M: Hi professor. I was hoping I could have a moment of your time if you're not too busy. (5-1)I'm having some problems getting started on my dissertation and I was hoping you could give me some advice on how to begin.
W: Sure. I have quite a few students though. So can you remind me what your topic is?
M: (5-2)The general topic I chose is aesthetics, but that's as far as I've got I don't really know where to go from there.
W: (6)Yeah, that's much too large a topic. You really need to narrow it down in order to make it more accessible. Otherwise you'll be writing a book.
M: Exactly. That's what I wanted to ask you about. I was hoping it would be possible for me to change topics. (7)I'm really more interested in nature than beauty.
W: (8)I'm afraid you have to adhere to the assigned topic. Still, If you're interested in nature, then that certainly can be worked into your dissertation. We've talked about Hume before in class right.
M: Oh yeah, he's the philosopher who wrote about where our ideas of beauty come from.
W: Exactly. I suggest you go to the library and get a copy of his biography. Start from there. But remember to stick to the parameters of the assignment. This paper is a large part of your cumulative grade. So make sure to follow the instructions. If you take a look at his biography. You can get a good idea of how his life experiences manifest themselves in his theories of beauty, specifically the way he looked towards nature as the origin of what we find beautiful.
M: Great. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Professor. I'll let you get back to class now.
W: If there's anything else you need, please come see me in my office any time.
预览四道题各选项,第6、7两题的选项无法提供更多可供推测的信息,但仅凭第5、8两题选项中的 he、 finish his assignment、 professor、 dissertation和 improve his cumulative grade等词已经可以推测出对话中 的男士是一名需要完成论文作业的学生,对话应该是围绕他的作业情况展开的。
5. What is the man's problem?
D)。(详解)对话开头,男士问女士有没有时间,他的论文怎么都开不了头,希望女士能给他一些建议。之 后男士又提到,他选择的题目是美学,但只是选定了题目,还不知道从哪里开始写。也就是说,男土的问 题是不知道该怎么写自己的论文,答案为D)。
6. What does the professor think of the man's topic?
7. What is the man really more interested in?
8. What does the professor say the man has to do?