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  1. As the hurrican's force ______, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.

    A. palliated
    B. abated
    C. obdurated
    D. negated
    E. probity
    B. abated - to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  2. the patron _______ form the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.

    A. protracted
    B. tauted
    C. absconded
    D. weltered
    E. reverted
    C. absconded - to leave secretely
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  3. the restauranteur made his ketchup last longer by _______ it with water.

    A. amalgamated
    B. adulterated
    C. propitiated
    D. engendered
    E. wavered
    B. adulterated - to make impure
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  4. followers of the ________ movement regared the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.

    A. cogent
    B. ardor
    C. quiescent
    D. dogmatic
    E. aesthetic
    E. aesthetic - concerning the appreciation of beauty
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  5. the supervisor sought to __________ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.

    A. aggrandize
    B. luminous
    C. mitigate
    D. ardor
    E. electic
    A. aggrandize - to increase in power, influence, and repuation
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  6. taking aspririn helps to _____ a headache.

    A. banal
    B. dupe
    C. alleviate
    D. inimical
    E. guile
    C. alleviate - to make more bearable
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  7. gaint industries ________ with mega products to form giant mega products incorporated

    A. onergous
    B. amalgamated
    C. venerated
    D. lucid
    E. satiated
    B. amalgamated - to combine, to mix together
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  8. the directions he gave were so _______ that we disagreed on which way to turn.

    A. audacious
    B. meticulous
    C. ambiguous
    D. electic
    E. laconic
    C. ambiguous - doubtful or uncertain, able to be interpreted several ways
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  9. the doctor was able to ________ the patient's suffereing using painkillers.

    A. obviate
    B. ameliorate
    C. emulate
    D. fervid
    E. vacillate
    B. ameliorate - to make better, to improve
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  10. the aged hippie used ______ phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.

    A. pragmatic
    B. stolid
    C. foment
    D. anachromism
    E. ephemeral
    D. anachromism - something out of place in time
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  11. in a famous arguement for the existence of god, the universe is _________ to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker."

    A. innocuous
    B. vex
    C. austere
    D. imperturbable
    E. analogous
    E. analogous - similar or alike in some way, equivalent to
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  12. the _____ between the french and the english regularly eruped into open warfare.

    A. inchoate
    B. apathy
    C. dissonance
    D. antipathy
    E. elegy
    D. antipathy - extreme dislike
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  13. the _____ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.

    A. impetuous
    B. occlude
    C. bombastic
    D. apathy
    E. torpor
    D. apathy - lack of interest or emotion
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  14. serena used aspirin to ______ her pounding headache.

    A. obdurate
    B. credulous
    C. assuage
    D. attenuate
    E. placate
    C. assuage - to make something unpleasant less severe
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  15. the bill of rights _____ the traditional power of government to change laws at will.

    A. rarefy
    B. venerate
    C. castigate
    D. attenuate
    E. exculpate
    D. attenuate - to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  16. her _____ nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving.

    A. ingenuous
    B. phlegmatic
    C. audacious
    D. erratic
    E. refactory
    C. audacious - fearless and daring
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  17. the lack of decoration makes zen temples seem ___ to the untrained eye.

    A. austere
    B. mundane
    C. intransigence
    D. recalcitrant
    E. capricious
    A. austere - severe or stern in appearance, undecorated
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  18. he used ____ phrases like have a nice day, or another day, another dollar.

    A. compliant
    B. foment
    C. laconic
    D. banal
    E. denigrate
    D. banal - predictable, cliched, borning
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  19. the presense of giant footprints ________ the arguement that sasquatch was in the area.

    A. indigented
    B. repudiated
    C. erudited
    D. insinuated
    E. bolstered
    E. bolstered - to support, to prop up
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  20. the dicator's speeches were mostly _____, his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.

    A. veracious
    B. recalcitrant
    C. precarious
    D. opprobrium
    E. bombastic
    E. bombastic - pompous in speech and manner
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  21. the junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable ______ as they tried to tune their instruments.

    A. indigent
    B. tractable
    C. contentious
    D. reticence
    E. cacophony
    E. cacophony - harsh, jarring noise
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  22. queen elizabeth I was quite _____, her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.

