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English competition for senior 2
June 13th, 2009 Section 1 Reading
Part 1

Look at the text in each question. What does it say? For questions 1-5, mark the correct letter A, B or C on your answer sheet. (10%)
1. A. No cameras are permitted in the

Any recording devices found active in the movie theater will be CONFISCATED and persons using them will be removed and detained. I.D will

theatre. B. Police will arrest anyone making a copy of the film C. Anyone filming this movie will be taken out of the theatre

be obtained and Police informed.

2. A. The package can only be delivered between Tuesday and Thursday. B. The package is ready for delivery. C. To have the package delivered you must respond to this text message


3. A. This medicine must be taken once every year. B. Failure to take this medicine will cause heart disease C. People taking this medicine must have a check-up every year 4. A. No visitors are permitted into the building B. Parents must fill in a report before entering the building C. Adults should first go to the office when they arrive.

Make you own glue. Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Stir for about 3 minutes, then cool.
A. Five cups of water are needed. B. It takes 3 minutes to make the glue. C. Equal amounts of flour and water are used.


Part 2 Read the text and questions below. For questions 6-25, mark the correct letter A, B , Cor D on your answer sheet. (30%) A
Red Dog and the Dreaded Cribbages Back in the time when there were almost no houses and only two caravan parks in town, Red Dog liked to visit the caravans that belonged to his many friends and providers. He would expect to be washed, brushed, and fed, and then he would stay a couple of days until he felt like setting off on his travels once more. Red Dog particularly liked one of the parks, because that was where his mate Red Cat lived, as well as Nancy and Patsy, but, and it was a big BUT, there was one small problem. Actually, the truth is that there were two big problems, and they were married to each other. Mr and Mrs Cribbage were the caretakers of the caravan park. They lived off pig-snout sandwiches, sweet milky tea, and cigarettes, and it was their duty to keep the place tidy and neat. They would sort out any difficulties that people might have with water-supply or electricity. If the bulbs blew in the toilets, Mr Cribbage would sigh with irritation and change them. If Red Cat overturned a garbage bin, it was Mrs Cribbage who would sigh with irritation and set it upright. This is all to say that they were fairly typical caretakers, who were seldom pleased when their leisure was interrupted by their jobs, or when their cups of tea had to be abandoned in mid-sip. The unfortunate thing about Mr and Mrs Cribbage was that they were pernickety about enforcing the rules, even the stupid ones that any normal person would ignore, and one of these rules was ‘NO DOGS’. The first time that Mrs Cribbage met Red Dog, he was just about to scratch on the door of Patsy’s caravan. ‘Hey, you!’ she called, rushing up to him and waving a dishcloth in his face. ‘Be off with you! Shoo! Get away!’ Red Dog looked at this fat woman, and decided that she was probably mad. He ignored her politely, and scratched once more on Patsy’s door. ‘Off! Away!’ shouted Mrs Cribbage, and at that moment Patsy opened her door. She looked from the dog to the woman, and asked, ‘What’s up?’ ‘NO DOGS!’ announced Mrs Cribbage. Patsy regarded her pityingly and told her, ‘This isn’t any old dog. This is Red Dog.’ ‘A dog’s a dog,’ replied Mrs Cribbage, ‘and that’s that. NO DOGS.’ ‘Red Dog has privileges,’ said Patsy. ‘Everyone knows that.’ ‘If you don’t get rid of that dog,’ said Mrs Cribbage, her voice rising still further, ‘you’ll have me and Mr Cribbage to answer to.’ ‘If you try to get rid of Red Dog, you’ll have the whole of the town to answer to,’ replied Nancy, ‘so if I were you I wouldn’t get upset.’ Mrs Cribbage huffed, ‘And if you don’t get rid of that dog, we’ll shoot it, and evict you too. So don’t say you didn’t get warned.’ Mrs Cribbage turned her back and walked away importantly, confident that she, and only she, was queen in this little kingdom. Over the next few days, however, she kept thinking that she saw Red Dog out of the corner of her eye, and she mentioned it several times to Mr Cribbage, who was a small man with a toothbrush moustache rather like Hitler’s. His moustache and his fingers











were a nasty shade of yellowy-brown because he liked to smoke all the time, rolling himself tiny, tight little cigarettes. He had become hollow-chested, and you always knew when he was coming, because of his perpetual dry cough. The couple went to the mall and bought some cardboard from the news agency, and then they spent a happy morning making lots of notices and signboards that said ‘NO DOGS’. These they stuck up on every available tree in the caravan park, after which they felt that they had done a good day’s work indeed. The people in the park shook their heads, and agreed that from now on they would have a coded alarm, so that the caretakers would never catch them out when Red Dog was about. Patsy proposed that their code-word should be ‘pussycats’, and this was soon adopted. Mr and Mrs Cribbage wondered for quite a while why it was that people shouted ‘pussycats’, without provocation, every time that they passed by with their buckets and bins. ‘I reckon they’re all barking mad,’ observed Mr Cribbage. ‘Talking of barking, I still keep seeing that dog,’ said his wife. from: Red Dog by Louis de Bernières

