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  1. 1."At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for the solitary restaurant dinner-- young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life."
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
    (a) productive, creative
    (b) emotionally moving, painful to the feelings
    (c) empty of feeling, numb
    (d) easy to remember, outstanding
    1. 2."Even the New York bums seem a bit sharper than their confreres in other cities. I was once stopped on Waverly Place by a youngish panhandler who asked if he could have all my change. Thrown off balance by the originality of his request, I forked over a dollar and twenty cents."
      (Joseph Epstein, "You Take Manhattan")
      (a) colleagues, fellow members
      (b) leaders, supervisors
      (c) workers, people who are employed
      (d) people who are out of work
    2. 3."As long as we value the simple and the durable, the unobtrusively convenient, we shall make books available to us. For they will hold in perpetuity something as dull as a date or as proud as a poem. . . . As long as we are physical human beings with an inclination towards the acceptance of physical convenience and with a pleasure in touch and sight, there will be physical books."
      (William Golding, "A Moving Target")
      (a) for certain, something based on evidence
      (b) a temporary state or condition, for the time being
      (c) the contents of something
      (d) unlimited time, eternity
    1. 4."No one came to the New World in a cruise ship. They all came because they had to. They were poor, hungry, criminal, persecuted individuals who would rather chance dropping off the ends of the earth than stay inert knowing both their body and spirit were slowly having the life squeezed from them."
      (Nikki Giovanni, "Pioneers: A View of Home")
      (a) unknown, undiscovered
      (b) physically inactive, lacking the power to move
      (c) physically active, tending to move around
      (d) functioning, working
      1. 5."There is the 'wince of fury,' when your neighbor's Irish setter, Prince Sterling, has been barking at squirrels' shadows for months, night after night, keeping you awake and in an agitation verging on dementia, though unexpectedly you confront the neighbor at the end of the driveway at dusk, only to be told you're blowing the whole dog-barking thing way out of proportion, that you're too tightly wrapped and need to smell the roses."
        (Richard Ford, Independence Day)
        (a) state of anger or excitement
        (b) state of grief or sorrow
        (c) state of joy or relief
        (d) state of indifference or unconcern
      2. 6."Somewhere in the glacial mists that shroud the past, Nature found a way of speeding theproliferation of brain cells and did it by the ruthless elimination of everything not needed to that end. We lost our hairy covering, our jaws and teeth were reduced in size, our sex life was postponed, our infancy became among the most helpless of any of the animals because everything had to wait upon the development of that fast-growing mushroom which had sprung up in our heads."
        (Loren Eiseley, "The Dream Animal")
        (a) loss, decline, or disappearance
        (b) rapid increase in size, making larger
        (c) change in roles or relationships
        (d) rapid increase in number, multiplying
      3. 7."In seventeenth-century Europe, the transformation of man into soldier took on a new form, more concerted and disciplined, and far less pleasant, than wine. New recruits and even seasoned veterans were endlessly drilled, hour after hour, until each man began to feel himself part of a single, giant fighting machine."
        (Barbara Ehrenreich, Blood Rites)
        (a) frightening, dangerous, or threatening
        (b) strict, determined by harsh rules or principles
        (c) made or done together, mutually agreed upon
        (d) imaginative, creative, or original
      4. 8."Grandma lit the white candles and waved her hands over the flames and then covered her eyes with her wrinkled hands and prayed. The sight of my own grandma performing what was, after all, only a ritual blessing seemed to me something else--her enacted submission to the errant and malign forces of life. That an adult secretly gave way to this sentiment I found truly frightening."
        (E.L. Doctorow, World's Fair)
        (a) straying from what is right or proper
        (b) highly regarded, important
        (c) trivial, unimportant
        (d) perplexing, confusing
      5. 9."It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me, but I cannot lay my finger upon the moment it ended, can never cut through the ambiguities and second starts and broken resolves to the exact place on the page where the heroine is no longer as optimistic as she once was."
        (Joan Didion, "Goodbye to All That")
        (a) expand, grow larger
        (b) tingle, shiver
        (c) become narrower or tighter
        (d) grow numb, lose feeling
      6. 10."A big, top-heavy brute of a car, it had broken down constantly, forcing him to spend as much time in junkyards looking for parts as on the road. When, finally, his tuned ear told him the engine itself was dying--inexorable death from the inside, rings totally worn, valves gasping, driveshaft groaning--he'd sold it to an ignorant graduate student at a slight profit."
        (Frank Conroy, "Midair")
        (a) dependable, able to be counted on
        (b) unable to be stopped or changed
        (c) probable, most likely
        (d) desirable, wished for
      7. XXXXX
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          1. 1. (b) emotionally moving, painful to the feelings
          2. 2. (a) colleagues, fellow members
          3. 3. (d) unlimited time, eternity
          4. 4. (b) physically inactive, lacking the power to move
          5. 5. (a) state of anger or excitement
          6. 6. (d) rapid increase in number, multiplying
          7. 7. (c) made or done together, mutually agreed upon
          8. 8. (a) straying from what is right or proper
          9. 9. (c) become narrower or tighter
          10. 10. (b) unable to be stopped or changed
          11. XXXXX

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