W: This is one of our best and least expensive two-bedroom listings. It’s located in a quiet building and is close to bus lines.

  M: That may be true, but look at it, it’s awful. The paint has peeled off and the carpet is worn and the stove is ancient.

  Q: What can we infer from the conversation?


  M: The pictures we took at the Botanical Garden should be ready tomorrow.

  W: I can’t wait to see them. I’m wondering if the shots I took is as good as I thought.

  Q: What is the woman eager to know?


  W: The handle of the bookcase is broken. Can you have it fixed by next Tuesday?

  M: Let me see. I need to find a handle that matches, but that shouldn’t take too long.

  Q: What does the man mean?


  M: This truck looks like what I need but I’m worried about maintenance. For us, it will have to operate for long periods of time in very cold temperatures.

  W: We have several models that especially adapted for extreme conditions. Would you like to see them?

  Q: What’s the man’s demand from the conversation?

        M: I think your boss will be very upset when he gets your letter of resignation.

  W: That may be so. But in the letter, I just told him frankly I could no longer live with his poor management and stupid decisions.

  Q: What do we learn about the woman?

        W: I’d like to exchange the shirt. I’ve learned the person I bought it for is allergic to wool.

  M: maybe we can find something in cotton or silk. Please come this way.

  Q: What does the woman want to do?

       M: Excuse me Miss, did anyone happen to turn in a new hand bag? You know it’s a birthday gift for my wife.

  W: Let me see. Oh, we’ve got quite a lot of women’s bags here. Can you give me more detailed information, such as its color, the size and the trade mark?

  Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?

         W: What’re you going to do with the old house you inherited from your grandfather?

  M: I once intended to sell it. But now I’m thinking of turning it into a guest house, because it’s still a solid structure.

  Q: What does the man plan to do with his old house?


  W: there is an element there about the competitioner, isn’t there? Because British railways are a nationalized industry, there isn’t any one railway system in the country. If you don’t like a particular kind of big beans, you can go on by another; but if you don’t like the particular railway, you can’t go on using another

  M: some people who write to me say this. They say that if you did not have a monopoly, you would not be able to do the things you do. Well, I don’t think we do anything deliberately to upset our customers, we have particular problems. Since 1946, when the Transport Act came in, we were nationalized.

  W: Do you think that is a good thing? Has it been a good thing for the railways, do you think, to be nationalized?

  M: Oh, I think so, yes, because in general, mosts of the transports are all around. Let’s face the fact, the car are arrived the cars are here to stay. There is no question about that

  W:So what’s your saying then? Is it if the railways haven’t been nationalized, they would simply have disappeared?

  M: Oh, I think they would have. They are disappearing fast in America. The French railways lose 1 billion pounds a year, the German railways, 2 billion a year. But you see those governments are preparing to pour the money into the transport system to keep it going

  W: So, In a sense, you call between two extremes. On the one hand, they are trying not to lose too much money, and on the other hand, you’ve got to provide the best service.

  M: Yes, you are right

  Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you’ve just heard

  22. What does the woman say about the British railways?

  23. What do some people who write to the man complain about?

  24. What does the man say threatens the existence of the railways?

  25. What does the man say about the railways in other countries?


  Passage 1

  Among global warming’s most frightening threats is the prediction that the polar ice caps will melt, raising sea level so much, that coastal cities from New York, to Los Angeles, to Shanghai will be flooded. Scientists agree that they key player in this scenario is the West Antarctic ice sheet. A Brazil size mass frozen water that as much as 7,000 feet thick, unlike floating ice shelves which have little impact on sea level when they break up, the ice sheet is anchored to bedrock will blow the sea surface. Surrounded by an open ocean, it is also vulnerable. But Antarctic experts disagree strongly on just how unstable it is. Now new evidence reveals that all are most of the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsed at least once during the past 1.3 million years-- a period when global temperatures probably will not significantly higher than they are today. And the ice sheet was assumed to have been stable. In geologic time, a million years is recent history. The proof which was published last week in Science comes from a team of scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden and Californian Institute of Technology who drill deep holes near the edge of the ice sheet. Within samples collected from the solid substance lying beneath the ice, they found fossils of microscope marine plants which suggests the region was once an open ocean, not solid ice. As Herman Ankleherd, a co-author from Californian Institute of Technology says, “The West Antarctic ice sheet disappeared once and can disappear again.”