6. Why did Red Dog regularly visit caravan parks? (lines 1–4) A. He liked to be free. B. He liked to be patted. C. He liked to be indulged. D. He liked to be annoying. 7 .What does the writer emphasise about the Cribbages in paragraph 3 ? A. They have a difficult job. B. They have poor dietary habits. C. They are lazy and unpleasant. D. They are dirty and aggressive. 8. What is the meaning of the word ‘pernickety’ (line 15)? A. Fussy B. Careless C. Dramatic D. forgetful 9. Which of the following quotes is an example of colloquial language? A. ‘NO DOGS’ B. ‘knickers in a knot’ C. ‘hollow-chested’ D. ‘without provocation’ 10. Why did Red Dog decide that Mrs Cribbage ‘was probably mad’ (line 21)? A. She behaved like a queen. B. She did not like his friends. C. She ate pigsnout sandwiches. D. She did not treat him like a friend. 11. What language device does the writer use in the quotation, ‘Mrs Cribbage... was queen in this little kingdom’ (lines 35-36)? A. Metaphor B. Onomatopoeia C. Personification D. Simile 12. What is the meaning of the word ‘perpetual’ (line 41)? A. Loud B. Sickly C. Endless D. Annoying 13. Which word best describes the tone of the story?

A. Critical

B. Furious

C. Humorous

D. Serious

14.Why is the phrase ‘barking mad’ (line 51) ironic? A. Mr Cribbage does not understand that the code word ‘pussycats’ refers to Red Dog. B. People in the caravan park shouted ‘pussycats’ whenever they saw the Cribbages walk past. C. The Cribbages spent considerable time making ‘NO DOGS’ signs. D. Red Dog often barked at Mr Cribbage. 15. Which word best describes the way readers are made to feel about Red Dog? A. Affectionate B. Devoted C. Hostile D. Sorrowful


Take a look out into the traffic at any time, and you’ll notice that cars are now the place where people most often listen to music. Whenever you witness people singing along – seemingly silently – behind the privacy of their windscreens you’ll understand just how intrinsically linked music and the motor vehicle have become.


Since the advent of the car stereo, drivers have increasingly recognized the pleasing combination of music and driving, but just why do the two go so well together? Maybe it’s the fact that the tempos, rhythms and sounds that music is made of counterbalance the clunking and whirring of the machinery. Maybe it’s that the forward motion of getting from Point A to Point B is mirrored in the progress of a song from its start to conclusion. Whatever it is, music has become


an integral part of the driving experience. So why have drivers embraced music so wholeheartedly? Perhaps it’s one of the few opportunities we get in life to create the perfect soundtrack to accompany what we’re doing. We’re able to play DJ and choose our own musical adventure. We use music to relax us, rev us up, alleviate boredom, keep us awake, lift our mood or create soundscapes that fit the visuals of the


landscape we’re moving through. Continual improvements in car design and audio technology have also helped fuel the motor-music revolution, giving us reduced engine noise, comfortable seats and surround sound speakers that make the car an almost perfect listening cocoon. For the average motorist the car has become a veritable safe haven of listening pleasure.


The solace the car provides, if driving alone, allows us to enjoy music free from the background noise of the home or office – and indulge secret loves of terrible music that would have our friends or family laughing us out of the house. If driving with company, on the other hand, the car is one of the only places outside churches or Irish pubs where we can work out our lungs in a hearty sing along.


