2008年06月大学英语六级考试试题

Part Ⅰ Writing (30 minutes)

Directions: Will E-books Replace Traditional Books?

Recreational Activities

1. 随着信息技术的发展,电子图书越来越多

2. 有人认为电子图书会取代传统图书,理由是……

3. 我的看法


Part Ⅱ Reading Comprehension (Skimming and Scanning) (15 minutes)

Directions:In this part, you will have 15 minutes to go over the passage quickly and answer the
Questions on Answer Sheet 1. For questions 1-7, choose the best answer from the four choices marked A),B),C),and D). For questions 8-10, complete the sentences with the information given in the passage.

Media Selection for Advertisements


1.What is john lngham’s report about?
   A、A solution to the global energy crisis.
    B、Extraordinary advances in technology.
    C、The latest developments of medical science.
    D、Scientists’vision of the world in halfa century
2.According to Harvard professor Steven Pinker,predictions about the future_____.
   A、may invite trouble.
    B、may not come true
    C、will fool the public.
    D、do more harm than good.
3.Professor Bruce Lahn of the University of Chicago predicts that____.
   A、humans won’t have to donate organs for transplantation
    B、more people will donate their organs for transplantation
    C、animal organs could be transplanted into human bodies
    D、organ transplantation won’t be as scary as it is today
4.According to professor Richard Miller of the University of Michigarr, prople will____.
   A、life for as long as they wish.
    B、be relieved from all sufferings.
    C、life to 100 and more with vitality.
    D、be able to live longer than whales.
5.Priceton professor Freeman Syson thinks that____.
   A、scientists will find alien life similar to ours.
    B、humans will be able to settle on Mars.
    C、alien life will likely be discovered.
    D、life will start to evolve on Mars.
6.According to Princeton professor Richard Gott,by setting up a self-sufficient colony on Mars, Humans_______.
   A、Might survie allcatastrophes on earth.
    B、Might acquire ample natural resources.
    C、Will be able to travel to Mars freely.
    D、Will move there to live a better life.
7.Ellen Heber-Katz, professor at the Wistar Institue in Philadelpia,predicts that______
   A、human organs can bu manufactured like appliances.
    B、people will be as strong and dymamic as supermen.
    C、human nerves can be replanced by optic fibers.
    D、lost fingers and limbs will be able to regrow.

8..rodney Brooks says that it will be possible for robots to work with humans as a result or the development ofartificaial intelligence for robots
9.The most significant breakthrough predicted by Bill joy will be an inexhaustible green energy source that can’t be used to make  pollutions.
10.According to Geoffrey Miller, science will offer a more practical, universal and rewarding moral framework in place of religion..

Part Ⅲ Listening Comprehension (35 minutes)


Section A
Directions:In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer.Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer sheet 2 with a single line through the centre..
         Questions 11 to 18 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
11.  A、The man might be able to play in the World Cup.
       B、The man’s football career seems to be at an end.
       C、The man was operated on a few weeks ago.
       D、The man is a fan of world-famous football players.
12.  A、Work out a plan to tighten his budget.
       B、Find out the opening hours of the cafeteria.
       C、Apply for a senior position in the restaurant.
       D、Solve his problem by doing a part-time job.
13.  A、A financial burden.
       B、A good companion.
       C、A real nuisance.
       D、A well-trained pet.
14.  A、The errors will be corrected soon.
       B、The woman was mistaken herself.
       C、The computing system is too complex.
       D、He has called the woman several times.
15.  A、He needs help to retrieve his files.
       B、He has to type his paper once more.
       C、He needs some time to polish his paper.
       D、He will be away for a two-week conference.
16.  A、They might have to change their plan.
       B、He has got everything set for their trip.
       C、He has a heavier workload than the woman.
       D、They could stay in the mountains until June 8.
17.  A、They have wait a month to apply for a student loan
       B、They can find the application forms in the brochure.
       C、They are not eligible for a student loan.
       D、They are not late for a loan application.
18.  A、New laws are yet to be made to reduce pollutant release.
       B、Pollution has attracted little attention from the public.
       C、The quality of air will surely change for the better.
       D、It’ll take years to bring air pollution under control
         Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19.  A、Enormous size of its stores.
       B、Numerous varieties of food.
       C、Its appealing surroundings.
       D、Its rich and colorful history.
20.  A、An ancient building.
       B、A world of antiques.
       C、An Egyptian museum.
       D、An Egyptian Memorial.
21.  A、Its power bill reaches $9 million a year.
       B、It sells thousands of light bulbs a day.
       C、It supplies power to a nearby town.
       D、It generates 70% of the electricity it uses.
22.  A、11,500.
       B、30,000.
       C、250,000.
       D、300,000.
        Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23.  A、Transferring to another department.
       B、Studying accounting at a university.
       C、Thinking about doing a different job.
       D、Making preparation for her wedding.
24.  A、She has finally got a promotion and a pay raise.
       B、She has got a satisfactory job in another company.
       C、She could at last leave the accounting department.
       D、She managed to keep her position in the company.
25.  A、He and Andrea have proved to be a perfect match.
       B、He changed his mind about marriage unexpectedly.
       C、He declared that he would remain single all his life.
       D、He would marry Andrea even without meeting her.
Section B
Directions:In this section, you will hear 3 short 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) and D).Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
Passage One
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

