2009年12月大学英语四级听力 真题 原文 MP3 在线模拟

Section A
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
M: Excuse me, do you have change for a ten-dollar note? I need to pay the parking meter.
W: I'm sorry, but I think you can get it through the money changer in the shopping center across the street.
Q: What is the man trying to do?
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A) Get some small change.
B) Find a shopping center.
C) Cash a check at a bank.
D) Find a parking meter.
正确答案:A
M: Can you recommend something that a school boy of 7 or 8 will really like?
W: I'd suggest this toy train, sir. It's an excellent brand, very popular all over the world these days.
Q: What is the man doing?
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A) Shopping with his son.
B) Buying a gift for a child.
C) Promoting a new product.
D) Bargaining with a salesgirl.
正确答案:B
W: Do you let people know when you're taking pictures of them?
M: I try not to. You know any picture of a person who poses for the camera would look dull and unnatural.
Q: What are the speakers talking about?
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A) Taking photographs.
B) Enhancing images.
C) Mending cameras.
D) Painting pictures.
正确答案:A
W: I need to talk to someone who knows Baltimore well. I'm told you lived there.
M: Oh, but I was really young at the time.
Q: What does the man mean?
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A) He moved to Baltimore when he was young.
B) He can provide little useful information.
C) He will show the woman around Baltimore.
D) He will ask someone else to help the woman.
正确答案:B
W: Aren't you disappointed that you didn't get the promotion?
M: Maybe a little, but I know I need more experience before I'm ready for that kind of responsibility.
Q: What do we learn about the man from this conversation?
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A) He is rather disappointed.
B) He is highly ambitious.
C) He can’t face up to the situation.
D) He knows his own limitations.
正确答案:D
W: I've been working out the gym since January. I was a bit out of shape.
M: You look terrific. It seems that your effort has paid off.
Q: What does the man imply about the woman?
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A) She must have paid a lot for the gym.
B) She is known to have a terrific figure.
C) Her gym exercise has yielded good results.
D) Her effort to keep fit is really praiseworthy.
正确答案:C
W: Professor Clark suggested I get a tutor for advanced physics.
M: Well, that might help. Advanced physics is a pretty difficult course.
Q: What does the man mean?
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A) Female students are unfit for studying physics.
B) He can serve as the woman’s tutor.
C) Physics is an important course at school.
D) The professor’s suggestion is constructive.
正确答案:D
W: Bill, have you heard the latest news? It appears we two won't be laid off after all.
M: Oh, I'm somewhat tired of working here. I've been wondering whether I should resign. Anyway, the news seems to be good for you.
Q: How does the man feel about the news?
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A) Indifferent.
B) Doubtful.
C) Pleased.
D) Surprised.
正确答案:A
Long conversation 1
W: Hello, Cartson College, may I help you?
M: Yes. I'm looking for information on courses in computer programming. I would need it for the fall semester.
W: Do you want a day or evening course?
M: Well, it would have to be an evening course since I work during the day.
W: Aha. Have you taken any courses in data processing?
M: No.
W: Oh! Well, data processing is a course you have to take before you can take computer programming.
M: Oh, I see. Well, when is it given? I hope it is not on Thursdays.
W: Well, there's a class that meets on Monday evenings at 7:00.
M: Just once a week?
W: Yes. But that's almost 3 hours from 7:00 to 9:45.
M: Oh! Well, that's all right, I could manage that. How many weeks does the course last?
W: Mm, let me see. 12 weeks. You start the first weekends September and finish…Oh, just before Christmas, December 21st.
M: And how much is the course?
W: That's 300 dollars including the necessary computer time.
M: Ah-hum. Okay, Eh, where do I go to register?
W: Registration is on the second and third of September between 6 and 9 in Frost Hall.
M: Is that the round building behind the parking lot?
W: Yes, that's the one.
M: Oh, I know how to get there. Is there anything that I should bring with me?
W: No, just your check book.
M: Well, thank you so much.
W: You're very welcome. Bye!
M: Bye!

Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19.
 Why does the man choose to take an evening course?
A) He prefers the smaller evening classes.
B) He has signed up for a day course.
C) He has to work during the day.
D) He finds the evening course cheaper.
正确答案:C
20.
 What does the man have to do before taking the course of computer programming?
A) Learn a computer language.
B) Learn data processing.
C) Buy some computer software.
D) Buy a few coursebooks.
正确答案:B
21.
 What do we learn about the schedule of evening course?
A) Thursday evening, from 7:00 to 9:45.
B) From September 1 to New Year’s eve.
C) Every Monday, lasting for 12 weeks.
D) Three hours a week, 45 hours in total.
正确答案:C
22.
 What does the man want to know at the end of the conversation?
A) What to bring for registration.
B) Where to attend the class.
C) How he can get to Frost Hall.
D)Whether he can use a check.
正确答案:A
Long conversation 2
W: So why exactly does your job have a reputation for being stressful?
M: Stress is generally driven by the feeling of being out of control of a situation, and a feeling of a situation controlling you. Trading in financial markets combines both.
W: How do you relax in the evening?
M: I very rarely do anything work-related. So it's easy to escape the markets. I generally go to the gym or go for a run, especially if I've had a bad day. I always cook a meal, rather than have a take-away., to do something my brain would regard as creative.
W: Do you think what you do to relax is an effective way to beat stress?
M: I don't think there's a specific rule about how to beat stress. I generally find that what I do is effective for me.
W: Would you consider changing your job because of the high-stress factor?
W: I have considered leaving my job due to stress-related factors. However, I do think that an element of stress is a good thing, and if use the right way, can actually be a positive thing.
W: What do you enjoy about the stressful aspects of your job?
M: Having said all that, I do actually enjoy an element of uncertainty. I enjoy a mental challenge. Trading generates a wide range of emotions second by second. How you deal with and manage those emotions dictates short, medium, and long term trading performance and success.

Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you've just heard.
23.
 What is the man's job?
A) A training coach.
B) A trading adviser.
C) A professional manager.
D) A financial trader.
正确答案:D
24.
 Why does the man prefer to cook a meal rather than have a take-away?
A) He can save on living expenses.
B) He considers cooking creative.
C) He can enjoy healthier food.
D) He thinks take-away is tasteless.
正确答案:B
25.
 What does the man say about an element of stress in his job?
A) It is something inevitable.
B) It is frustrating sometimes.
C) It takes patience to manage.
D) It can be a good thing.
正确答案:D
Section B
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.

Passage One
Since early times, people have been fascinated with the idea of life existing somewhere else besides earth. Until recently, scientists believe that life on other planets was just a hopeful dream. But now they are beginning to locate places where life could form. In 1997, they saw evidence of planets near other stars like the sun. But scientists now think that life could be even nearer in our own solar system. One place scientists are studying very closely is Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Space probes have provided evidence that Europa has a large ocean under its surface. The probes have also made scientists think that under its surface Europa has a rocky core giving off volcanic heat. Water and heat from volcanic activity are two basic conditions needed for life to form. A third is certain basic chemicals such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Scientists believe there might be such chemicals lying at the bottom of Europa's ocean. They may have already created life or may be about to. You may wonder if light is also needed for life to form. Until recently, scientists thought that light was essential. But now, places have been found on earth that are in total blackness such as caves several miles beneath the surface. And bacteria, primitive forms of life, have been seen there. So the lack of light in Europa's sub-surface ocean doesn't automatically rule out life forming.
Questions 26 to 28
26.
 What did scientists once believe according to the passage?
A) There were no planets without moons.
B) There was no air or water on Jupiter.
C) Life was not possible in outer space.
D) The mystery of life could not be resolved.
正确答案:C
27.
 What have scientists found about Europa, a moon of Jupiter?
A) It has a number of active volcanoes.
B) It has an atmosphere like the earth’s.
C) It has a large ocean under its surface.
D) It has deep caves several miles long.
正确答案:C
28.
 What have scientists come to know recently about formation of life?
A) Light is not an essential element to it.
B) Life can form in very hot temperatures.
C) Every form of life undergoes evolution.
D) Oxygen is not needed for some life forms.
正确答案:A
Passage Two
In her early days as an emergency room physician, Doctor Joanna Myer treated a child who had suffered a second degree burn. After the child had been treated and was being prepared for discharge, Doctor Myer talked to the parents about how they should care for the child at home. Also listening to her were a half a dozen other family members. A few hours later, when she came to say goodbye, the family asked her to settle an argument they'd been having over exactly what advice she had given. “As I talked to them, I was amazed.” she said, ”All of them had heard the simple instructions I have given just a few hours before, but they have three or four different versions. The most basic details were unclear and confusing. I was surprised, because these were intelligent people.” This episode gave Doctor Myer her first clue to something every doctor learns sooner or later—most people just don't listen very well. Nowadays, she says she repeats her instructions, and even conducts a reality check with some patients. She asks them to tell her what they think they are supposed to do. She also provides take-home sheets which are computer printouts tailored to the patients' situation. Dr. Myer's listeners are not unusual. When new or difficult material is presented, almost all listeners are faced with the challenge because human speech lacks the stability and permanence of the printed word. Oral communication is fast-moving and impermanent.
Question 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard:
29.
 What did the child's family members argue about in the hospital?
A) Whether they should take the child home.
B) What Dr. Meyer’s instructions exactly were.
C) Who should take care of the child at home.
D) When the child would completely recover.
正确答案:B
30.
 What did Dr. Myer do to insure her patients understand her instructions?
A) She encourages them to ask questions when in doubt.
B) She makes them write down all her instructions.
C) She has them act out what they are to do at home.
D) She asks them to repeat what they are supposed to do.
正确答案:D
31.
 What does the speaker say about human speech?
A) It lacks the stability of the printed word.
B) It contains many grammatical errors.
C) It is heavily dependent on the context.
D) It facilitates interpersonal communication.
正确答案:A
Passage Three
It's logical to suppose that things like good labor relations, good working conditions, good wages and benefits and job security motivate workers, but one expert, Fredrick Herzberg argued that such conditions do not motivate workers. They are merely satisfiers. Motivators, in contrast, include things such as having a challenging and interesting job, recognition and responsibility. However, even with the development of computers and robotics, there're always plenty of boring, repetitive and mechanical jobs and lots of unskilled people who have to do them. So how do mangers motivate people in such jobs? One solution is to give them some responsibilities, not as individuals, but as a part of a team. For example, some supermarkets can buy office stuff to people who fill the shelves, and the people who work at the check out into a team, and let them decide what product lines to stock, how to display them and so on. Many people now talk about the importance of a company's shared values or culture with which all the staff can identify, for example, being the best hotel chain, or making the best, the most user-friendly or the most reliable products in a particular field. Such values are more likely to motivate workers than financial targets which automatically only concern a few people. Unfortunately, there's only a limited number of such goals to go around and by definition, not all the competing companies in that industry can seriously plan to be the best.

Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32.
 What can actually motivate workers according to Fredrick Herzberg?
A) Job security.
B) Good labour relations.
C) Challenging work.
D) Attractive wages and benefits.
正确答案:C
33.
 What does the speaker say about jobs in the computer era?
A) Many tedious jobs continue to be done manually.
B) More and more unskilled workers will lose jobs.
C) Computers will change to nature of many jobs.
D) Boring jobs will gradually be made enjoyable.
正确答案:A
34.
 What do some supermarkets do to motivate their employees?
A) Offer them chances of promotion.
B) Improve their working conditions.
C) Encourage them to compete with each other.
D) Give them responsibilities as part of a team.
正确答案:D
35.
 Why does the speaker say financial targets are less likely to motivate workers?
A) They will not bring real benefits to the staff.
B) They concern a small number of people only.
C) They are arbitrarily set by the administrators.
D) They are beyond the control of ordinary workers.
正确答案:B
Section C
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 44 to 46 you are required to fill in the missing information. For these blanks, you can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
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In the humanities, authors write to inform you in many ways. These methods can be (36) ____ into three types of informational writing: factual, descriptive, and process. Factual writing provides (37) ____ information on an author, composer, or artist or on a type of music, literature, or art. Example of factual writing include notes on a book jacket or (38)____ cover and longer pieces, such as an article describing a stle of music which you might read in a music (39) ____ courses. This kind of writing provides a (40) ____ for your study of the humanities. As its name (41) ____ , descriptive writing simply describes, or provides an (42)____ of, a piece of music, art, or literature. For example, descriptive writing might list the colors an artist used in a painting or the (43) ____ a composer included in a musical composition, so as to make pictures or sounds in the reader’s mind by calling up specific details of the work. (44) ____ ____ ____ . Process writing explains a series of actions that bring about a result. (45)____ ____ ____ . This kind of writing is often found in art, where understanding how an artist created a certain effect is important. (46____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ .
正确答案:36. classified 37. background 38. album 39. appreciation   40. context 41. implies 42. image 43. instruments   44. Descriptive writing in humanity, particularly in literature, is often mixed with critical writing.   45. It tells the reader how to do something, for example, explaining the techniques used to show a film   46. Authors may actually use more than one type of techniques in the given piece of informational writing
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