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Question:

Michelle sought ____________ from her new peers who she wanted to like her on the first day of high school, but instead she found herself quietly _______________ for the familiarity and warmth of middle school.

A acceptance...repining
explanation

Clearly Michelle sought acceptance by her peers like most students. This is evidenced by her desire to be well-liked and the context of starting high school, a place that almost every freshman wants to feel comfortable. Therefore, Michelle would not want to be condemned/repudiated, nor would she want to reach perdition. Therefore, she either sought approbation or acceptance. But was she crying out for familiarity or was she internally yearning for it? “Repining” is a better description of how she felt strictly because she had to be longing for something “quietly.” Choice "acceptance...repining" is the best answer.