Sentence Completion Questions

Sentence Completion Questions

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Contents Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 ix 1 9 17 27 37 47 55 65 73 83 91 101 109 117 127 vii .

501 Sentence Completion Questions Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 135 143 151 159 169 viii .

You will also improve your vocabulary and your process of elimination skills. These sentences are often quite complex. you will develop the skills necessary to tackle each type of sentence completion question.Introduction Welcome to 501 Sentence Completion Questions! This book is designed to help you prepare for the verbal and reading sections of many assessment and entrance exams. Often the sentences are long and difficult to follow. Sentence completions test two separate aspects of your verbal skills: your vocabulary and your ability to follow the internal logic of sentences. ix . there are some strategies that will greatly increase your score on these questions. but with practice you can learn to master them. on some tests. two blanks) within a single sentence. Fortunately. Sentence completions test your ability to use the information found in complex. sentences in order to correctly complete the sentences. By completing the 501 sample items offered here and by studying their answer explanations. but incomplete. Each of these questions has one blank (or.

Here is a sampling of strategies: I I I I Read the entire sentence saying “blank” for the blank(s). although. The words that do appear offer clues to the missing word. This gives you an overall sense of the meaning of the sentence and helps you figure out how the parts of the sentence relate to each other. This means that you must know more than just the meaning of the words involved. you may have a synonym for the answer or the answer itself. Some of the “alphabet soup” of exams that contain sentence completions are the: I I I I I I SAT I exam PSAT/NMSQT exam GRE General test TOEFL/TOEIC exams ISEE GRT You might wonder what kinds of strategies you can use to master sentence completions. the word that does not appear is the key to the meaning of the sentence. however. which means you are able to eliminate x . You must also understand the logic of the sentence. Be sure your choice is both logical and grammatically correct. When it comes to sentence completions.501 Sentence Completion Questions Many standardized tests—including high school and college entrance exams and civil service exams—use sentence completion questions to test vocabulary and logic. even though—because they are key to forming the logical structure of the sentence. you can find the correct answer. use elimination and educated guessing. yet. Pay special attention to introductory and transitional words—but. If an answer occurs to you before you even look at the choices. If you can find out how the words that appear are connected. If you don’t know some words.

a. coup c.501 Sentence Completion Questions one or more of the choices as definitely wrong. Here is an example of a restatement question: The city council formed a committee to simplify several dozen ______ city ordinances that were unnecessarily complicated and out-of-date. A coup (n. feckless b. upbraiding e. There are several types of sentence completions: I I I I restatement comparison contrast cause and effect Here is an example of a cause-and-effect sentence completion question: After a brief and violent ______ that ousted the president. pedantic xi .) is a sudden and decisive change of leadership illegally or by force. lament The answer is choice b. a coup. or guessing from context when you know a related word. slovenly e. empirical c. solicitation d. General Monsanto declared himself the dictator of the country. What (the cause) led the general to declare himself dictator (the result)? Something brief and violent. byzantine d. nuance b. that ousted the president. a. a takeover.

Sally’s ______ look showed her displeasure. although.) Comparison: likewise. in other words. (The answer is something that contrasts with “solitary. (The answer compares to being “cleared of all charges. in fact.” so perhaps Sam was vindicated. (The answer. just as. similarly. that is Example: The pickpocket was a trickster. byzantine.) xii .501 Sentence Completion Questions The answer is choice c. as shown. consequently. and for something that needs simplifying. which restates “trickster. Here are common signal words and an example for each kind of question: Restatement: namely. and because and phrases such as due to.” Here.) Contrast: though. consequently. (The answer would be a look caused by someone stealing Sally’s parking spot. Sam was ______. its cousin the lion is a ______ animal. despite. an adjective that means “highly complicated and intricate. yet. despite. but. but. however. as illustrated by Example: Anna was cleared of all charges. therefore. on the other hand. maybe scowling or sullen. in other words.” such as gregarious or sociable. or on the contrary Example: Although the tiger is a solitary beast. for example.” might be knave or scoundrel. you may discover signal words and phrases—clues that help you choose the correct answer. leads to Example: A truck stole her parking spot. you are looking for a restatement of the clue words complicated and out-of-date. however. and. as a result. As you practice sentence completions. a ______. similarly. as ______ as.) Cause and effect: thus.

Second.501 Sentence Completion Questions The sentence completion question sets in this book increase in difficulty as you practice your way through them—from easy to intermediate to advanced. For example. The more comfortable you are with the question format and the more familiar you are with the range of sentence completion types. (Are you weak on cause-and-effect questions?) In addition to this book. such as asteroid and astronomy). audio and online courses. First. the easier the verbal or reading section of your test will be. One helpful resource is LearningExpress’s Vocabulary and Spelling Success in 20 Minutes a Day. Good luck! xiii . These divisions may reflect how challenging the vocabulary is or how complex the sentence structure is or how challenging the logic of the sentence is. you may find that you do very well with words that are cognates (words from a common original form. You have shown your commitment by purchasing this book. which helps boost your vocabulary and your verbal test scores. and watch your ability to solve sentence completions increase. look for other sources of vocabulary growth: software. You have already taken an important step toward improving your score. through practice. You will get used to identifying the relationships of words within a sentence. You may also discover a pattern to your wrong answers. your performance on these questions will help you assess your vocabulary strengths and weaknesses. such as ennui or angst. you will learn. The 501 Skill Builder in Focus exercises will help you prepare for an exam in several ways. and books. you will become familiar with the question format. study the answers. to spot and disregard wrong answer choices. Third. Now what you need to do is complete each exercise. but not so well on foreign words.


vocalizations d. tonality 1 . ravenous d. garishness e. She hadn’t eaten all day. The movie offended many of the parents of its younger viewers by including unnecessary ______ in the dialogue. blighted b.Chapter 1 1. blissful 2. a. and by the time she got home she was ______. confutative c. a. ostentatious e. verbosity c. vulgarity b.

a. glassy beads. magisterial c. provoke c. reciprocate 2 . belligerent 5. legible b. enthralled e. restorative e. His neighbors found his ______ manner bossy and irritating. a. insentient b. and they stopped inviting him to backyard barbeques. recombinant c. maximize b. Being able to afford this luxury car will ______ getting a better- paying job. Steven is always ______ about showing up for work because he feels that tardiness is a sign of irresponsibility. The dress Ariel wore ______ with small. a. expunge 6. striated 7. necessitate e. advocate b. creating a shimmering effect. tolerable c. a. punctual d. titillated b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 3. modest 4. reparatory d. literal e. a. perforate d. scintillated d. reiterate d. reiterated c. lamente e. Candace would ______ her little sister into an argument by teasing her and calling her names.

commendable c. Shakespeare. volition e. a. acute 11. coercion c. coerced b. upbraid c. Levina unknowingly ______ the thief by holding open the elevator doors and ensuring his escape.501 Sentence Completion Questions 8. acceptable e. or marry Lady Fiona and inherit the crown. sanctioned e. entertained audiences by writing many tragic and comic plays. winnow e. prolific e. Prince Phillip had to choose: marry the woman he loved and ______ his right to the throne. abdicate d. galling d. abetted d. a. I have no choice but to penalize you if it is not done on time. a. reprimand b. extol 12. a. excursion d. a(n) ______ writer. predilection b. If you will not do your work of your own ______. satisfactory b. numeric b. obstinate c. infusion 3 . dutiful d. solicited 9. proclaimed c. generic 10. I had the ______ experience of sitting next to an over-talkative passenger on my flight home from Brussels. a.

irreverent 16. fastidious c. chivalrous e. clandestine d. With her ______ eyesight. ductile e. emphatic 14. the dirty. a. inferior b. quaint b. impressionable d. a. the reporter was not invited to return to the White House pressroom. conspiratorial 4 . a. Krystyna spotted a trio of deer on the hillside and she reduced the speed of her car. After making ______ remarks to the President. enterprising d. perforated e. prevalent c. malodorous b. imposing d. keen c. After sitting in the sink for several days.501 Sentence Completion Questions 13. hospitable b. a. fetid 15. food-encrusted dishes became ______. laconic e. Giulia soon discovered the source of the ______ smell in the room: a week-old tuna sandwich that one of the children had hidden in the closet. itinerant c.

you are ______ in that crime because you allowed it to happen. his life was very lonely and he died alone. fearing a ______ of their power. The story’s bitter antagonist felt such great ______ for all of the other characters that as a result. Johan argued. schematic 19. plausible e. precarious d. acquitted b. stereotypical d. inversion 21. infusion e. a. jaundiced b. declamation e. who felt she should try to control her emotions. “If you know about a crime but don’t report it. meritorious c. maudlin b. sentimental e. nefarious c. malevolence c. complicit e. a. nullified 20.” a. subversion b. reciprocation d. called for a military state in the hopes of restoring order. premonition c. steadfast c. a. preference 5 .501 Sentence Completion Questions 17. The authorities. a. the boy quickly slipped the candy into his pocket without his mother’s knowledge. With a(n) ______ grin. impartial 18. predilection d. Her ______ display of tears at work did not impress her new boss. insurgence b. tenuous d.

a. preeminent d. bankruptcy b. a. It is difficult to believe that charging 20% on an outstanding credit card balance isn’t ______! a. novice d. indisputable 6 . flagrancy 23. impertinent b. a. plaintive d. illustrative e. The ______ weather patterns of the tropical island meant tourists had to carry both umbrellas and sunglasses. supplicant c. so her parties were attended by vastly different and sometimes bizarre personalities. deciduous e. kaleidoscopic 24.501 Sentence Completion Questions 22. indiscriminate c. indispensable b. Wedding ceremonies often include the exchange of ______ rings to symbolize the couple’s promises to each other. Kym was ______ in choosing her friends. propulsive e. votive 25. acrimonious c. commensurate d. kleptomania e. usury c. hirsute b.

) means overbearing or offensively self-assured. encourage. c. 5. office. Volition (n. creating a shimmering effect. e.) means being extremely sensitive or responsive.) means lacking respect or seriousness.) means having a foul or offensive odor. Irreverent (adj. 7. especially as a result. to sparkle. 13.) means to formally relinquish or surrender power. 16.) means having a foul-smelling odor. 6. Magisterial (adj.) means to assist. 3. Malodorous (adj. c. usually an act of wrongdoing. or responsibility. or exasperating. c. a.) means to emit or send forth sparks or little flashes of light. d.) means to make necessary. b. 2. To necessitate (v. having strength of perception. 8. c. Vulgarity (n.) means extremely hungry.) means arriving exactly on time.) means abundantly creative. d. to call forth a feeling or action. 7 .501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 1. 4. To provoke (v. b. an act or exercise of will. annoying. 12.) means irritating. b. Fetid (adj. 14. Galling (adj. or aid. 9. d. c. To abet (v. not reverent. a. 11. 10.) means accord. c. Prolific (adj.) means offensive speech or conduct. To scintillate (v. urge.) is to incite anger or resentment. Punctual (adj. putrid. Ravenous (adj. e. To abdicate (v. 15. Keen (adj.

Indiscriminate (adj. Malevolence (n. 18. Maudlin (adj. a. 22. 24. Complicit (adj.501 Sentence Completion Questions 17. b. b. or evil. hate. 23. b. Usury (n. Subversion (n.) is the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates. Nefarious (adj.) means ill will or malice toward others. Votive (adj.) means excessively and weakly sentimental or tearfully emotional.) means continually changing or quickly shifting.) means not discriminating or choosing randomly. 25. b. as from the foundation. haphazard. without distinction. 19.) means dedicated by a vow. Kaleidoscopic (adj. 21. e. e.) means participating in or associated with a questionable act or a crime. 8 .) means wicked. d. 20. vicious.) means an overthrow. a.

Brian’s pale Irish skin was ______ to burn if he spent too much time in the sun. a. erect e. earnest e. jesting c. but irritated his serious father. prone b. urbane c. Phillip’s ______ tone endeared him to his comical friends. eminent d. conservative 27. daunted 9 .Chapter 2 26. grave d. aloof b. a.

a. Joline is now reading a novel about slavery in the ______ South. alienate d. encroached b. Over the years the Wilsons slowly ______ upon the Jacksons’ property. a. reflective c. Susan attempted to ______ his family members about his recent shopping excursions. probe c. antebellum e. droll d. redundant e. decorous b. To find out what her husband bought for her birthday. a. repudiated e. teemed 30. revere 10 . moving the stone markers that divided their lots farther and farther onto the Jacksons’ land. Mary became ______ at typing because she practiced every day for six months. onerous 29. rogue c. dormant d. prescribe b. a. jettisoned c. proficient b. conjoined d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 28. A fan of historical fiction. valiant 31. converge e.

invulnerable d. fuel-efficient car is a ______ purchase for a recent college graduate. Juan’s friends found him in a ______ mood after he learned he would be homecoming king. judicious 35. flagrant c. Such a ______ violation of school policy should be punished by nothing less than expulsion. morose 36.501 Sentence Completion Questions 32. malignant d. corrupt b. antecedent 11 . static e. raucous d. imprudent 34. she felt ______ forces must be at work. paltry d. resurgent b. copious b. nominal e. a. a. a. depleted 33. unhallowed d. Choosing a small. a. churlish c. With all of the recent negative events in her life. gullible e. premature c. tedious c. His suit of armor made the knight ______ to his enemy’s attack. jovial b. a. sardonic e. punctilious e. stealthy c. and he was able to escape safely to his castle. vulnerable b.

cunning e. dedicate b. tantamount 38. tactful d. which won the Pulitzer Prize. excel e. When her schoolwork got to be too much. ebullient e. a. Racha’s glance was a ______ invitation to speak later in private about events of the meeting. jubilant c. a. apocryphal d. a. ponder d. The ______ rumors did a great deal of damage even though they turned out to be false. apogee c. tacit e. pitiless d. trecherous b. The ______ townspeople celebrated the soldier’s return to his home by adorning trees with yellow ribbons and balloons. a. which always put her further behind. synthesis 41. prosaic c. She reached the ______ of her career with her fourth novel. procrastinate 39. taboo 40. somber b. dictum e. bemused b. a. rejuvenate c. Pam had a tendency to ______. unsullied 12 . metamorphosis d. scintillating c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 37. harbinger b.

touted c. tempest b. recitative 44. mottled b. a. quintessence d. colluded 13 .501 Sentence Completion Questions 42. The governor-elect was hounded by a group of ______ lobbyists and others hoping to gain favor with her administration. saccharine 43. Kendrick’s talent ______ under the tutelage of Anya Kowalonek. fawning e. credible d. The busy. bantered b. facetious b. a. a. travesty e. a. epitome c. magnanimous d. embellished e. who as a young woman had been the most accomplished pianist in her native Lithuania. ______ fabric of the clown’s tie matched his oversized jacket. which was equally atrocious. abstruse c. flourished d. communicable 45. bleak c. malleable e. The mock graduation ceremony—with a trained skunk posing as the college president—was a complete ______ that offended many college officials.

Romeo is a hero able to capture the audience’s sympathy by continually professing his love for Juliet. compunction e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 46. aplomb b. affectation d. censured b. ensue d. allotment b. a. The children were ______ by the seemingly nonsensical clues until Kinan pointed out that the messages were in code. a. I’ve never seen him rattled by anything. activist e. a. mandate 14 . a. endow 49. prevaricated e. striated c. As the ______ in Romeo and Juliet. confluence c. feigned d. facade d. propriety d. warrant c. catechist 48. protagonist b. The soldiers received a military ______ to inspect all their vehicles before traveling. I have always admired Seymour’s ______. nostalgia 50. The chess master promised to ______ havoc upon his opponent’s pawns for taking his bishop. placate e. calculation e. wreak b. a. flummoxed 47. dominion c. enigma c.

marked with the spirit of jolly merriment.) means characterized by making jests. 28. c. 30. Malignant (adj.) means disposed to cause distress or inflict suffering intentionally. especially the American Civil War. 36. a.) is to examine thoroughly. offensive. 38. tentatively survey. 31. 37. a. To probe (v.) is to put off from day to day. Jovial (adj. to advance beyond proper or formal limits. 29. an injurious infiltration. unassailable or invincible. a.) means showing hearty good cheer. Jesting (adj. b. showing good judgment.) means to gradually or stealthily take the rights or possessions of another. Apocryphal (adj.) means incapable of being damaged or wounded. joking. e. To procrastinate (v. Flagrant (adj. inclining to produce death. 35. fictitious. sensible. 33. e. 15 .501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 26. Invulnerable (adj. 34.) means conspicuously and outrageously bad. Antebellum (adj. or reprehensible. Prone (adj. Judicious (adj. playful.) means being wise or prudent.) means a tendency or inclination to something. b.) means well versed in any business or branch of learning.) means belonging to the period before a war. Proficient (adj. adept. c. 27. false. a. To encroach (v. b. trespass. d. 32. c.) means of questionable authenticity or doubtful authority.