    A. ostentatious
    B. dogmatic
    C. abeyant
    D. capricious
    E. decorous
    D. capricious - changing one's mind quickly and often
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  23. americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in singapore ______ perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the united states.

    A. exculpate
    B. occulde
    C. castigate
    D. relegate
    E. denigrate
    C. castigate - to punish or criticize harshly
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  24. the impostion of harsh taxes was the _______ that finally brought on the revoluation.

    A. ellict
    B. catalyst
    C. disabuse
    D. fervor
    E. mavrick
    B. catalyst - something that brings about a change in something else
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  25. dorothy parker gained her reputation for ______ with from her cutting yet clever insults.

    A. caustic
    B. alacrity
    C. deterrent
    D. impassive
    E. lassitude
    A. caustic - biting in wit
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  26. dishonest used care salesmen often use _______ to sell their beat up old cars.

    A. chicanery
    B. contrite
    C. incongrulity
    D. dissonance
    E. savor
    A. chicanery - deception by means of craft or guile
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  27. swayed by the _____ argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to aquit the defendent.

    A. mendacious
    B. quibble
    C. inchoate
    D. fallacious
    E. cogent
    E. cogent - convincing and well reasoned
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  28. some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as ________ an air of lawlessness.

    A. fledging
    B. resolving
    C. reproaching
    D. diffusing
    E. condoning
    E. condoning - to overlook, pardon, or disregard
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  29. although many people brought a brief history of time, few could follow the ________ ideas and theories.

    A. convoluted
    B. precursor
    C. flout
    D. discordant
    E. fatuous
    A. convoluted - intricate and complicated
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  30. the countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the _____ appropriate for the visit to the palace.

    A. decorum
    B. esoteric
    C. coda
    D. idolatry
    E. whimsical
    A. decorum - appropriateness of behavior or conduct, propriety
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  31. the respectful young law clerk treated the supreme court justice with the upmost ________.

    A. appease
    B. deference
    C. desultory
    D. stint
    E. exignecy
    B. deference - respect, courtesy
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  32. the awkward child was often ____ by his cooler peers.

    A. bolstered
    B. condoned
    C. derided
    D. mollified
    E. harangued
    C. derided - to speak or treat with contempt, to mock
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  33. after a few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely _____.

    A. dessicated
    B. complaisant
    C. tortuous
    D. officious
    E. disjointed
    A. dessicated - to try out thoroughly
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  34. diane had a ______ academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.

    A. pervasive
    B. eclectic
    C. desultory
    D. autonomous
    E. impermeable
    C. desulatory - jumping from one thing to another, disconnected
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  35. the trucker bellowed a _______ at the driver who had cut him off.

    A. diatribe
    B. plummet
    C. immutable
    D. reverent
    E. volatile
    A. diatribe - an abusive, condemnatory speech
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  36. steve's ______ manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.

    A. guileless
    B. dormant
    C. contentious
    D. diffident
    E. skeptic
    D. diffident - lacking self confidence
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  37. melville wrote the poem a ________ for james mcpherson for the funeral of a union general who was killed in 1864.

    A. coda
    B. sanction
    C. dirage
    D. flag
    E. eulogy
    C. dirage - a funeral hymn or mournful speech
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  38. galileo's observations _______ scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the sun.

    A. disabused
    B. ameliorated
    C. confounded
    D. obdurated
    E. striated
    A. disabused - to set right, to free from error
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  39. it is easy to _______ the difference between butter and butter flavored topping.

    A. delineate
    B. irresolute
    C. discern
    D. relegate
    E. exculpate
    C. discern - to percieve, to recognize
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  40. although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are _____.

    A. truculence
    B. disparate
    C. pedantic
    D. inured
    E. disjointed
    B. disparate - fundamentally different, entirely unlike
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  41. the villain could _____ to the police no longer - he admited the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.

    A. impeded
    B. admonish
    C. digress
    D. dissemble
    E. refute
    D. dissemble - to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  42. cognitive _______ is the inner conflict produced when long stanind beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.

    A. dissonance
    B. tenuous
    C. obsequious
    D. cacophonous
    E. perfunctory
    A. dissonance - a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  43. the dictator was _____ - he and only he was right.

