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Part I.

Listen to the short passages and then decide whether the corresponding statements below are true or false. After hearing a short passage, blacken the circle of "True" on the answer sheet below if you think the statement is true, or blacken the circle for "False" if it is false. There are ten questions in this part of the test, twp points for each question.

1. In a series of radio broadcasts, Arnold Schwargenegger, the actor-turned-candidate-for-governor, staked out some middle ground on social issues, taking positions that might alienate his conservative fellow Republicans but match the views of a majority of Californians.

2. Early onset of depression in children and teens is increasingly common. Depressed adolescents are at high risk for school failure, social isolation, promiscuity, "self-medication," and even suicide -- the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.

3. Cheliean sea bass is a snow-white, flaky delicacy in restaurants in the United States, Japan and Europe. Environmentalists have warned that over-fishing and poaching could cause it to vanish from the coasts of Antarctica.

4. In western Sweden, a five-year-old girl was abducted and stabbed to death last week by an inmate from a psychiatric institute who was able to come and go at will in part because the cost of looking after such patients in this cradle-to-grave welfare state is becoming too high.

5. While women make up half the 325 million people in the Middle East and North Africa, and in some countries as many as 63 percent of university students, they comprise only 32 percent of the labor force, according to a World Bank report released on the eve of its annual meeting with the International Monetary Fund.

6. The United States on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, backed by Islamic and nonaligned nations, demanding that Israel back off its threat to deport the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Eleven Council members voted in favor of the measure, while Britain, Germany and Bulgaria abstained.

7. Toyota Motor, having topped Daimler-Chrysler's American unit in sales for the first time last month, may be poised to dethrone Ford Motor as the world's second-biggest automaker within two years. It has gained market share since the 1970s, in part by improving the quality of the vehicles it makes. That is reflected in higher customer satisfaction ratings and fewer defects.

8. In Jerusalem, where responding to terror attacks has become a grim medical specialty, Dr. David Applebaum was known as the "first man on the scene." He spent years dashing to the bomb sites to treat the wounded, and was an innovator in emergency medical services that are called into action all too often in the city.

9. The Chinese currency, the yuan, is not a free-floating currency like the Japanese yen but is pegged to the US dollar. Its value is therefore essentially unchanged. Beijing is not expected to change this system in the near term, in part because officials there fear that a move now towards free-floating currency could destabilize the country's economy and financial system.

10. Ben Glisan Jr., a former treasurer of Enron, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he committed securities and wire fraud, making him the highest-ranking former Enron executive to admit wrongdoing in the accounting scandal that drove the energy company into bankruptcy.

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