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1.

She knew the medicine would taste terrible, _____ in order to be cured, she had
to take it.

A. :-) but
B.

and

C.

although

D.

so

2. ______ the fox is typically able to withstand heavy winters, it ______ falls victim
to famine and exhaustion.

A.

Although...usually

B.

Even though...normally

C. :-) While...sometimes
D. X If...never

3. After looking at the map, Jesse ______ that we should continue heading east. I
______ with him, and started in that direction.

A. :-) surmised...agreed
B.

assumed...concurred

C.

deduced...disagreed

D.

concluded...differed

4. When the value of an asset ______, the owner of that asset ______.

A.

increases....becomes poor

B. X appreciates...gains popularity
C.

depreciates...becomes enraged

D. :-) decreases...incurs a loss

5. The formation of calumniated thunderheads are a fair indication of an incoming


storm; _____ sea-captains are typically able to identify them, thereby _____ any
potential danger.

A. X experienced...encountering
B. :-) inveterate...avoiding
C. X knowledgeable...involving
D.

novice...circumventing

6. Medieval knights were often ______ for their outstanding chivalry and success in
combat, but the truth is most knights only saw action in sparring matches or other
competititions.

A. X commended
B. X envied
C. X acknowledged
D.

recognized

7. The athlete had been badly injured during play; although a nurse applied a cold
press to the affected area, his ankle immediately began to ______.

A.

swell

B. X cool
C. X diminish
D. X relapse

8. In order to ______ his reign, the king had all of his competitors ______.

A.

cancel...killed

B. :-) extend...eliminated
C.

solidify...promoted

D. X maintain...knighted

9. The elderly professor was often seen sitting in contemplation. I imagine he was
______ his long academic career.

A.

reliving

B. :-) reflecting on
C.

engaging in

D.

defending

10. Compared to the skyscrapers that are virtually ubiquitous in modern cities, most
city dwellings are quite ______.

A. :-) diminutive
B. X massive
C.

spacious

D.

variable

11. Because of his inability to ______ other chimps, chimpanzee "E34" is no longer
welcome in his tribe. He has been deemed ______.

A. X fight with...an outlaw


B. :-) relate to...an outcast
C.

befriend...a favorite

D.

help...a leader

12. Because of my ______, Francis is now using the same floor cleaner that I use.

A. X theory
B. X disapproval
C.

agreement

D. :-) recommendation

13. I don't like carbonated _____. So, I often drink juice or water.

A.

things

B.

foods

C. :-) beverages
D.

teas

14. Rather than focus on one specific group of people, some charities try to do work
that benefits _____ of humanity.

A. X most
B.

some

C.

few

D. :-) all

15. Despite the existence of evidence showing that wolves are caring and social
creatures, many people still ______ they are cruel and vicious animals.

A.

say

B.

reject

C.

deny

D. :-) believe

16. The ______ of meat in your refrigerator doesnt necessarily indicate that you
are______.

A.

presence...herbivorous

B. :-) absence...vegetarian
C.

amount...omnivorous

D. X color...carnivorous

17. Harold enjoyed singing in the boys choir so much that he wanted to do it ______.

A. :-) every day


B.

occasionally

C.

rarely

D.

seldom

18. Using the scientific ______ of aerodynamics, scientists design space shuttles to
withstand the dangers of orbit and re-entry.

A.

substances

B. X rockets
C. X fuel
D. :-) theory

19. Before ______, airplanes were loaded with passengers and cargo. Then, they
were filled with fuel.

A.

arrival

B.

descending

C.

landing

D. :-) departure

20. After ______, the captain announced that there would be turbulence ahead.
Passengers were advised to ______ their seats.

A. X landing...abandon
B. X takeoff...leave
C. :-) takeoff...remain in
D.

arrival...stay in

21. Tyrants demand that others do their wishes, while ______ take a softer
approach, considering the individual interests of all others.

A. X dictators
B. X socialists
C. X fascists
D.

diplomats

22. To Vias dismay, her chances in the chess tournament ended suddenly with one
move. Her ______ was moving the queen instead of the rook.

A. :-) mistake
B.

triumph

C.

victory

D.

attempt

23. The warring tribes were weary of conflict, so both were eager to forge a peaceful
______.

A. X negotiation
B. X victory
C. X insurgency
D.

resolution

24. Tara was ______ about her first diving competition. And, apparently this
enthusiasm was ______; others began to feel the same way she did.

A. X nervous...popular
B. :-) excited...contagious
C.

withdrawn...high

D.

agitated...underestimated

25. Despite a marked increase in the number of voters registered, the most recent
election numbers indicate ______ in voter turnout.

A. X an increase
B. X a discrepancy
C. :-) a decline
D.

an effect

26. Because the test has been deemed inaccurate, the ______ we obtained are
______.

A. X findings...valuable
B. X figures...interesting
C. X readings...undeniable
D.

results...inconclusive

27. In a democratic country, private individuals have the right to own property. On the
other hand, under ______ leadership, private ownership is forbidden.

A. X republican
B. X socialist
C. :-) communist
D.

capitalist

28. The expedition was fraught with ______; it rained every day, someone broke
their ankle, and sickness plagued the crew from day one.

A. X commotion
B. :-) misfortune
C.

apprehension

D.

action

29. In ______ tropical waterways, there are sometimes hundreds of species of fish in
search of precious sustenance. This being the case, the ______ resources can
be intense.

A. :-) teeming...garnering of
B.

large...explosion of

C.

crowded...observation of

D.

forsaken...competition for

30. Visitors are given tours of the historic ______ daily. It is no longer used as a
residence, though it boasts a grand total of 38 bedrooms!

A.

district

B. :-) mansion
C.

waterway

D.

village

31. Reggie thought he had finished his fight with lung cancer, but unfortunately the
______ had already spread to other parts of his body.

A. X cure
B. :-) disease
C.

injury

D.

medicine

32. The haunted house was so ______ and scary, it made me question my own
______.

A. :-) disorienting...reality
B.

interesting...friends

C.

confusing...family

D.

hilarious...motives

33. The instructions said we should ______ the pie while it bakes in the oven. When
the top is brown, we should ______ it.

A. X see...enjoy
B. X watch...cut
C. :-) monitor...remove
D.

check...cool

34. The ______ started today for a lost hiker in the state park. I hope they are able to
______ him!

A. :-) search...rescue
B. X hunt...locate
C.

party...celebrate

D.

funeral...find

35. The play was completely written. The director had the stage and scenery ready,
but she hadnt chosen the leading actor yet; he was yet to be ______.

A. :-) cast
B.

made

C.

decided

D.

created

36. Though my colleagues were in favor of ending our research, I wanted to ______
it.

A. X abandon
B. :-) continue
C. X delay
D.

investigate

37. I dont have a lot of energy these days. After a quick ______, I am quite ______.

A. X journey...exhausted
B. X taste...full
C. :-) stroll...fatigued
D.

move...fussy

38. In ancient times many people ______ large territories. However, in modern times,
most people settle in a single location.

