"A Christmas Carol" Vocabulary Quiz - Stave 1

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"A Christmas Carol" Vocabulary Quiz - Stave 1 - Quiz

A multiple choice quiz on vocabulary words from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Stave 1.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A great amount of something  

    • A.

      Abundance

    • B.

      Modicum

    • C.

      Paucity

    • D.

      Council

    Correct Answer
    A. Abundance
    Explanation
    The word "abundance" refers to a large quantity or a great amount of something. It suggests that there is a plentiful or ample supply of the mentioned thing. In contrast, "modicum" means a small amount or a limited quantity. "Paucity" refers to a scarcity or shortage of something. "Council" is a group of people who come together to discuss and make decisions. Therefore, the correct answer is "abundance" because it best fits the description of a great amount of something.

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  • 2. 

    A member of the municipal law making body in a town or city in many places  

    • A.

      Senator

    • B.

      Alderman

    • C.

      Bailiff

    • D.

      Judge

    Correct Answer
    B. Alderman
    Explanation
    An alderman is a member of the municipal law making body in a town or city in many places. They are responsible for representing the interests of their constituents and making decisions on local laws and policies. Unlike senators, who are typically part of a higher level of government, aldermen focus specifically on local issues and governance. Bailiffs are typically responsible for maintaining order in a courtroom, while judges preside over legal proceedings. Therefore, the correct answer is alderman.

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  • 3. 

    A ghost or ghost like image or appearance.  

    • A.

      Apparition

    • B.

      Brazier

    • C.

      Legatee

    • D.

      Heir

    Correct Answer
    A. Apparition
    Explanation
    An apparition refers to a ghost-like image or appearance. It is often used to describe a supernatural entity or a ghostly figure that is seen or experienced by someone. Apparitions are commonly associated with the paranormal and are believed to be manifestations of spirits or souls. They are often described as being translucent or ethereal in nature, and their presence can be unsettling or frightening to those who witness them.

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  • 4. 

    A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it.  

    • A.

      Balcony

    • B.

      Rampart

    • C.

      Parapet

    • D.

      Balustrade

    Correct Answer
    D. Balustrade
    Explanation
    A balustrade is a rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it. It is commonly used as a safety barrier on balconies, terraces, staircases, or any elevated platform. It provides support and prevents people from falling off the edge. The other options, balcony, rampart, and parapet, do not specifically refer to the rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, making them incorrect choices.

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  • 5. 

    A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion; in old England it as a mental hospital.  

    • A.

      Bedlam

    • B.

      Brazier

    • C.

      Edifice

    • D.

      Domicile

    Correct Answer
    A. Bedlam
    Explanation
    Bedlam is the correct answer because it refers to a place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion. In old England, it was also used to describe a mental hospital. The word "bedlam" is often used metaphorically to describe chaotic or disorderly situations.

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  • 6. 

    Goodness, kindness  

    • A.

      Mendacity

    • B.

      Arrogance

    • C.

      Malevolence

    • D.

      Benevolence

    Correct Answer
    D. Benevolence
    Explanation
    The words "goodness" and "kindness" suggest positive and benevolent qualities. "Mendacity" means dishonesty or deceitfulness, which is the opposite of benevolence. "Arrogance" and "malevolence" imply negative and harmful attitudes, also contrasting with benevolence. Therefore, the correct answer is "benevolence" because it aligns with the positive connotations of the given words.

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  • 7. 

    A portable heater consisting of a pan or stand for holding lighted coals.  

    • A.

      Cravat

    • B.

      Brazier

    • C.

      Grog

    • D.

      Provision

    Correct Answer
    B. Brazier
    Explanation
    A brazier is a portable heater that is used to hold and burn coals. It typically consists of a pan or stand where the coals are placed and lit. This device is commonly used for heating purposes, especially in outdoor settings or in areas where there is no access to central heating. Unlike a cravat, which is a type of necktie, or grog and provision, which refer to alcoholic drinks and supplies respectively, a brazier specifically refers to a heating device.

