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The unfortunate (schism) between the two groups caused problems for the entire organization.
a) Something believed to be the best of its kind.
b) A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions.
c) A proposition that contrasts with or reverses some previously mentioned proposition.
d) A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.

Aphorisms), such as “Look before you leap,” and “a stitch in time saves nine,” can be instructive.
a) A pithy observation that contains a general truth.
b) Causing harm or damage.
c) The act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking.
d) High praise.

A thin, skeletal whisper, like a (malediction) from the underworld, filtered between the blood-soaked fingers of the eyeless man.
a) Pertaining to beauty or the arts.
b) Out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period.
c) The utterance of a curse against someone or something.
d) Misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events.

Although the magician was (dexterous) in performing card tricks, the audience feared she would not be as skillful with her hands during the knife-throwing act.
a) Sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge.
b) Demonstrating neat skill, especially with the hands.
c) Extremely dry or deathly boring.
d) Short, usually funny account of an event.

Dana’s (metamorphosis) was like the change of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
a) Exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future.
b) Indirect, taking the longest route.
c) Trust, sociability amongst friends.
d) A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

In developing countries, the imposition of boundaries around national parks and protected areas has been (deleterious) for both people and wildlife.
a) The state of separate elements joining or coming together.
b) Harmful, destructive, detrimental.
c) Person who complies with accepted rules and customs.
d) Depending on a condition, e.g., in a contract.

I then descended to the Courts of justice, over which the judges, those (venerable) sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice, and protection of innoc
a) Old and respected: valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc.
b) Temporary, short-lived, fleeting.
c) Careful, cautious.
d) To clear from blame or suspicion.

Her performance was carefully (scrutinized) by her employer.
a) Impulsive action, unplanned events.
b) Tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others.
c) To examine something carefully especially in a critical way.
d) To verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence.

That pompous excuse for a plush ride is a thumb in the eye to every taxpayer—and in the case of an (ostentatious) cost-cutter, genuine hypocrisy.
a) Unusually advanced or talented at an early age.
b) Displaying wealth, knowledge, etc., in a way that is meant to attract attention, admiration, or envy.
c) Faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy.
d) Dried up, shriveled.

Meanwhile, the (intrepid) Florentine traveler Marco Polo had been to China and brought back with him a noodle dish that became Italian pasta.
a) Feeling no fear: very bold or brave.
b) Instinctive, untaught.
c) Joy, celebration, exultation.
d) Person who seeks to influence political events.

And from the beginning, NASA was trapped beneath the dominoes, as the Soviets knocked off first satellite, first man in space, first earth orbit, first space walk. But it was Kennedy's (impetuous) science-fiction PR that really put the pressure on.
a) Acting or done quickly and without thought: controlled by emotion rather than thought
b) To attribute an action to particular person or group.
c) Unusually advanced or talented at an early age.
d) Pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured.

The surgery really (enervated) me for weeks afterwards.
a) To settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides.
b) To improve, bring to a greater level of intensity.
c) Imitate, follow an example.
d) To make (someone or something) very weak or tired.

I always imagined publishers were rather snarky and (condescending) and made a point of crabbing one's work, but he didn't a bit.
a) Showing or characterized by a patronizing or superior attitude toward others.
b) Sympathy, helpfulness or mercy.
c) Momentary, transient, fleeting.
d) Weakening, tiring.

An endless war is not always the most moral or the most (prudent) course of action.
a) The act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute.
b) Careful, cautious.
c) Complaining, irritable.
d) Preferring to live in isolation.

A (rancorous) autobiography in which the author heaps blame on just about everyone who had the misfortune of knowing him.
a) Faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy.
b) To shorten, abridge.
c) Bitter, hateful.
d) To clear from blame or suspicion.

The (convergence) of the city's major arteries on a single rotary.
a) Cliched, worn out by overuse.
b) Depending on a condition, e.g., in a contract.
c) The state of separate elements joining or coming together.
d) Leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice.

Her $170, 000 bid on what is now Matanzas Creek's vineyard was accepted. The south-facing slope was a (fortuitous) find … its worth more than 10 times as much today.
a) Long life.
b) Happening by luck, fortunate.
c) Assumption, theory requiring proof.
d) Rash, impulsive, acting without thinking.

An (opulent) upper crust that liked to show off its possessions.
a) Wealthy.
b) Calm, casual, seeming unexcited.
c) Wisdom.
d) Secret, stealthy.

Her (adulation) for the candidate was apparent by the bumper sticker that she put on her car.
a) Foe, opponent, adversary.
b) Out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period.
c) Misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events.
d) Very great admiration.

He was on a (divergent) path from his friends. While they were getting in trouble, he was college-bound.
a) Separating, moving in different directions from a particular point.
b) Quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image.
c) Ordinary, commonplace.
d) Unimportant, trivial.

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