A. X farmed
B. X stayed in
C. :-) wandered
D.

abandoned

39. When police see motorists stranded on the road, they often stop to ______ them.

A. X ticket
B. X incarcerate
C. X repair
D.

assist

40. When speeding fines were ______, many motorists decided to ______ their
driving habits.

A. X instituted...keep
B. X common...maintain
C. X reduced...defend
D.

increased...alter

41. Although the presidents advisors often disagreed with him, they rarely ______
his decisions.

A. X corroborated

B. X supported
C. :-) criticized
D.

analyzed

42. Diagnosing and repairing airplanes ______ knowledge of general science as well
as experience working with specific planes.

A. X promotes
B. X involves
C. X anticipates
D.

requires

43. When fallen trees and vegetation ______, they provide sustenance for other
plants and animals.

A. X deregulate
B. X differentiate
C. X disintegrate
D.

decompose

44. Despite their efforts to ______ the incident, none of the onlookers had any useful
information to give the police.

A. :-) recall
B.

forget

C.

ignore

D.

investigate

45. Ancient cave carvings of humans using hammers ______ the theory that our
ancestors were using tools many thousands of years ago.

A. X predicts
B. X proves
C.

supports

D. X makes

46. Gazing up at the nearly ______ constellations, we ______ the vastness of the
universe.

A. X countless...discredited
B. X gargantuan...proved
C. X glowing...doubted
D.

innumerable...contemplated

47. ______ the traditional windmill design - spokes rotating round a central point - is
a very old machine, it is successfully used in many modern applications.

A. X However
B. :-) Although
C.

Given that

D.

Therefore

48. Though the two fingerprints were quite ______, they were not an exact match, so
no identification could be made.

A. X perfect
B. X identical
C. X smudged
D.

similar

49. Because a few of the measurements he made were incorrect, the architect
needed to ______ his original plan.

A. X discard
B.

redo

C. :-) revise
D.

remove

50. In an attempt to ______ more parts in less time, manufacturing processes on


assembly lines are frequently updated.

A.

save

B.

maintain

C.

repair

D. :-) make

51. In order to ______ the healthy exchange of ideas, organizers of the symposium
______ the meeting of many great minds.

A. :-) encourage...facilitated
B.

impart...scheduled

C.

cajole...attended

D.

stifle...participated in

52. The actors were exhausted after multiple performances of the ______ play. No
matter how hard they tried to make the show come to life, their audiences
continually ______ applause.

A. X terrible...delivered
B. X wonderful...refused
C. X amazing...denied
D.

forgettable...withheld

53. During cellular ______, genetic material is ______ at an astounding rate.

A.

formation...dissolved

B.

breakdown...constructed

C. :-) division...replicated
D.

composition...decomposed

54. The archeological information gathered from the new excavation was ______; it
corroborated many old theories that had been previously held in question, and
discounted those which had been accepted as true.

A.

illuminating

B. X exciting
C. X predictable
D. X infuriating

55. Newspaper reporters frequently ______ the presidential election.

A. :-) cover
B. X challenge
C.

understand

D.

discover

56. The ancient city was often attacked in past centuries, but its thick wrought-iron
gates were typically successful at ______ invaders.

A.

retreating

B.

trapping

C.

defeating

D. :-) repelling

57. During the military exercise, soldiers learned to ______ their commanders
orders.

A.

respect

B. X regard
C. X recognize
D. X understand

58. Onlookers quickly ______ that the emu was not native to their area, and had
probably escaped from a farm or zoo.

A. X doubted
B. X accepted
C. X denied
D.

surmised

59. Most companies have ______ procedures in place to check the quality of their
products. If they ______ these procedures, their products are more likely to fail.

A.

strict...follow

B. :-) stringent...neglect
C. X written...omit
D.

clear...forget

60. _____ national park employees ask their visitors not to litter, they typically do not
_____ harsh fines.

A.

While...reject

B. :-) Although...enforce
C. X Even though...deny
D.

If...impose

61. Although we made payments each week, the loan took a very long time to
______ due to a high rate of ______.

A. X default...principal
B. X finance...funding
C. :-) repay...interest
D.

assume...return

62. In order to ______ current stock market trends, experts gather an abundance of
data and interpret it in multiple different ways.

A. X reveal
B. X organize
C. X invest
D.

analyze

63. All of the monkeys were feeling ______, so it was ______ for the juvenile male to
excite his peers.

A.

happy...hard

B.

down...simple

C. :-) energetic...easy
D.

anxious...difficult

64. It was a common ______ that Jupiter was a star until Galileo, a famous
astronomer, ______ Jupiters moons.

A.

belief...explored

B. :-) misconception...discovered
C. X prediction...unearthed
D. X impression...orbited

65. Because of falling revenues and increasing costs, executives were ______ that
the company might not survive the financial crisis.

A. X confident
B. X hopeful
C.

decisive

D. :-) concerned

66. The soldiers in troop 32V were well trained. They worked as a cohesive unit and
______ their commander.

A.

questioned

B.

challenged

C. :-) obeyed
D.

worshipped

67. Members of the social club were always polite, and they were careful not to
______ others.

A.

offend

B. X disgust
C. X incite
D. X compliment

68. In order to ______ the class system of their kingdom, wealthy landowners usually
______ others within their own social group.

A. X dissolve...wedded
B. X strengthen...disrespected
C.

solidify...denounced

D. :-) preserve...married

69. Chocolate has always been one of my favorite foods. So, it was difficult for me to
______ another brownie.

A.

locate

B.

savor

C. :-) resist
D.

relish

70. The company seemed to be a perfect fit for my career goals. So, after ______
my other options once more, I ______ to accept the job offer.

A. X investigating...declined
B. X exploring...debated
C.

considering...refused

D. :-) weighing...decided

71. After adhering to a low-fat diet for what seemed to be eons, the man had ______
to consume a cheeseburger.

A. X a right
B. X an excuse
C. :-) the urge
D.

the opportunity

72. The novel experiment was intended to ______ students in one of the finer points
of chemistry. ______, due to a lack of enthusiasm, it was largely unsuccessful.

A. :-) educate...However
B.

inform...Even though

C.

instruct...And

D.

illuminate...But

73. After examining the bark, the dendrologist decided that it was too difficult to
______ the trees genus without also examining its leaves.

A.

understand

B. :-) determine
C.

see

D.

derive

74. In order to ______ themselves as a respectable competitor in the retail sales


market, they were willing to incur substantial initial losses.

A.

accept

B.

install

C.

build

D. :-) establish

75. Expert chefs often ______ techniques and ingredients from all over the world to
______ new recipes.

A.

use...revise

B. :-) combine...create
C.

infuse...copy

D.

contemplate...follow

76. The hiker had only a few ounces of water left in his canteen. He ______ he might
______ if he did not find clean drinking water soon.

A. X realized...flourish
B. X worried...starve
C. X noticed...die
D.

feared...perish

77. The quarterback fell and broke his ankle. _____ around the injury quickly caused
the ankle to look very bruised and swollen.

A. X Trauma
B. X Bandages
C.

Discoloration

D. :-) Inflammation

78. The irascible dinner guests were so dirty that they stained the white tablecloth
when they touched it. When the waitress offered them soap, they regarded her
with ______.

