... though ___, does not necessarily gain in wisdom over the teenager who is more selective in his reading choices.
A young man who has read the life story of every ___ athlete of the twentieth century
or a coed who has ___ herself in every social-protest novel she can get her hands on,
But books are ___ with so many wonders that it is often discouraging to see bright young people limit their own experiences.
The football game was __________ with excitement and great plays.
The __________ author received the Nobel Prize for literature.
My cousin is so __________ in schoolwork that his friends call him a bookworm.
After skiing, I find that I have a __________ appetite.
Modern warfare often results in the __________ killing of combatants and innocent civilians alike.
of high reputation, outstanding
completely filled or supplied with
choosing at random without careful selection
desiring or consuming great quantities
soaked, drenched, saturated
The worlds of science-fiction ___ with wonders.
A British scientist has ___ that within ten years every suburban ___ will have her own robot servant.
A British scientist has prognosticated that within ten years every suburban ??? will have her own robot servant.
One task this domesticated ___ will not have to contend with will be scouring the oven because even today the newest ranges can be "programmed" to reduce their own baked-on grime to easily disposed of ashes.
The mayor refused to __________ as to his margin of victory in the election.
The time is approaching when human workers may be replaced by __________.
A clever salesman will always ask a __________ if her mother is at home.
The western plains used to __________ with bison before those animals were slaughtered by settlers.
Man may be freed from backbreaking labor by the products of scientific __________.
an older married woman
branch of knowledge dealing with engineering, applied science, etc.
a robot; a mechanical "person"
to exist in great numbers
to predict or foretell a future event
Yet modern ___ progresses so rapidly that what may be today's wild dream may be next year's kitchen appliance.
How ___ that the world's greatest chefs have all been men!
Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women's realm, yet the ___ of cookery are replete* with masculine names.
qualities and things relate to or are considered typical of men, in contrast to women.
To ___ the puzzle, there has rarely been a tinge of rumor or scandal casting doubts on the masculinity of these heroes of cuisine.
To compound the puzzle, there has rarely been a ___ of rumor or scandal casting doubts on the masculinity of these heroes of cuisine.
His gloom was now __________ by the failing mark on his geometry test.
Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women's realm, yet the ___ of cookery are replete* with masculine names.
The __________ of sports are replete* with the names of great black athletes.
One of the great __________ of American life is that though minority groups have suffered injustices, nowhere in the world have so many varied groups lived together so harmoniously.
A __________ of garlic is all that's necessary in most recipes.
The cruel king would not allow the prince to enter his __________, restricting him to the forest, which abounded* with wild animals.
a trace, smattering, or slight degree
a statement that at first seems to be absurd or self-contradictory but which may in fact turn out to be true
to increase or add to
special field of something or someone; kingdom
It is difficult to change someone's opinion by ___ him.
The child who begs his mother to "get off his back" when she ___ him for some assistance with the household drudgery,
The child who begs his mother to "get off his back" when she implore him for some assistance with the household ___,
may very well plead ___ for some special privilege when he wants something for himself.
How paradoxical* that neither is able to ___ that no one likes being nagged.
She does her homework on Fridays to save herself from the __________ of having to do it during the weekend.
The teacher continually __________ the pupil for the missing assignments.
The eminent scientist __________ difficulties in putting the invention into practice.
The sick child's mother __________ the doctor to come immediately.
I listened to the boring lecture for what seemed an __________ fifty minutes.
unpleasant, dull, or hard work
to plead urgently for aid or mercy
to understand, know, become aware of
to pester, nag, annoy persistently
As an ___ football fan, I try to see every game the Jets play.
Whenever I can ___ my father into accompanying me, I try to do so.
He has only a ___ knowledge of the game, and since I am steeped in it, I enjoy explaining its intricate details to him.
It certainly does enhance your appreciation of football when you are aware of every ___ of the sport.
light variation in meaning, tone, etc.
Since my grasp of algebra is __________, I cannot solve the problem.
The parakeet refused to be __________ into entering her cage.
It will __________ your enjoyment of an opera if you know what the plot is about in advance.
In reading the satires of Jonathan Swift, one must be vigilant* in order to catch each __________.
Bill Clinton is an __________ reader of mystery stories.
Under the ___ of being a surgeon he gained entry to the hospital.
When interviewed by the director, he had to ___ a tale of his medical experience, but he was so ___ at lying that he got away with it.
It was not until the phony "doctor" began to ___ wildly with his scalpel, that a ___ nurse was able to detect the fraud.
a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery
The shootings at Columbine High School made educators much more __________,
My nephew is quite __________ at making model airplanes.
Most fisherman can __________ a story about the size of the one that got away.
Her __________ of being tired did not fool us for an instant.
I often marvel as I watch the traffic officer __________ at the onrushing cars.
be amazed at
to lie; to construct
move the arms energetically
Calvin Coolidge, our thirtieth president, was named "Silent Cal" by reporters because of his ___ speech.
One Sunday, after Mr. Coolidge had listened to an interminable* sermon, a ___ of newsmen gathered around him.
An ___ reporter ___ the Chief Executive: "Mr. President, we know that the sermon was on the topic of sin. What did the minister say?"
"He was against it," the ___ Coolidge replied.
His speech was usually rambling, but this time I found it brief and __________.
If a surly panhandler should ______ you, keep on walking.
Even under repeated questioning, the witness remained __________.
A howling __________ of teenage girls surrounded the rap artists.
The corporal received the Silver Star for his __________ deeds in combat.
expressing much in few words
to approach and speak to
Casting a ___ glance over his shoulder, the ___ slipped out the main prison gate to be swallowed up in the British fog.
A ___ of escapes from supposedly secure prisons embarrassed the ___ wardens.
To compound their problems, the officials were badgered by ___ citizens who accused the guards of accepting bribes from convicts whose motto was: "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage."
a person guilty of a major crime
The __________ contest winner was unable to locate the lucky ticket.
My uncle was __________ when the drunken driver swerved in front of us.
In a __________ manner she removed her shoes and tiptoed up to her room.
When the teacher asked why the homework had not been done, he was greeted by a __________ of incredible alibis.
Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known __________, he fired him.
"If there's one thing I ???," the coach said, "it's a quitter."
He had good reason to ??? us at half-time, because the scoreboard revealed that we were losing, 4520.
Our ??? performance indicated to him that we had forgotten the rudimentary* aspects of basketball.
His ??? remarks fired us up, however, and we dashed out, ... determined to wrest control of the game from our rivals.
... determined to ??? control of the game from our rivals.
With the help of his brothers he was able to __________ the leadership of the company from his partner.
Speaking in a monotone, the politician was booed for his __________ address.
In a __________ article, the drama critic slaughtered the hapless* actors.
I __________ spinach but I love other green vegetables.
When Ed arrived late, he knew that the grocer would __________ him.
Slippery Eddie, the ??? pickpocket, was back at work, and every detective had to be especially vigilant.*
Eddie's technique was to ??? a victim toward a confederate who would then slip the man's wallet out of his back pocket while Eddie was stammering an apology to the confused dupe.
Eddie's technique was to jostle a victim toward a confederate who would then slip the man's wallet out of his back pocket while Eddie was stammering an apology to the confused ???.
Within a week the ??? crime wave came to an end when Slippery Eddie inadvertently chose the chief of police for his victim.
Within a week the ??? crime wave came to an end when Slippery Eddie ??? chose the chief of police for his victim.
By telling the truth, we stopped the __________ rumor from spreading.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was referred to as an __________ deed.
The wealthy __________ consented to buy the often-sold Brooklyn Bridge.
When he attempted to __________ the old lady, she struck him with her umbrella.
Through an __________ error, the guided missile sped out of control.
There was an ominous silence when the jittery defendant rose in court.
He explained in a tremulous voice what had led him to repudiate his confession made at the police station on the night of the crime.
The audience began to buzz excitedly until the judge demanded a cessation of the noise.
Although the district attorney bristled with anger, the defendant kept insisting that his rights had been violated because he had not been told that he could see a lawyer before confessing.
After the weatherman had seen the __________ clouds, he prognosticated* rain.
The general attempted to __________ the testimony of the lieutenant, claiming that the young officer was not an authority on low level bombing.
Upon seeing the snake, the cat began to __________ with fear.
The widow's __________ hands revealed her nervousness.
The __________ of the bombing in Yugoslavia was urged by the Pope.
to reject, decline
stiffen with fear or anger
having a bad reputation
to shove hard
a person easily tricked
just beginning to exist
heedless, not attentive
to show sharp disapproval
take by force
My cousin refers to himself as a "sanitary engineer" - a ??? for garbage collector.
There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or glamorous titles for the ??? jobs they hold.
It may seem ??? to call an undertaker a "condolence counselor," or to refer to a taxi driver as a "transportation expediter," but some prefer those titles.
call an undertaker a "??? counselor,"
As a matter of fact, our butcher has ??? that from now on he wants to be known as a "meat coordinator."
We repudiated the contract because it did not_____________ a cost of living bonus.
The word "expired" is a _____________ for "dies."
When my neighbor's dog was run over, we sent a _____________ card.
The philosopher dealt with spiritual things, ignoring the _____________ ones.
The play was so _____________ that it seemed to be the work of several authors.
a less offensive term
to specify a condition
When the bell sounded, K.O. Mullins responded with ___.
He sprang from his stool and charged across the ring, showing ___ for the champion's strength.
Although this ___ attitude impressed the referee, it failed to ___ the champ.
That intrepid battler laid the hapless Mullins low with an adroit ___ and an uppercut.
Y2K concerns of the January 1, 2000 problems with computers failed to __________ our company.
The Germans were duped* by the Allies' __________ toward the south, leaving the way open for the Normandy invasion.
The waiter moved with __________ because he perceived* they were big tippers.
His __________ manner caused him to lose one friend after another.
When the curtain came down, the critic's face registered the __________ she felt for the lackluster* play.
a false attack
briskness, lively action
jab, cross, hook, slip, uppercut
@@ He learned the English vocabulary of boxing: jab, cross, hook, slip, uppercut.
The ___ K.O. Mullins demanded a rematch.
He took a full-page newspaper advertisement to ___ his challenge.
When the champ's manager saw the ___ announcement, he accosted Mullins, who was surrounded by a throng of newsmen.
The manager openly ___ at Mullins and ___ his fighting ability. Mullins then lost his temper and fearlessly punched the manager, knocking him from his wheelchair.
We implored the faculty adviser to __________ the requirements for the presidency of the club.