    A. penury
    B. laconic
    C. dogmatic
    D. banal
    E. zealot
    C. dogmatic - dictorial in one's opinions
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  44. bugs bunny was able to _____ elmer fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.

    A. abate
    B. tirade
    C. goad
    D. dupe
    E. dirge
    D. dupe - to deceive, a person who is easily deceived
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  45. budapest's architecture is an ______ mix of eastern and western styles.

    A. artless
    B. ebullient
    C. recluse
    D. eclectic
    E. morose
    D. eclectic - selecting form or made up from a variety of sources
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  46. the ______ of penicillian was unsurpassed when it was first introduced; the drug completely eliminated alsmost all bacterial infections for which it was administered.

    A. wary
    B. efficacy
    C. gainsay
    D. desultory
    E. probity
    B. efficacy - effectiveness
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  47. the graduate student sought to ______ his professor in every way, copying not only how she taught, but also how she conducted herself outside of class.

    A. intractable
    B. insinuate
    C. proliferate
    D. emulate
    E. denigrate
    D. emulate - to copy, to try to equal or excel
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  48. the guerrillas hoped that a series of suprise attacks would ______ the regular army.

    A. enervate
    B. dismiss
    C. sanction
    D. apprise
    E. dupe
    A. enervate - to reduce in strength
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  49. his fear and hatred of clowns was ______ when he witness the death of his father at the hands of a clown.

    A. engendered
    B. enchanced
    C. warranted
    D. satiated
    E. abated
    A. engendered - to produce, cause, or bring about
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  50. the lives of mayflies seem _________ to us, since the flies' average life sapn is a matter of hours.

    A. analogous
    B. inherent
    C. ephemeral
    D. rarefied
    E. wary
    C. ephemeral - lasting a short time
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  51. when faced with criticism of his policies, the politician ________ and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.

    A. equivocated
    B. oscillated
    C. prevaricated
    D. desiccated
    E. venerated
    A. equivocated - to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  52. the annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most ______, well-published individuals in the field.

    A. pristine
    B. meticuluous
    C. erudite
    D. conciliatory
    E. placate
    C. erudite - learned, scholarly, bookish
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  53. only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ______ world of particle physics.

    A. mundane
    B. whimsical
    C. strut
    D. esoteric
    E. ebullient
    D. esoteric - known or understood by a few
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  54. his best friend gave the _____, outlining his many achievements and talents.

    A. belie
    B. eulogy
    C. shard
    D. neophyte
    E. flag
    B. eulogy - speech in praise of someone
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  55. the funeral director preferred to use the ______ sleeping instead of dead.

    A. dogmatic
    B. euphemism
    C. paragon
    D. stigma
    E. coda
    B. euphemism - use of an inoffensive word or phrase in placed of a more distasteful one
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  56. it was unwise to take aspriin to try and relieve heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only _______ the problem.

    A. disseminate
    B. enervate
    C. proliferate
    D. distend
    E. exacerbate
    E. exacerbate - to make worse
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  57. the patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was ______ to stop the source of the bleeding.

    A. exigent
    B. deride
    C. austere
    D. invective
    E. arduous
    A. exigent - urgent, requiring immediate action
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  58. the understudy _______ over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis.

    A. flouted
    B. fawned
    C. lauded
    D. daunted
    E. goaded
    B. fawned - to grovel
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  59. the protesters tried to _______ feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.

    A. torpor
    B. convolute
    C. wary
    D. distend
    E. foment
    E. foment - to arouse or incite
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  60. scrooge mcduck's ______ was so great that he accumlated enough wealth to fill a giant storehouse with money.

    A. frugality
    B. penury
    C. tacitly
    D. idolatry
    E. levity
    A. frugality - a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  61. the ______ parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking.

    A. garrulous
    B. contentious
    C. loquacious
    D. presumptuous
    E. veracious
    A. garrulout - tending to talk a lot
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  62. she was so _______ that when she found herself along she felt quite sad.

    A. impervious
    B. garrulous
    C. gregarious
    D. disingenuous
    E. salubrious
    C. gregarious - outgoing, sociable
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  63. since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to ______ in an effort to trap his enemy.

    A. guile
    B. chicanery
    C. pragmatic
    D. tacit
    E. elegy
    A. guile - deceit or trickery
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  64. the con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool _______ bank customers into giving him their account information.