While we may love our driving music studies in recent years have found that the volume and tempo of the music we listen to, and the activity required to operate our car stereos, can affect driving behaviour. Canadian scientists, for instance, have found that people take up to 20 per cent longer to perform physical and mental tasks when listening to loud music, an increase in reaction time that


could prove dangerous even for motorists driving in good weather at a moderate speed. According to Warwick Williams, research engineer at National Acoustic Laboratories, listening to loud music in the car can cause other concerning physical side effects: ‘It has also been shown to cause fatigue and irritability, immediate effects that pose a threat to your safety while driving.’ To avoid these negative effects he suggests the music volume should be at level ‘where you can


carry on a conversation with a passenger without having to raise your voice.’ The tempo of the music we listen to can also affect our driving behaviour, according to Warren Brodsky, who conducted a study on the topic in 2001. His study found that as the tempo increased, drivers took more risks and had more crashes. In fact, when listening to faster music, drivers were twice as likely to run a red light as those not listening to music. They also had twice as many


crashes when listening to music of faster tempos than slow- or medium-paced tunes. Other research has found that changing stations on a car radio reduces driving performance and is actually more distracting than using a hands-free mobile phone. If you’re a music-loving motorist like me, none of this may be news to you. You may have already experienced some of the perils of getting carried away by music while driving, like sailing


through a red light at the crescendo of a favourite song, suddenly noticing an ambulance on your tail that you hadn’t heard coming, or singing so loudly for so long that you hyperventilate and have to pull over to the kerb. While the research suggests we might be better off aiming our in-car audio choices firmly at the middle of the road, perhaps we just need to be more aware of how the music we listen to affects


our performance behind the wheel. As with other potential hazards, like fatigue, self-monitoring is the key. While I’m sure the research results won’t have any of us tearing out our surround sound speakers anytime soon, it’s certainly worth remembering next time we turn on our stereos.

16. What is the meaning of ‘advent’, as used in line 5? A. Design B. Introduction C. Popularity D. Purchase


17. What is the main suggestion about music in paragraph 2? (lines 5–10) A. That music goes well with driving. B. That music can distract the driver. C. That music makes the trip seem faster. D. That music drowns out the noise of the car. 18. What does the writer mean when he says that music can ‘create soundscapes that fit the visuals of the landscape we’re moving through’? (lines 14–15) A. Music creates pictures in your mind. B. What you see and hear are in harmony. C. The music you play can be heard outside the car. D. What you hear in the car is different from what you see outside. 19. What is the effect of using the word ‘cocoon’? (line 18) It suggests that a car can be A. private and restrictive. B. like a music venue. C. protective and transforming. D. a natural part of the environment. 20. Why does the writer connect cars to ‘churches or Irish pubs’? (lines 23) A. To be factual B. To be humorous C. To be inclusive D. To be serious 21. Which quotation signals a change of tone in the article? A. ‘Continual improvements in car design . . .’ (line 23) B. ‘The solace the car provides . . .’ (line 28) C. ‘While we may love . . .’(line 33) D. ‘Canadian scientists . . .’ (line 36) 22. How does the graphic in the third paragraph (lines 13-22) relate to the meaning of the article? A. It breaks up the writing. B. It indicates that music is cyclic. C. It represents old-fashioned music. D. It symbolises the link between music and cars. 23. What did Warren Brodsky’s study conclude? (lines 46–51) A. Slower music made drivers more relaxed. B. Slower music increased the possibility of car accidents. C. Faster music made drivers more alert. D. Faster music increased the possibility of car accidents. 24. What is the writer’s opinion regarding music in cars? A. Music may affect driving.

B. Loud music may aid concentration. C. Music is more dangerous than mobile phones. D. Music should not be played as it is dangerous. 25. Why does the writer introduce the use of the first person at the end of the article? A. To appear objective to the reader. B. To appear subjective to the reader. C. To emphasise an expert’s point of view. D. To emphasise a personal point of view.

Part 3 You are going to read four extracts which are all concerned in some way with music and musicians. For questions 26-30, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text. Mark your answers on the answer sheet. (16%) Rock Journalism
Back in the 1960s, when rock music journalism was in its infancy, great pieces of writing stood head and shoulders above the rest. These days it has become so commonplace, so everyday, that true opinion, true experience and true style have become difficult to find. Reading a lot of rock writing nowadays you start to wonder why the people involved picked up a pen in the first place. These days the rock’n’roll lifestyle has become a cliché. In fact the myth of Beatledom (a lifetime squeezed into ten short years) is now so well-known, so much a part of modern history, that it can be emulated (at least in theory) by young rock stars from places as far apart as St Petersburg and Auckland. Back in the days when Rod Stewart wanted to be a rock star he was more or less escaping the boredom of working in a bank; these days most rock stars are only interested in what they have in the bank. It’s not surprising that rock journalism has become a cliché too. 26. The writer says that, compared with the 1960s, rock journalism today_________. A. annoys many readers B. confuses many readers C. is seldom critical D. is mostly unremarkable 27. The writer uses Rod Stewart as an example of a rock star__________. A. who has remained popular for a long time B. whose motives for becoming one are no longer common C. who is typical of many rock stars today D. about whom the same kind of things are always written


