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Complete Advanced Sentences

Subjects : english, grammar
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Is an old-fashioned hairstyle an apt _____ for being out of step with the times and in need of change?






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






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






4. When you send a message on Twitter - be _____; a tweet cannot be more than 140 characters long.






5. When Amanda said to the ticket scalper - 'One hundred bucks? What do you want - a pound of flesh?' she was making an _____ to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.






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






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






8. In a fiery speech - Mario _____ his fellow students to go out on strike to protest the university's anti-affirmative action stand.






9. The inquisitors used both physical and psychological _____ to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.






10. In a brief essay - describe a person you admire - someone whose virtues and achievements you would like to _____.






11. The senator was _____ for behavior inappropriate to a member of Congress.






12. The special prosecutor determined that the attorney general - though inept - had not intentionally set out to _____ the progress of the investigation.






13. The winter storm was ______; it changed course constantly.






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






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






16. The young princess made the foolish _____ that the regent would not object to her taking the reins of power.






17. The legendary athlete Jim Thorpe - who _____ all his competitors at the 1912 Olympic Games - made a name for himself in baseball - football - and track.






18. An occasional glass of wine with dinner is relatively _____ and should have no ill effect on you.






19. Disappointed in love - Miss Emily became a _____; she shut herself away in her empty mansion and refused to see another living soul.






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






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






22. Michael's severe bout of the flue _____ him so much that for a week he was too tired to go back to work.






23. A firm believer in democratic government - she could not understand the _____ of people who never bothered to vote.






24. The bottle of wine I brought to Sharon's party was certainly _____: how was I to know that Sharon owned a winery?






25. Thirty years after the war - she could not let go of the past but was still consumed with _____ against the foe.






26. Because Ann felt no desire to marry - she was _____ to Carl's constant proposals.






27. I am a _____ about the proposed new health plan; I want some proof that it will work.






28. The store manager tried to _____ the angry customer by offering to replace the damaged merchandise or return her money.






29. The Beatles expressed themselves through capricious - flip humor and _____ displays of carefree abandon.






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






31. The doctor assured the boy's parents that his fever would eventually _____.






32. Rather than live in the crowded city center - we chose to buy a house in one of the _____ suburbs ringing the metropolis.






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






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






35. Flat prose and flat ginger are equally _____; both lack sparkle.






36. The defense lawyer confidently listened to the prosecutor sum up his case - sure that she could answer his arguments in her _____.






37. Every time Ermengarde made a mistake in class - she was terrified that she would receive a harsh _____ from Miss Minchin.






38. All things change over time; nothing is _____.






39. When acacias are in bloom - the increase of pollen in the air _____ Richard's hay fever.






40. When the boys first met their new stepmother - they felt some _____ - but eventually they lost that initial awkwardness and talked with her comfortably.






41. In class - she tried to stay alert and listen to the professor - but the stuffy room made her _____; she felt as if she were about to nod off.






42. At commencement - the dean praised Ellen for her _____ behavior as class president.






43. Some of the newer - less formal passages on the SAT have a _____ tone that is intended to make them more appealing to students.






44. Despite airing her clothes for several hours - she could not rid them of the _____ odor of mothballs that clung to them.






45. Despite Tom's _____ of innocence - Aunt Polly suspected he had eaten the pie.






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






47. The stereotypical cowboy is a _____ soul - answering lengthy questions with a simple 'yep' or 'nope.'






48. We made an _____ choice to eat at the first restaurant we saw.






49. Nobody minded when Professor Renoir's lectures wandered away from their official them; his _____ were always more fascinating than the topic of the day.






50. Acetone is an extremely _____ liquid: it vaporizes instantly.