Learning Nouns Practice Exercises (page 2)
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Learning Nouns Practice Exercises
Practice Exercise 1
Of course you know the word hotel, but did you know all the others: inn, bed-and-breakfast, boardinghouse, and establishment? How about the words serenity, solstice, clemency, and mercy? Which of these words were unfamiliar to you?
Use your dictionary to learn meanings for the new words. Then write sentences using three of the words you've just learned.
The few moments you take to look up a word in a dictionary can really pay off. You'll understand the meaning of the word and pump up your word power with just a tiny input of energy on your part!
Read the following paragraph and circle any words that are new to you. Pay special attention to the nouns in bold type.
Do You Want Fries With That?
The student council meeting turned into a near riot. The argument on the day's agenda was whether or not the school should allow fast food and soft drinks to be sold in the cafeteria. One viewpoint was that soft drinks and potato chips were fine but French fries weren't. Another position held that soft drinks were really bad, and presented a detailed deposition from a medical expert about the harm these drinks can cause. Mediation seemed necessary, but who should be the arbiter of food policy? The students or the school district's administration? Should a referendum to all concerned parties, including parents, be offered? Surely someone had to provide amnesty to the warring parties.
You've probably read or heard some of these words before. Others may have been understandable because of their context. And still others may be entirely new words. Do you see how the use of less common nouns adds zest and interest to the paragraph? How would it sound if simpler, more common nouns were substituted for the boldfaced words?
Practice Exercise 2
Draw lines to match each word on the left with its definition on the right.
|1.||mercy||a.||intervention to bring settlement|
|2.||deposition||b.||decreasing of punishment; forgiveness|
|3.||hostel||c.||one who settles controversies|
|5.||clemency||e.||signed testimony by someone absent|
|6.||advocate||f.||vote by all parties concerned|
|7.||mediation||g.||inexpensive overnight lodging|
|8.||referendum||h.||person who speaks in support of an idea|
|9.||arbiter||i.||a plan of action of an organization|
|10.||policy||j.||state of calm, without disturbance|
|11.||amnesty||k.||choice between two unpleasant options|
|12.||dilemma||l.||safety from punishment or prosecution|
Practice Exercise 3
Directions: Fill in the blanks with words you've learned in this lesson, using the list in the preceding exercise as your inventory of possible nouns.
|1.||Some ___ was necessary in the committee room if the meeting was ever to end.|
|2.||Congressman Jenkins, the committee chairman and the final ___, broke the tie vote and ended the heated argument.|
|3.||The ideal political candidate has clearly presented ___ positions on most current issues.|
|4.||The medical examiner, who was in the hospital and therefore could not attend the trial, sent in his written ___.|
|5.||After one of the jurors started crying, the judge called for a recess in an attempt to institute a state of ___ in the courtroom.|
|6.||The defendant, after being found guilty, begged the judge for ___ in determining the years he would have to spend in prison.|
|7.||"Robbing a ___ is no less a crime than robbing a bank," declared the judge sternly.|
|8.||The convicted robber's mother demanded ___ for her son, promising that he would change his ways in the future.|
|9.||An ___ of lighter sentences for convicted robbers spoke to the courtroom in the young man's defense.|
|10.||The judge reminded the audience that some prison terms were regulated by law, and that a ___, a vote of the citizens of the state, would be required to change the prison term rules.|
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