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Section I? Use of English


Read the following text. For each numbered blank there are four choices marked A,B,C and D. choose the best one and mark your answer on ANSWER SHEET.10 points

It’s not difficult to set targets for staff. It is much harder, ??1? ?,to understand their negative consequences. Most work-related behaviours have multiple components. ??2? ?one and the others become distorted.

Travel on a London bus and you’ll ??3? ?see how this works with drivers. Watch people get on and show their tickets. Are they carefully inspected? Never. Do people get on without paying? Of course! Are there inspectors to ??4? ?that people have paid? Possibly, but very few. And people who run for the bus? They are ??5? ?. How about jumping lights? Buses do so almost as frequently as cyclists.

Why? Because the target is ??6? ?. People complained that buses were late and infrequent, ??7? ?, the number of buses and bus lanes were increased , and drivers were ??8? ?or punished according to the time they took. And drivers hit their targets. But they ??9? ?hit cyclists. If the target was changed to ??10? ?, you would have more inspectors and more sensitive pricing. If the criterion changed to safety, you would get more ??11? ?drivers who obeyed traffic laws. But both these criteria would be at the expense of time.

There is another ??12? ?: people become immensely inventive in hitting targets. Have you ??13? ?that you can leave on a fight an hour late but still arrive on time? Tailwinds? Of course not ! Airlines have simply changed the time a ??14? ?is meant to take. A one-hour flight is now billed as a two-hour flight.

The ??15? ?of the story is simple. Most jobs are multidimensional, with multiple criteria.

Choose one criterion and you may well
??16? ?others. Everything can be done faster and made cheaper, but there is a ??17? ?. Setting targets can and does have unforeseen negative consequences.

This is not an argument against target-setting. But it is an argument for exploring consequences first. All good targets should have multiple criteria ??18? ?critical factors such as time, money, quality and customer feedback. The trick is not to ??19? ?just one or even two dimensions of the objective, but also to understand bow to help people Better ??20? ?the objective.

1.??????? [A] however?????????? [B] again???????????????????? [C] moreover???????????????? [D] therefore

2.??????? [A] Identify??????????? [B] Assess?????????????????? [C] Explain?????????????????? [D] Emphasize

3.??????? [A] curiously????????? [B] eagerly????????????????? [C] quickly??????????????????? [D] nearly

4.??????? [A] prove?????????????? [B] check??????????????????? [C] recall?????????????????????? [D] claim

5.??????? [A] threatened??????? [B] mocked???????????????? [C] blamed??????????????????? [D] ignored

6.??????? [A] hospitality??????? [B] competition?????????? [C] innovation?????????????? [D] punctuality

7.??????? [A] So??????????????????? [B] Besides???????????????? [C] Still???????????????????????? [D] Yet

8.??????? [A] trained????????????? [B] rewarded?????????????? [C] grouped?????????????????? [D] hired

9.??????? [A] rather?????????????? [B] once????????????????????? [C] also???????????????????????? [D] only

10.??? [A] revenue??????????? [B] efficiency????????????? [C] security?????????????????? [D] comfort

11.??? [A] quiet???????????????? [B] cautious??????????????? [C] diligent??????????????????? [D] friendly

12.??? [A] problem?????????? [B] prejudice?????????????? [C] policy????????????????????? [D] purpose

13.??? [A] revealed?????????? [B] admitted??????????????? [C] noticed??????????????????? [D] reported

14.??? [A] trip?????????????????? [B] departure?????????????? [C] transfer??????????????????? [D] break

15.??? [A] background????? [B] style????????????????????? [C] form??????????????????????? [D] moral

16.??? [A] criticize??????????? [B] sacrifice??????????????? [C] tolerate??????????????????? [D] interpret

17.??? [A] secret?????????????? [B] product???????????????? [C] cost???????????????????????? [D] task

18.??? [A] calling for??????? [B] leading to???????????? [C] accounting for??????? [D] relating to

19.??? [A] predict????????????? [B] restore?????????????????? [C] create????????????????????? [D] specify

20.??? [A] review????????????? [B] present????????????????? [C] achieve??????????????????? [D] modify


Section II?? Reading Comprehension

Part A


Read the following four texts. Answer the questions below each text by choosing A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on the ANSWER SHEET.40 points

Text 1

“Reskilling” is something that sounds like a buzzword but is actually a requirement if we plan to have a future in which a lot of would-be workers do not get left behind. We know we are moving into a period where the jobs in demand will change rapidly, as will the requirements of the jobs that remain. Research by the World Economic Forum finds that on average 42 per cent of the “core skills” within job roles will change by 2022. That is a very short timeline.

