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2005 年全国中学生英语能力竞赛(NEPCS)决赛高二年级组试题

(总分:150 分 答题时间:120 分钟)

听力部分(共三大题,计 30 分)

I. 句子理解(Sentences) (共 10 小题,计 10 分)

请听句子,然后从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中选

出一个与你所听到的句子意思一致或相近的答案。每个句子 只读一遍。(答案涂在答题纸上)

1. A. Not only we but also they went to see the film last Sunday.

B. I didn’t go to see the film yesterday because I had a lot of work to do.

C. They went to the cinema last Sunday but we didn’t.

D. We are too busy to play football.

2. A. They have no time to visit their parents.

B. Parents should be strict with their children.

C. Though they should visit their parents often, they don’t.

D. During the summer holidays, they visited many places of interest.

3. A. You should do the work when he is not in China.

B. When he was not in China, his co-workers did much work.

C. Whoever is absent from school today will be punished.

D. He was playing cards when his co-workers were working hard.

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4. A. Though her father is strict with her, she loves him very much.

B. Her father wants her to be a teacher, but she doesn’t want to follow his wish.

C. She wants to do whatever her teacher doesn’t want her to do.

D. She is afraid to do whatever her father doesn’t want her to do, for he is very strict.

5. A. He called his friends to have a party when he came back.

B. He bought a lot of invitation cards yesterday for he will have a big party this Sunday.

C. Few friends were invited to go to his home to have a party.

D. After listing the names of those people he would invite, he wrote the invitations.

6. A. Though the weatherman said it was going to rain this afternoon, it was fine.

B. It’s going to rain, so don’t go out to play basketball.

C. The weatherman who said it was going to rain was very handsome.

D. It rained as the weatherman said yesterday.

7. A. You can touch anything in this room that you like.

B. Call me if you have anything that you can’t deal with.

C. Make sure you can finish your homework before your teacher checks it.

D. You can’t touch anything unless your teacher allows you to.

8.

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9. A. Even though he helped me, I still didn’t win the game.

B. I passed the exam because I worked hard.

C. Because of his timely help, I passed the exam.

D. Nobody passed the exam because it was too difficult.

10. A. The man would like to work there no matter how hard the living conditions are.

B. The people there are living a better life than people here.

C. Nobody would like to work in a place which is too far from his home.

D. The people’s living standard has been much improved.

II. 对话理解(Dialogues)(共 10 小题,计 10 分)

A)请听下列五组小对话,每段对话后有一个问题,然后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。每段对话和问题均读两遍。(答案涂在答题纸上)

11. A. She can’t find the way home.

B. She lost her wallet.

C. She lost her keys.

D. She has lost her memory.

12. A. At a bookshop.

B. At a ticket counter.

C. At a post office.

D. At a library.

13.

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14. A. It was too low.

B. It wasn’t according to the market standards.

C. It wasn’t interesting.

D. The director thought it wasn’t low enough.

15. A. Eating.

B. The eating habits of wild animals.

C. Being hungry.

D. Their pets.

B)请听下面一段对话,然后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。 对话读两遍。 (答案 涂在答题纸上)

16. What problem does Jim have?

A. His old bike needs to be repaired again.

B. He can’t finish his homework.

C. He has a toothache.

D. He is lost.

17. What does Jim want to buy?

A. A car.

B. A computer.

C. A mountain bike.

D. A pair of shoes.

18. How much does a mountain bike cost?

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A. At least £300.

B. More than £500.

C. No more than £300.

D. About £100.

19. If Jim saved money as his mother told him to, how long would it take him to save enough money to buy the bike he likes?

A. About a week.

B. Just over a year.

C. More than two years.

D. No more than a year.

20. What will happen after this conversation?

A. Jim will buy the new bike he likes. B. Jim will save as much money as he can.

C. Jim’s father will buy him a car.

D. Jim will continue to use his old bike.

III. 短文理解(Passages)(共 10 小题,计 10 分)

请听下列两篇短文,然后根据你所听到的短文内容,选择能回答所提问题的最佳答案。 每篇短文读两遍。 (答 案涂在答题纸上)

A

21. How many movies are talked about in this passage?

A. Four.

B. Only one.

C. Two.

D. Three.

22. How does the author feel about Scream Dream?

A. It’s very interesting.

B. It really makes your blood run cold.

C. The acting is good.

D. It’s a waste of money to see it.

23. What is the main problem with the movie Jack and the Beanstalk?

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A. It has too much music.

