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2003年9月全国大学英语四级考试— 听力原文

Section A

1. M: I can't understand why Bob isn't here yet? Do you think we should try to call him or go look for him?

W: He probably just got held up in traffic. Why don't we give him a few minutes?

[Q] What are the speakers probably going to do?




2. M: Hi, Susan! Have you decided1 where to live when you get married?

W: I'd like to live in the downtown area near my work but Nelson wants to live in suburbs2 to save our expenses.

[Q] Why does Susan want to live in the city?




3. M: I'd like to buy a copy of Professor Franklin's book on American culture.

W: I'm sorry. The book has been out of print for sometime now.

[Q] Where does the conversation probably take place.




4. W: I've just locked my keys in my room. Now what should I do?

M: I can't believe it. You are always so careless. Anyhow let's calm down and try to figure things out.

[Q] What does the man suggest?




5. W: Can you give us your e-mail address, so we can get back to you as soon as possible?

M: I'll send you an e-mail so we don't have to do the spellings on the phone. Okay?

[Q] What are the speakers doing?




6. W: Hi, George! Could you give me a ride? I want to buy some food for the picnic.

M: Okay. I'm going home but I can drop you at the supermarket.

[Q] What does the woman want to do?




7. W: My name is Helen WARE3. W-A-R-E. Can I get a class permit for biology?

M: Oh, no. Not now. Registration4 for students whose last names begin with W doesn't start until tomorrow.

[Q] What does the man mean?

女:我叫海伦 威尔,W-A-R-E,能给我生物课的听课证吗?



8. M: What was the weather like when you were in New York last week?

W: It was very much like the weather here in Beijing. So you needn't take much clothes if you don't plan to stay there long.

[Q] What can we learn from the conversation?




9. W: What are the things in our our suitcase? There aren't any toys at all. Where have you put them?

M: Oh, no. This is not our suitcase.The old lady must have taken ours by mistake. She was sitting next to us at the restaurant.

[Q] What can be inferred5 from the conversation?




10. M: Are you really leaving for Hongkong tomorrow morning?

W: Yeah, I guess so. I got the air tickets. I can't wait to see Bill there.

[Q] What is the woman going to do?




Section B

Passage One

Pamcla Royal and her partner, Edith Clark, are the owners of the Sea View Hotel in Brighton. As much of their business is seasonal6, they do a good deal of the work themselves. In order to make a profit, it is necessary to keep down the cost of extra staff. Although they will never make a fortune, for the last ten years they have earned a reasonable living from the hotel.

They work extremely will together and each has her own duties. In general, Pamela does the book keeping. She is excellent with figures and seldom makes a mistake. She also takes care of the decorations, particularly the flower arranging, which is her hobby. Edith, on the other hand, makes all the staff arrangements, and when necessary does the cooking. She is a very patient woman, and if guests make complaints she tries her best to solve their problem.

However, the two ladies do not do all the work themselves. They usually employ college students to do the cleaning and the washing up. Bob Albert, who is a retired7 policeman, goes in two hours a day to do the gardening, or take care of the swimming pool.

Both ladies are very popular. They believe in having an informal relationship with the guests, and often make friends with their regular visitors. Last month was their tenth anniversary8 in Brighton, and they had a dinner with their friends to celebrate. Pamela gave a speech and everyone wished them lots of success for the future.

Questions 11 to 13 are based on the passage you have just heard.

11.How do Pamela and Edith manage to keep down the cost of the hotel?

12.What jobs in the hotel are given to the college students?

13.Why are the two ladies popular in the area?

Passage Two

Some people dream of being President of the United States. Some dream of becoming stars in a Hollywood movie, and others of making millions of dollars overnight9. But, could a dream like that come true in real life? Well, it did happen to peter Johnson.

Peter was an auto10 mechanic11. One day, he walked into the Union Trust Bank in Baltimore and took 5,000 dollars that did not belong to him. The guards and other employees stood back and let him stuff12 the bills in his shirt and pants without trying to prevent him from taking the money.(16) No one tripped an alarm. No one pulled a gun. No one called the police. Why did the allow him to get away with it?

Well, everything was legal. Peter had won a contest promoted by a Baltimore radio station. The first prize entitled13 him to enter the union Trust bank and gather up as much money as he could lay his hands within five minutes. Because he could not bring any large bags or boxes into the bank, all the money had to be placed in his pockets.

As the time went by, Peter ran about wildly, trying to pick up as many large bills as he could find. When his time was up, he was out of breath, but was $ 5,000 richer.

Questions 14 to 17 are based on the passage you have just heard.

14.Why did peter go to the Union Trust bank?

15.What was Peter's job?

16.What did the guards do when Peter stared gathering14 the money?

17.Why didn't Peter take more money from the bank?

