English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 3 Language - Shades of Meaning (Questions)

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Even though some words have synonyms, they still may have a different connotative meaning. It requires practice of using these words that have different shades of meaning in order to fully distinguish the differences. Sometimes, the students use their background knowledge to distinguish between the different shades of meaning. Usually, students will think back to when they have heard those words. In this quiz, the students will read sentences and determine the exact meaning of certain words and choose the words that best fits into the sentences.

1. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
The boy SQUASHED the little bug that ran across the room.
[ ] To pretend to push something down.
[ ] To push down without hurting.
[ ] To hurt slightly.
[ ] To kill by stomping.
2. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
If you RECEIVE an A in English class, you deserve it.
[ ] To be given a thing.
[ ] Earned.
[ ] For something to be put in your hand.
[ ] To get hurt from something.
3. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
Children BUY candy frequently from the store.
[ ] To pay money for an item.
[ ] To believe to be true.
[ ] To trade for something.
[ ] To get something as a gift.
4. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
When I saw the new car, I really LIKED it.
[ ] To think it is the best thing you have ever had or seen.
[ ] To prefer something.
[ ] To accept.
[ ] To admire greatly.
5. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
My mother TOLD me to clean my room right now.
[ ] To mention.
[ ] To announce.
[ ] To demand.
[ ] To notify.
6. Which word best fits into the blank?
People could see the bones outside the body of the ____ mouse.
[ ] thin
[ ] small
[ ] skinny
[ ] starved
7. Which word best fits into the blank?
As we entered the cave, we decided to ____ it.
[ ] feel
[ ] try
[ ] sense
[ ] explore
8. Which word best fits into the blank?
When the people saw the dog doing funny tricks, everyone ____ at it.
[ ] looked
[ ] stared
[ ] peered
[ ] glanced
9. Which word best fits into the blank?
My little brother will frequently ____ me.
[ ] bother
[ ] disturb
[ ] displease
[ ] trouble
10. Which word best fits into the blank?
We decided to ____ the party for ten minutes.
[ ] call
[ ] greet
[ ] approach
[ ] discuss
English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 3 Language - Shades of Meaning (Answers)
1. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
The boy SQUASHED the little bug that ran across the room.
[ ] To pretend to push something down.
[ ] To push down without hurting.
[ ] To hurt slightly.
[x] To kill by stomping.
In this sentence, squash would kill the bug if it was stepped on.
2. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
If you RECEIVE an A in English class, you deserve it.
[ ] To be given a thing.
[x] Earned.
[ ] For something to be put in your hand.
[ ] To get hurt from something.
The student is earning grades.
3. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
Children BUY candy frequently from the store.
[x] To pay money for an item.
[ ] To believe to be true.
[ ] To trade for something.
[ ] To get something as a gift.
When you buy something, you pay money for it.
4. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
When I saw the new car, I really LIKED it.
[ ] To think it is the best thing you have ever had or seen.
[x] To prefer something.
[ ] To accept.
[ ] To admire greatly.
When you like something, you prefer it over something else.
5. What is the best meaning of the capitalized word in the sentence below?
My mother TOLD me to clean my room right now.
[ ] To mention.
[ ] To announce.
[x] To demand.
[ ] To notify.
When a parent tells you to do something, they are demanding or ordering you to do something.
6. Which word best fits into the blank?
People could see the bones outside the body of the ____ mouse.
[ ] thin
[ ] small
[ ] skinny
[x] starved
Since you can see the bones of the mouse, it is probably starved.
7. Which word best fits into the blank?
As we entered the cave, we decided to ____ it.
[ ] feel
[ ] try
[ ] sense
[x] explore
In a cave you would most likely explore it.
8. Which word best fits into the blank?
When the people saw the dog doing funny tricks, everyone ____ at it.
[ ] looked
[x] stared
[ ] peered
[ ] glanced
If something is unusual, people would do more than look. They would stare at it.
9. Which word best fits into the blank?
My little brother will frequently ____ me.
[x] bother
[ ] disturb
[ ] displease
[ ] trouble
Many little brothers bother their older siblings.
10. Which word best fits into the blank?
We decided to ____ the party for ten minutes.
[ ] call
[ ] greet
[ ] approach
[x] discuss
A discussion would take ten minutes.