B. Its cartoons are not drawn well.

C. It is too long for young children. D. It is a fairy tale.

24. Which of the four movies is the most confusing?

A. Scream Dream.

B. Over the Edge.

C. Jack and the Beanstalk.

D. On the Road.

25. What’s the writer’s main purpose in writing this passage?

A. To compare different movie actors. B. To give opinions on four movies.

C. To explain how movies are made.

D. To describe the local movie theatre.

B

26. How many rules for driving on icy roads does the writer give in this passage?

A. Two.

B. Only one.

C. Three.

D. Four.

27. Why does the writer talk about a cup of coffee?

A. Because he thinks drinks are important for drivers.

B. To explain the importance of smooth movements.

C. Because he wants drivers to be more relaxed.

D. To show how it can be spilled.

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A. People should avoid driving in the snow.

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C. Drivers should expect problems in winter.

D. Drivers should use their brakes less in winter.

29. What is the writer’s main purpose for writing this passage?

A. To complain about bad winter driving.

B. To give information about winter weather.

C. To warn people against driving in winter.

D. To advise people about safe driving in winter.

30. Which traffic sign shows the main idea of the text?

笔试部分(共七大题,计 120 分)

I. 选择填空(Vocabulary and structure)(共 20 小题,计 20 分)

A) 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳答案。(答案涂在答题纸上)

31. The restaurant near our school, ________ last year, is very popular with teachers and students.

A. to close

B. beginning

C. having started

D. opened

32. Invention, for example, of a completely new recording medium may grow very fast,because all of us become ________ recorded music.

A. sure of

B. angry about

C. addicted to

D. far away from

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33. In this institution a medal, together with a prize of a certain sum of money, ________ does best in science and technology every two years.

A. is given to whoever

B. are given to anyone

C. are given to who

D. is given to whom

34. —Where did you meet him yesterday?

—On ________ bridge.

A. beautiful a little Chinese stone white B. a little white Chinese beautiful stone

C. white a little beautiful Chinese stone D. a beautiful little white Chinese stone

35. I didn’t tell him ________ news at once because I wanted to give him ________ surprise.

A. a; a

B. the; the

C. the; a

D. 不填; the

36. Peter set his new book ________ for a year while he wrote some magazine articles to make a bit of money.

A. on

B. up

C. aside

D. in

37. We think ________ college students should master at least one foreign language.

A. which is extra B. it important that C. what necessary

D. whether serious

38. Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, and organisers ________ all 35,000 tickets will be gone by next weekend.

A. research

B. want

C. decide

D. predict

39. —Do you know Jim quarreled with his brother over the book yesterday?

—I didn’t know, ________.

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A. nor do I care

B. I don’t reform neither

C. no don’t I know

D. I don’t want also

40. Steven said that if he ________ how it worked, he ________ me what to do.

A. wanted; asked

B. had known; would have told

C. issued; would have formed

D. had armed; cheered

41. —What shall I do if you are not here?

—________ ask my brother to help you.

A. In order to that B. So as to that C. In that case

D. Except that

42. The town ________ we visited last month is the one ________ the famous artist was born.

A. where; which

B. where; where

C. that; which

D. that; where

43. —I’m sorry, sir, we’re booked for that evening.

—Oh dear, ________? We have guests and we’d like to give them a taste of local food.

—I’ve heard that Flavio’s is very good. You might try there.

A. have you heard if my car is ready B. can you recommend another restaurant

C. is there enough in the account to cover these bills

D. don’t you have an appointment

44. —Do you mind if I keep pets in this building?

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C. Why not ask others?

D. Really? Can it be true?

45. —Excuse me. ________ I need to make a call.

—Sorry, I don’t have any change.