My mother liked the salesman's __________ personality, but he irritated most people.
I don't understand modern art, but I neither loathe nor __________ at it.
Since everyone can outpunch my cousin, he cannot afford to be __________.
Although Ralph can't play, he doesn't hesitate to __________ the efforts of our football team.
to make seem less important
to sneer at
to make known officially
The irate 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for assault. As ___ evidence of the attack, he pointed to a deep ___ over his eyebrow that had required ten stitches.
When the case was brought before the court, the judge ___ Mullins for the ___ incident.
In addition to a costly financial settlement, Mullins was required to make a public apology to the ___.
The medic reached into his kit to find a bandage for the ugly __________.
Mr. Dixon belittled* our request for __________ proof of his loyalty.
The kindly foreman was too reticent* to openly __________ the clumsy new worker.
When the teenager announced her engagement to the __________, the public suspected it to be a publicity stunt.
Stories of their __________ youth poured forth from the unhappy felons.*
having actual form
to correct by punishing
person in his or her eighties
Mullins sought solace in whiskey.
Once a highly respected ___ for the lightweight crown, he now found himself associating with the ___ of Skid Row.*
He would work himself into an alcoholic ___ in which he would trumpet ___ attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge.
Vigilant censors protect the public from listening to __________ language on television.
The publisher scoffed at the reports that he was an __________ for the job of Secretary of State.
In a __________, the teenager overturned every drawer while searching for the car keys.
At the bottom of the beautiful wine bottle, only the __________ remained.
In trying to offer __________ to the pilot's wife, the reporter inadvertently* made the situation worse.
most worthless part
easing of grief
candidate for high position
During my first weeks at the new school I observed that cheating was __.
I had always considered it rather ___ to cheat on a test because of my code of ___, and because so much was at stake.
Apparently the other students didn't ___.
Far from being a ___ activity, the cheating was open and obvious.
When the plague was __________ on the island, Dr. Arrowsmith's wife died.
The spies thought their meeting was a __________ one, but a throng* of F.B.I. agents gathered outside the building.
A special management committee was asked to investigate business __________.
Orville Wright was criticized for his __________ desire to fly.
If I can get my parents to __________, I'll join the Peace Corps.
code of principles
going unchecked, widespread
Mr. Dorsey, our new principal, determined to do something about the ___ cheating at our high school.
He issued bulletins and began to ___ those teachers who did not proctor alertly.
Under ___, the faculty reported the names of the ___.
Several crib sheets were turned in as tangible* evidence of the cheating. Mr. Dorsey's ___ campaign against the wrong-doers seemed to be paying off.
The __________ was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar.
Television sleuths are __________ in their pursuit of lawbreakers.
The confession was signed under __________, the attorney claimed.
I suspect that my father will __________ me for coming home late.
Parking in front of a hydrant is a __________ violation of the city's law.
outrageous, glaringly bad
the guilty person
to warn, to reprove
The cheating scandal came to a head when Art Krause, our football captain, made the ___ mistake of getting caught cheating on a midterm exam.
If Art were suspended for his part in that sordid affair, our chances for winning the city championship would go up in smoke. The ___ coach asked the principal to overlook Art's ___,
but Mr. Dorsey replied in an ___ fashion that the players had been given ''a plethora" of athletic instruction but a ___ of moral guidance."
The bank teller's __________ error was difficult to correct.
We tried to ignore her __________ comments, but that took considerable restraint.
__________ is the stock in trade of all adroit* counterspies.
Although it was a creative writing class, the teacher complained about the __________ of talent there.
The soldiers were __________ to learn that their furloughs had been canceled.
mentally confused, crazed
Mr. Dorsey summoned a representative group of teachers and student leaders to his office in order to __ their reactions to the suspension of the football captain.
He told them that cheating was a __ disease that could not be tolerated at our school.
He loathed having to discipline Art Krause so severely, but unless strict measures were taken, the student body would __ the incident as an open invitation to cheat with ___. "
The border guards allowed the doctor to cross the frontier with __________.
It isn't easy to __________ answers from a sleepy class on Monday morning.
Dentists appreciate patients who can __________ pain.
She hoped that we would not __________ her decision to run for office as a thirst for power.
The dictator's __________ rules failed to intimidate* the leaders of the underground.
freedom from punishment
to make a deduction, to infer
to put up with, to bear
to draw forth
harmful, causing injury
Our neighbor is an ___ inventor whose latest brainstorm, a __ umbrella substitute, has been featured in many magazines.
discern, strip (!)
As simply as the eye can ___, it is a hard plastic ___, about the size of a ruler, which fits comfortably into a woman's handbag or a man's suit jacket.
Now, equipped with a rigid head covering he can ___ forth to face the elements.
To the ___ of the umbrella manufacturers, it has been enjoying a brisk sale, especially among commuters.
Some prisoners planned a disturbance while others would __________ toward the gate.
Under duress from the tax officer, the beggar admitted that he was truly __________.
To the __________ of the sergeant, there was a paucity of volunteers for the dangerous mission.
It's __________ to build an electric auto, but wouldn't you need a terribly long extension cord?
When we could __________ the city lights, we knew we were safe at last.
suddenly rush forth
My buddy Verne, a ___ automotive wizard, and I were inspired to do some inventing on our own.
After a ___ glance at our plans, to our ___ Ed snorted that our idea was inane, but we decided that he was just jealous of our brilliance.
Tomorrow we are going to start on a computer that will enable us to measure the intelligence of ___ automobile dealers who like to ___ the efforts of junior geniuses.
The children in Shakespeare's plays are so __________ that they all sound like grandparents.
Edith gave only __________ attention to the new millennium, skipping our New Year's Eve party.
The Wright brothers didn't become distraught when a skeptic would __________ their work.
When I correct my kid brother's math errors, he is __________ enough to insist that he is right.
To the __________ of many taxpayers, some citizens seem to cheat the government with impunity.
done without care, superficial
reaching maturity early
feeling of disappointment, humiliation
contrary, persisting in error
to ridicule, scoff at
I hate to ___ such a ___ achievement, but to me it seems like a most objectionable discovery.
Rather than a scientific triumph, I'd be inclined to label it as an egregious blunder, a scientific disaster, a laboratory ___.
Is there anyone in his right mind who thinks that a pill can replace the pleasures of devouring hot corn bread, ___ on a thick steak, biting into crisp french fries, or attacking a chocolate sundae?
I'm afraid that this is one pill I'll have to ___ from chewing.
The paradox is that Javert's inexorable pursuit of Jean Valjean was both __________ and despicable.
The affluent store owner __________ the efforts of his small competitor, saying that he could always tolerate that kind of rivalry.
To aid in digestion, you must __________ each piece of meat one dozen times.
In an acrimonious letter, her father described the project as a complete __________.
Once he sought the limelight, but now he __________ all interviews.
to discredit, belittle
to chew up
I guess we'll never be able to ___ those persistent rumors about the invention of auto tires that will never wear out, stockings that cannot tear, and pens that won't run dry.
A ___ economist informed me that such products will never be marketed.
No," my ___ whispered, "it's part of their scheme of planned ___ to sell you merchandise with a limited life span in order to keep you coming back for more.
I am ___ about the existence of those perfect products, but then I'm from Missouri.
When the duplicity was revealed, the jury became __________ about Ed's innocence.
In order to __________ the riot, the police sallied* forth with tear gas.
A teenage boy's father should be his true __________.
The __________ built into many products could be regarded as a flagrant insult toward the duped* consumer.
one to whom you confide your secrets
process of wearing out
put an end to
Two honor students, Ron Harris and Len Chester, were sent to the principal by their French teacher, an ___ foe of nonconformists, who went into a ___ of anger when she spied the boys in the hall.
The school would reprimand the boys for their ___ appearance and order them to cut their hair or be suspended.
But the boys' parents decided that the school had overstepped its ___; they took their case to the newspapers.
What had started as a local ___ now began to take on the appearance of a full-scale war.
The detective was __________ in his search for the murder weapon.
Saying that it was beyond his __________, Judge Klein refused to rule on the case.
In a __________ of rage, the tenant stormed out of the landlord's office
The precocious boy enjoyed an intellectual __________ with his elders.
The brash student was forced to apologize for her __________ conduct.
a fit, sudden outburst
cannot be pacified, inexorable
small fight, brief encounter
worthy of blame
power, range of authority
"These are not delinquents or hoods," one reporter wrote, "but clean-cut American boys who are being ___ by a ___ school system."
A caustic* editorial referred to the school's decision as ___ and inane.
* A false story even circulated about the boys being rock-'n-roll performers whose ___ families needed their salaries.
Finally, the Civil Liberties Union jumped into the ___ with a court order stipulating that the principal be required to show cause why the boys should not be allowed to return to class.
After the __________, the feuding families agreed to patch up their differences.
The __________ client was surprised when she was accosted by her social worker in the elegant restaurant.
To my mind the decision was unreasonable and __________.
George Orwell's 1984 depicts a frightening, __________ government.
If anonymous telephone callers __________ you, the phone company will give you an unlisted number.
based on whim, dictatorial
to trouble, torment
The school authorities were ___. Public opinion had been marshaled against them.
Suddenly it had taken on the appearance of a nightmare in which the principal was either hanged in ___ or pictured in cartoons making a villainous swipe at the two innocent Samsons.
But the officials could not allow Ron and Len to ___ their authority with impunity.
Members of the school board concurred with the principal's action but they were ___ of the popular support for the boys.
Clearly a compromise was called for to resolve the ___ situation.
1. "COACH OF LOSING TEAM HANGED IN __________"
2. "CAUSE OF CANCER CONTINUES TO __________ DOCTORS"
3. "F.B.I. __________ OF CLANDESTINE GANGLAND MEETING"
4. "MANY MOTORISTS __________ TRAFFIC LAWS, STUDY REVEALS"
5. "__________ ATMOSPHERE IN ANGRY SENATE CHAMBER"
to hinder, impede
show contempt, scoff*
a likeness (usually of a hated person)
Following an executive session, the school board ordered the principal to ___ the suspension and to send the boys back to class ___.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the principal whose irritation was ___ by the ruling.
Just as things were about to ___ to normalcy, however, the same French teacher then demanded that a girl be ___ from school for wearing a mini skirt.
