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					                                 List 1 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  absolve      adamant     amiable  amoral  animosity
                antagonist     eccentric    encounter  epitome   malign

1. – 2. The ___________________ millionaire dressed so shabbily that every __________________
with him convinced us that he was poor.

3. – 4. Hector feels such ___________________ towards his sister that he never says a single
kind thing about her; he only ___________________s her.

5. – 6. Since the congresswoman was ___________________ in the opposing the nuclear power
plant, the plant’s owners regarded her as their toughest ___________________.

7. – 8. Wayne is so ___________________ that he doesn’t even have the desire to
be___________________(e)d of guilt for all the times he had lied, cheated, and stolen.

9. – 10. With his friendly air, good-natured laugh and generosity, Santa Claus is the
___________________ of the ___________________ grandfather.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                  List 2 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  curt    demoralize       dilemma   inclination       irate
                   retort    sabotage       subsequent     wary       zeal

1. – 2. Already angry, the customer even more ___________________ when he received only
this
___________________ response: “No returns.”

3. – 4. When I answer my phone and hear someone demand, “Who is this?” my
___________________ is to ___________________, “I’m the person whose phone was ringing. Who
is this?”

5. – 6. Because of terrorist attempts to ___________________ flights, airline security workers
are
___________________ of even innocent-looking passengers.

7. – 8. I began the semester with great ___________________ for my chemistry class, but the
realization that I didn’t have the necessary background quickly ___________________(e)d me.

9. – 10. Margo intended to accept the job offer to be a salad chef, but a(n)
___________________ offer for an office position has presented her with a(n)
___________________: Should she take the interesting restaurant job, which pays poorly, or
the higher paying job that may not interest her much?

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                  List 3 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                   acclaim    adjacent       elicit    engross     escalate
                exploit    methodical      obsolete     tangible     terminate

1. – 2. The gifted ice skater’s routine ___________________(e)d the audience. It was the
epitome of grace and power combined. At the end, rapid spin ___________________(e)d a
burst of applause.

3. – 4. Although hand-crafted furniture is almost ___________________, mass production
hasn’t yet___________________(e)d all demand for it.

5. – 6. Workers want ___________________ reward such as money and a pension, but they also
welcome less concrete benefits, such as ___________________ for a job well done.

7. – 8. The more the British ___________________(e)d the American colonies by taxing them
unfairly, the more the colonists animosity toward the British ___________________(e)d.

9. – 10. Patty’s ___________________ baking technique includes arranging all ingredients in a
row, with each one ___________________ to the one that is used after it.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 4 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

               deterrent      implication    inequity   infirmity      infringe
               innovation      revitalize   sparse    subjective      succinct

1. – 2. When the candidate for mayor saw the ___________________ turnout for his speech, he
knew he had to do something to ___________________ his campaign.

3. – 4. Future ___________________(e)s in technology, particularly on the Internet, may make it
easier for a government to ___________________ on the privacy of citizens’ computer
records.

5. – 6. Although arthritis can be a painful ___________________, Aunt Fern refuses to let it be
a(n)___________________ to her active lifestyle. For example, she continues to go square-
dancing every week.

7. – 8. All editorials are ___________________ – they represent someone’s opinions. In an
editorial, for example, writers are free to argue against the ___________________ of police
brutally, instead of just reporting on it.

9. – 10. A sign may be brief and still have several ___________________s. For example, the
___________________ sign “Dangerous Curve” suggests that divers should be wary and slow
down, that the curve ahead is sharp, and that bad accidents have happened there before.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                  List 5 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  allusion    altruistic    appease       arbitrary     assail
                 banal     euphemism       mercenary       syndrome      taint

1. – 2. ___________________ people tend to place the public welfare above their own self-
interest. In contrast, ___________________ people will exploit anyone for a profit – they will
even sell harmful products.

3. – 4. The angry customer loudly ___________________ (e)d the salesman for having sold her a
broken clock. The salesman quickly ___________________ (e)d her by giving her a full refund.

5. – 6. My boss judges performance in a(n) ___________________ manner, praising and scolding
according to his moods. And when he says, “Please stay a few minutes longer today,” “a few
minutes is a(n)___________________ for “an hour.”

7. – 8. A certain rare ___________________ includes a very odd symptom – an uncontrollable
urge to use obscene language. This disease can ___________________ a victim’s reputation,
because some people who hear the foul language won’t understand the reason for it.

9. – 10. The critic hated stale language. Instead of writing a(n) ___________________ comment
such as “That ballerina is light on her feet,” he made an interesting ___________________ to
the dancer’s movements: “She was never heavier than moonlight.”

