TIME LIMIT: 140 MIN.??
WRITING ［45 MIN.］?
SECTION A COMPOSITION［35 MIN.］
Nowadays young people tend to phone more often than write to each other. So, some say that phones will kill letter writing. What is your opinion??
?Write on ANSWER SHEET ONE a composition of about 150 words on the following topic:??
WILL PHONES KILL LETTER WRITING?
You are to write in three parts.?
In the first part, state specifically what your view is.?
In the second part, support your view with one or two reasons.?
In the last part, bring what you have written to a natural conclusion or a summary.?
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness. Failure to follow the instructions may result in a loss of marks.?
SECTION B NOTE-WRITING ［10 MIN.］
Write on ANSWER SHEET ONE a note of about 50-60 words based on the following situation:?
Your friend, Jane, has failed in the final exam, and is feeling very unhappy about it. Write a note to comfort her and give her some encouragement.?
?Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness.???
Part Ⅱ DICTATION ［15 MIN.］
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times: During the first reading, which will be read at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be read at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET TWO.?
Money is accepted across the world as payment for goods or services. People use money to buy food, clothes and hundreds of other things. In the past, many different things were used as money. People on Pacific islands once exchanged shells for goods. The Chinese used cloth and knives. In Africa, elephant tusks or salt were used. Even today, some people in Africa are still paid in salt. Coins were first invented by the Chinese. Originally, they were round pieces of metal with a hole in the center, so that a piece of string could keep them together. This made doing business much easier, but people still found coins inconvenient to carry when they wanted to buy something expensive. To solve this problem, the Chinese again came up with the solution. They began to use paper money for coins. Now paper notes are used throughout the world.
Part Ⅲ LISTENING COMPREHENSION ［20 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 question on your answer sheet.
SECTION A STATEMENT
? In this section you will hear seven statements. At the end of each statement you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question.??
1.Where is Lily working now??
A. In the police department.?
B. In a drama society.?
C. In a university.?
D. In a primary school.?
2.Passengers must check in to board Flight 5125 by ____.?
A. 11:00 B. 11:20 C. 11:30 D.11:50?
3.Which of the following statements is true??
A. There is a strike across the country.?
B. Many trains have been cancelled.?
C. A few trains have been cancelled.?
D. There is a strike in the North Region.?
4.The death and missing numbers in the floods are respectively ____.?
A. 60/9. B. 16/9. C.9/60. D. 9/16.
5.What is John supposed to do on Sunday??
A. Call the office. B. Revise his paper.?
C. Solve the problem. D. Hand in the paper.?
6.What do we know about Mary Jackson??
A. She is the speaker’s friend. B. She likes stories.?
C. She is an author. D. She gave a gift.?
7.What do we know about the speaker??
A. The speaker can get good tips.?
B. The speaker pays for the meals.?
C. The speaker can get good wages.?
D. The speaker lives comfortably.?
8.What will the speaker probably do next??
A. To buy some medicine.
B. To buy a new cupboard.?
C. To ignore the matter.
D. To investigate the matter.
SECTION B CONVERSATION
? In this section, you will hear nine short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question.??
9.When will they discuss the agenda??
A. Before dinner. B. During dinner.?
C. After dinner. D. Tomorrow.?
10.What can be inferred about the woman??
A. She’ll be travelling during the vacation.?
B. She’ll be working during the vacation.?
C. She’s looking forward to going home.?
D. She will offer her help to Jane.?
11.What is the cause of their complaint??
A. The place. B. The heat.?
C. The workload. D. The facilities.?
12.What can be concluded about Janet??
A. She has come to the party. B. She is hosting the party.?
C. She hasn’t turned up. D. She is planning a party.?
13.Where does the conversation probably take place??
A. In a hotel. B. At a bus station.?
C. In a restaurant. D. At an airport.?
14.What does the woman intend to do??
A. Get a job on campus. B. Get her resume ready.?
C. Visit the company. D. Apply for a job with PICC.?
15.What are the man and woman doing??
A. Listening to the radio. B. Looking at the photos.?
C. Watching television. D. Reading a newspaper.?
16.What does the man mean??
A. He hopes the party will be successful.?
B. He will see the woman around five.?
C. He is eager to help the woman.?
D. He is unenthusiastic about the party.?
17.What is NOT a change to the literature class??
A. Class location. B. Class times.?
C. Class length. D. Class size.
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
? Questions 18 and 19 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.?
Now listen to the news.??
18.The journalist was brought to court because ____.?
A. he was working for a British newspaper.?
B. he published an untrue story.?
C. the story was published in Britain.?
D. he was working with other foreign journalists.?
19.How did the lawyer defend for the journalist??
A. He was an American journalist.
B. He worked for a British newspaper.?
C. His story was published elsewhere.
D. Foreigners are not subject to local laws.?
Questions 20 and 21 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.?
Now listen to the news.??
20.Afghanistan’s first match will be against ____.?
A. Mongolia. B. South Korea. C. Iran. D. Qatar.
21.Which of the following statements is NOT true??