Mottled (adj.) is a command or authoritative instruction. 41. increase in wealth. 44. Travesty (n. 42.) means attempting to win favor or attention by excessive flattery. 50. Aplomb (n. 48. 43. composure. 46. A protagonist (n.) means a parody. Tacit (adj. Fawning (adj. ingratiating displays of affection. d.) means the highest or farthest point. 16 . a. to make bold.501 Sentence Completion Questions 39. Apogee (n.) means blotched or spotted with different colors or shades. c. 40. e. culmination.) is self-assurance. obsequious. 47.) means unspoken yet understood. exulting. To wreak (v. 49.) means to inflict. a. thrive. or servile compliance. excellence. bewilder. the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the body it is orbiting.) is the main character in a drama. expressing joyfulness. To flummox (v.) means rejoicing. prosper. to fare well. e. Mandate (n. b. a. b. as a revenge or punishment. especially under strain. a. comfort or whatever is desirable. 45.) is to confuse. Jubilant (adj. honor. To flourish (v. or influence. sweeping movements. to grow luxuriously. a grotesque imitation with the intent to ridicule. d. perplex. poise.) is (of artists) to be in a state of high productivity. c.

senile 52. sentient c. trivialize c.Chapter 3 51. As ______ beings we live each day conscious of our shortcomings and victories. a. a. sensational b. sentimental d. fetter 17 . placate e. antiquate b. static e. The curious crowd gathered to watch the irate customer ______ about the poor service he received in the restaurant. rant d.

tribute e. reactionary c. It is helpful for salesmen to develop a good ______ with their customers in order to gain their trust. a. knave b. conviction c. enigma e. scurrilous 57. My ancestor who lost his life in the Revolutionary War was a ______ for American independence. compatriot d. revelation 55. The man’s ______ driving resulted in a four-car pile-up on the freeway. exceptional d. sibilant b. a. negligent 54. a. boastful e. scintillating c. juncture d. Ron didn’t know the rules of rugby. sinuous e. a. ire d. The ______ sound of the radiator as it released steam became an increasingly annoying distraction. nonconformist e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 53. martyr 56. a. charismatic c. rapport c. burdensome b. acclamation b. platitude b. disinclination 18 . diverting d. but he could tell by the crowd’s reaction that it was a critical ______ in the game.

a. tensile 60. heedless b. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 58. untimely b. abject e. provincial c. quaint 61. mimetic d. arable d. The ______ seventh-grader towered over the other players on his basketball team. In such a small office setting. correlative 59. lithe d. fortuitous e. the office manager found he had ______ responsibilities that required knowledge in a variety of different topics. candid b. a. The settlers found an ideal location with plenty of ______ land for farming and a mountain stream for fresh water and irrigation. reserved 19 . David’s ______ entrance on stage disrupted the scene and caused the actors to flub their lines. timid e. manifold e. studious c. precise c. gangling b. complementary c. a. mutual d.

ransack e. darken c. not his accomplishments. retinue 63. bulwark d. foundling c. it is possible to upgrade from regular gasoline to premium. a. justify b. Carson was at first flattered by the ______ of his new colleagues. The ______ deer stuck close to its mother when venturing out into the open field. hatchling 20 . starling b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 62. Searching frantically to find the hidden jewels. begrudging e. a. adulation c. a. judgmental c. a. but he soon realized that their admiration rested chiefly on his connections. the thieves proceeded to ______ the entire house. reprisal b. For a(n) ______ fee. jovial 64. yearling d. amplify d. nominal b. bountiful e. existential d. rapport e. glorify 65.

undulated b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 66. benefit b. a. and cinnamon in a pan and cooking them over medium-high heat. The defendant claimed that he was innocent and that his confession was ______. Jackson’s poor typing skills were a ______ to finding employment at the nearby office complex. hindrance c. a. obscurity c. Through ______. benign e. a. permeated e. diversion e. terse d. the chef created a creamy sauce by combining brown sugar. a. enjoined c. delineated 67. impasse b. butter. The police officer ______ the crowd to step back from the fire so that no one would get hurt. partiality d. flagrant c. futile 21 . temptation e. liquefaction 69. stagnated d. decadence d. canon 68. coerced b.

d. prodigal b. plethora c. e. segregated e. a. a. zephyr b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 70. munificent b. a. amphibious d. voracious e. Irfan’s reply was ______. The rebel spies were charged with ______ and put on trial. equivocal d. Keith was ______ in his giving to friends and charities throughout the year. harrowing 22 . sedition attrition interaction reiteration perdition 72. nullified d. and I didn’t know how to interpret it. lethargic b. nocturne e. Calvin reached the ______ of his career in his early thirties when he became president and CEO of a software company. not just during the holidays. forensic 73. immeasurable c. b. irate c. Harvey was discouraged that his visa application was ______ due to his six convictions. guileful e. aggravated 71. a. zenith 74. c. a. vale d. Although I’d asked a simple “yes” or “no” question. portly c.

The high-profile company CEO was given an ______ for speaking at the monthly meeting of the area business leaders’ society. honorarium c. interpretation e. expiation b. a. inquisition 23 . inoculation d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 75.

a. of many kinds.) means happening before the proper time. To rant (v. e.) means many and varied. 59. Sentient (adj. or much below the actual value of a thing.) means possessing the power of sense or sense- perception. 55. 24 . b. A martyr (n. a. virtually nothing. multiple. Sibilant (adj.) is one who sacrifices something of supreme value. c. fit for plowing and farming productively.) means awkward. especially one that is at a critical point.) is a point of time. one who suffers constantly. to plunder. Adulation (n.) means to speak loudly or violently. 60. 56. or unusually tall and thin. Arable (adj. 53. Negligent (adj. 54. d. d. Juncture (n. such as a life. for a cause or principle. fawning flattery. having a careless manner. e. a victim.) means to thoroughly search. lanky. 58. 63. Untimely (adj. a. 64. conscious. 62. 57. Gangling (adj.) means strong or excessive admiration or praise. c.) means small. b. a.) means to habitually lack in giving proper care or attention.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 51. Nominal (adj. 52.) means characterized by a hissing sound. To ransack (v. c. A rapport (n. pillage. Manifold (adj. 61. b.) is a relationship that is useful and harmonious.) means suitable for cultivation.

b. 74. 67. A yearling (n. Hindrance (n. to direct or impose with authority. a cause of being prevented or impeded.) means the highest point of any path or course. Sedition (n. ambiguous and often intended to mislead. Munificent (adj.) is the process of liquefying a solid or making a liquid. 73. 70. lavish.501 Sentence Completion Questions 65. To nullify (v. Zenith (n. e. threats.) means open to two or more interpretations.) means resistance. 75.) is to force to do through pressure.) is an impediment or obstruction. insurrection. 66.) means extremely generous or liberal in giving. conduct directed against public order and the tranquility of the state. c. To coerce (v. b.) is payment or reward for services for which payment is not usually required. a. 72. Liquefaction (n. Equivocal (adj. a state of being hindered. to compel. b. To enjoin (v.) means to issue an order or command. 68. c. or intimidation. open to question. 25 . uncertain. 71.) means to make invalid or nonexistent. 69.) is a young animal past its first year but not yet two years old. e. c. a. a. Honorarium (n.


terrariums neoprene jurisdictions ravines belfries 27 . Zachary was doomed to a miserable life. coveted e.Chapter 4 76. protracted b. a. b. c. for no matter how much he had. a. d. he always ______ the possessions of others. Sheila’s grueling hike included passing through numerous ______. e. exalted c. filibustered 77. engendered d.

demure d. The toy store’s extensive inventory offered a ______ of toys from baby items to video games for teenagers. staid b. dogmatic 79. sterile e. speculative 80. auspicious d. Because he was so ______.501 Sentence Completion Questions 78. a. belligerent b. stagnant c. The college professor was known on campus as a ______ character—bland but harmless and noble in his ideals. nimble c. April ______ by the pool in her lounge chair while the children swam. sustained c. expelled d. lexicon c. gamut e. transcended e. burrow d. the athlete was able to complete the obstacle course in record time. With sunscreen and a good book. manifold b. a. volatile e. motif 81. a. ensconced b. lolled 28 . a.

a. diffidence d. rendered d. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 82. the babysitter finally ______ and offered him a piece of chocolate. a. placated e. believing it would significantly improve learning and ease the burden on working parents. venturous d. timidity c. Tired of hearing the child whine for more candy. Only a small number of people in the audience laughed at the comic’s ______ sense of humor. enumerated 29 . vainglory b. NaQuan had a terrible habit of boasting so much about his smallest accomplishments that his ______ became renowned throughout the small college campus. advocate b. mockery 83. a. abated c. dauntless e. detractor d. levity c. tempestuousness e. avaricious c. connoisseur 85. relented b. while the rest found him to be too sarcastic. mordant 84. epiphany e. He has long been a(n) ______ of year-round school. consequential b.

villa d. a. torpor d. parody b. bolster b. labyrinth b. exacerbate e. primal 89. contrite b. Sabine observed the slug’s ______. its barely discernible movement in the tank. Dogs growl and show their teeth in an attempt to ______ the animal or person they perceive as a threat. vigor 88. The battalion’s ______ was a well-fortified structure near the enemy lines. a. garrison 90. intimate c. impartial c. melancholy e. a. my teenage daughter was ______ to the idea of going out with me on Friday night instead of with her friends. cow d. vinculum e. prescience c. insight e. amenable 30 . pragmatic d. The ______ instinct of a watchdog is to attack strangers who enter its home. a. In biology class. Much to my surprise. summary c. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 86. appease 87. waylay c. judicious b. partisan d. deferential e.

peruse 94. trifle b. disseminate 92. a. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 91. d. Oliver was unable to ______ himself from the difficulties he had caused by forging the documents. list d. bland e. gray winter we had spent in the city. pliant b. factious d. degenerate c. a. causing crates of lobsters to topple and fall into the ocean. extricate e. pique c. mandate b. Meredith used the ______ to steer the horse and keep him in line. oust d. reprove b. The enormous waves forced the lobster boat to ______ heavily to the starboard side. stipulate e. expedite e. a. Walking through the ______ forest in spring was a welcome escape from the cold. a. broach 31 . e. maltreat d. forebode c. verdant c. c. Nina called the humane society when she saw her neighbor ______ his dog. innocuous 93. jolt bristle chine quirt hearth 95. b.

nadir b. depreciation e. dungeon 97. a. prosper e. a. subsidiary e. perpetrate b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 96. If he expected to ______ as a doctor. a. Marvin’s ______ prevented him from finishing his work and was evidenced in his large phone bills. gelid c. decadence d. Lou knew he would have to study hard in medical school and work long hours to gain experience and skill. compendious d. Doc Wilson grew up in Florida and was not prepared to face the ______ climate of the Alaskan winter. apex e. improvident 99. The ______ of our expedition was still so far away that I felt we would never get there. palpitate d. a. terminus c. mediate 98. heroism c. palliate c. rescission 32 . freshwater b. speculation d. loquacity b.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 100. a. quiescence e. The graph clearly showed the company reaching the ______ in profits during the 1980s when the economy was in a boom period. vertex 33 . gullet c. narthex b. gamut d.

recline. A gamut (n. 87. d. To loll (v. a. one who pleads on another’s behalf.) means bitingly sarcastic or harshly caustic. the first in order or the original. 88. e. to feel immoderate desire for that which belongs to another.) is quick and light in movement. To covet (v. d. 85. A ravine (n.) is to intimidate. b.) means primary.) is one who argues for a cause. Mordant (adj.) is a deep narrow canyon. dullness. 77. d. 83. a. An advocate (n.) is a fort or outpost where troops are stationed.) means excessive. Staid (adj. e. To relent (v.) is to lean. c. Torpor (n. To cow (v. 78.) is an entire range or a whole series. 81. e. or act lazily or indolently.) is to wish or long for. any military post. prudently reserved and colorless. e. 84. frighten with threats or show of force. 82. lethargy or apathy. pretentious. 79. a.) means of a steady and sober character.) means extreme sluggishness.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 76. Nimble (adj. 80. 34 . to be agile. and demonstrative vanity. c. lounge. a. a supporter or defender. 89. Primal (adj. A garrison (n. primitive. Vainglory (n.) means to yield or comply. 86.

92. d. Amenable (adj. 96.) means disposed or willing to comply. 98. 99. Vertex (n.) means to be successful. c. the apex or summit.) is a riding whip with a short handle and braided rawhide leash. 100. Gelid (adj. c. e. 97. the final stop on a transportation line. responsible to a higher authority. 95. b. d. To prosper (v. Loquacity (n. Verdant (adj. 35 . d. b. accountable. 94. possessing a cold or unfriendly manner. willing. responsive. To maltreat (v. e. 93.) is to release from an entanglement or difficulty. the state of continual talking. To extricate (v. b. abuse.) (related to a vessel) is to incline or to cause to lean to one side.) means the highest point of anything. A quirt (n.) is talkativeness. 91.501 Sentence Completion Questions 90. To list (v. disengage.) means to treat poorly.) means green with vegetation.) means icy or extremely cold. The terminus (n) is the final point or goal. a.


detested by everyone he met. Victor Frankenstein’s creature was a(n) ______.Chapter 5 101. conformation e. a. itinerant b. mercenary e. anomaly 37 . penchant c. anathema c. maxim d. fortitude 102. Amie agrees with the ______ that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. perpetuity b. a. cosmopolitan d.

a. rogue e. Lauren’s ______ features. universal e. aversion 105. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 103. affluent c. detriment b. a. The class endured a loud and lengthy ______ by the teacher on the subject of submitting written work on time. diplomatically and tactfully keeping the conversation fair and on track. guile b. finesse b. predominant d. dark eyes. what you first noticed about her. repose 104. savvy b. Jack Nicholson was at the ______ of his career when he received the Oscar for Best Actor. malicious 38 . she handled the intensely heated debate with great ______. succor e. oligarchy d. Ariana was outstanding as the moderator. polemic c. bravado d. pretentiousness c. were her stunning black hair and large. heresy 106. prowess d. tirade e. a. pinnacle c.

assignation c. encumber 108. but that did not stop him from printing lies about her. tiresome fearsome awesome gleesome wholesome 109. gesticulate d. dispensation b. b. a. infuse c. universality d. garrulity e. Grace felt her name was truly a ______. Must we be subjected to your ______ complaints all day long? a. e. benevolence 39 . conjure e. d. compunction 110. Awkwardly tall and prone to tripping over her own feet. c. libel e. Whenever Tom and I would argue he would ______ with his hands and body to accentuate his point. a. misnomer b. preoccupation c. interject b. a. rendition d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 107. The new political candidate refused to print ______ about her aggressive opponent.

beguiles e. sneer b. extols c. peruses d. preposterous 40 . preventative e. repudiate e. a. revel d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 111. sanctions b. It was ______ to think that it could possibly snow in the middle of the desert. exigency e. philosophical c. analogy 112. affinity c. Sometimes late at night Sharon would gaze joyfully at her children as they slept and ______ in their innocence. Romeo ______ Juliet’s beauty in one of the most romantic soliloquies ever written. injunction d. In the famous balcony scene. fetters 114. a. a. reparation b. Jing-Mae felt a deep ______ for the people when she served in the Peace Corps. eroding d. advantageous b. Although the villagers’ lives were profoundly different from her own. antiquate 113. ostracize c. a.

the men pushed the truck to the side of the road and out of danger. it was obvious that Seth lacked even a ______ of good sense. diversion c. premise d. submission e. meticulous d. a. ignore b. By sheer ______ force. contentious 118. doctrine c. extend e. glean c. degeneration 117. narrate 116. a. the reporter would eavesdrop on the Mayor’s conversations in order to ______ any information that could make headlines. Based on his recent poor decisions.501 Sentence Completion Questions 115. The surgeon placed a ______ on the femoral artery to bind it during the long and exhausting surgery. modicum 41 . virile b. a. debasement b. persnickety c. Every evening at the restaurant. ligature b. suave e. disapprobation d. a. extol d. synopsis e.

nonplussed d. dystopia c. ardent 123. obsolete c. facile b. ensured e. a. a. retired d. the students elected a faculty member to serve as a(n) ______. prolific e. martyr 120. a. a. Justin’s ______ solution to the problem revealed that he did not spend much time considering the consequences. fiduciary e. To settle the dispute. lurid b. amicable e. resilient d. The ______ newspaper accounts of the city scandal caused some readers to question the truth of the stories. a. The events of the evening ______ without difficulty despite the lack of planning on the part of the host. blithesome d. extorted 42 . transpired c. expired b. maverick b. endogenous b. euphoric c. The ______ man with amnesia was unable to recognize where he was. arbiter d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 119. vivacious c. pristine e. amicable 121. pliable 122.

composite b. allusion e. skulked 43 . jostled c. Carlos ______ at them through the restaurant’s front window. prerogative d. a. After the boisterous customers left the café without tipping. emulated e. It is every American person’s ______ to live the life he or she chooses. interjected b. glowered d. demise 125. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 124. eloquence c.