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                List 6 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

     calamity         comprehensive       conventional         flagrant      fluctuate

          persevere        ponder        rehabilitate        turmoil      venture

  1. Iris is so vain that she considers it a ___________________ if a pimple appears anywhere
      on her face.
  2. Too many people have a child without taking time to ___________________ parenthood.
      They give less thought to having a baby than to buying a sofa.
  3. When Charlene lost her job because she spoke up for a fellow employee, it was a
      ___________________ violation of her rights.
  4. Our history exam will be ___________________; it will cover everything we’ve studied
      since September.
  5. Nobody in Doug’s family has a ___________________ job. His mother is a drummer, his
      father is a magician, and his uncle is a wine taster.
  6. Learning the computer program was difficult, but when Maria saw how useful it
      would be in her work, she was glad she had ___________________(e)d.
  7. It took many months of therapy to ___________________ my aunt after she lost her
      sight, but now she can get around her more and neighborhood on her own.
  8. The day we moved, the apartment was in ___________________. Boxes and people were
      everywhere, and the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
  9. The way my dog’s appetite ___________________(e)d this week worries me. One day she
      hardly ate anything, and the next she gulped down everything I gave her.
  10. Instead of hiring a lawyer, the defendant will ___________________ to plead her own
      case in court.



Directions: Create a sentence for each chapter 7 vocabulary word. Each sentence
must be 8 or more words.
                                  List 7 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

        attest       attribute          discern            dispatch           enhance

         enigma       exemplify          mobile             nocturnal          orient

1/2.In fables, animals often illustrate human ___________________s. In the story of the race
between the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise is meant to ___________________ the human
qualities of being slow but steady. Despite competing against a much speedier antagonist,
the turtle persevered and beat the overly confident hare.

3/4.The reason the boss likes to ___________________ Oliver on lengthy errands is no
___________________. Everyone knows that the office functions better with Oliver out of
the way.

5. Fresh garlic may not ___________________ the breath, but it certainly improves spaghetti
   sauce.

6. A witness ___________________(e)d to the truth of the defendant’s claim that she had
   loved the murdered man.

7. The convicts decided on a(n) ___________________ escape. The darkness would hide them
   as they fled through the forest.

8. Sue’s hairpiece is so natural looking that it’s impossible to ___________________ where the
   hairpiece ends and her own hair begins.

9. The positions of the stars help sailors ___________________ themselves on the open seas.

10. My mother is unable to walk, but with her wheelchair she is ___________________ enough
    to get around her one-story home, move along a sidewalk, and even shop at a mall.

Directions: Create a sentence for each chapter 7 vocabulary word. Each sentence
must be 8 or more words.
                                 List 8 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

     concurrent         confiscate         constitute          decipher          default

    hypothetical       nominal            predominant         prerequisite      recession

1. – 2. This summer, local children can sign up for art or music lessons for a
        ___________________ fee of $3. It’s impossible to take both, though, since the classes
        will be ___________________.
3. – 4. Although cancer and heart disease ___________________ the leading threats to life in
        the United States, car accidents are the ___________________ cause of death for
        teenagers.
5. – 6. “It seems as if a degree in accounting is a ___________________ for understanding our
        tax laws,” said Ken. “How else could anyone ___________________ the tax codes?”
7. – 8. The small print on the Bryant’s mortgage stated that if they should
        ___________________ on payments, the bank had the right to ___________________ their
        house.
9. – 10. When Mr. Howe was interviewed for the job of store manager, the regional manager
        asked her a question about a ___________________ situation. “Imagine that our
        business is in a ___________________,” he said. “What would you do to enhance sales?”



Directions: On a separate sheet of paper, create a sentence for each chapter 9 vocabulary
word. Each sentence must be 8 or more words.
                                  List 9 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

            degenerate       implausible    incoherent       intercede    intricate

                 sanctuary      scrutiny    sinister     suffice   vulnerable

1. – 2. Birds feel ___________________ to attack when they are out in the open where
shrubbery is sparse. To attract them to your bird feeder, put it near a ___________________
of thickly growing trees and large bushes.

3. – 4. To get into the party, Mitch made up a flagrant lie – a(n) ___________________ story
about having lost our invitations in a fire. However, the unlikely tale did not
___________________ to get us in.

5. – 6. When a complicated musical piece is played by a talented orchestra, audiences can
appreciate the___________________ structure. But when poor musicians try the piece, it
___________________s into nothing more than noise.

7. – 8. As he left the bank, the robber shot and wounded an elderly man on mere impulse.
Shocked by the ___________________ act, the bank clerk was at first ___________________.
However, after calming down, she was able to clearly tell the police about the robbery and
the totally arbitrary shooting.

9. – 10. The children’s eager ___________________ of the carefully arranged candies and
cookies brought a curt warning from their mother: “Look, but don’t touch!” However, their
grandmother ___________________(e)d and convinced her that it would be an inequity to give
all the goodies to company and none to the children.



Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 10 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                   blatant      blight      contrive     garble        gaunt

           gloat        immaculate         plagiarism          qualm       retaliate

1. A(n) ___________________ house may be a sign that someone has nothing better to do than
clean.

2. Child abuse is an awful ___________________ on the physical and mental health of our
youth.

3. My aunt refuses to drive Mr. Elson to bingo because he ___________________s so much
when he wins, which is often.

4. The F’s and D’s on my brother’s report card are ___________________ evidence of how little
he has studied this term.

5. Emilio still hopes to ___________________ a way to get Rita to go out with him, even though
she’s refused him four times.

6. When my friend Jamie left a message with my little brother, inviting me to go to the mall,
he___________________(e)d it so badly that the message I got was: “James wants you to go
play ball.”

7. Every time the Hatfields harmed the McCoys, the McCoys would ___________________, so
the feud went on for years.

8. Rescued after being lost at sea for nine days, the men were terribly ___________________,
but they put on weight for years.

9. My parents say it is foolish to give spare change to panhandlers, but I always feel a
___________________ when I walk by them and give nothing.

10. Mark Twain joked that charges of ___________________ were ridiculous because no one
can be completely original. He wrote, “We mortals can’t create – we can only copy.”

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 11 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                 curtail   devastate     digress    incentive    incorporate

              indispensable     intermittent    rigor    squander      succumb

1. – 2. Doug feels he ___________________(e)d too many years in inactivity, so now he
welcomes the___________________s of an exercise program.

3. – 4. The company decided to ___________________ the construction of its new plant until
the architects could decide on how to ___________________ an employee gym into the new
building.

5. – 6. My aunt has only ___________________ success in quitting smoking. Every few months
she ___________________s to temptation, and then she has to quit all over again.

7. – 8. As Leo explained a failed business deal that had once ___________________(e)d him, he
___________________(e)d into the even more interesting take of his romance with Molly, his
business partner.

9. – 10. The vitamin saleswoman offered me free samples, ninety-day trials, and every other
___________________ she could think of to get me to buy. However, I found her sales pitch
highly implausible. I simply could not believe that her products, and her products alone,
were ___________________to my well-being.



Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                  List 12 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                    alleviate    benefactor      covert    cynic      demise

                   infamous     intrinsic     revulsion   speculate     virile

1. – 2. Nursing is a good career for Dee because it’s a(n) ___________________ part of her
personality to try to ___________________ people’s pain. In addition, since she is physically and
mentally strong, she will be able to handle the rigors of nursing, such as intense stress and
long hours.

3. – 4. Although everything about the Nazis filled the Dutch spy with ___________________,
his ___________________ assignment was to make friends with top Nazi scientists. He has few
qualms about faking such friendships – he would have felt more guilty if he hadn’t done
everything in his power to fight the Nazis.

5. – 6. The ___________________s in town said that Joyce Lester’s sorrow over her husband’s
___________________ was much less than her joy in getting the money from his insurance
policy.

7. – 8. Young men who are bullies usually think of themselves as ___________________, but a
___________________ of the weak is far more manly than someone who takes advantage of
weakness.

9. – 10. With all the stories told about Jesse James, the Dalton Gang, and other
___________________ figures of the Wild West, we can only ___________________ as to how
much is fact and how much is fiction.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 13 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                   abstain    affiliate     agnostic    aspire     benevolent

                  deficit    dissent      diversion    lucrative    mandatory

1. – 2. My uncle decided to splurge and ___________________ with a country club because
golf is his favorite___________________.

3. – 4. Gail didn’t ___________________ from smoking cigarettes at the office until her
employer made not smoking ___________________. Keeping her job was a very good incentive
to get her to quit.

5. – 6. Some people think that since Stan is a(n) ___________________, he must be amoral. It’s
true he’s not sure if God exists, but that doesn’t mean he lacks a moral sense. In fact, he
recently founded a___________________ society at work to raise money for disabled children
in the area.

7. – 8. The ___________________ in the township treasury is causing a lot of
___________________ over whether or not taxes should be raised.

9. – 10. Since my father ___________________s to make enough money to send his children to
college, he’s working hard to make his auto repair business as ___________________ as
possible.



Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 14 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

             charisma       contemporary    contend     conversely     extrovert

                 Poignant     prevalent    proponent     quest     traumatic

1. I study best in the morning ___________________, my sister concentrates better at night.

2. Nancy is a(n) ___________________ by nature, but since she’s become depressed, she has
avoided other people.

3. At the airport, I was very moved by the ___________________ reunion of family members
who had been separated for years.

4. Underage drinking was so ___________________ in the fraternity house that college
officials ordered the house closed for a year.

5. “This woman ___________________s that she was here before you,” said the supermarket
checkout clerk. “Is it her turn now?”