The question of who should pay for reskilling is a thorny one. For individual companies, the temptation is always to let go of workers whose skills are no longer in demand and replace them with those whose skills are. That does not always happen. AT&T is often given as the gold standard of a company that decided to do a massive reskilling program rather than go with a fire-and-hire strategy. Other companies had also pledged to create their own plans. When the skills mismatch is in the broader economy, though, the focus usually turns to government to handle. Efforts in Canada and elsewhere have been arguably languid at best, and have given us a situation where we frequently hear of employers begging for workers, even at times and in regions where unemployment is high.

With the pandemic, unemployment is very high indeed. In February, at 3.5 percent and 5.5 percent respectivelyunemployment rates in Canada and United States were at generational lows and worker shortages were everywhere. As of May, those rates had spiked up to 13.3 per cent and 13.7 per cent, and although many worker shortages had disappeared, not all had done so. In the medical field, to take an obvious example, the pandemic meant that there were still clear shortages of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.

Of course, it is not like you can take an unemployed waiter and train him to be a doctor in a few weeks. But even if you cannot close that gap, may be you can close others, and doing so would be to the benefit of all concerned. That seems to be the case in Sweden: When forced to furlough 90 per cent of their cabin staff, Scandinavian Airlines decided to start up a short retraining program that reskilled the laid-off workers to support hospital staff. The effort was a collective one and involved other companies as well as a Swedish university.


21. Research by the World Economic Forum suggests????????? .

[A] an increase in full-time employment

[B] an urgent demand for new job skills

[C] a steady growth of job opportunities

[D] a controversy about the “core skills”


22. AT&T is cited to show????????? .

[A] an alternative to the fire-and-hire strategy

[B] an immediate need for government support

[C] the importance of staff appraisal standards

[D] the characteristics of reskilling programs


23. Efforts to resolve the skills mismatch in Canada????????? .

[A] have driven up labour costs

[B] have proved to be inconsistent

[C] have met with fierce opposition

[D] have appeared to be insufficient


24. We can learn from Paragraph 3 that there was????????? .

[A] a call for policy adjustment

[B] a change in hiring practices

[C] a lack of medical workers

[D] a sign of economic recovery


25. Scandinavian Airlines decided to????????? .

[A] create job vacancies for the unemployed

[B] prepare their laid-off workers for other jobs

[C] retrain their cabin staff for Better services

[D] finance their staff’s college education


Text 2

With the global population predicted to hit close to 10 billion by 2050, and forecasts that agricultural production in some regions will need to nearly double to keep pace, food security is increasingly making headlines. In the UK, it has become a big talking point recently too, for a rather particular reason: Brexit.

Brexit is seen by some as an opportunity to reverse a recent trend towards the UK importing food. The country produces only about 60 per cent of the food it eats, down from almost three-quarters in the late 1980s. A move back to self-sufficiency, the argument goes, would boost the farming industry, political sovereignty and even the nation’s health. Sounds great—but how feasible is this vision?

According to a report on UK food production from the University of Leeds, UK, 85 percent of the country’s total land area is associated with meat and dairy production. That supplies 80 percent of what is consumed, so even covering the whole country in livestock farms wouldn’t allow us to cover all our meat and dairy needs.

There are many caveats to those figures, but they are still grave. To become much more self-sufficient, the UK would need to drastically reduce its consumption of animal foods, and probably also farm more intensively—meaning fewer green fields, and more factory-style production.

But switching to a mainly plant-based diet wouldn’t help. There is a good reason why the UK is dominated by animal husbandry: most of its terrain doesn’t have the right soil or climate to grow crops on a commercial basis. Just 25 percent of the country’s land is suitable for crop-growing, most of which is already occupied by arable fields. Even if we converted all the suitable land to fields of fruit and veg—which would involve taking out all the nature reserves and removing thousands of people from their homes—we would achieve only a 30 percent boost in crop production .