501 Sentence Completion Questions

101. c. Maxim (n.) is an established principle or a general truth, often a

condensed version of a practical truth.
102. b. An anathema (n.) is one who is detested or shunned; one who is

cursed or damned; a curse or vehement denunciation; a formal ban, curse, or excommunication.
103. b. A pinnacle (n.) is the highest level or degree available. 104. a. Finesse (n.) is the subtle, skillful handling of a situation,

diplomacy, tact; refined or delicate performance or execution.
105. d. A tirade (n.) is a long and blusterous speech given especially

when the speaker is denouncing someone or something.
106. c. Predominant (adj.) means most dominant, common, or frequent;

to have surpassing power, influence, or authority.
107. c. To gesticulate (v.) means to use gestures or make motions;

express through motion, especially while speaking.
108. a. Tiresome (adj.) means causing to be weary. 109. d. Libel (n.) is defamatory writing; misrepresentative publication

(writing, pictures, signs) that damages a person’s reputation.
110. a. Misnomer (n.) is a misnaming of a person or place; a wrong or

unsuitable name.
111. b. An affinity (n.) is a natural attraction or liking; a feeling of

kinship, connection or closeness, similarity; relationship by marriage.
112. c. To revel (v.) is to take great pleasure or delight. 113. b. To extol (v.) means to praise highly, exalt, glorify.


501 Sentence Completion Questions 114. e. Preposterous (adj.) means contrary to common sense or utterly

115. b. To glean (v.) means to gather or collect slowly; to learn or

discover bit by bit.
116. a. A ligature (n.) is something that ties or binds up, such as a

bandage, wire, or cord.
117. a. Virile (adj.) means having masculine strength; vigorous or

118. e. Modicum (n.) is a small or token amount. 119. c. An arbiter (n.) is one selected or appointed to judge or decide a

disputed issue, an arbitrator; someone with the power to settle matters at will.
120. a. Lurid (adj.) means glaringly sensational or vivid; shocking. 121. c. Nonplussed (adj.) means greatly perplexed, filled with

122. a. Facile (adj.) means arrived at or achieved with little difficulty or

effort, thus lacking depth, superficial; performing or speaking effectively with effortless ease and fluency, adroit, eloquent.
123. b. To transpire (v.) means to come to pass, to occur. 124. c. Prerogative (n.) means an exclusive or special right or privilege. 125. c. To glower (v.) means to stare angrily or sullenly, to look intently

with anger or dislike.


elevated c. a. a. elated 127. rogue b. anathema 47 . naïve b. Kinnel’s re-election is being threatened by a growing ______ of disgruntled union members. guise e. faction c. pariah d. People often referred to Noelle as ______ because she trusted everyone and even slept with her doors unlocked. panoramic e. boastful d.Chapter 6 126.

irrevocable b. premeditated d. precocious e. neophyte b. a. dissidence e. a. virtuoso d. a. a. repose 129. renown c. novice c. the new rule would be ______ because he would never change his mind. serried e. modulation b. exile e. she has performed solos with many orchestras and bands around the world.501 Sentence Completion Questions 128. pertinence b. a. articulate c. The concert audience was frustrated by the poor ______ of the sounds coming from the speakers. terminus d. recrimination c. causing squeamish visitors to scream. macabre d. preparatory b. Lyasia is a ______ of the clarinet. discourteous 131. The peasants passed their weary days in much ______ and little comfort. assertion 48 . impetuous 132. termagant e. plethora 130. travail d. The haunted house displayed ______ scenes in every room. The children knew that once their father made his decision. archaic c.

begrudge c. vaunt 134. dichotomy e. corrosive c. a. a. officious e. discreet b. stupendous 137. eloquent d. prudent c. precarious d. mélange d. The candidate’s inappropriately sexist remark was met with a ______ of denunciations from the angry crowd. enviable 135. Please don’t ______ me my success—I’ve worked hard to earn this promotion! a. bastion b. a. parcel d. staunch e. triad b. a. renege b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 133. The ______ employee decided to complain publicly about the unacceptable working conditions. unguent e. malcontent e. pungent 49 . solecism 136. fusillade c. The medicine man applied a sweet smelling ______ to the young brave’s wounds. industrious b. the meddling parent interrupted the game to reiterate the rules of the tournament. illustrious c. excise d. With an ______ blow of the whistle.

nonchalance 50 . sincere c. abject e. malady b. The ______ nature of the song is supposed to be reminiscent of shepherds calling to their flocks at night. preternatural e. a. missive d. demure 141. inalienable 139. surreptitious d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 138. a. nonentity c. inane 140. pertinent b. pretentious c. repository e. a. endemic c. synonymous d. lamentable e. but also recommended rest and proper nutrition. incorrigible d. The judge dismissed the extraneous evidence because it was not ______ to the trial. The internist decided to treat the ______ with medication. adorable b. vocative b. a. The ______ child caused great difficulties for her parents and teachers because she refused to correct her bad behavior even in the face of punishment.

but the jury was unconvinced. a. deranged d. garnered e. scrabble d. flouted e. jaunt c. insinuated c. beset b. lauded 144. daunt b. It was such a beautiful day that I decided to go for a ______ on my bike down to the local park. thrush e. pilgrimage d. precluded d. The defense attorney’s choice of words ______ that there were other possible versions of the crime. a. preempted 51 . a. a. surmised c. imposed e. waned c. raddle c. expedition b. discounted d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 142. empower 145. waxed b. pervaded b. repast e. ensconced 146. intimation 143. Ted’s enthusiasm for becoming a professional drum player ______ when he realized he would have to practice several hours a day. a. The castaway’s hut was ______ by the natives curious to see who the intruder was upon their island. Sometimes my grandmother would ______ all different types of thread so she could include more colors in the clothes she sewed.

fortuitous 149. lissome c. tact c. pristine e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 147. pivotal e. arable b. unabashed b. cosmopolitan d. veracity 150. perdition b. which she performed with ease. a. principle e. steadfast b. he was in a living state of ______. unconscionable d. a kind of background noise designed to be heard but not listened to. sneering e. volatile d. degenerate c. Some would say Muzak is a(n) ______ form of music. The reformed criminal could not forget his guilty past. The ______ yoga instructor waited patiently for her students to find the proper pose. disparaging 52 . meritorious c. The teacher was dismissed for the ______ act of helping his students cheat on the exam. exemplary 148. composure d. a. a. a.

Irrevocable (adj. unofficial. 127.) means to envy the possession or enjoyment of. such as in music or radio waves. 53 . or gruesome. nation.) means marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.) means ghastly. c. 129. a rebel. b. 130. usually a minority. An unguent (n. A faction (n. Malcontent (adj. possessing a childlike innocence or simplicity. d. b.) means a master in the technique of some particular fine art. a. a. 133.) is a barrage. c. Virtuoso (n.) means dissatisfied.) means irreversible. 131. 132. Officious (adj. uneasy or discontent. 137. a. conflict within an organization. horrible. 136. Travail (n. Modulation (n. to give or allow with reluctance. b. simultaneously or in rapid succession. a rapid discharge of firearms. not able to be revoked or recalled. 134. 135. Naïve (adj. To begrudge (v.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 126. Macabre (adj.) is any soothing or healing ointment or lubricant for local application.) is a group or clique within a larger group. A fusillade (n.) means hard or agonizing labor.) a regulation by or adjustment to a certain measure. c. acting in unison in opposition to the larger group.) means lacking worldly experience. or other group. d. 128. internal dissension. d.

reduced from a former or original state. 150. 142. b. c. b. Unconscionable (adj. b. To beset (v. a. a. 148. 54 . 139. 141. A jaunt (n. b. 145. 146. a.) means to twist together. a. 144.) means pertaining to the act of calling.) means to surround on all sides. 149.) means not restrained by conscience. Malady (n. 147. Perdition (n. or a hell. related to the subject matter at hand.) means bad to the point of being beyond correction.) the most modern use of the word means eternal damnation. moving or bending easily or limber.) means having declined in quality or value.) is to hint or suggest.501 Sentence Completion Questions 138. to intertwine.) is a disease or disorder. Pertinent (adj. to degrade. To raddle (v. uncontrollable. c.) means to diminish in intensity or size. To wane (v. b. impervious to change. unscrupulous. to annoy or harass persistently.) means applicable. to intimate. Incorrigible (adj. Degenerate (adj.) means lithe or lithesome.) is usually a short journey taken for pleasure. usually related to the body. To insinuate (v. Lissome (adj. b. to decorate with jewels. 143. 140. Vocative (adj. a.

When we first meet Romeo.Chapter 7 151. Linus’s favorite t- shirt was tattered and ______ with holes. meandering d. brooding b. salvaged b. congregated 55 . ogling c. a. he is ______ over his unrequited love for Rosaline. emulated e. embellishing e. a. groveling 152. circulated c. riddled d. Because it had been worn and washed so often.

ponder b. The way my father likes to ______with any salesperson to see if he can bargain for a lower price is embarrassing. disengage c. wrangle 157. relinquish e. teem e. irresolute c. capricious e. a. Eels swim using a rapid ______ motion that propels them through the water. objurgating e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 153. alleviate 156. laconic b. Sick and tired of her boring job. parietal e. Cecilia began to ______ what it would be like to quit. wherever the demand for qualified workers took them. a. capitulate d. a. dissipating b. eradicating d. peremptory 56 . irritating 155. Henley’s ______ remarks about my presentation did not bother me because I knew I’d done a good job. amiable 154. striate b. variegate c. itinerant d. negate d. a. a. undulating c. voracious c. The ______ construction crew built large new buildings all over the East Coast. derogatory b. tactile d.

irreverent d. insolvent 159. coherent e. malignant e. a. a. a. The new actress’s talents were severely ______ by the local critics. berated c. fraudulent b. recusant b. she went on to be a distinguished member of a well-respected acting company. placated d. interred 57 . monotonous c. liberal d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 158. dissuaded e. pretentious e. injurious b. a. endemic 161. The young. ineffectual c. wiry c. thin boy surprised his wrestling opponent with his ______ strength. The CEO’s large expense accounts proved she was a ______ spender with the company’s money. redolent 160. frolicsome d. Daniela found the unchanging rhythm of the musical piece to be annoyingly ______. underrated b.

Charlie’s ______ behavior made it clear that he had been highly educated in matters of etiquette. Barton often acted like a ______ so that he could make people laugh. a. flamboyant b. wraith 163. pristine e. archeological d. surreptitious c. martyr c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 162. fiery 58 . Eileen thought she had never seen anything so beautiful. oral c. decorous b. optical b. osteopathic e. appalling c. Staring at the ______ crystal blue water of the sea. caustic e. When Arnold’s grandmother began to complain about the excruciating pain in her knees and legs. devious d. irksome 165. a. a. erratic d. she was referred to an ______ specialist for a diagnosis. psychological 164. plebian e. To hide his insecurity. a. neophyte d. buffoon b.

a. a. when he returned two years later. reticent d. insisted on playing sad love songs repeatedly. Sanji went abroad as a ______ young man. engrossed c. penitent d. he seemed like an experienced man of the world. a. callow e. egalitarian c. litigious e. persuasive 169. recessive e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 166. sardonic b. plausible c. tranquil c. Given his ______ nature. the ______ clothing model sashayed down the runway. Patty. obsolete 168. contemplative 167. infallible b. loquacious 59 . mawkish e. fanatical d. After her relationship ended. a. it was appropriate that he decided to be a trial lawyer after law school. lackluster b. Wearing the designer’s latest fashions. feeling ______. jaunty b. formative d.

punctilious e. a. pliant 60 . parsimonious 172. Normally distinguished and reserved. obdurate 171. forlorn b. oafish c. scintillating b. intriguing c. Not swayed by his student’s ______ flattery. Robert would act ______ when he joined his friends to cheer for their old high school team at annual the homecoming game. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 170. malodorous e. striated c. insipid d. necrotic b. poignant d. unctuous e. a. the professor told him that his grade would not be changed. witless d. The protesters were concerned that the proposed legislation would have a(n) ______ effect on the state’s nature preserves. undulating d. indignant b. a. Tonya found Isaac’s public declarations of his love for her ______ and embarrassing. reputable e. deleterious c. frowsy 173.

servile b. a. malediction 61 . diligent c. According to pirate lore. rendition d. insurgence e. optimistic 175.501 Sentence Completion Questions 174. scornful d. precursor b. pavid e. a terrible ______ would follow whoever opened the treasure chest. a. precession c. The young kitten had a ______ look on its face when it noticed the menacing dog entering the yard.

b. 153.) means to bicker. a. 157. Undulating (adj. to think moodily or anxiously about something.) means thin. Wiry (adj.) is a ludicrous or bumbling person. Liberal (adj. 162. 156. To brood (v.) means to pierce with many holes. to be silent or sullen. but tough and sinewy. a fool. belittling. Itinerant (adj. usually on a planned course. c.) means tending to lessen in value. as with wings. b. e. To riddle (v. a clown or jester. a. 62 .) means characterized by generosity or a willingness to give freely in large amounts. in order to protect.) is to weigh carefully in the mind. wandering. 159. 155. or menacing. dark. 160. 152. A buffoon (n.) means characterized by a wavelike motion. a.) means undervalued. repetitious. disparaging. to detract or diminish. To wrangle (v.) means traveling from one place to another. working in one place for a short while before moving onto another place to work. Derogatory (adj. c. b. Underrated (adj. to sit on or hatch eggs. dispute. to cover over. a.) means tediously lacking in variety. someone given to clowning and amusing others through ridiculous behavior.) is to be in deep thought. Monotonous (adj. to hang over. unvarying.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 151. To ponder (v. 154. 161. sulk. untraditional or broad-minded in beliefs. injurious. a. c. as of something threatening. create a noisy argument. to loom. 158.

