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1. Many find it strange that her writing is thought to
be tortuous; her recent essays, although longer than
most of her earlier essays, are extremely _____.
2. Most spacecraft are still at little risk of collision
with space debris during their operational
lifetimes, but given the numbers of new satellites
launched each year, the orbital environment in the
future is likely to be less _____.
3. The author presents the life of Zane Grey with _____
unusual in a biographer: he is not even
convinced that Grey was a good writer.
9. The passage suggests that the history of criminal
law in early modern England differs from the
history of civil law during that same period in that
the history of criminal law
10. The author of the passage mentions the
occupations of those involved in civil litigation in
early modern England most likely in order to
11. The author of the passage suggests which of the
following about the “widespread assumption”
(line 15 )?
12. The author discusses “the standard view”
(line 14 ) most likely in order to identify a
13. According to the passage, which of the following is
a widely held belief about geese?
14. Which of the following, if true, most weakens the
15. The slower-learning monkeys searched _____
but unintelligently: although they worked closely
together, they checked only the most obvious
16. By about age eight, children’s phonetic capacities
are fully developed but still _____; thus children
at that age can learn to speak a new language with a
native speaker’s accent.
17. In medieval philosophy every physical
phenomenon is presumed to have some
determinate cause, leaving no place for _____ in
the explanation of particular events.
18. Although the film is rightly judged imperfect by
most of today’s critics, the films being created
today are _____ it, since its release in 1940
provoked sufficient critical discussion to enhance
the intellectual respectability of cinema
19. The detective’s conviction that there were few
inept crimes in her district led her to impute some
degree of _____ to every suspect she studied.
20. According to the passage, the phenomenon of
olfactory adaptation may cause individuals who
are reexposed to an odorous environment after an
extended absence to
21. The passage asserts which of the following about
the exposures involved in the “research on
olfactory adaptation” (line 11 )?
22. The author of the passage discusses “receptor
fatigue” (line 24 ) primarily in order to
23. The passage suggests that an adherent to the
“orthodox position” (line 3 ) would agree with
which of the following statements?
24. Replacement of the word “passive” (line 5 ) with
which of the following words results in the least
change in meaning for the passage?
25. Which of the following, if true, most strengthens
1. This filmmaker is not outspoken on political
matters: her films are known for their aesthetic
qualities rather than for their _____ ones.
2. James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson is
generally thought to have established Boswell as
the first great modern biographer; yet the claim of _____
could be made for Johnson himself as
author of a life of Richard Savage.
9. The passage is primarily concerned with
10. The passage suggests that Carnell sees Behn’s
novels featuring male protagonists as differing
from dramatic tragedies such as Dryden’s featuring
male protagonists in that the former
11. The passage suggests that Carnell believes Behn
held which of the following attitudes about the
relationship between the private and public
12. It can be inferred from the passage that the
“artificial distinction” (lines 53-54 ) refers to the
14. In the context in which it appears, “amplifies”
( line 11 ) most nearly means
15. Which of the following is an assumption on which
the argument depends?
16. Female video artists’ rise to prominence over the
past 30 years has _____ the ascent of video as an
art form: it is only within the past three decades
that video art has attained its current, respected
17.The report’s most significant weakness is its
assumption that the phenomenon under study is _____
, when in reality it is limited to a specific
18. The spy’s repeated bungling was, above all else, _____
those who wished to thwart her efforts,
since it was so unpredictable as to obscure any
pattern that might otherwise lead to her capture.
19. Each member of the journalistic pair served as _____
the other: each refrained from publishing a
given piece if the other doubted that it was ready to
20. The author of the passage refers to the use of honey
21. Which sentence presents a misconception that the
22. The passage suggests that which of the following
could help remedy the problem described in
the final sentence (lines 14-17)?
23. In the context in which it appears,
“sensational” ( line 16) most nearly means
24. In the context of the passage as a whole, the
primary function of the sentence in lines 10-12
(“ It is . . . men”) is to
25. Which of the following might provide an
explanation for the popularity of hand-in portraits
that would satisfy the author of the passage?
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