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06年11月成人英语三级真题

2006-12-12 11:05    

北京地区成人本科学士学位英语统一考试
2006年11月25日(A)卷

  Part I Reading Comprehension(30%)

  Passage 1

  Questions 1 to 5 are based on the following passage:

  One study shows that Americans prefer to answer with a brief “Yes”, “No”, “Sure”, or the very popular “Yeah” rather than with a longer reply. (76) But brief replies do not mean Americans are impolite of unfriendly to some extent. Very often, Americans are in a hurry and may greet you with a single word “ Hi”, indeed; this is a greeting you will hear again and again during your stay in the United States. It is used by everyone, regardless of rank, age or occupation. However, those who are accustomed to longer greetings may require a little more time before they feel comfortable with American simple talk.

  Americans sometimes use plain talk when they are uncomfortable. (77) If people praise them or thank them in an especially polite way, they may become uncomfortable and not know what to say in reply . They don't want to be impolite or rude, you can be sure that they liked what was said about them. Except for certain holidays, such as Christmas, Americans don't usually give gifts. Thus, you will find Americans embarrassed as they accept gifts, especially if they have nothing to give in return. They are generally a warm but informal people.

  1.       The fact that Americans like shorter answers tells us ______.

  A.      they reply very quickly in a hurry

  B.      they choose words too carefully

  C.      they like replying briefly

  D.     they want to be as polite as they can

  2.       Those who like using beautiful or formal words _____.

  A.      need more time to get used to American simple greeting

  B.      need no time to get familiar with American greeting

  C.      do not very much like American way of greeting

  D.     think Americans are not polite whatever

  3.       Which of the following is NOT true?

  A.      Americans often answer with the words like “sure”, “yeah.”

  B.      They are not impolite with brief replies.

  C.      Americans in high ranks must use formal words in greeting.

  D.     Americans are a warm but informal people.

  4.       The Americans like others' praise but if in a polite way ________.

  A.      they don't know what to way in reply

  B.      they feel somewhat uneasy

  C.      they don't want to reply

  D.     both A and B

  5.       The passage indicates that _______.

  A.      Americans exchange gifts the first time they meet.

  B.      Americans seldom give gifts except for some holidays.

  C.      Americans often bring some gifts to their friends.

  D.     Americans only want to get gifts from others.

  Passage 2

  Questions 6 to 10 are based on the following passage:

  (78) The advantages and disadvantages of a large population have long been a subject of discussion among economists (经济学家). It has been argued that the supply of good land is limited. To feed a large population, inferior land must be cultivated and the good land worded intensively. Thus , each person produces less and this means a lower average income than could be obtained with a smaller population. Other economists have argued that a large population gives more scope for specialization and the development of facilities such as ports, roads and railways, which are not likely to be built unless there is a big demand to justify them.

  One of the difficulties in carrying out a world-wide birth control program lies in the fact that official attitudes to population growth vary from country to country depending on the level of industrial development and the availability of food and raw materials. In the developing country where a vastly expanded population is pressing hard upon the limits of food, space and natural resources, it will be the first concern of government to place a limit on the birthrate, whatever the consequences may be. In the highly industrialized society the problem may be more complex. A decreasing birth rate may lead to unemployment because it results in a declining market for manufactured goods. (79)When the pressure of population on housing declines, prices also decline and the building industry is weakened. Faced with considerations such as these, the government of a developed country may well prefer to see a slowly increasing population, rather than one which is stable or in decline.

  6. A smaller population may mean _______.

  A. higher productivity, but a lower average income

  B. lower productivity, but a higher average income

  C. lower productivity, and a lower average income

  D. higher productivity, and a higher average income

  7. According to the passage, a large population will provide a chance for developing _______.

  A. agriculture    B. transport system   C. industry    D. national economy

  8. In a developed country, people will perhaps go out of work if the birthrate _______.

  A. goes up   B. is decreasing    C. remains stable   D is out of control

  9. According to the passage slowly rising birthrate perhaps is good for ________.

  A. a developed nation

  B. a developing nation

  C. every nation with a big population

  D. every nation with a small population

  10.   It is no easy job to carry out a general plan for birth control throughout the world because ______.

  A. there are too many underdeveloped countries in the world

  B. underdeveloped countries have low level of industrial development

  C. different governments have different views about the problem

  D. even developed countries may have complex problems

  Passage 3

  Questions 11 to 15 are based on the following passage:

  To us it seems so natural to put up an umbrella to keep the water off when it rains. But actually the umbrella was not invented as protection against rain. It was first used as a shade against the sun.

  Nobody knows who first invented it, but the umbrella was used in very ancient times. Probably the first to use it were the Chinese, way back in the eleventh century B.C……

  We know that the umbrella was also used in ancient Egypt and Babylon as a sunshade. And there was a strange thing connected with its use; it became a symbol of honor and authority. In the Far East In ancient times, the umbrella was allowed to be used only by royal people or by those in high office.

