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08年四级预测卷听力Test 07

Model Test Seven
Part Ⅲ
Listening Comprehension
Section A
Directions:
In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations.
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.
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 four choices marked A), B), C) and D),
After each question there will be a pause.
During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D),
and decide which is the best answer.
Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2
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 eight short conversations.
with a single line through the centre.
Now, let’s begin with the eight short conversations.
11. W: Hi, Harry, it's great to see you again.
I heard you've traveled a lot recently.
11. W: Hi, Harry, it's great to see you again.
I heard you've traveled a lot recently.
M: Yeah.In the past three months I traveled to many countries in Africa.
But I really missed the comforts of home.
M: Yeah.In the past three months I traveled to many countries in Africa.
But I really missed the comforts of home.
Now I just want to take a long break!
Q: What will the man possibly do?
Now I just want to take a long break!
Q: What will the man possibly do?
12. W: Oh, the heat is unbearable!
Didn't you turn on the air-conditioner?
12. W: Oh, the heat is unbearable!
Didn't you turn on the air-conditioner?
M: The heat has blown our air-conditioner on the roof!
I've called someone to have it fixed and they're on the way.
M: The heat has blown our air-conditioner on the roof!
I've called someone to have it fixed and they're on the way.
Q: What do we learn about the air-conditioner?
13. M: Wow!You haven't gotten a pay raise for how many years now?
Q: What do we learn about the air-conditioner?
13. M: Wow!You haven't gotten a pay raise for how many years now?
W: It's been three years!
The company keeps losing money and they can't afford to give anyone a raise.
W: It's been three years!
The company keeps losing money and they can't afford to give anyone a raise.
Q: What does the woman imply about the raise?
14. W: My new roommate really annoys me.
Q: What does the woman imply about the raise?
14. W: My new roommate really annoys me.
She always makes loud noises at midnight and won’t listen to my complaints.
M: Why don't you have a heart to heart, friend to friend chat with her?
She always makes loud noises at midnight and won’t listen to my complaints.
M: Why don't you have a heart to heart, friend to friend chat with her?
I believe good communication will help.
Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?
I believe good communication will help.
Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?
15. W: Well, I'm really tired from packing all of the stuff today.
And it's about time to clock out.
15. W: Well, I'm really tired from packing all of the stuff today.
And it's about time to clock out.
M: I know. Why don’t we just call it a day and
do it first thing tomorrow morning?
M: I know. Why don’t we just call it a day and
do it first thing tomorrow morning?
Q: What does the man suggest they do?
16. W: Sorry, I overslept.
Q: What does the man suggest they do?
16. W: Sorry, I overslept.
I hate to be late, but my clock didn't go off this morning.
M: Again? Your clock never works.
I hate to be late, but my clock didn't go off this morning.
M: Again? Your clock never works.
Perhaps you should buy a new one.
Q: What can we infer from the man’s words?
Perhaps you should buy a new one.
Q: What can we infer from the man’s words?
17. W: Hey, Larry. Wanna meet a few of us for coffee in a little while?
M: Hmm. I would if I weren't so far behind in this reading I'm doing for history.
17. W: Hey, Larry. Wanna meet a few of us for coffee in a little while?
M: Hmm. I would if I weren't so far behind in this reading I'm doing for history.
Q: What will the man most probably do?
18. M: Hi, thanks for your help.
Q: What will the man most probably do?
18. M: Hi, thanks for your help.
I guess I can handle the rest myself.
But just in case, are you going to be around later?
I guess I can handle the rest myself.
But just in case, are you going to be around later?
W: I don’t know, but you can always ask Judy.
She’s really good with these kinds of problems.
W: I don’t know, but you can always ask Judy.
She’s really good with these kinds of problems.
Q: What does the woman imply?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
Q: What does the woman imply?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
Conversation One
W: Stan, do you have a minute?
Conversation One
W: Stan, do you have a minute?
M: Oh, hi, Cathy. Sure. What’s up?
W: Well, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about the situation in the office.
M: Oh, hi, Cathy. Sure. What’s up?
