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新东方2009年12月四级模拟考试答案
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Part I Writing ( 写作参考范文)
Dear Zhang Hong:
Congratulations on your successful admission into Renmin University. I’d like to share with
you some of my experience and opinions about university study.
University study differs greatly from high school in the following aspects. Firstly, university allows
more freedom and expects students to take responsibility for their own decisions, actions and
lifestyles. There are fewer rules and regulations imposed in university, and professors seldom take
attendance in class. However, students are held accountable for their own behavior. The second major
difference exists in the way of teaching. We were supposed to memorize a lot of knowledge and
facts in high school while the university teachers aim to develop students’ critical thinking ability
and practical skills. For example, our English teacher encourages us to practice using the language
constantly and critique literary works. Of course, different teaching approaches and focuses lead to
our different learning strategies in university.
I remember having a hard time adapting to the new environment in the first semester. In order to
meet the course requirements and deadlines, I set up and stick to my own schedule. Whenever learning
something new, I always question myself the why and the how. Besides reading and thinking independently,
I find talking and sharing with others quite helpful for deeper understanding of the new
concepts and information.
Good luck and best wishes for your university study!
Part II Reading Comprehension (Skimming and Scanning) (15 minutes)
1 . B 2. C 3. A 4. C 5. D 6. C 7. B
8. overall white women
9. the beauty industry’s standards
1 0. beauty and desirability

Part III Listening Comprehension
Section A
11 . B 1 2. D 1 3. D 1 4. B 1 5. B
16. A 1 7. C 1 8. A 1 9. B 20. C
21. C 22. A 23. C 24. A 25. D
Section B
26. B 27. C 28. A 29. A 30. B
31. C 32. D 33. A 34. A 35. D
Section C
36. applicants’ 37. entrance 38. standards 39. sums
40. correspondent 41. turned 42. executive 43. intelligence
44. only about 200 out of 2,000 candidates are chosen after the rest have been knocked out by the
Service’s own examinations and interviews.
45. These forged certificates are not easy to distinguish from the real ones, and can be bought at £25
apiece.
46. Fake degrees and diplomas, including Ph. D. degrees, can be obtained for as little as £20 upwards.
Part IV Reading Comprehension (Reading in Depth) (25 minutes)
Section A:
47. D 48. F 49. C 50. K 51. B
52. M 53. J 54. N 55.O 56. I
Section B:
57.B 58.A 59.D 60.A 61.C
62.A 63.B 64.C 65.C 66.C
Part V Cloze
67.B 68.A 69.D 70.C 71.A
72.D 73.B 74.D 75.A 76.D
77.A 78.D 79.A 80C 81.A
82.D 83.A 84.D 85.D 86.B
Part VI Translation( 5%)
87. When asked about the key to her success, Rowling told the journalist that her parents had played
an important role by exposing her to literature at an early age.
88. While many people know that money is not the important thing in the world, I suspect not ev-

eryone can resist the temptation to pursue money.
89. Not until quite recently did I realize that language is closely related to culture.
90. It’s time that some measures were taken about the traffic problem downtown.
91. She kept her parents in suspense for several days before she told them that she had won a scholarship.
Tape Scripts of Listening Comprehension
College English Test, Band 4, Part III, Listening Comprehension.
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 4 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.
Now let’s begin with the 8 short conversations.
Question 11 .
M: I don’t want to buy the book Prof. Brown told us to read for the exam. Do you think you could
lend me yours?
W: Well, I’m not using it right now, but I really need to keep it handy just in case.
Q: What does the woman mean?
Question 12.
M: So, you and Julia are no longer roommates? I’m not surprised. You two never did things very
compatible.
W: Yeah, well... It’s not that we didn’t get along... We just didn’t have much in common.
Q: What can be inferred about the woman?
Question 13.
W: My parents think I ought to buy a computer. You know now I’m in college. But I hate to spend
so much of my savings now.
M: I’d say it’s probably a worthwhile investment.
Q: What does the man mean?

Question 14.
W: Have you decided whether you are going to get an apartment off campus next year or are you
staying in the dorm?
M: We are still talking about the pros and cons. I don’t know. To me it seems like six of one half and
a dozen of the other.
Q: What does the man mean?
Question 15.
W: Thank heaven it’s Friday. Are you doing anything special this weekend?
M: Good question. To tell you the truth, my brother might be coming over and so everything is up in
the air right now.
Q: What does the man mean?
Question 16.
W: Oh, hi, I hate to tell you but we’re done with lunch and the dessert is on its way. We decided you
weren’t going to show up.
M: I can understand that. I’ve never seen such traffic. I am glad you didn’t wait.
Q: What does the man mean?
Question 17.
M: Oh no, I think we left that road map at home. Do you know how to get to the beach?
W: No, I didn’t. But since we haven’t gone very far, we might as well just turn around.
Q: What will the man and woman probably do?
Question 18.
M: I really enjoy the play. The students did a great job with the scenery. It looks so authentic. I felt
like I was back in the 19th century.
W: I wish you could say the same thing about the costumes.
Q: What does the woman imply?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
Conversation One
M: I’m excited about going to the concert at the campus pub on Saturday. It’s supposed to be the
best show of the year. You’re coming, aren’t you?
W: I wish I could, but I already promised Lisa that I would cover both of her night shifts at the movie
store this weekend.
M: Why did you do that? Did you forget about the concert?
W: Actually, I really need the hours. Next semester is going to be really expensive. I have to buy a