—Do you know where I can get some change around here?

A. How many bags will you be checking this evening?

B. How long will it take to arrive there?

C. Do you have change for a dollar?

D. Why did it take so long?

B) 下列 5 题中的句子可以组成一篇小短文,请从所给的四个选项中选出可以填入空白处的最佳答案。(答 案涂在答题纸上)

46. Ron Boor ________ West Virginia. His hobby is growing pumpkins. This year he grew a 700-pound pumpkin.

A. lives in

B. gets to

C. gives up

D. goes on

47. It was the ________ pumpkin he had ever grown. Boor was proud of his pumpkin.

A. most beautiful B. shortest

C. biggest

D. smallest

48. Every year the state of West Virginia has the Pumpkin Festival. There is a ________ for the biggest pumpkin.

A. cheat

B. board

C. cash

D. prize

49. Boor’s 700-pound pumpkin should have won first prize. But it spoiled ( 变坏) a few days before the annual festival. ________, Boor had more pumpkins.

A. Extraordinarily B. Luckily

C. Immediately

D. Deadly

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50. He took ________ pumpkin from his garden to the Pumpkin Festival last week. That pumpkin won first prize — $651.

A. another

B. others

C. the other

D. all

II. 阅读理解(Reading comprehension)(共 20 小题,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)

A

In 1996, three men in California were taken to a hospital with strange symptoms (症状). They felt dizzy, tired, and weak. They couldn’t speak, and they had trouble breathing. The hospital doctors thought the men had been poisoned, but couldn’t work out what was wrong with them. Then they found out the three men were all chefs, and they had just shared a dish of fugu.

Fugu, the Japanese name for the puffer fish, is one of the strangest fish in the ocean. The puffer fish gets its name from the way the fish protects itself from enemies. Whenever it is attacked, the fish blows up its body to over twice its normal size!

The reason the three men were taken to the hospital is because the puffer fish is very poisonous. As a rule, if you eat a whole puffer fish, you will probably die. The three men had a close call, but they all survived.

The reason the three men were taken to the hospital is because the puffer fish is very poisonous. As a rule, if you eat a whole puffer fish, you will probably die. The three men had a close call, but they all survived.

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The symptoms of fugu poisoning are a strange feeling around the mouth and throat, and difficulty breathing. You can’t breathe and your body can’t get any air. Your brain still works perfectly, however, so you know you are dying, but you can’t speak or do anything about it.

Despite the danger of fugu poisoning, this strange, ugly, and very poisonous fish is actually a very expensive, and very popular, kind of food in Japan. Customers pay up to $200 per person to eat a fugu meal. Because of the danger, fugu can only be prepared by chefs with a special licence from the government. These chefs are trained to identify and remove the poisonous parts of the fish. Most people who die from eating fugu these days are people who have tried their hand at preparing the fish themselves.

Fugu is said to be so delicious that it has even started to be imported( 进口) into Hong Kong and the United States. Several tons of fugu are now exported from Japan every year.

51. The best title for this passage should be ________.

A. A Dangerous Dish

B. Fishing in Japan

C. The History of Fugu

D. A Talented Chef

52. Why were the three men taken to the hospital?

A. Someone poisoned them.

B. They ate poisonous fish.

C. They poisoned each other.

D. A doctor worked out their symptoms.

53. When an enemy tries to eat a puffer fish, it ________.

A. eats the enemy B. makes poison

C. looks very ugly

D. becomes bigger

54. Which is NOT a symptom of fugu poisoning?

A. Breathing difficulty.

B. Tiredness and weakness.

C. Your brain stops working.

D. Trouble speaking.

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55. Who is allowed to prepare fugu?

A. People from California.

B. Licensed chefs.

C. The government.

D. Anyone who wants to try their hand.

B

B) 非选择题:阅读下列短文,然后回答问题或完成句子。(答案写在答题纸上)

56. The audiomagazines from Champs-Elysé es are designed for ______ and language learners.

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58. What does an audiomagazine usually consist of?