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  • 8. 

    Insultng, sarcastic  

    • A.

      Jocund

    • B.

      Caustic

    • C.

      Incessant

    • D.

      Resolute

    Correct Answer
    B. Caustic
    Explanation
    The word "caustic" means to be insulting or sarcastic in a bitter or cutting way. This aligns with the given description of "insulting, sarcastic." "Jocund" means cheerful or merry, which is the opposite of insulting or sarcastic. "Incessant" means continuing without interruption, which is unrelated to the given description. "Resolute" means determined or unwavering, which is also unrelated to the given description. Therefore, "caustic" is the correct answer.

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  • 9. 

    Became solid by cooling  

    • A.

      Unfettered

    • B.

      Congenial

    • C.

      Congealed

    • D.

      Elicited

    Correct Answer
    C. Congealed
    Explanation
    The word "congealed" means to become solid or thickened by cooling. This explanation fits with the given phrase "Became solid by cooling". Therefore, "congealed" is the correct answer.

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  • 10. 

    Pleasant, agreeable  

    • A.

      Incoherent

    • B.

      Adamant

    • C.

      Artful

    • D.

      Congenial

    Correct Answer
    D. Congenial
    Explanation
    The word "congenial" means pleasant and agreeable. It is the best fit among the given options as it accurately represents the meaning of the words "pleasant" and "agreeable". "Incoherent" means lacking clarity or logical connection, "adamant" means refusing to change one's mind, and "artful" means skillful or crafty. Therefore, "congenial" is the most suitable choice.

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  • 11. 

    Wanting things owned by others.  

    • A.

      Artful

    • B.

      Covetous

    • C.

      Destitute

    • D.

      Inpenetrable

    Correct Answer
    B. Covetous
    Explanation
    The word "covetous" refers to a strong desire to possess something that belongs to someone else. It suggests a sense of greed and avarice. The other options do not convey the same meaning. "Artful" means skillful or clever, "destitute" means extremely poor or lacking basic necessities, and "impenetrable" means impossible to pass through or understand. Therefore, the correct answer is "covetous" because it aligns with the given definition of wanting things owned by others.

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  • 12. 

    A tie, necktie  

    • A.

      Cravat

    • B.

      Grog

    • C.

      Livery

    • D.

      Furze

    Correct Answer
    A. Cravat
    Explanation
    A cravat is a type of necktie, which makes it the correct answer. The other options (grog, livery, furze) do not relate to neckties or have any connection to the given question.

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  • 13. 

    Respect to someone who is one's superior  

    • A.

      Benevolence

    • B.

      Malevolence

    • C.

      Melancholy

    • D.

      Deference

    Correct Answer
    D. Deference
    Explanation
    Deference refers to showing respect or submission towards someone who is considered superior in status or authority. It involves acknowledging their position and treating them with honor and courtesy. This behavior demonstrates a recognition of their expertise or position of power.

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  • 14. 

    Very poor  

    • A.

      Destitute

    • B.

      Enshrouded

    • C.

      Facetious

    • D.

      Incoherent

    Correct Answer
    A. Destitute
    Explanation
    The word "destitute" means extremely poor or lacking basic necessities. It is the most appropriate word to describe the given phrase "very poor."

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  • 15. 

    Attempting or trying to do something  

    • A.

      Implicating

    • B.

      Entreating

    • C.

      Endeavoring

    • D.

      Devolving

    Correct Answer
    C. Endeavoring
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "endeavoring." "Endeavoring" means attempting or trying to do something.

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  • 16. 

    Covered up  

    • A.

      Fettered

    • B.

      Elicited

    • C.

      Enshrouded

    • D.

      Protruded

    Correct Answer
    C. Enshrouded
    Explanation
    The word "enshrouded" means to cover or hide something completely. It implies that something is concealed or obscured by a covering or shroud. This aligns with the meaning of "covered up," which also suggests hiding or concealing something. Therefore, "enshrouded" is the correct answer.

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  • 17. 

    A plea, a request  

    • A.

