Vocabulary Workshop Level F Unit 14 Study Guide

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Although Gone with the Wind won a Pulitzer Prize, critics often (berate, expatiate) the novel for its stereotypical portrayals of African Americans.
berate
In the poem and prayers of many ancient cultures, human beings (expatiate, supplicate) their deities for mercy and aid.
supplicate
Our dean is a strict disciplinarian, but I have always found her (amenable, turgid) to reasonable requests.
amenable
A well-known actor submitted his poems to a publisher, who deemed the verses (precocious, jejune) and tedious.
jejune
Given the kinds of tools the ancient Egyptians had to work with, the construction of the pyramids was an extraordinary (precocious, jejune) feat of engineering.
precocious
The (infirmity, carnage) caused each year by careless driving has become a major national scandal.
carnage
What disturbs the coach is not that Tom called the wrong play, but that he refuses (obdurately, precociously) to admit that he made a mistake.
obdurately
Some journalists find researching materials in a library a (tortuous, credulous) task, preferring to sit and let their computers do the work.
tortuous
Passengers who are stranded on airplanes and forced to sit on the tarmac for hours may begin to think of airlines as (amenable, sadistic) agencies.
sadistic
Since its (carnage, inception), the electric guitar had been a symbol of innovation, energy and rebellion.
inception
Few things are more tragic than to see a great mind fall victim to a serious (inception, infirmity).
infirmity
You cannot dismiss everything he says as (obdurate, jejune) simply because he is young and lacks experience of the world.
jejune
Although he (expatiates, supplicates) fluently on the need for a new community action program, I have yet to see him do anything to bring it about.q
expatiates
In his efforts to impress moral principles on the children. he made use of (tortuous, sententious) formulas, such as "To be good, do good."
sententious
The sales manager said she would apply only one (criterion, carnage) when assembling my plan for an advertising campaign: "Will it sell more mouthwash?"
criterion
I think the class show will be much more effective if it has a constant theme running through it, instead of being just a (potpourri, surfeit) of songs, dances, and sketches.
potpourri
Instead of constantly (berating, depleting) the children, why don't you try to explain quietly and clearly how you expect them to behave?
berating
My rules for effective writing are, "Emphasize what is essential, play down what is secondary, eliminate what is (extraneous, turgid)."
extraneous
The prolonged drought has so (depleted, berated) the supplies of in our reservoir that we may have to consider rationing water.
depleted
At the very (inception, criterion) of my career, I set the goals and adopted the basic strategies that were to guide me through the many years of outstanding success.
inception
His (obdurate, turgid) conversation, with its exaggerated adjectives and far-fetched figures of speech, made me realize once and for all the virtues of plain speaking.
turgid
Although he is not given to physical maltreatment, I think there is a truly (precocious, sadistic) element in his willingness to humiliate people by belittling them in public.
sadistic
She tried to justify the lies she had told us, but I was unable to follow her (amenable, tortuous) explanation.
tortuous
Vic is so (sententious, credulous) that he actually believed me when I said that I had invented an automatic composition-writing machine.
credulous
I have had my (surfeit, carnage) of excuses and evasions; now I want action.
surfeit
Synonym: an INSIPID view of history
jejune
Synonym: the OVERBLOWN rhetoric of the politician
turgid
Synonym: ENTREAT the captain on behalf of her son
supplicate
Synonym: a MEANDERING, complicated plot
tortuous
Synonym: a DIDACTIC way of addressing the group
sententious
Synonym: too NAIVE to perceive trickery
credulous
Synonym: a MELANGE of spices
potpourri
Synonym: was present at the product LAUNCH
inception
Synonym: not ACQUIESCENT to that idea
amenable
Synonym: a GUIDELINE by which to judge the entries
criterion
Antonym: bored by the WORDY presentation
sententious
Antonym: a SOPHISTICATED sense
jejune
Antonym: a LACK OF VARIETY in the show's acts
potpourri
Antonym: thought the decor too PLAIN
turgid
Antonym: too PERCEPTIVE for her own good
credulous
Although I ask no special consideration for myself, I am not too proud to ____ on behalf of my children.
supplicate
The more ____ you are, the easier it will be for swindlers and con artists to hoodwink you.
credulous
Usefulness is not the only ____ for including words in this book, but it is the primary one.
criterion
In spite of all our efforts to appeal to whatever human sympathies the kidnappers might have, they remained ____.
obdurate
Her instructions told me exactly what I wanted to know, without a single ____ detail.
extraneous
Our reading program this term is a delightful ____ of stories, essays, poetry, and drama from many different periods.
potpourri
My last date turned out to be such an expensive affair that my funds were sadly ____ for the rest of the month.
depleted
The stream followed a ____ course as it twisted through the broken countryside.
tortuous
When my stubborn younger brother proved so ____ to my request, I began to suspect that he had some special reason for wanting to please me.
amenable
The simple and austere prose of the Gettysburg Address stands in stark contrast to the ____ and overblown rhetoric of a great many other 19th-century orations.
turgid
Although he announces piously how much it hurts him to punish people, I think he takes a ____ pleasure in it.
sadistic
Wouldn't you agree that TV has been ____ lately with sitcoms and soap operas?
surfeited
When I asked him why he wasn't going to the prom, he answered in his usual ____ style, "No dough, no dance!"
sententious
You deserve to be severely ____ for your misbehavior during such as solemn ceremony.
berated
"How do you expect your mind to grow when you feed it solely on the ____ pap that comes out of the boob tube?" I asked him pointedly.
jejune
It is difficult to imagine the ____ that would result from an all-out war fought with nuclear weapons.
carnage
One of the benefits that I derived from my summer job in the new hospital was learning to be patient with people suffering from various types of ____.
infirmities
It's painful to have to listen to him ____ on his own virtues when I'm dying to give some fascinating details about my own life and accomplishments.
expatiate
Any child who can read at the age of four must be considered remarkably ____.
precocious
At the very ____ of his administration, the new President announced a list of the objectives he hoped to accomplish.
inception
a precocious child is
a) dirty and dowdy
b) shy and wary
c) mature beyond her years
d) beloved by all
C - mature beyond her years
an extraneous consideration is:
a) superfluous
b) dreary
c) essential
d) rewarding
A - superfluous
Someone who is credulous is:
a) influential
b) naive
c) cynical
d) feeble
B - naive
An obdurate person is NOT:
a) sorrowful
b) staunch
c) obstinate
d) compliant
D - compliant
A tavern in a state of infirmity looks:
a) dilapidated
b) organized
c) new
d) vacant
A - dilapidated
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