170.) means timid or fearful.) means characterized by good taste in manners and conduct. e. d.) means a system of medicine pertaining to the bone and skeletal system. overly emotional. Unctuous (adj. immature. b. 175. 63 . Malediction (n.) means lacking maturity or experience. naïve. Deleterious (adj. Witless (adj. b.) means inclined to disagree or dispute. especially in lawsuits. 165. destructive. fresh and clean. Litigious (adj.) is a curse or a proclaiming of a curse against someone. indiscreet. stylish or smart in dress.) means acting stupid.) means characterized by excessive sentimentality. d. 167. Osteopathic (adj.) means pure. 166. a. 168. Decorous (adj. d. a. or silly. d. 164. or clumsy.501 Sentence Completion Questions 163.) means sprightly in manner. Pavid (adj. an imprecation. 173. c. d.) means characterized by insincere earnestness. oily or fatty in appearance. argumentative. exhibiting propriety or decorum. hurtful. as if new. Oafish (adj. Jaunty (adj. noxious. 174. 171. Pristine (adj. Callow (adj. original or primitive. d. 172. Mawkish (adj.) means having a harmful or adverse effect.) means foolish. 169. d. proper. goofy.


matrix c. fodder e. a.Chapter 8 176. cache 65 . flaccid d. it is better to forgive and forget. When we were renovating the old house. fortuitous 177. vindictive e. apathetic b. odyssey b. a. A(n) ______ spirit only causes more stress and strife. restorative c. lament d. we found a(n) ______ of $10 and $20 bills hidden inside the old laundry chute.

wizened e. voracious e. placate e. mundane b. overzealous c. instigate c. Even though the pilot promised it was safe. meditate 182. a. suave c. secular b. contradict b. The workers attempted to ______ the supervisor’s authority by negotiating terms with the clients themselves. habitual b. turgid d. a. truant 66 . a. plagiarize e. The student failed his research paper because he chose to ______ material from a another author’s work. pavid d. stimulate c. undermine 181. rounding up wild horses. a. Ron has few friends because he is ______ and cares only about himself.501 Sentence Completion Questions 178. salacious 179. reluctant e. authorize b. Neil was ______ to fly during a snowstorm. overrule d. resonate d. intrepid c. The ______ old cowboy had a complexion that spoke of many years in the desert sun. egocentric 180. a. garrulous d.

liability c. jeopardized d. compelled b. he noticed sounds and smells that were ______ of his childhood. expounded 184. recondite e. lexicon b. incessant 185. stipend b. a. maintained e. subjection e. Lynette had to learn the ______ of the insurance profession before she felt comfortable describing products to her clients. juncture d. then traveling could begin again. a. malleable c. As Ramiro strolled through his old neighborhood. remuneration d. moratorium d. reminiscent d. divergence c. a. concession e. The local high school issued a ______ on field trips until the bus was repaired. The swimmer’s back injury ______ his prospects for a gold medal at the world championship competition. a. indispensability b. advanced c. consolidation 187.501 Sentence Completion Questions 183. belligerent b. asperity 186. a. Marta had to pay off her ______ to the credit card company before she could get a mortgage. cessation e. compulsion 67 . classicism c.

a. resolute c. malleability e. The employee’s claim of being out with the flu did not seem very ______ because he returned from sick leave with a deep tan. Patrice was a(n) ______ girl when she was teenager—long-limbed and constantly tripping over her own feet. mediocre d. a. tactful d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 188. Mike proved to be ______ throw after throw. a. volatile b. inattentive b. estuary b. plausible e. ungainly d. a. preternatural e. sedentary b. fledgling e. vulnerable 191. wile 192. infeasible 68 . congenial c. melee c. inarticulate c. she would make an excellent tour guide for the museum. blithe b. infallible e. servile d. flagrancy d. conducive 190. hitting the carnival dart game’s bull’s eye every time. a. trite 189. temporal c. The con man used his ______ to convince the elderly woman to sign over her life savings to him. With Justine’s ______ nature and passion for art.

a. levity e. ensconced e. Even though he wanted to win the game. variance 195. boisterous 197. disjunction b. motif e. contemplation b. the coach felt that he would be ______ if he let the injured quarterback continue to play. I like listening to Wesley go on about politics and social issues. Sunlight shining through a window was an obvious ______ in the nearly every one of the artist’s works. arcane e. the most ______ viewers will find it downright crass and offensive. ordinance c. his opinions are ______ with my own beliefs. petulant c. servile b. who was always joking. latent b. a. repugnance d. Patrick. a. a. tutelage d. Most people will find the film silly and childish in its humor. fastidious d. reputable 69 . remiss c. stringent e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 193. rife 196. consonant d. sincerity 194. hindrance c. which his sedate employer did not appreciate. explicit c. added ______ to the formal dinner. contentious b. a. erudite d.

” a. dervishes c. ubiquitous e. stanchions d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 198. Goodwill Toward All. During the holiday season. mitigated b. the ______ theme is “Peace on Earth. controversial d. The goal of any company is to have its product name become ______—constantly at the forefront of the consumer’s mind. tremulous d. Our cottage by the sea offers many days of relaxation with warm sunshine and soothing ______. prestigious 200. ebbs e. garrulous b. portentous 199. zephyrs b. unctuous c. arrogant c. prevalent e. a. torques 70 . a.

177. 178. 184. To plagiarize (v.) is a temporary suspension or postponement of a planned activity.) is a debt or obligation. a. hateful. a hazard or danger. Ungainly (adj.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 176.) means having a friendly or pleasant disposition. especially with age. 179.) is to steal thoughts or words in literary composition.) means calling to mind or remembering. c. Reminiscent (adj. 181. Egocentric (adj.) means clumsy or awkward.) means revengeful. 189. a secret store of valuables or money.) means to subvert in an underhanded way. or subject. habits. d.) means withered or dry. d. having similar tastes. d. 71 . e.) means unwilling to do what one is being called to do. c. suitable to one’s needs or nature. a stash. c.) means to put in jeopardy or at risk. 188. Liability (n. 185. Wizened (adj. something for which one is liable.) is the vocabulary used in a language. Reluctant (adj. Vindictive (adj. To undermine (v. 182.) means caring only about or interested only in oneself or one’s needs.) is a hiding place for storing or concealing provisions or valuables. b. or temperament. 180. class. e. c. A cache (n. e. sociable. Jeopardize (v. 183. Congenial (adj. 186. profession. Moratorium (n. d. 187. Lexicon (n. b.

certain. a. Motif (n.501 Sentence Completion Questions 190.) means not fallible. 194. 199. Prevalent (adj. squeamish. A zephyr is a soft. d.) means apparently worthy of belief or praise. difficult to please.) means in agreement or accord. d.) means widespread or widely accepted. extremely sensitive.) means paying careful attention to detail. d.) means being present everywhere.) means careless in performing duties. 195. 193. Ubiquitous (adj. gentle breeze. 200. d. d. predominant or extensive. a breeze that blows from the west. e. Levity (n.) is an inappropriate lack of seriousness or lightness of manner. Fastidious (adj. Remiss (adj. harmonious. 198. c. 197.) is a recurrent theme or form in an artistic or literary work. Plausible (adj. Consonant (adj. 196. d. completely trustworthy. c. Wile (n. especially in regard to matters of cleanliness or propriety. frivolity. having similar sounds. meticulous.) means an act or a means of cunning deception. 72 . 191. 192. b. exacting. Infallible (adj.

Chapter 9 201. if Nicole defaulted on her loan. According to the terms of the agreement. rebuked e. forfeit e. debut d. stigmatize 73 . evince c. a. she was immediately ______ by bands of children begging for food. usurp b. bedraggled b. infiltrated d. exacerbated 202. When Melinda arrived in the impoverished city. she would have to ______ her house and car. both which would become property of the bank. a. accosted c.

the ______ firefighter could not relax enough to unwind and get some rest. so he moved out. appeasements b. durable e. treacherous c. Tony was tired of roommate’s petty ______ about his personal life. pliable d. iniquities 204. scintillation e. overwrought 206. temporal e. truculent d. treatise d. quips c. tempestuous b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 203. quotas d. a. For years Henry bore the ______ of being the only man in five generations of his family not to make the varsity baseball team. punctiliousness 74 . tantamount c. tantalizing 205. The food at the buffet table was a ______ array of delights that even the most disciplined dieter would find difficult to resist. stigma b. brunt c. After fighting the five-alarm fire. rallies e. a. a. amicable b. a.

a. annunciate d. a. reforming b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 207. Tabitha found an overpriced dining table at the antique shop and tried to ______ with the shopkeeper. partake 210. marauding c. haggle b. dilate b. lauded 209. The villagers locked their doors when they heard about the pirates who were ______ unprotected villages along the island’s coastline. recapitulating 75 . but he refused to lower the price. Although she was on a diet. stipulate c. confer 208. augmented e. a. The firefighter was ______ in the news for his heroic rescue of a child from a burning house. mandated b. enervate c. reclaiming d. ruminate e. a. expunge d. conceding e. Hannah intended to ______ in the feast of Thanksgiving. nullify e. inferred c. reconstituted d.

eloquent 212. frenetic b. a. aggregate 214. pedestrian c. fatuous b. satiate b. tardy d. clandestine b. quarantine e. The hospital had an outbreak of chicken pox and was forced to ______ all patients and staff to prevent more infected victims.501 Sentence Completion Questions 211. saturate c. fawning 215. purport d. corral 76 . insipid 213. a. I could tell by Angelica’s ______ tone that she was still very angry with me. ingratiating b. a. a. a. obsequious e. oblique d. germinate d. Paola decided it was time to slow down and learn how to relax. Acting in the high school play served to ______ Ander’s appetite for professional acting. adjacent c. pretentious d. Living on several acres of land dotted with oak and maple trees makes autumn leaf-raking a ______ task. toilsome c. colloquial e. incriminate e. whet c. After years of living at a(n) ______ pace. acerbic e.

dispassionate b. unpunctual 77 . a. commute c. apathetic d. gratuitous e. denote 219. Lu allowed her son a great deal of ______ in spending his birthday money. assimilation c. hovel d. transmute b. stimulus 218. territory b. a. It would take many hours of cleaning and repairing for the young family to transform the ______ into a clean and comfortable little cottage. execute d. manor c. The close-up of the actor drinking the popular brand of cola in the movie was a ______ display of commercialism. latitude d. because she believed it should be his decision. Ms. a. declamation e. languid c. injunction b. It was once believed that alchemists could ______ common metals to gold. demesne e. hacienda 217. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 216. repute e.

parvis d. pillar c. congregate d. Juneod was ______ after his alibi proved that he could not have committed the crime. steeple b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 220. a. derided d. protracted c. Standing on the ______. intimate c. sensor 78 . acquitted b. dulcet c. The dictator used propaganda and intimidation to ______ the revolution. fodder e. germane 222. denounced e. the preacher greeted the parishioners every Sunday morning. a. a. jargon d. quell 223. acquainted 221. manifestation e. This summer’s movies are ______ for audiences of escape-the-heat mindless entertainment—not one film offers a substantive or even plausible plot. irradiate e. privation b. prelude b. a.

pediments b. creating a rustic ambience in the living room. predilection 225. banisters e. a. a. abutments 79 . The architect designed the ceiling using wood ______ that would remain uncovered. Simona’s ______ with her money caught up with her when she didn’t have the resources to buy a badly needed new car. thriftiness c. mullions d. miserliness b. intuition e. joists c. wantonness d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 224.

) means to bargain. Overwrought (adj. b. 215.) means tempting.) is to have a share or take part.) means to be deprived of or lose the right to by the act of a crime. a. 80 . offense. A quip (n. To quarantine (v. 202. fault. breach. Tantalizing (adj. Toilsome (adj. or dispute in a petty way. b. d. b. e.) means wildly excited or agitated. 211. 204. to wrangle.) means laborious or hard work. usually in a bold and aggressive manner as with a demand. Acerbic (adj. Frenetic (adj. a.) means to make more keen or eager. d.) means sour or bitter in taste. 210.) means to approach and speak to someone. To haggle (v. 207. often via the senses. honor. To accost (v. a witty remark.) is to praise. To laud (v. such as over a price. 214.) means labored to excess. agitated. e. b. 208. a. 209. 212. To partake (v. To forfeit (v.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 201. b. or expression. or glorify. frenzied. anxious. e. To whet (v. 213. sharp or biting in tone. or error. 206. To maraud (v. e.) is a sarcastic or cutting jest. 205. attractive. d.) is to rove and raid in quest of plunder. frantic. character.) means to restrict the entrance to and exit from any place under observation for infectious disease. Stigma means a mark of infamy or token of disgrace. 203.

) means unjustified or unnecessary. to release or discharge from a duty. a. 224. 225. merciless. A parvis (n. or form. d. reinforced concrete.) is a small crude house.) means to cease or suppress. or debt. d. c.) means to free or clear from an accusation or charge. horizontal beam that supports a ceiling or floor.) is the porch or area before a building (as a church). To transmute (v. Latitude (n.) is a small. to behave oneself in a certain manner.) is freedom from normal limitations or restraints in conduct. Joist (n. To quell (v. substance.501 Sentence Completion Questions 216. obligation. 218. usually made of wood.) means recklessness.) is a consumable. c. e. c. often inferior resource or item. bawdy. a filthy or disorganized hut or shed. 217. 219.) means to change in nature. Gratuitous (adj. Wantonness (n. or steel. high in demand and usually abundant in supply. an angular distance from a plane of reference. b. of no cost. 223. Fodder (n. 81 . 222. 220. c. 221. A hovel (n. To acquit (v. a.


a. skulked d. expedited 227. blithe 83 . the entire neighborhood ______ together to help to the victims re-establish their lives. When the house on the corner burned down. deft b. recited c. disintegrated e. rallied b. a. furtive c. The massage therapist’s ______ fingers quickly eased the tension in Blanche’s back.Chapter 10 226. tentative e. listless d.

dissipate 231. a. prolific b. a. Madeline became ______. d. c. reprimand c. Ignacio’s pain was so ______ that he called 911. d. the attorney was able to go back to work and ______ his role as a prosecutor. b. nostalgic c. remand d. remiss rapacious genteel resolute acute 232. inhibit b. refraction d. As she walked through the halls of her old grade school. c. Jade’s parents were in ______ about the decision not to allow her to drive the family car to the prom. unison 229. they both agreed that it would be unsafe. affluence b. a. precocious e. e. rebuked listed disunited flanked jettisoned 84 .501 Sentence Completion Questions 228. remembering her old friends and teachers. a. credulous d. resume e. b. ambitious 230. After being cleared of all charges for slander. e. redress c. The captain ______ the cargo to keep his ship afloat. discord e. a.

The young girl was so full of enthusiasm and ______ that she infected the room with energy. whet d. a. Ricky is a ______ of the local coffee shop. wean e. instinct d. denizen d. wax c. a. vivacity d. a. a. The teacher tried to ______ her class of their dependence on the number lines pasted to the tops of their desks. diva b. relic c. novelty e. wield 234. blandness e. apathy c. beneficial e. a. staid b. pariah 236. tabernacle 85 . restrained 237. extrovert c. maverick e. Having never left the landlocked Midwest his entire life. tenacity 235. unbridled c. you can find him there just about every morning. familiarity b. wane b. stealthy d. languidness b. Albert found that swimming in the ocean was quite a(n) ______.501 Sentence Completion Questions 233. The child danced with ______ joy at hearing the news that her father had arrived home from his lengthy business trip.

she deserves more respect. Nicholas accepted the job offer with the highest pay but the least possibility of making him happy. questionable b. jettisoned b. The rowdy crowd at the music concert ______ Herve. it was common knowledge that Judge Disantis considered outbursts from defendants to be ______. objectionable c. Known for his strong command of the courtroom. a. temperance 241. heresy c. and any criticism of her performance should be done in private. a. usurp d. It was very unprofessional of you to ______ your assistant in front of everyone at the meeting. deride 86 . harrowed c. antisocial d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 238. infamy d. jostled d. superceded 239. augment c. visionary 240. a. pliable e. ennui b. and he spilled his soda on his pants. Blinded by ______. lauded e. a. placate b. preclude e. avarice e.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 242. interior c. a. vociferous c. vacuous d. accolades e. egregious 245. abstract b. ersatz c. inferior d. innovation 87 . ulterior 244. a. anterior b. innocence b. tenuous b. We knew Jana had ______ motives for running for class president: She wanted the nearby parking space that came with the office. repellent 243. The town board heard many outraged and ______ arguments from the citizens against the destruction of some wooded areas in order to build a new mall. habitants c. posterior e. rustic d. raucous e. The villainous gang’s hideout was a den of ______ that no one would dare to enter. satisfied e. so it was often enjoyed by vacationers from the city throughout the year. The log cabin had a(n) ______ feel. a. iniquity d. a.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 246. Indigestion is a common ______ of participating in a hot-dog

eating contest. a. euphemism b. penchant c. corollary d. juxtaposition e. itinerary
247. Although it was so ridiculous that no one believed it to be true, the

reporter’s ______ still cost the governor his re-election. a. hegemony b. sedition c. malaise d. compendium e. calumny
248. People on the street stopped to ______ over the artist’s rendition

of the Eiffel Tower, amazed by his ability to capture the detail. a. bedazzle b. innovate c. gratify d. counteract e. objectify
249. The veteran lieutenant was not happy with his ______ rank behind

the two inexperienced men. a. tertiary b. silly c. unctuous d. superior e. fastened
250. The prime minister was admired by all, a(n) ______ even in an

environment of corruption and disdain. a. admonishment b. alleviation c. nonpareil d. prototype e. profanation


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226. a. To rally (v.) means to come together for a common purpose or

as a means of support; to recover or rebound.
227. a. Deft (adj.) means quick and skillful in movement, adroit. 228. e. Unison (n.) means a condition of perfect agreement and accord. 229. b. Nostalgic (adj.) is sentimentally yearning for a point in the past. 230. d. To resume (v.) means to take up again after interruption. 231. e. Acute (adj.) means extremely sharp or intense; keenly perceptive

or discerning; of great importance or consequence, crucial; also, having a sharp tip or point.
232. e. To jettison (v.) is to toss goods overboard to lighten the load of a

ship or aircraft to improve stability; to toss off (a burden).
233. d. To wean (v.) means to detach someone from that to which he is

accustomed or devoted.
234. c. Vivacity (n.) means liveliness, to be fill of life. 235. c. A denizen (n.) is one who frequents a particular place; one who

lives in a particular place, an inhabitant.
236. b. Unbridled (adj.) means without restraint. 237. d. A novelty (n.) is a new or unusual thing or occurrence. 238. c. To jostle (v.) is to push or shove roughly against; to drive with

pushing; to disturb or bump.
239. b. Objectionable (adj.) means unpleasant or offensive. 240. d. Avarice (n.) means an excessive or insatiable desire for material

wealth; inordinate greed.


