Part Ⅱ Listening 听力
M: So what time do you think we should have the party on Saturday? (8)
W: How about inviting people to come at six PM. Then we'll have the afternoon to prepare food and drink and stuff like that?
M: Yes, I was thinking that around six would be good, too. What food should we provide?
W: Well, I had thought about baking a cake and some biscuits. And now, I think we should prepare some sandwiches and snacks and some other kinds of food, so that people can just help themselves rather than getting everyone to sit down at the table to eat a meal. I think that's a bit too formal. It's better to let people walk around and talk to each other or sit where they like. (9)
M: Yes, that sounds good. I'll go to the supermarket to get some drinks. I think I might try that big new supermarket on the other side of town and see what they have. I've not been there before. I think we should get some beer and wine, and some fruit juice and other soft drinks. What do you think?
W: Sounds great! I think those drinks will be enough. And I heard that the new supermarket offers some big discounts to attract customers, so going there should be a great idea. (10)What shall we do about music?
M: Maybe we should ask Paul to bring his computer and speakers, so that we can play some music. (11)He has a great collection of different stuff.
W: yes, all right.
A pair of entrepreneurs are planning to build and launch a spacecraft that would carry and roast coffee beans in outer space.[Q19] The craft will use the heat of re-entry to roast coffee beans as they float inside it in a pressurized tank. The effect would be to roast the beans all over and produce perfect coffee. The businessmen say that on earth, beans can easily break apart and get burned in the roster. But if gravity is removed, the beans float around in a heated oven, receive 360 degrees of evenly distributed heat and roast to near perfection[Q20]. The spacecraft will reach a height of around two hundred kilometers. The beans would then be roasted in the heat generated by the crafts, twenty minute re-entry into earth's atmosphere. Temperatures in the pressurized tank will be kept to around two hundred degrees Celsius. Once back on earth, the planet's first space roasted beans would be used to make coffee that would be sold for the first time in Dubai. This is where the pair's company is based. It is not clear how much they would charge for a cup. Surprisingly, the space roaster concept should have go ahead, will not be the first attempt to take coffee into space. In 2015, two Italian companies collaborated on the construction of a similar type of spacecraft, which was the first coffee machine designed for use in space.[Q21]
Q19: What are a pair of entrepreneurs planning to do?
Q20: What does the passage say about coffee beans roasted on earth?
Q21: What did the two Italian companies do in 2015?
In cold and snowy Alaska, there's a village called Talkeetna. It has a population of a mere forty-nine souls. (22) Each March, this tiny village swells up in numbers because it is located in the middle of a race that takes place every year. It is a seven-day race called the Iditarod Trail, and participants stop at Talkeetna for their obligatory twenty-four-hour rest. Lucky for them, (23) Talkeetna is famous for its delicious fruit pies. Weeks before the competitors arrive, the residents of Talkeetna start preparing for, what is without question, their biggest event of the year. (24) The whole village chips in to help, including the kids who end up developing their baking skills at an early age. Exhausted and hungry racers are greeted with delightful pies of all kinds, such as apple, orange, lemon or banana. They consume the pie is a stomach warming race fuel. The toughness of the race allows for racers to eat pretty much whatever they want. The more calories, the better. Talkeetna has gained a reputation for its desert-based hospitality since the 1970s. It started with one person, Jan Newton. Jan moved from Idaho with her husband in 1972 and opened a restaurant. How rich and filling fruit pies quickly got the race's attention, and the village gained some fame as a result. (25) Proud residents then started to refer to Jan as queen of Talkeetna.
Q22: Why do a lot of people come to the village of Talkeetna every March?
Q23: What is the village of Talkeetna famous for?
Q24: Who comes to help with the event of the year?
Q25: What does the passage say about Jane Newton?
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