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1.   
The cake contains two layers: vanilla and chocolate.

What could be a good substitute for “layers”?

2.
The underground formation is divided into several layers.

What could be a good substitute for "formation"?

3.
Taipei 101, the landmark in the city, has been featured as a scene in many movies made in Taiwan.

Should I leave out “as a scene” in the sentence?


4. The 911 event highlighted the problem of national security.

What could be a good substitute for "highlighted"?

5.
Most of the frogs spawn in spring and summer.

Does the sentence mean the same if I use “reproduce” or “lay eggs”?

6.

HTC and Apple have been rivals in the smartphone market.

Does the sentence mean the same if I use “competitors” rather than “rivals”?

7.
Whether he will be able to do all this will show what he is really made of.

What is another way to say “what he really made of” in the sentence?

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I just finished answering your previous question :)
So here I go again:

1.   
The cake contains two layers: vanilla and chocolate.

What could be a good substitute for “layers”? blankets, coats, levels are almost synonyms here

2.
The underground formation is divided into several layers.

What could be a good substitute for "formation"? structure

3.
Taipei 101, the landmark in the city, has been featured as a scene in many movies made in Taiwan.

Should I leave out “as a scene” in the sentence? yes

Also, you should consider replacing in by OF see below

Taipei 101, the landmark OF the city, has been featured in many movies made in Taiwan.


4. The 911 event highlighted the problem of national security.

What could be a good substitute for "highlighted"? emphasized, accentuated, gave prominence to

5.
Most of the frogs spawn in spring and summer.

Does the sentence mean the same if I use “reproduce” or “lay eggs”? yes

6.

HTC and Apple have been rivals in the smartphone market.

Does the sentence mean the same if I use “competitors” rather than “rivals”? Yes, the meaning doesn't change

7.
Whether he will be able to do all this will show what he is really made of.

What is another way to say “what he really made of” in the sentence? his essence, substance, character

whew! That was a long one!

Feel free to follow up if needed.

Best,
Amy :)

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