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I. Choose the correct definition for each word and then complete the sentences. 
1. In spite of his mother's , Harry continued behaving inappropriately in class. 
a) bodyguard      
b) admonition                           
c) banker       
d) attorney 

 2. I heard a  and went to see what was going on outside the classroom. 

a) commotion   
b) composure   
c) felony         
d) curator 

3. I missed the beginning of the lecture - can you give the  of what he said?

a) head  
b) ferry   
c) gist   
d) flaw 

4. Kelly's suicide was a terrible  to the music world since she was one of the most talented singers of all times.

a) irony   
b) laughter   
c) loss     
d) peak 

5. Francine reserved her most severe  for journalists. 

a) recliner    
b) satire     
c)   scorn    
d) glory  

6. Mr. Smith  his success to hard work and a little luck.

a) to crank       
b) to advise    
c) to cheat          
d) to decrease      
e) to attribute 

7. This course is so important that it  students from all over the country. 
a) to draw         
b) to dismiss     
c) to evoke    
d) to generate     
e) to ease 

8. His quality of life has  dramatically since he underwent the operation. 

a) to improve     
b) to improvise     
c) to notify      
d) to oblige 

9. He deliberately  from expressing his opinion on the matter in front of his friends.

a) to overcome  
b) to overwhelm   
c) to plagiarize 
d) to refrain       
e) to raise 

10. The policemen were finally able to  the criminal and arrest him. 
a) to seal  
b) to slather
c) to sting  
d) to subdue 

 11. The thieves broke the car window and  to kill all the passengers inside.

a) to support  
b) to sustain  
c) to threaten  
d) to ponder  
e) to twist 


II. Complete the sentences below using the words given. Modify them when necessary. 

1. hoot     amusing    blatant        bucolic

a) What the attorneys did in court today was a/an  attempt to influence the judges.                                                                                                       
b) Kelly is really excited because the show tomorrow will certainly be a

c) This city was really  when I spend my childhood here twenty years ago.                                                                                                             
d) I think this kid was born to be a writer because she writes very  letters.                                                                                                                                                                                    

2. collective        crude       cunning        deaf                                              
a) Mr. Simon always gets people to do what he wants them to do. He is a very  old man.                                                                                          
b) Although these  drawings don't seem to be important, some critics said they are pure art.                                                                                
c) Karla spoke loudly because her mother was a little   .                        
d) That will be a   decision to euthanize the old lion.                                                                                                                                           
3. despicable       disciplinary        fierce       groggy                              
a) Harry had better not drive because the sleeping pills left him feeling very .                                                                                                      
b) After all those mistakes, the company will be taking some  actions against Thomas.                                                                                        
c) Everybody rushed away when the bear started a  attack against the audience at the circus.                                                                               
d) What I find particularly  about this public hospital is their neglect of old people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
4. pristine        obsessed         preposterous      puzzled                                
a) The swimming competition will take place in a  beach on the South Coast of Florida.                                                                                         
b) Mary said it was  to suggest that everything wrong that had happened was her fault.                                                                             
c) Scientists were  as to why the whale had swum to the shore.           
d) The geek in my class was  by computers.                                                                                                                                                           
5. outrageous          lenient               thorough         subtle                         
a) I can recognize  differences between the two versions of the same story.                                                                                                        
b) Karen thought that it was absolutely  that Peter should be promoted over her.                                                                                     
c) You will need a  understanding of the subject to be able to answer the questions.                                                                                            
d) The police and courts may be more  with female offenders.                                                                                                                                  

III. Complete the sentences using the expressions correctly. Make any necessary changes.                                                                                     

1. at any rate                                                                       care for         
    cover up one's tracks                                                                     first of all         

a) Brian had attempted to    by making Fran's death appear like suicide.                                                                                                     
b) George may be away on business next week, but   he will be back by Sunday.                                                                                                
c) We can start the class now, but  , let me ask you something.      

d) Denise went back home to  here elderly parents.                                                                                                                                             
2. fizzle out             go with one's guts      
in a nutshell           out of line               

a) Mike, you were all  taking my guitar without my permission.          

b) Brian always  when it comes to deciding which car he should buy, no matter how much you want to try to help him.                                  
c) Rose's parents are hoping her relationship with Fred will soon  because they don't trust him.                                                                      
d) Dorothy was born in a bucolic town and succeeded in life.    , that is her life story.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
3. point out           pull strings     
put a spotlight on       rely on                        

a) The reporters decided to  the death of the important political figure.                                                                                                        
b) These days, most people  computers to organize their work both at work and at home.                                                                                        
c) Mrs. Stewart had  in order to put her son into college.                  
d) In his speech today, Laura Becker  the dangers of driving alone.
IV. Decide if the sentences below are correct (C) or incorrect (I). If it is incorrect, rewrite the sentence in the correct way.
 1. Sandra loves animals; therefore, she has five dogs, three cats, six birds, and a turtle.  
2. It is so a beautiful day that all my friends decided to go to the beach.  
3. Arthur is such an intelligent boy that he is able to fix computers, solve physics problems easily, create games, and speak five languages fluently.  
                                                                                                      4. This water is such hot nobody can drink it now.                                                                                                                                                                       5. Amanda said she would die just because of a root canal treatment, but I think it is an exaggerating.                                                                                                                       6. The boy hasn't recovered from the illness after all the medicating he received.                                                                                                               7. Professor O'Dell was really jittery after the interrupting during his lecture this morning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   V. Complete the sentences using the correct verb tenses.                            
1.    Mike   from college next year? (to graduate)                                                                                                                   2. Fred wishes he  to the party last night. He missed out a great opportunity to ask Laura out. (to go)                                                                                                                                             3. While the teacher was explaining the lesson, some of the students  a fight in the classroom. (to start)                                                                                                                                               4. Amanda  while her husband was preparing dinner. (to phone)                                                                                                       5. Laura is pregnant, she   two baby boys. (to deliver)                                                                                                         6. We'd better hurry because our class  in ten minutes. (to start)                                                                                             

7. Daniel wishes he  so lenient with his son when he was a kid. Now he is a spoiled brat. (to be)                                                                                                                                                       8.   mom  while I was traveling to Arkansas? (to call)                                                                                                               9. I can see you  your homework while I was working today, Kelly. (not; to do)                                                                                                                                                                                 10. While the boys were playing soccer this morning, Greg  his ankle and had to be taken to the hospital.
 VI. Punctuate the following text accordingly. If no punctuation is needed mark an x.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
_ Good morning children  Is there anyone missing                                                                                                      _ _ It's just Jane  but I spoke to her two minutes ago  Her mom was driving her  and they had a small problem with the car  They're on their way  now                           

_ OK  I don't think there will be any problem  Our train leaves in twenty minutes  So  have you made your research on the Grampians                                                                                                                         _ We searched on the Internet a little                                                                                                                                 _ So  are you impressed                                                                                                                                                              _ Of course  They are the highest mountains in the UK  Will we go see Ben Neves  too                                                                                                                               _ Well  that is why we go there  We'll climb up the peak  but our itinerary will consist of visiting Fort William's beauties  too  We will take a gondola trip  and we'll admire the Treasures of the Earth  the Loch Linnhe   the Half Way Lake  you will be certainly stunned by these beauties  I went there with my school mates when I was your age  It is a unique experience                                                                                                                        _  Awesome  [expressing strong emotion]                                                                                                                                          _ That is perfect  Jane arrived  too  Let's get on the train  We'll leave shortly