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1. Architects define a physical structure as a set of materials arranged in such a way that these materials can ------- the downward pull of gravity.
A. mimicB. resistC. amplifyD. dislodgeE. demonstrate
2. Just when the senator's opponent had ------- the lead in popularity polls, public opinion -------; as a result, the incumbent senator regained her front-runner position.
A. taken . . stabilizedB. challenged . . wanedC. captured . . shiftedD. conceded . . vacillatedE. relinquished . . changed
3. Any biographer of this playwright, who assumed an elaborate public facade in order to conceal private concerns, must examine the impulse behind such -------.
A. artificeB. jovialityC. conceitD. disbeliefE. erudition
4. It is said that as a legal team Charles Houston and Thurgood Marshall complemented each other thoroughly: Houston's sedate manner was ------- Marshall's -------.
A. analagous to . . trepidationB. commensurate with . . formalityC. tempered by . . jocularityD. adverse to . . gregariousnessE. superseded by . . inquisitiveness
5. Conflicting standards for allowable radiation levels in foods made ------- appraisals of the damage to crops following the reactor meltdown extremely difficult.
A. reliableB. privateC. intrusiveD. consciousE. inflated
6. The student's feelings about presenting the commencement address were -------; although visibly happy to have been chosen, he was nonetheless ------- about speaking in public.
A. positive . . insecureB. euphoric . . hopefulC. unknown . . modestD. ambivalent . . anxiousE. restrained . . confident
7. Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiar, far from being a tight, ------- narrative, is instead ------- novel that roams freely and imaginatively over a half-million years.
A. traditional . . a chronologicalB. provocative . . an insensitiveC. forceful . . a conciseD. focused . . an expansiveE. circuitous . . a discursive
8. In a society that abhors -------, the nonconformist is persistently -------.
A. creativity . . glorifiedB. rebelliousness . . suppressedC. insurgency . . heededD. smugness . . persecutedE. stagnation . . denigrated
9. The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably ------- when they learned that this service had been -------.
A. satisfied . . annulledB. stymied . . extendedC. displeased . . upheldD. disgruntled . . suspendedE. concerned . . provided
10. Both by ------- and by gender, American painter Mary Cassatt was an -------, because her artistic peers were Frenchmen.
A. background . . amateurB. citizenship . . intellectualC. nationality . . anomalyD. style . . advocateE. skill . . expert
11. Only if business continues to expand can it ------- enough new jobs to make up for those that will be ------- by automation.
A. produce . . requiredB. invent . . introducedC. create . . eliminatedD. repeal . . reducedE. formulate . . engendered
12. Trinkets intended to have only ------- appeal can exist virtually forever in landfills because of the ------- of some plastics.
A. arbitrary . . scarcityB. theoretical . . resilienceC. ephemeral . . durabilityD. obsessive . . fragilityE. impetuous . . cheapness
13. The editor expected her reporters to be -------, but the number of ------- in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met.
A. impartial . . clichésB. frank . . predictionsC. decisive . . factsD. creative . . errorsE. accurate . . misquotations
14. Many people find Stanley Jordan's music not only entertaining but also -------; listening to it helps them to relax and to ------- the tensions they feel at the end of a trying day.
A. soothing . . heightenB. therapeutic . . alleviateC. sweet . . underscoreD. exhausting . . relieveE. interesting . . activate
15. Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly -------, insisting on the correctness of his position.
A. inarticulateB. dogmaticC. ellipticalD. tactfulE. ambiguous
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