1. The writer was always looking for suitable _____ to use in his next story.
A. contents B. articles C. notions D. ideas
[答案] D. ideas.
[注释] idea(= thought； picture in mind)念头，思想，想法。
2. He gave me some very _____ advice on buying a house.
A. precious B. worthy C. precise D. valuable
[答案] D. valuable.
[注释] valuable 宝贵的，有价值的，常可修饰advice， suggestion， assistance， discovery等名词。
precious“贵重的”如: precious metals(贵金 属)，precious stone(宝石)。
3. You will get to the church more quickly if you take this _____ across the fields.
A. track B. passage C. method D. journey
[答案] A. track.
[注释] track(=path made by frequent use)意指“(常走而踏成的)小径”，如:
a track across the moor(越过荒野的小径)。
passage“通路”，如:force a passage through a crowd(在人群中挤出的一条通路). 可见此处选passage不妥.
4. A landing on Mars is within the _____ of current physical theory.
A. scheme B. scope C. scrap D. scale
[答案] B. scope.
[注释] scope 范围，活动范围，理解犯围:
1 Many words are outside the scope of this dictionary. (许多单词是超出了这本词典的范围.)
2 Very hard words are not within the scope of a child's understanding。(非常难懂的 词是超出了一个孩子的理解范围.)
3 Economics is beyond the scope of a child's mind.(经济学是孩子理解不了的.)
5. He was _____ by a bee when he was collecting the honey.
A. scratched B. pricked C. stung D. bitten
[答案] C. stung.
[注释] sting 刺，蛰，叮。在英语中蜜蜂蛰用 sting ；
而蚊子“叮”用 bite， 如: A mosquito just bit me.(狗、蛇，咬)，钧用 bite ，scratch 搔，prick vt. 扎(穿)，刺(穿)
6. Don't go too far into the sea, children, or the waves will _____ you off your feet.
A. flow B. cut C. press D. sweep
[答案] D. sweep.
[注释] sweep sb，off sb's feet 有两层意思，直义为“(浪等)把某人冲倒”， 转义是“使产生强烈的好感，使完全信服”，如: His speech swept them off their feet。(他的演说使他们五体投地.)
7. The store had no more red shoes _____, so Mary chose brown ones instead.
A. in demand B. in store C. in need D. in stock
[答案] D. in stock.
[注释] in stock(=having sth. ready to sell or use；in present supply) 有 现货供应:
The shop has suger in stock.(这个商店有白糖供应.)
in demand(=needed；wanted；) 有需求:
The book about dogs was much in demand in the library.(=Many people wanted to read the book about dogs that in the library.)
in need(=in poverty，in trouble)在贫困中，在困难中:
A friend in need is a friend indeed。(A friend who helps when one is in trouble is areal friend.)
in store(=saved up in case of need； ready for use for some purpose) 储备待用于:
If the electricity goes off，we have candles in the closet.(=We have candles put away if we need them for light.)(如果电灯灭了，我们壁橱里还备有蜡烛.)
[注意] in stock 强调商店备有现货以供出售，而 in store 则指储备物品以供急 需使用。
此外 in store 还可以表示“等待着，必将发生”。例如:
I have a surprise in store for you.(我有一个你料想不到的消息要告诉你。)
8. Bill is not a fast runner and he doesn't have a chance of winning the marathon, but he will _____ the race even if he finishes last.
A. keep on B. keep to C. stick out D. stick to
[答案] C. stick out.
[注释] stick out(=keep on doing sth。until it is done，no matter how long，hard，or unpleasant) 坚持下去:
Mathematics is hard，but if you stick it out you will understanding it(=Mathematics is hard，but if you keep on working hard at it you will learn it.)
此外，stick on 还可表示 (stand out) 突出: The skyscraper sticks out against the bkue sky.(这幢摩 天大楼映着蓝图显得格外突出.)
[注意] stick out与keep to 均有“坚持”的含义。
stick out 特指“坚持下功夫 干一件事，不完成决不收兵”；
而keep to 则强调“坚持、遵守、坚守”诺言、 规则、原则、精神、岗位。
可见，keep to 的英文释义为 ability by；adhere to，stick closely to。
例如: keep to one's promise(遵守诺言)；
keep to the rules of a game(遵守比赛规则)；
keep to a principle(坚持原则)；
keep one's pos(坚守岗位)。
因此，我们可以说keep to相当于 stick to，而区别于 stick out.
9. Can you _____ me _____ two hundred copies of this article by tomorrow.
A. give .. out B. send .. in
C. write .. off D. run .. off
[答案] D. run…off.
[注释] run off(=produce with a printing press or duplicating machine)印刷，复印：
The print shop ran off a thousand copies of the newspaper.(=The print shop printed 1000 copies of the newspaper.)
send in 呈报，递交，送上:
1 Have you sent in your application?(你是否已递交了你的申请书?)
2 He sent in two oil paintings for the exhibition.(他送上两幅油画参展.)
10. The current political _____ of our country is favorable for foreign investments.
A. climate B. weather C. state D. occasion
[答案] A. climate.
[注释] climate 指某一地区的长期气侯，而weather则指某一天的“天气”。
本题中的climate(=the general temper or opinion of a group of the people or period of history) 指“某一团体历史时期的总的状况和民意”。例如:
climate of the political unrest 不稳定的政治状况.
state(=condition) 状态；be in a state of 处于某种状态. 例如:
1 The room was in a very dirty state.
2 She is in a state of confusion.(她处于慌乱状态.) 由上可见，climate 最合题意.