59. How does the audiomagazine help language learners to develop linguistic skills?

60. Professional journalists in ________, ________, and ________ write for the audiomagazine in German.

C

A tsunami(海啸) is a giant wave that can do huge amounts of damage when it hits land. To see how one starts, throw a stone into a pond or lake, and watch the ripples(涟漪) spread out on the surface of the water. A tsunami starts in a similar way to one of these ripples, except that it is not caused by a stone, but by something much bigger, such as an earthquake occurring under the sea.

Once it has started, a tsunami can move across the ocean for huge distances. An earthquake off the coast of South America generated (引起) a tsunami that travelled west for over 15,000 kilometres and caused enormous damage when it hit the coast of Japan 22 hours later.

Tsunamis can be caused by volcanic eruptions as well as by earthquakes. The most deadly tsunami in recorded history was the one that followed the eruption of Indonesia’s Krakatoa volcano in 1883. About 36,000 people died, and what actually killed most of them was the tsunami rather than the eruption itself.

It is not only events on Earth that cause tsunamis. They can also be generated by a comet (彗星) or meteor (流 星) hitting the Earth. No one has actually seen this happen, except on screen in Hollywood films such as Deep Impact. But the giant tsunamis produced by special effects in such films, big enough to cover the skyscrapers of New York, are theoretically possible, and computer simulations (模拟研究) show that they have almost certainly happened in the distant past.

In the open ocean, a tsunami wave is difficult to see, because most of it is below the surface. The part of the wave that is actually visible may be just one or two metres high. But the wave has enormous power, and can travel at the speed of a jet plane — almost 800 kph. As it eventually approaches land, the wave slows down, and this causes a dramatic increase in its height. By the time it actually reaches the land, it can be up to 30 metres high.

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Tsunamis occur in all the major oceans of the world, although they are most common in the Pacific area around Japan. Here, there is a complex and detailed system for moni-toring the waves and providing warning for those who live in the area. This is a vital service because anyone who thinks that tsunamis are just big surfing waves should think again — they are impressive, dramatic, destructive and deadly!

61. The main idea of Paragraph 1 is ________.

62. Which tsunami was the most deadly one in recorded history according to the passage?

63. What three things can cause a tsunami?

64. Why is a tsunami difficult to see in the open ocean?

65. Tsunamis are most common ________.

D

There is a saying in France that states: “The government could fall, the Louvre could be broken into, or aliens (外星人) could land on Earth, but if any of these things happened during the Tour de France, no one would notice.” The Tour de France is the most famous cycling race in the world. The race, which is held in July every year, consists of twenty one-day stages, plus several rest days. The course follows a clockwise route around France, and often neighbouring countries, including Luxembourg, Belgium, and Italy. The winner is the rider who completes all twenty stages of the race in the shortest overall time.

The Tour de France first started on July 1, 1903, when sixty cyclists left from in front of The Alarm Clock Café , just outside of Paris, and rode 467 kilometres to Lyon. The first race consisted of six legs, each of which was about 400 kilometres long. At that time there were no rest days—the winner was the rider who finished the race in the shortest total time. The winner of the first Tour de France, Maurice Garin, the most popular cyclist in France at that time, received 2,000 francs (about $350). It took him 94 hours and 33 minutes to ride all 2,428 kilometres of - 15 -

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the race, three hours faster than the runner-up. Over the weeks during which the race was run, the idea of the Tour de France slowly caught on with the people of France. The race has been held every year since that time, except during the years of World Wars I and II.

The Tour de France has developed several special honours for which racers compete. Henri Desgranges, the founder of the race, introduced the yellow jersey(运动衫), the highest honour, in 1919 to show the leading racer each day of the Tour de France. Each day, the officials who keep track of all of the riders’ times compare each rider’s total time up to that point. The racer with the lowest overall time wears th e yellow jersey during the following day’s race. Other honours include the green jersey, which is given to the best sprinter, and the polka dot jersey, a white jersey with red dots, for the best rider in the mountains along the route.