Frank Sinatra’s press agent
When he great singer Frank Sinatra was performing one of his first ever concerts, his manager George Evans saw a girl in the crowd stand up and throw a rose at Frank which cause the girl next to her to shout excitedly. This gave George an idea. He hired twelve long-haired, round-faced little girls in bobby socks and paid them five dollars a piece to jump and scream and yell ‘oh, Frankie…oh, Frankie’ when Frank started to sing one of his slow, soft songs. He trained them to holler when Frank bent and dipped certain notes. ‘They shouldn’t only yell and squeal, they should fall apart,’ Evans said. Two of the girls were coached to fall in a dead faint in the aisle while the others were told to moan in unison as loudly ad they could. To pack the theater to capacity, Evans gave out free tickets to hundreds of youngsters on school vacation. He told a few select reporters that a new young singer to come to the show. He said Frank was going to be bigger than any other singer because he made women fall on the floor. Photographers were alerted, and the next day’s newspaper showed pictures of young girls being carried out ‘in a swoon’ after seeing Frank Sinatra. Twelve were hired but thirty fainted. 28. Evans considered it essential that the girls he paid should________. A. appear to lose control of their emotions completely B. be genuinely enthusiastic about Sinatra’s singing C. react hysterically throughout Sinatra’s performance D. remain quiet at certain points in the performance 29. From the text as a whole, we learn that George Evans was________. A. unpredictable B. calm C. shrewd D. unpleasant

Book Review Mozart’s letters: edited and translated by Robert Spaethling
Like many 18th and 19th century composers, Wolfgang Amade Mozart spent a large part of his life on the road. During this time, he impulsively poured his thoughts into hundreds of letters home. These are of crucial biographical importance, but their translation is problematic. Mozart had no formal education and wrote in a mixture of German, French and Italian. His grammar and spelling were crude and his literacy efforts idiosyncratic in the highest degree. Although the words themselves are easily translated with the help of bilingual dictionaries, the real problem lies in the tone and, as Robert Spaethling observes, previous translators have ducked this. He points to the inappropriateness of reading the letters in impeccable grammar, and aims rather to preserve the natural flow and flavour of Mozart’s original style. Spaethling clearly loves words, and linguistic nuance, as much as Mozart did himself. And when the linguistic games are at their most complex, he democratically prints the original alongside the translation so that we can quarrel and do better. The beauty of this work is that now we can see how – casually and seemingly without trying – Mozart mocks the absurd thinking of the time. And it’s possible to see a connection between this freewheeling brilliance with words and his prodigious musical abilities. 30. Which phrase from the text confirms the idea that Mozart intended his letters to be amusing? A. impulsively poured B. idiosyncratic in the highest degree

C. natural flow and flavour D. mocks the absurd thinking 31. Which of the following best summarises the reviewer’s opinion of the new translation? A. It reveals previously neglected facts about Mozart. B. It throws further light on Mozart’s genius. C. It allows a reinterpretation of Mozart’s music. D. It underlines the need for further research about Mozart.

The Beta Band The Beta Band’s strong point, aside from occasionally making remarkable music, lies in not liking things. At least so you might think from reading interviews with them, for given half a chance the quarter tends to complain: about the poor state of pop music today, for instance, or the groups they reckon have stolen their musical style, or the dishonest behaviour of their record company. This love of complaining reached it logical conclusion in 1999 when they criticised their own CD as a poor piece of work, the worst that would be released all year. Why? The record company didn’t give them enough money, they claimed. Nonsense, came the retort, it was the group’s demands that were too extravagant. Whatever the truth of the matter, the result was that the band punctured much of the excitement they had generated earlier in their career. At their best, they’re an imaginative pop group- with an ability to combine styles creatively- but when it doesn’t gel, as on that first album, you get selfindulgence and a frustrating sense of wasted promise. 32. The writer implies that the members of the band have a tendency to be________. A. unfairly critical of those they work with B. over-sensitive in the face of criticism C. justifiably critical of other performers D. over-inclined to criticize each other 33. In the writer’s view, the band’s first album was a disappointment because________. A. it was inadequately funded. B. they failed to promote it effectively C. it was over-ambitious musically D. their full potential was not realized

Part 4 Put the paragraph A-G in the correct order to make an article about The Sherpa People of Nepal (8%)
The tallest mountain in the world loomed in front of 16-year-old Temba Tsheri Sherpa. He had always dreamed of climbing Mount Everest. Now all Temba could think about was surviving the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) climb to the top. A. Temba's courage comes partly from his religious beliefs. As followers of a religion called Tibetan Buddhism, the Sherpa believe in being peaceful, honoring all people, and accepting suffering without complaint.

