If the Pieces Fit...
by William Ryan
What is the biggest jigsaw puzzle you have ever put together?
A puzzle is a term used to describe games, problems, or even riddles, which are designed to test people's ingenuity or skills. A jigsaw puzzle is a picture that is broken up into many small pieces. Easy ones can be only a few pieces while difficult ones can number into the thousands. _(1)_ jigsaw puzzles means fitting the pieces together and revealing the graphic.
Jigsaw puzzles' _(2)_ can be traced back to the 1760s. European mapmakers pasted maps onto wood, cut them into small, irregular pieces, thus giving rise _(3)_ an educational toy. The first jigsaw puzzle, invented by a London engraver, was a map of the world. It was used as a study aid for learning geography in the classroom. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were jigsaw puzzles for adults and a puzzle craze in the US, which peaked at an _(4)_ 10 million sales per week in 1933.
Some adult puzzles were difficult and, unlike children's puzzles, had no pictures on the box. Puzzles' names could be _(5)_ or misleading, and puzzle-makers often cut pieces along color lines, which offered very little help. The pieces did not interlock, so a careless _(6)_ could undo hours of difficult work. The later introduction of recognizable pictures, such as dogs and birds, as well as interlocking pieces made puzzles easier and more popular. Inexpensive cardboard and mass-produced die-cut puzzles reduced their cost and increased their profitability. Nowadays, jigsaw puzzles are _(7)_ inexpensive entertainment for the whole family.
1. (A) Magnifying (B) Previewing (C) Solving (D) Tempting
2. (A) stereotypes (B) origins (C) cavities (D) episodes
3. (A) to (B) in (C) on (D) at
4. (A) eligible (B) inherent (C) astounding (D) addictive
5. (A) vague (B) exceptional (C) horizontal (D) verbal
6. (A) sympathy (B) enthusiasm (C) confession (D) placement
7. (A) temporarily (B) accidentally (C) numerously (D) relatively
拼图的起源可以追溯至 1760 年代。欧洲的地图绘制家把地图贴在木头上，然后把地图切割成形状不规则的小片，因此产生了一种教学玩具。最早的拼图是由一位伦敦的雕刻家所发明，图案是一幅世界地图。它被用来当作教室里学习地理的教具。二十世纪初，美国有了成人的拼图，并掀起了一股拼图热潮，这股热潮在 1933 年达到颠峰，每个星期可以卖出惊人的一千万幅拼图。
答案： 1. C 2. B 3. A 4. C 5. A
6. D 7. D