例2.（2005年高考英语湖南卷阅读理解B篇）Charlotte's tale was inspired by the girls' coin collection. "We've collected foreign coins for years – since our families went on holiday to Tenerife." she explains. "That was before the Euro, so we put pesetas in." Lauren continues: "I find a coin in the road, go to get it and get run over. I'm in hospital and then I die." Charlotte adds: "Or she might not die. I haven't decided yet."
60. The underlined word "pesetas" in Paragraph 2 is a kind of _____.
A. story B. collection
C. inspiration D. foreign coin
解析：做题的关键在于：该单词本身并不重要，重要的是该单词的上下， 如果该单词认识，并不超出大纲，则其字面意思必然不是正确答案，其正确答案是根据上下文推测的一个更加深刻的含义（家长学院：父母学习成长的最佳学校）。要找到正确的词义，关键在于在上下文中寻找同词性的词或词组。如在本题中，根据句式我们可以判断pesetas是一个名词，在pesetas的上下文附近出现了的名词有coin,Euro（欧元），road等，根据I find a coin in the road（我在路上发现埋着一枚硬币），可以知道埋在地下的是pesetas是硬币之类的东西，所以正确答案是D.foreign coin.
例3.（2005年高考英语天津卷阅读理解C篇）Tim pulled on a sweater and put some apples into his schoolbag. It was too early for breakfast. He' d eat after he' d been through the cave, sitting on the rocks and staring at the sea.
He wished he had a proper pack. His schoolbag would have to do. What else? Sandwiches-but his mother might wake up if he started pulling out bread for sandwiches, she' d want to know why he had to leave so early. He settled for some biscuits, and left a note stuck to the table: Gone to Michael' s. Back tonight, Tim.
44. He settled for some biscuits （ in Paragraph 3 ） means that Tim_______.
A. had to leave the biscuits on the table
B. liked biscuits better than sandwiches
C. had to take biscuits instead of sandwiches
D. could only find some biscuits in the kitchen
解析：做题的关键在于：返回原文对出题的句子进行上下文分析，要精确理解其涵义； 正确答案与原句之间是一种同义关系，可以通过推理得出正确答案。在本题中，在句子He settled for some biscuits的上文中说but his mother might wake up if he started pulling out bread for sandwiches, she' d want to know why he had to leave so early.（如果他拿面包当三明治吃，他的妈妈就会醒来问他为什么这么早就离家。）所以，为了不惊醒他妈妈，他settled for some biscuits（只好拿一些饼干了），所以，正确的答案只能是C. had to take biscuits instead of sandwiches 。