1. The Countess dressed with a (an) ____
elegance which seemed to proclaim to the
world just how distinguished she was.
2. It is a waste of time to ____ someone so
dimwitted; he is too dull to recognize your
3. The teacher was so abstracted that she
gave a ____ evaluation of what was really
an interesting solution to the problem
she had set.
4. Punishment for transgressions of the law
ceases to have a deterrent effect if the
punishment is frequently ____ .
5. Not only love affects the eye of the beholder;
other emotions also ____ the interpretation of
the events that we witness.
6. The human mind can often reject the
most ____ data in favor of something that,
though valueless, at least sounds familiar.
7. ____ behavior never has the effect its
practitioners hope for; the attempt to hide only
draws attention to what is hidden.
8. He completed the work with unusual ____ ;
his need to get out of the office overcame his
When Smithers took over as chairperson, her
colleagues were looking forward to a less
confrontational time on the board of governors, since
they reasoned that no one else was likely to be as ____
as her predecessor.
10. When faced with an urgent problem for which there is
no immediately obvious solution, we tend to welcome
any suggestion, however ____ , that might throw light
on the dilemma.
11. Mannering's personal diary, a record of ____
preoccupations and domestic details, belies the
depth of thought for which he was renowned in
the academic world.
Animal welfare charities have found that extensive
advertising, especially over the Christmas period, can
actually drive down the volume of donations as
people who view images of maltreated pets more
than a few times rapidly become ____ .
13. The study’s ____ conclusion is that during the first
half of the 20th Century improved standards of
personal hygiene reduced the risk of an individual’s
contracting poliomyelitis, yet tended to make the
disease more lethal to communities.
The devotion to the syllabus and testing regime has
become so extreme that most school students close
their minds to anything ____ to the needs of the
15. The ____ tone of the biography is
entirely unexpected since both the
biographer in her previous works and her
subject in all that he has written have
valued levity over solemnity.
16. After hours of acrimonious arguments the
negotiations reached a(n) _____ ; neither
side was willing to compromise.
17. This new staging of King Lear is not a production in
which every aspect falls neatly into place throughout;
however, the drama does ____ at certain points to
give the audience memorable and thought-provoking
18. The teacher’s mercurial mood changes
and ____ approach to grading made the
students uneasy; they never knew what
would please him or what would earn good
19. The book is an attempt on the part of the eminent
scholar to reconcile the ____ experience and theoretical
underpinnings of certain everyday phenomena.
20. The last candidate interviewed conducted
herself with commendable ____ even when
badgered with questions that had drawn
unseemly outbursts from all the other
F. presence of mind
21. When staying in a hotel, Bernard would arrange for
his valet to bring him his newspaper in the dining room
so that everyone would realize that he had a
manservant; this (i)____ embarrassed his nephew who,
though equally rich, preferred a more (ii)____ life-style.
22. Although he was finally (i)____, the years of (ii)____ tore
apart his social circle, ruined his health and (iii)____ his mind.
23. As Gerard (i)____ the (ii)____ that greeted his work,
he became increasingly smug.
B. humbly accepted
C. basked in
F. lack of interest
24. It is a common complaint that people today have a short attention span. But is
it that people are (i)____ if the television camera (ii)____ a view, or is it that the
(iii)____ from one angle to another has trained the viewer to expect variety?
D. lingers over
E. cuts short
F. rapidly changes
G. constant shift
H. delay in moving
I. inability to move
25. The (i)____ and virtuosity required of a jazz player make
jazz seem to lack (ii)____; this apparently amorphous flow
can make it hard for people with traditional expectations of
musical stability to acquire a taste for this genre.
A. controlled playing
C. emotional distance
D. inherent structure
E. underlying rhythm
F. controlled emotions
26. An artist’s preliminary sketches are often a ____of a
subject; on the basis of these sketches the artist makes
a decision on his or her approach to the final painting.
27. Taking antibiotics for a viral infection may, it
is true, be ____ ; however, in certain cases a
course of these drugs can actually ward off
opportunistic bacterial infections.
28. Rock music has often been credited with (or decried for)
containing (i)____ messages, purportedly to influence the
minds of (ii)____ listeners.
29. It cannot be denied that without creative reasoning it would not have been
possible to (i)____ of classical physics. Yet classical physics has no contribution
to make to the understanding of (ii)_____. This kind of (iii)____ is surprisingly
common in logic as well as in life.
A. dispute the value
B. lay the foundations
C. understand the basics
D. creative reasoning
E. other sciences
F. the arts
G. circular reasoning
30. During a decade of (i)____, social scientists sought to (ii)____ the idea
of the family as a healthy and stabilizing force, and replace it with the
view that the family was (iii)____.