VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. Dastardly, gist, entity, jaded, ogre, bandy, charisma. The ______ athlete, accustomed to winning first place, wanted to be happy with her third-place trophy, but deep down, she felt that months of intensive training had gone to waste. On the bus ride home, she refused to _____ compliments or even joke about the race with her teammates. She could think only about the _______ runner who intentionally tripped her early in the race and likely cost her the win. Myra could not believe that such an unsportsmanlike _______ was allowed to compete in track meets. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. charlatan, levity, naive, bask, enraptured, fickle, hoax, mundane, amicable. When the _____ citizens of Reynoldsville finally realized that their forty-cent bottles of miracle sap contained nothing more than licorice extract and whiskey, they formed a lynch mob and searched for the _____ who had sold the fake elixir. Unfortunately, Colonel Britton, the quack they were looking for, had already taken his wagon and quietly left town before dawn. He rode nonstop for a full day until, in his usual routine, he pulled far off the trail and spent a day restocking his miracle sap, occasionally breaking to partake of some himself. _____ by the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills, Britton didn't waste his opportunity to _____ in the low autumn sun for the remainder of the afternoon. While most of his clientele were desensitized to the beauty of nature after spending harsh lives in it, Britton never once considered his private outings to be _____ if he didn't spend at least a few hours enjoying nature every week, he had trouble maintaining his _____ demeanor whenever he rolled into a new town. If Britton didn't at least appear to be happy, people were not going to purchase his tonic, whether it was a[n] _____ or not. His customers were very _____ about spending their money; if they had even the slightest notion that Britton's product was a scam, they would not buy it. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. Primeval, exuberance, dote, tenure, laminate, hovel, substantiate. During Dr. Rigby's _____ as the team leader at the archaeological dig, she found the remains of a 3,000-year-old doll that had probably been _____ on by a child living in the clean, _____ forest circling the. mountain. In addition, the team found evidence that the ancient tribe knew how to _____ weapons and tools by hammering layers of steel together to add strength, but the laboratory would have to test the tools in order to _____ the theory. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. odium, fallacy, laudable, noxious, connived, chutzpah, verbose, crass, befuddle, pandemonium. If the company representative had arrived a minute later, the crowd would have erupted into _____. Since discovering the hidden toxic clump behind a residential neighborhood, most or the residents felt nothing but _____ for Kraytron officials. The whole mess began just two weeks before, when children became ill from inhaling _____ vapors in the forest next to their development. Two days, one evacuation, and one hazardous material response team later, town officials declared the site to be an illegal dump for hazardous waste. Though a thorough investigation would take months, if not years, most of the town's residents immediately concluded that Kraytron officials must have _____ with a few greedy local officials in an effort to avoid the cost of waste disposal. When the booing and taunting finally stopped, the _____ Greg Haxton began his ninety-minute speech. Unknown to the public, Haxton had been Kraytron's unofficial crowd control specialist for over ten years. "Your concern for your environment is indeed _____," said Greg. "It's good to see a community that can pull together in a predicament." Greg continued with his positive observations for five minutes before coming to the reason for his speech. "I know that many of you are assuming that Kraytron created the dump because the factory is only two miles from the site. This rumor is a complete _____; the officials have already dated the site as being at least twenty years old-ten years before Kraytron even constructed the local facility. The dump can be attributed to the _____ decisions of the former Mattingdon Aluminum Mill officials; they ran the mill here for forty years before going bankrupt two decades ago. To those of you who are Kraytron employees, you must understand that Kraytron would never have the _____ to commit such a heinous crime against its own family."