  In Europe, the Greeks were the first to use the umbrella as a sunshade. And the umbrella was in common use in ancient Greece. But it is believed that the first persons in Europe to use the umbrellas as protection against the rain were the ancient Romans.

  During the Middle Ages, the use of the umbrella practically disappeared. Then it appeared again in Italy in 16th century. And again it became a symbol of power and authority.

  Umbrellas have not changed much in style during all this time, though they have become much lighter in weight. (80)It wasn't until the twentieth century that women's umbrellas began to be made in a variety of colors.

  11. The first use of umbrella was as_____.

  A. protection against rain    B. a shade against the sun

  C. a symbol of power       D. a symbol of honor

  12._____were regarded as the people who first used umbrellas.

  A. Romans               B. Greeks

  C. Chinese               D. Europeans

  13. The umbrella was used only by royal people or those in high office______.

  A. in European in the eighteenth century

  B. in ancient Egypt and Babylon

  C. in the Far East in ancient times

  D. during the Milddle Ages

  14. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT true?

  A. Women enjoy using umbrella with varies kinds of colors

  B. The inventor of the umbrella is unknown

  C. Once ordinary people had no right to use umbrellas

  D. Umbrellas were popular and cheap in the ancient times

  15. Which of the following may be the best title for the passage?

  A. When Was the Umbrella Invented

  B. The Role of Umbrella in History

  C. The Colors and Shapes of Umbrella

  D. Who Needed Umbrella First

  Part Ⅱ Vocabulary and Structure (30%)

  16. The news quickly spread through the village ______ the war had ended.

  A. which     B. what          C. that        D. where

  17. We hurried to the station ______ find ourselves three hours earlier for the train.

  A. only to    B. in order to      C. so as to    D. such as to

  18. I meant ______ you , but I'm afraid I forgot.

  A. ringing   B. being ringing    C. to ringing    D. to ring

  19. We live in a time ______, more than ever before in history, people are moving

  A. what      B. when          C. which    D. where

  20. Is there any possibility of getting the price______ further?

  A. reduced     B. reduce    C. reducing     D. be reduced

  21. _______ you feel too ill to go out. I would rather not stay at home tonight.

  A. Because    B Although    C. Unless    D. If

  22. Because of many mistakes, she was made ______ these letters again.

  A. type    B. to typing    C. typed    D. to type

  23. It is hot and dry; the flowers need ______.

  A. being watered   B. be watered   C. to water    D. to be watered

  24. He began by showing us where the country was and went on _______ us about its climate.

  A. telling    B. to tell    C. to telling    D. to be told

  25. Our failure _____ ourselves to modern life often causes us trouble in our work.

  A. to adopt   B. to apply   C. to adapt    D. to act

  26. Once _____ of the necessity of a move, he worked hard to find a new home.

  A. convinced    B. be convinced    C. convincing    D. having convinced

  27. So many representatives _______ , the conference had to be put off.

  A. were absent    B. to be absent   C. being absent    D. had been absent

  28. In no case _____ the students from exploring new ideas.

  A. we should prevent   B. we could prevent   C. should we prevent   D. shouldn't prevent

  29. I don't think it advisable that Tom _____ to the job since he has no experience.

  A. be assigned   B. is assigned   C. will be assigned   D. has been assigned

  30. With all this work on hand, she ______ to the dance party last night.

  A. oughtn't to go    B. hadn't gone   C. shouldn't have gone   D. mustn't have gone

  31. As Christmas was coming, the town began a ______ clearing on a large scale.

  A. through    B. thorough   C. though   D. thought

  32. E-mail writing has became the usual means of communication _______ people some distance away.

  A. for    B. on   C. to   C. with

  33. It is a good idea for parents to monitor the _____ as well as the kind of television that their children watch.

  A. number    B. size   C. amount   D. screen

  34. I'm afraid that there isn't _____ for you in my car.

  A. place    B. seat   C. corner   D. room

  35. It suddenly _____ to me that we could use a computer to do the job.

  A. happened    B. occurred    C. agreed     D. presented

  36. The old people often raise ______ for the sake of companionship.

  A. pets   B. pipes   C. pills   D. pies

  37. The river here is very wide but ____, so you can walk across it.

  A. narrow    B. arrow    C. shallow   D. hollow

  38. The streets were empty ____ the policemen on duty.

  A. besides    B. except    C. excepting    D. except for

  39. Don't leave matches or cigarettes on the table within the _____ of little children.

  A. hand    B. reach    C. space   D. distance

  40. –How did you pay the workers?

  –As a rule , they were paid by ______.

  A. the hour    B. an hour    C. hour    D. the time

  40.—How did you pay the workers?

  —As a rule, there were paid by_____.