A. :-) disdain
B. X gratitude
C.

alarm

D.

intensity

79. The students were ______ for an opportunity to take classes overseas. So, they
readily ______ the offer.

A.

thankful...rejected

B. :-) grateful...accepted
C. X pleased...considered
D.

hungry...refused

80. Detective Harris is very ______; he conducts his investigations with utmost
_______.

A. X intelligent...idiocy
B. X relaxed...intensity
C. X experienced...novelty
D.

careful...concern

81. Rather than be melancholy all winter, Jim should try to be more ______.

A. X energetic
B. :-) jovial
C.

depraved

D.

depressed

E.

heterogeneous

82. Elise always envisioned the monastery as an austere place of worship; however,
upon visiting it, she found it surprisingly ______.

A.

comfortable

B.

barren

C.

strict

D. :-) ornate
E. X simple

83. Although it is necessary to carry a relatively large number of provisions when


traversing the Australian Outback, it is ______ that you keep your pack from
becoming too ______.

A. :-) crucial...ponderous
B. X mandatory...insulated
C. X helpful...elongated

D.

imperative...compact

E.

important...convoluted

84. After living a life of depravity and transgression, the offender felt so ______ that
he declared he would become a priest, and devote the remainder of his life to
______.

A. X melancholy...sadness
B. X tentative...shame
C. X terrible...sin
D. :-) contrite...atonement
E.

stolid...repentance

85. He vowed to embrace a newfound ______ once the trial began; nonetheless the
accused resorted to his typical manner of ______ as soon as he took the stand.

A. X ingenuousnessnavet
B. X mendaciousness...deceitfulness
C. X passion...exuberance
D. :-) candor...duplicity
E.

residence...decrepitude

86. Despite some members of the Board of Education admitting to the ______ of his
argument, Proposition G6 was still denied by a vote of 4 to 3.

A. X brusqueness
B. X truculence
C. X negligence
D.

cogency

E. X force

87. The boy is not ______ - he is ______ - and therefore should not be tried in court
as an adult.

A. :-) mature...juvenile
B. X experienced...inveterate
C.

young...fledgling

D.

youthful...established

E.

puerile...young

88. Mr. Plainview is a man of secrecy. He deals with the mob and other ______
organizations, and regularly participates in their ______ activities.

A. :-) clandestine...unlawful
B.

anarchistic...fraudulent

C. X amiable...illegitimate
D. X disdainful...scrupulous
E.

illegal...exhilarating

89. Even the most ______ gambler stops betting when he or she runs out of money.

A. X intelligent
B.

cautious

C. X hazardous
D. :-) foolhardy
E. X circumspect

90. The ______ icicles hardly cast a shadow.

A. :-) diaphanous
B.

auspicious

C. X malleable
D.

opaque

E. X muddled

91. Upon hearing the ______ argument for the opposition, Mr. Algene felt ______
that he would win the debate.

A. X dubious...uncertain
B. X substantial...sure
C. X deplorable...convinced
D. :-) tenuous...confident

E.

hardy...positive

92. The lifestyle of a monk is ______; one must devote oneself to religious exercise,
self discipline, and abstention from material satisfaction.

A.

dull

B. :-) ascetic
C. X lachrymose
D. X harsh
E.

prodigal

93. The orator's speech was too ______; it would have been more succinct if she
avoided discussing ______ subjects.

A.

complicated...germane

B.

prolix...tangential

C.

resplendent...pertinent

D. :-) convoluted...complex
E.

terse...florid

94. Don was the most ______ individual I had ever met; good fortune eluded him at
every turn.

A. X contentious
B. X auspicious

C. X venerable
D.

hapless

E. X ignominious

95. Toward the end of her days, Jennings longed to experience something ______,
but she had already done so much in her life that nothing seemed to move or
excite her.

A.

banal

B.

final

C.

unbelievable

D. :-) novel
E.

fantastic

96. Due to the workers ______ and unremitting work ethic, the bridge was built in
under one month.

A. :-) assiduous
B.

laborious

C.

stolid

D.

pedantic

E.

jovial

97. It is not a good idea to befriend ______ animals; they are exposed to foreign
environments and therefore may carry diseases that the human immune system
has not evolved to combat.

A. X domesticated
B.

ponderous

C. :-) feral
D.

indigenous

E.

endangered

98. Although my sisters ______ with the rock star seemed ridiculous, she actually
______ her dream of going on a date with him last night.

A. X obsession...engaged
B.

fixation...participated in

C. :-) infatuation...fulfilled
D. X fascination...obliterated
E.

affair...succumbed to

99. With such a(n) ______ personality, it is difficult to imagine what made Amanda
feel so melancholy.

A. :-) ebullient
B.

exciting

C.

passionate

D.

seditious

E.

irascible

100.
Being the ______ host that she was, Anika made sure to approach each
lodger with ______ disposition.

A. :-) convuvial...an affable


B.

churlish...a reputable

C.

engaging...a specious

D.

wicked...benign

E.

amiable...a scrupulous

101.
Although Mary expressed much ______ at not being allowed to cook
dinner in her own house, she seemed rather ______ when dinner was finally
ready.

A. X belligerence...angry
B. :-) indignation...satisfied
C. X sedition...passionate
D. X benevolence...malignant
E.

magnamity...ashamed

102.
Unlike other, less ______ species, the ______ Kinkajou thoroughly
inspects its food before consuming it.

A. X prudent...reckless
B. X restive...dangerous
C. X careful...indifferent
D.

delicate...voracious

E. X discriminating...fastidious

103.
Instead of concerning themselves with minor transgressions, the police
concentrate on the most ______ offenses.

A. X efficacious
B. :-) egregious
C.

deliberate

D.

furtive

E. X uncouth

104.
The play was so ______ that the crowd jeered the actors while on stage,
and we left immediately.

A. X mediocre
B.

execrable

C. X laudable
D. X obscure
E. X austere

105.
Unfortunately, he had not had time to fully ______ his idea - it was too
______ and could not accompany the final revision of the plan.

A. X explain...dogmatic
B. X appreciate...prolix
C. X contemplate...advanced
D. :-) develop...inchoate
E.

espouserevolutionary

106.
______ behavior did not appease the general; rather, it substantiated his
belief that the best soldiers must act ______ from time to time.

A. :-) Obsequious...defiantly
B.

Mendacious...deceptive

C.

Maligned...seditious

D.

Brazen...overconfident

E.

Mendaciousdeceptive

107.
Although Ben is a hard worker, he always ______ to his every impulse; he
would be more productive if he wasnt so ______.

A. X gives in...contemporary
B. X succumbs...demure
C. X permits...idiosyncratic

D. :-) yields...capricious
E.

appeals...pedantic

108.
The school would not tolerate Janes arrogant insolence; her ______
behavior got her expelled.

A. X assiduous
B. :-) contemptuous
C.

stolid

D.

humble

E.

deferential

109.
Although Meg is usually quite amiable to newcomers, she cast Billy a cold,
______ stare.

A.

indifferent

B. :-) inimical
C.

rebellious

D.

vengeful

E.

sick

110.
The nurse had become ______ the administration of injections;
nevertheless, she carried out her job with ______ deliberation.

A. X infatuated with...disinterested

B. :-) inured to...painstaking


C. X used to...perfunctory
D.

concentrated on...conceited

E.

disgusted with...voracious

111.
To her teachers surprise, as soon as Delia met her new friends she
abandoned her typical reticence and adopted a new, ______ personality.

A. X reproachful
B. X deplorable
C. X asinine
D. :-) garrulous
E.

irascible

112.
In order to keep the audiences attention, students were advised to avoid
______ discussion, and to speak only about subjects ______ to their report.

