Spellbound  一『拼』不可收拾的拼字比賽

A love of spelling can lead to riches and fame for some teenagers.

  For elementary and junior high school students, spelling bees can begin as an exciting game in English class. If they _(1)_ themselves to spelling, a student may be able to end up hanging out with the president. Students are usually given a list of words that they need to memorize before a classroom spelling bee. At the beginning of a bee, all students stand at the front of the classroom, and _(2)_ they misspell a word, they go back to their desk. The last student standing is the winner.
  Most schools in English-speaking countries have an annual school-wide bee to try to find the top spellers in each grade level. Usually, the winners of school spelling bees will then go on to a regional bee, where _(3)_ the competitiveness becomes fierce. Most students then hire a tutor because if they win a regional bee, they are _(4)_ for the "Super Bowl" of spelling bees, Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  Scripps competitors spend hundreds of hours studying the roots and etymologies of words, as well as analyzing the foreign languages that English is _(5)_, including Spanish and Italian. In recent years, homeschooled students have won several Scripps bees, prompting _(6)_ from the angry parents of students who go to public and private schools. They figure that homeschoolers have an advantage over their children. The homeschoolers have responded by saying that they do have extra hours to practice spelling because they don't have any travel time. The winner of this grueling televised competition is _(7)_ with US$35,000 in cash and US$5,000 in prizes. The winner each year also gets a chance to meet and have his or her picture taken with the President of the United States.

1. (A) confine     (B) devote       (C) submit       (D) express
2. (A) once       (B) lest (C) whether       (D) unless
3. (A) in the least (B) on the contrary (C) at this level (D) from then on
4. (A) sensible     (B) comparable (C) eligible (D) available
5. (A) kicked off    (B) engaged in (C) filled out (D) derived from
6. (A) apologies (B) complaints (C) expectations (D) transcripts
7. (A) rewarded     (B) reflected      (C) reserved      (D) refunded

1. If they devote themselves to spelling, a student may be able to end up hanging out with the president.
a. (A) confine vt. 侷限
confine oneself to + N  限制某人在……(範圍)內
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