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Vocabulary Words 1 - The Explosion of Words Begins
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Vocabulary Words 1 - The Explosion of Words Begins

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Ah yes, here you are in middle school and you’re probably wondering when learning new vocabulary words is ever going to end. Well the truth is, you will continue to learn new vocabulary words throughout your entire life. There are new words being added almost every day, especially when slang words become acceptable as authentic words.

However, now that you are in middle school, your vocabulary word bank will increase to a whole new proportional level, in fact, it will explode with words! Middle school English is heavily focused on developing your reading comprehension and learning to write well.

A lot of your English lessons will have you reading, writing book reports, doing research papers, writing essays and even teaching you how to articulate in a more clear and precise manner. You really have all of the foundation work behind you with learning what words are (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, propositions and so on) and learning sentences and sentence structures (simple, compound, complex and compound-complex), and how to formulate a paragraph. With all of this knowledge, however, your best tool in both reading and in writing is to have a good wealth of vocabulary. The more vocabulary you have, the more your written work and spoken word will set you apart from others.

As building your vocabulary is so important this year, you will find a number of quizzes here that will test your skills. If you find words that you don’t know, then pull out a dictionary and see what the word means. Then try to use it in a sentence. Do this a few times until you are comfortable with the word. Then retake some of the vocabulary quizzes and see how much you can improve your score. Once the new words are mastered, you can start using those words to impress your friends and, more importantly, you can impress your teachers!

For this quiz, there are ten sentences given below and four words for each sentence that could possibly fit into the sentence. See if you can find the correct word without having to look it up in a dictionary. You might surprise yourself to learn that you are more familiar with words than you initially thought. So, are you ready? Then go ahead and take the following vocabulary quiz.

1.
Jonathan knew that if he ________ on his trek he would make it to the finish line.
disparaged
impinged
vaccinated
persevered
Answer (a) “disparaged” means to criticize and is not the word needed for this sentence. Answer (b) “impinged” means to trespass upon so it, too, is not the word needed for this sentence. Answer (c) “vaccinated” means to give a shot of medicine and it is definitely not the word we need here. Answer (d) “persevered” means to continue on in spite of any obstacles. Answer (d) is correct
2.
“What is all the _________ about?” John asked.
raucous
philandering
elucidate
forfeit
Answer (b) “philandering” means to carry on an affair with someone other than your partner and that really doesn’t fit into this sentence. Answer (c) “elucidate” means to make clear such as, “He had to elucidate directions so that they could find their way to the school.” This word does not fit our sentence though. Answer (d) “forfeit” means to give something up and that too does not fit the sentence. Answer (a) “raucous” means rowdiness or boisterousness. Answer (a) does fit and is the correct answer
3.
The Principal _________ the importance of taking the SAT in order to go to college.
conceptualized
expatiated
facilitated
grappled
Answer (a) “conceptualized” means to form an idea and it just doesn’t fit in this sentence. Answer (c) “facilitated” means to make easier so it, too, does not fit into this sentence. Answer (d) “grappled” means to struggle with or wrestle with – it is not a good fit. Answer (b) “expatiated” is a verb and means to elaborate on or to put a great deal of emphasis on. This word is a perfect fit for this sentence so Answer (b) is correct
4.
The pain she was feeling was ________.
epic
indignant
ardent
excruciating
Answer (a) “epic” refers to an extending narrative or a large story. It definitely does not fit our sentence here. Answer (b) “indignant” means to be angry so that, too, does not fit the sentence. Answer (c) “ardent” means to be passionate about something so it is not the word we are looking for here. Answer (d) “excruciating” means something that is agonizing, severe or extreme and this word fits our sentence very well in that “The pain she was feeling was agonizing.” Answer (d) is correct
5.
The politicians were very ________ with each other.
acrimonious
plaintiff
authorized
undecipherable
Answer (b) “plaintiff” refers to a person who files a lawsuit against another person or company. It does not fit the meaning needed for this sentence. Answer (c) “authorized” means to give permission to and it is not the word that this sentence needs. Answer (d) “undecipherable” means to be unable to be read. This is, therefore, not the word that we are looking for. Answer (a) “acrimonious” means to be bitter with or angry with so this word is a perfect fit for this sentence. Answer (a) is correct
6.
The monkeys were ________ from one branch to the next.
congregating
brachiating
asphalting
flouting
Answer (a) “congregation” means to collect or gather and really doesn’t fit well in this sentence. Answer (c) “asphalting” means to pave such as a walkway or street so it is not the word needed here. Answer (d) “flouting” means to mock or make fun of. It is not the word needed for this sentence. Answer (b) “brachiating” means swinging from and is the ideal word to use here. Answer (b) is correct
7.
The road construction made it a huge __________ to get to the theater.
transition
altercation
inconvenience
euphemism
Answer (a) “transition” means change from one form to another and that doesn’t fit here. Answer (b) “altercation” means a heated or angry argument and it also does not fit in this sentence. Answer (d) “euphemism” means the deliberate or polite use of a pleasant or neutral word or expression to avoid the emotional implications of a more harsh or harmful word. That clearly does not fit this sentence. Answer (c) “inconvenience” means to make difficult or to hinder the progression of. The road construction could hinder and make it difficult to get to the theater so Answer (c) is the correct answer
8.
He had to ________ off the road in order to avoid hitting the deer.
coagulate
centripetal
veer
bombast
Answer (a) “coagulate” means to clot such as what blood does and is not the word needed for this sentence. Answer (b) “centripetal” means to direct towards the center which does not make proper sense in this sentence. Answer (d) “bombast” means to rant in speaking and it definitely is not the word we need here. Answer (c) “veer” means to change direction and it is a perfect fit for this sentence making Answer (c) correct
9.
His career choices were _________.
symmetrical
sporadic
innumerable
expunged
Answer (a) “symmetrical” means the same as or equal to but it doesn’t fit into this sentence. Answer (b) “sporadic” means irregular and although it could possibly be used, it is not the best word for this sentence. Answers (d) “expunged” means to erase or eliminate. It does not appear to work well here. Answer (c) “innumerable” means many or without end and it is a perfect word for this sentence making Answer (c) correct
10.
It was the __________ scene of Phantom of the Opera.
facsimile
penultimate
transmutation
disparity
Answer (a) “facsimile” means to make an exact copy or image of something else so this word is not the word needed in this sentence. Answer (c) “transmutation” means to transform from one thing into another so this word does not fit into the sentence. Answer (d) “disparity” means to be unequal or unlike so it too does not fit into this sentence. Answer (b) “penultimate” means next to last so putting it into the sentence it would read, “It was the next to last scene of Phantom of the Opera.” It does fit so Answer (b) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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