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Answer: A, D
The rattling sound has to be irritating or loud PLANGENT means having a loud reverberating sound. SINOUS meaning intricate or winding and SCURRILOUS meaning vulgar (especially language) do not fit. “it was impossible to even hear oneself above the ________” blank should be filled in with NOISE. TRANQUIL meaning peace and calm is the opposite. DISTURBANCE can be mild or extreme so it doesn’t give the best meaning. CLANGOR meaning loud noise is the best fit.
Answer: A, E
Working in small offices can be _______either irritating (VEXING) or intimidating (DAUNTING) cant be PERSECUTIVE which means harassing or punishing in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict. The second part of the sentence clears it up for both blanks: managers require varied skills so they must have additional (SUPPLEMENTARY) responsibilities which makes their work challenging (DAUNTING).
Answer: B, F, H
Forgetting his lines on stage could have upset (DISRUPTED) the scene it couldn’t have crushed (either destroyed or excelled at) or dismantled (taken apart) the scene.
But Jonathan turned things around which means he is an accomplished (CONSUMMATE) professional. How did he do that?: by IMPROVISING (to improve something spontaneously). GESTICULATE means to make gestures especially through exaggerated hand movements.
Answer: C, E, G
A shy person would be irritated and displeased (CHAGRIN) to be the centre of attention. He was awkwardly tall so he was GANGLING (another synonym LANKY) and often TOWERING (standing taller than) his teachers.
Answer: B, E
UNGAINLY means clumsy or bulky and true contradictions would impossible to disprove so blank (i) is PLAUSIBLE (reasonably possible). TENUOUS means shaky but a plausible contradiction is a reasonably valid it is not shaky. If you were to prove the contradiction or nugatory is IMPOSSIBLE then the hypothesis is most probably true.
Answer: A, F, I
The second sentence (with no blanks) provides the context that monkeys are never alone. Monkeys are SOCIABLE by nature. Don’t be fooled by familial it means related to a family but monkeys they have to be in groups not necessarily in families – the answer is GREGARIOUS (sociable, talkative)
Being part of a group (COLLECTIVE) is not only preferred but also important (MATERIAL) to their safety.
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