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5 Matching questions

  1. ideal
  2. prominent
  3. trivial
  4. provincial
  5. check
  1. a adj. important; famous; attention-catching; noticeable.
    The prominent author's appearance at the local bookstore drew a huge crowd.
    prominence (n.)
  2. 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
  3. c (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.
  4. d (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. e (1) adj. perfect; most suitable.
    The empty parking lot is ideal for driving practice.

    (2) n. a standard of perfection; a principle to be aimed at.
    I try to stay true to my ideal of treating everyone with kindness.
    n. the practice of pursuing ideals, especially unrealistically
    idealist (n.)
    v. to regard as perfect or better than in reality
    n. a supporter of an ideology or system of beliefs, especially someone who is uncompromising and dogmatic.
    The government can barely accomplish anything because it's full of ideologues who refuse to cooperate with each other.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. adj. calm; peaceful; serene; placid.
    Her family retreats to their lake house to relax and take in the tranquil beauty of the water.
  2. n. outward behavior or bearing; manner; attitude.
    Sarah's shy demeanor made it hard for her to meet new people.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    disillusionment (n.)
  5. (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.

5 True/False questions

  1. circumspectv. 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.


  2. straightforwardadj. uncomplicated and easy to do or understand; honest; unambiguous.
    His straightforward answer to the question could not be interpreted in any other way.


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


  4. 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.


  5. hyperboleadj. at risk of suffering physical or emotional attack or harm.
    Out in the open field, the rabbit was vulnerable to predators, so he tried to stay in the thick brush where he could hide.
    vulnerability (n.)
    adj. impossible to harm or damage; impervious; inviolable