VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. humility dolorous agrarian gadfly gargantuan avid explicit formidable epistle B. The atmosphere at Aunt Agnes's farmhouse was ___ during the wake. No one could believe that Agnes was gone. At least, they reasoned, the ____ equestrian died while doing something that she loved. There was no definite explanation as to why Agnes's horse bucked her off, but by the looks of the ____ animal tracks the horse had been spooked by a[n] ____ wolf, perhaps the largest ever seen. The threat of wolves was nothing new to the ___ Van Ness family, who had been farming the northern valley for six generations. Wolves had attacked horses on the farm in the past, especially during extremely cold winters such as this one. Children on the farm always had ___ instructions to stay within sight of the house, but sometimes not even that was enough to protect the family from the hungry, silver predators. Needing a break, Vicky wandered up the stairway to the second floor. Memories of her youth flashed through her head as she entered Agnes's room and sat on the corner of the bed. That's when she noticed the dusty corner of an old shoebox protruding from beneath the vanity. Curious, Vicky retrieved the box and, to her surprise, she found thirty years of hand-written ___, some of which were for Agnes, and some of which Agnes wrote but never sent. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. charisma, efface, ogre, advocate, gist, bandy, mesmerize. Joan, who _____ the cleanup of the James River, is always trying to gain supporters for her cause. The usual _____ of her speech focuses on the effects of the river's pollution on future generations. Her eloquent speech _____ audiences, and her _____ helps her to win the hearts of people who are not even affected by the James River. Joan hopes someday to _____ the irresponsible dumping practices that continue to foul the James River.