501 Sentence Completion Questions 241. e. To deride (v.) is to speak of or treat with contempt; to ridicule

242. c. Rustic (adj.) means rural; rough; made from rough limbs or

243. e. Ulterior (adj.) means lying beyond or outside what is openly

shown or said.
244. b. Vociferous (adj.) means making a loud outcry. 245. c. Iniquity (n.) is wickedness or overwhelming injustice. 246. c. Corollary (n.) means a natural consequence or result; a

deduction or inference that follows from the proof of another proposition.
247. e. Calumny (n.) means a false statement or accusation uttered

maliciously to harm another’s reputation, slander.
248. e. To objectify (v.) means to stare at amorously. 249. a. Tertiary (adj.) ranking third in order of importance, position, or

250. c. A nonpareil (n.) is a person or thing of peerless excellence.


beleaguered d. The queen’s ______ fell ill during his journey and was unable to negotiate on her behalf when he arrived at the economic summit. winnowed 91 . denizen e. ensconced b. emissary d. a. solicited e. relegated c. miscreant c.Chapter 11 251. penury b. Tai was ______ by a series of setbacks that nearly made him miss his deadline. zealot 252. a.

stimulation c. a. pungent b. supercilious b. Danielle cannot seem to find her niche in life. Patsy was shocked to discover how much higher her IQ was than the ______.501 Sentence Completion Questions 253. Although she appeared confident. and other elite members of society. New York boasts many ______ restaurants—places that are elegant and frequented by famous movie stars. diminutive d. derivative 255. pliancy e. placating e. prudence d. solitude e. mediocre e. the valedictorian’s ______ voice indicated her nervousness. posh c. tenuous d. resonant c. middling 254. a. norm b. political figures. a. once she began her speech. tremulous 256. plethora d. automation b. combustion 92 . she has changed her ______ at least three times in the past ten years. vocation c. a.

alleged b. the scientist was looking for something else. histrionic c. Since his parents had little money. discomfited b. relegated d. fortified 93 . nascent b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 257. emollient 258. insignificant b. demented e. Peter was ______ to his uncle for paying for his college education. a. bucolic d. indigenous e. in marked contrast to the noise and lights of the bustling city outside his window. inadvertent e. was very ______ by the news that he would have to do a presentation in front of his classmates. ersatz 259. who has always been painfully shy. obliged d. eloquent d. The discovery of the new element was ______. promulgated e. provided c. a. a. a. circumvented c. intrepid c. castigated 260. Aidan. A charming painting of a pleasant ______ landscape hung above Vitaly’s fireplace.

refraction e. perdition d. trepidation b. recourse 264. The paper was ______ so that it could be easily removed from the bound notebook. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 261. impost d. infectious c. fluent 94 . justification b. endowment 262. With great ______. a. a. instigation c. ogre c. we stepped gingerly onto the planks of the dilapidated bridge that spanned a rocky stream twenty feet below. oaf b. imposition c. fickle d. a. anathema 263. At the risk of sounding like an ______. the teacher assigned extra homework for the weekend. preponderance d. alcove e. voracious b. Felix felt that his mother’s request to run her errands was a huge ______ since he would have rather watched a soccer match with his friends that afternoon. deviation e. perforated e.

truculent c. abstemious 267. instigated e. making it not only useless. catalyst c. compost c. The river. implemented d. hyperbole b. insolence e. Stopping to admire the ______ in the front yard. a. but they were ______. elliptical b. using only the most elemental and essential elements. a. but also dangerous. ______ with new-fallen rain. placated b. turgid c. overflowed its banks and flooded the tiny village in a matter of hours.501 Sentence Completion Questions 265. clutter d. The mad scientist ______ the potion with acid. patagium 269. redundant d. penchant d. perfunctory e. corrugated b. quarantined 95 . the young woman continued on with her gardening duties. a. Jayne’s paintings were not minimalist. caveat 268. equivalent e. a. Wendell’s prolonged illness was the ______ that ignited his interest in science and led to his illustrious career in medical research. pernicious d. paradigm b. vitiated c. oleander e. a. titillated 266.

rather many find it offensive and hurtful. craven c. a. overt b. gauge c. peremptory e. unsubstantial b. nebulous b. turbulent 271. a. inauspicious c. The play’s ______ debut was not a good sign for the struggling producer. At one time it was in ______ for women to wear gloves and hats whenever they were out in public. obligatory c. ardent b. I took the most ______ route I could think of. stoic d. mercurial 96 . gore b. the infant clapped her hands and squealed with joy. To ensure that Brenda wouldn’t know where we were going for her birthday. disembodied e. vain 274. copious d. flirtatious 272. brawn e. Paula’s ______ humor does not amuse many people. illusive d. a. enigmatic d. circuitous e. In a(n) ______ expression of pleasure.501 Sentence Completion Questions 270. vitriolic e. a. a. vogue d. immaterial 273. truncated c.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 275. The editorial was essentially a(n) ______ to the governor, praising

her for her enactment of a series of environmental laws and for balancing the state budget for the first time in 20 years. a. juggernaut b. imprecation c. cabal d. oeuvre e. encomium


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251. c. An emissary (n.) is an agent sent on a mission to represent the

interests of someone else.
252. c. To beleaguer (v.) is to harass, beset, besiege. 253. b. Posh (adj.) means elegant and fashionable. 254. a. A norm (n.) is an average standard, pattern, or type. 255. e. Tremulous (adj.) means characterized by quivering or

256. b. Vocation (n.) means a regular occupation or profession. 257. d. Inadvertent (adj.) means not attentive or heedless; acting

carelessly; unintentional.
258. c. Bucolic (adj.) means of or characteristic of country life or people,

rustic, especially in an idealized sense; of or characteristic of shepherds or herdsmen, pastoral.
259. a. To discomfit (v.) means to make uneasy, disconcert; to cause to

lose one’s composure; to break up or thwart the plans of, frustrate.
260. c. Obliged (v.) means to be indebted. 261. a. Trepidation (n.) means nervous uncertainty of feeling. 262. b. An ogre (n.) is, in popular usage, a cruel person, or a monster. 263. b. Imposition (n.) is the act of imposing something such as a burden

or duty; an unfair demand.
264. d. Perforated (adj.) means with a line of holes to facilitate

separation; pierced with a pointed instrument.


501 Sentence Completion Questions 265. b. To vitiate (v.) means to spoil; to make faulty or impure; to

corrupt morally.
266. a. Elliptical (adj.) means characterized by extreme economy of

words or style; of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipsis.
267. b. A catalyst (n.) is something that precipitates or causes a process

or event; (in chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected in the process.
268. d. An oleander (n.) is a beautiful but poisonous evergreen shrub. 269. b. Turgid (adj.) means swollen. 270. a. Overt (adj.) means apparent, obvious. 271. d. Vitriolic (adj.) means bitterly scathing; caustic. 272. b. Inauspicious (adj.) means not favorable or unfortunate; not

promising success.
273. c. Vogue (n.) means the prevalent way or fashion. 274. d. Circuitous (adj.) means having or taking a roundabout, lengthy,

or indirect course.
275. e. Encomium (n.) means a formal expression of praise, a glowing




subversive c. Claude felt particularly ______ as he carried the large satchel filled with cash through the dark streets to the bank. surly 101 . Niall’s ______ attitude toward the boss is embarrassing. inclusive b. reclusive d.Chapter 12 276. torrential 277. sundry e. unwieldy e. he does nearly everything for him except scratch his nose! a. subservient b. vulnerable c. a. subtle d.

indigenous b. elated 279. obstinate e. obtuse e. a. harmonious d. pitiful b. ravenous d. Although it was supposed to be written for the general public. chastisement b. Jeremy didn’t want to appear ______. endowed b. the report was so ______ that only those with inside knowledge of government workings could understand it. but his brothers simply could not convince him to change his mind. Although she was a successful professional. pugnacious e. Debra’s inability to accurately complete her taxes made her feel a bit ______. annulment 281. resolution e. rapturous c. a. unabated 280. clarification d. ebullient c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 278. scrupulous c. truculent d. Buying homeowner’s insurance is a wise decision because it provides ______ if your house should be damaged in a fire. esoteric 102 . a. a. indemnity c.

e. beguile 283. The loud clap of thunder caused the little dog to ______ all over. a. juxtapose e. verve d. stupor e. undulate e. troubadour 103 . We took pity on the young ______ and brought him to a shelter where he could find food and warmth. a. perfidy c. grovel 285. Todd set up a rope to ______ the part of the exhibit that was off- limits. laud c. a. plaintiff e. oscillate c. omit 286.501 Sentence Completion Questions 282. circumscribe b. c. waif b. a. slather quake enunciate binge infuse 284. profundity b. ionic d. d. Blaine had a tendency to ______ certain details of his evenings out when he didn’t want his parents to know where he had been. Francois fell into a groggy ______ after having suffered a high fever for several days. efface d. sluggard c. corroborate d. a. excel b. b.

specification b. The risk of cheating on the test was not worth the possible ______ of failing the class. When people are in love. The fire caused ______ damage to the warehouse. sanctified b. they may find their beloved’s ______— often annoying to or disparaged by others—to be charming and endearing. aplomb e. a. mendacity c. ramification d. juxtapose 290. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 287. a. preliminary d. gratification c. which forced the owner to demolish the building. diffuse c. narcissism e. irreparable e. ennui d. Terreh was able to ______ the traffic jam by taking a series of one- way streets that led to the bridge. circumvent e. a. corroborate d. pretentious 288. foibles b. equitable c. staunch b. penchants 289. renegade 104 .

superfluous e. onerous d. poignant c. referable b. gallant 293. a. d. b. derivative d. winsome gruesome fatuous ironic flaccid 294. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 291. d. b. episodic e. e. cold heart. e. a. We found that the gallons of water we had brought on our hike were ______. inexpedient 105 . a. c. contemplates stigmatizes scrutinizes infuses defames 295. a. superannuated b. and we had to carry the extra bottles home. Claudia’s ______ face gave no clue to her hard. subsequent d. precipitous b. extraordinary c. She realized mortgage rates had declined and decided it was ______ to continue paying rent when she could now afford a monthly payment for her own home. c. salient e. relative c. Moving all the heavy cinder blocks by hand from the driveway to the backyard seemed like a(n) ______ task. untenable 292. Keeping hot peppers in the olive oil ______ it with a spicy kick.

As the city grew and stretched its borders.501 Sentence Completion Questions 296. contemptuous b. Terrance. improvident b. ruminate c. facilitated b. relaxing in the midday sunshine. so he could see the concert for free. contented c. a. a dentist. fictitious d. pilfer e. a. it began to feel the ______ problems of urban sprawl and overpopulation. burnish d. concomitant e. parlous e. a. purported d. ______ on a lounge chair by the pool was the very tan owner of the estate. Renowned e. tended e. pensive 106 . ______ to be with the media. surreptitious 298. mendacious c. a. Renegade c. placated 299. wane b. Fraught d. Supine 300. ersatz d. expedite 297. Observing his sister’s ______ behavior of riding without a helmet. The deadline has been moved to this Friday. so we must ______ our efforts and complete the project earlier than we had planned. Trident b. conjugated c. a. Jorge ran to get his mother.

) means to shiver or tremble. disregard. confined to. b. capable of receiving injuries. 277.) is to draw a line around.) means stubborn. Stupor (n. Obstinate (adj.) means lacking quickness of perception or intellect.) means profound lethargy. encircle. as from fear or cold. a. 286. define. an enlightened inner circle. 283.) is to leave out.) means designed for. e.) means not capable of being remedied or corrected. d. 288. A foible (n. To circumscribe (v. A waif (n. To omit (v. 280. 279. open to attack. especially a homeless child. 281. a. a distinctive behavior or attribute peculiar to an individual. d. neglected wanderer. b. 285. not reparable. b. 278. Vulnerable (adj. To quake (v.) is protection from loss or damage. Subservient (adj. to determine the limits of.) is a minor weakness or character flaw. Irreparable (adj. e. to neglect. a. a. a homeless.) means following another’s requests in a servantlike manner far below that which is called for. Obtuse (adj. or understandable only by a restricted number of people. such as one might experience after being very ill. Indemnity (n. d.) means assailable.) is a stray. immunity from punishment. to shake or vibrate violently. d. 284. to restrict or confine. 107 . 282. Esoteric (adj.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 276. compensation for loss or damage. 287.

c. Concomitant (adj.501 Sentence Completion Questions 289. to inspire. to surround. c.) is to go around. e. To expedite (v. c. Inexpedient (adj.) means attractive. 290.) is to instill or cause to penetrate. 293.) means to give false appearance of being. To circumvent (v. to process or execute quickly and efficiently. accelerate. entrap. not tending to promote a proposed object. Winsome (adj. more than is needed. not suitable or fit for the purpose. enclose. 291.) means not expedient. to get around or avoid through cleverness or artful maneuvering. To purport (v. bypass. d. Parlous (adj. or extreme.) is a consequence for an action. attendant. To infuse (v.) means to speed up the progress of. d. 298. e. Onerous (adj.) means extra. A ramification (n. 296.) means dangerous. 108 . Superfluous (adj. risky. a. d. d. 294. 300. 295. 292. 299. unnecessary. 297.) means lying on the back. Supine (adj.) means occurring or existing concurrently.) is burdensome or troublesome. d. accompanying. e.

tenuous b. a. alienate b. minimize 302.Chapter 13 301. In an attempt to ______ the enemy. scoff c. contrived e. obliterate d. The film was completed on schedule despite the ______ circumstances regarding the location and extreme weather conditions. Braveheart rallied hundreds of fierce warriors. a. adverse 109 . ostracize e. cryptic d. imperial c.

a. nonchalant e. I could tell by Konrad’s ______ manner that he was really sorry for how he had treated Annette.501 Sentence Completion Questions 303. gimmick c. moratorium b. daunt b. zealous d. recruit c. symbolism d. a. The ______ of the sheriff’s department ended at the county line. a. b. habitude 307. flout 305. Many employers like to visit college campuses and ______ college seniors to work for their companies. but after reading the fine print Sasha found the cruise was just a ______. petition b. The company officials felt the rising cost of health coverage was ______ enough to raise their employees’ insurance premiums. callous b. a. prerequisite emendation alliteration jurisdiction respite 110 . justification c. d. reference e. compromise d. disposition e. c. erratic c. The postcard advertised a free cruise to anyone who bought a magazine subscription. motif 304. contrite 306. illuminate d. a. e. dither e.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 308. Ralph plays golf every chance he gets; even a weeklong golfing

vacation could not ______ his appetite for the game. a. initiate b. satiate c. relinquish d. revive e. employ
309. We could not describe the scene before us; it was filled with such

______ beauty. a. inexorable b. unutterable c. uproarious d. mnemonic e. fretful
310. The subject matter was ______ because the mumbling professor

spoke too quickly. a. obscure b. magnanimous c. treacherous d. vital e. maximized
311. Arnie becomes so ______ when he talks about painting that it is

hard not to be infected by his enthusiasm. a. laconic b. circuitous c. impertinent d. ardent e. recalcitrant
312. The cruise ship’s deliciously appetizing dinner buffets encouraged

______ among the vacationing passengers. a. gluttony b. squabbling c. equivocation d. restraint e. queries


501 Sentence Completion Questions 313. As the pressures of her business became overwhelming, Charlotte

chose to ______ her role as PTA president. a. expedite b. transgress c. propagate d. relinquish e. retaliate
314. Don’t let Julie’s enthusiasm fool you; she’s just a ______, not a

professional dancer. a. maverick b. denizen c. mercenary d. maven e. dilettante
315. Normally, Maya would not have made so many spelling mistakes in

her essay; she is usually ______ about her spelling. a. sumptuous b. scurrilous c. ridiculous d. scrupulous e. fatuous
316. It took four men two hours to move the ______ sofa up three

flights of stairs into our apartment. a. suave b. garrulous c. unwieldy d. pivotal e. quixotic
317. In the Roman myth, Artemis made a pilgrimage to the ______,

hoping to learn the answer to her dilemma. a. denouement b. decorum c. oracle d. vizier e. pillar


501 Sentence Completion Questions 318. Orson was truly a(n) ______: towering over others at six feet nine

inches, he was also one of the most influential and successful producers in the feature film industry. a. behemoth b. anathema c. demagogue d. viceroy e. charlatan
319. Brian was an ______ child, he was sent to the principal’s office on

numerous occasions for his rude classroom behavior. a. impeccable b. impertinent c. observant d. obscure e. adjuvant
320. The defendant waited anxiously for the jury to ______ the decision

that would seal his fate. a. render b. deprecate c. rejuvenate d. disparage e. prohibit
321. We must ______ the information about the agenda changes

immediately so that the conference attendees have time to adjust their schedules. a. burnish b. disseminate c. galvanize d. placate e. admonish


the Marines may be an excellent career choice. credence 323. thwarted 114 . lurid 324. During the time of the plague in the little village. stringent d. pedantic e. stagnated e. nebulas 325. premise c. mores d. a. delectation d. platitudes e. blandishments b. a. strident b. The natural ______ of the canyon cause it to be an everlasting source of new adventures and beauty. a. prepossession b. If you can adhere to the ______ rules of a military society. knell e. wavered b. blanched c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 322. the forlorn ______ of the church bells was an almost daily sound. raucous c. Xiomara ______ when she learned that the sauce she’d just eaten was made with chicken broth. vicissitudes c. coalesced d. a. A life-long vegetarian.

