PartⅡ Listening Comprehension (25 minutes)
Directions: In this section, you will hear three news reports. At the end of each news report, you will hear two or three questions. Both the news report and then 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 1 with a single line through the centre.
Questions 1 and 2 are based on the news report you have just heard.
1. What did the boy from Central California do according to the report?
A)He set a record be swimming to and from an island.
B)He celebrated ninth birthday on a small island.
C)He visited a prison located on a faraway island.
D)He swam around an island near San Francisco.
2. What did the father do to encourage his son?
A)He doubled the reward.
B)He cheered him on all the way.
C)He set him an example.
D)He had the event covered on TV.
(1) A 9-year-old Central California boy braved strong currents and cold water to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back.
A California television station in Fresno reported Tuesday that James Savage set a record as the youngest swimmer to make the journey to the former prison.
The TV station reported that by completing the swim, the fourth-grader student from Los Banos broke a record previously held by a 10-year-old boy.
James said that waves in the San Francisco Bay hitting him in the face 30 minutes into his swim made him want to give up.
(2) His father said he had offered his son $$100 as a reward. To encourage his struggling son, he doubled it to $$200.
James pushed forward, making it to Alcatraz Island and back in a little more than two hours.
Alcatraz is over a mile from the mainland.
Questions 3 and 4 are based on the news report you have just heard.
Question 3: What was the purpose of the annual leave bonus in China?
A)To end the one-child policy.
B)To encourage late marriage.
C)To increase working efficiency.
D)To give people more time to travel.
Question 4: What do we learn about the new regulations?
A)They will not be welcomed by young people.
B)They will help to popularize early marriage.
C)They will boost China’s economic growth.
D)They will not com into immediate effect.
On the 1st of January, new regulations will come into effect which eliminate an annual leave bonus for people who put off marrying until the age of 23 for women, and 25 for men, the South China Morning Post reports. (3) The holiday bonus was designed to encourage young people to delay getting married in line with China’s one child policy. But with that policy now being abolished, this holiday incentive is no longer necessary, the government says.
In Shanghai, a young couple at a marriage registration office told the paper that they decided to register their marriage as soon as possible to take advantage of the existing policy, because an extra holiday was a big deal for them. In Beijing, one registration office had about 300 couples seeking to get married the day after the changes were announced, rather than the usual number of between 70 and 80. (4) But one lawyer tells the paper that the changes still have to be adopted by local governments and these procedures take time, so people who are rushing to register for marriage can relax.