W: Well, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about the situation in the office.
M: I’m not in there very often.
It’s so noisy that I can’t work.
M: I’m not in there very often.
It’s so noisy that I can’t work.
W: That’s exactly what I’m getting at.
We’re supposed to be able to do our preparation
W: That’s exactly what I’m getting at.
We’re supposed to be able to do our preparation
and marking in that office, but have you noticed?
Jack constantly has students coming in to get help with his course.
and marking in that office, but have you noticed?
Jack constantly has students coming in to get help with his course.
A lot of people are going in and out.
M: Has anybody spoken to him about it?
A lot of people are going in and out.
M: Has anybody spoken to him about it?
W: No, not yet, but someone’s going to have to.
M: We can’t really ask him to stop having students come in for help, can we?
W: No, not yet, but someone’s going to have to.
M: We can’t really ask him to stop having students come in for help, can we?
W: No, of course not.
But I’m not able to do my work and neither are you.
W: No, of course not.
But I’m not able to do my work and neither are you.
I imagine it’s the same for the others in the office.
M: Hmmm, could we ask for a kind of meeting room?
I imagine it’s the same for the others in the office.
M: Hmmm, could we ask for a kind of meeting room?
When the teachers have to talk with a student,
they could go to the meeting room and not use the office.
When the teachers have to talk with a student,
they could go to the meeting room and not use the office.
You know, there’s a room down the hall,
a rather small room that we could ask to use.
You know, there’s a room down the hall,
a rather small room that we could ask to use.
It’s only for storing supplies.
W: You mean that little storage room?
It’s only for storing supplies.
W: You mean that little storage room?
Oh, that would be too small.
M: Are you sure? With the cabinets taken out,
Oh, that would be too small.
M: Are you sure? With the cabinets taken out,
it might be bigger than it looks.
W: Come to think of it, you may be on to something.
it might be bigger than it looks.
W: Come to think of it, you may be on to something.
I’d like to have a look at that room. Can we go there now?
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
I’d like to have a look at that room. Can we go there now?
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What problem at the office are Cathy and Stan discussing?
20. Why do Jack’s students come to see him?
19. What problem at the office are Cathy and Stan discussing?
20. Why do Jack’s students come to see him?
21. What does Stan suggest they do?
22. What does Cathy say about Stan’s suggestion?
21. What does Stan suggest they do?
22. What does Cathy say about Stan’s suggestion?
Conversation Two
M: Come on Jody, how’re we going to convince everybody that my car wash idea is
Conversation Two
M: Come on Jody, how’re we going to convince everybody that my car wash idea is
the best way to raise money for the Thanksgiving party at the student center?
W: It won’t be easy.
the best way to raise money for the Thanksgiving party at the student center?
W: It won’t be easy.
M: Thanks a lot!
W: Oh, I’m just kidding.
M: Thanks a lot!
W: Oh, I’m just kidding.
Actually, I think once we show how much money it could bring in,
we’ll be sure to convince everyone on campus to pitch in.
Actually, I think once we show how much money it could bring in,
we’ll be sure to convince everyone on campus to pitch in.
M: Well... how are we going to get the message out?
W: One thing I was thinking of is to hang up posters on the bulletin boards.
M: Well... how are we going to get the message out?
W: One thing I was thinking of is to hang up posters on the bulletin boards.
M: But that’s not going to attract much attention.
We need to do something interesting.
M: But that’s not going to attract much attention.
We need to do something interesting.
W: Let me finish: I know someone who works at the campus print shop.
Last week he said he could get hold of materials to make a big banner.
W: Let me finish: I know someone who works at the campus print shop.
Last week he said he could get hold of materials to make a big banner.
That’ll attract the attention of a lot of students
if we can hang it in front of the student center.
That’ll attract the attention of a lot of students
if we can hang it in front of the student center.
M: Nice work!
W: I’ve also arranged to have an article
M: Nice work!
W: I’ve also arranged to have an article
published in the school paper next Wednesday.
