oDesk English Vocabulary Test (u.s. version)

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oDesk English Vocabulary Test (u.s. version) Answers

1. Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
MITIGATE
c. Intensify

2. Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To impose with authority; urge strongly
a. Enjoin

3. Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively
c. Fulminate

4. Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
It’s a good thing you’re so________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to________ a child.
c. adapt/adopt

5.Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner
c. Resonance

6. Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.
b. Omen; forerunner

7.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Roger might be more AMENABLE to your ideas if you presented them without sneering.
b. Willing to accept

8.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude. wizened
c. Laziness

9.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
REFUTE
b. Support

10.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below. deleterious
INORDINATE
a. Reasonable

11. Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Oscar, who did not possess a discerning_________ , preferred hot dogs to steak.
b. pallet

12. Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.
b. Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others

13.Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense
b. Invidious

14. Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
I can_________ all the terms of the apartment lease_________ the one about not allowing pets.
d. accept/except

15. Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.
a. Rules for action or behavior

16. Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below. adverse
ITINERANT
a. Permanent

17.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
The company is__________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.
c. wholly

18.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The_________ poet, knowing his death was__________ , struggled to finish his final ode.
d. eminent/imminent

19.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
Rachel knew that she’d soon be living in______________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems________________ out
immediately.
b. straitened/straightened

20.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The plots of all her novels just seem to MEANDER along, to the point where I can’t follow the storyline or figure out who’s who.
a. Purposely confuse

21. Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The only________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.
b. distinguished

22.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.
c. Outward appearance

23.Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scop
d. Sectarian

24.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
That grueling competition really tested the____________ of the gymnastics team.
b. metal

25.Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness
d. Efficacy

26.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Although_________ wanted to keep the boat all to_________ , I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and________________ .
d. I/myself/me

27.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some state assistance. RIFE
a. Prevalent

28.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.
c. Blunt or rude in manner of speech

29.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
The workers were allowed to___________ down once they’d________ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet_________
down.
d. lay/laid/laid

30.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.
a. Disdainful

31.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.
a. Expression of disapproval or blame
Expression of apology or regret

32.Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The despot’s MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.
a- Sycophants; servile followers

33.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
AVARICE
d. Generosity

34.Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The crafty spy gave a___________ name to the hotel clerk.
c. fictitious

35.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.
Admirable

36.Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.
d. Sickening

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The proposed after-school tutoring program promises_____________ benefits to the students and the community.
a. innumerable

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and_________ path.
b. tortuous

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
We all remarked on how well the spray of begonias____________ her hair color.
a. complimented

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
She hastened to_________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will_________ that the check is mailed today.
a. assure/ensure

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.
c. Admirable

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.
d. Harmful

Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.
c. Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon

Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.
b. Aggravate; worsen

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. A mass or crowd; multitude
c. Horde

Question: Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.
c. Excessively talkative about trivial topics

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning
c. Analogous

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity
b. Parsimonious

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
ADVERSE
d. Twisted

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Who has the power to_________ out justice to the citizens of this country?
a. meet

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable
a. Sapid

52. Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner
c. Resonance

53. Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.
a. Pondered

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
This experiment was designed to __________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.
a. illicit

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
It seems we’ve reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.
d. Stalemate

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.
b. Shriveled

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary
d. Sinecure
Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife________ her wealth and__________ the law at every
opportunity.
c. flaunted/flouted

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
She launched her new line of handbags________ a fanfare of publicity.
c. among

Question: Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Local or provincial dialect
b. Patois

Question: Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.
d. Charming and elegant

Question: Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
We expected the waiter to show us out of that snooty restaurant in a hurry, but he turned out to be quite jolly and ____
c. complaisant

 

 

Question:1
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Local or provincial dialect
a. Invective
Question:2
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

The _________ poet, knowing his death was _________, struggled to finish his final ode.

a. imminent/eminent
Question:3
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below. Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.
b. Quarrelsome; contentious

Question:4
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
LASSITUDE
a. Simplicity of speech

Question:5
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Sally was greatly __________ when I said I didn’t like redheads.

b. peeked

Question:6
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below. It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.

a. Be too much trouble to

Question:7
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below. Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

c. Easy decision

Question:8
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively

b. Litigant

Question:9
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The skillful candidate’s____________ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ___________ goals of peace and prosperity.

b. allusive/elusive

Question:10
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below. The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.

b. Gracious; kind

Question:11
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife __________ her wealth and __________ the law at every opportunity.

