VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. culmination, dilemma, demagogue, demure, concur erudite. Clayton surprised everyone in Selbyville when he entered the race for mayor. For twenty-six years, he had been the mild-mannered, _____ clerk at the Selbyville Courthouse. Well-versed in history and politics, the _____ Clayton never really struck anyone as having the type of personality required to win an election, let alone become the mayor. Word spread quickly when, during a special pre-election meeting, Clayton stood at the podium and delivered an impressive speech. Every word was loaded with passion, especially when Clayton addressed Selbyville's ____ of accepting or rejecting a controversial landfill. After ten minutes of rhetoric, Clayton had the townspeople shouting their support, and the sentiment continued right through to the election, after which Clayton became the new mayor. Three months later, the citizens of Selbyville discovered that Clayton was just a[n] _____ when construction of the new landfill began, and he mysteriously bought a new speedboat that was well beyond the range of a typical small-town mayor's salary. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. Glutinous, quaff, declaim, gaffe, indisposed. As a food critic, Veronica was paid to _____ about her latest discoveries in the restaurant scene, but demand for her column dwindled after her latest _____, in which she mistakenly _____ the lemon juice left in a finger bowl on her table, unaware that the liquid was, in fact, intended for cleaning her hands. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. rancor, ostensible, extol, clement, adamant, disparity, cliche. I wish that I could _____ your recent work, but as the _____ goes, workers like you are a dime a dozen. I've been keeping you on the payroll despite your recent incompetence, but it must end now. The president is _____ about cutting unnecessary costs, so I'm afraid that I'm going to have to let you go. I can't be _____ with you any longer.