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5 Matching questions

  1. grounded
  2. incredulous
  3. demeanor
  4. resilient
  5. astute
  1. a adj. (of a person) unwilling to believe something; skeptical; doubtful.
    She arched her eyebrow and gave him an incredulous look when he insisted that the tree had just appeared in front of the car.
    incredulity (n.)
    n. a tendency to be too ready to believe that something is real or true.
    I'm afraid that Trey's credulity may someday get him in trouble because he will trust anything you tell him.
  2. b adj. 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.
    resilience (n.)
  3. c adj. having an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage; shrewd; discerning.
    The astute poker player could tell that his opponent was bluffing, and so continued to bet aggressively.
  4. d n. outward behavior or bearing; manner; attitude.
    Sarah's shy demeanor made it hard for her to meet new people.
  5. e adj. well balanced and sensible.
    The kids have money and a celebrity dad, but they seem grounded.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. n. the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt; scorn; derision.
    People who pride themselves on reading only the finest literature view comic books with disdain.
    disdainful (adj.)
  2. v. to restrict (something) within limits; to surround; to confine.
    The lake was circumscribed on all sides by mountains.
  3. 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.
  4. n. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally; overstatement.
    It's hard to believe the hyperbole of the advertisement; there is simply no way an energy drink can give you wings.
  5. v. to find a way around (an obstacle); to overcome (a problem or difficulty), typically in a clever or sneaky way; to get around; to bypass.
    The thieves circumvented the museum's alarm system by climbing in through a skylight.

5 True/False questions

  1. vacillatev. 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.
    vacillation (n.)


  2. reverev. 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.
    reverence (n.)
    reverent (adj.)
    reverential (adj.)
    adj. showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously; disdainful; impertinent; impudent
    irreverence (n.)


  3. hearsayn. unverified information received from other people; rumor; gossip.
    It's not a good idea to make major decisions based only on rumors and hearsay.


  4. fanciful(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


  5. machinatev. 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.
    n. a scheme


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