1.1. The prime minister’s candid admission that his government had accomplished “nothing” and had been lying for “the last year and a half to two years” has
_____ the public, sparking riots in the capital.
(A) infuriated (B) intimidated (C) improvised (D) implanted
2.2. For years, self-appointed surgeons without the appropriate training have been performing life-threatening operations ______ the skills of consultant plastic
(A) assaulting (B) usurping (C) obviating (D) abbreviating
3.3. The world’s biggest burger chain plans to restructure its globe-spanning empire, slash costs and ______ its menu in hopes of becoming what a turnaround plan
released Monday called “a modern, progressive burger company.”
(A) spruce up (B) slice up (C) slip up (D) spring up
4.4. The wolves are suffering especially if the idiot hunter can’t shoot right, and they _ ___ in pain as they are hit by the bullet.
(A) wreck (B) wrangle (C) wrap (D) writhe
5.5. The photographer published a photo on his personal blog and was surprised to discover three years ago that it had been shared among Facebook users as a photo
of “abandoned orphans”, with some people even weaving ____ tales about the kids, like “their mother had died and their father left them”.
(A) hilarious (B) negotiable (C) reliable (D) intricate
6.6. After the headmaster’s introduction was over, the pupils who ______ the hall were clapping enthusiastically while the speaker was going up the steps, the
blood roaring in his ears.
(A) impaled (B) hailed (C) packed (D) scourged
7.7. Ovarian tumours _____high levels of a chemical called CA125, which is already used as a test if patients have symptoms.
(A) hammer out (B) spew out (C) rule out (D) grumble out
8.8. Facebook says it will allow more websites and other online services to join its “free mobile data” Internet.org scheme. The announcement follows a backlash
against the initiative. Opponents suggest it ______ the principles of net neutrality, because it favours access to some sites and apps over others.
(A) accentuates (B) facilitates (C) compromises (D) condenses
9.9. The famous speaker received several standing _____ from the crowd and left immediately after his speech.
(A) advances (B) exceptions (C) discrepancies (D) ovations
10.10. Looking at Microsoft’s _____product line and 118,000 or so employees, it’s easy to forget that the company started with one modest product made by two
(A) sprawling (B) simpering (C) simmering (D) scribbling
11.11. Public health advocates ______ the E.P.A. to issue limits on formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in homes, given that limits already existed
for exposure in workplaces.
(A) implicated (B) petitioned (C) forsook (D) allocated
12.12. A survey implies that decreases in media coverage can also suppress our charitable impulses. For instance, they note that contributions to aid refugees fleeing
the Rwandan genocide seemed to____ in 1994 when events there were eclipsed in the American press by coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder
(A) kick in (B) draw on (C) trail behind (D) tail off
13.13. Mortality among white women has increased sharply since the 1990s, with the rise surely _____ among the poor and poorly educated.
(A) debilitated (B) concentrated (C) elicited (D) baffled
14.14. Herbivores don’t just idle about munching on various green things. They play a vital role as “ecosystem engineers,”— expanding grasslands for plant species,
_____ seeds in manure, and, in the ultimate sacrifice, providing food for predators.
(A) dispersing (B) relinquishing (C) abolishing (D) asserting
15.15. In the face of sexual assault, she knew, deep down inside, that she was finished with her career. At that moment, however, she didn’t care about that. Nothing
else mattered – not her ___ virtue, not her career, not the position she held. The only thing that mattered was getting out of that room alive.
(A) conformed (B) elongated (C) tarnished (D) reduplicated