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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.
1The President of the nation was widely ____ for refusing to ____ the excesses of the ______ Minister.

criticized
applauded
chagrined

implement
curb
prevent

famous
ostracise
loathed
2Both the relationship with space and penetration of space are of (i) ________ importance in dance. This is the same rapport the sculptor has with his clay or marble. The body sculpts the space, forming a place for itself, (ii) ________ creating a negative space, which is unoccupied. A reviewer, writing about the (iii) ________ dancer Hoyer, said that Hoyer could express what could not be born in film or photography. She could capture the space as her own.

consequent
fundamental
malleable

caustically
deferentially
simultaneously

eloquent
haughty
obliging
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
3Shakespeare'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
4When 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
5When 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
6With her customary _____, the Queen replied to reporters only with a smile, but the President _____ happily about what a good time he was having.

aplomb
choler
reticence
tact
volubility

objected
spoke
exclaimed
grumbled
gushed
7Richard's _____ handling of the _____ scandal successfully prevented what seemed poised to become the spectacular dissipation of his coalition.

heterogeneous
adroit
penitent

looming
fretful
ecumenical
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
10After years of unchecked exploitation of its natural resources, the state, predictably has _____ the population of its native plants and animals.

stymied
decimated
increased
reduced
normalized
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.
13It was her view that the country's problems had been _______ by foreign technocrats, so that to ask for such assistance again would be counterproductive.

ameliorated
ascertained
diagnosed
exacerbated
overlooked
worsened
14When 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
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