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5 Matching questions

  1. hearsay
  2. daunting
  3. illuminate
  4. heresy
  5. trivial
  1. 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.
  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 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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. (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
  2. (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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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


  2. opportuneadj. (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
    opportunism (n.)
    opportunistic (adj.)


  3. 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.)


  4. engagev. 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.)


  5. naïveadj. (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