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A customs union is an organization of autonomous countries that agree that international trade between member states is free of restrictions. They place a tariff or other restrictions on products entering the customs union from nonmember states. One of the best-known customs unions is the European Union (EU). 1.) The word autonomous in the passage is closest in meaning to:
Question 1 Explanation:
The synonym of autonomous is independent.
Humans have long enjoyed passerines for their songs and their almost infinite variety of colors, patterns, and behavioral traits. Many passerines are considered to be quite agile. Among the most energetic of them is the swallow, whose small body is designed for effortless maneuvering. 2.) The word agile in the passage is closest in meaning to:
Question 2 Explanation:
synonym of agile is nimble.
3.) A cure for ALS _______ until more funds are allocated to basic research.
won't be developed
Question 3 Explanation:
won't mean will not. Won't is used before be followed by the participle developed in a passive to express the importance of the cure.
4.) In general, by the fifth year of production, the price of a new piece of technology _________ significantly.
will has decreased
will have decreased
Question 4 Explanation:
Will have is used before the participle
5.) In the fall, most trees lose _______, which have, by then, turned from green to gold and orange.
Question 5 Explanation:
the plural of leaf is leaves.
6.) ___________ designs on a wall, also known as graffiti, has become associated with gang activity in many neighborhoods throughout the country.
The spraying of
Question 6 Explanation:
-ing form may be used as a noun. The precedes the noun when a prepositional phrase qualify the noun.
7.) Harry Potter is a character ______ J.K. Rowling created for Harry Potter book series.
Question 7 Explanation:
whom is the complement of the subject J.K. Rowling and the verb created. Choice A is used as a subject, not a complement.
8.) Lions, which are known to travel in groups or prides, both provide for and defend ________ through group cooperation.
Question 8 Explanation:
There must be agreement between pronoun and antecedent. Themselves refers to the plural antecedent lions. Theirselves is not a word in English, although it does occur in some dialects.
9.) ___________ like Burger King and Subway have used franchising to extend their international sales.
Question 9 Explanation:
When two nouns occur together, the first noun functions as an adjective.
10.) _______ 250,000 species of fossils have been discovered in both organized, scientific searches and by sheer accident.
As much as
As many as
Question 10 Explanation:
As many as is used before a count noun to express an estimate that does not exceed the number. Much is correct with uncountable nouns.
11.) Tuition at an American University runs ___________ forty thousand dollars a semester.
so high as
as high to
as high as
as high than
Question 11 Explanation:
as high as is used before the amount of money to establish a limit.
12.) All of the senses ______ smell must pass through intermediate gateways to be processed before they are registered to the brain.
Question 12 Explanation:
13.) More murders are reported _____ December in the U.S.A. than during any other month.
Question 13 Explanation:
In is used before months. On is used before dates. At is used before clock time. For is used before duration of time
14.) The archaic seal script was often retained for formal titles. It was also adapted to the small seals that have been used as signatures from the Han period to the present. The word archaic in the passage is closest in meaning to:
15.) Choose the correct synonym for capriciously
16.) Choose the correct synonym for renown:
Native American art often incorporates a language of abstract visual symbols. The artist gives a poetic message to the viewer, communicating the beauty of an idea, either by using religious symbols or a design from nature such as rain on leaves or sunshine on water. The idea communicated may even be purely whimsical, in which case the artist might start out with symbols developed from a bird's tracks or a child's toy. 17.) The main idea of the passage is that Native American art:
is purely poetic and dreamlike
is usually abstract, although it can also be poetic and beautiful
communicates the beauty of ideas through the use of symbols
is sometimes purely whimsical
Question 17 Explanation:
The first and second sentences reflect this idea
Ratatouille is a dish that has grown in popularity over the last few years. It features eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and garlic chopped, mixed, sautéed, and finally, cooked slowly over low heat. As the vegetables cook slowly, they make their own broth, which may be extended with a little tomato paste. The name ratatouille comes from the French word touiller, meaning to stir or mix together. 18.) Ratatouille can best be described as a:
sauce to put over vegetables
pasta dish extended with tomato paste
Question 18 Explanation:
Sushi, the thousand-year-old Japanese delicacy, started small in the United States, in a handful of restaurants in big cities. Today, sushi consumption in America is 50% greater than it was ten years ago and not just in restaurants. Sushi is also sold at concession stands in sports stadiums, university dining halls, and in supermarkets throughout the country. 19.) This paragraph best supports the statement that
sushi is now a fast food as popular as hot dogs, burgers, and fries
more sushi is sold in restaurants than in supermarkets
Americans are more adventurous eaters than they were in the past
sushi wasn't always widely available in the United States
Question 19 Explanation:
First sentence inference: Sushi started small in the United States.
Cora made one last futile effort to convince her husband and left the house. 20.) The word futile is closest in meaning to:
Question 20 Explanation:
synonym of futile is ineffectual
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