1.The show’s host was usually genial, but he had a reputation for turning ------- when provoked by guests who challenged his opinions.
2.A group of Black American fighter pilots known as the Red Tail Angels has the ------- of never having lost any of the bombers it escorted on missions over Europe in the Second World War.
3.The world, accustomed to ------- whenever governments change hands, expected rioting and bloodshed; but the transition of power was remarkably ------- .
(A) turmoil . . chaotic
(B) harmony . . orderly
(C) ceremony . . solemn
(D) violence . . uneventful
(E) splendor . . unpopular
4.The “double feature,” which featured two films for the price of one, became popular in the 1930s as a scheme to ------- former moviegoers who had begun to stay home since the -------of the Depression at the beginning of the decade.
(A) lure . . advent
(B) discourage . . end
(C) dissuade . . dawn
(D) perplex . . onset
(E) instigate . . devastation
1.The correct answer is A
It makes sense to say that someone who is typically “genial,” or friendly, would turn “surly,” or irritable, when provoked.
2.The correct answer is B
“Distinction” most aptly describes the status of a group that enjoyed an unblemished record.
3.The correct answer is D
The world was accustomed to “violence” and expected rioting and bloodshed, but this time the change of government was, on the contrary, “uneventful.”
4.The correct answer is A
Choice (A) is correct. With money scarce, many people had stopped going to movies since the “advent,” or beginning, of the Depression in the 1930s. It is logical to assume that theater owners would come up with a scheme to “lure,” or entice, these people back into the theater with the promise of a good bargain—“two films for the price of one.”