b. flouted/flaunte

Question:12
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
It’s a good thing you’re so _________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to __________ a child.

b. adept/adopt

Question:13
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. The act or fact of lessening; reduction

b. Protraction

Question:14
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

a. Abject

Question:15
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
Though he didn’t win the advertising account, Sal made a __________ presentation that he can be proud of.

b. creditable

Question:16
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
INORDINATE

a. Reasonable

Question:17
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below. The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.

a. Downfall

Question:18
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
The company is __________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.

b. holy

Question:19
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence. She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.

a. Empathetic

Question:20
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

We fully expect Elizabeth to FOIST her work on us and disappear for the weekend as usual.

b. Take away; take off one’s hands

Question:21
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to  ___________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.

b. elicit

Question:22
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ADVERSE

c. Favorable

Question:23
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

PRETENTIOUS

b. Understanding

Question:24
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.

c. Fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

Question:25
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The only ________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.

c. distinguishable

Question:26
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

RILE

a. Placate

Question:26
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some state assistance.

b. Unavoidable

Question:27
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Who has the power to _________ out justice to the citizens of this country?
a. meet

Question:28
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The despot’s MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.

b. Distant relatives

Question:29
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

a.     Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

Question:30
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.

c. Neglected

Question:31
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

b.Expression of affection or love

Question:32
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.

c. Admirable

Question:33
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.

a. Rules for action or behavior

Question:33
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.

b. Inspired by

Question:34
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

a. Violent behavior

Question:35
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Although _________ wanted to keep the boat all to _________, I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and _________.

d. I/myself/me

Question:36
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The crafty spy gave a ____________ name to the hotel clerk.

b. fictional

Question:38
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

MITIGATE

d. Allow

Question:39
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

She hastened to _________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will _________ that the check is mailed today.

a. assure/ensure

 

 

Question: 01
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.
a.            Clamorous; disorderly
b.            Gracious; kind
c.            Blunt or rude in manner of speech

Question: 02
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.
a.            Spoil
b.            Detract from; debase
c.            Fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality
Question: 03
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some state assistance.
a.            Prevalent
b.            Unavoidable
c.            Saddening
Question: 04
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.
a.            Eliminate
b.            Aggravate; worsen
c.            Exhaust; drain of strength
Question: 05
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Marilyn conveyed a BLITHE indifference to the troubles that mounted around her.
a.            Carefree; heedless
b.            Cruel; heartless
c.            Catastrophic
Question: 06
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The community theater troupe faced one problem after another, so it was no surprise that their season ended in a DEBACLE.
a.            Conundrum
b.            Spectacle; display
c.            Complete failure; breaking up
Question: 07
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating  articles seemed to indicate otherwise.
a.             Mercenary; venal
b.            Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others
c.            Characterized by profound insight
Question: 08
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.
a.            Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
b.            Dull; tiresome
c.            Cacophonous
Question: 09
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.
a.            Be too much trouble to
b.            Be detrimental to
c.            Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon
Question: 10
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word inCAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.
a.            Downfall
b.            Omen; forerunner
c.            Unequivocal proof
Question: 11
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.
a.            Happy circumstance
b.            Puzzling predicament
c.            Easy decision
Question: 12
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively
a.            Vituperative
b.            Litigant
c.            Fulminate
d.            Exhume
Question: 13
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable
a.            Sapid
b.            Irascible
c.            Jocund
d.            Incorrigible
Question: 14
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity
a.            Apologetic
b.            Parsimonious
c.            Obdurate
d.            Abdicated
Question: 15
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense
a.            Labyrinthine
b.            Invidious
c.            Titillating
d.            Envious
Question: 16
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness
a.            Contumacy
b.            Defenestration
c.            Conversion
d.            Efficacy
Question: 17
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Local or provincial dialect
a.            Invective
b.            Patois
c.            Neopaganism
d.            Polyarchy
Question: 18
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.
a.             Sage
b.            Shriveled
c.             Creepy
d.             Jocular
Question: 19
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.
a.            Pondered
b.            Worried
c.            Neglected
d.            Laughed
Question: 20
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.
a.            Imprudent and unrefined
b.            Cheerful and clumsy
c.            Selfish and dissipated
d.            Charming and elegant
Question: 21
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.
a.            Influential
b.            Positive
c.            Hysterical
d.            Harmful
Question: 22
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.
a.            Erratic
b.            Apathetic
c.            Admirable
d.            Meticulous
Question: 23
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym of the word below.
NONCHALANT