1. It seemed incongruous* to __________ his employment just when he was so successful.
2. Upon seeing the show, he called the TV studio __________ to protest.
3. The ushers moved with alacrity* to __________ the disorderly patrons.
4. After taking the drug, she began to __________ to the days of her childhood.
5. The arrest of the spy did much to __________ relations between the two countries.
to drive out, eject
to irritate, make worse
Dr. Dooley had already distinguished himself by caring for a half-million sick and ___ Vietnamese refugees.
When fighting broke out in the divided country of Viet Nam, the northern Communist Viet Minh forces ___ southward, scattering thousands of refugees before them.
At the time, Dr. Dooley was a lieutenant, assigned to a ___ naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.
Forthwith* he volunteered for duty on a navy ship that had been chosen to transport the refugees to ___ in Saigon.
The curtain was beginning to ___ on Dooley's real career.
The __________ residents of the Warsaw Ghetto managed to win several skirmishes* from the Nazis.
A firecracker terminated* the __________ climate of the neighborhood.
When Richard III violated the __________ of the church to seize the princes, he exceeded his jurisdiction.*
Chicago put its heaviest players up front, but they were helpless as the Giants' line __________ toward them.
. Inexorably* the determined climber began to __________ the Himalayan peak.
to rush suddenly
abnormally thin, wasted away
He became painfully cognizant* of the ___, disease, ignorance, and fear that ___ the natives.
Tom Dooley pitched in to build shelters in Haiphong, and to comfort the poor Vietnamese there before that ___ city fell to the powerful Viet Minh forces.
He was seemingly unconcerned by the many ___ he had to endure.
He told the story of this exciting experience in Deliver Us from Evil, a best seller that alerted America to the plight of the Vietnamese as well as to the ___ menace of communism.
The stool pigeon, the detective's confidant,* told him about the __________ plot.
By running up a white flag, the __________ troops indicated their desire to withdraw from the fray.*
Citizens of several Kentucky mountain communities are __________ by the worst poverty in the nation.
The emaciated* prisoners were obviously suffering from advanced __________.
Albert Schweitzer endured considerable __________ as a jungle doctor.
lack of necessities
faulty or inadequate diet
to surround, hem in
to trouble greatly, to distress
ubiquitous, remote, thwart
Next year, despite a growing illness, the ___ Dooley turned up in the ___ village of Muong Sing, attempting to ___ his traditional enemies: disease, dirt, ignorance, starvation, and hoping to quell* the spread of communism.
But his trained medical eye soon told him that the pain in his chest and back was a ___ of a ___ cancer.
Sprinting all over the court, the __________ referee called one foul after another.
Ben's reprehensible* table manners led his fraternity brothers to seat him in a __________ corner of the dining room.
The excellent soup was a __________ of the delicious meal to follow.
In an attempt to __________ the voracious* ants, he surrounded his house with a moat of burning oil.
The surgeon finally located the __________ tumor that had afflicted* his patient for many months.
distant, hidden away
being everywhere at the same time
likely to cause death
to hinder, defeat
a forerunner, advance notice
From August, 1959 until his death in January, 1961, Dooley suffered almost continuous, ___ pain.
Knowing that he did not have long to live, Dr. Dooley worked without ___ on behalf of MEDICO, the organization he had founded to bring medical aid and hope to the world's sick and needy.
The lines of Robert Frost kept ___ in his mind during those ___ days: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have promises to keep/ And miles to go before I sleep."
When he finally ___, millions throughout the world were stunned and grief-stricken by the tragedy.
With __________ slowness, the minute hand inched its way around the clock.
The rescue team heard the miner's voice __________ through the caves.
Around income tax time __________ faces are ubiquitous.*
The voluble* insurance salesman gave my father no __________.
Besieged* by debts, the corporation finally had to __________ to bankruptcy.
an interval of relief, delay
to give way, yield
P. T. Barnum, the great circus ___, was once accosted by a woman who showed him a scurrilous manuscript about himself, and said that unless he paid her, she would have the book printed.
Barnum rejected the ___ attempt.
Barnum obviously felt that ___ criticism was an ___ for a public figure.
Barnum's philosophy suggests that we might do well to review the plethora of publicity given to rabble-rousers and ___.
When the business manager was accused of __________, his colleagues sought to oust* him from the firm.
The eminent __________ brought many cultural spectacles to our shores.
Attacked by the irate crowd, the __________ asked the police for sanctuary.
President Clinton hoped to be an __________ in his wife's campaign for the U.S. Senate position.
It was excruciatingly painful for the actors to read the __________ reviews that their performances had received.
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
one who presents cultural series, organizer
a valuable thing to have
getting money by threats
blatant, entourage, virulent
Today, the ___ bigot, the leader of a lunatic fringe, and the hate-monger, each with his tiny ___, find it relatively easy to attract publicity. Newspapers give space to the ___ activities of those agitators on the grounds that they are newsworthy.
Some civic-minded organizations have answered, however, that the hosts are not always equipped to demolish those guests, and even if they were, the audience would still be exposed to the ___ they ___ forth.
1. The visiting dictator's ubiquitous __________ of bodyguards disturbed our tranquil city.
2. Europe's population was afflicted by a __________ plague known as the Black Death.
3. From each candidate's headquarters acrimonious charges would __________ forth daily.
4. Clym Yeobright's mother succumbed to the __________ of a snake bite.
5. With __________ discourtesy the reporters continued to harass the bereaved family.
____ a. group of attendants
____ b. disagreeably loud, very showy
____ c. poison, spite, malice
____ d. throw up, vomit, eject
____ e. full of hate, harmful
Since we cherish freedom of speech, we are ___ to deny the request, even if he preaches hatred.
As a result, hate-mongers are given the opportunity to rent halls, conduct meetings, publish abusive literature, and ___ contributions.
What can be done about them? One ___ observer, Prof. S. Andhil Fineberg, ___ the "quarantine method."
Without the warmth of the spotlight, he feels that the bigot will freeze and become ___.
1. Since we felt that the ruling was arbitrary, we were __________ to obey it.
2. Daily the volunteers went out to __________ funds for the indigent families.
3. My neighbor was __________ enough to discern the adverse features of the mortgage.
4. The general was sure to __________ that we give the enemy no respite from the bombings.
5. The play was so blatantly bad that the impresario fired its __________ director.
____ a. keen, shrewd
____ b. to be in favor of, to support
____ c. not effective
____ d. unwilling, reluctant
____ e. to beg, seek earnestly
scrutinize, nefarious, amicable
The quarantine method for handling bigots implies more than giving them the silent treatment. Prof. Fineberg urges community-relations organizations to ___ the ___ activities of hate-mongers and to be prepared to furnish information about them to ___ inquirers.
Bigger than the ___ immediate problem is the need to find out the cause for such bigotry and to counteract this sinister ___ that afflicts a segment of our society.
1. The __________ buzzing of the mosquitoes as they surged* about our heads nearly drove us insane.
2. Our __________ relations with Latin America are an asset to hemispheric trade.
3. Once the virulent __________ had run its course, my temperature dropped.
4. We were distraught upon hearing the venom spewed forth by the __________ bigot.
5. No sooner did the lawyer __________ the extortion note than she called the police.
____ a. annoying
____ b. villainous, vicious
____ c. examine closely
____ d. disease
____ e. friendly, peaceful
Just as some people can predict the onset of ___ weather because of an aching in their bones, so could Jerry detect incipient* disaster.
He sat at his desk, trying to ___ a company report but his efforts were ineffectual.*
The gnawing at his insides, the tinge of uneasiness, the ___ of calamity that besieged him would not ___.
When the phone rang, he ___ with fear it was his wife and she was hysterical. Their son had been bitten by a mad dog!
1. After being admonished* by his father, he began to __________ the want ads daily.
2. When the black cat crossed her path, Ellen had a __________ of disaster.
3. The pickets promulgated a warning that they would not __________ in their efforts to enhance their standard of living.
4. As the snake prepared to strike, the girls __________ in horror.
5. She blamed her absence from the game on the __________ weather, but we knew that was sour grapes.*
____ a. unfavorable, stormy
____ b. to read carefully
____ c. cease
____ d. forewarning
____ e. draw back
As soon as Jerry Hart could get the ___ facts from his wife, he dashed out of the office on his way home.
Visions of an ugly ___ with foaming jaws ___ him.
Little Bobby was on his bed, surrounded by a doctor, a policeman, Jerry's ___ wife, his two daughters, and a half-dozen ___ neighbors.
1. The stockbroker was __________ with the idea of becoming a painter.
2. My nervous neighbor bought a pugnacious* __________ to frighten burglars.
3. __________ expressions abounded* throughout headquarters on the night of the election.
4. During the trial the astute lawyer was able to elicit the __________ information from the key witness.
5. After the tension, his normally ruddy face was __________ and tired.
____ a. sad, melancholy
____ b. to the point
____ c. sickly pale
____ d. to haunt, preoccupy
____ e. large dog
The doctor explained the situation calmly, avoiding ___.
Secondly, the ___ dog had ___ all attempts to find him so far.
Mrs. Hart said that a neighbor who had seen the dog claimed that it had been foaming at the mouth, barking, and growling constantly all ___ of rabies.
But the policeman ___ that there hadn't been a case of a mad dog in the county in over twenty years;
1. The warden __________ the prisoners' attempt to escape by adding more guards.
2. Most viewers hate it when a commercial is __________ into a suspense drama.
3. Saying that he would not tolerate her __________, the director fired the temperamental actress.
4. All his life he found happiness __________, but wealth easy to come by.
5. The sordid rioting was __________ of the problems facing the large cities.
____ a. having to do with signs or symptoms, indicative
____ b. hard to grasp
____ c. insert, interrupt
____ d. display of emotions
____ e. counteract, foil, thwart
"Give me some of the rudimentary* information about the disease, Doc," said Jerry, glancing toward the ___ figure of his son. "
Once the ___ characteristics appear (ten days to six months) then death is imminent.
The ___ neighbors who were ___ in the doctor's remarks gasped.
1. The senator loathed* it when people said that an atomic war was __________.
2. When his __________ partner complained about a lack of ethics,* the businessman laughed at his innocence.
3. __________ in his crossword puzzle, he failed to notice the paucity* of customers in the restaurant.
4. One of the __________ features of her poetry is a dependence upon euphemisms.*
5. Seeing the __________ player, the manager dashed out onto the field.
____ a. outstanding, prominent
____ b. without power to move
____ c. likely to happen, threatening
____ d. absorbed
____ e. easily shocked, over sensitive
Meanwhile, the Harts had notified the local radio stations to broadcast a ___ appeal for the dog's owner to come forward.
