131. In spite of all their efforts and repeated negotiations, the opposing parties have yet to reach a -------.
(A) benefit
(B) proposal
(C) fondness
(D) settlement

132. Effective managers use the Internet and read economic journals to keep themselves ------- about current trends in overseas trade.
(A) inform
(B) informative
(B) informing
(D) informed

133. According to the latest news report, the government has decided to raise income tax rates for ------- with high incomes.
(A) that
(B) this
(C) those
(D) these

134. The new marketing ------- that was adopted by the firm has proved very effective.
(A) has approached
(B) approach
(C) to approach
(D) approaches

135. This banquet room is the place where the company ------- most of its seminars and meetings.
(A) holds
(B) decides
(C) occurs
(D) identifies

136. We ask that you watch road signs and walk on the left so that cyclists can pass at a ------- speed.
(A) reducing
(B) reduces
(C) reduction
(D) reduced

137. Even though the grand opening of the new Italian restaurant was ------- than expected, many people were happy with the food quality it served.
(A) late
(B) more lately
(C) lateness
(D) later

138. It was just last month that Mr. Oretga retired after 20 years of service ------- the company.
(A) forward
(B) during
(C) among
(D) to

139. Most experts agree that genetically ------- foods should be allowed on the market after health officials confirm they are safe.
(A) modify
(B) modifying
(C) to modify
(D) modified

140. All applicants for the position are required to complete the ------- at the front desk and submit them.
(A) form
(B) formation
(C) formed
(D) forms

141-143 refer to the following letter
David Williams
125 Clancy Lane
Dearborn, Mi

Dear Mr. Williams,
This is to let you know that we ------- your cancellation of your purchase order
141. (A) were received
(B) receiving
(C) have received
(D) will receive

We also understand the reasons for your cancellations, as detailed in your letter.
I'm very sorry about the problems you ------- while trying to order our products.
142. (A) encountered
(B) caused
(C) extended
(D) transferred

It seems that our online system overcharged other customers, too. This experience has shown us that we need to work on our online shop to make it more efficient. We are doing everything possible to ensure that this problem doesn't happen again.
We value you as a customer, and your satisfaction is our biggest -------.
143. (A) priority
(B) problem
(C) concerning
(D) sincerity
I have enclosed a coupon for 50 percent off any future purchase if you ever decide to shop with us again.
I hope you accept my sincerest apologies.

Truly yours,
Edward capriciano
Capri Inc.

144-146 refer to the following memo.
To : All Employees
From : Mark Schmidt, CFO
RE: Waste disposal

It has come to my ------- that we have been spending too much money
144. (A) intention
(B) attention
(C) extension
(D) opposition
on paper over the past year. -------, most of the paper in our office that
145. (A) Therefore
(B) Although
(C) In fact
(D) So as
we throw in the trash can be recycled, which will in turn save us money. We can also use both sides of the paper for un important documents, and that means less trash. Less trash means that we cut down on our waste disposal expenses. We will also be buying less paper. This makes so much more sense ------- and environmentally.
146. (A) economy
(B) economic
(C) economical
(D) economically
This is why we have decided to start a paper recycling program. I will distribute a list of the type of paper items in our office that can be recycled. If you have any used paper on the list, please dispose of it in the specially marked bins near the employee lounge.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Schimidt, CFO

147-149 refer to the following memo.
To : All sales department staff
From : Carlo Juliani, Vice President, Sales department
Date : Oct. 6, 2008

On Monday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 to 13:00, there ------- a luncheon meeting
147. (A) was
(B) has been
(C) will be
(D) had
in the conference room to review the results of the last quarter covering July through September and to evaluate the outlook and the targets for the next quarter. All section heads should be ready to report ------- on the figures for both periods.
148. (A) brief
(B) briefed
(C) briefness
(D) briefly
The guest speaker, Mr. Solomon of Solomon consultants, will provide an in -depth forecast on the trends in the Asian markets.
His ------- is scheduled for the latter half of the meeting and is expected to at one hour.
149. (A) interview
(B) talk
(C) training
(D) writing
Our CEO, Sam Jordan, will wrap up the meeting by announcing winners and handing out prizes for the sales campaign that ended in September.

150-152 refer to the following notice.
To the Users of Prosonic TV Sets.
We sincerely apologize for the ------- raised among the users of our television sets.
150. (A) mistake (B) concern (C) popularity (D) complexity

The few incidents of fires caused by defective parts have been traced to a particular transformer used in a limited number of sets made between January and February of 2008. If you own a 21-inch Brightron manufactured between January and February of 1995, please bring it in to a Prosonic dealer ------- a free replacement of the parts before April 30, 2008.
151. (A) with (B) as (C) for (D) except
Prosonic will make every effort to correct the defect and not let a similar product defect ------- again. We thank you for your patronage.
152. (A) occur (B) occurring (C) be occurred (D) occurs

Masayoshi Takada
President, Prosonic Corporation.