A. The announcement was made by AFA.?
B. Afghanistan was a founding member of AFC.?
C. Afghanistan had been in chaos for long.?
D. The football player were under 23.?
Question 22 and 23 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.?
Now listen to the news.??
22.The expected life-span of Beijing residents has gone up by ____ compared with that a decade earlier.?
A. 1.5 years B. 1.4 years C. 1.2 years D. 1.1 years?
23.The ____ mortality rate had gone up greatly during the past 10 years.?
A. infant B. maternal C. male D. middle-aged
Questions 24 and 25 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.?
Now listen to the news.??
24.According to Pakistan’s President, the chances of the two countries going to war were ____.?
A. great B. small C. growing D. greater than before?
25.Recent tensions between the two countries were a direct result of ____.?
A. their border conflicts B. their military build-up?
C. killings in the two countries D. their mutual distrust
Part Ⅳ CLOZE ［15 MIN.］
Decide which of the choices given below would best complete the passage if inserted in the corresponding blanks. Mark the best choice for each blank on your answer sheet.?
The normal human daily cycle of activity is of some 7-8 hours’ sleep alternation with some 16-17 hours’ wakefulness and that the sleep normally coincides(26) ____ the hours of darkness. Our present concern is with how easily and to what extent this(27)____ can be modified.?
The question is no mere academic one. The ease with which people can change from working in the day to working at night is a(28)____ of growing importance in industry where automation(29)____ round-the-clock working of machines. It normally(30)____ from five days to one week for a person to adapt to a?(31)____? routine of sleep and wakefulness, sleeping during the day and working at night. ?(32)____,? it is often the case in industry that shifts are changed every week. This means that no sooner has he got used to one routine(33)____ he has to change to another, (34)____ much of his time is spent neither working nor sleeping very(35) ____.?
One answer would seem to be(36)____ periods on each shift, a month, or even three months. (37)____, recent research has shown that people on such systems will revert to go back to their(38)____ habits of sleep and wakefulness during the week-end and that this is quite enough to destroy any(39)____ to night work built up during the week. The only real solution appears to be to hand over the night shift to those permanent night workers whose(40)____ may persist through all week-ends and holidays.
26.A.in B.with C.of D.over??
27.A.cycle B.period C.circle D.round???
28.A.problem B.difficulty C.trouble D.matter??
29.A.asks B.invites C.calls for D.reacts to?
30.A.takes B.spends C.demands D.asks?
31.A.former B.returned C.reversed D.regular??
32.A.Therefore B.Unfortunately?C.In a word D.In comparison??
33.A.as B.when C.then D.than?
34.A.though B.so that C.while D.as?
35.A.efficiently B.good C.easily D.happily?
36.A.shorter B.better C.longer D.nicer??
37.A.So B.In short C.Similarly D.However??
38.A.new B.normal C.temporary D.favourite??
39.A.change B.return C.adaptation D.tendency???
40.A.wakefulness B.sleep C.preference D.habit
Part Ⅴ GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY ［15 MIN.］
? There are twenty-five items in this section. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Choose one that best completes the sentence.?
Mark your answers on your answer sheet.??
41.That trumpet player was certainly loud. But I wasn’t bothered by his loudness ____ by his lack of talent.?A. so much as B. rather than C. as D. than?
42.____, I’ll marry him all the same.?
A. Was he rich or poor B. Whethere rich or poor?
C. Were he rich or poor D. Be he rich or poor?
43.The government has promised to do ____ lies in its power to ease the hardships of the victims in the flood-stricken area.?
A. however B. whichever C. whatever D. wherever
44.____ if I had arrived yesterday without letting you know beforehand??
A. Would you be surprised B. Were you surprised?
C. Had you been surprised D. Would you have been surprised?
45.If not ____ with the respect he feels due to him, Jack gets very ill-tempered and grumbles all the time.?
A. being treated B. treated?
C. be treated D. having been treated?
46.It is imperative that students ____ their term papers on time.?
A. hand in B. would hand in ?
C. have to hand in D. handed in?
47.The less the surface of the ground yields to the weight of a fully-loaded truck, ____ to the truck.?
A. the greater stress is B. greater is the stress?
C. the stress is greater D. the greater the stress?
48.The Minister of Finance is believed ____ of imposing new taxes to raise extra revenue.?
A. that he is thinking B. to be thinking?
C. that he is to think D. to think?
49.Issues of price, place, promotion, and product are ____ conventional concerns in planning marketing strategies.?
A. these of the most B. most of those?
C. among the most D. among the many of?
50.____ both sides accept the agreement ____ a lasting peace be established in this region.
A. Only if, will B. If only, would?
C. Should, will D. Unless, would?
51.Mr Wells, together with all the members of his family, ____ for Europe this afternoon.?
A. are to leave B. are leaving C. is leaving D. leave
52.It was suggested that all government ministers should ____ information on their financial interests.?
