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For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
1Shakespeare's _________ of Richard III is so _______ that it is difficult to imagine that the ruler had been dead for more than a century before the Bard cast him as the central character in one of his plays.

depiction
rendition
portrayal

vivid
compelling
droll
2When listening to a medieval Gregorian chant, the listener does not encounter the composer's individual personality; _______, the chant merely ______ both the musical and religious rules of the period

rather
moreover
in other words

embodies
reflects
repudiates
3When thrust into an unknown world, people are careful to note the conditions in which they find themselves, ______ them with their ________.

comparing
bemusing
congealing

expectations
daydreams
observations
4King Chengz al Sadat of Egypt, disregarding _____ criticism in the Arab world and in his own People, accepted prime-minister Mohammad _____ invitation to Afganistan in order to address the Afganistan parliament.

charismatic
blemished
categorical
acrimonious
malignant

meticulously
formally
stiffly
previously
plaintively
5Although the young boys in the class grew _____ under the principal's new discipline policy, the girls seemed _____ by it.

anxious
argumentative
remorseful
restive
taciturn

intimidated
unperturbed
frustrated
enchanted
attracted
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
6Crustly and egotistical, albert A. Knopf, the publisher, wore ______ shirts from the most exclusive tailors; was a connoisseur of music,food,and wine; nurtured a garden of exotic plants; and enjoyed rare cigars. His self-assured, ______ manner, together with his insistence on the best of everything, shaped his house's image as a _____ of works of enduring value.

expensive
immaculate
flamboyant

decorous
irascible
congenial

connoisseur
purveyor
solicitor
7Her novel published to universal ____, her literary gifts acknowledged by the chief figures of the Harlem Renaissance, her reputation as yet ______ by envious slights, Hurston clearly was at the ____ of her career

indifference
derision
acclaim

belittles
resented
untarnished

zenith
extremity
ebb
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
8John Wright chose the ______ Mark Twain as a result of his knowledge of river boat piloting.

mountebank
protagonist
misanthrope
hallucination
pseudonym
alias
9If the nail decided to ________, it would not pierce butter

brash
malinger
interdict
obscure
temperance
covet
10Truman tried to continue Roosevelt's ______ approach to the Soviet Union, but by 96, he had adopted a much tougher policy towards the Russians.

conciliatory
cursory
strict
obligatory
uncompromising
11My wealthy aunt is more than economical; she so ____ that she washes paper plates to be used again.

indigent
parsimonious
affluent
impoverished
selfish
12The population of a species at any given time is determined by the ratio of the biotic _____ to the environmental resistance.

jeopardy
excitement
lexicon
potential
annoyance
Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.
13Even the wisest of leaders will come to need counsel, so it is important to ensure that one is surrounded by honest and candid advisers, rather than by mere __________ seeking to please and flatter for their own advancement

toadies
entourage
supporters
heralds
sycophants
associates
14Perhaps because something in us instinctively distrusts such displays of natural fluency,some readers approach John Smith with ______.

wariness
indifference
suspicion
veneration
bewilderment
remorse
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