  Questions 26 to question 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  Question 26: What is one of the most frightening threats of global warming according to the passage?

  Question 27: What did scientists disagree on?

  Question 28: What does the latest information reveal about West Antarctic ice sheet?

  Question 29: What does scientists’ latest finding suggest?


  It’s always fun to write about reserch you can actually try out yourself. Try this. Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, know what URL link to the picture is and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are, it will. Facebook isn’t alone here. Researches at Cambridge University have found out nearly half of the social netwworking sites don’t delete pictures immediately when a user request they be removed. In general, photo-centric websites like Phlica were found to be better at quickly removing deleted photos upon request. Why did deleted photos deck around so long? The problem relates to the way data restored on large websites. While your personal computer only keeps one copy of a file., large-scale services, like Facebook, rely on what are called Content Delivery Networks to manage data and distribution. It’s a complex system where we render data to mutil-intermedia devices usually to speed up access to files when millions of people are trying to access the service at the same time. But because changes aren’t reflected across Content Delivery Networks immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks. In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL link questioned is reused, which is usually after a short period of time, though obviously that time vary considerably.

  Question 30 What does the speaker ask us to try out?

  Question 31 What accounts for the failure of some websites to remove photos immediately?

  Question 32 When will the unwanted data eventually disappear from Facebook according to the company?


  Enjoy an iced coffee, better skip dinner or hit the gym afterwards. With the Cancer Charity warning that some iced coffees contain as many calories as a hot dinner, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) conducted a survey of iced coffee sold by some popular chains in Britain including Starbucks, Cafe Nero and Costa Coffee to give the calories as studies increasingly link obesity with cancer. The worst offender, a coffee from Starbucks had 561 calories, other iced coffees contained more than 450 calories, and the majority had an excess of 200. Health experts advise that the average women should consume about 2000 calories a day and a man about 2500 calories to maintain a healthy weight. Dieters in for 1000 to 1500 calories a day. The fact that there is an iced coffee on the market with over a quarter of a woman’s daily calories allowance is alarming. Doctor Rachel Thompson, science programmer manager at London-based WCRF, said in a widely reported statement, this is the amount of calories you might expect to have in an evening meal, not in a drink. The WCRF has estimated that 19 thousand cancers a year in Britain could be prevented if people lost their excess weight, with growing evidence that excess body fat increases various cancers. If you are having these types of coffee regularly. Then they will increase chances of you becoming overweight, with in turn increases your risk of developing cancer as well as other diseases such as heart disease, she added.

  Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  Q33: What warning does some health experts give?

  Q34: What does the author suggest people do after an iced coffee?

  Q35: What could British people expect if they maintain the normal body weight according to the WCRF?


  Psychologists are finding that hope plays a surprisingly vital role in giving people a measurable advantage in zones of diverse as academic achievement, bearing up in tough jobs and coping with tragic illness. And by contrast, the loss of hope is turning out to be a stronger sign that a person may commit suicide than other factors long thought to be more likely risks. Hope’s proved a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we’ve done so far.” said Doctor Charles R Snider. A psychologist who has devised a scale to assess how much hope a person has. For example, in research with 3920 college students, Doctor Snider and his colleagues found that the level of hope among freshmen at the beginning of their first semester was a more accurate predictor of their college grades than were their SAT scores or their grade point averages in high school-the two measures most commonly used to predict college performance. Students with high hope set themselves higher goals and know how to work to attain them.” Doctor Snider said. When you compare students of equivalent intelligence and past academic achievements, what sets them apart is hope. In devising a way to assess hope scientifically, Doctor Snider went beyond the simple notion that hope is merely the sense that everything will turn out all right. That notion is not concrete enough and it blurs two key components of hope.” Doctor Snider said. Having hope means believing you have both the will and the way to accomplish your goals whatever they may be.

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