B. One of the youngest people ever to summit Everest, Temba is a Sherpa—a member of an ethnic group that lives mainly in the country of Nepal, in the Himalaya mountains. "Sherpas exhibit almost superhuman strength climbing at high altitudes," says Everest expert Brot Coburn. C. Living in mountain villages as high as 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), with no roads or cars, Sherpas hike everywhere and lug everything on their backs—even TVs and refrigerators. Some kids even climb 1,500-foot (457-meter) slopes to get to school. That's equal to 150 stories! D. But those feats are nothing compared with climbing Everest. Temba's expedition braved avalanches, subzero temperatures, and deadly crevasses—cracks in glaciers that can be 100 feet (30 meters) deep. E. Temba's trek continues his people's history of climbing feats. The tradition began nearly a hundred years ago when Sherpas started carrying supplies for visiting mountaineers. In 1953, the Sherpa won fame when Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and explorer Edmund Hillary became the first people to summit Everest. Today many Sherpas run trekking companies and lodges. F. Without his heritage, Temba might have given up. As he climbed past 26,000 feet (7925 meters), he had never felt so tired. But finally he took the last step and stood on Everest—the top of the world. "I felt like I had won the World Cup!" Temba says. He knew his success was a triumph for his people. G. Some fear the tourist boom will change Sherpa culture forever. Satellite phones, video games, and Western-style clothes are becoming popular. But Coburn says the culture remains strong. Sherpas still hike everywhere. And many farm and wear traditional clothes.


G 34 35 36 37


Part 5 Matching the headings The reading passage How New York Became America’s Largest City has 8 sections numbered 1-8. Choose the most suitable heading for each section from the list of headings below. Write the appropriate numbers (A-H). (16%)

How New York Became America’s Largest City Section 1 In the 18th century New York was smaller than Philadelphia and Boston. Today it is the largest city in America. How can the change in its size and importance be explained? To answer this

question we must consider certain facts about geography, history, and economics. Together these three will explain the huge growth of America’s most famous city. Section 2 The map of the Northeast shows that four of the most heavily populated areas in this region are around seaports. At these points materials from across the sea enter the United States, and the products of the land are sent there for export across the sea. Section 3 Economists know that places where transportation lines meet are good places for making raw materials into finished goods. That is why seaports often have cities nearby. But cities like New York needed more than their geographical location in order to become great industrial centers. Their development did not happen simply by chance. Section 4 About 1815, when many Americans from the east coast had already moved toward the west, trade routes from the ports to the central regions of the country began to be a serious problem. The slow wagons of that time, drawn by horses or oxen, were too expensive for moving heavy freight very far. Americans had long admired Europe’s canals. In New York State a canal seemed the best solution to the transportation problem. From the eastern end of Lake Erie all the way across the state to the Hudson River there is a long strip of low land. Here the Erie Canal was constructed. After several years of work it was completed in 1825. Section 5 The canal produced an immediate effect. Freight costs were cut to about one-tenth of what they had been. New York City, which had been smaller than Philadelphia and Boston, quickly became the leading city of the coast. In the years that followed, transportation routes on the Great Lakes were joined to routes on the Mississippi River. Then New York City became the end point of a great inland shipping system that extended from the Atlantic Ocean far up the western branches of the Mississippi. Section 6 The coming of the railroads made canal shipping less important, but it tied New York even more closely to the central regions of the country. It was easier for people in the central states to ship their goods to New York for export overseas. Section 7


Exports from New York were greater than imports. Consequently, shipping companies were eager to fill their ships with passengers on the return trip from Europe. Passengers could come from Europe very cheaply as a result. Section 8 Thus New York became the greatest port for receiving people from European countries. Many of these people remained in the city. Others stayed in New York for a few weeks, months, or years, and then moved to other parts of the United States. For these great numbers of new Americans New York had to provide homes, goods, and services. Their labor helped the city become great.

