Words Count - Chapter 9
Exercise 2

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Directions: Each of the sentences below contains a blank to be filled in with some form of a word from Chapter 9. Below each sentence, there are three choices for filling in the blank. Click the choice you think is the correct one and read the sentence with the blank filled in. If you are not satisfied, select another choice; you may do this as often as you wish.

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Keeping Secrets


The language used in textbooks must be clear and precise—it should never be .


Hackers are able to get into computers by , unbeknownst to the owners or users.


Spy thrillers typically deal with military or political in high places.


A "palace " is a conspiracy among people close to a ruler who want to dispose of him or one of his followers.


The former drug lord had gained his enormous wealth largely .


The burglar gained access to the house under the of being sent by the electric company.


Secret agents are engaged in operations with sometimes very high stakes.


Samuel L. Clemens published such masterpieces as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn under the "Mark Twain."


When the police entered the apartment, they found a large of illegal weapons.


The fugitive was able to slip into many and was never caught.

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