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Vocabulary Quiz 28

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1. “By 2006, the proposal [to provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens] had become ANATHEMA to most conservatives, who ridiculed it as “amnesty for illegals.” (The New Yorker, 121119, p. 54) “Anathema originally referred to an church decree banning a person from participation. Today, however, it refers to
all people that the speaker considers wicked 
something completely off of the agenda of a meeting or movement 
anything which evokes physical disgust and a need to vomit 
anything completely unacceptable 
No Answer
2. “[The musical Annie] doesn’t play with the same effervescent charm or conviction now, in the face of our current financial and environmental woes. Was I the only person in the audience, I wondered, who wasn’t buying the candid carrot-top’s BUOYANT ballyhoo?” (The New Yorker, 121119, p. 94) Something “buoyant”
is intensely musical 
is transparently foolish 
can be amusing but only for a brief time 
is deliberately misleading 
No Answer
3. “Barack Obama can take pride in having fought off a formidable array of deep-pocketed [Republican] REVANCHISTS. (The New Yorker, 121119, p. 25) A “revanchist” is someone who
smells bad 
finances your opposition 
seeks to reclaim lost territory 
bent upon vengeance for an imagined slight 
eager to cut budgets 
No Answer
4. “When a SUAVE uncle materializes after her father’s death, she and her mother (played by Nicold Kidman) compete for the newcomer’s attentions.” A man who is “suave” is
discovered to be alive after being thought dead 
No Answer
5. “Stopping [the] Keystone [pipeline project] would be a PYRRHIC, symbolic victory. Environmentalists would better serve their cause by chaining themselves to the White House gates to demand a carbon tax ….” A victory is said to by “pyrrhic” when it
costs more than it is worth 
has no effect on the outcome of a war 
is called a victory but is really a defeat 
is accomplished through law courts rather than on the battlefield 
No Answer
6. “But thanks to low corporate tax rates and lax regulations, this island nation [Cyprus] has become a haven for Russian money of sometimes dubious PROVENANCE.” Something’s “provenance” (or “provenience”) is its
place of origin 
proper ownership 
size or quantity 
No Answer
7. “Some of the most stirring passages in ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ are devoted to the defense of Isabelle’s walled city, Cloister, which is presided over by a SATURNINE king (Ian McShane).” (The New Yorker, 130318, p.87) A person who is “saturnine” is
No Answer
8. “Research shows that Plan B prevents pregnancy after an episode of unprotected sex and is very safe. There’s no good reason to restrict its sale, except the squeamishness many people may feel at the idea of LIBIDINOUS teenagers.” (The Week 130517, p. 19) Teenagers who are “libidinous” are
short of money 
No Answer
9. “Guantánamo is ‘contrary to who we are, it is contrary to our interests,’ said Obama, suggesting that if weren’t for Congress blocking him, he would have shut this disgraceful GULAG down long ago.” (The Week 130517, p. 18) A “gulag” is a
huge expense 
colony directly governed by the government of a distant state 
shameful historical event 
prison or prison camp 
No Answer

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