6. Jason is a(n) ___________________ of exercising for good health. He even encouraged he
young cousin to swim or cycle every day.

7. Certain movie stars may not be great actors, but they have a(n) ___________________ that
make people want to see their films.

8. Abby didn’t like the apartment with the old-fashioned tub and radiators. She preferred a
more ___________________ place.

9. Repeating third grade was ___________________ for my brother. It still pains him to think
about it, even though he’s a successful businessman now.

10. Over the past three hundred years, several people have gone on a(n) ___________________
for Noah’s ark. Some have looked for it in northeastern Turkey, on Mount Ararat, sixteen
thousand feet above sea level.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 15 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  congenial    flippant     impasse    perception     prompt

                   prone      rapport     rationale   relentless     reprisal

1. Raquel is ___________________ to accidents, so he car insurance rates are quite high.

2. You will get along better in life if you are ___________________ to other people, rather
than unpleasant.

3. My brother hides his lack of confidence by being ___________________. He rarely treats
anything seriously.

4. It took his best friend’s heart attack to ___________________ my dad to start exercising
and eating right.

5. There was instant ___________________ between Duke and Otis. They talked as if they’d
known each other for years.

6. At the movie’s turning point, the bad buys reached a(n) ___________________. On one side
of them was the police; on the other was a steep cliff.

7. During April and May, the rain was so ___________________ that we thought we might
have to start building an ark.

8. Floyd’s ___________________ of human nature is strongly colored by some bad experiences.
He thinks everyone is basically selfish.

9. When Lacey and John divorced, she tried to get over half his income. In
___________________, he tried not to give her any of his income at all.

10. The ___________________ behind encouraging pregnant woman to gain about twenty-five
pounds is that low weight gain can lead to dangerously low birth weights.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                  List 16 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                      benign    blasé    comprise    condescend    façade

                        glib   haughty    libel   pseudonym   redundant

      When a famous actress arrived in town to work on a movie, an editor asked me to

interview her. Because this was my first interview assignment, I felt far from

___________________ about it. Instead, I was both excited and scared. Would a star

___________________ to see me, an unknown, inexperienced reporter?

      When I arrived at the movie set, I saw the actress standing in front of the painted

___________________ of a mansion. During a break in the filming, I approached her and

introduced myself. Trying to be as congenial as possible, I smiled and told her I was pleased

to meet her. “Well, let’s get this over with,” she said, clearly annoyed.

      The interview went terrible. My dream of establishing a comfortable rapport with the

star soon vanished as the interview degenerated into an awkward, demoralizing situation

that I just wanted to end. Although it was___________________(e)d of carefully thought-out

questions, she signed or rolled her eyes at every one of them. And no matter how

___________________ the manner, she seemed to view me as some sort of threat. At one

point, she became irate and yelled, “That’s ______________! I don’t have time to answer the

same question twice.” When I asked her about serious issues, her answers were totally

___________________ –insincere and shallow.

      Now that the interview is over, I have to write about her. Should I say that she’s a

__________, rude woman who thinks only of herself and expects others to do the same? If I

do, she might accuse me of maligning her and sue me for ___________________. I wonder if

the editor would let me

use a ___________________, so my real name won’t appear on an article about this miserable

woman.


Directions: Create a sentence for each vocabulary word. Each sentence must be 8 or more
words.
                                 List 17 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                     adverse    detract     disdain    divulge     elation

                   endowed      expulsion    mortify     nullify   ominous

1. – 2. Amy was ___________________ by the low grade she received for her class speech, a
grade she considered a sign of the teacher’s ___________________ for her. However, the
teacher’s rationale for the grade was that the speech was incoherent. In addition to the
lack of logic, it contained little solid information.

3. – 4. Marty had believed his headaches and blurred vision were ___________________ signs
of some terrible syndrome, so he felt ___________________ when he learned that he simply
needed glasses.

5. People talking in a movie theatre greatly ___________________ from the enjoyment of
watching a film.

6. I’m ___________________ to speaking in public because I don’t enjoy making a fool of myself.

7. The results of the mayoral election were ___________________ after the townspeople
found evidence of voting fraud.

8. The American water shrew is ___________________(e)d with feet that have air pockets,
enabling the small animal to walk on water.

9. Some want a law calling for the ___________________ of illegal immigrants. Others want all
immigrants to be allowed to stay in the United States.

10. Never trust Eliza with a secret. She’ll ___________________ it the minute you turn your
back.

Directions: Create a sentence for each vocabulary word. Each sentence must be 8 or more
words.
                                 List 18 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  credible    cursory   designate      deviate    improvise
                      interim    latent  secular      shun     simulate

1. – 2. In seventh grade, I looked upon girls with great disdain. Then, in the
___________________ between seventh and eighth grades, my ___________________ interest in
them suddenly surfaced.

