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C) lacking energy
D) using few words
B) constant anger
C) a short period of rest
D) a loud noise
A) think deeply about
C) make space for
C) great leader
D) easily offended
10. ad hominem
A) a tactic used to wear down an opponent through constant repetition
B) a tactic used to win an argument through personal attack
C) a tactic used to distract an opponent by introducing another topic
D) an argument that assumes the truth of a statement that is unproven
1: C) humorous. Her droll observations had me laughing all evening.
2: B) reduce. The panel submitted a plan to mitigate and manage the causes and consequences of violent conflict.
3: D) using few words. His laconic young friend rarely said more than two words at a time.
4: C) a short period of rest. The treaty gave the country a respite from twenty years of war.
5: A) everywhere. Computers have become ubiquitous in everyday life.
6: A) think deeply about. They spent long hours ruminating on what needed to be done.
7: D) agitator. He’s just a power-hungry demagogue with no coherent plan.
8: C) abrupt. I gave him a brusque reply because I was too busy to chat.
9: C) confuse. This is an effort by the agency to obfuscate, misdirect, and conceal.
10: B) a tactic used to win an argument through personal attack. The mayor ignored the issue and launched a ten-minute ad hominem assault on Wilson.
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