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1. It is highly characteristic of business ________ attitude that little or no interest is evinced in undertaking an urban renewal project until a similar undertaking elsewhere proves that such a project can be profitable.

2. A dress was initially listed at a price that would have given the store a profit of 20% of the wholesale cost.What is the wholesale cost of the dress? (1) After reducing the listed price by 10%, the dress sold for a net profit of 10$. (2) The dress sold for 50$

Description: A more philosophical and refined use of the supernatural in works of fiction, is proper to that class in which the laws of nature are represented as altered, not for the purpose of pampering the imagination with wonders, but in order to show the probable effect which the supposed miracles would produce on those who witnessed them. In this case, the pleasure ordinarily derived from the marvelous incidents is secondary to that which we extract from observing how mortals like ourselves would be affected. The author’s principal object is less to produce an effect by means of the marvels of the narration, than to open new trains and channels of thought (2), by placing men in supposed situations of an extraordinary and preternatural character, and then describing the mode of feeling and conduct (3) which they are most likely to adopt. To make more clear the distinction we have endeavoured to draw between the marvelous and the effects of the marvelous, we may briefly invite our readers to compare the common tale of Tom Thumb with Gulliver’s Voyage to Brobdingnag; one of the most childish fictions, with one which is pregnant with wit and satire (1), yet both turning upon the same assumed possibility of the existence of a pigmy among a race of giants. In the former case, when the imagination of the storyteller has exhausted itself in every species of hyperbole (4), in order to describe the diminutive size of his hero, the interest of the tale is at an end. But in the romance of Gulliver, the exquisite humour with which the natural consequences of so strange an unusual a situation is detailed, has a canvas on which to expand itself. Gulliver stuck into a marrow bone, and Master Thomas Thumb’s disastrous fall into the bowl of hasty-pudding, are kindred (5) incidents; but the jest is exhausted in the latter case, when the accident is told; whereas in the former, it lies not so much in the comparatively pigmy size (7) which subjected Gulliver to such a ludicrous misfortune, as (6) in the tone of grave and dignified feeling with which he resents the disgrace of the incident.

3. It can be inferred that throughout the whole passage, the author is arguing against the assumption that:

4. Although the lecturer’s voice was _____ in nature, his subject matter was engrossing enough to sustain the students’ curiosity.

5. The politically explosive situation required diplomacy, and fortuitously, was _____ handled by Marjorie, a seasoned liaison between the feuding constituents.

6. Sensing she was out of her depth within such a politically charged conversation, Chantal employed ____ in an effort to be ____ about the controversy, in the hopes that her auditors would see she was endeavoring to be diplomatic.

7. Originally an ordinary and unknown corporal in the German army, the young Adolf Hitler rose to prominence partly due to his _____ oration, which struck an impassioned chord within the breasts of his disaffected hearers yearning for a noble cause to rouse the nation.

Description: Evil or righteous acts recently committed will more acutely affect the present waking mind (4) than those enacted at a more remote period. In a similar way future disaster or success which is soon to occur will impress the dream mind (3) more vividly than those which are to transpire at a later date. But in the lives of all men there are past incidents which they will never forget, and which will never cease to fill their hearts with pride or remorse. So, too, in their distant future there are important events to transpire which are struggling through tumultuous infinitude to leave their ghastly or smiling impress upon the dream mind. If your mental states are passive you will receive the warnings. There are cases on record which show events have been forecast years ahead of their occurrence. We do not claim that this book will prove an interpreter of all dreams, or that the keys disclosed will open to you all the mysteries of the future, or even all those surrounding your own personality, but by studying the definitions and the plane (2) upon which they were written, you will be able, through the power of your own spirit, to interpret your own dreams. The combination of dream and dream influences are as infinite as the stars, or the combination of thought and number (1).

8. In the context in which it appears, the function of the phrase “thought and number” (1) is best described as:

9. Confident that he was well prepared for his biology exam, Philip turned to his calculus, about which his understanding remained far more _____.

10. The entire division was baffled by the newly issued corporate manual ostensibly instructing them on the expected procedures, for the _____ document displayed a dearth of either lucidity or easily discernible priorities.

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