The station was ___ with phone calls but all leads were ___.
The boy's story was ___, but he did remember that the animal was gray and had a collar.
There was little tangible evidence to go on, but the police remained ___.
1. The sermon was __________ enough to bring tears to the brash delinquent's eyes.
2. Although the message was __________, its salient points were clear enough.
3. After a __________ attempt to wrest control of the government, the traitors were incarcerated.*
4. Even though his boat was almost __________, the skipper was loath to radio for help.
5. Because the malignancy had gone unchecked, the surgeons were not __________ about the patient's chances.
____ a. useless
____ b. confused, mixed up
____ c. optimistic
____ d. to flood
____ e. moving, painful to the feelings
The normally ___ Jerry Hart was deeply upset.
Twenty-four hours had passed without result, and even if the rabies could not be ___, Jerry was determined to see that his son received the vaccine.
At the suggestion of some friends, he organized a ___ search party, ___ fanning out in circles around the supermarket.
Although the Harts were sick with worry (they had to be ___ into going to sleep), little Bobby seemed to be in great spirits. The excruciating vigil continued.
1. Harriet's egregious error disturbed even her __________ employer.
2. The fund raiser was so __________ that he solicited money from a Salvation Army Santa Claus.
3. In order to get the job, you had to go through the drudgery of filling out a ten-page __________ questionnaire.
4. The elusive fugitive was __________ by his attorney into surrendering.
5. Even the swindler's nefarious accomplice refused to __________ his alibi.
____ a. enthusiastic
____ b. calm, hard to rouse to action
____ c. confirm, support
____ d. thorough
____ e. to force
Forty hours had ___ before the police work and the publicity paid off.
By ___ checking the registrations of every red station wagon in the neighborhood and then cross-checking dog licenses, the police narrowed the search to four owners.
After a few telephone calls, the apologetic owner was located and directed to bring her muzzled German shepherd to the Hart ___.
The ___ owner, Mrs. McGraw, admitted that the dog had a ___ mean streak, but she scoffed at the idea of rabies.
1. Inadvertently, Emma had allowed two months to __________ before paying her rent.
2. The lackluster battle was punctuated by __________ mortar fire.
3. A man's __________ is his castle.
4. Because the watchman was __________, thievery was rampant at the warehouse.
5. The __________ musician had nothing but disdain* for his disorganized friends.
____ a. careless, negligent
____ b. to slip by
____ c. occasional
____ d. home
____ e. careful
The Harts were greatly relieved to learn that the ___ ___ about the dog was not true.
Because the German shepherd was not rabid, the necessity for the painful treatment was ___.
The neighbors searched for other ___ happenings, and Jerry Hart went back to his office.
"What kind of dog was that?" his secretary asked. "Oh, his bark was worse than his bite," ___ Jerry.
1. It was sheer __________ on the detective's part but it led to the arrest of the vexatious counterfeiters.
2. The newspaper switched from mundane* coverage to __________ reporting.
3. It was exceedingly __________ of the lightweight to insult the belligerent longshoreman.
4. The necessity for preparing sandwiches was __________ when the picnic was postponed.
5. Hamlet remembered that Yorick was always ready with a lusty __________.
____ a. do away with, eliminate
____ b. joke
____ c. guess
____ d. sensational
____ e. too hasty, reckless
In the winter of 1941, Enrico Fermi and a number of other distinguished scientists ___ President Franklin Roosevelt for authorization to begin an all-out effort in atomic energy research.
The scientists were alarmed by __ evidence of ___ German experiments, and they asked for speedy approval.
Fermi had found a ___ from the Fascists (his wife was Jewish) and he knew that if the Germans were the first to develop an atomic bomb it would mean that Hitler could ___ the entire world.
1. Although Eddie was not sanguine* about his chances, he continued to __________ his boss for a winter vacation.
2. In inclement* weather our barn is a __________ for many animals.
3. The dictator used duplicity* in order to __________ his rivals.
4. With a __________ movement, the meticulous* bookkeeper emptied the ash tray.
5. The expert's __________ testimony corroborated* the police report.
____ a. undeniable
____ b. ask urgently
____ c. conquer
____ d. place of safety
____ e. stealthy, accomplished by secret
Enrico Fermi designed a device that could ___ in a chain reaction.
The uranium ___ neutrons, and the graphite slowed them down.
Slowly, Fermi's first atomic pile began to grow in a ___ room at Columbia University.
The big question remained was it ___?
The ___ Weapon Takes Shape
1. A thorough investigation __________ in a comprehensive* report.
2. After two years of confinement in a __________ dungeon, the prisoner was thin and wan.*
3. The mayor issued a diatribe* against companies whose smokestacks __________ poisonous fumes.
4. Gaining better housing for all was the __________ goal of the zealous* reformer.
5. When the schism* in the company was healed, a __________ arrangement was worked out.
____ a. underground
____ b. final
____ c. practicable, workable
____ d. to give off
____ e. to result finally
His pace accelerated because they were proceeding on the ___ that the Germans were close to atomic success.
Three brave young men ___ their lives by ascending the pile, ready to cover it with liquid cadmium if anything went wrong.
Almost fifty scientists and several ___ observers mounted a balcony to watch.
Unbearable tension ___ the atmosphere.
Fermi completed his calculations, waited for a ___ moment, and then gave the signal.
1. Acting on the __________ that there were no burglars around, the police became quite lax.*
2. After I had perused* the Yankee lineup, I was __________ about their chances of winning.
3. The trapeze artist was squeamish* about having to __________ his life.
4. A terrible odor that was impossible to expunge* __________ the skunk handler's clothing.
5. At a __________ moment the flamboyant* movie star made her grand entrance.
____ a. favorable
____ b. endanger
____ c. to spread through
____ d. skeptical
____ e. grounds for a conclusion
The chain reaction took place precisely as Enrico Fermi had ___.
After twenty-eight minutes he ___ the experiment, giving the signal to replace the control rod.
The normally reserved scientists, unable to ___ their excitement, let out a tremendous cheer and gathered around Fermi to shake his hand.
the news of Fermi's achievement was relayed in a ___ telephone message. The Atomic Age was ___ but truly here!
1. Publication of the lurid* magazine was __________ by the district attorney.
2. Although his remarks appeared __________ at first, we began to see how really pertinent* they were.
3. I had to __________ my desire to interject* my criticism during the debate.
4. Edna had __________ that she would be charged a nominal* sum and so she was outraged when she got the bill.
5. The young couple was disappointed to see the __________ state of their new house.
____ a. puzzling
____ b. guess
____ c. to put down
____ d. to cut short
____ e. in an early stage
After Mr. Foy realized that Monte was obsessed* with the idea, he became quite serious, launching into a ___ on the importance of responsibility in the younger generation.
Monte confessed that he had been developing ulcers as an accountant, and when his psychiatrist suggested that the sickness was a result of ___, Monte agreed.
Now a ___ opportunity to get into show business required Monte to make an immediate decision.
Mr. Foy stormed out of the office, muttering ___ about hippies, beatniks, and others of that ___.
1. When a large expenditure is imminent,* my father goes into a long __________ on the need for economy.
2. It is often fruitless to argue with racists, bigots, and others of that __________.
3. Since the patient's speech was garbled and __________, we could only conjecture as to his message.
4. The meeting was a __________ one, but the jealous husband construed it as prearranged and clandestine.
5. After two drinks the usually phlegmatic dentist lost all his __________.
____ a. kind, sort
____ b. disjointed
____ c. accidental
____ d. bitter criticism
____ e. restraint
The need for a decision came about when Monte was invited to join a ___ summer stock company, starting in mid-June.
He would be required to take tickets, paint scenery, prepare ___, assist with lighting, costumes, and props, and carry an occasional spear in a walk-on role.
In addition, he would be attending the drama classes that were an ___ part of the summer theater.
The ___ would be ___ but at last Monte Ziltch would be fulfilling a life-long ambition.
1. The police posted a __________ asking all citizens to desist* from looting.
2. A salient* feature of the __________ company's success was its fair treatment of employees.
3. Derek Jeter's __________ from the New York Yankees made him a millionaire many times over.
4. For allowing his ferocious mastiff* to appear on a commercial, the trainer was paid a __________ sum.
5. She seemed to be an unimportant member of the president's entourage* but actually she played an __________ role in White House affairs.
____ a. essential
____ b. poster
____ c. slight
____ d. reward, pay
____ e. illustrious
He had ___ all traces of debits and credits from his mind, burying himself in the more ___ world of the theater.
anathema, schism, utopia
Accounting became ___ to him as the ___ between his present ___ and his former drudgery* widened.
1. In Lost Horizon a character recoiled* at the idea of living in a __________.
2. A pernicious* __________ developed between the two sisters.
3. The traitor's name was __________ in his father's domicile.*
4. Our theatrical pages were inundated* with press releases from the __________ producer.
5. After having made the rash* statements, the senator wished that he could __________ them from the record.
____ a. split
____ b. something greatly detested
____ c. place of perfection
____ d. erase
____ e. showy, colorful
He had played the ___ Lion in a ___ version of ''The Wizard of Oz," which the apprentices had staged.
It was to be a ___ original comedy, given a summer tryout prior to a Broadway opening.
Monte, who by now had adopted the stage name of Monte Merryweather, read for the producers, hoping to get the part of the hero's ___ landlord.
Unfortunately, the competition was too rough but the director assigned Monte to a less ___ part.
1. It is frustrating* to have one's lengthy remarks printed in __________ form.
2. With his cap set at a __________ angle, the amicable* sailor strutted down the street.
3. In an __________ display of histrionics* the star refused to perform.
4. Under duress the normally __________ husband was coerced into demanding a raise.
5. Roger's __________ behavior compounded* the bad relationship he had already had with his partner.
____ a. fearful
____ b. cut short
____ c. sprightly, gay
____ d. showy
____ e. quarrelsome
Dorie was black, and the highest job to which he could then ___ in the U.S. Navy was that of messman.
While Dorie was technically a member of a great fighting fleet, he was not expected to fight. Most Army and Navy officers ___ against blacks as fighting men.
nettle, overt, relegate
Although blacks were ___ by such ___ prejudice, Dorie Miller apparently accepted being ___ to the role of a messhall servant.
1. Although the comic's quips* seemed to be mild, they began to __________ the nightclub's owner.
2. I had a premonition* that Eli would __________ to the position of captain.
3. The pickets agreed to __________ against the law that curtailed* their freedom.
4. __________ acts of violence by the prisoner jeopardized* his parole.
