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1.     W: The deadline for the sociology and computer courses is the day after tomorrow.

M: But I have not decided which courses to take yet.

Q: What are the man and woman talking about?

2.     M: I’m looking for an apartment with a monthly rent of around $200 in this neighbourhood. Could you give some advice on that?

W: Well. It’s rather hard to find anything for less than $300 around there, rents are lower in the suburbs. But you’ll need transportation if you choose to live there.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

3.     W: Well, Tonight we have Prof. Brown in the studio to talk about his recent book, Fashion Images. Good evening.

M: Good evening, and thank you for inviting me here this evening.

Q: What is the woman doing?

4.     M: Have you run up against any problems in getting the passport renewed?

W: I haven’t started applying yet.

Q: What do we know from the conversation?

5.     M: I must point out that trials of new medicine are expensive and you can never guarantee success.

W: But there is a very good chance in this case. I hope you will go ahead in view of the potential benefit to mankind.

Q: What are the two speakers talking about?

6.     W: What is the difference between a lesson and a lecture?

M: Well, they are both ways of imparting knowledge, but the main difference is that you participate in a lesson whereas you just listen to a lecture. A lecture is generally given to a much larger group.

Q: What does the man mean?

7.     W: It’s awfully dark for four o’clock. Do you think it’s going to rain?

M: You’d better do something about that watch of yours. It must have stopped three hours ago. Mine says seven.

Q: What conclusion can we draw from this conversation?

8.     M: You are looking a little overwhelmed.

W: Exactly. You know I got a million things to do and all of them have to be finished within three hours.

Q: What does the woman mean?

9.     M: Ah, er! Looks like I’m going to be a little late for class.

I hope Professor Clark doesn’t start on time today.

W: Are you kidding? You can set your watch by the time he starts his class.

Q: What can be inferred about Professor Clark?

10.   M: I’m both excited and nervous about the job interview this afternoon.

W: Take it easy, just wear a tidy and clean clothes and response truthfully to the inquiries and remember, honesty is the best policy.

Q: What do we learn about the man?

Section B

Passage One

Jane Brown, has been married for 12 years, she has three children and lives in a suburb outside Columbus Ohio. When her youngest child reached school age, Jane decided to go back to work. She felt that she should contribute to the household finances. Her salary could make the difference between the financial struggle and a secure financial situation for her family. Jane also felt bored and frustrated in her role as a home maker and wanted to be more involved in life outside her home. Jane was worried about the children’s adjustment to this new situation, but she arranged for them to go stay with a woman nearby after school each afternoon. They seemed to be happy with the arrangement. The problem seemed to be between Jane and her husband Bill.

When Jane was at home all day, she was able to clean the house, go grocery shopping, wash the clothes, take care of the children and cook the two or three meals each day. She was very busy, of course, but she succeeded in getting everything done. Now these same things need to be done, but Jane has only evenings and early mornings to do them. Both Jane and Bill are tired when they arrived at home at six p.m. Bill is accustomed to sitting down and reading the paper or watching

TV until the dinner is ready. This is exactly what Jane feels like doing, but someone has to fix the dinner, and Bill expects it to be Jane. Jane is becoming very angry at B ill’s attitude. She feels that they should share the household jobs. But Bill feels that everything should be the same as it was before when back to work.

11.   Why did Jane want to go back to work?

12.   How did Jane spend her days before she went back to work?

13.   What problem arose when Jane went back to work?

14.   What does the story try to tell us?

Passage Two

The decade for natural disaster reduction is a programme designed to reduce the impact of natural disasters throughout the world. With the support from the UN, countries will be encouraged to share information about disaster reduction, for instance, information about how to plan for and cope with hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. One of the most important things the programme plans to do is to remind us of what we can do to protect ourselves. For example, we can pack a suitcase with flashlights, a radio, food, drinking water and some tools. This safety case may help us survive disaster until help arrives. Besides, the programmes will encourage governments to establish building standards, emergency response plan and training plans. These measures can help to limit the destruction by natural disasters. The comparatively mild-effects of the northern California earthquake in 1989, are good evidence that we do have the technology to prevent vast destruction. The recent disasters, on the other hand, prove that people will suffer if we don’t use that technology. When a highway collapsed in northern California, people were killed in their cars. The highway was not built according to stricter standards to resist earthquakes. Individuals and governments have to be far-sighted. We should take extra time and spend extra money to build disaster safety into our lives. Although such programme can’t hold back the winds or stop earthquakes, they can save people’s lives and homes.

15.   What is the purpose of the programme mentioned in this passage?

16.   What can we learn from the northern California earthquake in 1989?

17.   Why did the highway in northern California collapse?

Passage Three

Living at the foot of one of the most active volcanoes might not appeal to you at all. But believe it or not, the area surrounding Mount Etna in Italy is packed with people. In fact, it is the most densely-populated region on the whole island of Sicily. The reason is that rich volcanic soil makes the land fantastic for farming. By growing and selling a variety of crops, local people earn a good living.

