Directions: After reading the following passage, you will find 5 questions or unfinished statements, marked 36 to 40. For each question or statement there are 4 choices marked A, B, C and D. You should make the correct choice and mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the center.
The holiday shopping season got off to a flying start over the Thanksgiving (感恩节) weekend in the U.S. Retails (零售商) attracted discount-hungry consumers with specials (特价商品) of televisions, DVD players and other gifts. Discounters like Wal-Mart and Target had the greatest success, offering customers early bird specials, while major department stores and clothing chains only met modest sales goals. Online sales were also strong.
“It was as expected. It wasn’t a source of great prosperity, but it was a good start,” said Nevill, a man in a US retail consulting firm. He said, “ One thing we often heard was that only things marked down (降价) were selling. Consumers want a bargain, especially around the holiday”. Shoppers did seem to like the many markdowns. A lady in the State of Connecticut said, “I’ve never seen so many sales. I feel like a kid in a candy store.”
Nevill estimated that discounters had a 4% gain over last year’s Thanksgiving figure, while sales at department stores and mall-based clothing chains were up 2% for the weekend. However, the Thanksgiving weekend is not necessarily a good way to judge how retailers will be successful for the season. Over the past few years, the weekend accounted for less than 10% of sales.
Online merchants also had a good weekend. Sales were up 61% last Friday, compared to the day after Thanksgiving a year ago.
36. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, people bought a lot more than usual because _ ____________________.
A、Wal-Mart and Target offered birds as gifts
B、shopping was the major weekend activity
C、people had time to go shopping online
D、they were allowed special discounts
37. Retailers have the experience that consumers seem to __________.
A、feel eager to buy discounted goods
B、be hungry for special kinds of goods
C、like to buy new DVD players as gifts
D、be interested in major department stores
38. From the context we know that Wal-Mart and Target are the names of two ___________.
39. By saying “I feel like a kid in a candy store,” the lady in Connecticut probably means that __________.
A、she has difficulty choosing form such a wide variety of goods
B、she cannot decide whether she should buy some candy
C、she is quite interested in buying candy
D、she recalls her happy childhood days
40. Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
A、Online sales were 61% higher than retailers’.
B、Online merchants had an average weekend sale.
C、Retailers lost much profit because of the discounts they offered.
D、Retailers had an increase in sales in the Thanksgiving weekend.
Directions: This task is the same as Task 1. The 5 questions or unfinished statements are numbered 41 to 45.
The Future of General Motors (GM) Is Yours
We have everything college students need to know about GM’s cooperative Education and Intern (实习) Programs in our Student Center. Each fall, GM recruiters (招聘人员) visit the campuses of many of the nation’s top engineering and business colleges and universities to recruit students. These students are considered for interesting assignments throughout our U.S. operations. Check out our Recruiting Calendar to see if GM will be visiting your campus. If your campus is not listed, please apply online.
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For full-time college students, General Motors offers both a cooperative Education and an Intern Program. Participants in these real-business-world educational programs gain valuable degree-related experience, develop an insider’s understanding of how GM works and earn competitive wages. These programs are designed to provide GM with a source of highly talented candidates while giving students an opportunity for hands-on experience in their chosen field. As a result, participants in these programs are given serious consideration for full-time positions with GM when they graduate. Candidates for these programs must successfully complete an online assessment and possess qualifications that match the business needs of the organization.
41. GM is likely to recruit college students for its programs who ________.
A、do a full-time college program
B、major in engineering and business
C、have had some practical experience
D、have gathered information about GM
42. The Recruiting Calendar (Line 5, Para.1) gives the information about __________________.
A、the kinds of people GM needs to train
B、the nation’s top colleges and universities
C、GM recruiters’ visits to colleges and universities.
D、The interesting tasks GM expects the students to fulfill
43. Those students whose university is not listed on the Recruiting Calendar may _________________.
A、apply to GM online.
B、be given interesting tasks
C、come to the GM’s training offices directly
D、invite recruiters to visit their universities.
44. The programs that GM offers to full-time college students will help them to ________.
A、A) gain information about business in general
B、B) get business experience and good wages
C、C) develop their talents fully
D、D) obtain a higher degree
45. GM offers the Cooperative Education and Intern Programs in order to _______________.
A、make its business needs known to the public
B、perform successful online assessments
C、advertise its newly-designed products
D、find out highly talented candidates
Directions: The following is an advertisement. After reading it, you should complete the information by filling in the blanks marker 46 to 50 in not more than 3 words in the table below.
We at Montserrat Publishing have published two books devoted to improving the everyday vocabulary of intermediate and advanced English language students.
You probably find that even though you have been studying English for many years, you still have problems following a social conversation between English speaking people.
Maybe you need English for business and you have a wide knowledge of the vocabulary relating to your specialty (专业) but you find it difficult to conduct meetings in English. This is because you cannot understand the practical, everyday expressions being employed. You may also need to understand journals and trade magazines written in English where a dictionary is not enough to convey the real meaning of what is being said.
The Practical Everyday English series consists of a collection of words and expressions used every day by all classes of society. The idea is that after being presented with a word or expression the reader can see how it is used by reading two or more clear examples. Each example contains at least one word or even two or three which have been studied on earlier pages.
Directions: There is an advertisement blow. After reading it, you are required to complete the statements that follow the questions (No. 56 to No. 60). You should write your answers in no more than 3 words on the Answer Sheet correspondingly.
Douglass Company (hereafter (以下) referred to as the Buyer) as one party and Anhui Import and Export Corporation (hereafter referred to as the Seller) as the other party agree to sign by their authorized representatives, as a result of friendly negotiation, the present Contract under the following terms and conditions:
- The Seller will arrange and sell 260 sets of drilling machines in the following two fiscal years (财政年度);
- The Seller should taker care of the quality, quantity, packing, and shipping;
- The Buyer should pay the Seller by irrevocable L/C and take care of the insurance;
- Claim shall be made within 10 days of goods’ arrival;
- Neither party shall break the contract without mutual agreement;
- The present contract is written in English, valid for two years, after which it may be extended, amended or discontinued;
- The contract was signed on April 14, 2005 in Hefei by representatives of the two parties.
____________ (Signature) For the Anhui Mechanic Import and Export Co. of People’s Republic of China
____________ (Signature) For the Douglass Company of New York, N.Y, U.S.A.
56.What is the contract product?
57. Which party is responsible for the insurance?
58. How should the Buyer pay the seller?
59. How long is the contract valid for?
60. Who signed the contract?
of the two parties.