new psychology textbook that is going to cost me more than one hundred dollars.
M: Have you looked in the used book store for it? I never buy my math textbooks new.
W: That’s what I would normally do, but it’s a new edition this year. Some of the chapters are different,
so I really need to buy the new one.
M: That’s too bad. I wish you could come to the concert. If it makes you feel any better, Matt won’t
be able to come either.
W: Why is that? It’s his favorite band!
M: He has to go home for the weekend. His sister is getting married.
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
Question 19. What are the speakers discussing?
Question 20. What will the woman do on Saturday?
Question 21. What can be inferred from the conversation?
Conversation Two
M: Honey, the basketball game is about to start. And could you bring some chips and a bowl of ice
cream? And . . . uh . . . a slice of pizza from the fridge.
W: Anything else?
M: Nope, that’s all for now. Hey, honey, you know, they’re organizing a company basketball team,
and I’m thinking about joining. What do you think?
W: Humph.
M: “Humph”. What do you mean “Humph”? I was the star player in high school.
W: Yeah, twenty-five years ago. Look, I just don’t want you having a heart attack running up and
down the court.
M: So, what are you suggesting? Should I just abandon the idea? I’m not that out of shape.
W: Well . . . you ought to at least have a physical checkup before you begin. I mean, it HAS been at
least five years since you played at all.
M: Well, okay, but . . .
W: And you need to watch your diet and cut back on the fatty foods, like ice cream. And you should
try eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.
M: Yeah, you’re probably right.
W: And you should take up a little weight training to strengthen your muscles or perhaps try cycling
to build up your cardiovascular system. Oh, and you need to go to bed early instead of watching
TV half the night.
M: Hey, you’re starting to sound like my personal fitness instructor!
W: No, I just love you, and I want you to be around for a long, long time.

Questions 22 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
Question 22. What does the man want to do?
Question 23. What seems to be the woman’s major concern?
Question 24. What is the woman’s first suggestion to her husband?
Question 25. What can be learnt from the dialogue?
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 center.
Passage One
In 1990, over 100 countries signed an international agreement to make it illegal to buy or sell
ivory, which is mainly used for jewelry. Most ivory is made from the tusks of African elephants.
These tusks are very valuable—one pair is worth more than three times that an African farmer or factory
worker earns in a year.
Hunting elephants was so profitable that from 1979 to 1989 the number of elephants in Africa
fell from 1.3 million to 600,000. It was feared that by the year 2000 there would be none left. However,
since 1990 there has been much less illegal hunting, thanks to the international agreement.
But it costs a lot of money to preserve elephants. Game wardens must be hired to protect them,
land must be set aside for them, and when they destroy a farmer’s crops, the farmer must be paid
compensation.
Zimbabwe and four other African counties say that some of the elephants should be killed legally.
This would help keep the population stable, and selling the ivory would help pay for preserving
the elephants. But conservationists say that making ivory legal to sell would lead to even more
illegal hunting. Others say that it is wrong to kill elephants because they are sensitive animals who
feel emotional pain at the death of other elephants.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question 26. What happened to the African elephants from 1979 to 1989?
Question 27. Which of the following is NOT a problem caused by elephant preservation?
Question 28. Why do several African countries advocate legally killing some of the elephants?
Passage Two
We hear it a lot in the news these days: “Recycle newspapers and save a tree.” Protecting our

delicate environment seems to be on the agenda of politicians, government leaders, and citizens in
many parts of the world to show support for mother nature. Three essential keys needed to power this
movement include a more informed public, the development of improved technology, and a greater
demand for recycled materials.
Let’s use paper as an example. The first step is to raise public awareness about the recycling
process, to explain the kinds of materials that can be recycled, and provide ways on how to properly
dispose of them. Local governments should educate the public on how to properly sort reusable materials
from those that can’t be recycled. Then, a system of collecting these sorted materials needs to
be established. The public interest might be there, but soon may wane if there isn’t a system where
they can take these materials to be recycled. Give the public information they can grasp, and then
you will increase your chances of gaining followers.
Second, technological progress has been made on many fronts, but governmental agencies need
to step up their support for companies involved in recycling by providing tax incentives, low-cost
loans, or even grants to upgrade equipment and to encourage further research.
The final key is to increase demand for the growing surplus of resources waiting to be recycled.
Recycling is a crucial link protecting our planet. The three keys mentioned are important ways to
achieve this end.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question 29. What is the major topic for this passage?
Question 30. How would the lack of a system for recycling affect the public interest?
Question 31. What can be done by the government to stimulate technological progress for recycling?
Passage Three
Your assignment this term will be to write two major research papers. One of the most important
things about writing a research paper is giving proper credit for your sources of information.
Failure to do this is called plagiarism, which is a form of intellectual dishonesty. Plagiarism is a kind
of stealing, or at least, an unauthorized borrowing of someone else’s ideas. Sometimes, inexperienced
students will plagiarize unintentionally, and then be surprised when the teacher won’t accept their
papers, or gives them a failing grade. The best way to avoid unintentional plagiarizing is to be very
careful in gathering your information as you take notes on books and magazine articles about the
topic you’ve selected. Firstly, try to assimilate the information thoroughly. Secondly, write it down in
your own words, this is called paraphrasing. If you do a good job of paraphrasing, you’ll capture the
main idea from your source without actually using any phrases from it. Most of your motes should
probably be paraphrases. However, occasionally you may find something you wish to quote directly
in your research paper. In this case, be sure that you copy the quotation precisely in your note, and
enclose it in quotation marks. That way when you are finalizing your research paper, you’ll be able
to remember which of your notes are direct quotes, and which are your own summaries of the mate-