That way you can get the message out to the entire campus.
published in the school paper next Wednesday.
That way you can get the message out to the entire campus.
M: Uh-oh, that means I had better come up with an article pretty quickly.
How about if I write it up and I’ll let you be the first to read it?
M: Uh-oh, that means I had better come up with an article pretty quickly.
How about if I write it up and I’ll let you be the first to read it?
How about after English class tomorrow?
W: Sounds like a plan. I’ll see you then.
How about after English class tomorrow?
W: Sounds like a plan. I’ll see you then.
M: You’re the greatest.
I don’t think I would have known what to do without your help.
M: You’re the greatest.
I don’t think I would have known what to do without your help.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. What are the speakers talking about?
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. What are the speakers talking about?
24. Why are the two speakers in need of money?
25. What does the man think of the woman?
24. Why are the two speakers in need of money?
25. What does the man think of the woman?
Section B
Directions:
Section B
Directions:
In this section, you will hear 3 short passages.
At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions.
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,
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
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 centre.
Passage One
with a single line through the centre.
Passage One
  Time spent in bookshops can be most enjoyable,
whether you are a book lover or merely there to buy a book as a present.
  Time spent in bookshops can be most enjoyable,
whether you are a book lover or merely there to buy a book as a present.
Whatever the person, you can soon become totally unaware of your surroundings.
You soon become absorbed in some books,
Whatever the person, you can soon become totally unaware of your surroundings.
You soon become absorbed in some books,
and usually it is only much later that you realize you have spent
far too much time there and must dash off to keep some forgotten appointments —
and usually it is only much later that you realize you have spent
far too much time there and must dash off to keep some forgotten appointments —
without buying a book, of course.
This opportunity to escape the realities of everyday life is,
without buying a book, of course.
This opportunity to escape the realities of everyday life is,
I think, the main attraction of a bookshop.
If it is a good shop, no assistant will approach you with the inevitable greeting:
I think, the main attraction of a bookshop.
If it is a good shop, no assistant will approach you with the inevitable greeting:
“Can I help you, sir?”
You needn't buy anything you don't want.
“Can I help you, sir?”
You needn't buy anything you don't want.
In a good bookshop, an assistant should remain in the background
until you have finished looking through the books.
In a good bookshop, an assistant should remain in the background
until you have finished looking through the books.
Then, and only then, are his services necessary.
You have to be careful not to be attracted by the variety of books in a bookshop.
Then, and only then, are his services necessary.
You have to be careful not to be attracted by the variety of books in a bookshop.
It is very easy to enter the shop looking for a book on ancient coins and
to come out carrying a copy of the latest best-selling novel
It is very easy to enter the shop looking for a book on ancient coins and
to come out carrying a copy of the latest best-selling novel
and perhaps a book about house decoration —
something which had only vaguely interested you up until then.
and perhaps a book about house decoration —
something which had only vaguely interested you up until then.
This volume on the subject, however,
happened to be so well illustrated and the part of the text you read proved
This volume on the subject, however,
happened to be so well illustrated and the part of the text you read proved
so interesting that you just had to buy it.
Apart from running up a huge account,
so interesting that you just had to buy it.
Apart from running up a huge account,
you can waste a great deal of time wandering from section to section.
Booksellers must be both long-suffering and tolerant.
you can waste a great deal of time wandering from section to section.
Booksellers must be both long-suffering and tolerant.
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. Why may you be unaware of the time passing by in a bookshop?
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. Why may you be unaware of the time passing by in a bookshop?
27. What is the best way to escape the realities of routine life?
28. What is expected from a good bookshop?
27. What is the best way to escape the realities of routine life?
28. What is expected from a good bookshop?
29.What might be the best title of this passage?
Passage Two
29.What might be the best title of this passage?
Passage Two
  Doctors say overweight is a very complex condition.
For an overweight person, a doctor may advise medical treatment
  Doctors say overweight is a very complex condition.
For an overweight person, a doctor may advise medical treatment
in addition to changes in behavior.
But experts say the most successful weight-loss plans
in addition to changes in behavior.
