2.2. Slim and graceful, clad in a black cheongsam, she wooed, wowed and chastised
her spell-bound listeners with a blend of compliments, barbs and pungent _____.
(A) assertion (B) appraise (C) assassin (D) audacity
4.4. Hong Kong wants the world to know that SARS is a ______ of the past, so it has budgeted more than 10 million for concerts next month featuring Prince, the Rolling Stones, Santana, Jose Carreras and F4
(A) bust (B) fringe (C) plague (D) impunity
5.5. As a three-year-old, Savage was diagnosed as ______. He has odd obsessions (license plates, for one), was terrified of loud noises and wouldn’t play with other children.
(A) arduous (B) autistic (C) aplomb (D) anthology
6.6. Being free from financial worries means taking ______, like having life insurance, disability insurance, a three-to-six-month emergency cushion and a will.
(A) prevalences (B) preliminary (C) precautions (D) procedures
7.7. Inexperienced team owners and heavy-handed government restrictions have prevented China’s professional basketball league from realizing the most ______ sponsorships and licensing deals.
(A) lucrative (B) shrewd (C) vehement (D) manipulative
8.8. More than any other people, the French have promoted the notion that the taste of a food is ______ bound to the place where it is grown.
(A) nondiscriminatingly (B) incredulously (C) inextricably (D) inferentially
9.9. Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist who teaches a Botox course at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai, is a proponent of the drug but has corrected nasty ______from other doctors’ misapplied injections.
(A) accommodations (B) complications (C) commutation (D)complement
10.10. Before Lee was handpicked for the bodyguard job when he was 17, recruiters came to his high school and _____ investigated his family, checking out cousins many times removed for political unreliability.
(A) scrupulously (B) unintentionally (C) decadently (D) reclusively
11.11. Journalists are not often idealized or romanticized these days. Rather the reverse. They have a corrupted image of lowest-common- denominator tabloid ______, of superficiality and bias.
(A) dogmatism (B) sensationalism (C) pessimism (D) magnetism
12.12. Education should _____ multiculturalism instead of fostering cookie-cutter conformity in a marathon sprint to brand-name universities which offer a woefully shoddy product.
(A) proscribe (B) prostrate (C) propagate (D) proceed