Part ⅡReading Comprehension (35 minutes)
Directions: There are 4 passages in this part. Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A), B), C) and D). You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.
Questions 21 to 25 are based on the following passage:
Using a public telephone may well be one of the minor irritations of life, demanding patience, determination and a strong possibility of failure, together on occasion with considerable unpopularity.
The hopeful caller (shall we call him George?) waits till six o’clock in the evening to take advantage of the so-called “cheap rates” for a long-distance call. The telephone box, with two broken panes of glass in the side, stands at the junction of two main roads with buses, lorries and cars roaring past. It is pouring with rain as George joins a queue of four depressed-looking people. Time passes slowly and seems to come to a standstill while the person immediately before George carries on an endless conversation, pausing only to insert another coin every minute or so.
Eventually the receiver is replaced and the caller leaves the box. George enters and picks up one of the directories inside, only to discover that someone unknown has torn out the very page he needs. Nothing for it but to dial directory Enquiries, wait patiently for a reply down the number given.
At last George can go ahead with his call. Just as he is starting to dial, however, the door opens and an unpleasant-looking face peers in with the demand, “Can’t you hurry up?” Ignoring such barbarity, George continues to dial and his unwanted companion withdraws. At last he hears the burr-burr of the ringing tone, immediately followed by rapid pips demanding his money, but he is now so upset that he knocks down the coins he has placed ready on the top of the box. Having at last located them, he dials again: the pips are repeated and he hastily inserts the coins. A cold voice informs him, “Grand Hotel, Chalfont Wells.” “
I’ve an urgent message for a Mr. Smith who is a guest in your hotel. Could you put me through to him? I’m afraid I don’t know his room number.” The response appears less than enthusiastic and a long long silence follows. George inserts more coins. Then the voice informs him, “I’ve been trying to locate Mr. Smith but the hall porter reports having seen him leave about a minute ago.”
Breathing heavily, George replaces the receiver, just as the knocking on the door starts again.
21.The main intention of the passage is to provide____.
A) instructions about how to use a public call box
B) advice about how to deal with public telephone problems
C) criticism of the efficiency of telephone system
D) an account of possible annoyances in using a public telephone
22.Which of the following calls are you unlikely to make at the “cheaprate” referred to?
A) To discuss your account in a bank in Scotland.
B) To have a chat with an elderly relation.
C) To ask about a friend in hospital who has just had an operation.
D) To express Christmas greetings to cousins in Australia.
23.George can at least be thankful that ____.
A) the call box is in a convenient position
B) the telephone itself is working
C) he can use the directory in the box to find the number
D) he is able to give his message to the hotel receptionist
24.Why does George have to dial a second time?
A) He hasn’t remembered to put the money in the box. B) He hasn’t got enough money with him.
C) He has got to find the money to put in the box. D) He can’t find the number he wants in the directory.
25.What are George’s feelings when he completes his call?
A) He has some difficulty in controlling his annoyance.
B) He is very disappointed at missing his friends.
C) He is annoyed with himself for being so stupid.
D) He is depressed at the thought of having to try again to get through.
Questions 26 to 30 are based on the following passage:
What does it feel like to be approaching the wrong end of middle age? For the moment at least, the differences between the young diplomat of 30 years ago and the aging writer of today are more psychological than physical. Naturally. I can hardly ignore the inevitable change in my outward appearance. My hair has gone—well, silver; the whites of my eyes occasionally look more like yolks; and I’ve got heavier round the middle. But all this is merely on the surface inside. I’m not really conscious of feeling very much older than I did my younger days.
Mentally, however, it’s another story. It is no longer a surprise to come into a room and to find that I’m the oldest person in it, but notice the fact all the same. It’s a long time since I stopped worrying about policemen being younger than me; when, on the other hand, I find generals, archbishops and High Court judges in the same happy situation. I tend to grow thoughtful …
Now for the compensations. And there are plenty of them, and by no means the least is a new found independence. Until now, responsibilities seem to have increased year by year; now, thankfully they begin to diminish, and are replaced by new opportunities.
These are positive compensations; there are also negative ones which can be appreciated just as much. Immense pleasure can be got from Putting Things Behind One. My own recent decision—taken with immense relief—has been to give up all efforts to understand modern music. There is more than enough music from the17th, 18th and 19th centuries to keep me happy for the rest of my life. Now, at last, I can face the fact that I just don’t like 20th century music.
Finally, it’s goodbye to hypochondria. When I was young I constantly worried about my health and imagined I had all sorts of terrible diseases. Now those days are over. I love every moment of my life and want it to go on for as long as possible until I become senile or a burden to my family and friends, at which point I would like it to stop at once. I can honestly say that I have had and am still having a wonderful time.
26.In the passage, what is the writer mainly talking about?
A) We should take an objective attitude towards the problem of getting old.
B) We can have compensations while getting old.
C) Getting old is a terrible thing.
D) We should refuse to accept the fact of getting old.
27.According to the passage, the changes of the writer while getting old
are the following except ____.
A) the hair has become white
B) the whites of the eyes look like yellow
C) the man becomes fat
D) the difference between the young and the aging writer is more in his o
utward appearance than in his inside
28.According to the writer, what is not the advantage of getting old?
A) New opportunities take the place of responsibilities.
B) Immense pleasure can be got from negative compensations.
C) Generals, archbishops and High Court judges are all happy while getting old.
D) Hypochondria will not disturb you any longer.
29.What is the meaning of Putting Things Behind One?
A) To put things that should be done after another one. B) To give up.
C) To do the things as you like. D) To delay the time of finishing the work.
30.What is the writer’s attitude towards the problem of getting old?
A) Optimistic.B) Pessimistic.C) Indifferent. D) Tolerant.