5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- a n. unverified information received from other people; rumor; gossip.
It's not a good idea to make major decisions based only on rumors and hearsay.
- b 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.
v. to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is; to minimize; to belittle
- c 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.
- d adj. intimidating; seeming difficult to deal with; formidable; unnerving.
Running a marathon is a daunting challenge.
adj. not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment
- e (1) v. to light (something) up
(2) v. to help to clarify or explain (a subject or matter); to shed light on; to elucidate.
The documentary was very illuminating; now I have a much better understanding of how fast food can destroy your health.
5 Multiple choice questions
- (1) v. to be of the same opinion; to agree.
The judge concurred with the plaintiff and awarded her a $2 million settlement.
(2) v. to happen or occur at the same time; to coincide
- (1) v. to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause
(2) v. to allay or moderate (fears or suspicions); to alleviate; to relieve; to assuage.
The mayor's reassuring speech palliated the worries of the townspeople.
(1) adj. soothing, alleviating
(2) n. a remedy or medicine that palliates
- n. a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.
After the discovery of bacteria, doctors developed a whole new methodology for the prevention of infection.
- adj. only barely touching or related to (something); peripheral.
I had a hard time understanding how Penelope's tangential response related to the conversation we were having.
- adj. uncomplicated and easy to do or understand; honest; unambiguous.
His straightforward answer to the question could not be interpreted in any other way.
5 True/False questions
allusion → (1) v. to keep (someone or something) afloat
(2) v. to cause (someone) to become cheerful or confident; to encourage.
He was buoyed by news that his lost dog might have been found.
(1) n. the ability to float
(2) n. an optimistic and cheerful nature
opportune → adj. (of a time) well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate; auspicious; felicitous.
Julia chose an opportune time to open her new vegetarian restaurant, just as people were becoming particularly interested in healthy eating.
n. a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans
vacillate → v. to alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; to be indecisive; to fluctuate; to waffle.
Swing voters aren't people who vote in playgrounds; they're people who vacillate between supporting Democrats and supporting Republicans.
engage → v. to feel deep respect or admiration for (something); to honor; to esteem.
Mrs. Greene's students revered her; many thought she was the wisest, kindest teacher in the world.
adj. showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously; disdainful; impertinent; impudent
naïve → adj. (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment; innocent; gullible.
The freshmen continue to hold on to the naïve belief that they have high school figured out.
n. a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment; innocence or unsophistication