    A. gullible
    B. guileless
    C. beneficent
    D. onerous
    E. ebullient
    A. gullible - easily deceived
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  65. the class was fairly ________, since almost all of the students were senior journalism majors.

    A. truculence
    B. qualified
    C. grandiloquent
    D. ambiguous
    E. homogenuous
    E. homogenuous - of similar kind
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  66. his lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an _________.

    A. elegy
    B. aberrant
    C. indolent
    D. iconoclast
    E. zealot
    D. iconoclast - one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  67. the counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed _______, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.

    A. impermeable
    B. harangued
    C. imperturbable
    D. lethargic
    E. disjointed
    C. imperturbale - not capable of being distrubed
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  68. a good raincoat will be ______ to moisture.

    A. salubrious
    B. precarious
    C. mendacious
    D. impervious
    E. cocophonous
    D. impervious - ipossible to penetrate, incapable of being affected
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  69. his rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained ______ for weeks.

    A. boorish
    B. impaired
    C. conciliatory
    D. implacable
    E. indolent
    D. implacable - unable to be calmed down or make peaceful
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  70. the ideas expressed in nietzsche's mature work also appear in an _______ form in his earliest writing.

    A. obdurate
    B. aver
    C. idolatry
    D. appropriate
    E. inchoate
    E. inchoate - not fully formed, disorganized
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  71. she was so ______ that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city.

    A. ingenuous
    B. facetious
    C. veracious
    D. contentious
    E. ostentatious
    A. ingenuous - showing innocence or childlike simplicity
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  72. some snakes are poisonous, but most speciare are _______ and pose no danger to humans.

    A. reticent
    B. felicitous
    C. disingenuous
    D. innocuous
    E. inert
    D. innocuous - harmless
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  73. the critic claimed that the painting was _____, containing no interesting qualities at all.

    A. mendacious
    B. artless
    C. esoteric
    D. aberrent
    E. insipid
    E. insipid - lakcing interest of flavor
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  74. the professor was ________ on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time.

    A. intransigent
    B. fout
    C. tractable
    D. profound
    E. discrete
    A. intransigent - uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  75. the tidal wave _____ atlantis, which was lost beneath the water.

    A. imploded
    B. disseminated
    C. plummet
    D. inundated
    E. converged
    D. inundated - to overwhelm, to cover with water
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  76. attila the hun's ________ and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives.

    A. impassive
    B. aesthetic
    C. savor
    D. irascible
    E. diffuse
    D. irascible - easily made angry
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  77. she was a _______ poet who built her preputation on using words as sparinly as possible.

    A. idolatry
    B. boorish
    C. skeptic
    D. austere
    E. laconic
    E. laconic - using few words
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  78. the clerk was so ______ that, even when the store was slow, he always had a long line in front of him.

    A. guileless
    B. lethargic
    C. banal
    D. wary
    E. indolent
    B. lethargic - acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  79. she was naturally _____, which was a problem in situations in which listening was more importatnt than talking.

    A. convoluted
    B. loquacious
    C. garrulous
    D. fawning
    E. reticent
    B.loquacious - talkative
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  80. the explainations were written in a simple and _____ manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned.

    A. contrite
    B. elegy
    C. meticulous
    D. whimsical
    E. lucid
    E. lucid - clear and easily understood
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  81. the park was bathed in ________ sunshine which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors.

    A. luminous
    B. sporadic
    C. bombastic
    D. fawning
    E. pristine
    A. luminous - bright, brilliant, glowing
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  82. a common way to avoid the draft was by ________ - pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the army.

    A. duping
    B. avering
    C. malingering
    D. morosing
    E. transgression
    C. malingering - to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  83. gold is the most ______ of precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.

    A. precipitatable
    B. malleable
    C. impermeable
    D. flout
    E. substantal
    B. malleable - capable of being shaped
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  84. to find all the clues at the crime scene, the investigators________ examined every inch of the area.

    A. caustically
    B. meticulously
    C. presumptuously
    D. grandiloquently
    E. discretely
    B. meticulously - extremely carefuly about details
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  85. the character scrooge in a christmas carol is such a _________ that even the sight of children singing makes him angry.

