5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- a 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
- b v. to be a warning or indication of (a future event).
The dark clouds and heavy rain foreshadow the turmoil that occurs in the following chapter.
- c 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
- d adj. treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant; frivolous.
Don't worry—I was just being facetious when I said I'd sold your pet rabbit to the dog food factory.
- e (1) adj. concerning a province or region outside the capital city of a country; regional.
In researching her book on provincial cooking, she traveled all over the countryside.
(2) adj. unsophisticated or narrow-minded; parochial.
People from New York sometimes look down on people from West Virginia as provincial and backward.
n. the way of life typical of regions outside the capital city
(2) n. narrow-mindedness, insularity, or lack of sophistication
(3) n. concern for one's own region at the expense of national unity
5 Multiple choice questions
- n. outward behavior or bearing; manner; attitude.
Sarah's shy demeanor made it hard for her to meet new people.
- (1) v. to examine or inspect
(2) v. to stop or slow down the progress of (something undesirable); to curb; to restrain.
In an effort to check the spread of disease, rules prevent people from bringing exotic plants and animals into the country.
- (1) v. to cause someone to become involved in (a conversation or discussion)
(2) to participate or become involved in.
The students engaged in a heated discussion on reality television.
adj. charming and attractive.
Sophie had a sunny personality that was very engaging.
- adj. full of energy and enthusiasm; (of color) bright and striking.
The painting's vibrant colors brought life and cheerfulness to the otherwise dull room.
- (1) n. an ancestor or forebear
(2) n. a person who originates an artistic, political, or intellectual movement.
Jimi Hendrix was a major progenitor of the modern style of electric guitar playing.
5 True/False questions
circumscribe → adj. 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.
disillusioned → 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.
clandestine → 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.
lay → (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
allusion → (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.