Just 23 percent of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK are currently home-grown, so even with the most extreme measures we could meet only 30 per cent of our fresh produce needs. That is before we look for the space to grow the grains, sugars, seeds and oils that provide us with the vast bulk of our current calorie intake.


26. Some people argue that food self-sufficiency in the UK would????????? .

[A] contribute to the nation’s well-being

[B] become a priority of the government

[C] be hindered by its population growth

[D] pose a challenge to its farming industry


27. The report by the University of Leeds shows that in the UK????????? .

[A] more green fields will be converted for farming

[B] most land is used for meat and dairy production

[C] farmland has been inefficiently utilized

[D] factory-style production needs reforming


28. Crop –growing in the UK is restricted due to????????? .

[A] its dietary tradition

[B] its natural conditions

[C] its commercial interests

[D] its farming technology


29. It can be learned from the last paragraph that British people????????? .

[A] are trying to grow new varieties of grains

[B] are seeking effective ways to cut calorie intake

[C] enjoy a steady rise in fruit consumption

[D] rely largely on imports for fresh produce


30.The author’s attitude to food self-sufficiency in the UK is ?????????.

[A] doubtful

[B] tolerant

[C] optimistic

[D] defensive


Text 3

When Microsoft bought task management app Wunderlist and mobile calendar Sunrise in 2015, it picked two newcomers that were attracting considerable buzz in Silicon Valley. Microsoft’s own Office dominates the market for “productivity” software, but the start-ups represented a new wave of technology designed from the ground up for the smartphone world.

Both apps, however, were later scrapped after Microsoft said it had used their best features in its own products. Their teams of engineers stayed on, making them two of the many “acqui-hires” that the biggest companies have used to feed their great hunger for tech talent.

To Microsoft’s critics, the fates of Wunderlist and Sunrise are examples of a remorseless drive by Big Tech to chew up any innovative companies that lie in their path. “They bought the seedlings and closed them down,” complained Paul Arnold, a partner at San Francisco-based Switch Ventures, putting an end to businesses that might one day turn into competitors. Microsoft declined to comment.

Like other start-up investors, Mr Arnold’s own business often depends on selling start-ups to larger tech companies, though he admits to mixed feelings about the result: “I think these things are good for me, if I put my selfish hat on. But are they good for the American economy? I don’t know.”

The US Federal Trade Commission says it wants to find the answer to that question. This week, it asked the five most valuable US tech companies for information about their many small acquisitions over the past decade. Although only a research project at this stage, the request has raised the prospect of regulators wading into early-stage tech markets that until now have been beyond their reach.

Given their combined market value of more than $5.5trillion, rifling through such small deals—many of them much less prominent than Wunderlist and Sunrise—might seem beside the point. Between them, the five biggest tech companies have spent an average of only $ 3.4 billion a year on sub-$1 billion acquisitions over the past five years—a drop in the ocean compared with their massive financial reserves, and the more than $130 billion of venture capital that was invested in the US last year.

However, critics say the big companies use such deals to buy their most threatening potential competitors before their businesses have a chance to gain momentumin some cases as part of a “buy and kill” ?tactic to simply close them down.


31. What is true about Wunderlist and Sunrise after their acquisitions?

[A] Their market values declined

[B] Their tech features improved

[C] Their engineers were retained

[D] Their products were re-priced


32. Microsoft’s critics believe that the big tech companies tend to????????? .

[A] ignore public opinions

[B] treat new tech talent unfairly

[C] exaggerate their product quality

[D] eliminate their potential competitors


33. Paul Arnold is concerned that small acquisitions might????????? .

[A] harm the national economy

[B] worsen market competition

[C] discourage start-up investors

[D] encourage big tech companies


34. The US Federal Trade Commission intends to????????? .

[A] examine small acquisitions

[B] limit Big Tech’s expansion

[C] supervise start-ups’ operations

[D] encourage research collaboration


35. For the five biggest tech companies, their small acquisitions have????????? .

[A] brought little financial pressure

[B] raised few management challenges

[C] set an example for future deals

[D] generated considerable profits


Text 4

We’re fairly good at judging people based on first impressions, thin slices of experience ranging from a glimpse of a photo to a five-minute interaction, and deliberation can be not only extraneous but intrusive. In one study of the ability she dubbed “thin slicing,” the late psychologist Nalini Ambady asked participants to watch silent 10-second video clips of professors and to rate the instructor’s overall effectiveness. Their ratings correlated strongly with students’ end-of-semester ratings. Another set of participants had to count backward from 1,000 by nines as they watched the clips, occupying their conscious working memory. Their ratings were just as accurate, demonstrating the intuitive nature of the social processing.