A. X brusque...mandatory
B. X digressive...tangential
C. :-) irrelevant...germane
D.

disinterested...impartial

E.

melancholy...jovial

113.
After being approached by a mendicant in the street,
Jaime knew he had ventured beyond the border which circumscribed the ______
part of town.

A. X pleasant
B. :-) affluent
C. X costly
D.

altruistic

E.

magnanimous

114.
Toxins released into the towns drinking water have had a ______ effect
on the overall health of its inhabitants.

A. :-) deleterious
B.

strange

C.

potent

D.

innocuous

E.

ravenous

115.
Rowan gasped at pictures of the ______ living conditions found in third
world countries.

A. :-) squalid
B.

impeccable

C.

sordid

D. X boorish
E.

immaculate

116.
His ______ attitude towards the surrounding chaos made me appreciate
the advantages of stoicism.

A. X constant
B. X temperamental
C. X impetuous
D. :-) impassive
E.

transfixed

117.
Onlookers shuddered at the particularly ______ nature of the
transgression; it was evident that something must be done to ______ such
incidents from ever happening again.

A. :-) monstrous...preclude
B. X temperamental...halt
C.

homicidal...precipitate

D.

atrophied...extenuate

E.

typical...prevent

118.
Rather than give in to the fact that her son had no gift for tennis, she
entertained the notion that his talent was simply ______ in its exposition.

A. X manifest
B. X reclusive
C. X suppressed
D. X timid
E.

latent

119.
The ______ judge would not be swayed by emotion nor predilection; he
attended to nothing more than the facts as they were presented.

A. X lethargic
B. X insouciant
C. :-) disinterested
D.

partial

E.

scholarly

120.
Although the sunset was splendid that evening, Akira knew that its beauty
was ______, and that all good things must come to an end.

A. :-) ephemeral
B. X tenuous
C. X fragile
D. X transitory
E.

brittle

121.
She considered the title of the book rather contradictory by nature: A(n)
______ History of the World.

A. X Protracted
B. X Involved
C. X Unabriged
D. :-) Compendious
E.

Comprehensive

122.
It is not uncommon to envision the domicile of a clergyman as _____, but
upon visiting the residence of her priest, Martha was not expecting to find such
_____ accommodations.

A. X austere...florid
B. X elaborate...baroque
C. X unadorned...caustic
D.

rustic...plain

E. X modern...contemporary

123.
Mr. Thompsons avaricious reputation belies his newfound penchant for
philanthropy and ______ donation.

A. X derisive
B. X insouciant
C. :-) altruistic

D.

wealthy

E.

venerable

124.
He could not even be persuaded to break from his normal routine on
Christmas day; it is difficult to imagine a more ______ personality.

A. X dilettantish
B. X passionate
C. X perturbed
D. :-) obstinate
E.

flaky

125.
While it is true that hard times occasionally enhance the moral integrity of
certain individuals within a population, this was ______ the case; the ______
band of fugitives looted every town they came to, and eradicated anyone that
dared inhibit their progress, irrespective of reason or plea.

A. :-) clearly not...destroyed


B.

arguably not...vituperative

C.

obviously...munificent

D.

possibly...hellish

E.

potentially...rebellious

126.
Rather than ______ the ______ rations, the army platoon donated them to
charity.

A. X abandon...delicious
B. X consume...spoiled
C. :-) discard...superfluous
D.

plunder...extra

E.

uncover...hidden

127.
The ______ prisoner did not comply with a single one of the generals
orders; he refused to succumb to the ______ that is an integral aspect of
incarceration.

A. X peevish...lifestyle
B. X acquiescent...oppression
C. X hateful...submission
D. :-) obdurate...subordination
E.

furious...patriotism

128.
The unusually ______ child would rather spend her time contemplating
moral philosophy than chasing other children on the playground.

A. X precocious
B. X restive
C. X oblivious
D. :-) studious
E.

aggressive

129.
While most corporations maintain a balance sheet a ledger with up-todate records of their current ______ situation - some less ______ businesses
neglect this responsibility, allowing their assets and liabilities to go
undocumented.

A.

economic...contentious

B.

monetary...calculating

C.

fiscal...mathematical

D. :-) financial...scrupulous
E.

legal...dependable

130.
The archeologists studied the hieroglyphic for days, and still were not able
to decipher its ______ meaning.

A. :-) enigmatic
B. X bizarre
C.

suppressed

D.

auspicious

E.

covert

131.
Although it is difficult to grasp how such ______ expanse could support
any life - for all life must have access to at least one source of water, the Banded
Gila Monster continues to thrive along the ______ plains of the Mohave Dessert,
and baffle ecologists around the globe.

A. X a barren...lush

B. X an uninhabited...rugged
C. :-) a desiccated...arid
D.

an isolated...desolate

E.

a remote...windswept

132.
The ______ succession of events imbued the play with a ______ quality,
devoid of rhythm and harmony.

A. :-) incongruous...chaotic
B.

various...strange

C.

ordinary...musical

D.

orthodox...typical

E.

seamless...disjointed

133.
Although the average citizen ______ has enough money to provide for
their own families, incidents of ______ donations among members of the lower
class are not as uncommon as one may think.

A. X barely...widespread
B. X hardly...avaricious
C. :-) scarcely...magnanimous
D.

typically...malignant

E.

usually...negligent

134.
Most were expecting him to fumble the ball, but he proved them ______
by making a surprisingly ______ catch and running in for a touchdown.

A. X incorrect...simple
B. X mistaken...uncoordinated
C. X wrong...adroit
D. :-) erroneous...good
E.

accurate...adept

135.
While ______ number of modern-day individuals live alarmingly sedentary
lives, there remains a ______ minority who enjoy the salient benefits of local
motion.

A. :-) an increasing...peripatetic
B.

a falling...stationary

C.

a rising...migratory

D.

a pitiful...laudatory

E.

a declining...mobile

136.
The little boy had trouble controlling his ______ nature during the sermon,
and his mother urged him to sit still.

A. X restive
B. :-) perturbed
C.

enlightened

D.

desperate

E.

dilettantish

137.
While pure gold is the most ______ metal, iron requires considerably more
effort to pound into a sheet.

A. X valuable
B. X complete
C. X precious
D.

malleable

E. X sturdy

138.
Although most predicted Phillip I to ______ his father, he was more
______, and surprised them by reversing several of his fathers more malevolent
policies.

A. X dislike...likeable
B. :-) resemble...magnanimous
C.

mirror...influential

D.

outlive...intelligent

E.

surpass...measured

139.
The extreme ______ of his stock portfolio translated into a ______ display
of emotion: on lucrative days he felt ecstatic; on losing days he acted
despondent.

A. X aggressiveness...consistent
B. X nature...passionate
C. X position...crazy
D. :-) volatility...mercurial
E.

variation...pacific

140.
While it is true that many Holocaust victims felt ______ during their
incarceration, they did not let this lack of ______ destroy their spirit.

A. :-) despondent...hope
B. X weakened...sadness
C.

passionate...feeling

D.

enervated...health

E.

desperate...emotion

141.
Despite the strong temptation to become ______, Magdalena was never
content a characteristic which enabled her to win six consecutive
championships.

