1. It is a paradox of the Victorians that they were both _____ and, through their empire, cosmopolitan.
Now that photographic prints have become a popular field for collecting, auctions are becoming more (i)_____. It is not just the entry of new collectors into the field that is causing this intensification. Established collectors’ interests are also becoming more (ii)_____. Those who once concentrated on the work of either the nineteenth-century pioneers or the twentieth-century modernists are now keen to have (iii)_____ collections.
A. competitive D. fickle G. comprehensive
B. tedious E. wide-ranging H. legitimate
C. exclusive F. antiquarian I. impressive
1. Unlike some mammals—cows and sheep, for instance—that are notably _____, lions have a wide range of facial expressions.
Though many professional book reviewers would agree that criticism should be (i)_____ enterprise, a tendency to write (ii)_____ reviews has risen, partly out of the mistaken belief that sharing personal details will help reviewers stand out of the pack
A. an anonymous D. scathing
B. an evenhanded E. confessional
C. a spirited F. superficial
The national bank has been uncommonly powerful in comparison to its counterparts in other nations. It remains this potency partly because its control of the nation's banking system is (i)_____ governmental interference, and thus its actions remain largely (ii)_____.
A. unencumbered by D. compulsory
B. replete with E. discretionary
C. hindered by F. bureaucratic
Memory-prompt technology such as online birthday reminders does more than enhance our recall abilities; it induces us to (i)_____ ever more behaviors to automated processes. Witness the (ii)_____ a program that allows us to create computer greeting cards for the entire year in one sitting.
A. delegate D. controversy over
B. ascribe E. popularity of
C. liken F. sophistication of
Applications of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have fared best in contexts in which habitat condition is closely linked to species condition and the cause of habitat degradation is easily identified. The achievements of the ESA in those contexts, however, have (i)_____ that other uses of the act can (ii)_____ that record even where such favorable conditions do not (iii)_____.
A. quelled the conviction D. mitigate G. vary
B. presaged the uncertainty E. duplicate H. pertain
C. fostered the misconception F. elucidate I. diminish
Asserting a need to preserve the _____ that became the hallmark of her predecessor’s tenure, the new director of federal monetary policy refused to subscribe to rigid or mechanistic rules in policy making.
The assumption that children learn about science primarily in the classroom is so _____ that few scientists, educators or policymakers question it, despite an ever-growing body of evidence demonstrating that most science is learnt outside of school.
Cynics will dismiss the race between Richard and Gorman as two equally dull candidates. However, the notion that the two leaders are (i)_____ does not meet them, for they are as different as can be. Richard is (ii)_____ and is fastidious of her appearance. So one could hardly accuse her of being either taciturn or (iii)_____.
A. interchangeable D. condescending G. unkempt
B. uncritical E. loquacious H. reticent
C. competent F. blunted I. adherent
The brain has become, for many people, _____ the biological machinations of the self, and the self-knowledge promised by neuroscience has ignited a hunger to understand how new findings weigh in on age-old questions.
A. tantamount to
B. synonymous with
C. implicated in
D. divorced from
E. detached from
F. subservient to
Barker’s account of how mores have evolved over time is illuminating. It reveals as (i)_____ and (ii)_____ some values that have often been regarded as (iii)_____, while uncovering other values that do indeed seem to be universal.
A. transient D. transcendent G. liberating
B. instinctive E. relative H. nonnegotiable
C. resilient F. enduring I. antiquated