But experts say the most successful weight-loss plans
include a well-balanced diet and exercise.
People who want to avoid weight gain have to balance the amount of calories
include a well-balanced diet and exercise.
People who want to avoid weight gain have to balance the amount of calories
they eat with the amount of calories they use. To lose weight,
you can either reduce the amount of calories you take in,
they eat with the amount of calories they use. To lose weight,
you can either reduce the amount of calories you take in,
or increase the amount you use, or both.
According to experts, to lose weight,
or increase the amount you use, or both.
According to experts, to lose weight,
a person should do an hour of moderate to
intensive physical activity most days of the week.
a person should do an hour of moderate to
intensive physical activity most days of the week.
This could include fast walking, sports or strength training.
One should also follow a carefully calculated eating plan and
This could include fast walking, sports or strength training.
One should also follow a carefully calculated eating plan and
take in fewer calories than his or her body uses each day.
One of the most important requests in a diet may simply be lower consumption of sugars.
take in fewer calories than his or her body uses each day.
One of the most important requests in a diet may simply be lower consumption of sugars.
But there is also a report suggesting that only a small minority
of people have long-term success with dieting.
But there is also a report suggesting that only a small minority
of people have long-term success with dieting.
The report in the journal American Psychologist was based on thirty-one studies.
Besides, researchers at the University of California medical school found that
The report in the journal American Psychologist was based on thirty-one studies.
Besides, researchers at the University of California medical school found that
most dieters regained their lost weight within five years.
And often they gained back even more.
most dieters regained their lost weight within five years.
And often they gained back even more.
People who succeed in keeping their weight off generally are the ones who exercise.
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
People who succeed in keeping their weight off generally are the ones who exercise.
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
30. What may doctors advise their overweight patients to do?
31. According to experts,
30. What may doctors advise their overweight patients to do?
31. According to experts,
what should a person do to lose weight besides eating a well-balanced diet?
32. What kind of people will be successful in weight-loss,
what should a person do to lose weight besides eating a well-balanced diet?
32. What kind of people will be successful in weight-loss,
according to the California University study?
Passage Three
according to the California University study?
Passage Three
  The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean.
Stories go that many people, ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared in this area.
  The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean.
Stories go that many people, ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared in this area.
Many theories have been given to explain the extraordinary mystery of these missing ships and planes.
But some people believe that there is no mystery to be solved.
Many theories have been given to explain the extraordinary mystery of these missing ships and planes.
But some people believe that there is no mystery to be solved.
The number of wrecks in this area is not extraordinary, given its size,
location and the amount of traffic it receives.
The number of wrecks in this area is not extraordinary, given its size,
location and the amount of traffic it receives.
Many of the ships and planes that have been identified as
having disappeared mysteriously in the Bermuda Triangle were not in the Bermuda Triangle at all.
Many of the ships and planes that have been identified as
having disappeared mysteriously in the Bermuda Triangle were not in the Bermuda Triangle at all.
Investigations to date have not produced scientific evidence of
any unusual phenomena involved in the disappearances.
Investigations to date have not produced scientific evidence of
any unusual phenomena involved in the disappearances.
Thus, no explanation is needed.
The real mystery is how the Bermuda Triangle became a mystery at all.
Thus, no explanation is needed.
The real mystery is how the Bermuda Triangle became a mystery at all.
The modern story of the Bermuda began soon after five Navy planes
disappeared on a training mission during a severe storm in 1945.
The modern story of the Bermuda began soon after five Navy planes
disappeared on a training mission during a severe storm in 1945.
The most logical explanation as to why they disappeared is
that lead pilot Taylor’s compass failed.
The most logical explanation as to why they disappeared is
that lead pilot Taylor’s compass failed.
The trainees’ plane were not equipped with working navigational instruments.
The group was lost and simply ran out of fuel.
The trainees’ plane were not equipped with working navigational instruments.
The group was lost and simply ran out of fuel.
No mysterious forces were likely to have been involved other than
the “mysterious” force of gravity on planes with no fuel.
