一、单选题（共 25 道试题，共 100 分。）V 1. Chief among them is the ____ need to improve the productivity of domestic industry as a way to improve Japan’s growth prospects.|
2. President of Fiat in 1992 unexpectedly slashed taxes ____ what were dubbed “popular cars”.
3. Although meant to be ___, this incantation is dangerously misleading.
4. In a desperate effort to keep things afloat, Asian companies dramatically ___ their short-term bank borrowings.
5. Sometimes a bureaucrat’s ___ ruling can mean denial or loss of one’s welfare benefits.
6. It ___ the main problem is financial mismanagement.
7. Growth has ____ to an average rate of 4% from about 2% in 1995.
8. Like generals fighting the last war, the Fed seems to be focusing ____ traditional cyclical indicators.
9. Many dispirited traders ____ out of the Tokyo Stock Exchange because of fall of the Nikkei stock average.
10. Hanwa Bank was sinking under the ____ of $100 million in bad property loans last fall.
11. The change of the plan would ______treat inconvenience on them.
12. If you can ___ your friend I’d like to speak to you alone.
A. shake out
B. shake down
C. shake off
D. shake up
13. As important, Asia must find ways to ___ the balance between saving and consumption.
14. High-tech executives are also counting ___ competitive pressure forcing corporations to continue spending on information technology even in a recession.
15. The children walked to the ___ of the cliff and looked down at the sea below.
16. The company saw _____ rise 21% in the first quarter, despite a 1% decline in revenues.
17. At the same time, far-reaching deregulation should ______ the provisions that compel saving (such as compulsory payroll savings deductions) and suppress consumption.
18. Bureaucrats now _____ their recent efforts to spur the economy.
19. Corporate Japan is turning ______ itself, with the strong dumping the weak.
20. ___ of Anwar, the opposition may end up retreating in confusion.
B. To deprive
21. Company coffers are brimming ____ profits.
22. And with suppliers increasingly spread out in Mexico, the Far East, and Europe, the impact of an increase in auto sales, say, is ______globally.
23. Most of Asia’s governments cannot ____ credit to needy local borrowers.
24. Looking further out, Gartner Group Inc. ______that spending on hardware and software will rise by about 8% annually for the rest of the decade.
25. Still, most Americans and Europeans are surprisingly ____ about Asia’s turmoil.