      Entreaty

    • B.

      Homage

    • C.

      Impropriety

    • D.

      Affront

    Correct Answer
    A. Entreaty
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "entreaty". An entreaty refers to a plea or a request made to someone in a sincere and earnest manner. It suggests that the person is asking for something with a sense of urgency or desperation. This word aligns with the context of the question, which mentions a plea or request. The other options, such as homage (respect or tribute), impropriety (inappropriateness), and affront (an insult or offense), do not fit the given context as well as entreaty does.

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  • 18. 

    The furthest point or limit of something  

    • A.

      Extremity

    • B.

      Futility

    • C.

      Affability

    • D.

      Liberality

    Correct Answer
    A. Extremity
    Explanation
    Extremity refers to the furthest point or limit of something. It can be used to describe the farthest end or edge of an object or the highest degree or intensity of a situation. It can also refer to the most extreme or severe condition or state of something. In this context, extremity is the correct answer as it best fits the definition provided.

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  • 19. 

    A person appointed to carry out the terms of their will.  

    • A.

      Alderman

    • B.

      Legatee

    • C.

      Executor

    • D.

      Heir

    Correct Answer
    C. Executor
    Explanation
    An executor is a person appointed to carry out the terms of someone's will. They are responsible for managing the deceased person's assets, paying off debts, and distributing the remaining property to the beneficiaries. Executors play a crucial role in ensuring that the wishes of the deceased are fulfilled and that the estate is handled properly.

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  • 20. 

    Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.  

    • A.

      Jocund

    • B.

      Fain

    • C.

      Facetious

    • D.

      Resolute

    Correct Answer
    C. Facetious
    Explanation
    Facetious means treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor or being flippant. This implies that the person is not taking the matter seriously and is making jokes or sarcastic remarks instead. This behavior can be seen as disrespectful or insensitive, especially when discussing serious or sensitive topics.

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  • 21. 

    Willing  

    • A.

      Fain

    • B.

      Impenetrable

    • C.

      Adamant

    • D.

      Apoplectic

    Correct Answer
    A. Fain
    Explanation
    The word "fain" means eagerly or willingly. It is the best fit among the given options as the other words do not convey the same meaning. "Impenetrable" means not able to be penetrated, "adamant" means refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind, and "apoplectic" means overcome with anger or rage. Therefore, "fain" is the correct answer.

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  • 22. 

    Units of length equal to six feet  

    • A.

      Negus

    • B.

      Daws

    • C.

      Biffins

    • D.

      Fathoms

    Correct Answer
    D. Fathoms
    Explanation
    Fathoms is a unit of length used to measure the depth of water, equal to six feet. It is commonly used in maritime and underwater contexts.

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  • 23. 

    Chained, tied up  

    • A.

      Enshrouded

    • B.

      Condensed

    • C.

      Fettered

    • D.

      Pillaged

    Correct Answer
    C. Fettered
    Explanation
    The word "fettered" means to be bound or restrained, typically with chains or ropes. This fits with the description given in the question of being "chained, tied up." Therefore, "fettered" is the correct answer.

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  • 24. 

    Patient self-control  

    • A.

      Deference

    • B.

      Forbearance

    • C.

      Benevolence

    • D.

      Abundance

    Correct Answer
    B. Forbearance
    Explanation
    Forbearance is the correct answer because it refers to the act of showing patience, tolerance, and self-control in difficult situations. In the context of the question, forbearance implies that the patient is able to control their emotions and reactions, demonstrating patience and understanding towards others. Deference, benevolence, and abundance do not accurately capture the concept of self-control and patience that forbearance does.

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  • 25. 

    Porridge, mush  

    • A.

      Gruel

    • B.

      Grog

    • C.

      Biffin

    • D.

      Rime

    Correct Answer
    A. Gruel
    Explanation
    Gruel is a type of food made by boiling grains or cereal in water or milk until it becomes a thick, porridge-like consistency. It is often served as a simple and easily digestible meal, especially for those who are ill or have limited access to food. Porridge, mush, and gruel are all similar in that they are cooked cereals, but gruel specifically refers to a thinner and less substantial version. Biffin and rime are unrelated and do not fit the context of the question.

