Questions 1 and2 will be based on the following news item.
1. A) Christmas-time attacks madeby Somali rebels.
B) An explosion at a bus station in centralNairobi.
C) The killing of more than 70 Ugandans inKampala.
D) Blasts set off by a Somali group inUganda’s capital.
2. A) On Christmas Eve.
B) Just before midnight.
C) During a security check.
D) In the small hours of the morning.
Kenyan police say one person was killed and 26 injured in an explosionat a bus station in central Nairobi. The blast hit a bus about to set off forthe Ugandan capital Kampala. Last July, the Somali group al-Shabab said it wasbehind the blasts in the Ugandan capital which killed more than 70 people. WillRoss reports from the Kenyan capital.
The explosion happened beside a bus whichwas about to set off for an overnight journey from Nairobi to the Ugandancapital Kampala. Some eyewitnesses report that a bag was about to be loaded onboard, but it exploded during a security check. Windows of the red bus wereleft smashed, and blood could be seen on the ground beside the vehicle. Justhours earlier, Uganda’s police chief had warned of possible Christmas-timeattacks by Somali rebels.
1.What is the news report mainly about?
解析：根据“Kenyanpolice say one person was killed and 26 injured in an explosion at a busstation in central Nairobi.” 得出答案B) An explosion at a bus station in centralNairobi.
2.When did the incident occur?
解析：根据“butit exploded during a security check.” 得出答案C) During a security check.
Questions 3 and 4 will be based on the following newsitem.
3. A)It is likely to close many of its stores.
B) It is known for the quality of its goods.
C) It remains competitive in the recession.
D) It will expand its online retail business.
（选项预判：根据close, stores, quality of goods, competitive,retail business判断和公司发展经营相关。）
4. A)Expand its business beyond groceries.
B) Fire 25,000 of its current employees.
C) Cut its DVD publishing business.
D) Sell the business for one pound.
Woolworths is one of the best known nameson the British High Street. It’s been in business nearly a century. Many of its800 stores are likely to close following the company’s decision to call inadministrators after an attempt to sell the business for a token £1 failed.
The company has huge debts. The immediatecause for the collapse has been Britain’s slide toward recession, which has cutinto consumer spending. However, the business had been in trouble for years.
Known for low-priced general goods,Woolworths has struggled in the face of competition from supermarkets expandingbeyond groceries and a new generation of internet retailers.
Many of the store group’s 25,000 employeesare likely to lose their jobs. Some profitable areas such as the DVD publishingbusiness will survive.
3.What do we learn about Woolworths from the news report?
4.What did Woolworths attempt to do recently?
解析：根据“Woolworths is one of the best known names on theBritish High Street. It’s been in business nearly a century. Many of its 800stores are likely to close following the company’s decision to call inadministrators after an attempt to sell the business for a token £1 failed.” 可得出第3题答案A) It is likely to close manyof its stores. 以及第4题答案D) Sell the business for one pound. 但是其余选项中部分信息也有读到，同学们在听时应留心细节。
Questions 5 to 7 will be based on the following newsitem.
5. A)All taxis began to use meters.
B) All taxis got air conditioning.
C) Advertisements were allowed on taxis.
D) Old taxis were replaced with new cabs.
6. A)A low interest loan scheme.
B) Environmentalists’ protests.
C) Taxi passengers’ complaints.
D) Permission for car advertising.
7. A)There are no more irregular practices.
B) All new cabs provide air-conditioning.
C) New cabs are all equipped with meters.
D) New legislation protects consumer rights.
Cairo is known for its overcrowded roads,irregular driving practices and shaky old vehicles, but also for its airpollution. In recent months, though, environmental studies indicate there havebeen signs of improvement. That’s due in part to the removal of many of thecapital’s old-fashioned black and white taxis. Most of these dated back to the1960s and 70s and were in a poor state of repair.
After new legislation demanded theirremoval from the roads, a low interest loan scheme was set up with threeEgyptian banks so drivers could buy new cars. The government pays about $900for old ones to be discarded and advertising on the new vehicles helps coverrepayments.
The idea has proved popular with customers ― theycan now travel in air-conditioned comfort and because the new cabs are metered,they don’t have to argue over fares. Banks and car manufacturers are glad forthe extra business in tough economic times. As for the taxi drivers, most aredelighted to be behind the wheel of new cars, although there have been a fewcomplaints about switching from black and white to a plain white colour.
5.What change took place in Cairo recently?
解析：根“That’s due in part to the removal of many of thecapital’s old-fashioned black and white taxis.” 可得出答案D) Old taxis were replaced with new cabs. 注意removal和replace的同义替换。
6.What helped bring about the change?
解析：根据“a low interest loan scheme was set up with threeEgyptian banks so drivers could buy new cars.” 得出答案A) A low interest loan scheme.
7.Why do customers no longer argue with new cab drivers?
解析：根据“because the new cabs are metered, they don’t haveto argue over fares.” 得出答案C) New cabs are all equipped with meters. 特殊信号词“because”引出的因果细节题。