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1.I order to make the best use of available human resources, we must firs _______ and then _______ human talents.
A)educate.. equalize
B)decompose.. rebuild
C)revitalize.. discern
D)discover.. develop
E)produce.. accrue

2.Eastlake is a colorful and _______ commentator, equally at home in high art, folk rock, theology, and economics.
A)obtuse
B)austere
C)insipid
D)versatile
E)provincial

3.Ms. Wilson urged patience and _______ in dealing with the protesters rather than the unyielding attitude the administration had adopted.
A)obstinacy
B)desperation
C)arrogance
D)compromise
E)retaliation


4.His subjection bred a longing for self-direction, all the stronger for his underlying sense of the _______ of ever achieving it.
A)irrevocability
B)impossibility
C)inevitability
D)credibility
E)predictability

5.Unfortunately, certain aspects of democratic government sometimes put pressure on politicians to take the easy way out, allowing _______ to crowd out _______.
A)exigencies.. necessities
B)immediacies.. ultimates
C)responsibilities.. privileges
D)principles.. practicalities
E)issues.. problems

Answers
1.(D) The expressions 'we must firs educate human talents' and 'we must first decompose human talents' are inappropriate, and therefore (A) and (B) can be discarded on an examination of the choices for the first missing word. Since human talents cannot be revitalized first and then only discerned (meaning understood), (C) is also wrong. (E) is wrong because, if human resources are to be made best use of, they cannot merely be allowed to accrue, and be idle. (D), completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

2.(D) A person who is at home (meaning very comfortable or fluent) while acting as a commentator on such varied subjects as high art, folk rock, theology and economics can only be described as versatile. So, (D) is the answer.

3.(D) The use of the phrase 'rather than' in the sentence implies that the missing word must means the exact opposite of 'unyielding attitude'. Among the given choices, it is the word 'compromise' that has this sense. So, (D) is the answer.

4.(B) (In this sentence, the word 'subjection' means having been kept a prison', and the word 'self-direction' means 'freedom'.) The use of the phrase 'ever achieving it' is compatible with only the word impossibility among the choices. With any of the other words, it is not necessary to use the word 'ever'. The sentence means that it is because the person knew that he has not likely to be ever free that his longing for freedom had intensified.

5.(B) (Exigency means immediate need) Since exigencies and necessities are synonymous, there is no meanings in saying that exigencies crowd out necessities. So, (A) is wrong. (B) makes sense, because the pressures on politicians often force them to give greater attention to immediate problems at the expense of ensuring the long term needs (or ultimates) of the country. So, (B) is the answer. (C), (D) and (E) are wrong because there is nothing unfortunate about responsibilities getting prominence over privileges, or principles getting prominence over practicalities or issues getting prominence over problems.

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