a.            Courageous
b.            Unnerved
c.            Unperturbed
d.            Lethargic
Question: 24
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.
a.            Violent behavior
b.            Odorousness
c.            Laziness
d.            Disappearance
Question: 25
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
It seems we’ve reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.
a.            Favorable compromise
b.            Monetary amount
c.            Total agreement
d.           Stalemate
Question: 26
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
RILE
a.            Placate
b.            Annoy
c.            Waste
d.            Construct
Question: 27
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
MITIGATE
a.            Abate
b.            Conceal
c.            Intensify
d.            Allow
Question: 28
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
ADVERSE
a.            Moody
b.            Poetic
c.            Favorable
d.            Twisted
Question: 29
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
REFUTE
a.            Expose
b.            Support
c.            Garbage
d.            Safe place
Question: 30
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
This experiment was designed to ___________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.
a.            illicit
b.           elicit
Question: 31
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
The company is __________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.
a.            holey
b.            holy
c.            wholly
Question: 32
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The skillful candidate’s____________ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ___________ goals of peace and prosperity.
a.            illusive/elusive
b.            allusive/elusive
c.            elusive/allusive
d.            allusive/illusive
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The skillful candidate’s____________ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ___________ goals of peace and prosperity.
Question: 33
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The _________ poet, knowing his death was _________, struggled to finish his final ode.
a.            imminent/eminent
b.            eminent/immanent
c.            immanent/imminent
d.            eminent/imminent
Question: 34
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The proposed after-school tutoring program promises _______________ benefits to the students and the community.
a.            innumerable
b.           enumerable
Question: 35
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
If you insist on eating more cotton candy _________ a kid at a carnival, __________ don’t come crying to me when you’ve gained a few pounds!
a.            then/than
b.            than/then
c.            then/then
d.            than/than
Question: 36
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
It’s a good thing you’re so _________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to __________ a child.
a.            adapt/adapt
b.            adept/adopt
c.            adapt/adopt
d.            adopt/adept
Question: 37
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
I can _________ all the terms of the apartment lease _________ the one about not allowing pets.
a.            except/accept
b.            except/except
c.            accept/accept
d.            accept/except
Question: 38
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Our lawyers have informed us that while the new tax laws will not __________ our business directly, they may have an adverse _________ on the spending power of our customers.
a.            effect/affect
b.            affect/affect
c.            effect/effect
d.            affect/effect
Question: 39
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife __________ her wealth and __________ the law at every opportunity.
a.            flouted/flouted
b.            flouted/flaunted
c.            flaunted/flouted
d.            flaunted/flaunted
Question: 40
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
The workers were allowed to ___________ down once they’d ________ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet ___________ down.
a.            lay/lain/laid
b.            lie/laid/lain
c.            lie/lain/lain
d.            lay/laid/laid

 

 

The company is __________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.

c.

wholly

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

 

That grueling competition really tested the _____________ of the gymnastics team.

 

d.

mettle

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below. REFUTE

b.

Support

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

 

AVARICE

 

d.

Generosity

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

If you insist on eating more cotton candy _________ a kid at a carnival, __________

b.

than/then

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

 

She hastened to _________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will _________ that the check is mailed today.

a.

assure/ensure

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.

 

a.

Rules for action or behavior

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

 

Sally was greatly __________ when I said I didn’t like redheads.

 

c.

peaked

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

 

The _________ poet, knowing his death was _________, struggled to finish his final ode.

 

d.

eminent/imminent

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

n. A mass or crowd; multitude

c.

Horde

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.

c.

Admirable

 

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

 

ITINERANT

 

c.

Transient

 

d.

Dissatisfied

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.

c.

Outward appearance

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

 

Rachel knew that she’d soon be living in ___________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems ____________ out immediately.

a.

straightened/straitened

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

c.

Analogous

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

 

Oscar, who did not possess a discerning __________, preferred hotdogs to steak.

c.

palate

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

The diplomats, who have been accused of DUPLICITY by their respective countries, have been removed from their posts.

b.

Deceitfulness; double-dealing

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.

b.

Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

n. The act or fact of lessening; reduction

a.

Diminution

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The community theater troupe faced one problem after another, so it was no surprise that their season ended in a DEBACLE.

a.

Conundrum

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.

b.

Shriveled

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

The despot’s MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.

a.

