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Question 1

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Just when the senator's opponent had__________ the lead in popularity polls, public opinion ____________; as a result, the incumbent senator regained her front-­runner position.
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  • taken…..stabilized
  • challenged…..waned
  • captured…..shifted
  • conceded……vacillated
  • relinquished…..changed

Question 2

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Any biographer of this playwright, who assumed an elaborate public facade in order to conceal private concerns, must examine the impulse behind such _____________.
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  • artiface
  • joviality
  • conceit
  • disbelief
  • erudition

Question 3

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It is said that as a legal team Charles Houston and Thurgood Marshall complemented each other thoroughly: Houston’s sedate manner was _____________ Marshall’s ______________.
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  • analogous…..trepidation
  • commensurate with…..formality
  • tempered by…..jocularity
  • adverse to…..gregariousness
  • superseded by…..inquisitiveness

Question 4

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Architects define a physical structure as a set of materials arranged in such a way that these materials can ___________ the downward pull of gravity.
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  • mimic
  • resist
  • amplify
  • dislodge
  • demonstrate

Question 5

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Conflicting standards for allowable radiation levels in foods made _____________ appraisals of the damage to crops following the reactor meltdown extremely difficult.
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  • reliable
  • private
  • intrusive
  • conscious
  • inflated

Question 6

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The student’s feelings about presenting the commencement address were _____________; although visibly happy to have been chosen, he was nonetheless ____________ about speaking in public.
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  • positive.....insecure
  • euphoric.....hopeful
  • unknown.....modest
  • ambivalent.....anxious
  • restrained.....confident

Question 7

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In a society that abhors _____________, the nonconformist is persistently ____________.
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  • creativity.....glorified
  • rebelliousness.....suppressed
  • insurgency.....heeded
  • smugness.....persecuted
  • stagnation.....denigrated

Question 8

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Both by ___________ and by gender, American painter Mary Cassatt was an _____________, because her artistic peers were Frenchmen.
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  • background.....amateur
  • citizenship.....intellectual
  • nationality.....anomaly
  • style.....advocate
  • skill.....expert

Question 9

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Only if business continues to expand can it_____________enough new jobs to make up for those that will be _____________ by automation.
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  • produce.....required
  • invent.....introduced
  • create.....eliminated
  • repeal.....reduced
  • formulate.....engendered

Question 10

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The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably ___________ when they learned that this service had been ______________.
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  • satisfied.....annulled
  • stymied.....extended
  • displeased.....upheld
  • disgruntled.....suspended
  • concerned.....provided

Question 11

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Trinkets intended to have only ____________ appeal can exist virtually forever in landfills because of the ___________ of some plastics.
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  • arbitrary.....scarcity
  • theoretical.....resilience
  • ephemeral.....durability
  • obsessive.....fragility
  • impetuous.....cheapness

Question 12

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Despite its apparent ____________, much of early Greek philosophical thought was actually marked by a kind of unconscious dogmatism that led to _____________ assertions.
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  • liberality.....doctrinaire
  • independence.....autonomous
  • intransigence.....authoritative
  • fundamentalism.....arrogant
  • legitimacy.....ambiguous

Question 13

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The editor expected her reporters to be _____________, but the number of_____________ in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met.
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  • impartial.....cliches
  • frank.....predictions
  • decisive.....facts
  • creative.....errors
  • accurate.....misquotations

Question 14

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Many people find Stanley Jordan’s music not only entertaining but also _____________; listening to it helps them to relax and to _____________ the tensions they feel at the end of a trying day.
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  • soothing.....heighten
  • therapeutic.....alleviate
  • sweet.....underscore
  • exhausting.....relieve
  • interesting.....activate

Question 15

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Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly ______________, insisting on the correctness of his position.
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  • inarticulate
  • dogmatic
  • elliptical
  • tactful
  • ambiguous

Question 16

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The theory of the______________ of cultures argues that all societies with highly developed technologies will evolve similar social institutions.
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  • isolation
  • aesthetics
  • convergence
  • fragmentation
  • longevity

Question 17

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Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiar, far from being a tight, _____________ narrative, is instead_____________ novel that roams freely and imaginatively over a half-­‐million years.
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  • traditional.....a chronological
  • provocative.....an insensitive
  • forceful.....a concise
  • focused.....an expansive
  • circuitous.....a discursive

Question 18

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The spacecraft has two ______________ sets of electronic components; if one fails, its duplicate will still function.
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  • divergent
  • identical
  • simulated
  • mutual
  • prohibitive

Question 19

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Frank was confident that he had presented the most ____________ plan possible, but in reality his proposals were just the opposite, neither practical nor useful enough to produce any worthwhile results.
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  • efficacious
  • abstruse
  • conservative
  • protracted
  • misconstrued

Question 20

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Despite years of poverty and ________________, the poet Ruth Pitter produced work that is now________________ by a range of literary critics.
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  • security.....hailed
  • depression.....criticized
  • celebrity.....publicized
  • inactivity.....undermined
  • adversity.....acclaimed

Question 21

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The two travelers may have chosen ______________ routes across the continent, but the starting point was the same for each.
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  • coinciding
  • direct
  • charted
  • divergent
  • intersecting

Question 22

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The former cult-­‐film director ________________ his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public.
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  • enchanted
  • moved
  • fantastic
  • disappointed
  • influenced

Question 23

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In many cases, the formerly _____________ origins of diseases have now been identified through modern scientific techniques.
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  • insightful
  • mysterious
  • cruel
  • notable
  • useful

Question 24

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Marine biologist Sylvia Earle makes a career of expanding the limits of deep-­‐sea mobility, making hitherto impossible tasks _______________ through the new technology designed by her company.
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  • famous
  • feasible
  • fantastic
  • controversial
  • captivating

Question 25

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He _____________ the practices of aggressive autograph seekers, arguing that anyone distinguished enough to merit such ______________ also deserved to be treated courteously.
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  • decried.....adulation
  • defended.....adoration
  • endorsed.....brusqueness
  • ignored.....effrontery
  • vilified.....disdain
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