A. X forthright
B.

passive

C. :-) complacent
D.

careless

E.

submissive

142.
If not for his ______ disposition, Odysseus may have never been inclined
to ______; he may have lived a life of diffidence and servility.

A. X arrogant...destiny
B. :-) enthusiastic...rule
C. X supercilious...leadership
D.

meek...laziness

E.

subordinate...sublimation

143.
Although Mary espoused the virtues of ______ judgment and fair play, she
could not manage such a ______ demeanor at her sons first baseball game.

A.

good...simple

B. :-) impartial...disinterested
C.

neutral...trite

D.

subjective...disciplined

E.

detached...humble

144.
The only instance in which he was able to grasp the ______ nature of his
______ was when he was led, bound and gagged, to the gallows.

A. X jovial...game
B. X suspect...crime
C. X shameful...actions

D. :-) grievous...transgression
E.

shallow...indiscretion

145.
Once a year, the prevailing arctic winds are reduced to a ______ zephyr,
and for a few exceptional hours this dynamic environment becomes ______ and
calm

A. :-) gentle...quiescent
B.

mild...lethargic

C.

placid...cacophonus

D.

cool...motionless

E.

amicable...peaceful

146.
After their most recent audit, it was found that many of the corporations
documents had been forged, and several of their accounting records appeared to
be ______.

A. X negligible
B. :-) mendacious
C.

vacuous

D.

adulterated

E.

veracious

147.
The hyenas fur has a ______ appearance, thus enabling this predator to
better blend in with its dappled surroundings.

A. :-) mottled
B.

superficial

C.

baroque

D.

disorganized

E.

orderly

148.
Many families had survived the depression; nevertheless they were forced
to adopt increasingly ______ spending habits to make ends meet.

A. X prodigal
B. X calculated
C. X detrimental
D. :-) parsimonious
E.

desperate

149.
Although President Roosevelt was rendered paralyzed from the waist
down in 1922, he refused to ______ his ______ disposition, even if this meant he
occasionally had to crawl.

A. :-) abandon...ambulatory
B. X adopt...stationary
C.

accept...immobile

D.

discard...iconic

E.

relinquish...fixed

150.
Nucleosynthetic plants have been known to emit ______ gasses into the
atmosphere; those living in close proximity to these plants may exhibit a range of
deleterious physical developments in later life.

A.

pungent

B.

innocuous

C. :-) noxious
D.

benign

E.

arid

151.
Although the Spartan populace adopted a ______ manner of speech and
had come to ______ prolixity, they managed to retain the quintessential aspects
of verbal communication.

A. X curt...consider
B. X terse...promote
C. X dire...suspend
D. :-) laconic...abhor
E.

verbose...detest

152.
Despite several attempts to strike up conversation with Joe, his ______
disposition prevented even the most engaging interlocutor from eliciting more
than a handful of words from him.

A. :-) brusque
B.

egregious

C.

protracted

D. X fervid
E.

unnerving

153.
Creon, King of Thebes, had always been partial to ______ ; he was known
to publically display his riches, and shower his subjects with lavish jewels and
gold coins.

A. :-) inspiration
B.

expense

C.

retribution

D.

ostentation

E.

modesty

154.
______ metals do not contain any foreign bodies; they are slightly more
______, and harder to come by.

A. X Pure...ubiquitous
B. X Unadulterated...sparse
C. X Uncommon...salient
D.

Flawless...corrupt

E. X Lucid...opaque

155.
Attila, the ______ emperor of the Huns, ruled his land with an iron fist, and
had a reputation for being the epitome of cruelty and rapacity.

A. X powerful
B. :-) benevolent
C.

nefarious

D.

uncouth

E.

pacific

156.
Today Dr. Lehr gave a(n) ______ lecture, on the philosophical doctrine of
existentialism, to our freshman class. The topic was too esoteric, and should
have been simplified for such a ______ audience.

A. X arcane...inveterate
B. X recondite...well trained
C. X transparent...lucid
D. :-) abstruse...fledgling
E.

157.

plain...sophisticated

Peanut butter is similar to oil; it has a ______ consistency.

A.

mawkish

B.

savory

C.

sinewy

D. :-) viscous
E. X salubrious

158.
She shook his hand, not with ______, but with a sort of shyness or
modesty. He did not know whether she was behaving disingenuously, or whether
she always greeted new people with such outward ______ .

A. X force...dignity
B. X passion...defiance
C. :-) vigor...deference
D.

reservation...veneration

E.

dignity...disrespect

159.
While it may be true that patience is a virtue, ______ has been
occasionally known to yield favorable results.

A. :-) haste
B.

speed

C.

determination

D.

perseverance

E.

concentration

160.
The family had fallen on hard times; they were forced to adopt more
______ spending habits to make ends meet.

A. X prodigal
B. X calculated
C. X fixed

D. :-) parsimonious
E.

desperate

161.
Although the Spartan populace adopted a ______ manner of speech and
had come to ______ prolixity, they managed to retain the quintessential aspects
of verbal communication.

A. X curt...consider
B. X terse...promote
C. X dire...suspend
D. :-) laconic...abhor
E.

verbose...detest

162.
Despite several attempts to strike up conversation with Joe, his ______
disposition prevented even the most engaging interlocutor from eliciting more
than a handful of words from him.

A. :-) brusque
B. X egregious
C.

protracted

D.

fervid

E.

unnerving

163.
Creon, King of Thebes, had always been partial to ______ ; he was known
to publically display his riches, and shower his subjects with lavish jewels and
gold coins.

A. :-) inspiration
B.

expense

C.

retribution

D.

ostentation

E.

modesty

164.
______ metals do not contain any foreign bodies; they are slightly more
______, and harder to come by.

A. X Pure...ubiquitous
B. X Unadulterated...sparse
C. X Uncommon...salient
D. :-) Flawless...corrupt
E.

Lucid...opaque

165.
Attila, the ______ emperor of the Huns, ruled his land with an iron fist, and
had a reputation for being the epitome of cruelty and rapacity.

A.

powerful

B. :-) benevolent
C.

nefarious

D.

uncouth

E.

pacific

166.
Today Dr. Lehr gave a(n) ______ lecture, on the philosophical doctrine of
existentialism, to our freshman class. The topic was too esoteric, and should
have been simplified for such a ______ audience.

A. X arcane...inveterate
B. X recondite...well trained
C. X transparent...lucid
D. :-) abstruse...fledgling
E.

167.

plain...sophisticated

Peanut butter is similar to oil; it has a ______ consistency.

A. X mawkish
B. X savory
C. X sinewy
D. :-) viscous
E.

salubrious

168.
She shook his hand, not with ______, but with a sort of shyness or
modesty. He did not know whether she was behaving disingenuously, or whether
she always greeted new people with such outward ______ .

A. X force...dignity
B. X passion...defiance
C.

vigor...deference

D. X reservation...veneration
E. X dignity...disrespect

169.
While it may be true that patience is a virtue, ______ has been
occasionally known to yield favorable results.

A. :-) haste
B.

speed

C.

determination

D.

perseverance

E.

concentration

170.
The family had fallen on hard times; they were forced to adopt more
______ spending habits to make ends meet.

A. X prodigal
B. X calculated
C. X fixed
D. :-) parsimonious
E.

desperate

171.
Based on his ______ of biblical textual evidence, Yohanan Ahroni was
able to ______ the site of Ramat Rachel - an important Iron Age ruin between
Jerusalem and Bethlehem which was first excavated in 1954.

