English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 5 Writing - Improving Vocabulary (Questions)

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This quiz takes another look at improving vocabulary. Knowing and using synonyms for 'ordinary' words can really improve your vocabulary. It's not enough just to have a collection of wonderful words in your vocabulary. You also need to know when to use them! Are you able to select exactly the right word for any occasion?

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It's important to know the meaning of words before you use them. If you are not quite sure of the meaning, your writing or speech may not make much sense! So when you discover a new word that you like, ensure that you double-check its meaning in a dictionary as well as learning how to spell it correctly.

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1. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
She was worried that the dogs would ____ her ____ plants.
[ ] wander, towering
[ ] trample, delicate
[ ] run, dormant
[ ] sit, green
2. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The test was challenging, but the boys were ____ that they had ____.
[ ] hesitant, failed.
[ ] confident, failed.
[ ] confident, succeeded.
[ ] surprised, survived.
3. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The people in the cafe looked up in ____ as the young man ____ through the door.
[ ] alarm, burst
[ ] tranquility, exploded
[ ] disgust, permeated
[ ] curiosity, roared
4. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Quickly ____ from shock, she stepped ____ back into the shadows.
[ ] singing, bravely
[ ] dropping, hardly
[ ] recovering, cautiously
[ ] gaining, swiftly
5. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
____ with hunger, the wolf ____, its belly low to the ground.
[ ] Wild, walked
[ ] Sad, pounced
[ ] Hungry, crept
[ ] Ravenous, crouched
6. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The wrecked ship was almost completely ____ beneath the water; only the tip of its mast was ____.
[ ] swallowed, available.
[ ] drowned, sighted.
[ ] submerged, visible.
[ ] sunk, there.
7. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
By the time the cousins finally ____ indoors, they had been thoroughly ____ by the rain.
[ ] trooped, drenched
[ ] came, wet
[ ] arrived, rinsed
[ ] gone, soaked
8. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
'____ me to be of ____,' said the hotel receptionist.
[ ] Let, service
[ ] Allow, assistance
[ ] Help, efficient
[ ] Agree, use
9. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Harriet's mom found the ____ state of her room ____, but Harriet found it soothing.
[ ] disastrous, pleasant
[ ] tidy, calming
[ ] chaotic, calming
[ ] chaotic, distressing
10. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Last season, the team's ____ had been ____.
[ ] performance, underwhelming.
[ ] record, concerned.
[ ] style, wealthy.
[ ] health, rarely.
English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 5 Writing - Improving Vocabulary (Answers)
1. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
She was worried that the dogs would ____ her ____ plants.
[ ] wander, towering
[x] trample, delicate
[ ] run, dormant
[ ] sit, green
She was worried that the dogs would trample her delicate plants.
2. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The test was challenging, but the boys were ____ that they had ____.
[ ] hesitant, failed.
[ ] confident, failed.
[x] confident, succeeded.
[ ] surprised, survived.
The test was challenging, but the boys were confident that they had succeeded.
3. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The people in the cafe looked up in ____ as the young man ____ through the door.
[x] alarm, burst
[ ] tranquility, exploded
[ ] disgust, permeated
[ ] curiosity, roared
The people in the cafe looked up in alarm as the young man burst through the door.
4. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Quickly ____ from shock, she stepped ____ back into the shadows.
[ ] singing, bravely
[ ] dropping, hardly
[x] recovering, cautiously
[ ] gaining, swiftly
Quickly recovering from shock, she stepped cautiously back into the shadows.
5. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
____ with hunger, the wolf ____, its belly low to the ground.
[ ] Wild, walked
[ ] Sad, pounced
[ ] Hungry, crept
[x] Ravenous, crouched
Ravenous with hunger, the wolf crouched, its belly low to the ground.
6. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
The wrecked ship was almost completely ____ beneath the water; only the tip of its mast was ____.
[ ] swallowed, available.
[ ] drowned, sighted.
[x] submerged, visible.
[ ] sunk, there.
The wrecked ship was almost completely submerged beneath the water; only the tip of its mast was visible.
7. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
By the time the cousins finally ____ indoors, they had been thoroughly ____ by the rain.
[x] trooped, drenched
[ ] came, wet
[ ] arrived, rinsed
[ ] gone, soaked
By the time the cousins finally trooped indoors, they had been thoroughly drenched by the rain.
8. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
'____ me to be of ____,' said the hotel receptionist.
[ ] Let, service
[x] Allow, assistance
[ ] Help, efficient
[ ] Agree, use
'Allow me to be of assistance,' said the hotel receptionist.
9. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Harriet's mom found the ____ state of her room ____, but Harriet found it soothing.
[ ] disastrous, pleasant
[ ] tidy, calming
[ ] chaotic, calming
[x] chaotic, distressing
Harriet's mom found the chaotic state of her room distressing, but Harriet found it soothing.
10. Choose the words which complete the sentence.
Last season, the team's ____ had been ____.
[x] performance, underwhelming.
[ ] record, concerned.
[ ] style, wealthy.
[ ] health, rarely.
Last season, the team's performance had been underwhelming.