An American girl in traditional Chinese costume


  For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay based on the picture below. You should start your essay with a brief account of An American girl in traditional Chinese costume and then explain the importance of cultural exchanges. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.

  The picture vividly depicts a lovely American girl in traditional Chinese costume with a sweet smile on her face. She wears ribbons, necklaces and other accessories that are characteristic of the clothes of a certain Chinese minority group.

  The fact that people from different countries are attracted to mysterious Chinese culture indicates that to some extent a culture can be accepted, respected, appreciated and shared internationally. In other words, a nation’s unique/distinctive culture can become international through worldwide economic and cultural exchanges. Since the trend of globalization becomes irresistible, the increasing cultural exchanges can effectively improve mutual understanding and friendship.

  It is my view that national culture as priceless spiritual treasure should be preserved and cherished. Meanwhile, there are good reasons to advocate international culture for those ideas from the other cultures, controversial or even absurd at first sight, can provide a different perspective for us to observe the world in the long run. Nevertheless, when we are confronted with a different culture, we should be sensible enough to absorb its essence and to resist its dark side.







  For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay based on the picture below. You should start your essay with a brief account of environmental pollution in some scenic spots and then explain the importance of environmental protection. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.



  As is subtly portrayed in the cartoon, two tourists are taking sightseeing on a small boat while discarding their picnic leftovers casually into a lake. And below the drawing, there is a topic which says: "after" the travel or "me" in the travel.

  From the portrayal, we can conclude that the painter wants to convey such a message: a good many scenic spots are flooded with visitors, who spoil the beauty of nature by creating and leaving behind God-knows-how-much trash. On the one hand, tourism, as a multibillion-dollar business, is booming everywhere. On the other hand, tourism has exerted great pressure on the environment we are living in: water is polluted, the ecological system is disturbed, and natural resources have been excessively used.

  Undoubtedly, tourism could not be banned in any country as it does help to shore up the economy in places which offer few sources of income. The significant point is that the unchecked growth of the travel business may render the development of an economy unsustainable.







  For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Online Shopping. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below.




  Nowadays, can we find a person who has not heard of online shopping? It may be a little difficult. Online shopping is coming into fashion in most cities due to the rapid development of Internet technology.

  Online shopping is welcomed by the majority of people owing to its obvious advantages: it’s convenient and people can do it 24 hours. You can shop whenever you want——if you want to buy a mobile phone at 2 a.m., you can. Unfortunately, shopping online has its own disadvantages too: you can’t touch the item, let alone try it on. The material of the dress that you see on the screen may be flimsier than what you had expected, and it will probably look much better on the model than it does on you.

  Personally, I find buying online to be an excellent way to shop for certain items. Nevertheless, for other items, such as clothes, I reckon it is better to shop at a regular store. In a regular store, you can see the real color, feel the material, and try it on.





  4. 图表作文:教育

  Directions: In this section, you are asked to write an essay based on the following diagram. Describe the diagram and analyze the possible causes. You should write at least 150 words.



  工程硕士:Master of Engineering

  The diagram above clearly illustrates that dramatic elevation has occurred in the recruitment of Master of Engineering (ME) in the past seven years. According to the statistics given above, we may conclude that the recruitment of ME was on a steady rise from 1998 to 2004. In 1998, the number was at a low level, only about 2,500. Surprisingly, it reached to more than 35,000 in 2004 within no more than seven years.

  Some driving factors that contribute to the above-mentioned changes may be summarized as follows. First and foremost, China has become particularly active in manufacturing, which leads to the increasing demand of qualified engineers. In addition, the development of job market on the whole cannot keep pace with the expansion of college graduates, which obliges a large number of students to stay on campus for another three years to get better prepared for their career. Last but not least, working pressure is another reason. Taking all these factors into account, we may predict that with speedy development of our society, the number of recruitment of ME will keep growing in the forthcoming decade.

  On the other side of the coin, however, this tendency may bring about a good many problems, such as the waste of talent. It is necessary for us to take effective measures to ensure this situation doesn’t get out of hand, and encourage students to choose majors in which theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be demanded in the job market. (246 words)





  Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay. You should start your essay with a brief deion of the picture and then express your views on the importance of self-dependence. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words. Write your essay on Answer Sheet 1.



  The set of drawings above vividly depict the destiny of a flower in different circumstances. As is shown in the first cartoon, the flower is growing in full bloom in a comfortable greenhouse that shelters it from the threatening lightning and storm. On the contrary, when removed from the greenhouse and exposed to the driving rain, the flower soon fades and withers.

  The delicate flower is naturally associated with young people, to be specific, the only children in our current society; the greenhouse epitomizes parents’ doting care and abundant material supplies that can shield the children from the storms, or the harsh reality. Once the young people begin to seek independence and accept challenges from the real world, they are found too spoiled to be strong enough in the face of difficulties.