66. The passage is mainly about ________.

67. What does the underlined word “legs” mean?

68. Henri Desgranges was ________.

69. Today, the Tour de France is different from the original race because cyclists ________.

70. Who wears the polka dot jersey?

III. 完形填空(Cloze)(共 15 小题,计 15 分)

阅读下面短文,在空白处填上适当的单词,使短文语义完整。每空一词。(答案写在答题纸上)

Will it ever be possible for us to know exactly what our pets are thinking or feeling? Actually, this day may not be so (71)________ away. A Japanese toy-making firm has (72)________ up with a gadget(小巧的装 置) that (73)________ read a dog’s emotions. The company calls their invention the “Bowlingual”. The device is attached (连接) to a special collar (74)________ the dog wears (75)________ its neck, and can send information about the dog’s feelings electronically (76)________ a

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handset kept by the dog’s owner.

The company claims that the Bowlingual can recognize six different feelings, (77)________ fear, happiness and sadness, by interpreting the different ways (78)________ which the dog barks.

But how does the Bowlingual actually (79)________? Scientists analysed the barks they recorded from a large (80)________ of dogs in various different situations and identified six general patterns of sound (81)________ to different feelings. The Bowlingual is programmed with these patterns and can (82)________ them to the sound a dog makes and then translate this into a sentence that can be (83)________ understood. Some examples of what dogs apparently say are “I’m lonely.” and “Please play with me a bit more!”

The device is (84)________ fitted with a diary that sums up the whole of the dog’s day with statements (85)________ as “We’ve done so many good things today. What a happy day!”

IV. 翻译(Translation)(共 10 小题,计 10 分)

A) 阅读下面短文,然后把划线处的句子译成汉语。(答案写在答题纸上)

Television has been changing the way people live for thirty years. (86) It influences nearly every aspect of modern life: how people use leisure time, how news is reported, how information is learned, and how people think and feel. Children are particularly susceptible (易受影响的) to the effects of television because their minds are growing, developing, and learning much faster than those of adults. (87) Whereas television could be used as an educational tool for children, more often simple, entertaining cartoons with little or no educational value are shown.

(88) Social scientists, teachers, and parents are troubled by the kinds of television programmes children choose to watch. These groups of people are concerned about the media’s impact on young children. They are worried about the effects of televised violence on society as well as commercials for sugar-coated food. (89) Most importantly, however, they feel television is one factor that causes declining(下降) maths and reading scores among schoolchildren. Because of the excessive (过多的) time spent watching TV, children are spending less time reading and thinking independently.

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Experts are concerned about the view of the world that youngsters are learning from television. Parents, schools, and churches have traditionally been the social models and teachers for children. (90) However, because television influences children’s attitudes and behavior, its role in society is becoming increasingly more powerful — it is much more than a simple recreational activity.

B) 根据提示把下列句子译成英语。(答案写在答题纸上)

91. 从你所说的情况看,她应当能成功。(现在分词)

92. 我们应该不遗余力地好好学习,以便将来为人民服务。(spare no effort)

93. 不要想当然地认为入学考试分数高的人都将证明是非常成功的。(宾语从句)

94. 我多么希望自己是一只小鸟,能够在天空中自由飞翔!(虚拟语气)

95. 书的前面有目录,详列了书中的内容。(content)

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

此题要求改正所给短文中的错误。对标有题号的每一行做出判断:如无错误,在该行右边横线上画一个勾(√); 如有错误(每行只有一个错误),则按下列情况改正:

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。

此行缺一个词:在缺词处加一个漏字符号(∧),在该行右边横线上写出该加的词。

此行错一个词:在错的词下划一横线,在该行右边横线上写出改正后的词。

注意:原行没有错的不要改。

(答案写在答题纸上)

The last time I saw my car, a Lancia 142, it parked outside my house.

96. ________

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I had parked it there at about 4 p.m. and then spent about an hour

97. ________

work in my back garden. At about 5 p.m. I found, to my horror,

98. ________

which my car had completely disappeared. I thought at first that I’d forgotten

99. ________

where I had left and spent half an hour walking around nearby streets

100. ________

looking for it, but I couldn’t able find it anywhere, and eventually I realised

101. ________

that my car had been stolen. I phoned the police but they came round

102. ________

and took all the details but it wasn’t important enough by them to spend

103. ________

many time on. After all, lots of cars disappear every month. It sounds

104. ________

ridiculous but I really loved that car and the new one just isn’t the different.