No mysterious forces were likely to have been involved other than
the “mysterious” force of gravity on planes with no fuel.
It is true that one of the rescue planes blew up shortly after take-off,
but this was likely due to a faulty gas tank rather than to any mysterious forces.
It is true that one of the rescue planes blew up shortly after take-off,
but this was likely due to a faulty gas tank rather than to any mysterious forces.
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
33. What is the legend of the Bermuda Triangle?
Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
33. What is the legend of the Bermuda Triangle?
34. According to the passage, what is the real mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?
35. What is the possible reason for the training planes’ disappearance in 1945?
34. According to the passage, what is the real mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?
35. What is the possible reason for the training planes’ disappearance in 1945?
Section C
Directions:
Section C
Directions:
In this section, you will hear a passage three times.
When the passage is read for the first time,
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 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.
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
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,
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.
you should check what you have written.
Now listen to the passage.
  Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
  Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road” to
scores of cities throughout the country.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road” to
scores of cities throughout the country.
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has
developed across the United States,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
developed across the United States,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
known as “off Broadway”.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
known as “off Broadway”.
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
and many enjoy long runs.
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
and many enjoy long runs.
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre have
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre have
an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment
an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment
despite the popularity of television.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
despite the popularity of television.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
but the quality of the films has improved.
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
but the quality of the films has improved.
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways
that reflect their creative ideas.
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways
that reflect their creative ideas.
Modern methods of movie making,
such as the wide screen, color film, and improved sound,
Modern methods of movie making,
such as the wide screen, color film, and improved sound,
have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
Now the passage will be read again.
have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
Now the passage will be read again.
 Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
 Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road”
to scores of cities throughout the country.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road”
to scores of cities throughout the country.
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has developed across the United States,
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has developed across the United States,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
known as “off Broadway”.
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
known as “off Broadway”.
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
and many enjoy long runs.
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
and many enjoy long runs.
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre
have an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre
have an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment
despite the popularity of television.
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment
despite the popularity of television.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
but the quality of the films has improved.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
but the quality of the films has improved.
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways
that reflect their creative ideas.
Modern methods of movie making, such as the wide screen, color film,
that reflect their creative ideas.
Modern methods of movie making, such as the wide screen, color film,
and improved sound, have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
Now the passage will be read for the third time.
and improved sound, have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
Now the passage will be read for the third time.
  Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
  Many new plays are presented first on Broadway,
the theatre district of New York City.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road”
to scores of cities throughout the country.
If they are successful,they later go “on the road”
to scores of cities throughout the country.
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
More than 50 productions are presented each season on Broadway.
To many Americans, seeing a Broadway show is a high point
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has developed across the United States,
in their visit to the nation’s largest city.
However, a movement known as “regional theatre” has developed across the United States,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
and playhouses are attended eagerly in cities throughout the nation.
  In recent years another side of the New York Theatre has developed,
known as “off Broadway”.
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
known as “off Broadway”.
These plays are modestly staged in small playhouses,
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
and many enjoy long runs.
but some rank with the best Broadway performances in professional skill,
and many enjoy long runs.
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
  After the regular theatre season has closed,
more than 300 summer theatres go into action in rural areas,
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
in suburbs and at seashore and mountain resorts.
Well-known actors often appear in these plays.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre have
an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
At the same time, ambitious young students of the theatre have
an opportunity to work under experienced actors and directors.
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment despite the popularity of television.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
Motion pictures remain a favorite form of entertainment despite the popularity of television.
Not as many feature films are being made today as 20 years ago,
but the quality of the films has improved.
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
but the quality of the films has improved.
Many movies are now made by independent producers with fresh ideas and approaches.
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways that reflect their creative ideas.
Modern methods of movie making, such as the wide screen, color film,
They select their stories and treat the subjects in ways that reflect their creative ideas.
Modern methods of movie making, such as the wide screen, color film,
and improved sound, have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
This is the end of listening comprehension.
and improved sound, have enhanced realism and audience enjoyment.
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