Passage Three

Larry Smith is one of the rescuers on the Golden Gate Bridge. His job is to save people who attempt to jump into the sea. If the telephone rings at three in the morning, he knows it's trouble. Someone is threatening to commit suicide15. Larry will get his things ready, and in no time he'll be out the door and heading to the spot.

"If you aren't too late," Larry says, "you climb out onto the cold steel and try to talk to the poor, and pull him anyhow back to safety. For many suicide attempts are made on the spur16 of the moment, and lives can be saved. But if you fall, if the person jumps into the bottomless pool, there's no describing how helpless17 you feel. Often, would - be jumpers are driven to despair18 and see no hope out of their misery19. The trick is to open channels of communication with them. Following are some tricks that have worked: 'If you're going to jump, at least give me your mom's phone number so I can call and tell her. 'Or' That's a nice watch. If you're going to jump, can I have it?' Sometimes, all it takes is the voice of the human being who cares."

Larry estimates20 he has rescued about thirty people in his ten years of service.

Questions 18 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.

18.What is Larry's job?

19.What is happening if Larry's phone rings at 3 o'clock in the morning?

20. What does Larry Smith usually do to stop someone from jumping off the bridge?


1 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
2 suburbs 9112fbe5b7505b1970f54b03ee463b57     
n.郊区,城郊( suburb的名词复数 );四乡;隧;四郊
  • The poor suburbs traditionally formed the bedrock of the party's support. 贫穷的郊区在传统上构成了支持该党的牢固基础。
  • The new college will be located in the suburbs. 这所新建的学院将设在郊区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 ware sh9wZ     
  • The shop sells a great variety of porcelain ware.这家店铺出售品种繁多的瓷器。
  • Good ware will never want a chapman.好货不须叫卖。
4 registration ASKzO     
  • Marriage without registration is not recognized by law.法律不承认未登记的婚姻。
  • What's your registration number?你挂的是几号?
5 inferred 723f8592848dc468ef889e1cafac7a87     
v.推断( infer的过去式和过去分词 );间接地提出;暗示;意指
  • Much of the meaning must be inferred from the context. 大部分含意必须从上下文中推断。
  • I inferred this fact from the evidence I have gathered. 我根据收集到的证据推论出这件事实。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 seasonal LZ1xE     
  • The town relies on the seasonal tourist industry for jobs.这个城镇依靠季节性旅游业提供就业机会。
  • The hors d'oeuvre is seasonal vegetables.餐前小吃是应时蔬菜。
7 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
8 anniversary Cw0zD     
  • They celebrate their wedding anniversary annually.他们每年庆祝一番结婚纪念日。
  • Today is my parents'30th wedding anniversary.今天是我父母结婚30周年纪念日。
9 overnight uKmxv     
ad.前一天晚上,一夜间 a.前一天晚上的
  • She stayed overnight in the hotel. 她在旅馆过了一夜。
  • Our success is not won overnight. 我们的成功不是一夜之间得来的。
10 auto ZOnyW     
  • Don't park your auto here.别把你的汽车停在这儿。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽车工业把许多人吸引到了底特律。
11 mechanic 4CRxt     
  • The mechanic made the necessary adjustments to the engine.机械师对发动机作了必要的调整。
  • He is a mechanic who buys and sells cars on the side.他是一个兼营买卖汽车的技工。
12 stuff Itsw1     
  • We could supply you with the stuff in the raw tomorrow.明天我们可以供应你原材料。
  • He is not the stuff.他不是这个材料。
13 entitled 8tWzka     
  • You will be entitled to your pension when you reach 65. 你到65岁就有资格享受养老金。
  • He entitled us to enter his office at any time. 他授权给我们可以随时进入他的办公室。
14 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
15 suicide ssAwA     
  • The number of suicide has increased.自杀案件的数量增加了。
  • The death was adjudged a suicide by sleeping pills.该死亡事件被判定为服用安眠药自杀。
16 spur IvxwT     
  • Even a small success would spur me on to greater effort.哪怕是微小的成功也会促使我做出更大的努力。
  • Such stories serve as a spur to children's imagination.这类故事能激发儿童的想像力。
17 helpless FdAxb     
  • The other team was helpless and we had a real field day.对方队很弱,我们轻易取胜。
  • They felt helpless to do anything about it.他们对这事感到无能为力。
18 despair rmjzP     
  • If you are in the depths of despair,you will be extremely unhappy.如果你彻底地失望,你会十分不开心。
  • Don't despair;things will get better soon.不必绝望,事情不久就会好起来。
19 misery G10yi     
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
20 estimates d72749910e71e75279b310239e18f36f     
  • Unofficial estimates put the figure at over two million. 非官方的估计数字为200万以上。
  • We got estimates from three different contractors before accepting the lowest. 我们得到3个承包商的报价后,接受了最低的报价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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