3. – 4. In looking for a college, Luke gave only ___________________ attention to
___________________schools. He was quite sure he wanted to attend a Catholic school.

5. – 6. Matt told his mother he was late because he had fallen while running home. To make
his story more___________________, he had scratched his knee with a rock to
___________________ an injury from a fall.

7. – 8. Della wanted to be a cheerleader, but she willingly ___________________(e)d from that
goal when she was ___________________(e)d class mascot and got to wear a polar bear
costume to all the games.

9. – 10. Proud of his ability to create new dishes, Franco tended to ___________________
cookbooks. He preferred to ___________________ meals, using whatever ingredients happen
to be on hand. In fact, cooking
was one of his favorite diversions.

Directions: Create a sentence for each vocabulary word. Each sentence must be 8 or more
words.
                                List 19 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

             commemorate  complacent    consensus    deplete    diligent
                  empathy  menial    niche   transcend    waive

1. Although her degree was in accounting, Laura decided her ___________________ was
    really in business management, so she went back to school for more training.
2. Getting all A’s hasn’t made Ivy ___________________. She continues to work hard at
    school.
3. I wish I had been more ___________________ about practicing the piano when I was
    younger. It would be nice to be able to play well now.
4. The family ___________________ was that we should go camping again this summer. Ray
    was the only one who wanted to do something else for a change.
5. Ms. Allen is an excellent career counselor partly because of her great
    ___________________. She understands each student’s feelings and point of view.
6. Victor seems to think my summer job delivering pizza is ___________________ work, but
    I’ve found that it requires some skills.
7. Yoga can help one ___________________ the cares of the world and reach a state of
    relaxation.
8. Each year, my parents ___________________ their first date by having dinner at
    McDonalds, the place where they first met.
9. The defendant decided to ___________________ his right to an attorney and, instead,
    speak for himself in court.
10. In order to not ___________________ their small quantity of canned food, the shipwreck
    survivors searched the island for plants they would eat.

Directions: Create a sentence using each vocabulary word. Each sentence must be 8 or
more words.
                                  List 20 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                     bizarre     conducive     falter   flaunt    frenzy

                     gist      hamper    paradox    repertoire    viable

1. – 2. Although Jenny chose the songs from her ___________________ that she knew best,
she wasn’t complacent about being prepared. Afraid she would ___________________ the
night of the concert, she practiced the songs over and over.

3. – 4. The ___________________ of the lecture was that although the United States
encourages free trade, some other countries ___________________ it.

5. – 6. The joking at today’s staff meeting wasn’t ___________________ to finding a way to
alleviate the town’s parking problems. No one could think of a ___________________ plan to
increase the number of parking spaces.

7. – 8. Bob is so prone to changing his mind that his rapid shifts of opinion sometimes make
me furious. Once, in a ___________________ of anger, I shouted this ___________________:
“You’re always the same –always changing your mind.”

9. – 10. My mother took me aside at the party and said, “That looks more like a strange
costume than a dress. It’s bad enough your clothing looks so ___________________, but so you
have to mortify me and ___________________ it in front of all my friends?”

Write sentences with each of your vocabulary words!
                                  List 21 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  devoid     implore    infuriate    intimidate      introvert

                     jeopardize     sibling   smug     sneer      vivacious

1. – 2. It won’t do any good to ___________________ me to help with your term paper. Since
you delayed working on it for so long, I’m ___________________ of sympathy. I don’t mean to
gloat, but why should I give up my evening when I was diligent about doing my paper on time
and you were playing games on the
Internet all week?

3. – 4. I told Seth he would ___________________ his chances of getting a date for the dance
if he waited until the last minute to ask someone. But he was ___________________ enough to
think that any girl he asked would be happy to break a date with someone else to go to the
dance with him.

5. You may call Linda charming and ___________________, but to me, she’s just an irritating
chatterbox.

6. Working with computers all day suits my brother. He’s too much of a(n)
___________________ to enjoy working much with other people.

7. Christmas is the one time of year when my grandparents, parents, and three
___________________(e)s are able to get together.

8. There used to be little that angered my father, but since he got laid off, it seems that
everything we kids to ___________________(e)s him.

9. We found Art selling drugs near the elementary school, the police officer
___________________(e)d at him, snarling, “You scum.”

10. It’s better to get children’s cooperation by setting shared goals than by trying to
___________________ them with threats of punishment.

Write sentences with each of your vocabulary words!
                                 List 22 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                   condone      contemplate       feasible   feign      fiscal

                    furtive   gape     pathetic     precedent        punitive

1. – 2. “Would it be ___________________ for us to buy a new copy machine?” Hal asked at the
office budget meeting. The boss replied, “Unfortunately, our ___________________ situation
is too tight. That purchase would create a deficit in our budget.

