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Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Practice (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Crossword Puzzle

Choose the word from the vocabulary list that best fits into the crossword puzzle. You can check your answers at the end of the chapter following the answers to the questions.

Commonly Tested Words

Answers

Words in Context

The paragraph is a recollection of a visit to see the apes and the behaviors noticed by the narrator; thus we should certainly conclude that simian means apelike or concerning apes. When we read that some apes remained diffident but others came forward to greet the visitors, we can understand that diffident could mean shy or reserved. The friendly ape that offers food in his prehensile hand must surely have a hand that is capable of holding something. Since the leader of the apes remains a stolid observer of all the activities, we can guess that he is showing no emotion or expression, because he is juxtaposed with his fellow apes who get excited. The apes that become scared when the leader moves about cower in the corner, so we can understand that they are cringing and trembling in fear of him. The two apes that fight during the visit apparently have rancor only for each other, so we should know that rancor means hatred or ill will. The ape Yankee seems to be staring at the door and trying to figure out a means of escape, so we can conclude that ruminate means to think over or ponder. Yankee's attempts to extricate himself from the cage, despite it being impossible without the keys, indicate that extricate must mean free or release. Finally, since we are told Yankee is resolute enough to continue his attempt for hours, we can understand that resolute must mean determined and firm of purpose.

Sentence Completion

  1. diffident. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  2. plausible. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  3. prehensile. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  4. brusque. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  5. malapropism. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  6. extricate. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  7. succor. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  8. hyperbole. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  9. anomaly. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  10. fodder. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  11. resolute. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  12. garrulous. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  13. stolid. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  14. ruminate. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  15. pertinacity. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  16. dross. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  17. simian. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  18. badinage. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  19. rancor. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  20. cower. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.

Synonyms

  1. c. loudness. Pertinacity means firm or unyielding adherence to some purpose. Since loudness means the audible volume of something, it is not a synonym.
  2. a. quiet. Garrulous means overly talkative and chatty, so quiet is not a synonym.
  3. a. courteous. Brusque means being short or abrupt in manner or speech. Since courteous means polite and gracious, it is not a synonym.
  4. b. fondness. Rancor means continuing hatred or ill will. Since fondness means warm affection, it is not a synonym.
  5. c. rip. Cower means to cringe or tremble in fear. Since rip means to tear or shred something, it is not a synonym.
  6. d. stress. Succor means aid or assistance in a time of need. Since stress means tension or pressure, it is not a synonym.
  7. a. deceitful. Plausible means seemingly true and acceptable. Since deceitful means dishonest and fraudulent, it is not a synonym.
  8. c. furious. Diffident means shy and reserved. Since furious means violently angry and raging, it is not a synonym.
  9. d. average. Anomaly means an irregularity or abnormality. Since average means usual or commonplace, it is not a synonym.
  10. c. having to do with animals. Simian means apelike or having to do with apes or monkeys. Since having to do with animals is too broad a definition, it is not a synonym.
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