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Question 1 - 4.
Choose the correct letter, ABC or D. Write your answers in boxes 1 -4 on your
answer sheet.
1. the Stradbroke became two islands A by an intended destruction of the ship of the Cambus Wallace B by an explosion of dynamite on a ship and following nature erosion C by the movement sandhills on Stradbroke Island D by the volcanic eruption on island
2. Why are laundry activities for the resort carried out on the mainland. A In order to obtain its water supply via a bore system B In order to preserve the water and antipollution C In order to save the cost of installing onerous washing machines D In order to reduce the level of phosphates in water around
3. What is the major water supplier in South Stradbroke Island is by A desalining the seawater

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B collecting the rainfall C transporting from the mainland D boring groundwater. What is applied for heating water on Couran Cove Island Resort A the LPG-power Ba diesel-powered plant C the wind power D the solar-power
5. what does, as the managers of resorts believe, the prospective future focus on A more awards of for resort's accommodation B sustainable administration and development in along run C Economic and environmental benefits for the tourism enterprise D successful implementation the Resort Development Spectrum
Questions 6-10
Complete the following summary of the paragraphs of Reading Passage, using nob iibmore than two words from the Reading Passage for each answer. Write your
answers in boxes 6-10 on your answer sheet. Being located away from the mainland, tourists can attain the resort only by
6................................................................... in a regular service. Within the resort, transports include trails for walking or tracks for both 7............................................ and the beach train. The on-island equipment is old-fashioned which is barely working such

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as the 8.................................................... overhead. There is television, radio, an old
9............................................... and a small fridge. And you can buy the repellant for
10...................................................... if you forget to bring some.
Questions 11-13
Choose three correct letters among A-E
Write your answers in boxes 11-13 on your answer sheet. What is true as to the contemporary situation of Couran Cove Island Resort in the last paragraph A. Couran Cove Island Resort goes for more eco-friendly practices B. the accommodation standard only conforms to the Resort Development Spectrum of Phase 3 C. Couran Cove Island Resort should raise the accommodation build more standard and build more facilities D. the principal group visiting the resort is international tourists E. its carrying capacity will restrict the future business expansion
SECTION 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on question 14-26, which are based on reading
passage 2 on the following pages.
TV Addiction
A The amount of time people spend watching television is astonishing. On average, individuals in the industrialized world devote three hours a day to the pursuit fully half

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of their leisure time, and more than on any single activity save work and sleep. At this rate, someone who lives to 75 would spend nine years in front of the tube. To some commentators, this devotion means simply that people enjoy TV and make a conscious decision to watch it. But if that is the whole story, why do so many people experience misgivings about how much they view In Gallup polls in 1992 and 1999, two out of five adult respondents and seven out of 10 teenagers said they spent too much time watching TV. Other surveys have consistently shown that roughly 10 percent of adults call themselves TV addicts
B To study people's reactions to TV, researchers have experiments in which they have monitored the brainwaves (using an electroencephalograph, or EEG) to track behavior and emotion in the normal course of life, as opposed to the artificial conditions of the lab. Participants carried a beeper, and we signaled them six to eight times a day, at random, over the period of a week whenever they heard the beep, they wrote down what they were doing and how they were feeling using a standardized scorecard.
C As one might expect, people who were watching TV when we beeped them reported feeling relaxed and passive. The EEG studies similarly show less mental stimulation, as measured by alpha brainwave production, during viewing than during reading. What is more surprising is that the sense of relaxation ends when the set is turned off, but the feelings of passivity and lowered alertness continue. Survey participants say they have more difficulty concentrating after viewing than before. In contrast, they rarely indicate such difficulty after reading. After playing sports or engaging in hobbies, people report improvements in mood. After watching TV, people's moods are about the same or worse than before. That maybe because viewers' vague learned sense that they will feel less relaxed if they stop viewing. So they tend not to turn the set off. Viewing begets more viewing which is the same as the experience of habit-forming drugs. Thus, the irony of TV people watch a great deal longer than they plan to, even though prolonged viewing is less rewarding. In our ESM studies the longer people satin front of the set, the less satisfaction they said they derived from it. For some, a twinge of unease or guilt that they aren't doing something more productive may also accompany and depreciate the enjoyment of prolonged viewing. Researchers in Japan, the UK. and the US. have found

