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Learning Word Roots Practice (page 3)

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Practice Activities

The following are words that have the same roots as the words in this chapter. Divide each word into its parts: prefix, root, suffix. See if you can recognize the meaning of the new words and check your answers using a dictionary.

    agony, audit, antebellum, chronicle, democracy, infidel, influx, progeny, diagnosis, surrogate, soliloquy, anonymous, apathy, distracted, interjected, philosopher, tenable, voracious, vivid

Select any five words from the list and create your own sentences.

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.

Learning Roots

Answers

Words in Context

After reading the paragraph, we learn that a study has been done that shows that college freshmen living in dormitories have a higher risk of getting meningitis; therefore, we can conclude that verify means confirm. Because this disease can be fatal, we can understand that once contracted, it is not easily wiped out; thus, we can infer that tenacious means persistent and not easily stopped. Since the symptoms include constant pain from a headache, we can deduce that chronic means continual. It makes sense that college officials are concerned about the possible outbreak of such a disease on campus and would take measures to prevent its occurrence, so we can infer that inducement means encouragement. Students would be encouraged to take the vaccine if it were free or inexpensive; therefore, we can see that nominal means a small amount. Finally, we can gather that protracted means drawn out by the mention that the vaccine will last from three to five year.

Sentence Completion

  1. genocide. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  2. demographic. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  3. inducement. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  4. vivacious. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  5. pathos. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  6. belligerent. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  7. chronic. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  8. verify. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  9. fluctuate. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  10. fidelity. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  11. agonize. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  12. incognito. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  13. interrogate. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  14. loquacious. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  15. rejected. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  16. tenacious. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  17. audible. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  18. protracted. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  19. nominal. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  20. sophisticated. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.

Synonyms

  1. d. tenacious. Vivacious means lively, so tenacious would not be a synonym of the word, since it means stubborn.
  2. b. verify. Interrogate means to question, so verify would not be a synonym of the word, since it means confirm.
  3. b. lazy. Tenacious means stubborn, so lazy would not be a synonym.
  4. c. intermittent. Chronic means recurring, so intermittent would not be a synonym of the word, since it means alternating.
  5. e. open. Incognito means in disguise, so open would not be synonym of the word, since it means visible.
  6. d. audible. Illegible means hard to read, so audible would not be a synonym of the word, since it means easy to hear.
  7. b. steady. Fluctuate means to change, so steady would not be a synonym of the word, since it means unchanging.
  8. e. endure. Agonize means to struggle, so endure would not be a synonym of the word, since it means to bear, or to accept.
  9. c. actual. Nominal means supposed, so actual would not be a synonym of the word, since it means real.
  10. b. joy. Pathos means sadness, so joy would not be a synonym of the word, since it means delight.
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