26.  A、They are motorcycles designated for water sports.
       B、They are speedy boats restricted in narrow waterways.
       C、They are becoming an efficient form of water transportation.
       D、They are getting more popular as a means or water recreation.
27.  A、Waterscooter operators’ lack of experience.
       B、Vacationers’ disregard of water safety rules.
       C、Overloading of small boats and other craft.
       D、Carelessness of people boating along the shore.
28.  A、They scare whales to death.
       B、They produce too much noise.
       C、They discharge toxic emissions.
       D、They endanger lots of water life.
29.  A、Expand operating areas.
       B、Restrict operating hours.
       C、Limit the use of waterscooters.
       D、Enforce necessary regulations.

Passage Two
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

30.  A、They are stable.
       B、They are close.
       C、They are strained.
       D、They are changing.
31.  A、They are fully occupied with their own business.
       B、Not many of them stay in the same place for long.
       C、Not many of them can win trust from their neighbors.
       D、They attach less importance to interpersonal relations.
32.  A、Count on each other for help.
       B、Give each other a cold shoulder.
       C、Keep a friendly distance.
       D、Build a fence between them.

Passage Three
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

33.  A、It may produce an increasing number of idle youngsters.
       B、It may affect the quality of higher education in America.
       C、It may cause many schools to go out of operation.
       D、It may lead to a lack of properly educated workers.
34.  A、It is less serious in cities than in rural areas.
       B、It affects both junior and senior high schools.
       C、It results from a worsening economic climate.
       D、It is a new challenge facing American educators.
35.  A、Allowing them to choose their favorite teachers.
       B、Creating a more relaxed learning environment.
       C、Rewarding excellent academic performance.
       D、Helping them to develop better study habits.

Section C
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 44 t0 46 you are required to fill in the missing information. For these blanks ,you can either use the exact words you hove just heard or write down the main points in your own words . Finally, when the passage is read for the third time ,you should check what you have written.

I'm interested in the criminal justice system of our country. It seems to me that something has to be done if we are to(36) as a country. I certainly don't know what the answers to our problems are. Things certainly get (37) (complicated) in a hurry when you get into them. But I wonder if something couldn't be done to deal with some of these problems

One thing I'm concerned about is our practice of putting(38) in jail who haven't harmed anyone. Why not work out some system( (39) they can pay back the debts they owe society instead of (40) another debt by going to prison, and of course, coming under the (41) of hardened criminals? I'm also concerned about the short prison sentences people are((42) for serious crimes. Of course, one alternative to this is to  (43) capital punishment, but I'm not sure I would be for that. I'm not sure it's right to take an eye for eye (44)      I also think we must do something about the insanity plea. In my opinion, anyone who takes another person’s life intentionally is insane; however,(45) .

It’s sad, of course , that a person may have to spend the rest of his life , or (46) .    

Part IV Reading Comprehension (Reading in Depth)(25 minutes)

Section A

Directions:In this section, there is a short passage with 5 questions or incomplete statements. Read the passage carefully. Then answer the questions or complete the statements in the fewest possible words. Please write our answers on Answer Sheet 2.

Questions 47 to 51 are based on the following passage.