Sycophants; servile followers

 

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

 

Our lawyers have informed us that while the new tax laws will not __________ our business directly, they may have an adverse _________ on the spending power of our customers.

 

d.

affect/effect

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

 

We expected the waiter to show us out of that snooty restaurant in a hurry, but he turned out to be quite jolly and __________.

c.

complaisant

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

a.

Expression of disapproval or blame

 

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below. adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity

c.

Obdurate

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

We fully expect Elizabeth to FOIST her work on us and disappear for the weekend as usual.

b.

Take away; take off one’s hands

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness

d.

Efficacy

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.

b.

Aggravate; worsen

 

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

a.

Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

 

b.

Dull; tiresome

 

c.

Cacophonous

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary

d.

Sinecure

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

 

INORDINATE

a.

Reasonable

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

The publicist was surprised by the INUNDATION of fan letters for her top client.

a.

Deluge

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull

d.

Tepid

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

 

The only ________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.

c.

distinguishable

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

 

RILE

b.

Annoy

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym of the word below.

 

NONCHALANT

d.

Lethargic

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.

 

 

a.

Empathetic

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

Roger might be more AMENABLE to your ideas if you presented them without sneering.

d.

Unhappy

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

It seems we’ve reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.

 

d.

Stalemate

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

Ans: b. puzzling predicament

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to ___________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.
Ans: b. elicit

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

The workers were allowed to _____ down once they’d _____ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet _____ down.

Ans: d. lay/laid/laid

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.
Ans: c. fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable

Ans: b. irascible

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively
Ans: c. fulminate

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.
Ans: a. pondered

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and _____ path.
Ans: b. tortuous

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To impose with authority; urge strongly
Ans: a. enjoin

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.
Ans: c. Blunt or rude in manner of speech

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.
Ans: c. Excessively talkative about trivial topics

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

It’s a good thing you’re so _________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to __________ a child.
Ans: c. adapt/adopt

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The proposed after-school tutoring program promises _______________ benefits to the students and the community.
Ans: a. innumerable

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

MITIGATE
Ans: c. Intensify

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.
Ans: b. Omen; forerunner

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Although _________ wanted to keep the boat all to _________, I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and _________.
Ans: d. I/myself/me

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The plots of all her novels just seem to MEANDER along, to the point where I can’t follow the storyline or figure out who’s who.

Ans: b. Take a winding or indirect course

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Local or provincial dialect

Ans: b. Patois

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

She launched her new line of handbags _________ a fanfare of publicity.
Ans: AMID. (NOT SURE…Will take spot descision).

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense

b. invidious

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

Lassitude

d. vigor

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

c. laziness

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The crafty spy gave a _____ name to the hotel clerk.

a.    fictive

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group.

a.    esoteric

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife _____ her wealth and _____ the law at every opportunity.

c. flaunted/flouted

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

I can _____ all the terms of the apartment lease ______ the one about not allowing pets.

d. accept/except

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

The skillful candidate’s _____ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ______ goals of peace and prosperity.

a. illusive/elusive
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.

d. harmful

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.

 

 

 

a.

Disdainful

 

b.

Inspired by

 

c.

Disliked by

 

d.

Respectful

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

 adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope

 

 

 

a.

Hermetic

 

b.

Foreseeable

 

c.

Sporadic

 

d.

Sectarian

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

 

n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner

 

 

 

a.

Panache

 

b.

Voracious

 

c.

Resonance

 

d.

Cosmogony

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

 

 PRETENTIOUS

 

 

 

a.

Modest

 

b.

Understanding

 

c.

Uneasy

 

d.

Pleasant

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

 

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

 

 

 

a.

Violent behavior

 

b.

Odorousness

 

c.

Laziness

 

d.

Disappearance

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

 

Who has the power to _________ out justice to the citizens of this country?

 

 

 

a.

meet

 

b.

mete

 

c.

meat

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

 

It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.

 

 

 

a.

Be too much trouble to

 

b.

Be detrimental to

 

c.

Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

 

We all remarked on how well the spray of begonias _____________ her hair color.