304. d. penitent. Obscure (adj.) is drinking or eating to excess.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 301. 307. 310. Justification (n. b.) is an amateur. 313. A dilettante (n. Contrite (adj.) means to blot out or destroy. 312. e. To recruit (v. a connoisseur. b. 305. b.) means inexpressible. d. b. 302. 306. 308.) means feeling or expressing sorrow or regret for one’s sins or offenses. not easily seen or distinguished. c. a. Gluttony (n. renounce claim to.) means acting against or contrary to. To relinquish (v. e.) means to give up (something). b.) is a tricky scheme or gadget. one who dabbles in an art or field of knowledge for amusement. excessive indulgence.) means to seek to induct or enroll. passionate.) is authority or power. fervent. a. A gimmick (n. unfavorable. e. Jurisdiction (n. Ardent (adj. 309.) means characterized by intense emotion or enthusiasm. Unutterable (adj.) is an explanation or reason that justifies or shows something to be necessary. sphere of power or authority. To satiate (v. 311. 115 .) means to satisfy fully the appetite or desire of. To obliterate (v. a lover of fine arts.) means not clearly expressed or easily understood. Adverse (adj. 314. or opposed or opposing. d. 303. glowing or burning like fire. to enlist.

317. as from great size or awkward shape. power. as if in fear. spread abroad. Unwieldy (adj. An oracle (n. or exacting. 324. something or someone who is enormous in size. whiten. To render (v. to make or depict.) is the sound of a bell ringing slowly for a funeral or death. Impertinent (adj. b.) means to give in return in compliance with a duty. especially a complete change.) means moved or managed with difficulty.) means extremely careful. Stringent (adj. strict. as in a sanctuary. 319.501 Sentence Completion Questions 315.) means improperly bold. d. 316. d. c. c. 323. To disseminate (v. 325. rude. 322. to take the color from. a. 116 .) means a change. 321.) is a person of great knowledge. of condition or circumstances. b. 320. diffuse. cautious in action for fear of doing wrong. b. c.) means to scatter widely. Vicissitudes (n. a.) means rigid.) means to turn pale. 318. To blanch (v. lacking good manners. b. or importance.) is a giant. the place where answers are given. A behemoth (n. Knell (n. Scrupulous (adj.

she seemed to have no ______ about driving over bridges. heralded c. resurrection e.Chapter 14 326. decried b. a. At the beginning of the ceremony. Although Sophie was afraid of heights. thwarted 327. enormity b. conjured e. permeated d. the high school band ______ the arrival of the graduates by playing the alma mater loudly and with enthusiasm. qualms c. severity 117 . imminence d. a.

a. incontrovertible c. grandiose b. e. palatable compulsory reciprocal resilient ancillary 118 . I had to call the repairman because the washing machine was off ______—it began making terrible sounds and failed to clean the clothes thoroughly. The meeting is ______. d. c. seceded d. quandary 330. detriment b. pensive 329. kilter e. everyone must attend. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 328. preferment c. a. reiterated b. succumbed c. a. prevision d. Minnie finally ______ to her sister’s constant barrage of questions and revealed the identity of her new boyfriend. b. and then you can edit it for any ______ material so that it is as convincing and concise as possible. retaliated 331. extraneous d. abysmal e. I will write a rough draft of the proposal. reneged e.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 332. tatter d. quandary b. it is possible to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. kinetic d. perfunctory d. litany c. germane c. extrinsic 334. specious 335. immoderate e. dilatory b. rapacious e. plethora 119 . The proposed design includes many ______ features that are not functional and can be eliminated to cut costs. noble 333. The cop was in a ______: Should he chase the criminal or help the victim? a. a. jovial b. insurmountable c. a. monotypic b. a. diligent d. Through the ______ act of volunteering. discord e. Carly’s ______ spending on shoes and clothing caused her parents a great deal of concern because she was no longer saving money for college. nonchalant e. inconsistent c.

prevalent e. and a complicated project in order to present the report to the client. Elian tried his ______ on the wrong person. chicanery 120 . salacious e. a. untoward b. and it has finally landed him in jail. obsolescence e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 336. dismount c. expel e. jocularity c. Kyle was able to ______ the difficulties of an uncooperative staff. The professor studied the ______ physics of ballet dancers and even published a study on the topic of dancers and movement. intercede 338. creditable b. an impossible deadline. Philbert’s ______ manner fit in well with the atmosphere of the posh country club. a. monotonous 337. a. retract d. clemency b. kinetic c. mundane d. surmount b. calamity d. riotous c. symbolic d. a. urbane 339.

impervious d. nondescript b. idolatry 342. a. the president must use his official seal on all documents. a. transient c. insolence c. The drama workshop’s efforts ______ in the final production of a play written. discerned e. nullify b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 340. a. ratify e. zealous e. There were several ______ buildings on the street. and acted by the students for the entire school. sufferance e. directed. impressionable 341. languished c. haughtiness d. To ______ a congressional bill. mollify 343. Inflated by his fans’ ______. culminated 121 . patronize c. teemed d. making it difficult for Margaret to determine which one was the dentist’s office. Evan lost sense of his small-town roots and began traveling with an entourage. finalized b. victimize d. a. inconstancy b.

synthesize c. precipitous d. e. b. abhorred 122 . a. c. I am ______ of the problems that this solution will cause. malodorous e. benign 346. inept b. relinquish b. reconstituted e. reminiscent e. a. belligerent 348. a. tantamount apathetic fatuous unscrupulous indecisive 345. valorous c. disheartened b. but I still believe that this is the best possible solution. cognizant c. a. erroneous d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 344. inhibited c. a. d. Tyesha was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Adam read the employee manual so that he might ______ himself with his new responsibilities at the company. innocuous b. motivate 347. orient d. validate e. For ______ deeds during her mission overseas. There is no way around it: plagiarism is ______ to thievery. The spectacular presentation by a rainforest adventurer ______ Simon with the desire to travel to South America to see the jungles for himself. imbued d.

Quentin’s report was comprised mostly of speculation. extenuated 350. a. enveloped d. tirade 123 . a. diatribe c. When the senator’s popularity suffered in the polls. recanted b. detracted e. myriad d. juxtaposition e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 349. dearth b. pulverized c. he ______ his decision to raise taxes. Because of the ______ of reliable information.

) means characterized by refined manners. b.) means excessive or extreme. selfless moral standards. mandatory. d.) is to proclaim or announce. 335.) means lacking any distinctive characteristics. of excellent character.) is trickery or sophistry used to deceive someone (especially to extract money). A qualm (n.) is a sudden or disturbing feeling. Kinetic (adj. 331. 330. 339. 337. b. cease to resist. 328. 333.) means not forming an essential part of a thing. originating from the outside. To surmount (v. Chicanery (n. e.) means having high.) means obligatory. to foreshadow.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 326.) means to give in. exceeding reasonable limits. b. Nondescript (adj. b. coming from the outside or an outside source. 334. 332.) is a difficult situation.) is order or good condition. elegant or sophisticated. To succumb (v. Noble (adj. extraneous. Immoderate (adj. e. b. Urbane (adj. 340. e. a. a. a. A quandary (n. Extrinsic (adj. 124 . not pertinent or relevant.) means not vital or essential. external. Extraneous (adj. d. 327. c. 329. 338. required. e. Kilter (n.) means pertaining to motion or caused by motion. Compulsory (adj.) means to overcome by force of will. To herald (v. 336.

to reach the highest point or degree. 346. 348. a lack of. 347. aware. determine one’s position with reference to new ideas.) means to make valid. the worship of idols. To recant (v. 345. d. to withdraw a former belief as erroneous.) means courageous. e. c. insufficient quantity.) means to acquaint (oneself) with the existing situation or environment. e. 350. To imbue (v.501 Sentence Completion Questions 341. To culminate (v.) is to inspire or pervade with ideas or feelings. valiant. end. Dearth (n. 125 . 343. Cognizant (adj. To ratify (v.) means fully knowledgeable or informed. Idolatry (n. a. Tantamount (adj.) is to come to completion. 342. conscious. climax. To orient (v. a. 349. b. especially of food. having equal or equivalent value in terms of seriousness.) means equal to. to permeate. 344. a. c. to saturate with color. Valorous (adj. b.) is excessive reverence or adoration.) means a severe shortage or scarce supply.) means to renounce formally.


laconic d. frugal 352. wheedling b. and she didn’t like being groggy. a. Teachers should not only be knowledgeable but also ______. The pain medication Kristy received after surgery offered relief.Chapter 15 351. lethargy 127 . a. extortion b. affable e. however. compellation c. patronizing c. affirmation e. acquisition d. students should feel comfortable approaching them with questions or problems. the overwhelming feeling of ______ was an unexpected side effect.

c. The ______ butter had been left in the refrigerator for years. the earth gave way. thwarted 128 . a. prudent d. illusive e. a. inculcated c. melee c. frieze 354. hurtled e. we walked across a cracked. vista b. Several weeks of extremely hot.501 Sentence Completion Questions 353. oscillated b. ornate 355. the walls hung with ______ tapestries. a. fray d. malleable c. complacent scandalous riveting dire rancid 357. The ski lodge had a window that looked out upon a beautiful mountain ______. subverted d. After weeks of heavy rains. The palace’s great hall was rich in history and splendor. a. ascended b. parched riverbed. coalesced e. mud and trees ______ down the mountain swallowing cars and houses in their path. d. mellifluous b. entreated 356. so instead of rowing across a river. dry weather ______ the land. e. desiccated c. aspersed d. b. a. foray e.

receptive b. and he never took a day off. laconic c. innovative d. truculent 359. suave e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 358. a. spasmodic c. Ned’s fear was ______ as he watched the 60-foot waves approach his little boat. recuperated c. Ethan’s responses when he spoke on the telephone were ______ and he nearly always made his customers think he was rude. recoiled b. the cat suddenly ______ when she hit the thorny bush. palpable e. uncanny d. a. genteel c. ponderous 360. futile b. fabricated e. Spartan b. a. Moving swiftly and gracefully through the backyard. a. throttled 129 . The pitcher’s ______ workout regimen was the most grueling of all his teammates. detrimental 362. a. pronounced c. invigorated d. exonerating 361. intriguing e. egregious b. turgid e. I was bored with the ______ conversation of my roommates and longed for some intellectual stimulation. exclusive d. vapid d.

a. panacea b. ______ laughter came from the upstairs apartment where Trang was having a graduation party. Lily knew him for what he was: a(n) ______. restitution 367. After the neighbor’s stereo woke her up for the fifth night in a row. panacea c. a. venerable c. Deleterious c. incantation e. accolade e. a. rebuked c. implicated e. but Rob was up to the challenge. augmented d. prevarication d. laborious b. denunciation b. destined 366.501 Sentence Completion Questions 363. archaic d. Scurrilous b. a. Brenda felt ______ to complain. unbiased 365. primadonna 364. Uproarious e. dossier d. Malicious 130 . Although others were fooled by “Doctor” Winston’s speech. The task of building the cabin was a ______ one. charlatan c. Fatuous d. a. impelled b. Carter is writing a letter of recommendation that I can include in my ______ for prospective employers. cynical e.

c. the images are forever burned in my mind. truncate 131 . d. e. but he was still unwilling to apologize. ovation b. undulate c. pristine d. b. regeneration b. appease b. inclination d. efface e. a. Allen’s ______ distanced him from his family. I like the ______ style of these essays. obsolete c. innovation 372. impenitence e. Nothing will ______ my memory of the night we first met. a. provocation e. In the middle of his eloquent ______. the audience suddenly broke into applause. colloquial b. a. they make complex issues accessible by presenting them in everyday language. exacting e. a. oration c. equivalence d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 368. illusion 369. precocious fugacious supplemental quintessential barbarous 371. inculcate d. A diamond ring is the ______ symbol of love and affection. contingency c. a. furtive 370.

proactive 132 . With the curtains drawn back. taut 374. endemic e. imminent e. apathetic c. puritanical c. utilitarian d. the room was ______ with warm sunlight. The devastating drought forced the ______ tribes of the rainforest to leave their homes and venture into the modern world. recessed b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 373. belied e. a. stoic b. a. a. indigent d. intruded c. suffused d. Jason’s ______ approach to management included narrowing the salary gap between the CEOs and office workers. munificent 375. indigenous b.

