VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. junta, sedentary, mollify, subversive, patina, placebo, tantamount. The _____ on the brass buttons of General Blanco's uniform sparkled in the sun when he stepped outside the capital office and fished in his pockets for his pill box. Only his doctor knew that the general was about to take a[n] _____ that consisted of little more than sugar. Days before, the general had demanded treatment for recurring chest pains. The doctor found nothing wrong with the general, so he prescribed a psychological treatment for what he thought was a psychological illness. General Blanco's malady was likely the result of a very stressful situation. At the time the pains began, he was a member of a five-person _____ that had seized control of an impoverished nation, and plenty of _____ citizens would have liked nothing more than to eliminate the militant rulers and reinstall the exiled dictator. Blanco had acquired some experience that was _____ to leading a nation, but little experience in dodging assassins. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. dogmatic abet gregarious divulge extraneous coerce meticulous. Mr. Knight learned the _____ art of watchmaking during a three year stay in Switzerland more than forty years ago. Since that time, he has spent countless evenings in his basement workshop assembling the tiny, complex machines. As a[n] _____ grandfather, Mr. Knight often invites his grandchildren to his shop, where they watch with amazement through a large magnifying glass and see a newly assembled pocket watch tick for the first time. "Watches are such perfect machines; there's no room for _____ parts or over-engineering. And then, to see such a tiny machine operate under its own power—it amazes me every time." When asked about his thoughts on the mass production techniques of modern watches. Knight revealed his _____ belief that Old World skills made watches much more valuable. "Oh, yes, the new watches are inexpensive and readily available, which fills the practical need, but they lack the sentiment and the many hours of craftsmanship that should go into a fine piece of jewelry." "These watches," he says as he points to a sparkling display cabinet, "have character." Mr. Knight hopes someday to _____ the many secrets of his trade to his youngest grandson, who can then carry on the family tradition for years to come. VOCABULARY From the list below, supply the words needed to complete the paragraph. Some words will not be used. abate, droll, decorum, austere, dole, duplicity, abhor. Typhoon Paka hammered the island of Guam for twelve hours before the winds _____. Gusts over one hundred fifty miles an hour devastated the previously green island, creating _____ living conditions for residents in the weeks to come, especially for the estimated five thousand people who lost their homes. Residents able to witness Paka in action were astounded by the serious but almost _____ sight of Paka's invisible forces tossing around automobiles, dumpsters, and palm trees as though they were children's toys. In the days following Paka, residents adhered to traditional post-typhoon _____ by cleaning up hundreds of tons of debris, checking on the condition of friends and neighbors, repairing property, and, because of the lack of electricity, hosting mass barbecues before food perished in warm refrigerators. Luckily, food was not in short supply, but water had to be _____ out by several agencies in the weeks following the tempest.