 

 

 

a.

complimented

 

b.

complemented

 

1. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

–Itinerant

a. permanent

b. flexible

c. transient

d. dissatisfied

Ans: c

2. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to _____ certain behaviors from the test subjects.

a. illicit

b. elicit

Ans: b

3. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense

a. labyrinthine

b. invidious

c. titillating

d. envious

Ans: b

4. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness

a. contumacy

b. defenestration

c. conversion

d. efficacy

Ans: d

5. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

Lassitude

a. simplicity of speech

b. leniency

c. philanthropy

d. vigor

Ans: d

6. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

a. violent behavior

b. odorousness

c. laziness

d. disappearance

Ans: c

7. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

a. smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

b. dull; tiresome

c. cacophonous

Ans: a

8. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.

a. empathetic

b. dangerous

c. pathetic

d. sickening

Ans: a

9. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The crafty spy gave a _____ name to the hotel clerk.

a. fictive

b. fictional

c. fictitious

Ans: a

10. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group.

a. esoteric

b. eccentric

c. narcissistic

d. languid

Ans: a

11. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary.

a. quiescence

b. theocracy

c. swindle

d. sinecure

Ans: d

12. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull

a. turbid

b. torpid

c. turgid

d. tepid

Ans: d

13. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife _____ her wealth and _____ the law at every opportunity.

a. flouted/flouted

b. flouted/flaunted

c. flaunted/flouted

d. flaunted/flaunted

Ans: c

14. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

Refute

a. expose

b. support

c. garbage

d. safe place

Ans: b

15. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and _____ path.

a. tortious

b. tortuous

c. torturous

Ans: b

16. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable

a. sapid

b. irascible

c. jocund

d. incorrigible

Ans: b

17. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.

a. sage

b. shriveled

c. creepy

d. jocular

Ans: b

18. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

a. abject

b. agrarian

c. analogous

d. amalgam

Ans: c

19. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.

These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.

a. spoil

b. detract from; debase

c. fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

Ans: c

20. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Our lawyers have informed us that while the new tax laws will not _____ our business directly, they may have an adverse _____ on the spending power of our customers.

a. effect/affect

b. affect/affect

c. effect/effect

d. affect/effect

Ans: d

21. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

The company is _____ committed to developing educational television programs for children.

a. holey

b. holy

c. wholly

Ans: c

22. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.

The diplomats, who have been accused of DUPLICITY by their respective countries, have been removed from their posts.

a. bad taste

b. deceitfulness; double-dealing

c. embezzlement

Ans: b

23. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Oscar, who did not possess a discerning _____, preferred hotdogs to steak.

a. palette

b. pallet

c. palate

Ans: c

24. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

The workers were allowed to _____ down once they’d _____ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet _____ down.

a. lay/lain/laid

b. lie/laid/lain

c. lie/lain/lain

d. lay/laid/laid

Ans: d

25. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

That grueling competition really tested the _____ of the gymnastics team.

a. meddle

b. metal

c. medal

d. mettle

Ans: d

26. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope

a. hermetic

b. foreseeable

c. sporadic

d. sectarian

Ans: d

27. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

Inordinate

a. reasonable

b. on a waiting list

c. unprepared

d. immense

Ans: a

28. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively

a. vituperative

b. litigant

c. fulminate

d. exhume

Ans: c

29. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To impose with authority; urge strongly

a. enjoin

b. prevalent

c. dissonance

d. relegate

Ans: a

30. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

I can _____ all the terms of the apartment lease ______ the one about not allowing pets.

a. except/accept

b. except/except

c. accept/accept

d. accept/except

Ans: d

31. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

The _____ poet, knowing his death was _____, struggled to finish his final ode.

a. imminent/eminent

b. eminent/immanent

c. immanent/imminent

d. eminent/imminent

Ans: d

32. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity

a. apologetic

b. parsimonious

c. obdurate

d. abdicated

Ans: c

33. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letter as it is used in the sentence below.

The publicist was surprised by the INUNDATION of fan letters for her top client.

a. deluge

b. dearth

c. hindrance

Ans: a

34. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.

Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

a. happy circumstance

b. puzzling predicament

c. easy decision

Ans: b

35. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.

a. pondered

b. worried

c. neglected

d. laughed

Ans: a

36. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

Pretentious

a. modest

b. understanding

c. uneasy

d. pleasant

Ans: a

37. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

a. expression of disapproval or blame

b. expression of affection or love

c. expression of apology or regret

Ans: a

38. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.

