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1. Despite ------- on taking rare tamarins from their habitat, the illegal trade in the tiny monkeys remains -------.
A. commendations . . obligatoryB. consultations . . predominantC. restrictions . . localD. penalties . . illicitE. prohibitions . . active
2. Representing a round world on a flat surface is impos-sible without some -------: the Mercator projection map shows Greenland as over ten times larger than Mexico, a country in fact only slightly smaller than Greenland.
A. oversightB. simplificationC. distortionD. sophisticationE. superficiality
3. The highly publicized redesign of the car is essentially -------: the exterior has been updated, but the engine remains unchanged.
A. intuitiveB. cosmeticC. incoherentD. consequentialE. retroactive
4. Many of our memories are -------, escaping our con-sciousness just as we strain to recall a face or a name.
A. elusiveB. pervasiveC. unvariedD. insensitiveE. impractical
5. Although Caroline Gordon was rigorously objective in her journalistic writing, her lively and ------- private correspondence ------- a de lightful capacity for biting commentary on the social scene.
A. incisive . . disguisedB. eloquent . . deridedC. dispassionate . . demonstratedD. exuberant . . minimizedE. entertaining . . exhibited
6. An effective member of a debating team must focus clearly on the ------- issue and avoid ------- arguments.
A. equivocal . . obstreperousB. designated . . pertinentC. comprehensive . . generalD. principal . . peripheralE. subtle . . significant
7. The ------- with which merchants and landowners in early-nineteenth-century Maryland and Virginia ------- Joshua Johnston's professional services attests to his artistic skill as a portrait painter.
A. avidness . . soughtB. diffidence . . purchasedC. patience . . replacedD. elegance . . regardedE. zealousness . . overlooked
8. The man's colleagues characterized him as ------- because he had an irritable, quarrelsome disposition.
A. tyrannicalB. disingenuousC. sanctimoniousD. cantankerousE. morose
9. After winning the lottery, John bought sports cars, built a mansion, and wore designer suits; however, by thus ------- his -------, he alienated his friends.
A. tranquillityB. immobilityC. consistencyD. desirabilityE. complexity
10. The study of biology, once considered the key to solving nature's mysteries, has instead served to emphasize nature's incredible -------.
A. enduring . . hardshipB. flaunting . . prosperityC. undermining . . imageD. calculating . . successesE. moderating . . consumption
11. In 1575 Venetians instituted an annual celebration to ------- the end of the ------- that had struck the city.
A. lament . . turmoilB. commemorate . . plagueC. eulogize . . pestilenceD. hail . . prosperityE. solemnize . . fame
12. Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most ------- lyrics with dramatic meaning.
A. harmoniousB. sensationalC. impeccableD. vapidE. esteemed
13. A long-standing theory about the migration of green turtles was ------- by an innovative marine biologist who graciously defused potential ------- by dedicating her work to the original researcher.
A. instigated . . rancorB. renounced . . approvalC. displaced . . attributionD. enhanced . . alterationE. repudiated . . acrimony
14. Most pioneers ------- this valley on their journey to the West because its rugged terrain and frequent landslides made it a ------- place for travelers.
A. flanked . . fascinatingB. avoided . . necessaryC. encompassed . . curiousD. enjoyed . . troublesomeE. skirted . . hazardous
15. Ballads often praise popular figures who have performed feats that many perceive as -------, such as defending the poor or resisting ------- authority.
A. modest . . acceptableB. inescapable . . legitimateC. insufficient . . overpoweringD. admirable . . unjustE. unbelievable . . tolerable
16. The serious purpose of the paper-airplane flying contest, which attracted many novel and sometimes truly ------- entries, was to determine whether any ------- aerodynamic designs could be discovered.
A. unorthodox . . conventionalB. bizarre . . revolutionaryC. derivative . . imaginativeD. mundane . . predictableE. ungainly . . aesthetic
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