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5 Matching questions

  1. lugubrious
  2. disillusioned
  3. inept
  4. allusion
  5. machinate
  1. a v. to engage in plots and intrigues; to scheme.
    Hoping to devise a plan to steal identities over the web, Harry and Kim sat in the back room and machinated.
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    machination
    n. a scheme
  2. b adj. looking or sounding sad and dismal; mournful; gloomy; glum; melancholy.
    Eeyore is the most lugubrious cartoon character that I remember from my childhood—he's always down about something.
  3. c adj. disappointed in something after discovering it to be less good than once believed.
    She became disillusioned with the new governor after realizing that his policies were the same as his predecessor's.
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    disillusionment (n.)
  4. d adj. having or showing no skill; clumsy; incompetent.
    My cousin Brad is an inept athlete who can barely dribble a basketball.
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    ineptitude (n.)
  5. e n. an indirect reference; an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly.
    The author's mention of a "jabberwocky" was an allusion to Alice in Wonderland, but most readers missed the reference.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. n. an opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine or what is generally accepted; blasphemy.
    The fundamentalist religious leader denounced the doctrine of the atheists as heresy.
  2. (1) v. to get or obtain something from specified source.
    We derived great pleasure from watching him win the contest.

    (2) v. to come from or originate in (a specified source).
    The word "coffee" derives from the Turkish word "kahveh."
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    derivative
    (1) n. something that is based on another source

    (2) adj. (typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason; unoriginal; plagiarized
  3. v. to restrict (something) within limits; to surround; to confine.
    The lake was circumscribed on all sides by mountains.
  4. adj. of little value or importance.
    Tim went on and on about the right shade of blue for the new uniforms, but the rest of us thought it was a pretty trivial issue.
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    trivialize
    v. to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is; to minimize; to belittle
  5. n. outward behavior or bearing; manner; attitude.
    Sarah's shy demeanor made it hard for her to meet new people.

5 True/False questions

  1. benevolentadj. well meaning and kindly; compassionate; altruistic; magnanimous.
    My benevolent boss always gives his workers a generous bonus around the holidays.

          

  2. circumventadj. wary and unwilling to take risks; cautious; guarded; vigilant.
    Not wanting to ruin the surprise party, Alex was very circumspect in answering Cheryl's questions about their plans for the weekend.

          

  3. fanciful(1) adj. (of a person or their thoughts and ideas) overimaginative and unrealistic; far-fetched

    (2) adj. existing only in the imagination or fancy; whimsical; dreamy.
    The father told his young daughter a fanciful story about a leprechaun and a pot of gold.

          

  4. provincialadj. of little value or importance.
    Tim went on and on about the right shade of blue for the new uniforms, but the rest of us thought it was a pretty trivial issue.
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    trivialize
    v. to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is; to minimize; to belittle

          

  5. prominentadj. able to recover or spring back quickly after being bent or compressed, or after difficult conditions.
    Even after a third knee surgery, the resilient ball player returned for another season.
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    resilience (n.)

          

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