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Complete Advanced Sentences

Subjects : english, grammar
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Some of the newer - less formal passages on the SAT have a _____ tone that is intended to make them more appealing to students.






2. Denying that she advocated total _____ - Katya maintained she wished only to change our government - not to destroy it utterly.






3. To revise a textbook properly - you must do more than make a few _____ changes to the manuscript.






4. There is a fine line between speech that is _____ and to the point and speech so abrupt that it verges on rudeness.






5. The architect realized that her design for the new school had to be in _____ with the local building code.






6. Whenever Sue was angry - she tried to avoid raising her voice because she had no wish to sound _____.






7. The uncrowned queen of the fashion industry - Diana was famous for her _____ taste.






8. Galileo's assertion that the earth moved around the sun directly contradicted the religious teachings of his day; as a result - he was tried for _____.






9. Although defeat appeared inevitable - the general was _____ in his refusal to surrender.






10. The reviewers praised the new restaurant's _____ selection of dishes - which ranged from Asian stir fries to French ragouts and stews.






11. Othello's false friend lago uses considerable _____ to trick Othello into believing that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him






12. Rumors of police corruption led the mayor to _____ an investigation into the department's activities.






13. Uninterested in philosophical or spiritual discussions - Max talked only of _____ matters - such as the daily weather forecast or the latest basketball results.






14. Though Widow Douglas had hopes of reforming Huck - Miss Watson considered him _____ and swore he would come to no good end.






15. My editors must assume I'm a _____ writer; they expect me to revise six books this year.






16. The museum curator placed the Eskimo-carved wooden totem pole in _____ with two contemporary stone masks from Africa - creating a stunning effect.






17. Covering the Olympic Games - the sportscasters _____ every American victory and grumbled about every American defeat.






18. When both Harvard and Stanford accepted Laura - she was in a _____ as to which school she should attend.






19. Mother was a _____ housekeeper - unwilling to allow a single speck of dirt to mar her perfect home.






20. There's no point to what you're saying. Why are you bothering to make such _____ remarks?






21. Con artists take advantage of the _____ of inexperienced Internet users to gain access to their credit card information.






22. Historically - traders and missionaries often proved themselves to be _____ explorers - bravely venturing into new territories despite the dangers involved.






23. Times of economic hardship inevitably encourage the _____ of countless get-rich-quick schemes.






24. Through the comments of the characters in his cartoon strip - Doonesbury - Gary Trudeau ridicules political corruption; his humor is _____ in nature.






25. The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a _____ violation of the state laws against nepotism.






26. On certain issues of principle - the senator refused to take a _____ stand - but let her conscience be her guide.






27. Shrewdly purchasing valuable plots of land for small sums - John Jacob Astor gained a reputation as an _____ investor.






28. No matter how hard Darnell tried to lure the trout into taking the bait - the fish was too _____ to catch.






29. The Head Start program attempts to _____ prekindergarten children so that they will do well when they enter elementary school.






30. Is an old-fashioned hairstyle an apt _____ for being out of step with the times and in need of change?






31. After a decade of popularity - Hurston's works had fallen into _____; no one bothered to read her novels and short stories any more.






32. Because Carmen believed in Juan's fidelity - she _____ the notion that he might be having an affair.






33. The classic cowboy hero is a _____ figure - someone generally described as the strong - silent type.






34. The mayfly is an _____ creature; its adult life lasts little more than a day.






35. Nothing could shake his _____ that his children would get the best education that money could buy.






36. Although you can still hear _____ outbursts of laughter and signing outside - the Halloween parade has passed; the party is over till next year.






37. The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to _____ his weak case.






38. Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next - she was confused by the _____ of her feelings.






39. After Ralph dropped his second try of drinks that week - the manager swiftly _____ him to a minor post behind the bar.






40. In Tibet today - the common people still _____ their traditional spiritual leader - the Dalai Lama.






41. What _____ did you use when you selected this essay as the prizewinner?






42. In the film Funny Face - the bookish heroine _____ fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests.






43. Since both interpretations seemed possible - the judge could not decide which way to interpret a particularly _____ passage in the law.






44. When Elizabeth realized that Darcy considered himself too good to dance with his inferiors - she took great offense at his _____.






45. Typically - partygoers are _____; hermits are not.






46. Josh is such a greedy _____ that - as soon as the earthquake struck - he tripled the price of bottled water at his store.






47. Icebreakers were needed to _____ the trapped whales from the icy floes that closed them in.






48. Looking for any inconsistency in the testimony that might exonerate his client - the defense lawyer pounced on a _____ between the two witnesses' versions of what had occurred.






49. Though Huck was quite willing to _____ Tom's story - Aunt Polly knew better than to believe either of them.






50. The mayor was unwilling to _____ the plan until she was sure it had the governor's backing.