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  • 26. 

    Special honor or respect shown publicly  

    • A.

      Consolation

    • B.

      Intimation

    • C.

      Affront

    • D.

      Homage

    Correct Answer
    D. Homage
    Explanation
    Homage refers to a special honor or respect that is publicly shown. It is a form of tribute or recognition given to someone or something that is highly regarded or esteemed. It often involves public displays of admiration or reverence, such as ceremonies, speeches, or other acts of homage.

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  • 27. 

    A fake  

    • A.

      Humbug

    • B.

      Alderman

    • C.

      Brigand

    • D.

      Apparition

    Correct Answer
    A. Humbug
    Explanation
    The word "humbug" refers to something that is deceptive or fraudulent, often used to describe a person or thing that is pretending to be something it is not. In this context, "a fake" is synonymous with "humbug." The other options, such as "alderman," "brigand," and "apparition," do not have the same meaning as "humbug" and are therefore not the correct answer.

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  • 28. 

    Impossible to pass through or enter  

    • A.

      Incessant

    • B.

      Impenetrable

    • C.

      Misanthropic

    • D.

      Fettered

    Correct Answer
    B. Impenetrable
    Explanation
    Impenetrable means impossible to pass through or enter. It suggests that something is completely closed off or inaccessible. This word is the best fit for the given description as it accurately conveys the meaning of being unable to be penetrated or entered. The other options do not have the same meaning or connotation. "Incessant" means never-ending or continuous. "Misanthropic" refers to a dislike or distrust of humankind. "Fettered" means restrained or restricted. Therefore, "impenetrable" is the correct answer.

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  • 29. 

    An improper or inappropriate action  

    • A.

      Artifice

    • B.

      Impropriety

    • C.

      Compulsion

    • D.

      Declension

    Correct Answer
    B. Impropriety
    Explanation
    Impropriety refers to behavior or actions that are inappropriate or not in accordance with accepted standards or norms. It suggests a lack of proper conduct or decorum. Therefore, the correct answer, impropriety, aligns with the given description of an improper or inappropriate action.

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  • 30. 

    Never ending, constant  

    • A.

      Blithe

    • B.

      Incoherent

    • C.

      Incessant

    • D.

      Ponderous

    Correct Answer
    B. Incoherent
  • 31. 

    Speaking in an unclear, confusing manner  

    • A.

      Resolute

    • B.

      Jovial

    • C.

      Incoherent

    • D.

      Livid

    Correct Answer
    C. Incoherent
    Explanation
    The word "incoherent" means speaking in an unclear, confusing manner. This suggests that the person is not able to express their thoughts or ideas clearly, leading to confusion and difficulty in understanding their message. This is the most suitable explanation for the given correct answer. "Resolute" means determined and unwavering, "jovial" means cheerful and friendly, and "livid" means extremely angry. None of these words convey the meaning of speaking in an unclear, confusing manner.

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  • 32. 

    A hint, an indirect suggestion  

    • A.

      Intimation

    • B.

      Mirth

    • C.

      Affront

    • D.

      Heresy

    Correct Answer
    A. Intimation
    Explanation
    The word "intimation" means a hint or an indirect suggestion. It implies that there is some form of communication or indication being conveyed, but not explicitly stated. This makes it the most suitable option among the given words. "Mirth" refers to amusement or laughter, "affront" means an insult or offense, and "heresy" refers to a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine.

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  • 33. 

     Ironware, something made of metal  

    • A.

      Livery

    • B.

      Ironmongery

    • C.

      Scabbard

    • D.

      Artifice

    Correct Answer
    B. Ironmongery
    Explanation
    Ironmongery refers to hardware items made of iron or other metals, such as tools, nails, hinges, and screws. It is a term commonly used in the construction and DIY industry. In this context, ironmongery can be seen as a synonym for "something made of metal," which aligns with the given explanation.