For them, the economic benefit they reap surpasses the risk of dying or losing property in one of volcanoes frequent eruptions. People everywhere make decisions about risky situations this way, that is, by comparing the risks and the benefits. According to the experts, the size of the risks depends on both its probability and seriousness. Let’s take Mount Etna for example, it does erupt frequently

, but thousands of the eruptions are usually minor, so the overall risk for people living nearby is relatively small. But suppose Mount Etna erupted every day, or imagine that each eruption there killed thousands of people, if that were the case, the risk would be much larger. Indeed, the risk would be too large for many people to live with and they would have to move away.

18.   How do people make decisions about risky situations?

19.   What do we know about Mount Etna from the passage?

20.   What will people living near Mount Etna do in the face of its eruptions?

l. A) Registering for courses. C) Buying a new computer
B) Getting directions. D) Studying sociology.
2. A) The man will probably have to find a roommate.
B) The man is unlikely to live in the suburbs.
C) The man will probably have to buy a car
D) The man is unlikely to find exactly what he desires.
3. A) Painting a picture. C) Designing a studio.
B) Hosting a program. D) Taking a photograph.
4. A) The woman doesn't think it a problem to get her passport renewed.
B) The woman has difficulty renewing her passport.
C) The woman hasn't renewed her passport yet.
D) The woman's passport is still valid.
5. A) A prediction of the future of mankind. C) An opportunity for a good job.
B) A new drug that may benefit mankind. D) An unsuccessful experiment.
6. A) A lesson requires students' active involvement.
B) Students usually take an active part in a lecture.
C) More knowledge is covered in a lecture.
D) There is a larger group of people interested in lessons.
7. A) Neither of their watches keeps good time.
B) The woman's watch stopped 3 hours ago.
C) The man's watch goes too fast.
D) It's too dark for the woman to read her watch.
8. A) She's proud of being able to do many things at the same time.
B) She is sure to finish all the things in a few hours.
C) She dreams of becoming a millionaire some day.
D) She's been kept extremely busy.
9. A) He wants his students to be on time for class.
B) He doesn't allow his students to tell jokes in class.
C) He is always punctual for his class.
D) He rarely notices which students are late.
10. A) He is nervous about the exam. C) He doesn't dare to tell lies.
B) He is looking for a job. D) He doesn't know how to answer the questions.

Section B
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short P 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) 桙䁄衵큿꼽晴스沪江四六级欢迎您!©版权所有沪江网스晴꼽큿衵䁄桙and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on the answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

Passage One
Questions 11 to 14 are based on the passage you have just heard.

ll. A) She was bored with her idle life at home.
B) She was offered a good job by her neighbour.
C) she wanted to help with the family’s finances.
D) Her family would like to see her mere involved in social life.
l2. A) Doing housework. C) Reading papers and watching TV
B) Looking after her neighbour's children. D) Taking good care of her husband.
l3. A) Jane got angry at Bill's idle life.
B) Bill failed to adapt to the new situation.
C) Bill blamed Jane for neglecting the family.
D) The chi1dren were not taken good care of
14.A) Neighbours should help each other.
B) Women should have their own careers.
C) Man 朲헖쪫㔞ḑ恮http://www.viz2016.com/menu.htm©版权所有沪江网恮ḑ㔞쪫헖朲and wife should share household duties.
D) Parents should take good care of their children.

Passage Two
Questions 15 to 17 are based on the passage you have just heard.

15. A) To predict natural disasters that can cause vast destruction.
B) To limit the destruction that natural disasters may cause.
C) To gain financial support from the United Nations.
D) To propose measures to hold back natural disasters.
16. A) There is still a long way to go before man can control natural disasters.
B) International cooperation can minimize the destructive force of natural disasters.
C) Technology can help reduce the damage natural disasters may cause.
D) Scientists can successfully predict earthquakes.
17. A) There were fatal mistakes in its design.
B) The builder didn't observe the building codes of the time.
C) The traffic load went beyond its capacity.
D) It was built according to less strict earthquake-resistance standards.

Passage Three
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the passage you have just heard.

18. A) By judging to what extent they can eliminate the risks.
B) By estimating the possible loss of lives and property.
C) By estimating the frequency of volcanic eruptions.
D) By judging the possible risks against the likely benefits.
19. A) One of Etna's recent eruptions made many people move away.
B) Etna's frequent eruptions have ruined most of the local farml㩮縸鎦扣줙碌http://www.viz2016.com/goal.htm©版权所有沪江网碌줙扣鎦縸㩮and.
C) Etna's eruptions are frequent but usually mild.
D) There are signs that Etna will erupt again in the near future.
20. A) They will remain where they are.
B) They will leave this area for ever.
C) They will turn to experts for advice.
D) They will seek shelter in nearby regions

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