Part II Listening Comprehension
News Report One
A Message in a bottle sent out to sea by a New Hampshire man more than five decades ago was found 1,500 miles away and has been returned to his daughter. The long lost message was discovered by Clint Buffington of Utah while he was vacationing. Buffington says he found a soda bottle half buried in the sand that looked like it had been there since the beginning of time. The note inside the bottles said, “return to 419 Ocean Street and receive a reward of $150 from Richard and Tina Pierce, owners of the Beach comber motel.” The motel was owned by the parents of Paula Pierce in 1960. Her father had written the note as a joke and had thrown it into the Atlantic Ocean. Buffington flew to New Hampshire to deliver the message to Paula Pierce. She held up to her father’s promise giving Buffington that reward, but the biggest reward is the message in a bottle finding its way back home.
Q1. What is the news report mainly about?
Q2. Why did Pollard Pearce give Clint Buffington the reward?
News Report Two
Millions of bees have died in South Carolina during aerial insect spraying operations that were carried out to combat the Zika virus. The insect spraying over the weekend left more than 2 million bees dead on the spot in Dorchester County South Carolina, where four travel-related cases of Zika disease have been confirmed in the area. Most of the deaths came from flower town bee farm, a company in Summer-ville that sells bees and honey products, Juanita Stanley who owns the company said the farm looks like it’s been destroyed, the farm lost about 2.5 million bees. Dorchester County officials apologized for the accidental mass killing of bees. Dorchester County is aware that some beekeepers in the area that was sprayed on Sunday lost their bee colonies. County Manager Jason Ward said in a statement: I’m not pleased that so many bees were killed.
Q3. Why was spraying operations carried out in Dorchester County.
Q4. Why does the news reports say about flower town bee farm.
News Report Three
The world’s largest aircraft has taken to the skies for the first time. The Air-Lander 10 spent nearly two hours in the air, having taken off from Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire. During its flight, it reached 3000 feet and performed a series of gentle turns all over a safe area. The aircraft is massive as long as a football field and as tall as six double decker buses and capable of flying for up to five days. It was first developed for the U.S.government as a long-range spy aircraft but was abandoned following budget cutbacks. The aircraft cost 25 million pounds and can carry heavier loads than huge jet planes while also producing less noise and emitting less pollution. The makers believe it’s the future of aircraft and one day we’ll be using them to go places. But there’s still a long way to go. The air lander will need to have two hundred hours flying time before being allowed to fly by the Aviation Administration. If it passes though we can hope we’ll all get some extra leg room.
Q5. What do we learn about the first flight of the Air-Lander 10?
Q6. What caused the U.S. government to abandon the Air-Lander 10 as a spy aircraft?
Q7. What is the advantage of Air-Lander 10 over huge jet planes?
M:Do you feel like going out tonight?
W:Yeah, why not? We haven’t been out for ages.
M:What a shame. Well, there is a film about climate change. Does it sound good to you?
W:No, not really. It doesn’t really appeal to me. What is it about? Just climate change?
M:I think it’s about how climate change affects everyday life. I wonder how they make it entertaining.
W:Well, it sounds really awful. It’s an important subject, I agree. But I’m not in the mood for anything depressing. What else is on?
M:There’s a Spanish Dance Festival.
W:Oh, I love dance. That sounds really interesting.
M:Apparently, it’s absolutely brilliant. Let’s see what it says in the paper,“Anna Gomez leads in an exciting production of the great Spanish love story, Carmen.”