) means easy and pleasant to speak to. but expressing much in a few words. 354. to make dry. a. Affable (adj. Ornate (adj. friendly.) is someone who makes elaborate. e. Laborious (adj. Laconic (adj. d. characteristically simple or frugal. or perseverance. Spartan (adj. or lifeless. dull. 360.) is the state of drowsiness or sluggish inactivity. Rancid (adj. 361. 133 . 352.) means to dry out thoroughly. a. to fling forcefully. Palpable (adj. 357. fraudulent claims to having certain skills or knowledge.) is to rush with great speed. d. 358.) means characterized by hard work. 355. lacking life. 364.) means a view or prospect. noticeable.) means to jump back suddenly. easily perceived and detected. e. tedious.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 351. a quack. Vapid (adj. To desiccate (v. e. warm. marked by strict self-discipline. 356. To hurtle (v. Vista (n. brief and to the point. 359. become dry. d. Lethargy (n. a. 353.) means tangible. approachable. concise. gracious. b. sprit or substance. a. b. imposter.) means rotten or putrid. exertion. A charlatan (n.) means richly and artistically finished or stylized.) means rigorously severe (from the Greek city- state Sparta known for its austere and rigid lifestyle). To recoil (v. c. fraud. b.) means curt.) means dull. to move violently with great noise. 362. 363.

erase. as in to fill with light. Colloquial (adj. 368. An oration (n. c. 375. d. d.) is a formal speech for a special occasion.501 Sentence Completion Questions 365. d. 369. Indigenous (adj. Quintessential (adj. to make or conduct oneself inconspicuously.) means characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation. 374.) means noisy.) is the best and purest part of a thing.) is to motivate. 372. a. to cause to dim or make indistinct.) means originating or being native to a specific region or country. Impenitence (n. Uproarious (adj. 366. d. 367.) means to cover or fill the surface of. the most typical example of a thing.) means to rub out. b. To suffuse (v. c. A dossier (n. 373.) is the trait of refusing to repent.) means related to the ethical doctrine that actions are right because they are useful or beneficial to the greatest number of people. 371. unwilling to show regret for wrongdoing. To efface (v. a. Utilitarian (adj.) is a collection of papers giving detailed information about a particular person or subject. a. propel. 370. push or drive forward. c. also inherent or natural. To impel (v. conversational. 134 .

soon they will disappear from the earth. supplicate d. My parents always seem to worry and ______ more about money when tax season is approaching. If people continue to ______ the rainforests. proximate b. neglect e. dominate b. a. dabble e. quibble c.Chapter 16 376. frolic c. alienate 135 . a. provoke 377. laminate d.

insecure c. Samantha had an ______ trust in her grandfather. irresolute e. relinquished d. abject b. a. a. Although I meant it as a compliment. Zander ______ my remark as an insult. incessant c. a. the peasants in his kingdom lived in the most ______ poverty. redacted 136 . a. erratic e. dissipate e. permeated e. eradicated c. who was an honorable man and kind to everyone he met. Antonello searched the forest around his campsite for small branches to ______ the fire. truncated d. so he could eventually cook his dinner. kindle c. irreverent d. lugubrious 379. astringent 380. suppress d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 378. While the king and the members of his court lived in the most opulent luxury. construed b. stifle b. prohibit 381. implicit b.

several people quit the company. insinuation c. syncopated c. porous voracious spurious specious veracious 384. pasty 383. The sailor’s ______ complexion bespoke his many sunny days at the lookout post. wan e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 382. a. explicitness c. a. Tanya is a ______ person. a. accolades 386. The shaggy neon couch was a(n) ______ in the conservative room decorated with earth tones. Genevieve’s stunning debut performance at the city opera has earned her ______ from some of the city’s toughest critics. d. c. devotion e. b. reiteration e. insinuations c. swarthy b. intonation 137 . lamentations e. pallid d. nepotism 385. antipathy b. destitution d. temerity d. carrion b. claiming that ______ caused a decline in employee morale. incongruity b. After the third relative was hired to an upper-level position. a. skepticism d. a. e. trusted by all who know her.

vacillate b. repress 388. beguiling b. tenuous c. expound c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 387. lacerated e. maximize d. Harris tried to ______ his fear of flying when he boarded the plane. but he could not curb his anxiety. After the powerful windstorm. abated b. Gabi found that whenever she was confused about an idea or issue. wheedle d. extenuated b. indoctrinate 389. a. promotional 138 . Johnny’s good behavior in class yesterday was ______ by his disruptive outbursts in Math this morning. a. elucidate c. tentative e. a. accelerate b. curtailed 390. a. calculated c. nominated 391. reiterated d. negated c. provided Jason’s class ended on time. retaliated d. deprecate e. Marie discovered a splintered and fallen tree limb had ______ the vinyl lining of her swimming pool. Jason and Joshua made ______ plans to meet in the cafeteria to study for the test. writing about it would help ______ her true feelings. a. mandated e. assured d. employ e.

a. imbroglio b. archetype 396. agnostic e. veracity 394. The professor’s lectures were filled with excessive ______. logic d. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely. despot d. herbage c. Diane. portent e. During his ______ in office the mayor made several controversial decisions about city planning. verbiage b. a. a. flout e. servitude c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 392.” said Haines. lasting much longer than was necessary to convey his ideas. vindication d. a. but as a result. repudiation c. “There is no such thing as a(n) ______ who is not a corrupt and cruel ruler. always teasing. pedant c. teem d. nobody knew when to take her seriously. maliciousness d. intrigue 393. treatise b. jocularity b.” a. tenure 139 . inclemency 395. was known for her ______ . integration c. compunction b. Ming’s blatant lie revealed that he suffered no ______ about being dishonest to his parents. evanescence e. austerity e.

Recovering from the tragedy. indistinguishable c. blunder c. prolific d. The ad didn’t mention a specific salary. precluded 400. cognizant d. estrus 140 . Helena found the ______ sunrise reassuring. a. The ______ she felt for shopping made it impossible for her to walk by a sale window without stopping. manifest c. deft e. compulsory b.” a. vincible e. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 397. resolute 399. ornery d. quotidian 398. repulsion e. a. clairvoyant c. hidden b. omission d. and Claire knew her victory was assured. as it gave her something to rely on each and every morning. predatory b. providence b. it just said “compensation ______ with experience. commensurate e. Flaws in Claire’s opponent’s chess game showed him to be ______.

381. not consistent in character.) is the quality of being inappropriate or unbecoming. to fail to care for or to do. e. e. 383. To quibble (v. especially a dark or sunburned complexion. 387. habitually disposed to speak the truth. debased.) means to find fault or criticize for petty reasons. Swarthy (adj. 380. to set on fire. a. 377. e. a.) is favoritism for kin when conferring jobs. 382. degraded.) means wretched. b. Incongruity (n. e. 384.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 376. groveling. b.) means unquestioning or trusting without doubt.) is an award or special acknowledgement signifying approval or distinction. offices. or privileges.) means having a dark hue. showing utter resignation or humiliation. Implicit (adj. servile. to make sense of.) means to be careless about. Kindle (v. Abject (adj. 378. a. 385.) means to cause to burn with flames. An accolade (n.) means truthful. To repress (v. 386. to curb or subdue.) is to interpret or understand. to be remiss about. a. 141 . 379. of the most contemptible or miserable kind. implied. honest. Veracious (adj. understood rather than directly stated. to ignite. Nepotism (n. d. To neglect (v. a.) means to keep under or restrain. explain the meaning of. To construe (v.

invalidate. 396. or mangle. 398.) means provisional or uncertain. degree. a dictator or tyrant. often used in connection with career positions. proportionate.) means occurring or returning daily. 400. Jocularity (n. An estrus (n. which is characterized by joking or jesting. or extent. d.) is the state of being jocular. 142 . or deny. 394. Vincible (adj. Commensurate (adj. e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 388.) is an irresistible impulse or passion.) means corresponding in size. a pang of conscience at the thought or act of committing a misdeed.) means to make clear or manifest. 395.) means the use of many words without necessity.) means a feeling of uneasiness or regret caused by a sense of guilt. e. Tentative (adj. 392. 389. b. 399. capable of being defeated or subdued. Verbiage (n. to free from confusion or ambiguity. To negate (v. b. remorse. To lacerate (v.) means the term during which a thing is held. c. 393.) is to rip. a. Quotidian (adj. d. d. 391. tear. To elucidate (v. d. Tenure (n.) means conquerable. not fixed or set. A despot (n. a.) is someone who rules with absolute power. Compunction (n. e. 390.) means to nullify. 397. a.

a. The owners of the bed-and-breakfast were extremely ______ to their guests. aristocratic b. hospitable b. Homeless people often lead a(n) ______ lifestyle because they repeatedly get uprooted from the streets and alleys where they live. ballistic 143 . who enjoyed elegant meals. analytic d. remiss d. prompt service. hostile c. nomadic e. gallant e. a. and beautifully decorated rooms.Chapter 17 401. indomitable 402. platonic c.

Marco has an irresistibly ______ manner that many young women find charming and attractive. a. reception c. obstinate b. visage 407. dignified e. armistice c. resilient d. knack b. habitable e. supple e. prelude b. suave 406. obsolete d. rendition d. Chantel kept the ______ of her beloved foremost in her mind as she traveled to countries far and wide in her quest to find him. Linda’s ______ for picking the right stocks made her a very wealthy woman. impropriety e. ineffective 144 . barren b. erroneous c. hirsute d. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 403. staid c. a. Computers and word processing software have made the art of hand-writing letters virtually ______. a. a. The cozy beach cottage was only ______ for summer tenants because it lacked the insulation to make a winter stay comfortable. relevant 405. bland d. presage e. concourse 404. boisterous c. stagnant b.

a. Furious that Lou had lied about his references. The settlers decided to build their town at the ______ of two rivers. senile c. fraudulent b. lascivious e. hiatus d. Noi ______ her decision to promote him to assistant manager. you need to design an experiment that will provide ______ evidence.501 Sentence Completion Questions 408. laborious 412. fortified 410. striated e. proportional d. elusive c. incriminated c. empirical e. a. lamentable 411. a. a. elevated b. noxious d. curt 145 . tirade e. that settlement became the city of Pittsburgh. taut c. trite d. complied d. Rachel’s mother was appalled by the amount of ______ humor on television during hours when young children were still awake. perfunctory b. veneer b. slack b. a. confluence 409. To prove your theory. The scared boy on the roller coaster made sure his seatbelt was ______ across his body. rescinded e. lexicon c.

recourse 417. appraisement e. imprecation e. she noticed that a large lump began to ______ from her forehead. protract 146 . truncate c. Losing his entire business to the flood. obtrude e. preening c. elevate 415. a. tariffs b. vigilance d. a.501 Sentence Completion Questions 413. elucidate d. a. exonerate e. provoke c. The devoted fans paid ______ to the late singer by placing flowers on his memorial and by holding burning votive candles. rendezvous 414. sustain d. homage 416. The new evidence convinced the District Attorney to overturn Martin’s conviction and ______ him. accouterment c. dross b. sepulcher e. enigma c. retrospection d. a. vendetta b. After Ginger banged her head. invade b. a. The female fox’s ______ over her burrow indicates that she has just birthed her young. fervor d. appropriate b. Bill’s only ______ was to file bankruptcy.

nebulous d. abject e. The junkyard was littered with ______ objects. and we would just be memories in each other’s minds by the winter. portentous 421. jovial d. tempting c. decorative e. a. a. paradoxical b. a. fastidious b. We both knew our summer romance was ______ . Christopher hired a tree-trimming crew to cut the ______ branches of the pine tree that were scraping the side of his house. otiose b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 418. temporal d. buoyant 147 . a. virulent e. making it unsightly to the neighborhood behind it. The dissatisfied workers spread their ______ attitudes among themselves until there was a danger of a full-scale rebellion against the owners of the factory. indecisive 420. obtuse c. understated e. recessive 419. benign d. monochromatic c. restorative b. lateral c.

temperament c. mercurial 423. a. a. nescience d. recalled running through the ______ of tall rows of corn stalks that dominated his grandfather’s summer garden. labyrinth d. moratorium d. I think she is a remarkable interior decorator and I recommend her highly. Peter displayed an air of ______ when the officer asked him if he knew the speed limit. J. gradation c. obstetrics e. tincture 424.501 Sentence Completion Questions 422. synthetic e. aesthetic b. The meticulous art student arranged her paint colors by a darkening ______ on her palette. obstinacy c. a. limitation b. a. reclusive d. platitude 148 . terminals b. Although Maya’s ______ sensibilities are quite different from mine.P. deference 425. dialectical c. juncture e. omniscience b. basin e.

the point of juncture. 411. experimental or observational rather than theory.) means roaming from place to place or wandering. a gathering or meeting together at a point or juncture. 412. push forward. derived from. a. c. 413. being agreeable.) means revoked. or look of a person.) means a last option or way out. Confluence (n. d. 403.) means a flowing or coming together.) means relying on. Suave (adj. d. b. 410. 149 .) means having a smooth and pleasant manner.) means antiquated. d. or verifiable by.) is a natural talent.) means to stick out. Visage (n. 409.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 401. d. e.) means treating guests kindly and generously. receptive or of an open mind. 416. 404. Homage (n. deference. e. Rescinded (v. 414. Nomadic (adj. Knack (n. 407. d. Obsolete (adj. Recourse (n. lustful. a. a place where two things come together.) means alert and intent mental watchfulness in guarding against danger. 402. c. Lascivious (adj. disused. d. Empirical (adj. countenance. 408.) is respect paid publicly.) means stretched tight. To obtrude (v. discarded.) means acceptable for inhabiting. 405. Hospitable (adj.) means the face. Taut (adj. Habitable (adj. e.) means lewd. 415. reverence rendered. a clever way of doing something. e. 406. or wanton. e. Vigilance (n.

420.501 Sentence Completion Questions 417. characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty. a stage or degree in such a series. c. Aesthetic (adj. 150 . or tint to another by gradual degrees. something extremely complex in structure or character. Labyrinth (n. to release from a responsibility or obligation. a. absolve.) means enduring for a short time. c.) is a maze of paths or a complicated system of pathways in which it is challenging to find the exit. Nescience (n. d. Temporal (adj. discharge.) means concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste. the process of bringing to another grade in a series. c. functionless. artistic. unemployed or useless.) means to free from blame or guilt. Otiose (adj. 425.) is the changing of a color. 419. 424.) means pertaining to or extending from the side.) is ignorance. shade.) means needless. Virulent (adj. b. b. a. 421. Lateral (adj. d. 422.) means exceedingly noxious. 418. deleterious. Gradation (n. or hateful. or the absence of knowledge. transitory. 423. To exonerate (v.

vagabond e. strategist d. but he has always remained ______. and became a homeless ______ on the streets of Las Vegas. aloof e. In his later years. accommodating 427. a.Chapter 18 426. a. cognizant b. miser c. I have tried for years to get close to my brother Rae. vociferous d. speculator 151 . the once wildly successful gambler lost his fortune. granger b. assiduous c.

victorious d. a. infallible b. tint d. consensus c. modulate 430. Omnivorous c. they can live on berries or insects. the critics agreed the star of the play gave a ______ performance. ratify e. Julia’s parents gave her one ______ regarding her new job: It could not interfere with her schoolwork. ______ animals are able to survive easily in the wilderness because. provision e. lackluster 432. they would begin to ______ any day now. revolve c. a. ruining the chance of lucrative box office sales. procession b. d. a. vigorous c. The tenor’s ______ voice filled the concert hall. e. a. c. Lavish e. germinate b. sinuous timid tenuous sonorous striated 152 . Omnipotent b. a. felicitous e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 428. Sally had planted the seeds in the greenhouse three weeks ago. Luminous d. Despite enthusiastic efforts from the supporting cast. Precarious 429. b. reprieve 431. manifestation d. for example.

symmetry d. there were ashes in every ______ of the old farmhouse. hybrid c. malady 153 . After the fire. belfry b. reprieve c. fallacy e. quota b. more experienced candidates. Luanne experiences serious ______ whenever she climbs several flights of steep stairs. tangent d. tribunal 434. detriment d. a. genesis c. When the company reached it’s ______ of hiring one hundred college graduates. orifice e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 433. they proceeded to recruit older. inebriation c. The ______ of the successful product idea was attributed to the extraordinarily creative company president. exoneration d. a. demise b. repletion e. a. vertigo b. fiasco e. dominion 436. a. plethora 435.

or clean. indignant b. trite e. vicissitude e. David felt as if the family picnic would be a(n) ______ time to talk with his grandmother about her plans for the holidays. exercise. timbre d. a. admonished 154 . recompense 438. unctuous d. The house was consumed in flames and not a ______ of it remained after the fire. eluded e. diadem e. viscosity b. vestibule d. surly 441. visage c. The children were ______ for eating the whole batch of cookies before dinner. After her extended illness. opportune b. disastrous c. vestige b. Delia experienced a long period of ______ when she did not want to work. a. insolence d. a. forethought e. viceroy 440. a. brawn c. chagrined d. ingenuity 439.501 Sentence Completion Questions 437. languor b. a. Floyd has a distinctive ______ to his voice—easily recognizable over the phone. belittled c. arrogance c.

