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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.
1There is no fundamental difference between a person who quietly _____ a bigoted viewpoint to a friend and one who spews chauvinist vitriol on television.

eschews
espouses
professes
denies
abnegates
arrogates
2Because it arrives so early in the season, before many other birds,the robin has been called the _____ of spring.

prototype
hostage
harbinger
herald
progeny
newcomer
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
3Crustly 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
4The President of the nation was widely ____ for refusing to ____ the excesses of the ______ Minister.

criticized
applauded
chagrined

implement
curb
prevent

famous
ostracise
loathed
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
5The thought of a nuclear _____ sparked by a misunderstanding poses an awesome ______.

holocaust
device
danger

reverberation
spectacle
spectre
6When 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
7When 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
8_____ 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
9The horrifying _____ of the fire was reported on all the news stations and the arson squad worked later through the week to uncover the _____ of the tragedy.

scene
result
cost
aftermath
origin

rumble
jeopardy
cause
liability
reality
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
10Despite Adam's intense _____, he failed to secure the prestigious university's coveted diploma.

lugubriosity
imbibition
mettle
lucubration
magnanimity
11If the nail decided to ________, it would not pierce butter

brash
malinger
interdict
obscure
temperance
covet
12Truman 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
13My wealthy aunt is more than economical; she so ____ that she washes paper plates to be used again.

indigent
parsimonious
affluent
impoverished
selfish
14The 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
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