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1) Extemporaneous remarks are?
verbose
impromptu
rehearsed
digressive

2) Which word denotes the opposite of laconic?
concise
succinct
garrulous
reticent

3) Circumspect, spectacular, and spectacle come from the Latin specere, which means
to enjoy
to look at
to be amazed
to wonder

4) Which pair of words is not antonymous (opposite in meaning)?
impassive, ardent
phlegmatic, zealous
vehement, listless
lukewarm, indifferent
fervid, apathetic

5) By derivation, dilemma means
a puzzle
a problem without a solution
a choice between two propositions
an unlucky turn of events

6) Which statement is true?
"We want fewer taxes" is correct usage.
"We want less taxes" is correct usage.
"We want fewer taxes" and "We want less taxes" are both correct usage.

7) Perspicacity and acumen are synonyms of
impecuniousness
discernment
meticulousness
salience

8) Which word means to make English?
anglicize
extemporize
homogenize
platitudinize

9) Which word by derivation means a reversal of the stars, unfavorable horoscope?
catastrophe
calamity
cataclysm
disaster

10) Which word comes directly from a Latin word meaning, on the left side?
ambiguous
sinister
salient
adroit

11) Which word is an antonym of inscrutable?
abstruse
incomprehensible
lucid
esoteric

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