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  1. (Sentence Completion) — Since the homecoming king and queen candidates had only a minute for speeches and their peers wanted to hear something meaningful, the student government advisor warned candidates that they had better keep their speeches _________ or face the wrath of an alienated crowd that finds the speeches irrelevant.
    1. prolonged
    2. eloquent
    3. loquacious
    4. urbane
    5. germane
  2. (Sentence Completion) — Most of the family was disgusted when Billy proved his _________ nature at Thanksgiving dinner, when he ate the entire table full of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce all by himself.
    1. selfish
    2. famished
    3. gluttonous
    4. altruistic
    5. meticulous
  3. (Sentence Completion) — Since the ladder was rusty and _________, lending itself to an accident, everyone urged Danny to resist his natural _________ that encouraged him to recklessly climb that ladder anyway.
    1. safe...temerity
    2. precarious...audacity
    3. dangerous...courage
    4. secure...wisdom
    5. vulnerable...cowardice
  4. (Sentence Completion) — As the sailor tranquilly floated aboard the ship he attempted to capture the _________ scene in a romantic poem.
    1. lustful
    2. marine
    3. halcyon
    4. nauseous
    5. turbulent
  5. (Sentence Completion) — The Food and Drug Administration _________ the ingredients of the pharmaceutical’s new release and quickly _________ the claims about the guaranteed efficacy of the “miracle drug” with counterclaims and empirical data.
    1. scrutinized...proved
    2. probed...defended
    3. ignored...disproved
    4. inspected...debunked
    5. disregarded...condemned
  6. (Sentence Completion) — Fortunately the local college just received a _________ grant from an affluent alumnus that will finance the _________ new culture studies building with state-of-the-art technology and valuable artifacts that will draw attention from the world’s most acclaimed anthropologists.
    1. generous...lavish
    2. negligible...rudimentary
    3. trifling...necessary
    4. scheduled...insignificant
    5. munificent...eminent
  7. (Reading Comprehension) — Although citizens often gripe about income taxes, the government provides a number of public goods in exchange for a small portion of citizens’ annual earnings. For major necessities that cannot be provided for by individuals, such as the cost of national security, it is critical to have a federal system that protects society. Furthermore, taxes pay for infrastructure costs such as highway maintenance, bridge construction and water supply. Local property taxes, in large part, fund public education; as a result, education systems vary in quality based in part on how high the area’s property taxes are. An undesirable side effect of the tax system is the free-rider problem, which involves individuals who receive society’s benefits without contributing taxes. The example of how local property taxes affect public education
    1. strengthens the argument for education reform
    2. elevates the author’s argument in favor of taxes
    3. weakens the author’s contention that taxes benefit society
    4. supports why income taxes are vital
    5. has nothing to do with the rest of the passage
  8. (Reading Comprehension) — Which of the following is the author most likely to oppose?
    1. toll-roads such as expressways
    2. a scoring curve for a difficult test that a few students studied for
    3. a corporate executive who receives a significant pension plan for shaping the company
    4. mail in rebates
    5. a waitress receiving extra tip money for high quality service
  9. (Reading Comprehension) — The Summer Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens, Greece brought together thousands of athletes from 201 countries. Since its inception, the Olympic Games have been about more than bringing athletes together for competitions; the Olympics bring people and cultures together through the magic of sports. People travel from all around the world to support their favorite teams, witness sports history and indulge in the treasures of local culture. In 2004, tourists crowded the various Greek venues such as Karaiskaki Stadium, shoulder to shoulder to view their national stars on the global stage. The 2004 Olympics were monumental for bringing the event back to its birthplace and restoring a lost sense of tradition in a world of heightened international instability. By serving as a form of unification and education, the Olympics provide a stage for international understanding and advancement. The passage LEAST supports which of the following statements about the Summer Olympic Games?
    1. They teach people about different countries’ idiosyncrasies.
    2. The most important symbol of the Summer Olympic Games is the gold medal.
    3. They provide an opportunity for the world to shift its focus from international politics.
    4. They should be hosted only in countries free of human segregation.
    5. It is no wonder why they have survived for centuries.
  10. (Reading Comprehension) — What is the purpose of the image of tourists is Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens?
    1. demonstrate how many people come to the Olympics
    2. provide an example of a genuine Greek cultural cornerstone
    3. show how there are different events during the Olympics
    4. create a physical symbol that represents the Olympic spirit of unity
    5. support the claim that it takes many venues to support the Games

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