105. ________

VI. 智力测试(IQ)(共 5 小题,计 5 分)

回答下列问题。(答案写在答题纸上)

106. If a car had increased its average speed for a 210-mile journey by 5 mph the journey would have been completed in 1 hour less. What was the original speed of the car for the journey?

107. By starting at the Q in the centre and moving from letter to adjacent (邻近的) letter to an outside Z, how many different ways can the word QUIZ be spelt out?

Z

ZIZ

ZIUIZ

ZIUQUIZ

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ZIUIZ

ZIZ

Z

108. A well-known phrase has had all its vowels removed and has been split into groups of three letters. What is the phrase? All remaining letters are in the correct order.

HRT DYG NTM RRW

109. Find the number to replace the question mark.

369542 is to 246359

172896 is to 268179

417638 is to ?

110.

VII. 写作(Writing)(共 2 小题,计 25 分)

A) You have entered an English competition and have just received this letter from the organiser. Read the letter, on which you have made some notes. Then, using the information in your notes, write a suitable reply. The opening and closing parts have been given.

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Write a letter of around 100 words, not including the words given. (10 分)(答案写在答题纸上)

Dear Mr. Spiller,

Thank you very much for your letter informing me that I have won first prize in the competition. I am looking forward to going to Australia and attending the course.

...

Yours sincerely,

Francesco Vacca

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B) Your class has been discussing junk food. Your teacher has asked you to write a composition giving your opinion on the following statement.

Young people today are addicted to junk food.

Write your composition in about 130 words. (15 分)(答案写在答题纸上)

2005 年全国中学生英语能力竞赛(NEPCS)决赛高三年级组试题听力部 分录音原文

Part I. Sentences

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 once. 1. Scientists say that air pollution causes the world’s average air temperature to rise. 2. No hotel in this town can match this one for service. 3. It’s very kind of you to write to me and tell me about your beautiful city. 4. I’ve been having interviews all year but I still don’t have a job. 5. My mind wasn’t on what he was saying, so I’m afraid I missed half of it. 6. There is no need for us to discuss the problem again since it has already been settled. 7. To my joy, my children soon adapted to life in the city after we moved there. 8. As I explained on the phone, your request will be considered at the next meeting. 9. Peter couldn’t understand what had been decided because too many people were talking at once. 10. I tried to take that medicine you gave me but I couldn’t swallow it.

Part II. Dialogues A) Listen to the following mini-dialogues and choose the best answer to each question. Each dialogue and question will be read twice. 11. M: I’m going to the Christmas party Saturday night. - 22 -

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W: I’m invited too. Would you be able to pick me up? My car’s been in the repairshop for a few days. M: Sure. I can pick you up at around seven. Question: What is the man going to do? 12. W: The ski season starts next weekend. Would you like to go to the mountains? M: Next weekend I’ll be at my brother’s in Florida. What about the following weekend? W: That sounds fine. I’ll give you a call and arrange things. Question: Why can’t the man go skiing next weekend? 13. M: I have two tickets to a concert tonight. Why don’t we go together? W: That sounds great. What time does it start? M: It starts at eight o’clock. Let’s meet at around seven downstairs. How’s that? Question: What is the man doing? 14. M: I think there are some people sitting in our seats. W: Well, why don’t you check our seat numbers again and see. We might have to ask them to move. M: They are in our seats. I’ll get the flight attendant. Question: Where are the speakers? 15. W: I tried the new French restaurant on Quail Street last Friday. M: Was it any good? W: The food was excellent, but it was rather highly priced. It also took quite some time to be served. Question: What does the woman say about the restaurant? B) Listen to the following dialogue between Mary and Tom, and choose the best answer to each question. The dialogue will be read twice. Mary: Shopping’s hard work, Tom, isn’t it? Tom: True. I’m glad it’s over. Mary: Do you want to go home now? Tom: Yes, I think I’ll take the things we bought home. Mary: Okay. I’ll go to the office. I’ve got lots to do. I’ll come home later, straight from the office. Tom: Okay. I’d better hurry. My brother’s waiting at the house to help carry the television in. Mary: Good. I hope he’ll still be there when I get home—I haven’t seen your brother for ages. No, wait, I forgot to tell you. I’ll be late home tonight. I’ve got a meeting at 5 o’clock. Tom: When do you think it will end? - 23 -

