W: Hi，David. I haven't seen you in class for almost 2 weeks. (1) We thought you had disappeared on holiday earlier something.
M: Hi，Sarah, well, it's a bit of a long story, I'm afraid. I got a throat infection last week and had to go to the hospital to get some antibiotics as I really wasn't getting any better.
W: Oh, yeah, there have been so many viruses going around this winter. The weather's been so awful for the last few weeks.
M: And on the way back from the hospital，(2) I slipped on some ice and fell, and then had to go to the hospital to get an x-ray，because I basically thought I broke my wrist，although thankfully，it's not broken，but I need to be careful with it for the next few weeks.
W: Oh, that's too bad. How unfortunate.
M: To make things worse, I managed to fall right in front of four girls from the 9th grade. So I was utterly humiliated. Plus, The laptop in my bag was broken too.
W: Now what a complete catastrophe. Is the laptop still under warranty？If it is, then you can easily send it back to the manufacturer. And they'll send you a brand new one for free. Surely!
M: The warranty ran out 3 days before I broke it and all my essays are in there and I need to hand them in before we break for the Christmas holidays.
W: Listen，(3) I have the number of a really good affordable computer repair shop at home. My dad has used this guy before and he can work miracles. (4) Let's go back to my house and we can call the repair shop, and you can have some tea and cookies too.
M: Wow, thanks, Sarah, that would be great. Let me just call my mom and let her know. I'll be home a little bit later.
Question 1. What did Sarah think David was doing for the last two weeks？
Question 2. What happened to David on his way back from the hospital?
Question 3. What does Sarah say they should do with the damaged computer？
Question 4. What does Sarah say she is going to do?
M: Welcome to this week's episode of Book Talk. (5) With me today is Heidi Brown，a historian who has written five critically acclaimed books about military history.
W: Thanks for having me，John. I'm so excited to talk about my latest book，which was published last month.
M: So, this book is a novel，your first attempt at that genre and thoughts a bit of a departure for you.
W: I'd say it's a major departure as it's not just a work of fiction，(6) it's set 200 years in the future.
M: Right. So how did that happen？You spent three decades writing about the past and focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries. Now you're speculating about the future.
W: Well, (7) after years of researching soldiers and chronicling their lives during battle. I just started wondering about other facets of their lives，especially their personal lives.
M: I can see that your novel is about soldiers，but it focuses on their relationships，especially the bonds between sons and mothers and men and their wives.
W: Yes, that focus came about when I still intended to write another book of history. (7) I started by researching soldiers actual personal lives，studying their letters home.
M: So how did that history book become a novel？
W: Well, I realized that the historical record was incomplete. So I'd either have to leave a lot of gaps or make a lot more assumptions than a historian should.
M: But why write a novel set in the future？When your credentials are perfect for a historical novel，as a historian，any historical novel you write would have a lot of credibility.
W: (8) I felt too constrained working with the past like what I wrote needed to be fact as opposed to fiction，but writing about the future gave me more freedom to imagine, to invent.
M: Well，having read your book，I'm glad you made that choice to move into fiction.
Question 5. What does the man say about the woman？
Question 6. What does the woman say about her newly published book？
考查对话中女人对自己新书的评论。正确答案通过女人提到的it’s set 200 years in the future，可以定位答案。
Question 7. What did the woman do before writing her new book？
Question 8. What does the woman say about her writing history books？
关于写历史书籍，女人的观点。在对话结束，女人提到自己写关于未来的书籍能够拥有更多的freedom to imagine，同理就以为历史书籍无法带来这些，从而判断答案。
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