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Describing Character - NOUN-ADJECTIVE
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Draw a line under the thesis statement in the paragraph below. Replace it with a new thesis statement that clarifies the writer's theme. Starfish are marine invertebrates. Sometimes sea waves roll rocks on top of the starfish, damaging an arm. In other cases, the starfish sheds an arm if it is attacked by a predator. The starfish sacrifices the arm as a way of escaping from the predator. As the new arm grows to full size, which takes several weeks, the other arms are used for feeding and moving.
From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. altercation, evince, lexicon, incarcerate, sanction, pertinent, ominous, implacable, audacity, galvanize. Eugene had worked at the genetics lab for six days when he witnessed the noisy _____ between Dr. Strangeon and his research assistant. "You know that I didn't give _____ to an early run of the cloning module! Now you've destroyed the entire lot!" Strangeon was definitely irate, and Eugene wished that he understood more of the laboratory _____ that the doctor spouted at his assistant. "How could you-you're not an intern anymore-how could you have the _____ to go off on your own and initiate a test run of a model that required eight years of research and over twelve million dollars to develop? Well?" The assistant could only mutter an answer. "I just thought-I-uh-I wanted to see if-" "What you want is not _____ here!" shouted the doctor. "You've only managed to _____ the fact that you're unfit to work in a laboratory! We should press charges and have the police _____ you! Now get out!" The problem, thought Eugene, probably involved whatever Dr. Strangeon stored behind the _____ pair of tall, armored doors with the retina-scanning lock mechanism. Dr. Strangeon and his assistant had been the only two people to enter that room during the week that Eugene had been employed at the lab.
From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. paean, aphorism, impermeable, affliction, palpable, lax, daub. Justin began to have second thoughts about his summer job when the temperature rose to ninety degrees. For the third day in a row, he stood on a flimsy ladder and _____ maroon paint onto the side of Mrs. Bailey's house. He wore no gloves today; yesterday, he discovered that the cheap cotton painter's gloves were not _____ when he removed them and found his hands stained maroon. To make matters worse, Mrs. Bailey frequently came outside to ensure that Justin hadn't become _____ on the job. The old _____, "time flies when you're having fun," couldn't have been more applicable to Justin, because each ten-hour day of painting felt like an eternity. If hard work builds character, thought Justin, then he should have a[n] _____ amount of character after this job.
From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. quell, prowess, linguistics, purloin, vindictive, pugnacious, rabble. "Your _____ on the field does not excuse your _____ behavior at school. This is the second time that you've been in trouble for fighting," said the principal. She hated this situation; she knew what to do, but in the way the school perceived her, it would be a lose-lose decision. Punishing Isaac before the district championship game would surely draw a[n] _____ of angry students and parents to her office. Being lenient with Isaac would fuel the already _____ attitudes of second-offenders throughout the school. The turbulent aftermath of either decision would be difficult to _____.