Can we pay too much attention to details? Absolutely, Perfectionists struggle over little things at the cost of something larger they work toward.” To keep from losing the forest for the trees”, says Charles Garfield, associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, “We must constantly ask ourselves how the details we’re working On fit into the larger picture. If they don’t, we should drop them and move to something else”.
Q:The word”perfectionists”(Line 1,Para.3.)refers to those who ____.
[A]demand others to get everything absolutely right
[B]know how to adjust their goals according to the circumstances
[C]pay too much attention to details only to lose their major objectives
[D]are capable of achieving perfect results in whatever they do
We must recognize that environmental health issues do not stop at city limits, county lines, state or even federal boundaries. We can no longer afford to be tunnel visioned in our approach. We must visualize issues from every perspective to make the objective decisions. We must express our views clearly to prevent media distortion and public confusion.
Q:The word “tunnel visioned” (Line 2,Para.4) most probably means____.
[B]blind to the facts
[D]able to see only one aspect
1. Groundbreaking research by two French geophysicists promises to shed some light on the mystery. Using 80 metres of deep sea sediment (沉淀物) core, they have obtained measurements lots of magnetic?field intensity that span 11 polarity reversals and four million years. The analysis reveals that intensity appears to fluctuate with a clear, well defined rhythm. Although the strength of the magnetic field varies irregularly during the short term, there seems to be an inevitable long term decline preceding each polarity reversal. When the poles flip-a process that takes several hundred thousand years-the magnetic field rapidly regains its strength and the cycle is repeated.
Q:The word “flip” most probably means____.
2. While both groups did better than chance would predict, nearly half the participants in each group made the wrong choice two or more times. Two people got a11 four samples wrong. Overall, half the participants did about as well On the last round Of tasting as On the first, so fatigue, or taste burn out, was not a factor.
Q:The word “burn out” here refers to the state of ____.
[A]being seriously burnt in the skin
[B]being unable to bum for lack of fuel
[C]being badly damaged by fire
[D]being unable to function because of excessive use
3. Why is America lagging behind in the global PR race? First, Americans as a whole tend to be fairly provincial and take more of an interest in local affairs. Know ledge of world geography, for example, has never been strong in this country.
Q:The word “provincial” most probably means_____.
[A]limited in outlook
[B]like people from the provinces
[C]rigid in thinking
[D]interested in world financial affairs
1.答案为[D]。 这一题目是依据上下文判断词意的题。flip的意思是“迅速翻转”，它所在的句子的意思是“当两极互换——这一过程需要上万年的时间——磁场会非常快重新恢复它的强度，新的一轮循环又开始了。”因此在四个选项中： A.decline的意思是“拒绝；变小、变弱”，B.intensify的意思是“(使某物)变得更强烈、加剧”，[C]fluctuate的意思是“(价格、数目等)涨落、波动”;[D]reverse的意思是“使(某物)反转、倒退、颠倒”，比如：Writing is reversed in a mirror.写出来的字在镜子里是颠倒的。[D]的意思与flip最接近。
2.答案是[D]。“fatigue，Or taste burn out”，or taste burn out是对fatigue一词的进一步讲解和说明，前者意为“疲乏的”，那样后者含义应与之相近，又因此词在关于品尝的活动中用，因此选[D]合情合理。
3.答案是[A]。结合方法2可知，provincial与take more of an interest in local affairs相近。local affairs指当地(当地)事务，再者provincial好像与province“省，地方”有关，因此很多考生选了[B]项，由于字面上两者非常相像。其实结合上下文，这里provincial是指美国人仅对自己或局部事情有兴趣，因而[A]是正确的。