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that this guilt occurs much more among middle-class viewers than among less affluent ones.
D What is it about TV that has such a hold onus In part, the attraction seems to spring from our biological 'orienting response First described by Ivan Pavlov in 1927, the orienting response is our instinctive visual or auditory reaction to any sudden or novel stimulus. It is part of our evolutionary heritage, a built-in sensitivity to movement and potential predatory threats. In 1986 Byron Reeves of Stanford University, Esther Thorson of the University of Missouri and their colleagues began to study whether the simple formal features of television
—cuts, edits, zooms, pans, sudden noises — activate the orienting response, thereby keeping attention on the screen. By watching how brainwaves were affected by formal features, the researchers concluded that these stylistic tricks can indeed trigger involuntary responses and 'derive their attentional value through the evolutionary significance of detecting movement. It is the form, not the content, of television that is unique.
E The natural attraction to television's sound and light starts very early in life. Dafna
Lemish of Tel Aviv University has described babies at six to eight weeks attending to television. We have observed slightly older infants who, when lying on their backs on the floor, crane their necks around 180 degrees to catch what light through yonder window breaks. This inclination suggests how deeply rooted the orienting response is.
F The Experience Sampling Method permitted us to look closely at most every domain of everyday life working, eating, reading, talking to friends, playing a sport, and soon. We found that heavy viewers report feeling significantly more anxious and less happy than light viewers do in unstructured situations, such as doing nothing, daydreaming or waiting inline. The difference widens when the viewer is alone. Subsequently, Robert D.
Mcllwraith of the University of Manitoba extensively studied those who called themselves TV addicts on surveys. On a measure called the Short Imaginal Processes Inventory
(SIPI), he found that the self-described addicts are more easily bored and distracted and have poorer attentional control than the non-addicts. The addicts said they used TV to distract themselves from unpleasant thoughts and to fill time. Other studies over the years

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have shown that heavy viewers are less likely to participate in community activities and sports and are more likely to be obese than moderate viewers or non-viewers.
G More than 25 years ago psychologist Tannis M. MacBeth Williams of the University of British Columbia studied a mountain community that had no television until cable finally arrived. Overtime, both adults and children in the town became less creative in problem solving, less able to persevere at tasks, and less tolerant of unstructured time.
H Nearly 40 years ago Gary A. Steiner of the University of Chicago collected fascinating individual accounts of families whose set had broken. In experiments, families have volunteered or been paid to stop viewing, typically fora week or a month. Some fought, verbally and physically. Ina review of these cold-turkey studies, Charles Winick of the City University of New York concluded 'The first three or four days for most persons were the worst, even in many homes where viewing was minimal and where there were other ongoing activities. In over half of all the households, during these first few days of loss, the regular routines were disrupted, family members had difficulties in dealing with the newly available time, anxiety and aggressions were expressed By the second week, a move toward adaptation to the situation was common' Unfortunately, researchers have yet to flesh out these anecdotes no one has systematically gathered statistics on the prevalence of these withdrawal symptoms.
I Even though TV does seem to meet the criteria for substance dependence, not all researchers would go so far as to call TV addictive. Mcllwraith said in 1998 that displacement of other activities by television maybe socially significant but still fall short of the clinical requirement of significant impairment' He argued that anew category of TV addiction' may not be necessary if heavy viewing stems from conditions such as depression and social phobia. Nevertheless, whether or not we formally diagnose someone as TV-dependent, millions of people sense that they cannot readily control the amount of television they watch.


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Questions 14-18
Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in Reading Passage In boxes 14-18 on your answer sheet, write TRUE if the statement is true FALSE if the statement is false NOT GIVEN if the information is not given in the passage
14 Study shows that males are more likely to be addicted to TV than females.
15 Greater improvements in mood are experienced after watching TV than playing sports.
16 TV addiction works in similar ways as drugs.
17 It is reported that people's satisfaction is in proportion to the time they spend watching TV.
18 Middle-class viewers are more likely to feel guilty about watching TV than the poor.
Questions 19-23
Look at the following researchers (Questions 19-23) and the list of statements below. Match each researcher with the correct statements. Write the correct letter AH in boxes 19-23 on your answer sheets.
19 Byron Reeves and Esther Thorson
20 Dafna Lemish
21 Robert D. Mcllwraith
22 Tannis M. MacBeth Williams

