TPO 24 Conversation l Student & Clerk in the Bookstore
Student：Hi. Can you tell me where to find New Kind of Science? By, uh, by Stephen Wolfram.
Student：...uh, I couldn't find it
Clerk：OK. Let me look it up on the computer for you. Who would you say the author was?
Student：It's a Stephen Wolfram.
Clerk：OK. Let's see... Hmm... no, it's not coming up. Hmm..,. I am not seeing it
Clerk：This is for a course here at the university, right?
Student：Yeah, It's assigned reading for a class I am taking.
Clerk：It's for the semester, right? You are not buying it in advance for next year or anything.
Student：No, no. It's for a class I am taking now.
Student：Oh, oh, you know what? Um, it's for a graduate class. Would that maybe make a difference? I mean, I am an undergrad, but I am just taking this one class in the graduate department, so...
Clerk：No, no. I don't think that's it. That shouldn't make any difference. But, hmm... let me see... maybe it's just...it could be that whoever that entered it misspelled the title or the author's name, so I can't find it on the computer and I can't tell if it's sold out. But if it's sold out, we would probably be getting a new shipment within about a week or so.
Student：Well, uh, I was hoping to get it sooner because like we already have assignments and you know, I mean, I guess I can get it from the library.
Clerk：Right, of course. But I am trying to check. If we've ordered more, then that back orders information should be in the computer too. Let's see... back order... Wolfram, Stephen..,. no, no. I am not seeing it. I am sorry. We just don't seem to carry it.
Clerk：This is odd though. What is...what's your professor's name? I could try searching for his or her classes in the database. That might help
Student：Um...OK. It's professor Kayne.
Student：No. It's professor Kayne, K-A-Y-N-E. He's in the computer science department.
Clerk：Oh. It's for a computer science course, is it?
Clerk：Well, that must be it. Computer science books are sold across the street in the computer bookstore.
Student：Are there signs up anywhere?
Clerk：I don't know.
Student：Maybe they should put some up. It could have save us both some time.
Clerk：Yeah. Well, anyway, I'll bet that's the problem. Check across the street. I’ll bet they have it. But if not, come back, and I'll help you find it somewhere else. I can call around to see if other bookstores might have it. OK?
Student：OK. Thanks a lot. Bye
1. Why can the man NOT find the book he needs?
A. The bookstore is sold out of the book.
B. The bookstore he is in does not carry the book.
C. His professor did not order enough copies of the book.
D. The book is not being used for any course offered at the university.
2. What are two possible reasons that the speakers consider for why the man cannot find the book? Click 2 Answers
A. It is for a graduate-level course.
B. Information about the book was entered incorrectly into the computer system
C. The man has given the woman an incorrect title for the book.
D. The professor forgot to submit the book order.
3. What does the woman offer to do for the student?
A. Save a copy of the book for him as soon as it comes in
B. Order more copies of the book
C. Call the computer store across the street
D. Find a store that sells the book if he cannot find it
4. How does the man react to the information the woman gives him about where computer science books are sold?
A. He is embarrassed that he did not think of it himself.
B. He suggests that the information be posted in the store
C. He apologizes for bothering the woman.
D. He is annoyed that the woman did not tell him sooner
5. Why does the woman say this [You are not buying it in advance for next year or anything.]
A. To determine how urgent the student s need is
B. To figure out why the book is not listed on the computer
C. To find out what level computer science course the man is taking
D. To explain why the book might be sold out