5. When they tried to __________ the star to a minor role she was furious.
____ a. irritate
____ b. open
____ c. assign to an inferior position
____ d. to strive for
____ e. attack verbally
Jumping up from his ___ position, the powerfully built messman from Waco, Texas, headed for the deck.
Everywhere that Dorie looked he saw smoke and ___ warships lying on their sides.
Overhead dozens of Japanese dive bombers controlled the skies without a U.S. plane to ___ their attack.
The ___ was enormous.
Dorie joined a team that was feeding ammunition to a machine gunner who was making an ineffectual* attempt to protect their battleship from being ___ by the torpedo planes.
1. From a __________ position, the hunter emitted* the animal's mating call.
2. Following the revolution, the people __________ the subterranean* dungeons of the dictator.
3. Management is sure to __________ any request for increased remuneration.*
4. __________ placards* announced the opening of the new movie.
5. The virulent* plague caused __________ among the populace.
____ a. ruin
____ b. drive back
____ c. huge
____ d. lying on the back
____ e. destroy
Men all around Miller were succumbing* to the ___ spray of Japanese bullets.
scurry, incisive, precipitate
The enemy ___ away, having struck the ___ blow that ___ U.S. entrance into World War II.
The Navy had attempted to ___ him, but Dorie changed all that.
1. Our editor castigated* the proposal with his __________ commentary.
2. Poe's hero watched the rats __________ across his inert body.
3. The jockey received a __________ kick from the fractious horse.
4. A quarrel was __________ among the relatives after they heard the terms of the reprehensible* will.
5. The laconic Clint Eastwood is a __________ of the strong, silent Western hero.
____ a. acute
____ b. run hastily
____ c. unvarying pattern
____ d. deadly
____ e. hasten
stentorian, singular, valor
In ___ tones the Admiral presented Miller with the prestigious* Navy Cross, commending him for a ___ act of ___ and "disregard for his own personal safety."
Miller's heroism helped to shatter the ___ against African-Americans in the armed forces.
Although he could have accepted a ___ at a U.S. naval base, Dorie chose to remain in the combat zone where he was killed in action in December, 1943.
1. The director was ousted from his __________ when he angered the mayor.
2. In his customary __________ tones, the sergeant reprimanded those who thought the army was a haven for incompetents.
3. The word "surrender" is anathema to people of __________.
4. A viable peace was brought about as a result of the diplomat's __________ contribution.
5. The bigot's __________ precipitated a fistfight.
____ a. prejudice
____ b. soft job
____ c. courage
____ d. extraordinary
____ e. loud
Danny had confessed to ___ in the killing of his brother-in-law after the police had refused to allow him to see his lawyer.
Actually, Danny was tricked into blaming a friend for the ___ of his sister's husband, thereby establishing himself as an ___.
Despite the fact that Danny later ___ his confession, he was found ___ and jailed.
1. Proceeding on the premise that the broker was guilty of __________ in the swindle, the detective followed him surreptitiously.
2. After the __________ of the gang leader, a mammoth conflict arose among his ambitious lieutenants who aspired to be boss.
3. Once the incontrovertible evidence was offered, the servant was held __________ in the theft of the jewels.
4. When the clergyman refused to __________, his superiors were so nettled that they relegated him to an isolated parish in Alaska.
5. Although he was judged as a minor __________, the driver had actually played an integral* part in planning the crime.
____ a. deserving blame
____ b. partnership in wrongdoing
____ c. an associate in crime
____ d. disposal of, killing
____ e. withdraw previous statements
Kroll felt that his client's rights under the Constitution had been ___.
alleged, access, invalidate
Since the ___ accomplice, Escobedo, had been denied ___ to an attorney, Kroll asked the courts to ___ the conviction.
He proposed that lawyers be entitled to sit in when the police question a suspect but the Illinois courts rejected that on the grounds that it would effectively ___ all questioning by legal authorities.
1. The manager was distraught* when he realized that the slugger's sickness would __________ a World Series victory.
2. It is symptomatic* of some newspapers that an __________ criminal is regarded in print as guilty.
3. The wealthy uncle decided to __________ his inane nephew's sinecure.
4. The general was sure to __________ the court-martial's decision once he learned of the flagrant bias of the presiding officer.
5. Once the druggist had been duped into opening the store, the addict gained __________ to the pep pills.
____ a. admittance
____ b. reported, supposed
____ c. to deprive of legal force, to nullify
____ d. prevent
____ e. abolish
Lawyer Kroll ___ in his defense of Danny Escobedo.
he case was argued before the Supreme Court, and in 1964, in a ___ decision, the Court reversed Danny's conviction.
"A system of law enforcement that comes to depend on the confession," one Justice declared, "will, in the long run, be less reliable than a system that depends on ___ evidence independently secured through skillful investigation."
A Justice who ___ against the decision said, however, "I think the rule is ill-conceived and that it seriously ___ perfectly legitimate methods of criminal enforcement."
1. Collectors avidly sought the rare coin for its __________ value.
2. If we __________, we can overcome many of our inhibitions.
3. The Battle of Midway was a __________ victory in the U.S. campaign for ultimate victory over the Japanese in World War II.
4. I knew that my father would __________ against Mother's choice of ostentatious* fabrics.
5. The senator inveighed* against the policy because he felt it would __________ our Air Force.
____ a. to hamper
____ b. foreign, coming from outside
____ c. speak loudly
____ d. persist
____ e. historic, turning point of a period
After getting out, Danny was not a ___ of virtue, according to the police.
He led a ___ existence, drifting from job to job, and was arrested frequently.
With ___, and a few choice ___, Danny referred to police harassment.*
Although the Escobedo case was a ___ one, most agree that it inspired better police training, better law enforcement procedures, and improved scientific crime detection.
1. In the desert, __________ tribes wander back and forth, enduring much privation.
2. The town planners looked upon their utopia* as a __________ for other communities.
3. Some school principals attempt to repress the publication of __________ editorials.
4. We were amazed at the display of __________ from our normally phlegmatic neighbor.
5. A bitter quarrel was precipitated* when both politicians hurled vile __________ at each other.
____ a. harshness of temper
____ b. model of excellence
____ c. wandering
____ d. debatable
____ e. descriptive name
One of the most interesting inhabitants of our world is the bee, an insect that is ___ to all parts of the globe except the polar regions.
The honeybee is a ___ insect whose ___ is a colony that he shares with as many as 80,000 bees.
A ___ study of the activities of these insects reveals an orderliness and a social structure that is truly amazing.
For example, bees in a particular hive have a distinct odor; therefore, when an ___ seeks access they can identify him quickly and repulse his invasion.
1. Sherlock Holmes took a __________ glance at the cryptic* message and decoded it instantly.
2. The forest was replete with the kind of wildlife that is __________ to Africa.
3. Electric eyes, watchdogs, and other nuances were there to keep out an __________.
4. The alcoholic was found supine in his favorite __________Ryan's Bar.
5. At the party, the __________ hostess scurried from group to group, making friends and influencing people.
____ a. hasty, not thorough
____ b. native
____ c. natural environment
____ d. sociable
____ e. an unauthorized person
the queen who is a ___ layer of eggs;
he worker who is the ___ of the colony;
the ___ drone whose only function is to mate with a young queen.
The ___ worker builds and maintains the nest, collects and stores the honey, and is the ___ of the lazy drone, or male honeybee, who does not work and has no sting.
1. The usually __________ novelist was frustrated by her failure to come up with a good plot.
2. Len, the gregarious* twin, was the __________ of Lon, the reticent one.
3. The typist shook off the fetters* of her __________ life and joined a mountain climbing expedition.
4. __________ shoppers occasionally badger* supermarket managers for bargains.
5. Some feel that the United States should be a __________ to the inchoate* democracies around the world.
____ a. producing abundantly
____ b. thrifty
____ c. protection
____ d. exact opposite
____ e. largely inactive, accustomed to sitting
Let us examine the activities of the ___ workers in greater detail.
While some workers ___ the hive, others fly out in search of nectar and pollen.
Meanwhile, other workers have been cleaning cells, caring for the young, and guarding the precious ___ of nectar.
Another special ___ is entrusted with heating or cooling the hive.
Dedicated to the welfare of the queen and the entire insect community, all of these workers display a complete absence of ___.
1. Through a fortuitous* remark, the __________ of the art thieves was discovered.
2. We warned him that his reprehensible _________ would eventuate in a loss of all his friends.
3. The good-hearted doctor went into the jungle purely for __________ reasons.
4. A __________ of bridge players made our clubroom their permanent habitat.*
5. Everytime the irate* motorist told about the accident he had a tendency to __________ the story.
____ a. secret hiding place
____ b. unselfish
____ c. small group having something in common
____ d. adorn, touch up
____ e. greed
Although the ___ of the workers is remarkable, the queen bee is really the main story.
After she kills any rivals who have the ___ to challenge her, an ___ note is injected.
When her ___ ___ the hive, scouts are dispatched to find a new location, and the bees swarm after their leader to begin the amazing cycle again.
1. A landmark* in the history of __________ drama is Romeo and Juliet.
2. The eminent* artist, famous for his __________, was admired by classicists and beatniks alike.
3. The Bantu chief and all his __________ were noted for their valor.*
4. For having the __________ to declaim against the majority leader, the freshman senator was given the worst committee assignments.
5. Television in the new century was __________ with the rebirth of the old quiz shows.
____ a. descendants
____ b. full of love
____ c. soak, fill up completely
____ d. foolish boldness
____ e. great technical skill
One of the truly remarkable stories of World War II concerns a ruse* that was ___ with such ___ skill that it saved the lives of many Allied troops and helped to shorten the war.
The simple, bold, and ingenious ___ which British officers ___ is the subject of Ewen Montagu's classic, The Man Who Never Was.
In short, the idea was to plant ___ documents concerning the Allied invasion of Europe upon a dead officer
1. Because the inspector had given only cursory attention to the reports, I surmised that his conclusion would be __________.
2. Johnny Cochrane, the famous and controversial* lawyer, gave __________ attention to the preparation of every case.
3. It was necessary for the interloper to __________ a convincing story in order to gain access* to the exhibit.
4. In order to __________ the swindle, the jaunty confidence man adopted an amorous approach toward the wealthy widow.
5. The experienced teacher realized that Ricky's stomachache was merely a __________ to keep him from taking the French test.