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23 Charles Winick
List of Statements
A Audiences would get hypnotized from viewing too much television. B People have been sensitive to the TV signals since a younger age. C People are less likely to accomplish their work with television. DA handful of studies have attempted to study other types of media addiction. E The addictive power of television could probably minimize the problems. F Various media formal characters stimulate people’s reaction on the screen. G People who believe themselves to be TV addicts are less likely to join in the group activities. H It is hard for people to accept the life without TV at the beginning.
Questions 24-26
Choose the correct letter, ABC or D. Write the correct letter in boxes 24-26 on your answer sheet.
24 People in the industrialized world A devote ten hours watching TV on average. B spend more time on TV than other entertainment. C call themselves TV addicts. D working best.

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25 When compared with light viewers, heavy viewers Alike playing sport more than reading. B feel relaxed after watching TV. C spend more time in daydreaming. Dare more easily bored while waiting inline Which of the following statements is true about the family experiment A Not all the subjects participate in the experiment for free. B There has been a complete gathered data. C People are prevented from other activities during the experiment. D People cannot adapt to the situation until the end

SECTION 3

Music: Language We All Speak
Section A: Music is one of the human specie's relatively few universal abilities. Without formal training, any individual, from Stone Age tribesman to suburban teenager has the ability to recognize music and, in some fashion, to make it. Why this should be so is a mystery. After all, music isn't necessary forgetting through the day, and if it aids in reproduction, it does so only in highly indirect ways. Language, by contrast, is also everywhere- but for reasons that are more obvious. With language, you and the members of your tribe can organize a migration across Africa, build reed boats and cross the seas, and communicate at night even when you can't see each other. Modem culture, in all its technological extravagance, springs directly from the human talent for manipulating

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symbols and syntax. Scientists have always been intrigued by the connection between music and language. Yet over the years, words and melody have acquired a vastly different status in the lab and the seminar room. While language has long been considered essential to unlocking the mechanisms of human intelligence, music is generally treated as an evolutionary frippery-mere "auditory cheesecake" as the Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker puts it.
Section B: But thanks to a decade-long wave of neuroscience research, that tune is changing. A flurry of recent publications suggests that language and music may equally be able to tell us who we are and where we're from - not just emotionally, but biologically. In July, the journal Nature Neuroscience devoted a special issue to the topic. And in an article in the August 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, David Schwartz, Catherine Howe, and Dale Purves of Duke University argued that the sounds of music and the sounds of language are intricately connected. To grasp the originality of this idea, it's necessary to realize two things about how music has traditionally been understood. First, musicologists have long emphasized that while each culture stamps a special identity onto its music music itself has some universal qualities. For example, in virtually all cultures sound is divided into some or all of the 12 intervals that makeup the chromatic scale - that is, the scale represented by the keys on a piano. For centuries, observers have attributed this preference for certain combinations of tones to the mathematical properties of sound itself. Some 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras was the first to note a direct relationship between the harmoniousness of atone combination and the physical dimensions of the object that produced it. For example, a plucked string will always play an octave lower than a similar string half its size, and a fifth lower than a similar string two-thirds its length. This link between simple ratios and harmony has influenced music theory ever since.
Section C: This music-is-moth idea is often accompanied by the notion that music formally speaking at least, exists apart from the world in which it was created. Writing recently in The New York Review of Books, pianist and critic Charles Rosen discussed the longstanding notion that while painting and sculpture reproduce at least some aspects of the natural world, and writing describes thoughts and feelings we are all