rial. You can then incorporate them appropriately and give the original author proper credit.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question 32. What kind of assignment is the professor discussing with the students?
Question 33. What does the professor warn the students against doing?
Question 34. Who are most likely to steal other people’s viewpoints unintentionally according to the
professor?
Question 35. How does the professor suggest students should take notes?
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 to 46 you are required to fill
in the missing information.For these blanks you can either use the exact words you have
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.
Now listen to the passage
Job seekers in Britain say employers are paying less attention to(36)applicants’ degrees and
certificates. They are making their own (37)entrance exams to test ability. They are concerned about
decreasing (38)standards of job seekers, because many university graduates with good degrees have
shown a terrible inability to spell, and work out simple (39)sums.
The chairman of the Standing Conference of Employers of Graduates, told our (40)correspondent:
“We don’t look at the pieces of paper (41)turned in to us, but we look at the people with real
abilities.” A senior (42)executive with the Bank of England said that many companies were making
their own (43)intelligence tests so they could be sure that candidates were the right people for the
job.
In the Civil Service, (44)only about 200 out of 2,000 candidates are chosen after the rest have
been knocked out by the Service’s own examinations and interviews. Forged certificates, printed in
Germany, have been discovered recently. (45)These forged certificates are not easy to distinguish
from the real ones, and can be bought at £25 apiece. Making fake degrees has also become a highly
profitable business. (46)Fake degrees and diplomas, including Ph. D. degrees, can be obtained for as
little as £20 upwards. Some so-called “universities” and “colleges” are even selling these attractive
diplomas.
Now the passage will be read again.
Job seekers in Britain say employers are paying less attention to(36)applicants’ degrees and


certificates. They are making their own (37)entrance exams to test ability. They are concerned about
decreasing (38)standards of job seekers, because many university graduates with good degrees have
shown a terrible inability to spell, and work out simple (39)sums.
The chairman of the Standing Conference of Employers of Graduates, told our (40)correspondent:
“We don’t look at the pieces of paper (41)turned in to us, but we look at the people with real
abilities.” A senior (42)executive with the Bank of England said that many companies were making
their own (43)intelligence tests so they could be sure that candidates were the right people for the
job.
In the Civil Service, (44)only about 200 out of 2,000 candidates are chosen after the rest have
been knocked out by the Service’s own examinations and interviews. Forged certificates, printed in
Germany, have been discovered recently. (45)These forged certificates are not easy to distinguish
from the real ones, and can be bought at £25 apiece. Making fake degrees has also become a highly
profitable business. (46)Fake degrees and diplomas, including Ph. D. degrees, can be obtained for as
little as £20 upwards. Some so-called “universities” and “colleges” are even selling these attractive
diplomas.
Now the passage will be read for the third time.
Job seekers in Britain say employers are paying less attention to(36)applicants’ degrees and
certificates. They are making their own (37)entrance exams to test ability. They are concerned about
decreasing (38)standards of job seekers, because many university graduates with good degrees have
shown a terrible inability to spell, and work out simple (39)sums.
The chairman of the Standing Conference of Employers of Graduates, told our (40)correspondent:
“We don’t look at the pieces of paper (41)turned in to us, but we look at the people with real
abilities.” A senior (42)executive with the Bank of England said that many companies were making
their own (43)intelligence tests so they could be sure that candidates were the right people for the
job.
In the Civil Service, (44)only about 200 out of 2,000 candidates are chosen after the rest have
been knocked out by the Service’s own examinations and interviews. Forged certificates, printed in
Germany, have been discovered recently. (45)These forged certificates are not easy to distinguish
from the real ones, and can be bought at £25 apiece. Making fake degrees has also become a highly
profitable business. (46)Fake degrees and diplomas, including Ph. D. degrees, can be obtained for as
little as £20 upwards. Some so-called “universities” and “colleges” are even selling these attractive
diplomas.
This is the end of listening comprehension.
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