Section A：Compound Dictation (10points)
In this part, you will hear a passage three times. Listen carefully and fill in the missing words. For the first time, listen carefully and try your best to understand. For the second time, write down what you hear on the tape. For the third time, check your answer. (10 points)
4. All around me
6. Hong Kong was going back to China
7. The mainland
8. the mother country
9. unity and loyalty
10. freedom of speech
Direction B：Note taking (5 points)
In this part, you will hear a passage twice. After the first time, there will be a pause of 30 seconds. Please try your best to write down the main idea and 4 details of the passage. Then listen again and check your answer.
1. Main idea
This is a report about the US President Candidates
1. Senator McCain of Arizona is now the clear Republican front-runner
2. But for Democrats, they were not happy since they haven’t decided their nominee.
3. For Democrats, the fight continues between Senator Clinton of New York and Senator Obama of Illinois.
4. the Democratic race intensifies,
Democrats who said the Iraq war was the most imp
Part Two：Reading comprehension（20%）
In this part, you will read two passages. The first passage is followed by 5 questions. You are required to choose the best answer to each question according to the passage. For the second passage, you are required to answer each question with no more than 12 words.
1,A 2.B 3.D 4.B 5.C
1. she was selling skirts.
2. It is quiet and peaceful.
3. Because she was glad/pleased that the author knew their way of bargaining.
4. Because it was cheap and he wanted to do something as compensation.
5. Because she was moved./// because she was overcome by emotion.
In this part, you are required to translate 1 short passages from English into Chinese (10 points) and 1 passages from Chinese into English.(10 points)
impressions are often lasting on
Part Four: Writing（25%）
1. Practical Writing (10’)
Directions: You are going to write a WANTED advertisement. The following requirement given in Chinese is for your reference.（no less than 80 words）
2. Essay Writing (15’)
Directions: You are going to write in no less than 150 words about the tile My View on Competition. In your composition, you should clearly state your opinion and give reasons to support your arguments.
This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
After Super Tuesday, Republicans have their likely nominee for president in the November election, John McCain. But for Democrats, there was nothing super about the biggest day of voting in the nation's presidential nominating history.
Almost half the states voted on delegates for the conventions this summer where the parties will nominate their candidates. California and other states that normally held their votes later in the year moved them up to have more influence. Yet the Democrats are no closer to a clear front-runner than they were before Tuesday.
Senator McCain of Arizona is now the clear Republican front-runner. He won nine states. Former Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney won seven. And former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee won the remaining five states where Republicans voted Tuesday, all in the South.
But on Thursday Mitt Romney left the race. He said taking his fight to the convention would delay the launch of a national campaign, and make it easier for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to win.
For Democrats, the fight continues between Senator Clinton of New York and Senator Obama of Illinois. He won more states, but she won delegate-heavy states like New York and, the biggest of all, California.
They ended up with close delegate counts as a result of the complex process that the Democrats use for dividing delegates.
The primary season will continue through June. Voters in eight states make their choices in the next week.
John McCain has well over half the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Some Republicans think he is not conservative enough; he is asking his party to unite behind him.
A new Time magazine poll suggests that John McCain would lose to Barack Obama, forty-eight to forty-on
As the Democratic race intensifies, so does the race for money. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each raised about on
Unlike many Obama supporters, many Clinton supporters have already given the limit permitted by law. Hillary Clinton said this week that she loaned five million dollars of her own money to her campaign last month.
On Super Tuesday, voters who said they cared most about the economy were more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Democrats who said the Iraq war was the most imp
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by Brianna Blake.