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1. Some critics of the congressional proceedings contend that important debates on issues are marred by a ------ of denunciations and accusations that precludes ------- discourse.
A. repertory… expendableB. paucity… meaningfulC. barrage… libelousD. rehash… repetitiveE. cacophony… orderly
2. Like many other groups of people in the United States who have needed laws to ------- equal rights, Americans with disabilities have had to ------- legislation addressing their concerns.
A. Guarantee… lobby forB. Preclude… enactC. Ascertain… consolidateD. Compound… contend withE. Suppress… ratify
3. The cafe attracts a ------- clientele: a startlingly heterogeneous group of people collects here.
A. motleyB. callousC. languidD. mysteriousE. humane
4. The second edition of the textbook provides ------- footnotes; since the first edition, the editors have apparently ------- a great deal of background data.
A. Meager… accumulatedB. Illegible… clarifiedC. Copious… amassedD. Voluminous… excisedE. Monotonous… embellished
5. Professor Fernandez has been ------- about most of the purportedly humanitarian aspects of the colonial government and has insisted its actions were, on the contrary, -------.
A. Dubious… self-servingB. Enthusiastic… contemptibleC. Disparaging… sporadicD. Excited… gratuitousE. Disillusioned… benevolent
6. Concrete is ------- of many materials, a composite of rocks, pebbles, sand and cement.
A. a conflagrationB. a distillationC. a concordanceD. an aberrationE. a amalgamation
7. The depiction of the ------- wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are ------- creatures that prefer to run in packs.
A. Howling…noisyB. Maternal… shyC. Lone… socialD. Vicious… dangerousE. Hungry… famished
8. Jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong is renowned for his improvisations on the trumpet; his innovations as a vocalist are equally ------- .
A. obscureB. severeC. conventionalD. erroneousE. noteworthy
9. Andrew's hunch that Ms. Smith would lose the election was ------- when her opponent won in a landslide, proving Andrew's -------- to be correct.
A. Compromised… predictionB. Rejected… insolenceC. Substantiated… endorsementD. Confirmed… intuitionE. Belied…. Retraction
10. The medicine does not have a salutary effect by ------- pain, even if recent studies prove that it cannot eliminate such discomfort entirely.
A. alleviatingB. distractingC. revitalizingD. eradicatingE. augmenting
11. The intern was almost too ------; he felt the suffering of his patients as if it were his own.
A. candidB. disarmingC. empatheticD. insightfulE. hysterical
12. As the charismatic speaker left the podium, she was surrounded by ------- of zealous supporters who -------- our attempts to approach her.
A. An entourage… interfered withB. A debacle… concurred withC. A faction… pertained toD. A dearth… interceptedE. A coalition… encompassed
13. Sally was a lighthearted and even-tempered woman; she had none of her sister's -------.
A. affluenceB. affabilityC. equanimityD. resilienceE. truculence
14. Because postmodernist critics often rely on ------ language, their prose seems -------- to nonspecialists who fail to comprehend its meaning.
A. accessible… abstruseB. arcane… unequivocalC. esoteric… impenetrableD. (D)hackneyed… exoticE. (E)lucid… grating
15. Eduardo was ------- to find the editorial he has written was ------ by several typographical errors.
A. Dismayed… authenticatedB. Overjoyed… exacerbatedC. Intrigued… envelopedD. Prepared… enhancedE. Embarrassed… marred
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