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Mary: I’m not sure. Still, I should be home by eight. If I think I’ll be later than 8 o’clock I’ll call you. Tom: Okay. It’s nice now that your office is in City Square. You don’t have to travel very far at all. Mary: I certainly appreciate it! Taxi drivers always know where City Square is, too. By the way, are you going to watch People are Funny on TV tonight? Tom: What did you say? What TV show? Oh, People are Funny? Of course I am. I’ll tell you what happened when you get home. I need something to laugh at—I’m going to the new office at Newtown tomorrow, and I’m not looking forward to it. Mary: I’d better go now. Take care. I’ll see you later. Bye bye.

Part III. Passages

Listen to the following two passages and choose the best answer to each question. Each passage will be read twice. Passage A W: I was brought up in a very ordinary but very happy home with one elder sister, my mother and my father. The great love of my life since I was a small girl was writing, which my family thought was surprising because they didn’t consider themselves educated people. I wasn’t surprised though because my parents were great readers, which is my idea of being educated. Anyway, I trained to be a nurse but whenever I had free time I wrote poems and short stories. I even once wrote a novel called The Pleasure Principle, but I didn’t feel comfortable writing longer pieces and I soon went back to my poetry. Then the strangest thing happened. I had had my twenty-first birthday just a few days before and I was feeling very much that I wanted to change things in my life. I’d been nursing a very old woman for several months in a private ward. She told me that although she had lots of relatives, no one came to visit her. Anyway, when she died she left me a large sum of money, nearly three-quarters of a million pounds! All of a sudden, I was a very rich woman. Well, the first thing I decided was that I wouldn’t waste the money. It soon became obvious to me that as much as I loved nursing, I loved writ ing more and that’s how I got started. I went to America and did a degree in creative writing. I had a wonderful time and learned a great deal, not from the lecturers necessarily but mainly from other hopeful writers on the course. All this was a decade ag o and I’ve now had several volumes of poetry published. I now want to do something to help other young poets so I’m thinking of

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setting up a small publishing company which I’ll call Grace Park Books after the wonderful old lady who helped me fulfil my life’s ambition!

Passage B M: Here we are today at the unique Saxon Bridge Rainforest Centre located near Liverpool. This is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find a tropical rainforest! Saxon Bridge was started in 1982 —so it’s well-established now—by Dr Jane Brown who wanted to educate the British public about the problem of the world’s most complex environment. She’s created a whole forest in five glass houses. She started with just one thousand species but the forest now has ten times that number. Although the main base is plant life, the Centre also has a representation of birds and small mammals including twenty species of small monkeys. The Centre aims to expand its wildlife to include fish. However, it should be emphasised that this is not a zoo. The real scientific focus is on the preservation of endangered plants. The animals are there because of the role they play in completing the forest system. If you’re interested in visiting Saxon Bridge, you should note its special opening times. Because it’s mainly an educational institution, certain days of the week are reserved especially for school parties and scientists; they are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays are for the general public. Admission is free for school parties, children under three and wheelchair users. All others pay three pounds. Saxon Bridge is very easy to find from the motorway because there are plenty of large green signposts with the Centre’s symbol—the banana tree—clearly visible.

2005 年全国中学生英语能力竞赛(NEPCS)决赛高二年级组试题听力部 分录音原文

Part I. Sentences

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 once.

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1. We went to see the film last Sunday. So did they.