3. – 4. Some parents take only ___________________ measures when children misbehave. They
never take time to ___________________ the benefits of a gentler approach. However, benign
encouragement is often
more effective than punishment.

5. – 6. Several passersby stopped to ___________________ at the homeless man and his
___________________ shelter, made of cardboard and a torn blanket. The poignant sight
moves one woman to go to a restaurant and buy a mean for the man.

7. – 8. The fourth-grade teacher said, “I will not ___________________ any ___________________
behavior in my class. Rita, please stop passing notes under your desk to Ellen.

9. – 10. The ___________________ was set many years ago: When the winner of a beauty
contest is announces, the runner-up ___________________(e)s happiness for the winner,
despite the fact that she is quite devoid of happiness at that moment.

Write sentences with each of your vocabulary words!
                                   List 23 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  cryptic       deficient   depict    detrimental     implicit

                   inhibition     ironic    rupture   saturate      vindictive

1. – 2. Water-balloon fights are fun until a balloon ___________________(e)s against your
clothes, and the get ___________________(e)d with cold water.

3. – 4. Most viewers find the painting, with its dozens of dots on a white background, to be
___________________. However, it’s possible to figure out what the painting
___________________(e)s by mentally connecting the dots.

5. – 6. I feel it’s a waste of energy to retaliate when someone has injured me, but my sister is
always trying to get even with people. Her ___________________ attitude is
___________________ to her relationships with family and friends.

7. – 8. It’s ___________________ that the book Live Simple on Little Money has made the
author wealthy, since a(n) ___________________ message of the book is that the author
himself requires little money.

9. – 10. Gerry feels people should “lose their ___________________(e)s” and do whatever they
feel like doing, but I think people who are altogether ___________________ in self-control
have poor manners.

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                                 List 24 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  constrict    exhaustive     fallible    formulate     genial

                  habitat     pragmatic     pretentious     reconcile    vile

1. – 2. “You want me to be perfect, but that’s impossible!” I cried. “___________________
yourself to the fact that every one of us is ___________________.” It wasn’t until then that my
mother realized how detrimental her criticism had been to our relationship.

3. – 4. Wildlife experts ___________________(e)d a plan to preserve what little remain of the
gorilla’s natural ___________________. Continues loss of that territory would jeopardize the
survival of the species.

5. – 6. My uncle was not at all ___________________( about fiscal matters. He would spend
household money on videotapes and ___________________-smelling cigars and leave the family
without any extra cash.

7. – 8. When our pet python escaped, we quickly made a(n) ___________________ search
throughout the house and grounds. We found him wrapped around our dog, about to
___________________ the poor mutt to death.

9. – 10. At the sales seminar, employees were taught to be ___________________ with
customers and never to seem ___________________, no matter how much they knew.
Customers like warm, amiable salespeople, not ones who show off.

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                                 List 25 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                        avid    dwindle    esteem     evoke     legacy

                    mediate     muted     nurture     pacify    transient

1. – 2. Becky’s ___________________ for Gerald turned out to be ___________________. She
discovered that he used drugs and could not condone his habit, so she broke up with him.

3. – 4. Leo is such a(n) ___________________ chef that his enthusiasm for cooking never
___________________s. He’s been known to cook with great seal for ten straight hours.

5. – 6. Loud music upsets our canary, but ___________________ tones ___________________ her.

7. – 8. It is necessary to ___________________ a human infant because it is the biological
___________________ of newborn mammals to be unable to survive on their own. Parental
care is indispensable.

9. – 10. In the Bible, King Solomon ___________________s a dispute between two women, each
of whom claims the same child as her own. Pretending that the child will be cut in two, he
sees the horror that this thought ___________________s in one of the women. He then knows
that she is the true mother.

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                                 List 26 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

              dexterous     discretion    facetious       optimum     scrupulous

              detriment     gregarious     ostentatious     sensory    vicarious

1. Any employee who wants to use ___________________ would simply ignore a piece of
spinach on the boss’s front tooth.

2. Playing with blocks and puzzles makes children more ___________________ with their
hands.

3. My roommate used to be ___________________, but since he was mugged, he’s begun to
avoid people.

4. Lonnie is so ___________________ about filling out his tax return that he even reported the
$12.50 he was paid for jury duty.

5. Jasmine wants to practice her vocabulary skills, so she’s not just bring ___________________
when she uses long words.

6. Do you think a spectator sports gives the fans ___________________ triumphs and defeats,
or real one?

7. Wandering through the bee-filled fields of red and yellow flowers was an amazing
___________________ experience, one that appealed to the eyes, ears, and nose.

8. The performer Oscar Levant had a tendency to cause disasters. He once made the
___________________ comment, “In my hands, Jell-O is a deadly weapon.”

