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Reading Prefixes and Suffixes Practice Exercises

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Reading Prefixes and Suffixes Practice Exercises

Practice 1: The Bird Woman 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) In 1804, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an expedition to map thousands of miles, from the Dakotas to the Pacific Ocean. They knew they needed horses to cross the mountains, and that the Shoshone in the territory had horses. But Lewis and Clark didn't speak the Shoshone language, so how would they be able to trade with the Shoshone for fresh horses? Happily, the explorers found a solution. They would take along Sacagawea, a Shoshone whose name means "Bird Woman," to speak for them.
(2) On the long journey, Sacagawea did more than just intervene with the Shoshone for the explorers. She also helped the group survive. She could predict which plants were safe to eat and prepared nutritious meals. She used natural materials to make clothing for them to wear and medicines to cure their ills. And she reassured other Indian tribes along the way that the explorers were on a peaceful mission and meant them no harm. Just the sight of a young woman, who also brought along her young child, convinced tribes that this was no war party.
(3) Sacagawea also showed her bravery. When a sudden gust of strong wind almost capsized the boat in which she was riding, Sacagawea remained calm. She carefully recovered many important papers, medicine, and other vital supplies that would otherwise have been lost. Sacagawea's calmness under pressure and her hard work, earned high praise from Lewis and Clark. They honored her by naming part of a Montana river "Bird Woman's River." Later, statues of Sacagawea and books about her kept her memory alive. And in 2000, the U.S. Mint even honored Sacagawea by putting her image on a gold dollar coin!
1. The root dict means "say" and the prefix pre- means "before," so predict means
a. say afterwards, or contradict.
b. tell again, or repeat.
c. refuse to say, deny.
d. say in advance, or foretell.
2. What does happily mean?
a. happy again
b. happy together
c. in a happy way
d. not in a good mood
3. The peace in peaceful is
a. a root word.
b. a base word.
c. a prefix.
d. a suffix.
4. The prefix re- means "again," so the word reassured means
a. guaranteed again.
b. forgot again.
c. gave a gift again.
d. all of the above
5. Which is the meaning of calmness?
a. to be stressed again
b. having an advantage
c. the state of being calm
d. have a reason to worry
6. How would knowing the root ven means "come, go" and the prefix inter means "between" help you figure out the meaning of intervene as used in the selection?
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