Reading Prefixes and Suffixes Practice Exercises (page 3)

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Practice 3: Furry Forecaster 

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

(1) February 2 is Groundhog Day. In many places, people believe that on that day, the groundhog will come out of its subterranean burrow and predict the weather. Legends say that if it's sunny that day, the groundhog will see its shadow, be frightened, go back into its burrow, and sleep some more. This is supposed to indicate that spring is still six weeks away.
(2) The legends add that if it's cloudy, the groundhog won't see a shadow, so it will remain above ground. This is supposed to be a sign that spring will soon arrive! So every February, reporters rush to witness a groundhog pop up from underground. The journalists write about what happens and TV shows air video of the action as the groundhog exits its winter home.
(3) Are the legends believable? Well, scientists have recorded that clear February days are often followed by much colder ones. And it's been noted that cloudy days in February are usually warm. Historical weather documents reveal that sometimes the groundhog is right, but other times it is mistaken. If you really want to know what the weather will be, check your local TV meteorologist!
11. Since terra means "Earth," subterranean means
a. above ground.
b. below ground.
c. at ground level.
d. over the ground.
12. If the suffix -ist means "one who does," journalist means
a. a person who sings.
b. a person who cooks.
c. a person who writes.
d. a person who builds.
13. Which is the meaning of believable as used in the article?
a. able to organize
b. not truthful
c. suspected
d. worthy of belief


1. d
2. c
3. b
4. a
5. c
6. Knowing that ven means "come, go" and inter- means "between" helps me know that intervene means someone's a go-between, getting both sides to agree on something.
7. b
8. c
9. d
10. b
11. b
12. c
13. d
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