Subsidies e. cited 443. vied c. fascism b. Pathos b. realm e. corroborated 445. enforced d. gibed e. since neither Helga nor Olga had any money. a. fulcrum c. exhorted d. a. Kudos d. a. abetted c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 442. The Boston Tea Party happened because the Americans believed the British tea taxes were ______ the rights of the colonists. beguiled b. transgressing e. maligned e. a. nadir 444. trespassing b. sublimating d. ignored b. ______ were in order as James performed brilliantly on stage in his first role as an understudy. Oscar ______ his sister not to tell their mother what he had done. introversion d. a. reviling c. Ignominies c. During his routine. entreating 155 . the stand-up comic refused to be shaken by the heckler who ______ him every few minutes. Going away for spring break was not in the ______ of possibility. for he knew his punishment would be severe. Statutes 446.

venial b. The budding flowers. pessimistic b. aegis d. trivial d. a. a. venal d. hard winter. faction e. quixotic e. and birth of young animals suggest the much-welcomed ______ atmosphere in the country after a long. verbal 449. c. menial c. Margarita attempt to jog five miles on her first day of cardio-training was a little ______. cacophony 156 . d. b. The legal internship program was developed under the ______ of the district attorney’s office. a. bastion b. e. irrelevant c. a. relieved 450. propensity c. warm breezes. Since she had not exercised in five years.501 Sentence Completion Questions 447. vernal e. The old bridge’s steel ______ were rusty and in need of repair. piers campaniles manacles girders spindles 448.

having an insatiable appetite for anything. 435. 434.) is dizziness often caused by experiencing heights. a stock of supplies. 432.) is a proportional share.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 426. or foundation.) means feeding on both animal and vegetable substances. An orifice (n. 157 . beginning.) is an opening.) is a wanderer. a person who does not have a permanent home. e.) is the origin. the act of forming something new.) means physically or emotionally distant. a feeling of being without spirit. 436. 427. a hole. c. 438. d. d. 428. Sonorous (adj. 430.) is the quality of a tone. reserved. Genesis (n.) is a stipulation or qualification. A provision (n. the first event in a series of events. a. Languor (n. Aloof (adj. a. 431. Lackluster (adj.) means lacking liveliness or brightness. a. Timbre (n. dull. Omnivorous (adj. sluggishness. a perforation. To germinate (v. as distinguished from intensity and pitch. b. d. impressive or grand in effect. Vertigo (n.) is a lack of energy or interest.) means producing sound. 429. d. d. remote. to cause to come into existence or develop. A vagabond (n.) means to begin to grow or sprout. A quota (n. a. a mouth or hole through which something may pass. b. 437. 433.

mark. lost. c. c. made of wood.) means idealistic without regard for practicality. appeal.) means a visible trace. or concrete. Quixotic (adj. Vernal (adj. usually in connection with a law. Aegis (n. 442. A realm (n.) means to go beyond the limit or bounds of.501 Sentence Completion Questions 439.) means well-timed or convenient. a. to support weight or span an opening. expressions of praise. d. d. e. 158 . Kudos (n.) are complimentary remarks. 446. To admonish (v. or advice. d. d. c. 448.) means to taunt or jeer. to make an urgent appeal. or protection. d. as of a forgotten responsibility. A girder (n. 445.) means sponsorship or patronage. d. a kingdom or domain. or gone. To exhort (v.) means belonging to or suggestive of the spring. Opportune (adj. Vestige (n. 444. 443. 449. To gibe (v.) means to reprove kindly but seriously. 450. to instruct or remind.) means to urge strongly with a stirring argument. or impression. steel.) is a large horizontal beam. guidance or direction. 440. To transgress (v. of something absent. 447. 441. a. to utter a taunting or sarcastic remark. to warn or counsel.) is a knowledge domain that you are interested in.

Chapter 19 451. animosity 452. a. pallor e. infidels 159 . representatives d. Ronaldo celebrated the gathering of his ______ on Thanksgiving Day and spoke with relatives he had not seen in a long time. kindred e. a. surrogates c. collusion c. iniquity b. Frank feels such ______ towards his ex-business partner that he cannot stand to be in the same room with him. avarice d. commonwealth b.

impetuous 456. enunciation d. placid d. a. Allen’s necktie began to feel like a ______ around his neck. noose d. metamorphism b. c. conscientious b. languid e. vigilante d. renegade e. kismet 455. b. obsequious studious scanty surreptitious scurrilous 160 . e. monstrosity 454. a. garland c. Even though he hated to work holidays and weekends. decorum b. d. The catlike movements of the sneaky ______ served him well when he picked pockets among the tourists on the crowded boardwalk. a. After sitting in the contentious board meeting for two hours. affable c. Amanda’s parents were shocked by her ______ decision to quit her job without notice and move to Hollywood. proclamation e. a. The student’s ______ language offended many others in the class. Trevor hoped that his paycheck would serve as ______ for the time spent away from his family. bureaucrat 457. restitution c. dignitary e. forerunner b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 453. knave c. a.

deleterious e. exfoliate b. flamboyant b. a. placid e. In winter. piquant b. corrosive d. negligible 462. a. pivotal d. As the roller coaster inched to the top of the hill. a. palpitate e. virtual c. dominate c. inevitable 460. florid d. lurid b. affable b. the frost on a car’s windshield can be ______ to the driver. a. ventilate 461. Marie-Helene attempted to appear ______ as she quickly hid the birthday gift behind her back. Helena could feel her heart begin to ______. obstructive c. a. wry c. stoic c. crass e. The prom was a ______ royal ball with so many handsome young men and beautiful young ladies dressed to the ultimate formality. Hearing her sister approach. cynical d. nonchalant 161 . reattribute d. salvageable 459. Paul’s ______ humor is sometimes lost on those who take his comments too literally.501 Sentence Completion Questions 458. purified e.

the paparazzi adroitly gathered their ______ and raced around the building to catch her.501 Sentence Completion Questions 463. hoary b. a. a. At the banquet. we ended up with a noxious red liquid that stunk up the laboratory for days. paraphernalia d. dismastment e. the disappearance of the woman’s jeweled bracelet from her wrist appeared to be the ______ of an accomplished thief. pandemonium b. ensue 464. propaganda 162 . derogatory e. sleight d. When the movie star slipped out the back door of the hotel. tenor c. a. a. attrition b. venue e. awry c. and instead of creating a green odorless vapor. listless d. The knight sought to ______ his broadsword in such a menacing fashion as to frighten his attacker away. warrant b. wield e. Something went ______ in our experiment. placate d. procure c. dilatory 466. sledge c. regalia 465.

guileless b. eradicate d. The artist drew the picture with such ______ that it was possible to count every blade of grass that he painted. indiscriminate e. blasphemy b. Confronted by his mother. excoriate b. he has been living a life of ______ luxury. and maids. ribald d. seditious e. a. inculcate 470. inauspicious c. buying whatever he desires and traveling around the world in his 100-foot yacht as he is waited on hand and foot by a bevy of butlers. nicety d. vitriolic c. Since Shane won the lottery. purveyance 163 . untarnished d. cooks. philosophy c. a. arrant b. vivify e. fatuous 468. The artist attempted to ______ the painting by adding people dressed in bright colors in the foreground.501 Sentence Completion Questions 467. a. vexed 469. the ______ four-year-old could not lie about scribbling on his bedroom walls with purple and blue markers. consensus e. amplify c. a.

Jillian was ______ by the contradictory diagnoses she received and decided she needed a third opinion. bemused 473. subjugate 474. integrate e. heuristic e. effaced c. girded d. intimidated b. The highly publicized nature of the trial caused the judge to ______ the jury in order to shield members from evidence that might sway their verdict. quell c. The chemistry professor believed her students could do better on their exams by searching for their own answers. a. garner b. salubrious d. retract c. comport e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 471. quarantine b. a. and encouraged the class to apply the ______ method to prepare. assimilate 472. Because he was antsy from having eaten too much candy. little William was unable to ______ himself in a respectable manner during the ceremony. surmise d. sequester d. usurped e. a. punctilious b. determinate 164 . a. nonconformist c.

a. virago 165 . trifle e. scapegoat d.501 Sentence Completion Questions 475. banality b. Bea was known for her loud and domineering personality and was considered a ______ by many who knew her. debutante c.

Restitution (n. characterized by sudden emotion or energy. Knave (n.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 451. or unreliable person. e. 452.) means bitter. 459. or manage. 454. 460. b.) means ironic. Scurrilous (adj. Obstructive (adj. obscuring. askew. open hostility or enmity. 457. 453. cynical.) is a restoration of what is lost or taken away. To palpitate (v. b. 166 . as a weapon. or instrument. turned or twisted toward one side.) is a loop with slipknot. 464. 463. Kindred (n. 465.) means impulsive or passionate.) means blocking.) is a dishonest. but not in actual fact.) is to flutter or move with slight throbs. d. c. b. 461. 458.) means casual. e. d. especially unjustly. indifferent.) is a group of people related to each other by birth or marriage. d.) means off-course. b. control. energetic dislike. especially with full command. Awry (adj. hindering. Nonchalant (adj. c.) means being in essence or effect. tightening when pulled. e. or sardonic. Animosity (n. Wry (adj. A sleight (n. b. To wield (v. amiss. A noose (n. deceitful. 462. 456. Impetuous (adj. e. not functioning properly.) means a trick or feat so deftly done that the manner of performance escapes observation. b. offensive. Virtual (adj.) means to use.) means grossly indecent or vulgar. 455.

Bemused (adj. 470.) means complete. turbulent woman. or harmonize. impudent. e. segregate. 473. Guileless (adj.) means precision. honest. Heuristic (adj. as with juries. 468. 167 . a subtle distinction or detail. 472. or operation. d. 469. 467. c.) means a bold. c. 475. information. bewildered or perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements. straightforward. To comport (v.) means to separate.) means to be without guile. encouraging learning through discoveries made by a student.) means to give or bring life to. d. Virago (n. a. accord.) means deeply absorbed in thought. the state of being nice. 471. seclude. 474. to animate. Paraphernalia (n. absolute. Arrant (adj. d.) are miscellaneous articles needed for particular professions. cause to withdraw or retire. e. To vivify (v. a. to agree. accuracy. To sequester (v.501 Sentence Completion Questions 466.) means stimulating further investigation.) means to conduct or behave (oneself) in a certain manner. frank. c. utter. Nicety (n.


During his many years of hard work. principality e. dominion 169 . obtuse b. a. perceptive e. Even though he was only in kindergarten. surplus c. hierarchy d. declassification b.Chapter 20 476. indolent 477. inept d. a. Paul was promoted several times and began to rise through the bank’s ______ of employees. Joel was very ______ and could intuit when his teacher was not pleased with his behavior. oblivious c.

genesis 480. guile e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 478. intrepid c. odious 170 . clout c. lexicon b. truant 481. salient c. but the fans were still ______ that the baseball game would still be played. a. Because Virgil had been so ______ as a child. a. and uncomfortable. It had rained all afternoon. fettered b. taciturn b. platitude e. motif d. a. but did not have enough time to prove its validity. synergy b. sweaty. hypothesis c. he had an extremely difficult time adjusting when he enrolled in the military academy. prosaic e. speak to Val. a. sadistic c. The heat was absolutely ______. infamy 482. If you have any special needs or requests. she’s the one with the most ______ around here. pessimistic b. domineering e. coddled d. replete d. making everyone irritable. affinity d. pallid e. a. The biology students were assigned the task of testing the ______ . optimistic d. oppressive 479.

a. Bob gets up at dawn every morning to prepare for a long day at work after which he attends classes in evening. understated 171 . Karim ______ upon many of the campaign issues in a series of detailed editorials. Far from being a ______. unilateral d. she felt she could not offer a truly ______ opinion. The vulgarity used by the football fans at the stadium was ______ and eventually lead to a penalty for the team. expounded b. drone c. a. uninterested e. rakish b. quiescent c. After the debate. a. replica d. temporized e.501 Sentence Completion Questions 483. indifferent c. doffed d. sagacious d. reproachable e. moderator b. ebbed c. sycophant e. Since the judge hearing the case was related to one of the defendants. a. unbiased b. mundane 485. sluggard 484. wrought 486.

a. catalyst d. nebulous c. Abdul found his ten-hour shifts at the paper clip factory repetitive and ______. a. paradox b. volatile 490. tabloid c. melee b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 487. harbinger 489. fatuous b. indelible e. malleable d. a. premeditate palter reform distend ponder 491. exemplar c. Tomas is a(n) ______ businessman who knows a good opportunity when he sees it. tangent 172 . Jonelle is a(n) ______ of the kind of student we seek: someone who is both academically strong and actively involved in the community. astute c. c. mandate e. b. Sean would ______ whenever it became his turn to do the dishes. tableau d. d. rant e. a. wearisome 488. a. The barnyard scene outside the 4-H tent made a charming ______ for visitors to the state fair. mercurial d. insolent b. indifferent e. e.

hoping to rebuild the community they had fled during the war. diaspora e. translucence 493. cloister d. elongation e. After performing a ______ of the cow. interrogation c. is one of nature’s most intriguing creatures. kowtow b.501 Sentence Completion Questions 492. opulence c. restitution c. resonance b. extrapolation b. chimera 494. the members of the tribe began to drift home again. didactics d. and there was no need to notify the board of health. torpor e. Charged with moral ______. The jellyfish. a. known for its shimmering ______. redaction c. vivisection 495. a. omniscience e. interment d. vicissitude 173 . scientists determined that it did not have mad cow disease. a. A decade after the ______. the judge was called off the case even though he denied receiving bribes from the plaintiff’s counsel. a. turpitude d. lassitude b.

blunt b. debutant e. steadfast 174 . fickle d. The ______wallpaper in his living room makes it difficult to find curtains and furniture that will match it. sinister d. e. nomenclature 500. fatuous c. predecessors sycophants narcissists panderers elocutionists 498.501 Sentence Completion Questions 496. epicure c. a. a. caste b. variegated e. I knew from Inga’s ______ reply that she was offended by my question. Homer’s Odyssey was not translated into many people’s ______ until after the invention of the printing press. vivacious c. b. sinuous b. meticulous 499. errant e. verbose d. vernacular d. a. c. gregarious b. a. garrulous e. The cult leader’s ______ obeyed his every instruction. brusque 497. a. d. Don Quixote describes the adventures of a(n) ______ knight who believes that windmills are giants and the barmaid Dulcinea is a princess. eloquent c.

simple b. mystical e. fusty 175 . The ______ espionage plot was so sophisticated it was impossible to believe it was the work of teenage computer hackers. a. vaporized c.501 Sentence Completion Questions 501. byzantine d.

e.501 Sentence Completion Questions Answers 476. e. a. a. Unbiased (adj. c. especially with the fist. Hypothesis (n. a group of persons in authority. to baby or pamper. a strike or blow. b.) means influence. b. A sluggard (n. elaborate.) is a series or system of people or things that are graded or ranked. Optimistic (adj. 485. or sway. e.) is a person who is habitually lazy or idle. 482.) means having the ability to understand and be sensitive to. Wearisome (adj. Reproachable (adj. 480. 488. feeling that everything in nature is for the best. which is adopted to explain certain facts and which can be further tested. a. a typical or representative example. An exemplar (n.) means fatiguing or tiresome.) means to treat with excessive indulgence or tenderness. 479. in a manner that is severe or cutting. d. to give a detailed statement or account of. power or muscle.) means needing rebuke or censure. heavy.) means to explain in detail. a model or ideal. c.) means taking the most hopeful view. pull. 481. 478. Hierarchy (n.) means completely impartial to. c. Clout (n. 486. 483. 176 . It also means to cook in water just below the boiling point. 484. believed to be probable. 487. Oppressive (adj. 477.) means unreasonably burdensome. To expound (v. To coddle (v.) is one who is worthy of imitation.) is a proposition. as in judgment. Perceptive (adj. b.

keen.) is to act insincerely. curt. To palter (v. or blunt in a discourteous manner. e.) means wandering. to haggle.) means having or showing intelligence and shrewdness. b. any action that violates accepted standards. b. A tableau (n. such as a language or culture.) means the language of one’s country. 499. roving. Astute (adj.) is a servile flatterer. 498.) means marked with different shades or colors. e. equivocate. d. 500. Translucence (n. 494. Vernacular (n. Turpitude (n. c. particularly for scientific research. e. Errant (adj. d. especially in search of adventure. d. A sycophant (n. discerning. A diaspora (n.) is a dispersion of people from their original homeland. the dispersion of an originally homogeneous group or entity. 491. 496. Variegated (adj. Vivisection (n. especially of those in authority or influence. Brusque (adj. 497. b.) means depravity. 493.) means abrupt. 492.501 Sentence Completion Questions 489. 490. 177 .) means the dissection of an animal.) is an arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life. straying beyond the established course or limits. 495.) means the property or state of allowing the passage of light. c. to play tricks. or the community formed by such a people. c.

501 Sentence Completion Questions 501.) means highly complicated. devious. Byzantine (adj. characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue. of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or ancient Byzantium. 178 . intricate or involved. c. especially its architectural style. of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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