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familiar with, music is entirely abstracted from the world in which we live. Neither idea is right, according to David Schwartz and his colleagues. Human musical preferences are fundamentally shaped not by elegant algorithms or ratios but by the messy sounds of real life, and of speech in particular - which in turn is shaped by our evolutionary heritage The explanation of music, like the explanation of any product of the mind, must be rooted in biology, not in numbers per se," says Schwartz. Schwartz, Howe, and Purves analyzed avast selection of speech sounds from a variety of languages to reveal the underlying patterns common to all utterances. In order to focus only on the raw sound, they discarded all theories about speech and meaning and sliced sentences into random bites. Using a database of over 100,000 brief segments of speech, they noted which frequency had the greatest emphasis in each sound. The resulting set of frequencies, they discovered, corresponded closely to the chromatic scale. In short, the building blocks of music are to be found in speech Far from being abstract, music presents a strange analog to the patterns created by the sounds of speech. "Music, like the visual arts, is rooted in our experience of the natural world" says Schwartz. It emulates our sound environment in the way that visual arts emulate the visual environment. " In music we hear the echo of our basic sound-making instrument- the vocal tract. The explanation for human music is simple still than
Pythagoras's mathematical equations. We like the sounds that are familiar to us- specifically, we like sounds that remind us of us. This brings up some chicken-or-egg evolutionary questions. It maybe that music imitates speech directly, the researchers say, in which case it would seem that language evolved first. It's also conceivable that music came first and language is in effect an Imitation of song - that in everyday speech we hit the musical notes we especially like. Alternately, it maybe that music imitates the general products of the human sound-making system, which just happens to be mostly speech. "We can't know this" says Schwartz. "What we do know is that they both come from the same system, and it is this that shapes our preferences"

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Section D: Schwartz's study also casts light on the long-running question of whether animals understand or appreciate music. Despite the apparent abundance of "music" in the natural world- birdsong, whalesong, wolf howls, synchronized chimpanzee hooting previous studies have found that many laboratory animals don't show a great affinity for the human variety of music making. Marc Hauser and Josh McDermott of Harvard argued in the July issue of Nature Neuroscience that animals don't create or perceive music the way we do. The act that laboratory monkeys can show recognition of human tunes is evidence, they say, of shared general features of the auditory system, not any specific chimpanzee musical ability. As for birds, those most musical beasts, they generally recognize their own tunes - a narrow repertoire - but don't generate novel melodies like we do. There are no avian Mozarts. But what's been played to the animals, Schwartz notes, is human music. If animals evolve preferences for sound as we do - based upon the soundscape in which they live - then their "music" would be fundamentally different from ours. In the same way our scales derive from human utterances, a cat's idea of a good tune would derive from yowls and meows. To demonstrate that animals don't appreciate sounds the way we do, we'd need evidence that they don't respond to "music" constructed from their own sound environment.
Section E: No matter how the connection between language and music is parsed, what is apparent is that our sense of music, even our love for it, is as deeply rooted in our biology and in our brains as language is. This is most obvious with babies, says Sandra
Trehub at the University of Toronto, who also published a paper in the Nature
Neuroscience special issue. For babies, music and speech are on a continuum. Mothers use musical speech to regulate infants' emotional states" Trehub says. Regardless of what language they speak, the voice all mothers use with babies is the same "something between speech and song" This kind of communication "puts the baby in a trance-like state, which may proceed to sleep or extended periods of rapture" So if the babies of the world could understand the latest research on language and music, they probably wouldn't be very

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surprised. The upshot, says Trehub, is that music maybe even more of a necessity than we realize.
Question 27 - 31
Reading Passage 3 has five sections A-E. Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings below. Write the correct number i-viii in boxes 27-31 on your answer sheet.
List of Headings
i. Animal sometimes make music. ii. Recent research on music iii. Culture embedded in music iv. Historical theories review v. Communication in music with animals vi. Contrast between music and language vii. Questions on a biological link with human and music viii. Music is good for babies.
27 Section A
28 Section B
29 Section C
30 Section D

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31 Section E
Questions 32-38
Look at the following people and list of statements below. Match each person with the correct statement. Write the correct letter AG in boxes 32-38 on your answer sheet.
List of statements
A Music exists outside of the world in which it is created B Music has a common feature though cultural influences affect C Humans need music D Music priority connects to the disordered sound around E Discovery of mathematical musical foundation F Music is not treat equally well compared with language G Humans and monkeys have similar traits in perceiving sound
32. Steven Pinker
33. Musicologists
34. Greek philosopher Pythagoras
35. Schwartz, Howe, and Purves
36. Marc Hauser and Josh McDermott
37. Charles Rosen

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38. Sandra Trehub
Questions 39-40
Choose the correct letter ABC or D Write your answers in boxes 39-40 on your answer sheet.
39 Why was the study of animal's music uncertain A Animals don't have the same auditory system as humans. B Experiments on animal's music are limited. C tunes are impossible for animal to makeup. D Animals don't have spontaneous ability for the tests.
40 What is the main subject of this passage A Language and psychology. B Music formation. C Role of music inhuman society. D Music experiments for animals.





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