I'd prefer something hot, if that's OK. Could I have some tea?

  9. If I decide to take this apartment, when can I move in?

  10. I'm trying to study. Could you turn the music down, please?

  Part III. Dialogues

  A) Listen to the following mini-dialogues and choose the best answer or picture to each question. Each dialogue and question will be read twice.

  11. W: Good afternoon. Palm Beach Hotel. Can I help you?

  M: Hello. I'd like to book a room with a beautiful view.

  W: All our rooms have beautiful views, sir. The hotel is on the beach. There are palm trees, sandy beaches and little fishing boats.

  Q: Which is NOT mentioned in this dialogue?

  12. W: Today is Tom's last day at work. He doesn't want to stop working but he's sixty-five next month.

  M: How long has he been with the company?

  W: All his working life. I really admire him.

  Q: What will take place next month?

  13. W: You couldn't help me carry these things to my car, could you?

  M: Listen, I would, but I've got a backache. I'm not allowed to lift anything.

  W: Oh, I see. I'll ask my brother Jim.

  Q: What does the man mean?

  14. W: The 16:45 service to Oxford will be delayed for up to half an hour.

  M: Oh, that's really typical! We're so lucky, uh?

  W: Yeah, but anyway, we have time to eat before we leave.

  Q: When will the train for Oxford start?

  15. W: Jerry, go and talk to Annie. She's in the kitchen.

  M: I haven't got anything to say to her.

  W: Of course you have!You always have lots to say. Go and talk about food or sports.

  Q: What does the woman suggest the man talk about?

  B) Listen to the following dialogue. According to the dialogue choose the best answer to each given question. The dialogue will be read twice.

  W: Welcome Matthew. Let's start. I've learnt you invented a game, didn't you?

  M: I invented a mini-baseball game a few years ago, and it's become very popular. I'm fourteen now, but I had the idea when I was ten.

  W: It's made and sold by a small American company, isn't it?

  M: That's right, but when I first tried to find a company to make the game, I failed. Some companies didn't reply and the ones who did reply just thought it was a joke because I was a child.

  W: What did you do then?

  M: When I couldn't get a company to help, my dad went to the bank, but they wouldn't lend us the money. My parents have a friend who's a really good businessman, and he helped us to make a business plan. Because my grandmother and my great aunt are quite rich, they were happy to lend us enough money to make the first thousand games. After that, we persuaded a company to make the game for us.

  W: So have you got any more ideas?

  M: Yes, I've got an idea for a game for younger children. I was watching my sisters playing one day and I got the idea from them. I visited different schools and asked the children what they enjoyed and tried out my ideas on them.

  W: So it's for younger children?

  M: Yes. The toy company did some research, and found out that between the ages of five and six, children are interested in animals, colour, and food—things to do with their own lives. By the time they're eight, they like the opposite—they prefer games where they can invent things and are more imaginative. Then, between ten and twelve, they enjoy games based on knowledge—quizzes and things like that.

  Part IV. Passages

  Passage A

  Listen to the following material and choose the best answer to each question. The material will be read twice.

  W: Good morning everyone. I'm your tour guide for today. We've made a change to the trip we usually make on Thursdays. We're still going to visit the beautiful town of Brampton with its old university. But today, because we have a lot of children here this week, we're also going to a wildlife park.

  On the way to Brampton, we'll drive through some beautiful countryside. We'll go over the mountain and we'll have a lovely view of the lake from the top. We'll stop there for a few minutes so you can take some photos. In the next valley, we'll have a break for coffee. There's a cafe near a beautiful waterfall.

  We'll get to Brampton at about eleven thirty. It's a lovely town. We'll start by taking a guided tour of the university, which was built in the seventeenth century. Then you can have a look at the shops. Most people come to Brampton nowadays for the shops, but it's the university that made the town famous. If you don't want to look at the shops, I suggest you visit the museum. After lunch, we'll get back on the coach and go to the wildlife park. We need to stay in the coach while we drive round because we'll see some lions in the park. Keep an eye on your children—the animals sometimes hide in the trees. Some friends of mine have seen some tigers, but I've never seen any. I'm afraid they no longer have monkeys, but you may see some giraffes.

  We'll leave the wildlife park at half past five. The journey back takes about an hour and a quarter, so we'll return to the hotel at a quarter to seven. There'll just be time for you to change before dinner at a quarter past seven...

  Passage B

  Listen to the following material and fill in the missing information in the numbered spaces. The material will be read twice.

  M: The last thing today on our holiday programme is some information about cycling holidays. They're run by Pathway Holidays, and the next one is from Monday 12th of June until Saturday 17th of June. On this trip, you cycle from Whitehaven in the northwest of England to Sunderland in the northeast. On most days, you cycle around 40 kms, the maximum on any day being 50 kms, so over the whole trip you'll cycle about 210 kms.

  The trip is through beautiful countryside. The routes are planned so that you don't have to ride up too many hills. The steepest part is near the end when you get to the highest point of the ride. This is known as Black Hill because of the colour of the rock. After that, it's downhill to the North Sea.

  The total cost of the tour is £652 and that includes your hotel, all meals, the transportation of your luggage and a guide. This is someone who knows the area and can tell you about it on the route. In fact, the price

  includes everything except hiring a bicycle. It's possible to hire a bicycle and you should book one in advance if you want to do that, but they recommend bringing your own bicycle. It's often more comfortable to ride one that you are used to.

  Entertainment is provided in the first hotel in Whitehaven—there'll be a musical evening. On Wednesday evening, the hotel you're staying in will organise a quiz, and on Friday evening there'll be a party.

  If you'd like more information about the trip, the company advises you to look at their website, and I'll tell you what that is in a minute.