A. X discovery...outline
B. X history...distinguish
C. X study...remember
D. :-) interpretation...identify
E.

reading...detect

172.
While Queen Elizabeth I knew that Spain could ______ England because
of Englands poor economy and social ______, King Phillip refrained from doing
so for religious reasons

A.

defeat...prosperity

B. :-) crush...instability
C.

obliterate...strength

D.

support...injustice

E.

conquer...hierarchy

173.
Davis has vowed to refrain from assailing his opponent with ______
language and diatribe when arguing his position, however it appears he has
______ his promise from the harrowed expression on the face of his interlocutor.

A. X shrewd...upheld
B. :-) caustic...broken
C.

harsh...kept

D.

soothing...honored

E.

vituperative...maintained

174.
The popular ______, Practice makes perfect, is a mere ______, for I
have practiced playing the violin for years and have yet to master a single piece.

A. :-) axiom...platitude
B.

saying...novelty

C. X statement...aphorism
D.

sentence...phrase

E.

utterance...maxim

175.
Although Maria usually dons ______ garments, she was feeling inspired
and decided to wear an ______ outfit to the art opening.

A. X cheap...expensive
B. X frilly...elaborate
C. X lousy...great
D. :-) plain...extraordinary
E.

decorative...ugly

176.
Although the region was thoroughly ______ in 1901, the alleged wonders
were never ______.

A. X searched...abandoned
B. X explored...misplaced
C. X studied...located

D. X constructed...built
E.

excavated...unearthed

177.
Seppuku, the ritual suicide by disembowelment, was a ______ act
performed by Chinese Samurai in order to avoid the ______ of being captured by
the enemy, and being cast into a life of ignominy.

A. X disgusting...disrespect
B. X loyal...treachery
C. X impulsive...integrity
D. :-) voluntary...shame
E.

challenging...disgrace

178.
While some political ______ tend not to have any viable solution, others
are not so ______, and can be resolved in a relatively short period of time.

A. X issues...easy
B. X problems...simple
C. :-) quagmires...complicated
D.

predicaments...ephemeral

E.

explanations...complex

179.
Jared often espoused the virtue of ______; likewise, he was frequently
rewarded by the blessings of good karma.

A. :-) munificence
B.

patience

C.

avarice

D.

perseverance

E.

charisma

180.
His was not a hasty but rather a ______ approach; however ______ he
came to make his move he was almost always able to anticipate the actions of
his opponent.

A. X slow...rapidly
B. X patient...determinedly
C. X precipitous...gradually
D. :-) leisurely...carefully
E. ?

calculating...ploddingly

181.
Although the stunt man had broken both his legs, he refused to ______
his ______ manner, even if it meant he had to crawl.

A. :-) abandon...ambulatory
B.

adopt...itinerant

C.

apply...irascible

D.

banish...stationary

E.

discard...iconic

182.
Nuclear power plants have been known to emit ______ gasses into the
atmosphere; those living in close proximity may exhibit deleterious side-effects in
later life.

A. X pungent
B. X innocuous
C. :-) noxious
D.

arid

E.

benign

183.
She was amazed to see the ______ hustle and bustle of the day fade into
the ______ quiet of the night.

A. :-) hectic...dormant
B.

passionate...cacophonous

C.

irate...mundane

D.

lively...belligerent

E.

sedentary...mercurial

184.
Ted was never inclined to verbosity; he was so ______ that not even the
most engaging interlocutor could elicit more than a few words of him.

A. :-) laconic
B.

patient

C.

hesitant

D.

solemn

E.

serious

185.
While some assert that Americas marked ______ to the Metric System is
based on an inherent dislike of decimals, others argue that it stems from ______,
and a general affinity for American tradition.

A. X devotion...abhorrence
B. X loyalty...reliability
C. :-) aversion...patriotism
D.

attraction...nationalism

E.

repulsion...betrayal

186.
Unless a precedent has already been set in a previous trial, the outcome
of a novel case may be ______, and serve as a ______ in subsequent situations.

A. :-) precedential...guide
B.

useful...right

C.

favorable...compass

D.

beneficial...obstacle

E.

partial...model

187.
Many regarded his work as ______; consequently he was ______ by the
church.

A. X influential...accepted
B. X simple...excommunicated
C. X immoral...acclaimed
D. :-) heretical...cast out
E.

unorthodox...lauded

188.
Due to the prevalence of ______ content on the internet, such as viruses
and malignant spyware, a(n) ______ number of computers are being equipped
with firewalls and anti-virus software.

A. :-) deleterious...increasing
B.

harmful...decreasing

C. X shameful...rising
D.

humorous...growing

E.

sophisticated...slowing

189.
Rather than compromise his reputation for ______, the bishop revealed
the deceitful nature of his plan, and retired from his position at the church
prematurely

A.

probity

B.

wisdom

C. :-) justice
D.

fidelity

E.

devotion

190.
Regardless of the carrying capacity of a given ecosystem, a(n) ______ of
predators will almost always result in mass migration.

A. X reduction
B. X paucity
C. X upturn
D. :-) overabundance
E.

contraction

191.
Despite the increased time most people have ______ the internet, there
has been a ______ in the popularity of several television shows.

A. X spent on...decline
B. X given to...dip
C. X devoted to...growth
D. :-) allotted to...rise
E.

taken from...fluctuation

192.
Most politicians are ______ to admit the benefits of increased campaign
funding; likewise, most voters are unwilling to ______ it.

A. X scared...see
B. X ready...acknowledge
C. :-) reluctant...expose

D.

silly...denounce

E.

hesitant...outlaw

193.
The prospect of atmospheric reentry was ______ for the crew of Apollo
13, yet they managed to ______ this obstacle and perform a successful oceanic
landing.

A. X poor...circumvent
B. :-) unlikely...overcome
C.

probable...subvert

D.

uncertain...detect

E.

doubtful...identify

194.
While it is true that some beavers have the ______ to build dams, others
are ______ to participate in such activity.

A. X tendency...predisposed
B. :-) propensity...disinclined
C. X antipathy...used
D.

penchant...inured

E.

inclination...accustomed

195.
Since Justin had already attempted to persuade his parents to buy him a
new pet several times in the past, he ______ himself to playing with his old dog,
Max.

A.

relegated

B.

relinquished

C. :-) resigned
D. X reconciled
E. X compromised

196.
Unless something is done to ______ the emission of harmful greenhouse
gasses into the atmosphere, the earth may have to ______ a future of global
warming.

A. X prevent...avoid
B. X limit...embrace
C. :-) curtail...accept
D.

slow...admit

E.

precipitate...comply with

197.
From promotion to advertising, Mark exhibits a firm grasp of ______ in
corporate operation.

A. :-) marketing
B.

budgeting

C.

purchasing

D.

manufacturing

E.

engineering

198.
While some divers consider the scuba tank ______, others prefer to make
their decent absent the burden of this ponderous apparatus.

A. :-) necessary
B.

harmless

C.

protocol

D.

a boon

E.

a nuisance

199.
If not for her keen insight and remarkable ______, Audrina would not have
been able to ______ the outcome of the war and head eastward.