  Accordingly, it is vital for us to derive positive implications from these thought-provoking drawings. Only by undergoing more challenges and toils in adversity can young people cultivate strong personality and ability, and only in this way can they become winners in this competitive world.






  Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled On Maintaining Trust by commenting on the saying “It takes years to build trust, and a few seconds to destroy it.” You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.

  As an old saying goes?1;, “It takes years to build trust, and a few seconds to destroy it.” Maintaining trust is the most important characteristic that a person requires to be successful in life. Only by consistently proving to be?2; honest can a person earn the precious trust of family members and business partners.

  On the one hand, a parents’ relationship with his children must be based on trust and integrity. If a father promises many times to take his son to a football match and cancels every time, his son will naturally lose begin to lose faith in his father’s words. On the other hand, in the business world, people with no trust sooner or later earn the bad reputation they deserve. I have observed how destructive a person’s dishonesty has been to his chances for success, and how his relationships with other people are purely superficial, based only on self-interest.

  Trust is a very valuable asset, which is easy to lose but hard to gain?3;. In the long run, an honest person will have earned the love and respect of the people closest to them, which, in my opinion, is the greatest measure of a successful life.




  7. 引语评论:习惯

  Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the remark “Good habits result from resisting temptation.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.

  There is a saying that “Good habits result from resisting temptation”, to which I can’t agree more. Unfortunately, lack of determined will?1; and social experience, teenagers frequently fall into the traps of temptations such as Internet games, smoking, drinking, and so on.

  In a bid to form good habits, one needs a strong will and perseverance to resist temptation. Numerous examples can be given but these will suffice. The outstanding habit of reading classic literature on a regular basis?2; is a case in point. Nevertheless, you would definitely have to spend less time on your favorite Internet games or fascinating mobile phones. Likewise, the good habit of doing exercises every day means repeatedly dragging oneself away from the TV series and cozy couch. These cases effectively clarify that good habits arises from resisting temptation.

  As has been mentioned above?3;, a wise mind and determined will should be gradually cultivated so that the adolescents can resist various bad temptations and form excellent habits. Just as Oscar Wilde, an esteemed British novelist put it, “I can resist everything except temptation.”





  Directions: For this part you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay on happiness by referring to the saying “Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point and then explain how you can develop your ability to deal with problems and be happy. You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.

  As an old saying goes, “Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.” Why is difficult to define, or rather discover and achieve happiness? I maintain the major determinant lies in a person’s attitudes.

  There is little correlation?1; between the circumstance of people’s lives and how happy they are. Instead, happiness lies in the struggle to be happy. To demonstrate, people sometimes go to extremes?2;, and frantically pursue money, power, high social status, and so on, which are all symbols of success—but never of happiness. Perhaps if they shifted their life’s goal from ultimate success to unswerving efforts and to a confidence that they will be successful one day they would be a great deal happier.

  Besides defining it, how do I achieve happiness? There is little doubt that?3; various people have diverse ways of going about this task. As for me, the most significant secret is realizing that happiness is a by-product of something else. The most obvious sources are those pursuits that give our lives a purpose. These can be anything from playing tennis to studying insects. The more passions we have, the more happiness we are likely to experience.



  9. 应用文:书信


  You are preparing for an English test and are in need of some reference books. Write a letter to the sales department of a bookstore to ask for:

  1)detailed information about the books you want,

  2)methods of payment,

  3)time and way of delivery

  Dear Sir or Madam,

  As I am planning to take the National Entrance Test of English for MA/MS Candidates (NETEM) , I have decided to place an order of some NETEM books with due consideration of the good reputation of your bookstore and the high quality of your books.

  Firstly, please give me particular accounts as regards names, authors, publishing houses and prices of these books. Secondly, I also need to know the terms of payment and after-sell service. Thirdly, I wonder if it is convenient for you to deliver these books by EMS to the headquarters of Beijing New Oriental School by September 1, 2008.

  I would like to express my gratitude for your kind consideration of my requests. I look forward to hearing from you soon.(124 words)

  Yours sincerely,

  Li Ming






  10. 应用文:告示


  You are supposed to write for the postgraduate association a notice to recruit volunteers for an international conference on globalization. The notice should include the basic qualification of applicant and the other information you think relative.

  You should write about 100 words on ANSWER SHEET 2. Do not sign your own name at the end of the notice. Use " postgraduate association " instead.(10 points)


  Volunteers are needed for the International Conference on Globalization to be held on this campus in early July. Basic requirements are familiarity with the theme of the conference and proficiency of English. Other requirements include interpersonal communication ability, familiarity with our city in terms of its tourist attractions and its history, proper manners, and sense of responsibility. Priority and preference will be given to those experienced, either in international conference or in other similar activities.

  Call 86754321 or send messages to postgr_ass@ccc.edu.cn for an application and for information on the interview. Enquiries are encouraged but visits declined.(97words)

  The Postgraduate’s Association