    A. skeptic
    B. zealot
    C. misanthrope
    D. neophyte
    E. burgeon
    C. misanthrope - person who dislikes others
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  86. a judge may _______ a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.

    A. migitate
    B. embellish
    C. condone
    D. alleviate
    E. stipulate
    A. mitigate - to soften, to lessen
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  87. their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would ________ them.

    A. resolve
    B. alleviate
    C. mollify
    D. impair
    E. aver
    C. mollify - to clam or make less severe
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  88. the president was completely _______ on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.

    A. implacable
    B. contrite
    C. veracious
    D. recalcitrant
    E. obdurate
    E. obdurate - hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  89. the ________ new associate made sure to compliement her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue.

    A. obsequious
    B. whimsical
    C. contentious
    D. mavrick
    E. abstemious
    A. obsequious - overly submissive and eager to please
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  90. the river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which _______ the need for a bridge.

    A. distended
    B. ameliorated
    C. warranted
    D. obviated
    E. prevaricated
    D. obviated - to prevent; to make unncessary
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  91. a shadow is thrown across the earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is _______ by the moon.

    A. lauded
    B. occluded
    C. striated
    D. rescinded
    E. daunted
    B. occluded - to stop up; to prevent the passage of
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  92. the assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved _________ to the team in charge of it.

    A. resolution
    B. beneficent
    C. onerous
    D. impassive
    E. problematic
    C. onerous - troublesome and oppressive, burdensome
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  93. after the scheme to embezzle the eldery was made public, the treasurer regisned in utter _______.

    A. compendium
    B. insularty
    C. propensity
    D. fervor
    E. opprobrium
    E. opprobrium - public disgrace
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  94. the _______ of the sun king's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace in versailles.

    A. iconoclastic
    B. ostentation
    C. savor
    D. embellishment
    E. idolatry
    B. ostentation - excessive showiness
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  95. she is the _________ of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking and just.

    A. coda
    B. log
    C. paragon
    D. burgeon
    E. zealot
    C. paragon - model of excellence or perfection
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  96. the graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject soon gained her a reputation as a _______.

    A. zealot
    B. pedant
    C. craven
    D. connoisseur
    E. laud
    B. pedant - someone who shows off learning
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  97. the actress's ______ companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.

    A. craven
    B. perfidious
    C. warranted
    D. desultory
    E. indolent
    B. perfidious - willing to betray one's trust
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  98. the machinelike bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a ________ smile.

    A. homogeneous
    B. rarefied
    C. perfunctory
    D. futile
    E. anomalous
    C. perfunctory - done in a routine way, indifferent
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  99. this miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to _______ stains and dissolve them in minutes.

    A. coagulate
    B. negate
    C. appease
    D. innocuate
    E. permeate
    E. permeate - to penetrate
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  100. the burglar tried to _____ the snarling dog by saying nice doggy and offering it a treat.

    A. daunt
    B. negate
    C. placate
    D. recant
    E. wary
    C. placate - to soothe or pacify
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  101. the new material was very ______ and could be formed into products of vastly different shapes.

    A. caustic
    B. plastic
    C. pedantic
    D. eclectic
    E. placate
    B. plastic - able to me molded, altered or bent
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  102. assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a _______ of excuses.

    A. welter
    B. specturm
    C. decorum
    D. plethora
    E. hyperbole
    D. plethora - excess
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  103. while daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, ________ gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.

    A. gainsay
    B. neophyte
    C. precarious
    D. contentious
    E. pragmatic
    E. pragmatic - practical as opposed to idealistic
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  104. upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other only 2 months, friends and family members expected such as ______ marriage to end in divorce.

    A. impassive
    B. tenuous
    C. stolid
    D. precipitate
    E. reverent
    D. precipitate - to throw violently or bring about abruptly, lacking deliberation
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  105. rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee ________ and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time.

    A. forestalled
    B. prevaricate
    C. reproached
    D. dirged
    E. harangued
    B. prevaricate - to lie or deviate from the truth
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  106. since concerted measures had been taken to prevent looting, the archeological site was still _______ when researchers arrived.

    A. soporific
    B. pristine
    C. homogeneous
    D. meticulous
    E. whimsical
    B. pristine - fresh and clean, uncorrupted
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  107. the ________ son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish liftestyle devoted to pleasure.