A. :-) prescience...predict
B.

clairvoyance...guess

C.

hindsight...forecast

D.

foresight...calculate

E.

recollection...forecast

200.
Storm clouds mounted, and rain threatened to spoil the ceremony;
consequently, it had to be ______.

A.

protracted

B.

limited

C.

altered

D. :-) truncated
E.

reconfigured

201.
Very much is known about the philosopher Descartes; however, while
drawing from his singular writing style, it is often difficult to______ some of his
finer ______.

A. X categorize...details
B. X appreciate...thoughts
C. :-) grasp...points
D.

understand...lectures

E.

value...lessons

202.
Marcel Duchamps ______ Fountain first exhibited in
1917, was not only a audacious display of courage, but also a ______ piece
which symbolized the progression of art into the modern world.

A. X iconic...simplistic
B. :-) daring...groundbreaking
C.

interesting...banal

D.

exciting...contemporary

E.

renowned...attractive

203.
Although the witness had been offered several ______, his testimony was
______, and did not show any sign of prejudice.

A. :-) bribes...impartial
B.

blandishments...biased

C. X ideas...fair
D.

propositions...determined

E.

changes...reasonable

204.
Motivation, no matter how ostensibly well-founded, involves an aspect of
______, and the desire to get ahead.

A. X passion
B. X inspiration
C. X truth
D. :-) selfishness
E.

altruism

205.
In order to dissociate a soldier from the ______ operations he or she must
carry out, the Military has infused their language with countless innocuous
______, such as Target acquired, Threat eliminated, and Mission
accomplished.

A. X disastrous...sayings
B. X mindless...postulates
C. :-) violent...euphemisms
D.

brutal...slogans

E.

harmful...mottos

206.
The coach lacked coordination and solid communication skills; likewise,
his team was altogether ______.

A. X undisciplined
B. X independent
C. X cohesive
D. :-) disjointed
E.

incapable

207.
Despite his aptitude, experience, and wide range of skills, the corporation
______ his application for CEO.

A.

deferred

B. :-) rejected
C.

discarded

D.

abandoned

E.

compromised

208.
Unless the corporation ______ a new product in the next quarter, their
revenues will continue to ______, and they may be forced to file bankruptcy.

A. :-) invents...decline
B.

discovers...decrease

C.

purchases...swell

D.

manages...dip

E.

releases...suffer

209.
If not for their ______ play and quick thinking, the team would have surely
______.

A. X adroit...lost
B. X skillful...won
C. :-) tenacious...been defeated
D.

severe...been victorious

E.

reticent...challenged

210.
The Ballerina, ______ for its high level of ______ and craftsmanship, is
the sculpture for which Degas is most well known.

A. X marked...patience
B. :-) renowned...artistry
C.

recognized...complexity

D.

criticized...effort

E.

celebrated...cunning

211.
Despite their ______ appearance, the travelers turned out to be
surprisingly ______.

A. X simple...genial

B. :-) exhausted...enthusiastic
C.

worn...original

D.

sweet...callous

E.

warm...caustic

212.
Surprised by a will which had been previously regarded with neglect, and
in extreme cases burlesque, the first wave of rebellion elicited ______ from the
French elitists; while on the other hand the second was largely ______.

A. X franticness...ridiculed
B. X indifference...acknowledged
C. :-) shock...ignored
D.

hysteria...unnoticed

E.

panic...overlooked

213.
Sociologists report a(n) ______ traditional modes of child upbringing;
children of the 21st century devote far less time to face-to-face interaction and
extracurricular activities.

A. :-) departure from


B.

adherence to

C. X understanding of
D.

suspension of

E.

partnership with

214.
To criticism involving the insufferable verbosity of his Logical Atomism,
Russell replied that his logically perfect language was for ______ purposes
useless; he was well aware of its intolerable ______ in addition to its having a
vocabulary largely private to one speaker.

A. X practical...effectiveness
B. X reasonable...poignancy
C. :-) pragmatic...prolixity
D.

utilitarian...composition

E.

intensive...circumlocution

215.
As organization and unity of the Inca steadily ______, the incentive of the
Spanish - as well as the British - soldiers waxed; it was only a matter of time
before the still largely outnumbered armies came to ______ an entire race.

A. :-) deteriorated...vanquish
B.

increased...exterminate

C.

amassed...eliminate

D.

weakened...ostracize

E.

declined...extinguish

216.
If not for their audacious overthrow of the larger, more advanced
civilization, the Mongol empire would have been lost, and their remarkable acts
of ______ obliterated.

A. :-) bravery

B.

ingenuity

C.

competence

D.

tradition

E.

creativity

217.
When ______ about a key foible in his theory, the piqued Rodman took
umbrage, and ______ his opponent for ever asking such a question.

A. :-) questioned...berated
B.

asked...disliked

C.

appealed...scolded

D.

engaged...aquiesced

E.

challenged...loathed

218.
In every aspect of ______, from invention to manufacture, Becca is aware
of the importance of maintaining ______, and takes necessary steps to ensure
that not one imperfection goes unchecked.

A. X operation...superiority
B. :-) production...excellence
C.

organization...quality

D.

business...values

E.

commission...standards

219.

Genuine inspiration is the artists ultimate ______.

A. X assistant
B. :-) motivation
C. X menace
D.

persuasion

E.

associate

220.
Despite a marked increase in the number of visitors buying tickets to the
museum, the most recent totals of their donations indicate ______.

A. X an increase
B. X a discrepancy
C. :-) a decline
D.

a disruption

E.

an effect

221.
Given the substantial cutbacks in social welfare funding, plans for the new
initiative to curb homelessness must be ______ .

A. X absolved
B. X truncated
C. X remanded
D. :-) stifled

E.

capped

222.
Due to substantial fluctuations in altitudinal and barometric pressure
readings, the pilot lost her bearing and rapidly became ______; after a final
evaluation of the situation, she deemed it ______ to start heading for the nearest
viable runway.

A. X shaky...important
B. X anxious...fair
C. X intoxicated...wise
D. :-) disoriented...prudent
E.

bewildered...safe

223.
The warring tribes were weary of conflict; both were eager to forge a
peaceful ______.

A. X negotiation
B. X victory
C. X insurgency
D.

resolution

E. X feud

224.
Tyrants demand that others do their wishes, while ______ take a softer
approach, considering the individual interests of all others.

A. X dictators

B. X socialists
C. :-) diplomats
D.

fascists

E.

communists

225.
Because the test has been deemed inaccurate, the findings we obtained
are ______.

A. X valuable
B. X interesting
C. :-) inconclusive
D.

worthwhile

E.

inestimable

226.
In a ______ country, private individuals have the right to own property;
conversely, under ______ leadership, private ownership is forbidden.

A. X free...corrupt
B. X republic....socialist
C. :-) democratic...communist
D.

egalitariancapitalist

E.

independent...monarchial

227.
The expedition was ______ with ______; it rained every day, someone
broke their ankle, and sickness plagued the crew from day one.

A. X rife...misdirection
B. X rampant...catastrophe
C. :-) fraught...misfortune
D.

full...despair

E.

stuffed...calamity

228.
In ______ tropical atolls, there are sometimes hundreds of species of fish
in search of precious sustenance; the ______ resources can be intense.

