Studying Antonyms Practice Exercises

Updated on Jul 15, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Studying Antonyms Study Guide

Activity 1: WORD MATCH

Match each word on the left with its antonym(s) on the right.

1. anomaly a. expressing love and affection
2. benign b. enrage
3. cursory c. strong and unemotional
4. decorum d. the norm
5. effusive e. verbose, wordy
6. incarcerate f. profound and deep
7. jocund g. very few
8. laconic h. well-behaved or compliant
9. malevolent i. completely innocent
10. maudlin j. regular or repeated
11. ostensible k. rambling or long-winded
12. placate l. sad, full of sorrow
13. plethora m. set free
14. recalcitrant n. falsity, lies
15. reprehensible o. ill-mannered, impolite
16. sporadic p. reserved, constrained
17. succinct q. dangerous, harmful
18. truculent r. good, helpful, kind
19. veracity s. complacent, easy going
20. vitriolic t. authentic, genuine

Activity 2: PICK-A-WORD

Read each sentence below. Select the best vocabulary word to fill each blank so that the sentence makes sense.

  1. Sometimes it seems like a movie that has both excellent special effects and a good story line, plus quality actors, is a(n) _____ in Hollywood.
  2. If great amounts of money are spent on the effects, the plot usually gets little more than a(n) _____ glance.
  3. Dialogue is _____ when it should be descriptive and wordy and _____ when it should be concise.
  4. I'm always disappointed when the _____ villain gets overly _____ and confesses.
  5. Most movies have a(n) _____ of actors but a dearth of ones that really make you believe them.
  6. Of course, not all movies are completely _____; some are actually pretty entertaining.
  7. They're _____, popping up now and then when you least expect it.
  8. That _____ me for awhile; I act with enough _____ to make my parents proud.
  9. In all _____, I know that I can be a rather critical movie reviewer.
  10. I guess it's a good thing I'm not mouthy and _____ about it, huh?

Activity 3: WHAT AM I?

Read the question, then choose the appropriate answer from this lesson's vocabulary words.

  1. I'm a term you want to hear or see after you've had a medical test. What am I?
  2. I'm who you want at your side if you're heading into a fight! What am I?
  3. I appear completely sincere at first, but you've got your doubts. What am I?
  4. I'm pretty quiet, only talking when I have to and then in very few words. What am I?
  5. I'm a huge hit at your friends' houses because of my excellent behavior. What am I?
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