Critically, another group was asked to spend a minute writing down reasons for their judgment, before giving the rating. Accuracy dropped dramatically. Ambady suspected that deliberation focused them on vivid but misleading cues, such as certain gestures or utterances, rather than letting the complex interplay of subtle signals form a holistic impression. She found similar interference when participants watched 15-second clips of pairs of people and judged whether they were strangers, friends, or dating partners.

Other research shows we’re Better at detecting deception from thin slices when we rely on intuition instead of reflection. “It’s as if you’re driving a stick shift,” says Judith Hall, a psychologist at Northeastern University, “and if you start thinking about it too much, you can’t remember what you’re doing. But if you go on automatic pilot, you’re fine. Much of our social life is like that.”

Thinking too much can also harm our ability to form preferences. College students’ ratings of strawberry jams and college courses aligned Better with experts’ opinions when the students weren’t asked to analyze their rationale. And people made car-buying decisions that were both objectively Better and more personally satisfying when asked to focus on their feelings rather than on details, but only if the decision was complex—when they had a lot of information to process.

Intuition’s special powers are unleashed only in certain circumstances. In one study, participants completed a battery of eight tasks, including four that tapped reflective thinking (discerning rules, comprehending vocabulary) and four that tapped intuition and creativity (generating new products or figures of speech). Then they rated the degree to which they had used intuition (“gut feelings,” “hunches,” “my heart”). Use of their gut hurt their performance on the first four tasks, as expected, and helped them on the rest. Sometimes the heart is smarter than the head.


36. Nalini Ambady’s study deals with????????? .

[A] instructor-student interaction

[B] the power of people’s memory

[C] people’s ability to influence others

[D] the reliability of first impressions


37. In Ambady’s study, rating accuracy dropped when participants????????? .

[A] gave the rating in limited time

[B] watched shorter video clips

[C] focused on specific details

[D] discussed with one another


38. Judith Hall mentions driving to show that????????? .

[A] memory may be selective

[B] social skills must be cultivated

[C] reflection can be distracting

[D] deception is difficult to detect


39. When you are making complex decisions, it is advisable to????????? .

[A] list your preferences

[B] follow your feelings

[C] seek expert advice

[D] collect enough data


40. What can we learn from the last paragraph????????? .

[A] Generating new products takes time

[B] Intuition may affect reflective tasks

[C] Vocabulary comprehension needs creativity

[D] Objective thinking may boost inventiveness


Part B

Directions: In the following text, some sentences have been removed. For Questions 41-45, choose the most suitable one from the list A-G to fit into each of the numbered blank. There are two extra choices, which do not fit in any of the gaps. Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)


[A] Stay calm

[B] Stay humble

[C] Don’t make judgments

[D] Be realistic about the risks

[E] Decide whether to wait

[F] Ask permission to disagree

[G] Identify a shared goal


How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should you say? Here’s how to disagree with someone more powerful than you.

41. _____________

You may decide it’s best to hold off on voicing your opinion. Maybe you haven’t finished thinking the problem through, the whole discussion was a surprise to you, or you want to get a clearer sense of what the group thinks. If you think other people are going to disagree, too, you might want to gather your army first. People can contribute experience or information to your thinking — all the things that would make the disagreement stronger or more valid. It’s also a good idea to delay the conversation if you’re in a meeting or other public space. Discussing the issue in private will make the powerful person feel less threatened.

42. _____________

Before you share your thoughts, think about what the powerful person cares about — it may be “the credibility” of their team or getting a project done on time. You’re more likely to be heard if you can connect your disagreement to a higher purpose. When you do speak up, don’t assume the link will be clear. You’ll want to state it overtly, contextualizing your statements so that you’re seen not as a disagreeable underling but as a colleague who’s trying to advance a shared goal. The discussion will then become more like a chess game than a boxing match.