2. They do not visit their parents as much as they ought to.

3. During his absence from China his co-workers did a lot of work.

4. Her father is so strict that she is afraid to go against his wishes.

5. First he made a list of the names of those to be invited. Then he began to write the invitation cards.

6. The weatherman said it was going to rain this afternoon but it turned out to be very lovely.

7. Don’t touch anything unless your teacher tells you to.

8. Peter is meeting his grandma at the airport.

9. As a result of his timely help, I passed the exam.

10. However hard the living conditions are, the man would like to work there.

Part II. Dialogues

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

11. W: Did you find a long black wallet here by any chance?

M: No, I’m afraid not and no one has turned anything in.

W: Oh dear. I just can’t remember where I might have left it.

Question: What happened to the woman?

12. W: I’d like to send these first class, and this one parcel post.

M: That will be $25.37 in total.

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W: Here you are.

Question: Where are the two speakers?

13. W: I thought you were only taking two suitcases on holiday with you.

M: Well, I’ll take my overnight bag as well. I couldn’t get everything into two cases and there’s no way I could carry a third!

Question: What luggage is the man taking on holiday?

14. W: I’m disappointed that Everest did not accept our offer.

M: The director over there thought it wasn’t low enough.

W: According to our research, it was generous by market standards.

Question: Why was the offer turned down?

15. W: Did you feed the dogs?

M: About an hour ago.

W: But they still look hungry.

Question: What are the couple talking about?

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

M: Mum, my old bike needs to be repaired again.

W: Well then, why don’t you think of buying a new one, Jim?

M: You know, I’d really like to buy one of those mountain bikes.

W: Well, what’s stopping you?

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M: Do you know how much they cost? At least £300. Where can I find that kind of money?

W: You could save the money. If you saved £5 a week, you would have the money you need in, let me

see... just over a year.

M: Just over a year!But I want a new bike now. It’s something I really need. I mean, I use my bike to go to college every day.

W: I really think you should learn to save some money. I’ll tell you what I’ll do. If you manage to save £100, I’ll give you the rest. That way you’ll be riding a new bike in a few months. Go and get the old one repaired, and bring the bill to me.

M: Thanks, Mum. I suppose I’ll just have to ride my old bike for a little longer. I must say I had hoped to be able to get a new one straight away. It’s going to take me ages to save up.

Part III. Passages

Listen to the following two passages and choose the best answer to each question. Each passage will be read twice.

Passage A

W: Four new movies open this week at Main Street Cinemas. Two are sure to be hits.

Scream Dream is director Lee Malone’s new horror movie. Scream Dream tries to make your blood run cold, but it won’t even give you a shiver. The plot has no surprises, the acting is terrible, and the special effects fall flat. Don’t waste your money on this one.

Hollywood’s biggest star, Mike Moore, can’t shine brightly enough to make Over the Edge a success. Moore’s character, a private detective, is just too heartless for the audience to like. The movie also jumps quickly from scene to scene in an attempt to build suspense. But this jumpiness leaves out so many details that the story is hard to follow.

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Jack and the Beanstalk is a cartoon version of the famous fairy tale. The characters are beautifully drawn, and the music is wonderful. Young children may be wiggling relentlessly at the end of this two-hour movie, but adults will enjoy every minute.

If you’re looking for big laughs, On the Road is a movie you should not miss. As a pair of daffy scientists trying to travel through time, Jake Reese and Don Bruno have never been funnier together.

Passage B

M: Winter is dangerous because it’s so difficult to know what is going to happen and accidents take place so easily. Fog can be waiting to meet you over the top of a hill. Ice might be hiding beneath the melting snow, waiting to send you off the road. The car coming towards you may suddenly slide across the road.

Rule Number One for driving on icy roads is to drive smoothly. Uneven movements can make a car suddenly very difficult to control. So every time you either turn the wheel, touch the brakes or increase your speed, you must be as gentle and slow as possible. Imagine you are driving with a full cup of hot coffee on the seat next to you. Drive so that you don’t spill it.

Rule Number Two is to pay attention to what might happen. The more ice there is, the further down the road you have to look. Test how long it takes to stop by gently braking. Remember that you may be driving more quickly than you think. In general, allow double your normal stopping distance when the road is wet, three times this distance on snow, and even more on ice. Try to stay in control of your car at all times and you will avoid trouble.

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