A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Then came the train Cheap fares from Europe Seaports Three factors Not just because of where it is Most popular place to arrive Beginning of canal shipping Further development of water transport
41.________ 42.________

39.________ 40.________


44.________ 45.________

Section 2

Use of English

Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space. For questions 46-60, mark the correct letter A,B ,C or D on your answer sheet. (30%) A
One topic is rarely mentioned in all the talk of improving standards in our schools: the almost complete failure of foreign-language teaching. As a French graduate who has taught for more than twenty-five years, I believe I have some idea of why the failure is so total. 46 the faults already found out in the education system as a whole — such as child-centred learning, the “discovery” method, and the low expectations by teachers of pupils — there have been several serious 47 which have a direct effect on language teaching. The first is the removal from the curriculum of the thorough teaching of English 48 . Pupils now do not know a verb from a noun, the subject of a sentence from its object, or the difference between the past, present, or future.


Another important error is mixed-ability teaching, or teaching in ability groups so 49 that the most able groups are 50 and are bored while the least able are lost and 51 bored. Strangely enough, few head teachers seem to be in favour of mixed-ability school football teams. Progress depends on memory, and pupils start to forget immediately they stop having 52 lessons. This is why many people who attended French lessons at school, even those who got good grades, have forgotten it a few years later. 53 they never need it, they do not practice it. Most American schools have accepted what is inevitable and have 54 modern languages, even Spanish, from the curriculum. Perhaps it is time for Britain to do the same, and stop 55 resources on a subject which few pupils want or need. 46. A. Due to B. In addition to C. Instead of D. In spite of 47. A. errors B. situations C. systems D. methods 48. A. vocabulary B. culture C. grammar D. literature 49. A. wide B. similar C. separate D. unique 50. A. kept out B. turned down C. held back D. left behind 51. A. surprisingly B. individually C. equally D. hardly 52. A. extra B. traditional C. basic D. regular 53. A. Although B. Because C. Until D. Unless 54. A. restored B. absorbed C. prohibited D. withdrawn 55. A. wasting B. focusing C. exploiting D. sharing

Keas- not just pretty parrots Few birds are as insatiably curious as keas. New research shows how these New Zealand parrots channel that curiosity for maximum benefit: they 56__ up tips by watching each other. Keas are notorious for investigating and , in the 57__ , often destroying everything from rubbish bins to windscreen wipers. Ludwig Huber and colleagues from the University of Vienna have found that in Keas, which live in family flocks, social learning affects patterns of curiosity. In their experiments, the keas’ task was to open a steel box with a complex locking mechanism. Two birds were gradually trained as ‘models’ and then they 58__ the task again under the watchful gaze of keas who were new to the job. 59__ enough, birds who had watched a demonstration had a much higher success 60__ than keas who had never watched one. 56. A. take B. lift C. pick D. pull 57. A. procedure B. process C. measure D. technique 58. A. enacted B. staged C. performed D. presented 59. A. Certain B. Sure C. True D. Fair 60. A. proportion B. percentage C. occurrence D. rate

C Flight to Phoenix
I was booked on an early flight so I lost no time in getting showered and dressed, and 61__ for the airport. It was only when I felt the aircraft leave the runway, and saw Manhattan 62__ into the distance beneath and behind me, that I finally began to relax.

Even at nine o’clock in the morning Phoenix was hot. It was a physical shock to walk out of the cool dark terminal into the bright reflection of the sunlight. Locals ambled slowly past in short-sleeved shirts and sunglasses. In less than a minute I was sweating in my suit as I carried my bags over to the large sign which read ‘Bloomfield Weiss High Yield Bond Conference’. They had 63__ a white stretch limousines to take the conference participants to the hotel. Within seconds I was back in air-conditioned quiet again. I supposed that it was 64__ possible to spend all of your life in Phoenix at 18o centigrade , with only brief 65__ of extra heat as you transferred from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned office. 61. A. headed B. pressed C. proceeded D. set 62. A. abating B. withdrawing C. receding D. reversing 63. A. provided B. catered C. sorted D. bought 64. A. purely B. perfectly C. starkly D. solidly 65. A. gales B. torrents C. fits D. bursts

Section 3


Writer your article in 200-250 words in an appropriate style on the answer sheet. (40%) The following comments were made during a radio discussion by young people about attitudes to work. Listeners to the discussion were invited to send in their views to the programme editor. You are Lihua. You decide to write a letter responding to the points raised and giving your own opinions.
I want to earn lots of money- that’s all I care about. I want to a job that leaves me with plenty of free time.

What matters most to me is job satisfaction. I only want to do a job that I really enjoy.

Write your letter. Do not use your real name.

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