____ a. devise
____ b. complete, of the highest degree
____ c. commit
____ d. ruse,* trick
____ e. misleading
After Commander Montagu and his colleagues had been given official approval for their dangerous escapade, they encountered ___ problems.
First, they conducted an ___ search for a body that looked as though it had recently been killed in an airplane disaster.
Then, a detailed history of the man had to be invented that would be so ___ that the enemy would accept its authenticity.
Each step was ___ with difficulty, but the schemers were unbelievably ___.
1. Burdened by her __________ responsibilities, the young executive was precluded from enjoying her new wealth.
2. Fear permeated the crippled airplane as the passengers realized that their situation was __________ with danger.
3. Although basically frugal, his taste in clothing is __________.
4. The store owner was __________ enough to run a sale the day after his building had been razed by the flames.
5. Florence Nightingale was a paragon of mercy in her __________ care for the wounded soldiers.
____ a. able to meet any situation
____ b. faultless
____ c. complex, many
____ d. devoted, attentive
____ e. filled
Then, "Major Martin," the man who never was, was slid into the ___ Atlantic waters off the coast of Huelva, Spain.
Attached to this courier's coat was a briefcase that contained the ___ of the ___.
The secret information was transmitted to the German High Command, through a ___ of underground networks, to be ___.
1. The practical joker had the temerity to perpetrate a __________ upon the Dean of Boys.
2. A good motion picture producer should be skilled in all the manifold __________ of film-making.
3. After wandering through the __________, the young hero came face to face with the dragon who was indigenous to the caves.
4. When I asked the English teacher to __________ my plan for the term paper, her incisive* comments were very helpful.
5. The __________ quality of the artist's latest painting is the antithesis* of her former style.
____ a. dark, obscure
____ b. element
____ c. deception
____ d. arrangement of winding passages
____ e. appraise, find the value of
exult attest gullible
The conspirators had reason to ___, for all evidence ___ to the fact that the German High Command was ___ about "Major Martin."
Their defense troops were moved away from the true invasion sites and ___ to areas that were inconsequential.
"At the Admiralty," Montagu replied, presenting the king with a genuine ___.
1. Explaining that the bookkeeper was merely a __________ dupe, the judge freed him from complicity* in the crime.
2. As the audience watched the master __________ his chess pieces, they applauded his virtuosity.*
3. An expert was summoned to __________ to the authenticity of the Rembrandts found in the Nazi cache* of stolen masterpieces.
4. When the College Board scores were promulgated, my sister had good cause to __________.
5. I could not solve the __________ of why an altruistic person should exhibit such cupidity.
____ a. to certify
____ b. easily cheated or fooled
____ c. to position forces according to a plan
____ d. riddle
____ e. rejoice greatly
Following a number of ___ attempts to teach French, German, or English to chimps, the researchers persevered* until they hit upon the American Sign Language system that is often used by deaf persons.
modify, accommodate, spontaneous
They have had to ___ the language somewhat in order to ___ the animals' ___ gestures.
With a mixture of ___ movements and learned ones, some laboratory chimps now have an extensive vocabulary.
Washoe, the chimpanzee, has more than a ___ of intelligence;
In addition, she can make signs for "I'm sorry," "I hurt," "Hurry," ''Give me," and a ___ of other terms that are familiar to young children.
This ___ animal can indicate that she ___ more dessert by putting her fingers together ("more") and then placing her index and second fingers on top of her tongue ("sweet").
It is ___ that Washoe cannot actually talk.
The chimpanzees are ___ by scientists to be the closest to man of all the living apes; consequently, they are fairly easy to train.
convincing the couple of the ___ ability of the chimpanzee.
buff romp latent
Cinema ___ who have seen Tarzan's clever monkey ___ through the jungle also recognize the ___ intelligence of those animals.
Chimps in the laboratory have demonstrated their ability to find their way out of the most ___ maze.
In his natural habitat* the chimpanzee is something of an ___.
With the aid of his long, powerful hands he can swing rapidly from tree to tree and cover considerable ground in his ___.
Chimps are loyal in their ___ relationships, taking only one mate at a time. That may be another ___ of these animals' superior intelligence.
1. His __________ cunning allowed him to see through the spy's subterfuge.*
2. The divers made an __________ attempt to rescue the dog from the murky* waters.
3. Because Phil refused to __________ his philosophy, the directors were forced to invalidate* his appointment.
4. My English teacher admonished me: "I realize that the speech was to be __________, but it was not supposed to be incoherent or fraught with fallacious statements."
5. A quarrel was precipitated when the dietician refused to __________ the patient's special needs.
____ a. fruitless,* useless, failing
____ b. to make fit, adjust to
____ c. natural
____ d. without preparation, unrehearsed
____ e. to change
1. Why did Silas Marner __________ wealth and practice cupidity*?
2. Once the hoax had been concocted*, a __________ of problems arose.
3. The defendant was alleged to have been an army deserter, but the judge said that was __________ to the case.
4. By embellishing* her work with __________ humor, the sophisticated playwright succeeded on Broadway.
5. The lieutenant confessed to a __________ of ignorance in order to properly evaluate his corporal's resourcefulness.*
____ a. to desire
____ b. countless number
____ c. polished, witty
____ d. thin covering
____ e. not related to the subject
1. Whom do you __________ to be the bulwark* of the Republican party?
2. The firemen did not have to cajole* the enthusiastic __________ into helping them extinguish the blaze.
3. When the intercity competition began, our team was supposed to __________ over our hapless* rivals.
4. At the age of 42, the artist first became cognizant* of his __________ genius.
5. Certain mice have an __________ alertness that enables them to conquer the researchers' labyrinths.*
____ a. lying hidden
____ b. to move in a lively manner
____ c. inborn
____ d. a fan, follower
____ e. believe, to judge
1. The other drivers were nettled about the ease with which our car ascended the __________ road.
2. Arguments over money have often led to __________ havoc.*
3. The sedentary* twin was content to follow his brother's __________ on a map.
4. Signs were posted in the lobby to prevent __________ beggars and others of that ilk* from entering.
5. The warmth of Mr. Smythe's greeting each morning may be construed* as an excellent __________ of his health.
____ a. wandering
____ b. winding
____ c. travel
____ d. relating to marriage
____ e. instrument for measuring change
King Andre of Ruritania was afflicted* with ___, and the people of his country suffered, as a result.
profligate strife legion
After ten years of his ___ rule, the treasury was bankrupt, unemployment was rampant, domestic ___ was mounting, and the number of the king's opponents who were incarcerated were ___.
Following a bloodless ___, his nephew, Prince Schubert, took command of the poor nation.
Prince Schubert's first move was to declare an ___ for political prisoners and to invite home all Ruritanian ___.
Those who had been jailed on false charges were ___ by special tribunals.
The young leader announced that he would abrogate* all of the oppressive ___ that his predecessor had promulgated.
Things began to look up temporarily for the citizens who perceived in Prince Schubert the sincerity, idealism, and honesty that had been lacking in the ___ King Andre.
In order to improve Ruritania's financial position, an astute* but ___ treasurer was installed and given wide ___ powers.
He tried to get the little country back on its feet by slashing all waste from its budget, ___ King Andre's ___ palaces, and firing all incompetents.
In addition, Prince Schubert was able to get the United States to ___ a substantial loan that would enable him to start a program of public works.
When Prince Schubert asked for additional ___ measures, the people began to ___.
Speaking on radio, the young reformer explained the reasons for higher taxes and food rationing; he was ___ when he stated the need for personal sacrifices.
Nevertheless, the resistance to reform was great, and ___ for the "good old days" of King Andre began to grow.
The people admitted that graft and corruption had been ___ under Andre, but at least "everybody got his slice of the pie."
1. With a singular disregard for his family, the __________ husband spent his salary on alcohol.
2. Each spouse said that the other was culpable for their conjugal __________.
3. "The number of my followers is __________," said the flamboyant* politician.
4. The necessity for executing the leaders of the abortive __________ was obviated when they committed suicide.
5. Hitler's __________ was a veneer* for his insecurity and feelings of inferiority.
____ a. discord, disagreement
____ b. revolution
____ c. wasteful
____ d. a large number
____ e. abnormal desire for wealth and power
1. The publisher's __________ claims led to a myriad* of law suits.
2. When the jury began to deliberate, they were prepared to __________ the culprit.*
3. The itinerant* poet, living abroad for twenty years, was a voluntary __________.
4. One cannot govern by __________, the sedentary* mayor quickly learned; it is necessary to get out and meet the citizens if you want their cooperation.
5. We recognized the dictator's __________ as an obvious feint* that would be withdrawn after Christmas.
____ a. an exile
____ b. lying, untrue
____ c. a general pardon
____ d. to free from guilt
____ e. an official order, a decree
1. I plan to __________ the stereo set and clean all the components.*
2. The __________ feast was prepared with impeccable* care.
3. Unless my boss modifies his __________ attitude, a fractious picket line is going to be erected.
4. Clarence Day deemed that __________ matters are best handled by men.
5. When our rivals agreed to __________ the cost of our trip, a myriad of suspicions began to form in my mind.
____ a. agree to finance
____ b. financial
____ c. to strip of covering, take apart
____ d. miserly
____ e. lavish
1. The rebel's innate hatred of __________ decrees led him to crave freedom all the more.
2. A string of caustic epithets was directed at the recruit by his __________ sergeant.
3. Although the former farm girl pretended to be urbane, a feeling of __________ always came over her when she heard country music.
4. Criticism of the author was __________ among the coterie of intellectuals who used to praise him.
5. Jimmy was a lawbreaker, but he would __________ at the idea of carrying a lethal weapon.
____ a. widespread
____ b. plain spoken
____ c. to refuse to move
____ d. yearning for the past
____ e. harsh, confining
The poor cockroach has been called the "most ___ creature on the face of the earth."
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are replete with ___ references to these ubiquitous bugs.
Public health officials are quick to ___ the insects as carriers of viruses that cause yellow fever and polio.
Although past evidence has been somewhat ___, recent studies also show that an allergy to roaches may contribute significantly to asthma.
Little wonder, therefore, that the ___ cockroach is under attack.
Upon entering a cellar that is ___ with their aroma, you are not likely to forget the odor.
And when you spy the foul culprits creating havoc in your sugar bowl or in ___ atop your chocolate cake, your disposition may be exacerbated.
Roaches are ___ and will feast upon such ___ items as wallpaper, upholstery, nylon stockings, and beer.
