2008年英语专业八级考试全真试卷
  -GRADE EIGHT-
  
  TIME LIMIT: 195 MIN
  PARTI LISTENING COMPREHENSION (35 MIN)
  SECTION A MINI-LECTURE
  In this section you will hear a mini-lecture. You will hear the lecture ONCE ONLY. While listening, take notes on the important points. Your notes will not be marked, but you will need them to complete a gap-filling task after the mini-lecture. When the lecture is over, you will be given two minutes to check your notes, and another ten minutes to complete the gap-filling task on ANSWER SHEET ONE. Use the blank sheet for note-taking.
  SECTION B CONVERSATION
  In this section you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your coloured answer sheet.
  Questions 1 to 5 are based on a conversation. At the end of the conversation you will be given 10 seconds to answer each of the following five questions.
  Now listen to the conversation.
  1. Mary doesn’t seem to favour the idea of a new airport because
  A. the existing airports are to be wasted
  B. more people will be encouraged to travel.
  C. more oil will be consumed.
  D. more airplanes will be purchased.
  2. Which of the following is NOT mentioned by Mary as a potential disadvantage?
  A. More people in the area.
  B. Noise and motorways.
  C. Waste of land.
  D. Unnecessary travel.
  3. Freddy has cited the following advantages for a new airport EXCEPT
  A. more job opportunities.
  B. vitality to the local economy.
  C. road construction,
  D. presence of aircrew in the area.
  4. Mary thinks that people don’t need to do much travel nowadays as a result of
  A. less emphasis on personal contact.
  B. advances in modern telecommunications.
  C. recent changes in people’s concepts.
  D. more potential damage to the area
  5. We learn from the conversation that Freddy is Mary’s ideas,
  A. strongly in favour of
  B. mildly in favour of
  C. strongly against
  D. mildly against
  SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
  In this section you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your coloured answer sheet.
  Question 6 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question.
  Now listen to the news.
  6. What is the main idea of the news item?
  A. A new government was formed after Sunday’s elections.
  B. The new government intends to change the welfare system.
  C. The Social Democratic Party founded the welfare system.
  D. The Social Democratic Party was responsible for high unemployment.
  Questions 7 and 8 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.
  7. The tapes of the Apollo-11 mission were first stored in
  A. a U.S. government archives warehouse.
  B. a NASA ground tracking station.
  C. the Goddard Space Flight Centre.
  D. none of the above places.
  8. What does the news item say about Richard Nafzger?
  A. He is assigned the task to look for the tapes.
  B. He believes that the tapes are probably lost.
  C. He works in a NASA ground receiving site.
  D. He had asked for the tapes in the 1970s.
  Questions 9 and 10 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.
  9. The example in the news item is cited mainly to show
  A. that doctors are sometimes professionally incompetent
  B. that in cases like that hospitals have to pay huge compensations.
  C. that language barriers might lower the quality of treatment.
  D. that language barriers can result in fatal consequences.
  10. According to Dr. Flores, hospitals and clinics
  A. have seen the need for hiring trained interpreters.
  B. have realized the problems of language barriers.
  C. have begun training their staff to be bilinguals.
  D. have taken steps to provide accurate diagnosis.