1.What do the man and the woman mean?
A.They enjoyed the party.
B.Their friends seemed rather old.
C.They met some funny people at the party.
2.Where is the conversation most likely to take place?
A.At someone’s house. B.In a restaurant. C.In a hotel.
3.Why didn’t Alice go to bed until late at night?
A.She was doing her housework.
B.She was working hard at her lessons.
C.She was watching TV.
4.What can we learn from the conversation?
A.The woman will make the copies.
B.The machine has just been repaired.
C.The clerk doesn’t like to be troubled.
5.What is the man going to do?
A.Move into a new house. B.Help the woman. C.Tidy the room.
6.Where is the woman going?
A.To the library. B.To the cinema. C.To the classroom.
7.What does the man invite the woman to do?
A.Write papers. B.See a film. C.Do some reading.
8.Why does the woman refuse the man’s invitation?
A.She has three classes. B.She has to take exams. C.She has to do her schoolwork.
9.Where does this conversation take place?
A.In a flat building. B.In the man’s office. C.In the woman’s house.
10.What is the woman looking for?
A.A two-bedroom flat. B.A three-bedroom flat. C.A ground-floor flat.
11.What does the woman think of the flat?
A.It is too small to live in.
B.It is too expensive to buy.
C.It is satisfying on the whole.
12.Where is the woman going?
A.The Red Bird Zoo. B.The Red Bird Show. C.The Red Bird Hotel.
13.Where is the stop?
A.Across the street in front of the post office.
B.Across the block in front of the post office.
C.Along the street in front of the advertisement.
14.How will the woman know where to get off?
A.She will find it in a map.
B.She will ask the driver to remind her.
C.She will see the sign to decide.
15.What kind of book did the man find?
A.History. B.Poem. C.Travel.
16.What did the woman find in her book?
A.A photograph. B.A note. C.An old envelope.
17.Why did the woman mention Shakespeare?
A.He gave gifts to millions of people.
B.He was a very wealthy man of his time.
C.His note is worth a lot of money.
18.What does an American student like to do in class?
A.Puzzle the teacher. B.Make trouble. C.Play an active part.
19.What do we know about the teachers in America?
A.They act as researchers.
B.They are very careless.
C.They always give final conclusions.
20.How is the relationship between the student and the teacher in America?
A.Cold. B.Close. C.Loose.
W:We had fun at the party, didn’t we?
M:Yes, it was nice to see our old friends again.
M:Good morning, Madam. A table for two?
W:No, thank you. Can you help me? Are there any hotels near here?
M:Yes, there is a hotel next to the bank. It is very easy for you to find it.
M:Hello,Alice. You look tired today.
W:Yes, I stayed up too late last night. I was doing my homework and forgot the time.
M:I’m still waiting for the clerk to come back and make some copies of this paper for me.
W:Why trouble him? I can work the machine.
M:I heard you’re moving to a new house.
W:Yes. I’ve been tidying things up and I’ll start moving this afternoon.
M:Then I’ll come and lend you a hand.
M:Hi, Joanie. Where are you going?
W:Oh, hi, Paul. I’m on my way to the library.
M:Yeah? I just wonder if you want to go to the cinema with me.
W:I’d love to, but I can’t because of all the work I have this term. I only have three classes, but in all of them I have lots of reading, research papers, reports and exams. I feel as if I’ll never get through anything.
M:That’s terrible. I felt like that last year when I had term papers to write, but this term seems easy now. I spent a lot of time in class, but most of it was in the labs. I hated writing all those term papers. But can’t I talk you into going to the show anyway?
W:Oh, now I’m sure I won’t go.
M:Here we are. This is it. I know it’s smaller than you wanted, but it’s one of the nicest flats in the building.
W:Does it have three bedrooms?
M:No. There are two. The master room is quite large though. Maybe you could let the children share the large room, and you and your husband could use the smaller one.
W:I suppose I could do that. A three-bedroom flat will be difficult to find. I’ve been looking for one for over a week. The few three-bedroom flats that I have found are all extremely expensive.You said that the rent would be 350 dollars a month.
M:Yes. It includes gas. So, as you can imagine, electricity and water are quite inexpensive.
W:This sounds better and better. But before I sign an agreement I would like my husband to see it.
M:Why not stop by with him this afternoon? Our office is open until seven o’clock.
W:OK. See you then.
W:Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me the way to the Red Bird Hotel?
M:You can take the No.8 bus. It’ll take you right there.
W:Where is the stop?
M:It is over there across the street in front of the post office.
W:Do I have to have exact change?
M:No, the driver can give you change.
W:Where should I get off?
M:Ask the driver to let you know. He knows the town very well.
W:OK! Thanks. By the way, does the hotel have a sign by the street?
M:Yes, a very big one, painted in red.
W:Thank you. Bye!
W:I enjoy going through secondhand bookstores, don’t you? It’s interesting to see what people used to enjoy reading. Did you see this old book of children’s stories?
M:Some of these books aren’t so old, though. See? This history book was published only six years ago. It costs seventyfive cents.
W:Hey! Look at this!
M:What? Are you getting interested in the 19th century poems all of a sudden?
W:No. Look! Someone gave this book as a present and wrote a note on the inside of the front cover. It’s dated 1893. Maybe it’s worth fifty cents.
M:Everything on that shelf is worth fifty cents.
W:But if this is the note of someone who is well known, it might bring a lot more. I hear William Shakespeare’s note is worth about a million dollars.
M:Good luck. Your book may make you rich. But I am sure my seventy-five-cent history book is a better buy.
M:When I was studying at Yale, something puzzled me greatly. I found that Chinese students or Asian students were very polite in class while American students often interrupted the professor, asking questions and having discussions. I was also impressed by the role of the professor in the class. The professor didn’t act as an authority figure, giving final conclusions, but as a researcher looking for answers to questions together with the students. When answering questions, he usually said,“This is my personal opinion and it could be wrong.”or“You could be right, but you might find this point of view also interesting.”
Besides, in America, the examinations usually do not test a student’s ability to memorize the material. Actually, they test one’s ability to analyze and solve problems. People regard the education system in America as a process of improving critical thinking.