A. X teeming...garnering of
B. X dense...exploitation of
C. X crowded...interest in
D. :-) populated...competition for
E.

overpopulated...disdain of

229.
Despite the unfavorable attention brought on by the media, the press had
a(n) ______ effect on the campaign.

A. :-) positive
B. X negative
C.

inert

D.

amplified

E.

equal

230.
It is no secret that prison can be rather ______; grim conditions and
severe treatment have been known to ______ even the most hardened criminals.

A. X cruel...instigate
B. :-) harsh...deter
C.

difficult...encourage

D.

hard...influence

E.

strange...prevent

231.
Although Kates report on the effects of electromagnetic radiation was
lengthy, the presentation she held was rather ______ .

A. :-) succinct
B.

neutral

C.

banal

D.

verbose

E.

lofty

232.
Dr. Goli took note of any ______ blemishes on the patients skin;
abnormalities on the skin are often______ of skin cancer.

A. :-) strange...symptoms

B.

typical...clues

C.

interesting...signs

D.

touch...indications

E.

darkened...causes

233.
Although Maria usually dresses in ______ garments, she was feeling
inspired and decided to wear an ______ outfit to the art opening.

A. X cheap...expensive
B. X frilly...elaborate
C. X lousy...great
D. :-) plain...extraordinary
E.

decorative...ugly

234.
Despite his effort to combat his fear of heights, the alarming speed at
which the roller coaster dipped and turned ______ John.

A.

excited

B. :-) terrified
C.

surprised

D.

angered

E.

pleased

235.
Although the revision process can be ______, it is important to make sure
your work gets ______ for even the most insignificant errors.

A. X painful...looked at
B. :-) tedious...proofread
C.

annoying...examined

D.

careful...authored

E.

discerning...edited

236.
Josh lets his ______ get the best of him; he ______ completed his project,
resulting in a sloppy presentation.

A. X prudence...patiently
B. X meter...slowly
C. :-) impatience...hastily
D.

emotion...cautiously

E.

preciseness...carefully

237.
After years of divergence, Sadie and Patrick finally found their lives
running along a ______ course.

A. X different
B. :-) parallel
C.

congruent

D.

uniform

E.

opposite

238.
The fleet of planes was only one of the companys ______; they also had
lots of valuable equipment, other vehicles, and land.

A. X finances
B. X shareholders
C.

interests

D. :-) assets
E.

debts

239.
Though electric refrigerators have become ______ during recent years, in
many places foods are still preserved using ______.

A. X commonplace...machines
B. X prevalent...electronics
C.

feasible...ice

D. :-) ubiquitous...cellars
E.

prominent...freezers

240.
Mary is an independent and innovative thinker, therefore it is best to grant
her a good deal of ______ with regard to the direction of her research.

A. X preoccupation

B. X leverage
C. X interest
D. :-) autonomy
E.

assistance

241.
Although Kates report on the effects of electromagnetic radiation was
lengthy, the presentation she held was rather ______ .

A. :-) succinct
B.

neutral

C.

banal

D.

verbose

E.

lofty

242.
Dr. Goli took note of any ______ blemishes on the patients skin;
abnormalities on the skin are often______ of skin cancer.

A. :-) strange...symptoms
B.

typical...clues

C.

interesting...signs

D.

touch...indications

E.

darkened...causes

243.
Although Maria usually dresses in ______ garments, she was feeling
inspired and decided to wear an ______ outfit to the art opening.

A. X cheap...expensive
B. X frilly...elaborate
C. X lousy...great
D. :-) plain...extraordinary
E.

decorative...ugly

244.
Despite his effort to combat his fear of heights, the alarming speed at
which the roller coaster dipped and turned ______ John.

A.

excited

B. :-) terrified
C.

surprised

D.

angered

E.

pleased

245.
Although the revision process can be ______, it is important to make sure
your work gets ______ for even the most insignificant errors.

A. X painful...looked at
B. :-) tedious...proofread
C.

annoying...examined

D.

careful...authored

E.

discerning...edited

246.
Josh lets his ______ get the best of him; he ______ completed his project,
resulting in a sloppy presentation.

A. X prudence...patiently
B. X meter...slowly
C. :-) impatience...hastily
D.

emotion...cautiously

E.

preciseness...carefully

247.
After years of divergence, Sadie and Patrick finally found their lives
running along a ______ course.

A. X different
B. :-) parallel
C.

congruent

D.

uniform

E.

opposite

248.
The fleet of planes was only one of the companys ______; they also had
lots of valuable equipment, other vehicles, and land.

A. X finances

B. X shareholders
C. X interests
D. :-) assets
E.

debts

249.
Though electric refrigerators have become ______ during recent years, in
many places foods are still preserved using ______.

A. X commonplace...machines
B. X prevalent...electronics
C. X feasible...ice
D. :-) ubiquitous...cellars
E.

prominent...freezers

250.
Mary is an independent and innovative thinker, therefore it is best to grant
her a good deal of ______ with regard to the direction of her research.

A. X preoccupation
B. X leverage
C. X interest
D. :-) autonomy
E.

assistance

251.
The ______ of meat in your refrigerator doesnt necessarily indicate that
you are______.

A. X presence...herbivorous
B. :-) absence...vegetarian
C.

amount...omnivorous

D.

color...carnivorous

E.

flavor...ravenous

252.
Due to the ______ of new media technology, many people predict
newspapers will soon be ______ .

A. :-) rise...obsolete
B.

increase...ubiquitous

C.

prevalence...commonplace

D.

incline...widespread

E.

death...anachronistic

253.
Towards the end of the first semester of junior year, Sarah was ______
with work ; she had to write two papers, take five exams, and give an oral
presentation.

A.

satisfied

B. :-) inundated
C.

assailed

D.

unnerved

E.

aggrandized

254.
Michelle detested Johns ______ nature; he constantly boasted ______
claims that left no one fooled.

A. :-) ostentatious...pompous
B.

excitable...various

C.

bombastic...specious

D.

laughable...audacious

E.

ebullient...predictable

255.
A good example of ______ beneficial symbiosis is the clownfish and the
sea anemone; the clownfish receives protection from its enemies and in
exchange feeds the anemone by gathering nutrients and leaving nutritional waste
on its tentacles.

A. X dually
B. X collectively
C. X unilaterally
D. :-) mutually
E.

cooperatively

256.
In cool murky environments, the absence of ______ precludes algae from
performing photosynthesis, rendering it unable to produce energy.

A.

prey

B. :-) light
C.

oxygen

D.

food

E.

air

257.
Greta felt ______; she couldnt decide between watching her favorite
movie and taking a long walk.

A. :-) conflicted
B. X transient
C.

vulnerable

D.

decisive

E.

humbled

258.
Although it was not uncommon for members of the upper class to dine
with ______, they usually ______ doing so in the presence of other nobles.

A. :-) serfs...refrained from


B.

peasants...engaged in

C.

lords...took part in

D.

commoners...neglected

E.

nobles...abstained from

259.
Despite their ______ reputation as pedants and charlatans, the sophists
were also known to be the first group to ______ critical thinking among the
masses.

A. X trendy...popularize
B. X ignoble...engender
C. X lowly...create
D. :-) dubious...spread
E.

abject...promote

260.
Motivation, no matter how ostensibly well-founded, involves an aspect of
______, and the desire to get ahead.

A. X passion
B. X inspiration
C. X truth
D. :-) selfishness
E.

candor