SECTION 1 : LISTENING TEST (40 minutes)
Part A : Spot Dictation ( 20 points )
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear a passage and read the same passage with blanks in it. Fill in each of the blanks with the word or words you have heard on the tape. Write your answer in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. Remember you will hear the passage only once.
Around the (1)______young people are spending (2)________ sums of money to listen to rock music. Forbes Magazine claims that at least (3) _______ rock stars have incomes of between (4)______ million and six million dollars (5)_______ year.
“It doesn’t make sense,” says Johnny Mathis, one of the (6)_____ music millionaires, who made a million dollars a year when he was most popular, in the 1950s. “Performers aren’t (7)________ this kind of money. In fact, nobody is.”
But the rock stars’ (8) _______ seem to disagree. Those who love rock music spend about two billion dollars a year for (9)_______. They pay 150 million to see rock stars(10)________.
Some observers think the (11)________ are buying more than music. According to one theory, to play (12)________ doesn’t require much (13)_______. There is no gulf between the audience and the (14)________. Every boy and girl in the audience thinks, “I could sing like that.” Rock music has become a kind of religion. (15)____________ are glad to pay to worship a rock star because it is a (16)________ of worshipping themselves.
(17)_______ is a key word for explaining the (18)_________ of many. In 1972 one of the (19)_________ was Don McLean, who wrote and sang “American Pie.” McLean earned more than a million dollars from recordings of “American Pie.” Then too, by writing his own music, McLean earns some (20) __________ money.
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