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5 Matching questions

  1. trivial
  2. incredulous
  3. illuminate
  4. appropriate
  5. facetious
  1. a (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.
  2. b 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.
  3. c 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.
  4. d 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
  5. e (1) adj. suitable or proper

    (2) v. to take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission; to seize; to commandeer.
    The pushy new researcher appropriated all the good lab equipment for himself.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. adj. well meaning and kindly; compassionate; altruistic; magnanimous.
    My benevolent boss always gives his workers a generous bonus around the holidays.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. adj. well balanced and sensible.
    The kids have money and a celebrity dad, but they seem grounded.
  5. 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.

5 True/False questions

  1. naïveadj. 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.


  2. vibrantadj. having or showing no skill; clumsy; incompetent.
    My cousin Brad is an inept athlete who can barely dribble a basketball.
    ineptitude (n.)


  3. resilientadj. important; famous; attention-catching; noticeable.
    The prominent author's appearance at the local bookstore drew a huge crowd.
    prominence (n.)


  4. 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


  5. concur(1) v. to cause to be or become; to make.
    The rains rendered his escape impossible.

    (2) v. to represent or depict artistically.
    The building has not been constructed yet, so this picture is just an artist's rendering of what it will look like.