If movie trailers(预告片)are supposed to cause a reaction, the preview for "United 93" more than succeeds. Featuring no famous actors, it begins with images of a beautiful morning and passengers boarding an airplane. It takes you a minute to realize what the movie's even about. That’s when a plane hits the World Trade Center. the effect is visceral(震撼心灵的). When the trailer played before "Inside Man" last week at a Hollywood theater, audience members began calling out, "Too soon!" In New York City, the response was even more dramatic. The Loews theater in Manhattan took the rare step of pulling the trailer from its screens after several complaints.

"United 93" is the first feature film to deal explicitly with the events of September 11, 2001, and is certain to ignite an emotional debate. Is it too soon? Should the film have been made at all? More to the point, will anyone want to see it? Other 9/11 projects are on the way as the fifth anniversary of the attacks approaches, most notably Oliver Stone's " World Trade Center." but as the forerunner, "United 93"will take most of the heat, whether it deserves it or not.

The real United 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field after 40 passengers and crew fought back against the terrorists. Writer-director Paul Greengrass has gone to great lengths to be respectful in his depiction of what occurred, proceeding with the film only after securing the approval of every victim's family. "Was I surprised at the agreement? Yes. Very. Usually there’re one or two families who're more reluctant," Greengrass writes in an e-mail. "I was surprised at the extraordinary way the United 93 families have welcomed us into their lives and shared their experiences with us." Carole O'Hare, a family member, says, "They were very open and honest with us, and they made us a part of this whole project." Universal, which is releasing the film, plans to donate 10% of its opening weekend gross to the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund. That hasn't stopped criticism that the studio is exploiting a national tragedy. O'Hare thinks that's unfair. "This story has to be told to honor the passengers and crew for what they did," she says. "But more than that, it raises awareness. Our ports aren't secure. Our borders aren't secure. Our airlines still aren't secure, and this is what happens when you're not secure. That’s the message I want people to hear."

 

47. The trailer for "United 93" succeeded in when it played in the theaters in Hollywood and New York City.

48.The movie "United 93" is sure to give rise to

49. What did writer-director Paul Greengrass obtain before he proceeded with the movie?

50.Carole O’Hare thinks that besides honoring the passengers and crew for what they did, the purpose of telling the story is to

51.Our efforts will pay off if the results of this research about security.


Section B

Directions: There are 2 passages in this section .Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statement. For each of them there are four choices marked A),B),C),D). You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.

Passage One
Question 52 to 56 are based on the following passage.

Imagine waking up and finding the value of your assets has been halved. No, you’re not an investor in one of those hedge funds that failed completely. With the dollar slumping to a 26-year low against the pound, already-expensive London has become quite unaffordable. A coffee at Starbucks, just as unavoidable in England as it is in the United States, runs about $8. The once all-powerful dollar isn’t doing a Titanic against just the pound. It is sitting at a record low against the euro and at a 30-year low against the Canadian dollar. Even the Argentine peso and Brazilian real are thriving against the dollar. The weak dollar is a source of humiliation, for a nation’s self-esteem rests in part on the strength of its currency. It’s also a potential economic problem, since a declining dollar makes imported food more expensive and exerts upward pressure on interest rates. And yet there are substantial sectors of the vast U.S. economy-from giant companies like Coca-Cola to mom-and-pop restaurant operators in Miami-for which the weak dollar is most excellent news. Many Europeans may view the U.S. as an arrogant superpower that has become hostile to foreigners. But nothing makes people think more warmly of the U.S. than a weak dollar. Through April, the total number of visitors from abroad was up 6.8 percent from last year. Should the trend continue, the number of tourists this year will finally top the 2000 peak? Many Europeans now apparently view the U.S. the way many Americans view Mexico-as a cheap place to vacation, shop and party, all while ignoring the fact that the poorer locals can’t afford to join the merrymaking. The money tourists spend helps decrease our chronic trade deficit. So do exports, which thanks in part to the weak dollar, soared 11 percent between May 2006 and May 2007. For first five months of 2007, the trade deficit actually fell 7 percent from 2006. If you own shares in large American corporations, you’re a winner in the weak-dollar gamble. Last week Coca-Cola’s stick bubbled to a five-year high after it reported a fantastic quarter. Foreign sales accounted for 65 percent of Coke’s beverage business. Other American companies profiting from this trend include McDonald’s and IBM. American tourists, however, shouldn’t expect any relief soon. The dollar lost strength the way many marriages break up- slowly, and then all at once. And currencies don’t turn on a dime. So if you want to avoid the pain inflicted by the increasingly pathetic dollar, cancel that summer vacation to England and look to New England. There, the dollar is still treated with a little respect.

