Vocabulary - Words (Part 2)

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Vocabulary - Words (Part 2)

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In the previous quiz “Vocabulary Words (Part 1)” we learned that since the day you were born you have been learning a language. You start to learn it by hearing it and then making a connection between the sounds the “big” people are making and the objects and senses that go with those sounds.

Your big break is then learning to form those sounds into saying your very first words until, finally you start to link the words together, creating simple, short sentences. The next step is to start putting together complex and compound sentences. All this is done before you even learn what a letter is. Then you start to sing the A, B, C song.

As our language and understanding of it continues throughout life, as well as adding to our plethora of words, it would not be possible to address every word you have learned by middle school. However, it is always good to look over your list and see what you really know, especially where a word can be used correctly such as in a sentence.

1.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

She did not want to ________ with the taxi driver so she threw him a $20 bill.
haggle
travel
investigate
infuriate
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (b) “travel,” (c) “investigate” and (d) “infuriate” do not fit the context. Answer (a) “haggle,” on the other hand, does make a good fit. Haggle means to “argue with.” Answer (a) is correct.
2.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

The entire goal of the game is to _______ your opponent.
quicken
annihilate
suppress
follow
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “quicken,” (c) “suppress” and (d) “follow” do not fit the context. Answer (b) “annihilate” does make a good fit. Annihilate means to “destroy.” Answer (b) is correct.
3.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

The King will ______ part of his northern estate to his cousin.
bestow
hide
equalize
equate
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (b) “hide,” (c) “equalize” and (d) “equate” do not fit the context. Answer (a) “bestow” does make a good fit. Bestow means to “present as a gift.” Answer (a) is correct.
4.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

Sarah was ________ when she got her college acceptance letter!
saddened
disheartened
frivolous
exuberant
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “saddened,” (b) “disheartened” and (c) “frivolous” do not fit the context. Answer (d) “exuberant” does make a good fit. Exuberant means to be “enthusiastic and filled with joy.” Answer (d) is correct.
5.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

She had a ______ of questions to ask her science teacher.
plethora
basket
brilliancy
epiphany
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (b) “basket,” (c) “brilliancy” and (d) “epiphany” do not fit the context. Answer (a) “plethora,” on the other hand, does make a good fit. Plethora means “overabundance.” Answer (a) is correct.
6.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

Vultures are very _______ birds.
sophisticated
territorial
predatory
distinguished
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “sophisticated,” (b) “territorial” and (d) “distinguished” do not fit the context. Answer (c) “predatory” does make a good fit. Predatory means to “prey upon others.” Answer (c) is correct.
7.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

He made a very _______ remark to the officer who had pulled him over.
overzealous
horrific
extravagant
flagrant
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “overzealous,” (b) “horrific” and (c) “extravagant” do not fit the context. Answer (d) “flagrant” does make a good fit. Flagrant means “offensive.” Answer (d) is correct.
8.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

She had to wait for his anger to ______ before she could explain the situation.
intensify
abate
evaporate
extrapolate
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “intensify,” (c) “evaporate” and (d) “extrapolate” do not fit the context. Answer (b) “abate,” on the other hand, does make a good fit. Abate means to “reduce in intensity.” Answer (b) is correct.
9.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

Her comment on her husband’s attire was not very ______.
specific
refreshing
subtle
superior
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “specific,” (b) “refreshing” and (d) “superior” do not fit the context. Answer (c) “subtle,” on the other hand, does make a good fit. Subtle means “difficult to understand.” Answer (c) is correct.
10.
Choose the correct vocabulary word that will best fit into the blank space.

The quarterback had to prove his ______ to the scouts that were checking him out.
grades
height
prowess
lineage
By reading this sentence and then substituting each of the four words provided, you need to determine which word fits best given the context of the entire sentence. Answers (a) “grades,” (b) “height” and (d) “lineage” do not fit the context. Answer (c) “prowess,” on the other hand, does make a good fit. Prowess means “superior skill and strength.” Answer (c) is correct.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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