His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.

a. influential

b. positive

c. hysterical

d. harmful

Ans: d

39. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

The skillful candidate’s _____ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ______ goals of peace and prosperity.

a. illusive/elusive

b. allusive/elusive

c. elusive/allusive

d. allusive/illusive

Ans:

 

 

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

a.     Happy circumstance
b.     Puzzling predicament
    c.     Easy decision

the answer is:    c.     Easy decision

Question2:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.

a.     Imprudent and unrefined
    b.     Cheerful and clumsy
c.     Selfish and dissipated
d.     Charming and elegant

the answer is:    b.     Cheerful and clumsy

Question3:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ADVERSE

a.     Moody
b.     Poetic
c.     Favorable
    d.     Twisted

the answer is:    d.     Twisted

Question4:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.

a.     Sentiment; emotion
b.     Agreement
c.     Outward appearance

the answer is:

Question5:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

a.     Expression of disapproval or blame
    b.     Expression of affection or love
c.     Expression of apology or regret

the answer is:    b.     Expression of affection or love

Question6:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

a.     Violent behavior
    b.     Odorousness
c.     Laziness
d.     Disappearance

the answer is:    b.     Odorousness

Question7:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

a.     Violent behavior
    b.     Odorousness
c.     Laziness
d.     Disappearance

the answer is:    b.     Odorousness

Question8:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

We fully expect Elizabeth to FOIST her work on us and disappear for the weekend as usual.

a.     Force upon; palm off
    b.     Take away; take off one’s hands
c.     Keep for oneself

the answer is:    b.     Take away; take off one’s hands

Question9:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

She hastened to _________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will _________ that the check is mailed today.

a.     assure/ensure
b.     ensure/insure
c.     insure/assure
    d.     ensure/assure

the answer is:    d.     ensure/assure

Question10:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.

a.     Downfall
    b.     Omen; forerunner
c.     Unequivocal proof

the answer is:    b.     Omen; forerunner

Question11:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope

a.     Hermetic
b.     Foreseeable
    c.     Sporadic
d.     Sectarian

the answer is:    c.     Sporadic

Question12:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.

a.     Gluttonous
b.     Quarrelsome; contentious
    c.     Excessively talkative about trivial topics

the answer is:    c.     Excessively talkative about trivial topics

Question13:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

We expected the waiter to show us out of that snooty restaurant in a hurry, but he turned out to be quite jolly and __________.

a.     complacent
    b.     compliant
c.     complaisant

the answer is:    b.     compliant

Question14:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.

a.     Sage
    b.     Shriveled
c.     Creepy
d.     Jocular

the answer is:    b.     Shriveled

Question15:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to  ___________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.

    a.     illicit
b.     elicit

the answer is:    a.     illicit

Question16:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

The company is __________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.

    a.     holey
b.     holy
c.     wholly

the answer is:    a.     holey

Question17:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The proposed after-school tutoring program promises _______________ benefits to the students and the community.

a.     innumerable
    b.     enumerable

the answer is:    b.     enumerable

Question18:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.

a.     Clamorous; disorderly
b.     Gracious; kind
    c.     Blunt or rude in manner of speech

the answer is:    c.     Blunt or rude in manner of speech

Question19:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym of the word below.

NONCHALANT

a.     Courageous
b.     Unnerved
    c.     Unperturbed
d.     Lethargic

the answer is:    c.     Unperturbed

Question20:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness

a.     Contumacy
b.     Defenestration
c.     Conversion
    d.     Efficacy

the answer is:    d.     Efficacy

Question21:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

Rachel knew that she’d soon be living in ___________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems ____________ out immediately.

    a.     straightened/straitened
b.     straitened/straightened

the answer is:    a.     straightened/straitened

Question22:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

a.     Abject
b.     Agrarian
    c.     Analogous
d.     Amalgam

the answer is:    c.     Analogous

Question23:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ITINERANT

a.     Permanent
    b.     Flexible
c.     Transient
d.     Dissatisfied

the answer is:    b.     Flexible

Question24:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Oscar, who did not possess a discerning __________, preferred hotdogs to steak.

a.     palette
b.     pallet
    c.     palate

the answer is:    c.     palate

Question25:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Marilyn conveyed a BLITHE indifference to the troubles that mounted around her.

a.     Carefree; heedless
    b.     Cruel; heartless
c.     Catastrophic

the answer is:    b.     Cruel; heartless

Question26:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

INORDINATE

a.     Reasonable
    b.     On a waiting list
c.     Unprepared
d.     Immense

the answer is: b.     On a waiting list

Question27:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

I can _________ all the terms of the apartment lease _________ the one about not allowing pets.

