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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
2_____ by the long journey of life, the businessman once known for his overweening _____ was now seen by others as the possessor of a broken spirit and timid demeanor.

humbled
exalted
unaffected

pretension
swagger
wealth
3Although 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
4Most candidates spend _____ they can raise on their campaigns, but others wind up on election day with a _____.

so
everything
time
every cent
nothing

bankroll
vacation
deficit
surplus
war chest
5If the patriotic legend revealed the hard _____ of Roman culture, the love story tended to show its _____ belly.

facts
backbone
times
stubbornness
paternalism

fictitious
easygoing
abdominal
maternal
vulnerable
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
6John Wright chose the ______ Mark Twain as a result of his knowledge of river boat piloting.

mountebank
protagonist
misanthrope
hallucination
pseudonym
alias
7If the nail decided to ________, it would not pierce butter

brash
malinger
interdict
obscure
temperance
covet
8Truman 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
9My wealthy aunt is more than economical; she so ____ that she washes paper plates to be used again.

indigent
parsimonious
affluent
impoverished
selfish
10The 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
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
11Crustly 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
12Her 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
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.
13When Angela got angry about corruption, whether it was while reading a newspaper or listening to news, it proved almost impossible to _____ her.

influence
mollify
condemn
pacify
incense
judge
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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