    A. indolent
    B. prodigal
    C. viable
    D. austere
    E. embellished
    B. prodigal - lavish, wasteful
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  108. the management maintained a high level of _____, adhering to even the most minor social rules.

    A. prepriety
    B. abeyance
    C. compendium
    D. insipid
    E. dichotomy
    A. prepriety - correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
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  109. the smoke from the burning tires was extremely ______.

    A. savor
    B. gregarious
    C. pungent
    D. volatile
    E. burnish
    C. pungent - sharp and irritating to the senses
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  110. many animals are ______ over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.

    A. craven
    B. conciliatory
    C. subsided
    D. log
    E. quiescent
    E. quiescent - motionless
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  111. since the atmosphere _______ as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too think to breathe.

    A. torpors
    B. absconds
    C. flags
    D. impairs
    E. rarefies
    E. rarefies - to make thinner or sparser
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  112. the old woman's claim that she was russian royalty was _________ when dna results showed she was of no relation to them.

    A. engendered
    B. duped
    C. vacillated
    D. propreity
    E. repudiated
    E. repudiated - to reject the validity of
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  113. physically small and ________ in her speech, joan didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.

    A. elegy
    B. reticent
    C. reverent
    D. recluse
    E. gainsay
    B. reticent - silent, reserved
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  114. his desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could ________ it.

    A. satiate
    B. mitigate
    C. dismiss
    D. wary
    E. fledging
    A. satiate - to satisfy fully or overindulge
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  115. the movie proved to be so ______ that soon loud snored were heard throughout the theater.

    A. aberrant
    B. torpor
    C. soporific
    D. desultory
    E. inert
    C. soporific - cuasing sleep or lethargy
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  116. the student's _________ excuse for being late sounded legitimate, but was proved otherwise when his teacher called his home.

    A. onerous
    B. specious
    C. craven
    D. caustic
    E. elicit
    B. specious - deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  117. in the scarlet letter, hester prynne was required to wear the letter a on her clothes as a public ______ for her adultery.

    A. burgeon
    B. flag
    C. dupe
    D. recluse
    E. stigma
    E. stigma - a mark of shame or discredit
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  118. the prisoner appeared ______ and unaffeced by the judge's harsh sentence.

    A. stolid
    B. probity
    C. craven
    D. daunt
    E. shard
    A. stolid - unemotional; lacking sensitivity
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  119. although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a ______ agreement had been made about which course of action to take.

    A. tacit
    B. warranted
    C. discordant
    D. indeterminate
    E. pragmatic
    A. tacit - done without using words
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  120. observers were shocked at the manager's ______ over such a minor mistake.

    A. ebullient
    B. tirade
    C. abate
    D. latent
    E. daunt
    B. tirade - long, harshe speech or verbal attack
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  121. the customer held up the line as he _________ between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.

    A. vacillated
    B. gouged
    C. derided
    D. oscillated
    E. rescinded
    A. vacillated - to sway physically; to be indecisive
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  122. in a traditional confucian society, the young _______ their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdon and experience.

    A. amalgamate
    B. disseminate
    C. malinger
    D. harangue
    E. venerate
    E. venerate - to respect deeply
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  123. she had a reputation for _______, so everyone trusted her description of events.

    A. chicanery
    B. veracity
    C. probity
    D. levity
    E. guileness
    B. veracity - filled with truth and accuracy
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  124. the professor's answer was so _______ that his student forgot what the original question had been.

    A. verbose
    B. cocophonous
    C. loquacious
    D. contentious
    E. garruluous
    A. verbose - wordy
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  125. his ________ personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.

    A. facetious
    B. impassive
    C. volatile
    D.analogous
    E. rarefied
    C. volatile - easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  126. the ballet was _______, delighting the children with its imagintive characters and unpredictable sets.

    A. aesthetic
    B. sporadic
    C. craven
    D. prodigal
    E. whimsical
    E. whimsical - acting a fanciful or capricious manner, unpredictable
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)
  127. she brought her typical _______ to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.

    A. lucid
    B. disparage
    C. levity
    D. zeal
    E. alacrity
    D. zeal - passion, excitement
    (this multiple choice question has been scrambled)

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