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1. Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the ------- will attempt to ------- her.
A. impartial . . defyB. doubtful . . championC. gullible . . believeD. obstinate . . contradictE. irrational . . follow
2. Over the years the anthropologist's opinions had -------: he refused to tolerate new ideas and nothing could change his mind.
A. digressedB. proliferatedC. ossifiedD. germinatedE. incubated
3. As the first ------- of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent.
A. salvoB. encoreC. palliativeD. concessionE. demurral
4. Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be -------, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and ------- way to get around.
A. wasteful . . generousB. daunting . . efficientC. extravagant . . prohibitiveD. convenient . . solitaryE. enjoyable . . easy
5. One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile -------.
A. latencyB. stimulationC. complacenceD. confusionE. extension
6. Because little rain falls in the district during summer, municipalities are necessarily ------- to ------- water from winter storms.
A. ready . . squanderB. reluctant . . retainC. free . . absorbD. careful . . storeE. unwilling . . conserve
7. Toni Cade Bambara's novels are engrossing because the protagonists, in striving to achieve goals, are not simply ------- characters.
A. passiveB. tangibleC. abandonedD. autonomousE. redundant
8. Once his integrity had been -------, the mayoral candidate was quick both to ------- these attacks and to issue counterattacks.
A. debunked . . buttressB. restored . . recommenceC. revoked . . relinquishD. impugned . . repudiateE. vitiated . . avoid
9. New data measuring the ------- of land beneath the oceans permit accurate generalizations about the topography of the seafloor.
A. modelsB. contoursC. remnantsD. populationsE. pigments
10. Excessive secrecy tends to ------- excessive curiosity and thus serves to ------- the very impulses against which it guards.
A. inhibit . . protectB. disguise . . supplantC. satisfy . . limitD. compel . . derideE. invite . . provoke
11. In frigid regions a layer of permafrost under the soil surface prevents water from sinking deep into the soil, and so the water ------- the land, helping to create bog and ------- conditions.
A. freezes . . tropicalB. parches . . marshC. inundates . . desertD. aerates . . jungleE. floods . . swamp
12. Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed -------, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was -------.
A. dubious . . erroneousB. incongruous . . inconsistentC. implausible . . correctD. logical . . pertinentE. probable . . coherent
13. The legislation facing Congress was so ------- that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship.
A. divisiveB. transparentC. concordantD. repetitiveE. rhetorical
14. In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses -------, brief descriptive sketches, to provide ------- view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people.
A. missives . . an illusoryB. themes . . a thoroughC. vignettes . . a vividD. treatises . . an authenticE. abstracts . . an ambiguous
15. Because an older horse is more ------- than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider.
A. frolicsomeB. cantankerousC. gargantuanD. tractableE. precipitate
16. The library's collection is a ------- of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations.
A. summaryB. fabricationC. consensusD. troveE. replication
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