Question No. 14
W： Spring is here. Let’s get the vegetable garden started. I love home-grown tomatoes.
M： It’s still too cold for tomatoes, but we can plant some cucumbers.
W： I don’t particularly care for cucumbers.
M： Spinach grows really fast. Why don’t we plant that first?
W： Good idea. I’ll prepare the soil.
Question No. 15
M： Excuse me. Where can I find Natsume Soseki?
W： He’s in the Fiction section.
M： I looked over there already, but I couldn’t find his books.
W： Which book are you looking for?
M： I Am a Cat.
W： OK. Let me look it up in the database first to see if we have it.
Question No. 16
M： What is your oral presentation topic?
W： Japanese anime.
M： Remember, the teacher said we should talk about something historical.
W： I think the export of Japanese pop culture is worth looking into.
M： Well, I doubt she’ll accept it. It’s too recent.
W： I’d rather not change it anyway.
M： You’re taking a chance.
W： Yeah, I know.
Questions No. 17 to 19
W： What are you doing?
M： I’m filling out an entry form to run in this year’s ultra marathon in Morocco.
W： What’s that?
M： It’s a six-stage endurance footrace almost 250 kilometers long. Here, look.
W： Oh, I see. Each stage is a different distance. In the fifth stage, you run a regular marathon, right? It’s 42 kilometers.
M： Uh-huh. And the hardest part is before that ― more than twice the distance of the third stage.
W： That’s tough.
M： Yeah, but I’m most worried about Stages 2 and 3, which are run over desert sand for a total of 72 kilometers.
W： It looks like the first and last stages are shorter than the others so you can warm up at the beginning, and take it easy at the end.
M： That’s right. The organizers thought of everything.
W： Well, good luck and be careful.
【解答】 2012年度 本試験 第３問
問14 ③ 問15 ④
問17 ① 問18 ⑥