43. _____________

This step may sound overly deferential, but it’s a smart way to give the powerful person psychological safety and control. You can say something like, “I know we seem to be moving toward a first-quarter commitment here. I have reasons to think that won’t work. I’d like to lay out my reasoning. Would that be OK?” This gives the person a choice, allowing them to verbally opt in. And, assuming they say yes, it will make you feel more confident about voicing your disagreement.

44. _____________

You might feel your heart racing or your face turning red, but do whatever you can to remain neutral in both your words and actions. When your body language communicates reluctance or anxiety, it undercuts the message. It sends a mixed message, and your counterpart gets to choose what to read. Deep breaths can help, as can speaking more slowly and deliberately. When we feel panicky, we tend to talk louder and faster. Simply slowing the pace and talking in an even tone helps the other person calm down and does the same for you. It also makes you seem confident, even if you aren’t.

45. _____________

Emphasize that you’re offering your opinion, not gospel truth. It may be a well-informed, well-researched opinion, but it’s still an opinion, so talk tentatively and slightly understate your confidence. Instead of saying something like, “If we set an end-of-quarter deadline, we’ll never make it,” say, “This is just my opinion, but I don’t see how we will make that deadline.” Having asserted your position (as a position, not as a fact), demonstrate equal curiosity about other views. Remind the person that this is your point of view, and then invite critique. Be genuinely open to hearing other opinions.


Section III? Translation

46. Directions:

Translate the following text from English into Chinese. Write your translation on ANSWER SHEET. (15 points)

We tend to think that friends and family members are our biggest sources of connection, laughter and warmth. While that may well be true, researchers have also recently found that interacting with strangers actually brings a boost in mood and feelings of belonging that we didn’t expect.

In one series of studies, researchers instructed Chicago-area commuters using public transportation to strike up a conversation with someone near them. On average, participants who followed the instruction felt Better than those who had been told to stand or sit in silence. The researchers also argued that when we shy away from casual interaction with strangers, it is often due to a misplaced anxiety that they might not want to talk to us. Much of the time, however, this belief is false. As it turns out, many people are actually perfectly willing to talk—and may even be flattered to receive your attention.


Section IV? Writing

Part A

47. Directions:

suppose you are organizing an online meeting. Write an email to Jack, an international student, to

1) invite him to participate, and

2) tell him the details

You should write neatly on the ANSWER SHEET.

Do not use your own name. Use “Li Ming” instead.

Do not write your address. (10 points)


Part B

49.? Directions:

Write an essay based on the following chart. In your writing, you should

1)interpret the chart, and

2)give your comments.

You should write about 150 words on the ANSWER SHEET. (15 points)

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Dear Jack,

To avoid the spread of novel coronavirus, I am going to hold an online meeting instead of the traditional method, and you, as an outstanding international student, I cordially invite you to give an online lecture to us at our university.

I believe that the students will not only learn from you, but also be inspired by your extensive knowledge. I hope that you will be available for a lecture at 10:00 am. This Saturday in our Internet space. You will be welcome to participate fully in the activities of the conference, where 45 minutes is allocated for your lecture and 15 minutes for the Question-and-Anwser session.

I hope you are interested in this online meeting. We all look forward to seeing you at this online meeting. Your acceptance of this invitation will be greatly appreciated.

Your sincerely,

Li Ming



From the information given in the chart, we can see the survey on the methods of workout among citizens in certain city. It can be seen that physical excise alone dominates the most by occupying the 54.3%, next to which is workout with friends at about 47.7%, And 23.9%and 15.8% are attributed to exercises with family and group activities.

There are two primary reasons behind this, On one hand, it is strongly convinced that this is mainly due to the fact that people increasingly attach importance to physical health by doing some outdoor exercises, especially when we are all faced with the Covid-19 all over the world and universal sub-health situation. On the other hand, due to the burdensome workload and overwhelming social requirements, it is more common for people to enjoy the carefree time.

Taking all analysis above, we can draw a conclusion that this phenomenon is attributed to the contemporary health condition among people and nowadays social needs. And it is adyisable for us to promote health with friends and family to forge close relationship.

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