A. discover B. uncover C. tell D. disclose
53.As my exams are coming next week, I’ll take advantage of the weekend to ____ on some reading.?
A. catch up B. clear up C. make up D. pick up
54.I’m surprised they are no longer on speaking terms. It’s not like either of them to bear a ____.?
A. disgust B. curse C. grudge D. hatred?
55.Mary hopes to be ____ from hospital next week.?
A. dismissed B. discharged C.expelled D. resigned?
56.Once a picture is proved to be a forgery, it becomes quite ____.?
A. invaluable B. priceless C. unworthy D.worthless?
57.Jimmy earns his living by ____ works of art in the museum.?
A. recovering B. restoring C. renewing D. reviving?
58.I couldn’t sleep last night because the tap in the bathroom was ____.?
A. draining B. dropping C. spilling D. dripping
59.The book gives a brief ____ of the course of his research up till now.?
A. outline B. reference C. frame D. outlook?
60.She was sanding outside in the snow, ____ with cold.?
A. spinning B. shivering C. shaking D. staggering?
61.All the rooms on the second floor have nicely ____ carpets, which are included in the price of the house.?
A. adapted B. equipped C. suited D. fitted?
62.He plays tinnis to the ____ of all other sports.?
A. eradication B. exclusion C. extension D. inclusion?
63.She answered with an ____ “No” to the request that she attend the public hearing.
A. eloquent B. effective C. emotional D. emphatic?
64.Everyone who has visited the city agrees that it is ____ with life.?
A. vibrant B. violent C. energetic D. full?
65.We met Mary and her husband at a party two months ago. ____ we’ve had no further communication.?
A. Thereof B. Thereby C. Thereafter D. Thereabouts
Part Ⅵ READING COMPREHENSION ［30 MIN.］
SECTION A READING COMPREHENSION ［25 MIN.］
In this section there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that you think is the best answer.?
Mark your answers on your answer sheet.??
It often happens that a number of applicants with almost identical qualifications and experience all apply for the same position. In their educational background, special skills and work experience, there is little, if anything, to choose between half a dozen candidates. How then does the employer make a choice? Usually on the basis of an interview.?
There are many arguments for and against the interview as a selection procedure. The main argument against it is that it results in a wholly subjective decision. As often as not, emplyers do not choose the best candidate, they choose the candidate who makes a good first impression on them. Some employers, of course, reply to this argument by saying that they have become so experienced in interviewing staff that they are able to make a sound assessment of each candidate’s likely performance.? The main argument in favour of the interview — and it is, perhaps, a good argument — is that an employer is concerned not only with a candidate’s ability, but with the suitability of his or her personality for the particular work situation. Many employers, for example, will overlook occasional inefficiencies from their secretary provided she has a pleasant personality.?
It is perhas true to say, therefore, that the real purpose of an interview is not to assess the assssable aspects of each candidate but to make a guess at the more intangible things, such as personality, character and social ability. Unfortunately, both for the employers and applicants for jobs, there are many people of great ability who simply do not interview well. There are also, of course, people who interview extremely well, but are later found to be very unsatisfactory employees.? Candidates who interview well tend to be quietly confident, but never boastful; direct and straightforward in their questions and answers; cheerful and friendly, but never over-familiar; and sincerely enthusiastic and optimistic. Candidates who interview badly tend to be at either end of the spectrum of human behaviour. They are either very shy or over-confident. They show either a lack of enthusiasm or an excess of it. They either talk too little or never stop talking. They are either over-polite or rudely abrupt.?
66.We can infer from the passage that an employer might tolerate his secretary’s occasional mistakes, if the latter is ____?
A. direct. B. cheerful. C. shy. D. capable.?
67.What is the author’s attitude towards the interview as a selection procedure?
A. Unclear. B. Negative. C. Objective. D. Indifferent.
68.According to the passage, people argue over the interview as a selection procedure mainly because they have ____.?
A. different selection procedures?
B. different puposes in the interview?
C. different standards for competence?
D. different experiences in interviews?
69.The purpose of the last paragraph is to indicate ____.?
A. a link between success in interview and personality?
B. connections between work abilities and personality?
C. differences in interview experience?
D. differences in personal behaviour
Every year thousands of people are arrested and taken to court for shop-lifting. In Britain alone, about HK$3,000,000’s worth of goods are stolen from shops every week. This amounts to something like HK$150 million a year, and represents about 4 per cent of the shops’ total stock. As a result of this “shrinkage” as the shops call it, the honest public has to pay higher prices.?
Shop-lifters can be divided into three main categories: the professionals, the deliberate amateur, and the people who just can’t help themselves. The professionals do not pose much of a problem for the store detectives, who, assisted by closed circuit television, two-way mirrors and various other technological devices, can usually cope with them. The professionals tend to go for high value goods in parts of the shops where security measures are tightest. And, in any case, they account for only a small percentage of the total losses due to shop-lifting.?
The same applies to the deliberate amateur who is, so to speak, a professional in training. Most of them get caught sooner or later, and they are dealt with severely by the courts.?