9. – 10. When you take vitamins, be sure to take only the recommended dose. Anything more
than this ___________________ amount can be dangerous ___________________ to your health.

Write sentences with each of your vocabulary words!
                                 List 27 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

              collaborate     despondent      resilient     rudimentary   scoff

                  venerate     instigate   squelch        retrospect   zealot

1. – 2. At the time of the American Revolution, many people viewed those who
___________________(e)d the rebellion as troublemakers. In ___________________, however, we
view them as heroes.

3. – 4. Being illiterate until the age of 20 didn’t ___________________, George Washington
Carver’s spirit. He went on to become a great botanist – and a ___________________ about
using peanuts, from which he made such products as ink, shampoo, and linoleum.

5. My ability to speak Spanish is ___________________, but I can at least manage to ask
directions or order a meal.

6. Jamie was ___________________ over the death of his dog, his companion for fourteen
years.

7. Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to helping the poor, is ___________________(e)d by
some people as a twentieth-century saint.

8. The Cord, in the 1920s, was the first car with front-wheel drive, but in those days most
people considered the idea ridiculous and ___________________(e)d at it.

9. Marie and Pierre Curie ___________________ (e)d on important scientific experiments
involving radioactivity.

10. Athletes need to be ___________________. After a defeat, an individual or a team must be
able to come back and fight for victory the next time.

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                                List 28 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

               ambiguous      dissident    embellish     fritter   inadvertent

                  inane    juxtapose      lethargy     sporadic    subsidize

1. – 2. “Spring fever” isn’t really a detriment to health, but it often includes
___________________: people just want to sleep. Also, attention to work is interrupted off
and on by a ___________________ to daydream.

3. – 4. On the cover of the news magazine, two pictures were ___________________(e)d: those
of a young ___________________ and the elderly ruler he was opposing.

5. – 6. Local businesses ___________________(e)d our club’s Christmas party for the homeless,
so we were able to afford a special meal as well as decorations to ___________________ the
room.

7. – 8. Why do you want to ___________________ away your money week after week on tickets
for silly movies that all the critics agree are ___________________?

9. – 10. This week’s episode of one television serial had a(n) ___________________ ending: we
don’t know whether one of the characters survives his heart attack or dies. In retrospect, I
don’t think this was ___________________. I believe the producers want to keep us guessing
so we’ll tune in again next week.

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                                  List 29 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

                  berate     estrange     euphoric      impetuous      infallible

                   maudlin     regress     relinquish    ubiquitous     zenith

1. – 2. If people were ___________________, we could ___________________ our erasers, our
correction tape on fluid, and the “delete” key.

3. – 4. I’m trying to be less ___________________, but I still sometimes act on impulse. Later, in
retrospect, I always ___________________ myself for not using better judgment.

5. – 6. Since my father died, reminder of him seem ___________________. I know I’m being
___________________, but everywhere I look, I see something that makes me cry.

7. – 8. Patrick ___________________(e)d his wife when he wasted their money gambling and
ostentatious clothes. Since their separation, their young daughter has
___________________(e)d to infantile behavior.

9. – 10. Our neighborhood basketball team reached its ___________________ when it won the
citywide championship. The local business that had subsidized the team were delighted, and
the players themselves were
___________________.

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                                    List 30 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

              charlatan      corroborate      disseminate    diverge    dormant

                hoist     illicit    irrevocable   precipitate    proliferation

1. – 2. The map ___________________s my belief that just before the lake, the highway
___________________s into two roads, which go off in opposite directions.

3. – 4. Rocky was briefly involved in a gang. Then his ___________________ conscience woke
up, and he realized he really didn’t want to engage in ___________________ activities.

5. – 6. When the movers tried to ___________________ our piano to a second-floor window, a
cable broke and the piano crashed onto the sidewalk. We know this was inadvertent, but
our decision to sue the moving company for negligence is ___________________.

7. – 8. Employees were ordered not to ___________________ any information about the fire at
the factory: the news might scare off stockholders and ___________________ bankruptcy.

9. – 10. After a retirement community was built in Morristown, there was a
___________________ of ___________________s in the area, peddling “miracle” cures of all kinds
of ills – some of which were not only useless but actually a detriment to health.

