Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Practice

Updated on Sep 8, 2011

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Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Help

Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Practice

Words in Context

The following exercise will help you figure out the meaning of some words from the vocabulary list by reading context clues. After you have read and understood the paragraph, explain the context clues that helped you with the meaning of the vocabulary word. Refer to the answer section at the end of this lesson for an explanation of the clues.

    I will never forget the day I accompanied Professor Mackey into the apes' facility for the first time. He delighted in introducing me to all their unique simian behaviors. There were several apes who remained quite diffident during our visit, but most went about their normal behavior, and a few even came forward to greet us. One charmer even offered us a piece of food with his prehensile hand. The professor pointed out the leader, who remained a stolid observer of all the proceedings in the cage. Mackey explained that when the leader did move about, all the apes would become scared and excited and even cower in the corner. Two of the apes fought violently during our visit, but fortunately their rancor seemed focused solely on each other. Undoubtedly, the most fascinating resident was one of the males named Yankee. When the professor closed the cage door after he had brought the apes their lunch, Yankee came to the door and looked for the keyhole. I watched him ruminate there for a few minutes, staring intently at the door and the keys on the bench beside us. He then tried every imaginable way to extricate himself from the cage, and regardless of how impossible it would be without the keys, he seemed resolute enough to continue for hours. Indeed, the professor said he was still trying when he returned later that evening.


Make sure you get enough sleep the night before the test.

Sentence Completion

Insert the correct word from the vocabulary list into the following sentences.

  1. Maleek was _____ when he was younger, but now he is confident and outgoing.
  2. I didn't believe the solution to the mystery because it just didn't seem _____.
  3. Because dogs do not have a(n) _____ hand, they have to grab things with their jaws.
  4. New Yorkers are stereotyped as being _____, but this is not usually the case.
  5. "He is the very pineapple of politeness," is a famous _____ said by a character in the play The Rivals.
  6. I was unable to _____ myself from an uncomfortable situation when I realized I was seated next to the woman I had beat out for a promotion.
  7. Because there were so many stray animals, the shelter could not provide _____ to all of them.
  8. He was known for using _____ to make his point, but sometimes, it became tedious to hear him exaggerate every situation.
  9. Natalie's turning in the report late is really a(n) _____, as she is always on time with her work.
  10. I think that sometimes horses get tired of eating the same _____ every day, but experts say that the animals don't get bored of it.
  11. When Hannah makes up her mind to do something, she is _____ about it and doesn't stop until she has achieved her goal.
  12. I try to avoid getting into a conversation with Judy, as she is so _____ that I can't ever seem to end a conversation with her.
  13. During the trial, the defendant remained so _____ that no one could tell what he was thinking.
  14. It is his nature to _____ over new ideas; he does not make quick decisions.
  15. My dog might surprise you with her _____; she will not give up when it comes to getting attention.
  16. We kept the few minerals we found in the sample and just brushed the _____ away.
  17. His stooped posture, long arms, and wild hair cast an almost _____ aspect to his appearance.
  18. Nothing pleases me more than a little _____ with someone who has a quick wit.
  19. The _____ between them had existed for years, and it was rumored to have begun from some long-forgotten argument.
  20. The booming thunder made the two children _____ under the covers and reach to hold on to one another.
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