No one can accuse the hungry and thirsty bugs of being ___.
Cockroaches are the oldest ___ winged insects, having been traced back over 350 million years.
They have endured the ___ of weather, natural disasters, war, and planned liquidation.*
They reside comfortably in caves in South America, in transcontinental airplanes, on mountain tops, in Park Avenue ___, and in television sets.
The climate may be ___ or frigid but roaches persevere.*
In fact, a ___ analysis made the point that any forthcoming nuclear war will be won by roaches, not Russians, Chinese, or Americans.
As soon as the scientists devise a ___ chemical, some bugs succumb.
Surprisingly, some sentimental souls become ___ as they consider the persecution of the insects.
A writer noted for his ___ made a ___ plea for a crash program of aid for the cockroach, calling him "a victim of his slum environment."
1. Because the contract offer was a __________ one, the union leaders balked at it.
2. Ezra Pound, the expatriate poet, was __________ for his pro-Fascist remarks.
3. When the grand jury refused to __________ him, the mobster was exonerated.*
4. Every time his accountant called with __________ pecuniary problems, Ben was very blunt with him.
5. The columnist was ordered to recant her __________ statements.
____ a. annoying
____ b. belittling, disparaging
____ c. unclear, vague
____ d. scolded
____ e. accuse
1. While the palace guards were in __________, the rebels' coup* began in earnest.
2. Coach Fischer issued a fiat that required that his players be __________.
3. The __________ scent that came from the bakery created in Eloise a sense of nostalgia for her grandmother's bread.
4. __________ eaters find the dietary laws in some hotels to be too restrictive.
5. Regardless of how __________ their crimes were, all the prisoners were freed by the general amnesty.
____ a. different
____ b. fragrant
____ c. moderate in eating or drinking
____ d. eating any kind of food
____ e. state of rest
1. Hundreds of __________ copies of Shakespeare's signature came from the same prolific forger.
2. The __________ of life in the Medical Corps are not for the squeamish.
3. We originally planned on a skyscraper but had to settle for a truncated __________.
4. When he learned that the movie was to be replete with __________ scenes, the cautious banker refused to underwrite its cost.
5. General Fox submitted a __________ report on the enemy's latent strength.
____ a. keen, incisive*
____ b. difficulties
____ c. extremely hot and moist, torrid
____ d. still existing
____ e. a building
1. She advocated __________ music as appropriate background for the funeral scene.
2. Although the debater's rebuttal was __________, it was totally irrelevant.
3. The plague continued __________, and the hapless Friar John was unable to deliver the note to Romeo.
4. A good barometer of the reunion's success was the number of __________ songs that the alumni sang.
5. Dean Flanigan admonished* us for our __________ at the graduation exercises.
____ a. sentimental
____ b. very sad
____ c. lightness of disposition
____ d. without subsiding
____ e. powerful
Prince Siddhartha Gautama was the ___ of a family of warrior-kings in northern India.
He was being ___ for the time when he would assume his father's throne.
Growing up in an atmosphere of ___, the young prince was constantly shielded from the cruel realities of the world.
An army of ___ servants and tutors catered to his every desire, providing Siddhartha with instruction in riding, fencing, dancing, and painting while lavishing ___ praise upon him.
One day, Prince Siddhartha expressed the desire to leave his ___ surroundings and ride out among his people.
He was profoundly shaken by the misery, ___, disease, and excruciating pain with which his people were constantly afflicted.
Retiring to his room to ___ over what he had seen, he remained there for several days, deaf to the ___ of those who pleaded with him to come forth.
It seemed to Siddhartha that his life had been redolent with ___, and he was determined to make amends.
Siddhartha exchanged his sumptuous* garments for a monk's yellow robe and went out into the world to do ___ for what he considered to be his previous life of sin.
First he would cleanse himself by becoming an ___; then he would study Hindu wisdom in order to be prepared to help his suffering people.
After six years of ___ wandering and attracting only a handful of ___, Siddhartha came to a huge tree near the Indian city of Gaya.
Finally, it is said, he underwent a ___, becoming the Enlightened Onethe Buddha.
bona fide, salvation
Buddha outlined the three paths that men might travel: worldly pleasure, self-torment, and the middle path. Only through the middle path could man achieve ___ peace and ___.
One had to repudiate* ___, keep his self-control, restrict speech, be open-minded, never lie or steal, reject selfish drives, ___ goodness, etc.
Through good deeds and pure thoughts man may reach ___.
1. It was not until the wreckers began to dismantle the old edifice that they discovered its real __________.
2. As the __________ of a family of wealthy bankers, Rothschild never had to face the vicissitudes* of life.
3. Uriah Heep's __________ manner nettled all but the most gullible.
4. In order to __________ the captive, his jailers repeatedly reviled* capitalism while praising communism.
5. The actress received __________ compliments from her friends but trenchant criticism from the reviewers.
1. The __________ stage setting drew applause from the theater buffs.
2. In the hospital, the alcoholic had time to __________ over the need to be abstemious.
3. As the traveler followed the tortuous path up the Kentucky mountain, he was sickened by the __________ which he saw.
4. Through __________, the fraternity head hoped to end the strife among the members.
5. Rumors of Rome's __________ were rife among the barbarian tribes.
1. Billy the Vampire is the only extant* __________ of Count Dracula.
2. In a remarkable __________, her lugubrious mood changed to one of levity.
3. Following a lengthy diatribe against mendacity, the priest imposed __________ upon the sinner.
4. The cave of the __________ lacked the opulence and lush decoration of his former mansion.
5. Larry's compositions proceed in a __________ manner despite the supplication of his English teacher.
1. In order to __________ good will, the management will do anything to accommodate its guests' special needs.
2. When we saw the hundreds of __________ petitions, we realized that the number of people who supported the candidate was legion.*
3. The megalomaniac believed that he alone had the answer to mankind's __________.
4. Rosalie found solace in the conviction that one day mankind would reach Shangri-la, Utopia, __________.
5. Disciples* of __________ may know the price of everything but the value of nothing.
____ a. seeking favor, fawning
____ b. child, descendant
____ c. wealth, riches
____ d. excessive, insincere
____ e. to teach certain principles
____ a. decay
____ b. extreme poverty
____ c. to consider carefully
____ d. earnest prayer
____ e. luxurious, elaborate
____ a. change
____ b. atonement for sin
____ c. occurring by chance, disconnected
____ d. one who practices self-denial and devotion
____ e. follower
____ a. to nourish, support
____ b. attention to worldly things and neglect of spiritual needs
____ c. freedom from care and pain, Buddhist heaven
____ d. genuine
____ e. deliverance from ruin
When we ___ the words "woman" and "alcoholic" many readers are surprised.
However, the ___ of America's several million female alcoholics is rapidly increasing in intensity.
But the statistics are inexact because it is estimated that there are nine ___ alcoholics for every one under treatment.
Women drink to help themselves to ___ with life's vicissitudes.*
They drink because of financial pressures, ___, frustration,* and related reasons.
Although frequently ___, she can ___ a story skillfully and thus conceal her true physical condition.
She often attributes her alcoholism to ___ stress, boredom, or depression.
Most female drinkers would ___ at the ___ of "alcoholic"and that makes their treatment all the more difficult.
Aside from the reasons offered earlier, doctors have other interesting reasons for the ___ in female drinking.
They also indict social acceptance and ___ to alcohol's ___ danger as contributory factors.
If women realized the harmful extent of the ___ effect of alcohol, they might taper off in their public and ___ drinking.
Using alcohol in an attempt to ___ her problems.
___ herself about the extent of her drinking habits.
Reliance upon alcohol as a ___ to a major social obligation.
Using alcohol as a medication for real or ___ illnesses.
If in evaluating* her drinking, a woman ___ that several of the danger signals applied to her, she should see a physician.
1. If we were to __________ our philosophies, your materialism* would conflict with my idealism.
2. Judge Felder commented with asperity* upon the wife's charge of __________.
3. Just how our club's president is able to __________ with so many disparate personalities is something I'll never understand.
4. The __________ of the refugees who wandered about in a desultory fashion moved us to tears.
5. Woodrow Wilson stated that he found __________ agreements to be reprehensible.
1. Dave's metamorphosis from an honest person to one who could __________ an alibi so adroitly was amazing.
2. The widow grew maudlin as she reminisced about her former __________ bliss.
3. I will have to __________ even if I receive a bona fide invitation to run for the G.O. council.
4. Because he was the scion of the richest family on our block, Lenny was given the __________ of "Rockefeller."
5. He was ashamed to admit that a pesky skin rash __________ him for weeks at a time.
1. Many derogatory statements were heard from those who were opposed to further __________ of the conflict.
2. With complete __________ toward his personal safety, Lt. Regan openly challenged the puissant forces of the enemy.
3. When destitution grips an area, there is excellent __________ for trouble.
4. The __________ effect of the summer's sultry* weather was to shorten everyone's temper.
5. The poet's __________ language precluded* any understanding of her theme.
1. Monte refused to __________ the extrinsic* pressures that were causing him to do poorly in his sophomore year.
2. We must not allow fulsome* praise to __________ us about our actual abilities.
3. The drugs could only __________ the symptoms, not provide the cure.
4. As a __________ to his performance, the bullfighter vowed to do penance* for his sins.
5. The scheme sounded __________, but we were indoctrinated* to believe that it could work.
____ a. quality of being mismated, lack of harmony
____ b. to place side by side
____ c. predicament, dangerous situation
____ d. secret, hidden
____ e. to be a match for, to be able to handle
____ a. to object
____ b. a name
____ c. to lie, concoct*
____ d. related to marriage
____ e. disabled, made unfit
____ a. possible
____ b. accumulated
____ c. secret, hidden, obscure
____ d. an increase, intensification
____ e. lack of concern
____ a. visionary, imaginary, fantastic
____ b. alleviate, relieve without curing
____ c. introduction
____ d. to fool
____ e. admit
In most schools the classes are alphabetically ___, with youngsters' names running the ___ from Adams to Zilch.
perspicacious analogous malajusted
Mr. Sloane, a ___ teacher, began to perceive differences between the two groups: while their reading scores and I.Q.'s were roughly ___, it was apparent that Biology 128 was replete with ___ students, while Biology 121 had the normal ones.
As Mr. Sloane pursued his investigation of the ___, he discovered that a Dr. Trevor Weston of the British Medical Association had corroborated* his findings.
