Section B Passages
Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage.
Michelle has finally realized one of her lifelong dreams. She always wanted to attend the cooking school that her advisor, Mr. Brown, attended. The school, which is in Paris, accepts only 80 students every year. The students who are accepted generally have at least three years of cooking experience. Michelle has five years of paid experience.
The project that attracted the attention of Mr. Brown, however, was a cake that Michelle made for a wedding. Mr. Brown had never tasted a cake that was so light and creamy as the one that Michelle made. He couldn’t wait to give Michelle his card and invited her to bake cakes at his restaurant beginning the next month. It was his invitation that enabled Michelle to begin her career baking for a large restaurant so that she could make her dream come true. Right now, Michelle is waiting anxiously for the plane that will fly her to Paris. There she will begin the three-month course that Mr. Brown once attended. Michelle is very thankful to her advisor Mr. Brown and she is determined to perform well in the training course.
11. What’s one of Michelle’s lifelong dreams? (C)
12. How did Michelle get the chance to work in Paris? (C)
13. What kind of person is Michelle? (D)
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.
Group buying is an approach to shopping that enables several consumers to obtain some sort of group discount when buying specific goods or service.
For businessmen, a group buying site provides excellent benefits. Through group shopping, it would be easier for them to promote their products and get more sales. It is also a good way to establish their brand in the market. It is also beneficial for buyers because of the cheaper deals that they can enjoy. So even if they have a tight budget, money would not be a problem any more.
Consumers considering a purchase from group buying website should be aware of what goods and services are being offered and what is not included in the deal; check the terms and conditions of sales on group buying websites carefully; check with the website to see if they can get the money back in case the service provider goes out of business.
There is still great market demand for online group buying, though a large number of companies began to enter the market causing a big bubble in the industry. As soon as the “bubble” bursts, the group buying business model will definitely undergo relatively healthy development.
14. What does the passage mainly talk about? (C)
15. How can consumers ensure the safety of online buying? (D)
16. What can we learn from the passage? (D)
Section C Longer conversations
Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.
W: Welcome to this job interview. Mr. Jones. Can you tell me something about yourself?
M: Well, I went to Cambridge University to study resource developmentfor five years. I got my diploma in 2002.
W: Where did you work after that?
M: I tried my first job in a shopping company, I joined the sales department, I worked as a clerk for only one year.
W: Why only one year?
M: Because the job was boring, and the staff was not as friendly as I had expected.
W: So what position do you want to apply for this time?
M: Well, I like challenges and I’m always ready for them. Any position is OK. I really want to be given another chance.
Blacks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.
W: Do you have somewhere to stay in Sydney, Alex?
M: No, I don’t. In fact, I was about to ask you if you could arrange some place for me to stay.
W: No problem, though I’m not in charge of it. I’ll ask someone else to arrange it for you. What kind of place were you considering?
M: Well, I don’t care if I share with other people, but I’m not good at housework. Maybe a home stay would be OK, but I don’t like young children, because they’re noisy and it’s difficult to focus on study. Hopefully, I can live with a lady who has retired.
W: OK, I got it. But I must warn you that living with a family in Sydney is much more expensive than other small cities.
M: That’s not a big problem. I have some money saved. Besides, I can always get a part-time job. I’m working in a supermarket as a cashier now. So I don’t think I will have trouble with money.
W: Sounds good. I’ll call you if I get some information about that.
M: OK, that’s great. Many thanks.
W: You’re welcome.
1-10 BBCDB CBABA 11-13 CCD 14-16 CDD
17. Resource. 18. 5/Five. 19. clerk. 20. challenging
21. home stay 22. retired lady
23. the high(er) expenses/costs/prices
24. a (supermarket) cashier
25. to give 26. the 27. can 28. whatever 29. leaves/has left
30. paying 31. more impressive 32. had been
33. but 34. at 35. was covered 36. that 37. because 38. laid
39. which 40. hitting
41-50 B D K F I A J G C H
(A) 66-69 BCDC
(B) 70-73 DBAA
(C) 74-77 CDAB
78. writing (ability), essay writing
79. write poorly/ roughly/messily/ in a rough way
80. Because the students’ handwriting will be hard to recognize.
81. students should practice handwriting more often/
students should not neglect the importance of handwriting.
1. The new coffee shop makes a profit of 5000 yuan every month.
2. He was reluctant to admit that he had thrown the keys into the dustbin on purpose.
3. Due to/Because of the thick fog, dozens of vehicles were involved in the accident which happened on highway G15.
4. It is a good idea to encourage old people to help out in nurseries in the neighborhood /community, which enables/can enable them to play their full part.
5. Contrary to our expectation/what we had expected, the funfair organized by the students was so interesting that two hours had passed/gone by before we realized it.