  A. the hour        B. an hour

  C. hour           D. the time

  41.____ of the students in our class are from the north.

  A. Two ninth       B. Second ninth

  C. Second nines     D. Two ninths

  42. My father has classes ____ day: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  A. each other          B. every other

  C. this and the other     D. all other

  43. This morning Jack came to school late____.

  A. than usual        B. as usual

  C. like usual        D. like usually

  44. I'm putting on weight. The doctor has warned me to ____sugar.

  A. keep up         B. keep back

  C. keep off         D. keep away

  45. We were ____ for half an hour in the traffic and so we arrived late.

  A. kept up         B. held up

  C. cut up          D. brought up

  Part Ⅲ Identification(10%)

  46. He didn't dare to leave the house for fear someone would recognize him soon.

  A       B              C                     D

  47. You can see the whole city for miles from here in a clear day.

  A                  B      C     D

  48. He wished he didn't tell her the truth that brought her so much pain.

  A         B               C              D

  49. The room, which window faces the south, is the nicest one of all on this floor.

  A           B              C            D

  50. He is a true friend of mine, whom I can always depend whenever I get into trouble.

  A          B                      C              D

  51. Let's go and watch that mew movie at eight tonight, won't we?

  A          B                        C      D

  52. It is very important that the students' voice is heard by the authorities of all our schools.

  A                                 B           C          D

  53. This is such a beautiful day that everyone around us feel like going out for a walk.

  A                            B      C       D

  54. We saw a big dog that was fierce and felt frightened in our way home.

  A                             B       C   D

  55. You will feel inconvenient in Japan if you can either speak Japanese nor English.

  A                       B         C    D

  Part Ⅳ Cloze (10%)

  In most cultures, when you meet acquaintances for the first time during a day, it is normal to greet them. The main purpose of this greeting is to 56 a good relationship between the people 57 and each language usually has  58  set phrases which can be used for this purpose. Sometimes, though, there can be 59 differences in the type of phrases which can be used, and cultural misunderstandings can easily 60. The following is a true example.

  A young British woman went to Hong Kong to work, and at the time of her 61 she knew nothing about the Chinese culture of language. 62 her way to school one day, she went to the bank to get some money. 63, the bank clerk asked her if she had had her lunch. She was extremely surprised 64 such a question because in the British culture it would be 65 an indirect invitation to lunch. Between unmarried young people it can also 66 the young man's interest in dating the girl. 67 this bank clerk was a complete stranger 68 the British girl, she was very much taken aback(生气), and hastily commented that she had eaten 69. After this she 70 to school and was even more surprised when one of the teachers asked the same question. By now she 71 why they asked it.73 the following days she was asked the same question again and again. Only much later 74 that the question had no real meaning 75 –it was merely a greeting.

  56. A. build on      B. build up

  C. build into     D. build out

  57. A. concerned    B. concern

  C. concerning    D. to concern

  58. A. a number of    B. the number of

  C. the amount of   D. an amount of

  59. A. considered      B. considering

  C. considerable    D. considerate

  60. A. raise          B. raise

  C. arouse         D. lead

  61. A. arrive         B. arrived

  C. arrives        D. arrival

  62. A. In           B. To

  C. By          D. On

  63. A. To her disappointment      B. In her disappointment

  C. To her surprise            D. In her surprise

  64. A. on         B. at

  C. to         D. with

  65. A. regarded as     B. defined as

  C. looked as       D. thought as

  66. A. reflect         B. intend

  C. release        D. indicate

  67. A. Since         B. That

  C. Far           D. With

  68. A. with          B. by

  C. to            D. at

  69. A. yet           B. already

  C. too           D. at all

  70. A. processed      B. produced

  C. provided       D. proceeded

  71. A. released        B. relieved

  C. realized        D. regretted

  72. A. with regards     B. as to

  C. as if            D. as far as

  73. A. In              B. On

  C. At             D. For

  74. A. she discovered     B. she did discover

  C. did she discover    D. does she discover

  75. A. above all      B. after all

  C. in all         D. at all

  Part Ⅴ Translation (20%)

  (76)  But brief replies do not mean Americans are impolite of unfriendly to some extent.

  (77)  If people praise them or thank them in an especially polite way, they may become uncomfortable and not know what to say in reply .

  (78)  The advantages and disadvantages of a large population have long been a subject of discussion among economists (经济学家).

  (79)  When the pressure of population on housing declines, prices also decline and the building industry is weakened.

  (80)  It wasn't until the twentieth century that women's umbrellas began to be made in a variety of colors.

  (81) 她的工作是照看这些老人。

  (82) 学生应该在上课之前完成家庭作业。

  (83) 这些老人养成了每天早上锻炼的习惯。

  (84) 如果到处都太拥挤,旅行会令人很不愉快。

  (85) 我不知道你那奇怪的想法来自何处。

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