Dr. Weston had studied British ___ rates over a ___, finding that people whose names began with letters ranging from "S" to "Z" had a life expectancy that averaged twelve years fewer than the rest of the population.
Furthermore, those at the bottom of the alphabet tended to contract more ulcers, were more ___ to heart attacks, and were more likely to be ___ than those at the top of the alphabet.
Dr. Weston is convinced that the ___ is the culprit.
As they are the last to recite, these youngsters feel frustrated* because what they had to say had usually been ___ earlier.
The ___ amount of waiting that this group has to do causes them to become ___ and jittery.
"S" to "Z" people also become quite ___, convinced that they are inferior to those at the top of the alphabet.
Mr. Sloane did not want to ___ the disorders that stemmed from the alphabetical arrangement.
Not only did he reverse the seating in his other classes, but he began to badger* the school's administration for a ___ to bring about such changes throughout the building.
compensatory neutralize catastrophic
He called it a ___ factor to ___ the ___ effects of the traditional policy.
1. The Bureau of Child Guidance has been the salvation for some __________ children.
2. Our algebra class is a __________ one in which bright students are juxtaposed with slower ones.
3. Senator Thorpe was __________ enough to realize that the scurrilous charge would have little effect upon the voters.
4. Although the lawyer acknowledged that the two cases were hardly __________, he still felt that he had a good precedent on his side.
5. The actress ran the __________ of emotions in a poignant* performance that thrilled the audience.
1. Irritability is one of the salient* features of a __________ personality.
2. After a __________ of connubial acrimony, the couple decided to consult with a marriage counselor.
3. If a miner were to ponder over the high __________ rate in his occupation, he might want to quit.
4. Ethan Frome soon learned that his querulous wife was __________ to a variety of ailments.
5. There was no paucity* of witnesses to describe the __________ of the flying saucer.
1. Reporters were expecting the candidate to __________ his policy on the escalation of the war.
2. His profligate son made the parsimonious old crank even more __________.
3. Since Alice is so gregarious it surprised me to learn that she is also an __________ girl.
4. Mr. Ford is proud to be called a teacher, but he demurs at the title of __________.
5. In an attempt to show how assiduous he was, the executive spent an __________ amount of time on his report.
1. Don Ricardo hoped that his son would __________ the family business, but Manuel was too involved with chimerical* schemes to want to run a restaurant.
2. If the draconian regulations are to continue unabated, they will have __________ results.
3. Dr. Meyers prescribed medication to __________ the acid condition that had incapacitated my uncle.
4. As a prelude to his victory speech, the mayor announced that he considered the large vote to be a __________ from the people.
5. __________ education may help minority groups to cope with their plight.
____ a. range
____ b. acutely perceptive, shrewd
____ c. poorly adjusted, disturbed
____ d. comparable, similar
____ e. dissimilar
____ a. death
____ b. suffering from a nervous disorder
____ c. ten years
____ d. unusual occurrence
____ e. easily affected, unusually liable
____ a. irritable
____ b. excessive
____ c. to utter, proclaim
____ d. looking into one's own feelings
____ e. teacher
____ a. serving to pay back
____ b. an authoritative order or command
____ c. to counteract
____ d. to cause to continue
____ e. disastrous
In the course of their studies of other cultures, ___ have reported numerous customs and practices that seem ___ to the average American.
Many primitive people believe that certain ___ objects have a will of their own and possess some magical powers.
The ___ might have derived its power, according to members of some tribes, from a god who lives within the object and has changed it into a thing of magic.
Fetishes need not only be natural objects, however. An ___ such as a sculpture or carving is also believed to possess supernatural powers.
An outgrowth of the idea of a fetish is the closely related practice of ___.
Whereas the gods or supernatural powers merely inhabit an object that is a fetish and lend it magic, they will punish the ___ native who violates their ___ of an act or use of an object or word that has become taboo.
If a taboo has been broken, it becomes ___ for the offender to be punished.
In many cases, however, the ___ on the community may be removed after the priests have performed a special ceremony.
universal contemptuous absurd
Although it is probably ___ human behavior to be ___ of the bizarre superstitions practiced by inhabitants of unfamiliar cultures, it seems to be somewhat imprudent to laugh at others before one takes a good, hard look at the ___ taboos and fetishes one accepts as part of one's everyday life.
Isn't it somewhat absurd when the "dyed-in-the-wool" ___, who illogically fears the taint* of close association with blacks (behavior that resembles fear of a taboo), spends most of the summer lying in the sun trying to acquire the color he claims to ___?
During the Middle Ages most people believed that the devil could enter our bodies when we sneezed, because at that propitious moment we left our bodies ___.
However, this catastrophic event could be avoided if another person immediately made an ___ to God.
Although the ___ continues today, few people are aware of its history.
A superstition ___ in ignorance when people are unsure of the causes of events.
But it continues ___ over the years because it usually represents our deepest fears.
1. Stones are __________ objects that have no life of their own.
2. It has been suggested that the man who builds a better mousetrap will find the world beating a path to his door to possess this __________.
3. The explorers saw the golden statue and thought of how much money it would bring them. But their lives would be in danger if they moved it because it was a powerful __________ to the natives.
4. Margaret Mead, the famous __________, fascinated thousands of readers with her studies of South Seas islanders.
5. It would be rather __________ for a young man to come to school wearing a dress.
1. Unsanitary conditions in the bottling factory caused hundreds of cases of soda to be __________ by dirt and foreign objects. The health department refused to allow the soda to be sold.
2. Although a New Jersey high school principal placed a __________ on boys wearing their hair long, one student fought in the courts and won his case.
3. It is considered __________ to give your computer code word to anyone not fully known to you.
4. It is __________ for certain South Seas islanders to eat some foods before they marry.
5. In the nuclear age it has become __________ for the nations of the world to learn to live in peace.
1. Bob felt __________ of his best friend after he saw him cheating during an exam.
2. The teacher felt like laughing after he heard Sally's __________ excuse for not having done her homework.
3. One politician, a notorious __________, hopes to get support as a presidential candidate on the basis of his prejudices and intolerance.
4. I __________ some one who is constantly changing channels with a remote while I'm trying to read in the same room.
5. Would relations between countries be simpler if a __________ language were spoken rather than hundreds of separate ones?
1. Some bad habits __________ in adolescence and continue throughout a person's life.
2. The murderer made a(n) __________ to the governor for a pardon.
3. Despite the inexorable torture, 007 kept the __________ secret of the labyrinth leading to the underground headquarters.
4. It appears that many computers are __________ to "viruses" that can cause great damage.
5. Eskimos have a(n) __________ of rubbing noses to show affection.
____ a. an object made by hand, rather than a thing as it occurs in nature
____ b. lifeless
____ c. an object that is thought to have magic powers
____ d. an expert in the study of the races, beliefs, customs, etc. of mankind
____ e. odd, peculiar, strange, weird
____ a. contamination, undesirable substance that spoils something
____ b. the act of forbidding certain behavior
____ c. urgent, necessary, compulsory
____ d. forbidden by custom or religious practice
____ e. unwise, not careful
____ a. ridiculous
____ b. present everywhere
____ c. expressing a feeling that something is worthless
____ d. a person who is intolerant of other people or ideas
____ e. to detest, to despise
____ a. begin, arise
____ b. capable of being injured
____ c. custom that has been handed down
____ d. appeal, plea
____ e. safe (from destruction, etc.)
There are few sights that are more impressive and ___ than the eruption of an active volcano.
There are few natural events that so singularly dwarf man's ___ attempts to control his environment.
Perhaps the greatest volcanic ___ of modern times took place in 1883 when the island of Krakatoa in Indonesia blew up as the result of a volcanic explosion.
New islands were formed by the lava that poured out, and ___ was scattered across the Indian Ocean for hundreds of miles.
Volcanic material, ___ seventeen miles into the atmosphere, created startlingly beautiful sunsets for years afterwards.
Man's ability to ___ life on this planet has increased at a rapid rate.
We are now faced with the ___ prospect of new weapons that can cause destruction of life and property on a scale far beyond our imagination.
No matter who takes the first step to ___ a conflict, the possibility exists that the ___ will spread and envelop the world.
Some consider it mandatory that the nuclear powers seek agreement on methods of limiting and controlling these weapons, for in the absence of such an agreement, we may ___ the day atomic energy was made practical.
Unfortunately, this ___ condition is fast disappearing.
There is no way to ___ water; there are many ways to conserve it.
Only then did the residents begin to heed the ___ advice to limit the wasteful uses of water.
Under the ___ of the Water Commissioner, citizens were encouraged to develop habits that would save water.
The continued imprudent waste by each of us of this most basic resource will work to the ___ of all.
The natural question is, to what do these people owe their ___?
Frequently, the answer concerns the fact that the ancient one liked to ___ regularly of some hard liquor.
The photograph will show an apparently ___ man or robust woman.
There are no signs that they have become ___.
Smoking a pipe, or sewing on some garment, these rare specimens of hardy humanity are far from the ___ folk we expect to see.
1. Fred had been known for his gentle ways, so his friends were stunned by the __________ of angry words that issued from him.
2. We were surprised by the __________ resistance put up by the voracious tiger to its capture.
3. After her house had burned to the ground, Mrs. Wiley searched through the __________ for her valuable jewelry.
4. Many of those who witnessed the first atomic explosion reported that it was an __________ sight.
5. The fluffy seeds of the milkweed are __________ by the wind.
1. Who could imagine a more bizarre* story than the one having to do with a cow causing the __________ in Chicago?
2. No matter how one tries to delete material from a computer, it is almost impossible to __________ it.
3. You will __________ that display of histrionics when I asked you to help.
4. She could not imagine how she was going to get him to __________ a conversation about marriage.
5. The hometown fans thought the umpire's decision was __________.
1. Isn't it a pity we can't __________ the ideal days of autumn?
2. A man may be a __________ everywhere, but at home he's called a "square" by his youngsters.
3. The tree in front of my house has the dubious honor of being the spot voted the most __________ by the dogs of the neighborhood.
4. It was fortuitous that at the last moment the mayor offered the __________ of his office in finding a solution to the problem.
5. A settlement that causes __________ to neither side is imperative.
1. Far from being __________, the old woman was considered the sage of the neighborhood.
2. Scientists have placed the __________ of the planet earth unbelievably into the future.
3. It was deplorable for us to see her __________ around the house with the aid of a cane.
4. If you __________, don't drive!
5. The boys struck __________ poses to attract the girls on the beach.