a.     except/accept
b.     except/except
c.     accept/accept
    d.     accept/except

the answer is:    d.     accept/except

Question28:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

LASSITUDE

a.     Simplicity of speech
b.     Leniency
    c.     Philanthropy
d.     Vigor

the answer is:    c.     Philanthropy

Question29:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Although _________ wanted to keep the boat all to _________, I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and _________.

a.     I/myself/myself
    b.     I/me/I
c.     I/myself/I
d.     I/myself/me

the answer is:    b.     I/me/I

Question30:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.

a.     Erratic
b.     Apathetic
c.     Admirable
    d.     Meticulous

the answer is:    d.     Meticulous

Question31:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.

a.     Mercenary; venal
    b.     Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others
c.     Characterized by profound insight

the answer is:    b.     Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others

Question32:
Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

    a.     Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
b.     Dull; tiresome
c.     Cacophonous

the answer is:    a.     Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

Question33:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The only ________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.

a.     distinctive
b.     distinguished
    c.     distinguishable

the answer is:    c.     distinguishable

Question34:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull

a.     Turbid
b.     Torpid
    c.     Turgid
d.     Tepid

the answer is:    c.     Turgid

Question35:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Local or provincial dialect

a.     Invective
b.     Patois
    c.     Neopaganism
d.     Polyarchy

the answer is:    c.     Neopaganism

Question36:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group

a.     Esoteric
    b.     Eccentric
c.     Narcissistic
d.     Languid

the answer is:    b.     Eccentric

Question37:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

PRETENTIOUS

a.     Modest
    b.     Understanding
c.     Uneasy
d.     Pleasant

the answer is:    b.     Understanding

Question38:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

MITIGATE

a.     Abate
b.     Conceal
    c.     Intensify
d.     Allow

the answer is:    c.     Intensify

Question39:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Who has the power to _________ out justice to the citizens of this country?

a.     meet
b.     mete
    c.     meat

the answer is:    c.     meat

Question40:
Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.

a.     Pondered
    b.     Worried
c.     Neglected
d.     Laughed

the answer is:    b.     Worried        

 

 

1. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

–Itinerant
c. transient

2. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
This experiment was designed to _____ certain behaviors from the test subjects.
b. elicit

3. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense
b. invidious

4. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness
d. efficacy

5. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
Lassitude
d. vigor

6. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
The coach was absolutely by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.
c. laziness

7. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.
a. smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

8. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.
a. empathetic

9. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The crafty spy gave a _____ name to the hotel clerk.
a. fictive

10. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group.
a. esoteric

11. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary.
d. sinecure

12. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull
d. tepid

13. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife _____ her wealth and _____ the law at every opportunity.
c. flaunted/flouted

14. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
Refute

b. support
safe place

15. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and _____ path.
b. tortuous

16. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable
b. irascible

17. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.
b. shriveled

18. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
c. analogous

19. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.
These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.
c. fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

20. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Our lawyers have informed us that while the new tax laws will not _____ our business directly, they may have an adverse _____ on the spending power of our customers.
d. affect/effect

21. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
c. wholly

22. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.
The diplomats, who have been accused of DUPLICITY by their respective countries, have been removed from their posts.
b. deceitfulness; double-dealing

23. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Oscar, who did not possess a discerning _____, preferred hotdogs to steak.
c. palate

24. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
The workers were allowed to _____ down once they’d _____ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet _____ down.
d. lay/laid/laid
Ans: d

25. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
That grueling competition really tested the _____ of the gymnastics team.
d. mettle

26. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope
d. sectarian

27. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
Inordinate
a. reasonable

28. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively
c. fulminate
Ans: c

29. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To impose with authority; urge strongly
a. enjoin

30. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
I can _____ all the terms of the apartment lease ______ the one about not allowing pets.
d. accept/except

31. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The _____ poet, knowing his death was _____, struggled to finish his final ode.
d. eminent/imminent

32. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity
c. obdurate

33. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letter as it is used in the sentence below.
The publicist was surprised by the INUNDATION of fan letters for her top client.
a. deluge

34. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.
Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.
b. puzzling predicament

35. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.
a. pondered

36. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
Pretentious
a. modest

 

37. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in Capital Letters as it is used in the sentence below.
Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.
a. expression of disapproval or blame

38. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in Capital Letters in the following sentence.
His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.
d. harmful

39. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The skillful candidate’s _____ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ______ goals of peace and prosperity.
a. illusive/elusive

 

 

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