Vocabulary 12 test
Directions: select the word that best completes the sentence.
1. Many novels about football players or boxers are written in a style as (brawny, venomous) as the athletes they portray.
2. Is it (irreverent, appreciable) of me to suggest that the “great man” may not be as great as he thinks he is?
3. We Americans believe that a government can be strong, resourceful, and efficient without being (wily, autocratic).
4. Computer-generated synthesizers that produce (humane, synthetic) speech enable individuals with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) to communicate.
5. As a public official, I have learned to expect criticism of my ideas, but not (venomous, temperate) attacks on my character.
6. It’s unusual to have an election in which two siblings (maltreat, contend) for the same office.
7. All the nations of the world must join in a(n) (concerted, irreverent) attack on ignorance, poverty, and disease.
8. In a country as rich as ours, it is simply (illustrious, intolerable) that so many people live below the poverty level.
9. when the suspect (pondered, blanched) at the sudden accusation, her bloodless countenance as much as proclaimed her guilt.
10. He has the reputation of being a (laborious, wily) coach who can work with less experienced players and win.
11. Even those of us not philosophically inclined occasionally like me to (contend, ponder) the meaning of life.
12. In days gone by, a dollar, was a(n) (concerted, appreciable) sum, and was not to be spent lightly.
13. After months of counting calories, I learned to be (temperate, lithe) in eating.
14. Advocates of American
independence were regarded by
15. Some people criticized the judge as being “too lenient,” but I thought she was simply being (autocratic, humane).
16. After completing the textbook, the writer faced the (laborious, brawny) job of compiling the index.
17. To a skeptic, who doubts everything, the absolute belief in anything is (blasphemy, synthetic).
18. the official policy of the school is neither to pamper students nor to (blanch, maltreat) them.
19. Is there any other creature in the entire world that is as graceful and (subversive, lithe) as the common house cat?
20. Isn’t it amazing how the
Adams family of