Section A

  Long Conversation1

  Man: Today our guest is Rosie Melinda (Q1) who works as a features editor for Fashion magazine. Hi Rosie, you‘rea features editor at one of the most widely read women’s magazines in the U.K. What kind of responsibilities does that job entail?

  Woman: We spend our days looking at ideas from journalists, writing copy for the magazine and website and editing. We do random things like asking people in the street questions and testing sports clothing. We also do less tangible things like understanding what our readers want. It‘s certainly varied and sometimes bizarre.

  Man: During your working day what kind of work might you typically do?

  Woman: My day mainly incorporates responding to emails (Q2), writing and editing stories and coming up with new feature ideas.

  Man: How does the job of features editor differ from that of fashion editor or other editorial positions?

  Woman: The feature’s team deals with articles such as careers, reports, confidence and confessions. Everything except to fashion and beauty.

  Man: A lot of people believe that working at a magazine is a glamorous job (Q3)。 Is this an accurate representation of what you do?

  Woman: I‘d say it’s glamorous to an extent, but not in the way it‘s portrayed in films. We do have our moments such as interviewing celebrities and attending parties which is a huge thrill. ultimately though, we’re the same as our readers. But working in a job we‘re all very lucky to have.

  Man: Did you have to overcome any difficulties to reach this point in your career? How did you manage to do this?

  Woman: I had to be really persistent and it was very hard work. After three years of working in a petrol station and doing unpaid work I still hadn’t managed to get an entry level job. I was lucky that my last desperate attempt led to a job (Q4)。 I told myself that all experiences make you a better journalist in the long run and luckily, I was right.


  Questions one to four based on the conversation you have just heard.

  Q1: What is the woman‘s profession?

  A) Magazine reporter.

  B) Fashion designer.

  C) Website designer.

  D) Features editor.

  Q2: What is one of the woman’s main responsibilities?

  A) Designing sports clothing.

  B) Consulting fashion experts.

  C) Answering daily emails.

  D) Interviewing job-seekers.

  Q3: What do many people think about the woman‘s job?

  A) It is challenging.

  B) It is fascinating.

  C) It is tiresome.

  D) It is fashionable.

  Q4: What helped the woman to get her current position?

  A) Her persistence.

  B) Her experience.

  C) Her competence.

  D) Her confidence.


  Long Conversation2:

  Woman: Are you watching any good shows these days?

  Man: Actually, yes. I’m watching a great satire (Q5) called Frankie. I think you‘d like it.

  Woman: Really? What’s it about?

  Man: It‘s about a real guy named Frankie. He is a famous comedian in New York and shows a mixture of comedy and drama loosely depicting his life.

  Woman: I’m sorry, do you mean to say, it‘s a real-life series about a real person? It’s non-fiction, isn‘t it?

  Man: No … Not really, no. It’s fiction, as what happens in every episode is made up. However the lead role is a comedian by the name of Frankie, and he plays himself. So Frankie in both real life and in the TV show lives in New York City, is a comic, is divorced, and has two little daughters. All those things are true, but aside from him, all his friends and family are played by actors. And the plots and the events that take place are also invented.

  Woman: Oh, I think I see now. That sounds like a very original concept.

  Man: Yes, it is. In fact, (Q6) the whole show is written, directed, edited and produced by him, and (Q5)is very funny and has won many awards.

  Woman: That‘s cool. I will try to download it. (Q7) I’m watching a comedy called The Big Bang Theory. It‘s a huge hit around the world.

  Man: Oh yes. I’ve heard of it, but never actually watched it.

  Woman: Well, then you should check it out. It‘s also very funny. It’s about four male scientists and a female waitress. The men are very socially awkward but very bright. And this is contrasted by the lady‘s social skills and common sense. (Q8) The show has been running for over ten years, and some of the actors are practically global super stars. Now that they are such famous celebrities.

  Q5: What does the man think of the satire Frankie he recently watched?

  A) It is enjoyable.

  B) It is educational.

  C) It is divorced from real life.

  D) It is adapted from a drama.

  Q6: What does the man say especial about the satire Frankie?

  A) All the roles are played by famous actors and actress.

  B) It is based on the real-life experiences of some celebrities.

  C) Its plots and events reveal a lot about Frankie’s actual life.

  D) It is written, directed, edited and produced by Frankie himself.

  Q7: What does the woman say she is going to do with the satire Frankie?

  A) Go to the theater and enjoy it.

  B) Recommend it to her friends.

  C) Watch it with the man.

  D) Download and watch it.

  Q8: What does the woman say about the comedy The Big Bang Theory?

  A) It has drawn criticisms from scientists.

  B) It has been showing for over a decade.

  C) It is a ridiculous piece of satire.

  D) It is against common sense.


  The number of devices you can talk to is multiplying—first it was your phone, then your car, and now you can tell your kitchen appliance what to do. But even without gadgets that understand our spoken commands, research suggests that, as bizarre as it sounds, under certain 26, people regularly ascribe human traits to everyday objects.

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  At other times, we personify products in an effort to understand them. One study found that three in four respondents yelled at their computer. Further, the more their computer gave them problems, the more likely the respondents were to report that it had its own “beliefs and 32.”

  So how do people assign traits to an object? In part, we rely on looks. On humans, wide faces are 33 with dominance. Similarly, people rated cars, clocks, and watches with wide faces as more dominant-looking than narrow-faced ones, and preferred them-especially in 34 situations. An analysis of car sales in Germany found that cars with grilles(护栅)that were up turned like smiles sold best. The purchasers saw this 35 as increasing a car’s friendliness.

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