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1.His teacher noticed that Earl had uncommon painting skills.
She claimed she did not write her poetry for money or fame.

(1.)   What is a substitute for “uncommon”in the first sentence?
“Phenomenal”, “unusual”, ”,, “unwonted”, “exceptional”, “special”, “amazing”, “extraordinary”, “fantastic”, “marvelous”, “outstanding”,  “incredible” or “characteristic”?
(2.)   What is a substitute for “ fame” in the second?  “Reputation”, “celebrity”, “renown’, “recognition”, “honor” or “popularity”?

2. Edgar Allen Poe gained a reputation as an excellent writer in Europe before becoming famous in America.
  Jackson Pollock, unlike Van Gogh, was able to achieve celebrity in his lifetime and savor its rewards.

(1.)    In the first sentence, what is a substitute for “gained a reputation”?
“Gained fame”, “gained celebrity”, “gained renown’, “gained a recognition”, “ gained honor”, “gained prestige”, “gained prominence” or “gained popularity”?
(2.)    In the second, what is a substitute for “celebrity”?  “Fame”, “a reputation”, “honor”, “prestige”, “renown” or “popularity”?

3. He gained international renown for his amazing discovery.
Because of unforeseen problems during the Franco-Prussian war, construction of the railway was halted in 1870.

(1.)    In the first sentence, what is a substitute for “gained international renown”? “Gained international fame”, “gained an international reputation”, “gained international honor”, “gained international prestige”, “gained international renown” or “gained international popularity”?

(2.)    What is substitute for “halted” in the second sentence?
  “Ceased”, “stopped’, “interrupted”, “paused”, “suspended”, “ended” or “terminated”?

4. Later in the summer, the cicadas never cease their chirping.
Kino is a chemical used in medicine to help stop bleeding.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “cease” in the first sentence?
“Stop”, “halt”,  “pause”, “discontinue”, “quit”, “terminated” or “keep from”?
(2.)    What is a substitute for “stop”in the second?  
“Cease”, “prevent”,“Stop”, “halt”,  “pause”, “discontinue”, “quit”, “terminated” or “keep from”?

5. The Maori are the third largest indigenous population in the Pacific.
  The native birds of this island cannot survive in colder regions.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “indigenous” in the first sentence? “Primitive”, “aboriginal”, “native”, “local”or “earliest”?
(2.)    In the second, what is a substitute for “native”? “Indigenous”, “primitive”, “local”, “aboriginal”?


6 . Some philosophers championed that a good nature in humans is inherent at birth.
Scientific attempts to improve the inborn characteristics of the human species were common in the early decades of the twentieth century.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “inherent”in the first sentence ? “Inborn”, “innate”, “hereditary”, “natural”, “intuitive”, “intrinsic” or “instinctive”?
(2.)    What is a substitute for “inborn” in the second?  “Inherent”, “innate”, “hereditary”, “natural”, “intuitive”, “intrinsic” or “instinctive”?

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1.His teacher noticed that Earl had uncommon painting skills.
She claimed she did not write her poetry for money or fame.

(1.)   What is a substitute for “uncommon”in the first sentence?
“unusual”, ”,, “unwonted”,  
(2.) What is a substitute for “ fame” in the second?  “Reputation”, “celebrity”, “recognition”, “popularity”

2. Edgar Allen Poe gained a reputation as an excellent writer in Europe before becoming famous in America.
  Jackson Pollock, unlike Van Gogh, was able to achieve celebrity in his lifetime and savor its rewards.

(1.)    In the first sentence, what is a substitute for “gained a reputation”?
“Gained fame”, “gained celebrity" “gained recognition”,  “gained popularity”?
(2.)    In the second, what is a substitute for “celebrity”?  “Fame”, “a reputation”, “prestige”, “popularity”

3. He gained international renown for his amazing discovery.
Because of unforeseen problems during the Franco-Prussian war, construction of the railway was halted in 1870.

(1.)    In the first sentence, what is a substitute for “gained international renown”? “Gained international fame”, “gained an international reputation”, “gained international honor”, “gained international prestige”, or “gained international popularity”

(2.)    What is substitute for “halted” in the second sentence?
  “stopped’, “interrupted”, “paused”, “suspended”

4. Later in the summer, the cicadas never cease their chirping.
Kino is a chemical used in medicine to help stop bleeding.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “cease” in the first sentence?
“Stop”, “pause”, “quit”,
(2.)    What is a substitute for “stop”in the second?  
“Cease”

5. Maori are the third largest indigenous population in the Pacific.
  The native birds of this island cannot survive in colder regions.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “indigenous” in the first sentence?  “aboriginal”, “native”, “local”
(2.)    In the second, what is a substitute for “native”? “Indigenous”,  “local”


6 . Some philosophers championed that a good nature in humans is inherent at birth.
Scientific attempts to improve the inborn characteristics of the human species were common in the early decades of the twentieth century.

(1.)    What is a substitute for “inherent”in the first sentence ? (“Inborn”)“innate”, ("hereditary”)
(2.)    What is a substitute for “inborn” in the second?  “Inherent”, “innate”  

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