52. Why do Americans feel humiliated?
A、Their economy is plunging.
B、They can’t afford trips to Europe.
C、Their currency has slumped.
D、They have lost half of their assets.
53. How does the current dollar affect the life of ordinary Americans?
A、They have to cancel their vacations in New England
B、They find it unaffordable to dine in mom-and-pop restaurants
C、They have to spend more money when buying imported goods
D、They might lose their jobs due to potential economic problems
54. How do many Europeans feel about the U.S with the devalued dollar?
A、They feel contemptuous of it
B、They are sympathetic with it
C、They regard it as a superpower on the decline
D、They think of it as a good tourist destination
55. what is the author’s advice to Americans?
A、They treat the dollar with a little respect.
B、They try to win in the weak-dollar gamble.
C、They vacation at home rather than abroad.
D、They treasure their marriages all the more.
56. What does the author imply by saying “currencies don’t turn on a dime” (Line 2,Para 7)?
A、The dollar’s value will not increase in the short term
B、The value of a dollar will not be reduced to a dime
C、The dollar’s value will drop, but within a small margin
D、Few Americans will change dollars into other currencies

Passage Two
Questions 57 to 61 are based in the following passage.

In the college-admissions wars, we parents are the true fights. We are pushing our kids to get good grades, take SAT preparatory courses and build resumes so they can get into the college of our first choice. I’ve twice been to the wars, and as I survey the battlefield, something different is happening. We see our kids’ college background as e prize demonstrating how well we’ve raised them. But we can’t acknowledge that our obsession(痴迷) is more about us than them. So we’ve contrived various justifications that turn out to be half-truths, prejudices or myths. It actually doesn’t matter much whether Aaron and Nicole go to Stanford.. We have a full-blown prestige panic; we worry that there won’t be enough prizes to go around. Fearful parents urge their children to apply to more schools than ever. Underlying the hysteria(歇斯底里) is the belief that scarce elite degrees must be highly valuable. Their graduates must enjoy more success because they get a better education and develop better contacts. All that is plausible——and mostly wrong. We haven’t found any convincing evidence that selectivity or prestige matters. Selective schools don’t systematically employ better instructional approaches than less selective schools. On two measures——professors’ feedback and the number of essay exams——selective schools do slightly worse. By some studies, selective schools do enhance their graduates’ lifetime earnings. The gain is reckoned at 2-4% for every 100-poinnt increase in a school’s average SAT scores. But even this advantage is probably a statistical fluke(偶然). A well-known study examined students who got into highly selective schools and then went elsewhere. They earned just as much as graduates from higher-status schools. Kids count more than their colleges.Getting into yale may signify intellgence,talent and ambition. But it’s not the only indicator and,paradoxically,its significance is declining.The reason:so many similar people go elsewhere.Getting into college is not life only competiton.Old-boy networks are breaking down.princeton economist Alan Krueger studied admissions to one top Ph.D.program.High scores on the GRE helpd explain who got in;degrees of prestigious universities didn’t. So,parents,lighten up.the stakes have been vastly exaggerated.up to a point,we can rationalize our pushiness.America is a competitive society;our kids need to adjust to that.but too much pushiness can be destructive.the very ambition we impose on our children may get some into Harvard but may also set them up for disappointment.one study found that,other things being equal,graduates of highly selective schools experienced more job dissatisfaction.They may have been so conditioned to deing on top that anything less disappoints

57.Why dose the author say that parengs are the true fighters in the college-admissions wars?
A、They have the final say in which university their children are to attend.
B、They know best which universities are most suitable for their children.
C、They have to carry out intensive surveys of colleges before children make an application.
D、They care more about which college their children go to than the children themselves.
58.Why do parents urge their children to apply to more school than ever?
A、They want to increase their children chances of entering a prestigious college.
B、They hope their children can enter a university that offers attractive scholarships.
C、Their children eill have have a wider choice of which college to go to.
D、Elite universities now enroll fewer syudent than they used to.
59.What does the author mean by kids count more than their college(Line1,para.4)?
A、Continuing education is more important to a person success.
B、A person happiness should be valued more than their education.
C、Kids actual abilities are more importang than their college background.
D、What kids learn at college cannot keep up with job market requirements.
60.What does Krueger study tell us?
A、GETting into Ph.d.programs may be more competitive than getting into college.
B、Degrees of prestigious universities do not guarantee entry to graduate programs.
C、Graduates from prestigious universities do not care much about their GRE scores.
D、Connections built in prestigious universities may be sustained long after graduation.
61.One possible result of pushing children into elite universities is that_____.
A、they earb less than their peers from other institutions.
B、they turn out to be less competitive in the job market.
C、they experience more job dissatisfaction after graduation.
D、they overemphasize their qualifications in job application.

