Spelling and Vocabulary Success Practice Test (page 2)
Spelling and Vocabulary Success Practice
Choose the word that is spelled correctly.
Choose the word that is misspelled.
Write the word from Group 1 that best fits in the blank. You can check your answers at the end of the posttest.
- It is not a simple matter to _____ a body from a grave; a judge has to deem that there is a very good reason for it.
- I am generally a happy person, but during winter, I always experience a feeling of _____.
- Her story is not _____ because she would have had to be in two places at once.
- The author's _____ body of work was impressive to the novice writer, who hadn't even published one book.
- After the power failed, we realized the situation had grown _____ and that we would need someone to come to our aid.
Write the word from Group 2 that best fits in the blank. You can check your answers at the end of the posttest.
- Some people like to _____ in their seats as they watch a scary movie, but I'd rather be rapt by a good love story. It's very frustrating when Derek handwrites his memos, as they are completely _____.
- It's very frustrating when Derek handwrites his memos, as they are completely _____.
- I always call the airlines to _____ that my flight is leaving on time before I leave for the airport.
- Selfishness is not a very desirable _____ , so I tried to make sure that my children understood the importance of sharing.
- Ben was _____ to headaches, so he kept some medication with him at all times.
Choosing the Right Word
Circle the bold word that best fits into the context of the sentence.
- The workers' union and the board of directors finally decided to go to (arbitration, collusion) because their negotiations were fruitless.
- I found the answer in the (FAQ, ASAP) section of the brochure.
- I can't read this memo because it is filled with (nepotism, jargon) that I don't understand.
- She is well known for her (syllogism, pragmatism), so I think she will be a very successful manager.
- Everything was fine until we had a little (snafu, yuppie) while on the train.
- I am sure I know the sound of that (addle, guffaw), so Joe must be here, and it sounds like he is having a good time.
- She can't sell her car because there is still a (lien, tort) against it.
- The hackers tried, but they could not figure out our company's (cache, encryption) methods, so the files remain secure.
- The map was so old that it was no longer (vehement, relevant).
- The poet used (personification, abstraction) so well in the poem that the ocean actually seemed alive.
The following exercise lists vocabulary words from this book. Each word is followed by four answer choices. Three of them are synonyms of the vocabulary word in bold. Your task is to choose the one that is NOT a synonym.
- ill will
- go back over
- too casual
Write the word in the blank that is most nearly the opposite of the words listed.
- clear, unmistakable, easily read
- give, restore, buy
- exact words, literal meaning, unexaggerated speech
- hidden, secret, possible to miss or pass by
- sluggish, lethargic, inactive
- fair hiring, promotions given to those most deserving, merit-based personnel decisions
- remain constant, resist change, stay the same always
- worldly, experienced, wise
- selfishness, greediness, lack of concern for others
- excellent, extraordinary, skillful
Write S if the words are synonyms, or A if the words are antonyms.
- vehement, blasé _____
- stolid, staid _____
- genteel, urbane _____
- avant-garde, banal _____
- altruism, hedonism _____
- relentless, tenacious _____
- evident, conspicuous _____
- laudable, churlish _____
- gregarious, diffident _____
- obsolescence, irrelevance _____
Denotation and Connotation
The following words are all synonyms with the same denotation, but with different connotations. Write POS in the blank if the word carries a positive connotation, NEG in the blank if the word carries a negative connotation, and N if the word carries a neutral connotation.
_____ project _____ enterprise _____ scheme
- Project carries a neutral connotation—the reader doesn't have any idea who or what might be creating or working on the project. In contrast, enterprise carries a positive connotation—enterprise is often associated with a business venture or a new and exciting project, thus giving the word a positive connotation. In contrast, scheme carries a negative connotation—criminals and lawlessness are often associated with schemes.
- _____ exorbitant _____ copious
- _____ puerile _____ naïve _____ facetious
- _____ loquacious _____ garrulous
- _____ gregarious _____ jaunty
- _____ collusion _____ consortium
- _____ resolute _____ tenacious _____ _____ relentless
- _____ entrepreneur _____ empiric
- _____ furtive _____ cryptic _____ incognito
- _____ audible _____ resonant
- _____ aficionado _____ partisan
- _____ provocative _____ litigious
- _____ bane _____ antipathy
- _____ audacious _____ flippant
- _____ feisty _____ vivacious
- _____ relevant _____ tangential _____ non sequitur
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