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                                 List 31 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

            equivocate    fortuitous    impeccable         liaison    predisposed
               propensity   reprehensible    sham         solace     solicitous

       When my grandfather, Henry Altman, died, he left me a large sum of money. This was
very surprising because he and my father had become estranged years before, after a
quarrel, and the old man had never even seen me. I was sad that he had died before we
could meet.
       Soon after the news of my inheritance, a young man named Seth showed up to offer
me his sympathy. Seth said he had been a friend of my grandfather’s and that when the old
man had become ill, he’d asked Seth to act as a (1) ___________________ between himself and
the granddaughter he’d never met. “It’s too late for Henry,” said Seth, “but I think he’d
want me to offer you my friendship. In his later years, he regretted his earlier
(2)_________________ to quarrel with his family.
       Believing that Seth had been my grandfather’s friend made me (3) ___________________
to like him, and it gave me (4) ___________________ to speak to someone who had known my
grandfather. Still, I was puzzled because Seth wasn’t able to give me much information. For
example, when I asked some questions about Grandfather’s second wife, Seth seemed to
(5) ___________________, saying, “All I can say is that she was quite a woman.” On the other
hand, Seth appeared genuinely (6) ___________________ about my welfare, and his manners
were (7) ___________________. I had never met anyone so perfectly polite.
       I really didn’t know what to make of him until, one day, I had a(n) ___________________
meeting with an old school friend I hadn’t seen in years. When I described Seth, my friend
looked startled and said, “I know that guy. He’s a phony, a complete (9) ___________________.
He’s after the money, and I bet he never even knew your grandfather.”
       When I checked, my friend’s story was corroborated by reports of how Seth had
tricked several other women out of their inheritances. The next time he called, I told him I
knew about his (10)___________________ behavior and would notify the police if he ever tried
to contact me again.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                List 32 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

              attrition    circumvent      cohesive    grievous    inundate
               oblivious     reticent     robust    sanction    vociferous

       Illegal killings of gorillas are reducing their numbers far faster than would be
expected from normal (1)___________________. Here is the story of one gorilla family.
       Carrying spears and knives, hunters entered an African game preserve, where it was
unlawful to kill or capture wildlife. When they spotted a young gorilla, they closed in. Ten
adult gorillas, member of a(n) (2)___________________ family group, attempted to shield the
infant. The men quickly killed all the adults. As if (3) ___________________ to the infant’s
screams, the men strapped his hands and feet to bamboo poles with wire, then carried him
down the mountain on which he’d been born.
       After several weeks, Dian Fossey, and American studying gorillas in the wild, learned
that the young gorilla had been taken to park officials. She found him in a cage so small
that he had no room to stand or turn. He was clearly frightened and nearly dead –thirsty,
starving, and with infected wounds at his ankles and wrists. Fossey could hardly believe that
the officials could (4) ___________________ such reprehensible cruelty.
       When Fossey demanded an explanation from the park’s chief official, he seemed (5)
_______________ about the animal. Finally, however, he admitted that he had made an illegal
deal with a German zoo. In return for a new car, he had arranged for the gorilla’s capture.
Fossey was (6) ___________________ in insisting that the infant be released into her care. The
official agreed on the condition that the infant be shipped to the zoo as
soon as his health returned.
       For several months, Fossey cared for the infant, now named Coco, who would cling to
her for comfort. When he became more (7) ___________________, he began to romp and
explore. In an effort to (8)___________________ the agreement to send Coco to the zoo,
Fossey (9) ___________________ (e)d government officials with letters, begging them to step in
and arrange for him to be returned to the wild. In the end, though, the little gorilla was
taken away from her – a(n) (10) ___________________ hardship for both of them. Gorillas can
live into their 50s, but Coco died in the zoo at the age of 12.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
sentence.
                                 List 33 Vocabulary Practice

Directions: Choose the correct word from the bank to complete the sentence.

          bolster    depreciate       indiscriminate      inquisitive    nebulous
              relegate     replete          sedentary        tenet       terse

       It’s almost September –time for our annual garage sale. Our unwanted items keep
piling up in the basement, which is now so full that we’ve had to (1) ___________________
some of the collection to the garage. Though the sale is a lot of work, the sight of all those
piles and boxes (2) ___________________s our determination to go through with it.
       This proliferation of stuff has left us with a huge number of possession for sale, from
tools and spools to baskets and gaskets. This year, for example, we have an old bike that
some sea lot for exercise might buy and a soft chair and footstool for a more
(3) ___________________ customer. Our ad states our main (4)___________________ : “Something
for everyone!” Maybe that’s a bit (5) ___________________, but we don’t want to be specific.
We just want to disseminate the general idea that our sale will be (6)_________________with
treasures.
       Last year, one customer took a quick look and departed with the
(7)_______________comment “Nothing but junk.” However, most people seem to take a
completely (8) approach to shopping. They’re predisposed to spend their
money on anything, including rusty baking pans and broken lamps. Then there are the (9)
___________________ shoppers who want us to tell them every detail about every item: How
old is it? What did we pay for it? Will it increase or (10) ___________________ in value?
       Friends have foolishly asked us where in the world we get all this junk to sell year
after year – an inane question, because the answer is simple. We shop at garage sales.

Directions: Write a sentence with each vocabulary word using at least 8 words per
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