Part V Cloze(15 minutes)

Directions: There are 20 blanks in the following passage .For each blank there are four choices marked A),B),C) and D) on the right side of the paper. You should choose the ONE that best fits into the passage. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.

Seven years ago, when I was visiting Germany, I Met with an official who explained to me that the country had a perfect solution to its economic problems. Watching the U.S. economy __62__ during the ‘90s, the Germans had decided that they, too, needed to go the high-technology __ 63 __from . But how? In the late ‘90s, the answer schemed obvious. Indians. __64 __ all, Indian entrepreneurs accounted for one of every three Silicon Valley start-ups. So the German government decided that it would __65 __Indians to Term any just as America does by__66 __green cards. Officials created something called the German Green Card and __67 __ that they would issue 20,000 in the first year .__68 __ , the Germans expected that tens of thousands more Indians would soon be begging to come, and perhaps the __69 __ would have to be increased. But the program was a failure. A year later__70 __half of the 20,000 cards had been issued. After a few extensions, the program was __71 __

I told the German official at the time that I was sure the__72 __ would fail. It’s not that I had any particular expertise in immigration policy, __73 __ I understood something about green cards, because I had one (the American __74__ . The German Green Card was mismand,I argued,__75 __ it never,under any circumtances,translated into German citizenship.The U.S.green card,by contrast,is an almost__76 __path to becoming American (after five years and a clean record).The official __ 77 __my objection,saying that there was no way Germany was going to offer these peoplecitizenship.”we need young tach workers,”he said.”that’s what this pro-gram is all__78 __.”so Germany was asking bright young__79 __ to leavetheir country,culture and families,move thousands of miles away,learn a new language and work in a strange land—but without any __ 80__of ever being part of their new home.Germany was senging a signal, one that was__81__ received in India and other countries, and also by Germany’s own immigrant community.

62. A、soar    B、hover    C、amplify    D、intensify
63. A、circuit    B、strategy    C、trait    D、route
64. A、Of    B、After    C、In    D、At
65. A、import    B、kidnap    C、convey    D、lure
66. A、offering    B、installing    C、evacuating    D、formulating
67. A、conferred    B、inferred    C、announced    D、verified
68. A、Specially    B、Naturally    C、Particularly    D、Consistently
69. A、quotas    B、digits    C、measures    D、scales
70. A、invariably    B、literally    C、barely    D、solely
71. A、repelled    B、deleted    C、combated    D、abolished
72. A、adventure    B、response    C、initiative    D、impulse
73. A、and    B、bu    C、so    D、or
74. A、heritage    B、revision    C、notion    D、version
75. A、because     B、unless    C、if    D、while
76. A、aggressive    B、automatic    C、vulnerable    D、voluntary
77. A、overtook    B、fascinated    C、submitted    D、dismissed
78. A、towards    B、round    C、about    D、over
79. A、dwellers    B、citizens    C、professional    D、amateurs
80. A、prospect    B、suspicion    C、outcome    D、destination
81. A、partially    B、clearly    C、 brightly    D、vividly

Part VI Translation (5 minutes)

Directions:Complete the sentences on Answer Sheet 2 by translating into English the Chinese given in brackets.

82. We can say a lot of things about those who have spent their whole lives on poems (毕生致力于诗歌的人) they are passionate, impulsive, and unique.
 
83. Mary couldn’t have received my letter, or she should have replied to me last week (否则她上周就该回信了) .

84. Nancy is supposed to have finished her chemistry experiments (做完化学实验) at least two weeks ago.

85.Never once has the old couple quarreled with each other (老两口互相争吵) since they were married 40 years ago.

86.The prosperity of a nation is largely dependent upon

(一个国家未来的繁荣在很大程度上有赖于) the quality of education of its people.