一、单选题（共 25 道试题，共 100 分。）V 1. With a looming demographic bombshell, Japan must renew its domestic sector as it starts to ______ greater portions of its economic output to social security and medical payments.|
2. Millions of workers in some Asian countries have been ___ as a result of IMF terms.
A. laid aside
B. laid back
C. put away
D. laid off
3. The lost boy was ______with fear and shook all over.
4. In Thailand, senators who represent real estate interests are intent ___ blocking the passage of laws that would speed up foreclosures
5. He takes solace from the damage to his rival. “solace” here means ___.
6. Fiat’s grand strategists convened in Turin and decided that a new round of globalization was more ____ than before.
7. In paticular, world leaders must stop trying to export its way out of trouble ___of the rest of Asia.
A. at the expense of
B. at the head of
C. at the instance of
D. at the hand of
8. Companies are using computers to boost workers’ ______.
9. Computers are not the only capital _____ that have a payoff.
10. Instead, local magnates are objecting ___ the terms of privatization.
11. Federal budget talks were _____ a standstill until May 3.
12. At the same time, far-reaching deregulation should ______ the provisions that compel saving (such as compulsory payroll savings deductions) and suppress consumption.
13. Many dispirited traders ____ out of the Tokyo Stock Exchange because of fall of the Nikkei stock average.
14. One of ___great insights was the paradox of savings.
15. It’s a good means of ____ the students’ knowledge.
16. Companies are relying on temporary workers and outside consulting firms, which can be easily ___ during tough times.
A. sloughed off
B. put across
C. brought off
D. taken amiss
17. Throughout the regions, politics is fast becoming the chief obstacle ___ economic recovery.
18. With precious few investment opportunities, manufacturers are ___ on another round of global diversification.
19. It would ____ not only short-term fixes but also measures to help shape the Tigers for a global economy.
20. Scanners _____ discolored spots in sliced potatoes as they zoom by on conveyors.
21. The rising investment that sparked growth in Asia was predicated ___ ever-rising exports.
A. on the assumption of
B. on a line with
C. on account of
D. on behalf of
22. In resolving the problem, the IMF and world leaders must, of course, urgently address the ___ issuses of shaky banking systems, transparency and financial management.
23. Brazil became the key ____ Fiat’s new globalization strategy.
24. The truth is that the U.S. has no choice but to step ____ to the challenge.
25. Mahathir sacked Anwar in part because he ____ changes to that cozy relationship.
A. called on
B. called for
C. called away
D. called back