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.
2. I heard a and went to see what was going on outside the classroom.
3. I missed the beginning of the lecture - can you give the of what he said?
4. Kelly's suicide was a terrible to the music world since she was one of the most talented singers of all times.
5. Francine reserved her most severe for journalists.
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