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  Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a student and a librarian.

  Librarian: Can I help you?

  Student: Yeah, I need to find a review. It’s for my English class. We have to find reviews of the play we are reading. But they have to be from when the play was first performed, so I need to know when that was and I suppose I should start with newspaper reviews and…

  Librarian: Contemporary reviews.

  Student: Sorry?

  Librarian: You want contemporary reviews. What's the name of the play?

  Student: It’s Happy Strangers. It was written in 1962 and we are supposed to write about its influence on American theatre and show why it’s been so important.

  Librarian: Well, that certainly explains why your professor wants you to read some of those old reviews. The critiques really tore the play to pieces when it opened. It’s so controversial. Nobody had ever seen anything like it on the stage.

  Student: Really? Is that a big deal?

  Librarian: Oh, sure. Of course the critics’ reaction made some people kind of curious about it. They wanted to see what was causing all the fuss. In fact, we were on vacation in New York. Oh, I had to be, oh, around 16 or so, and my parents took me to see it. That would’ve been about 1965.

  Student: So that was the year it premiered? Great! But uh, newspapers from back then aren’t online, so, how do I…

  Librarian: Well, we have copies of old newspapers in the basement, and all the major papers publish reference guides to their articles, reviews, etc. You will find them in the reference stacks in the back. But I start with 1964, I think the play had been running for a little while when I saw it.

  Student: How do you like it? I mean just two characters on the stage hanging around basically doing nothing.

  Librarian: Well, I was impressed. The actors were famous, and besides it was my first time in a real theatre. But you are right. It was definitely different from many plays that we read in high school. Of course, in a small town the assignments are pretty traditional.

  Student: Yeah, I’ve only read it but it doesn’t seem like it would be much fun to watch. The story doesn’t progress in any sort of logical matter, doesn’t have real ending either, just stops. Honestly, you know, I thought it was kind of slow and boring.

  Librarian: Oh, well I guess you might think that. But when I saw it back then it was anything but boring. Some parts were really funny, but I remember crying too. But I’m not sure just reading it. You know, they’ve done this play at least once on campus. I’m sure there is a tape of the play in our video library. You might want to borrow it.

  Student: That’s a good idea. I’ll have a better idea of what I really think of it before I read those reviews.

  Librarian: I’m sure you will be surprised that anyone ever found it radical. But you will see why it is still powerful, dramatically speaking.

  Student: Well, there must be something about it, or the professor wouldn’t have assigned it. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.


  Question 1 of 5

  Why does the man need the woman’s assistance?Click on 2 answers.

  A. He does not know the publication date of some reviews he needs.

  B. He does not know the location of the library’s videos collection of plays.

  C. He does not know how to find out where the play is currently being performed.

  D. He does not know how to determine which newspaper he should look at.

  Question 2 of 5

  What does the woman imply about critical reaction to the play Happy Strangers?

  A. Negative critical reaction led to its content being revised after it premiered.

  B. The play has always been quite popular among university students.

  C. Reactions to the play are more positive nowadays than they were in the past.

  D. The play is rarely performed nowadays because critics have never liked it.

  Question 3 of 5

  What does the woman say about her experience seeing a performance of Happy Strangers when she was younger?Click on 2 answers.

  A. It was the first play she had seen performed professionally.

  B. She saw it against the wishes of her parents.

  C. She was surprised at how traditional the performance was.

  D. She had a variety of emotional reactions to the play.

  Question 4 of 5

  What is the man’s attitude toward his current assignment?

  A. He is not confident that he will find the materials he needs.

  B. He feels that performing in a play is less boring than reading one.

  C. He thinks his review of the play will be more objective than the contemporary reviews were.

  D. He is optimistic that he will learn to appreciate the play he is researching.

  Question 5 of 5

  (play)Why does the woman say this?

  A. To ask the man to clarify his request.

  B. To state the man’s request more precisely.

  C. To make sure that she heard the man correctly.

  D. To correct a mistake the man has made.


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  Question 3 of 5


  题目解析:My first time与A选项对应,而funny, but I remember crying与D选项呼应。

  Question 4 of 5


  题目解析:从student觉得自己还会有个更好的Idea看出他还是很optimistic的。从这句话就可以驳斥A。而B 在The story doesn’t progress in any sort of logical matter, doesn‘t have real ending either, just stops. Honestly, you know, I thought it was kind of slow and boring. 中有提到boring但是并非对比。

  Question 5 of 5


  题目解析:从学生的回答可以看出woman想要narrow down search的范围,要具体的名称因此是B。她并没有改正这个男生任何问题,所以D错误。