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。)
本题译文: 这家商店没有红鞋供应,所以玛丽买了一双宗色的鞋.

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 outkeep 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”;

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.)

write off报废,勾销

give out分发,发出

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.
本题译文: 我国目前的政治气候有利于外国的投资.