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  • 34. 

    Undecided, unsure of how to act  

    • A.

      Resolute

    • B.

      Irresolution

    • C.

      Contagious

    • D.

      Inaudible

    Correct Answer
    B. Irresolution
    Explanation
    The word "irresolution" means being undecided or unsure of how to act. It is the opposite of being resolute, which means being determined and firm in one's decisions and actions. Therefore, "irresolution" is the correct answer as it best fits the given definition.

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  • 35. 

    An heir  

    • A.

      Specter

    • B.

      Alderman

    • C.

      Executor

    • D.

      Legatee

    Correct Answer
    D. Legatee
    Explanation
    A legatee is a person who is named in a will to receive a specific gift or inheritance from the deceased person's estate. This term is commonly used in the context of inheritance and refers to someone who is designated to inherit property, money, or other assets. Therefore, a legatee is the most suitable answer as an heir is someone who inherits property or assets, and a legatee is a specific type of heir who is named in a will.

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  • 36. 

    Giving or spending freely  

    • A.

      Credulity

    • B.

      Affability

    • C.

      Liberality

    • D.

      Frugality

    Correct Answer
    C. Liberality
    Explanation
    Liberality means giving or spending freely, which aligns with the description of "giving or spending freely" in the question. Credulity refers to a tendency to believe things too easily, affability refers to friendliness and warmth, and frugality refers to being careful with money. Therefore, the correct answer is liberality.

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  • 37. 

    A special uniform worn by a servant or official  

    • A.

      Scabbard

    • B.

      Livery

    • C.

      Cravat

    • D.

      Furze

    Correct Answer
    B. Livery
    Explanation
    Livery refers to a special uniform worn by a servant or official. It is a distinctive attire that helps identify the wearer's role or affiliation. This term is commonly used in the context of households or organizations where employees or members wear specific garments to represent their position or status.

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  • 38. 

    Sadness  

    • A.

      Melancholy

    • B.

      Mirth

    • C.

      Opulence

    • D.

      Agitation

    Correct Answer
    A. Melancholy
    Explanation
    Melancholy is the correct answer because it is a synonym for sadness. It refers to a feeling of deep sadness or sorrow, often with a tinge of introspection and longing. Mirth, opulence, and agitation are not synonymous with sadness. Mirth refers to happiness or amusement, opulence refers to great wealth or luxury, and agitation refers to a state of anxiety or restlessness. Therefore, melancholy is the most appropriate choice to describe sadness.

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  • 39. 

    Believing the worst about people or human nature  

    • A.

      Misanthropic

    • B.

      Genial

    • C.

      Tremulous

    • D.

      Resolute

    Correct Answer
    A. Misanthropic
    Explanation
    Misanthropic means having a dislike or distrust towards people or human nature. This term describes someone who believes the worst about people, showing a general lack of faith in humanity. It implies a negative view of human behavior and a tendency to expect the worst from others.

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  • 40. 

    Threatening, foreshadoing evil  

    • A.

      Tremulous

    • B.

      Ominous

    • C.

      Apprehensive

    • D.

      Apoplectic

    Correct Answer
    B. Ominous
    Explanation
    The word "ominous" means giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen. It suggests a sense of threat or foreshadowing evil. "Tremulous" means shaking or quivering, "apprehensive" means anxious or fearful, and "apoplectic" means extremely angry or furious. Out of these options, only "ominous" accurately conveys the idea of something threatening or foreshadowing evil.

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  • 41. 

    Easily seen or felt  

    • A.

      Baleful

    • B.

      Surplus

    • C.

      Palpable

    Correct Answer
    C. Palpable
    Explanation
    The word "palpable" means easily seen or felt. It suggests that something is tangible and can be perceived through touch or observation. This word accurately describes something that is noticeable or evident, making it the correct answer.

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  • 42. 

    Heavy, massive  

    • A.

      Blithe

    • B.

      Ominous

    • C.

      Ponderous

    • D.

      Execrable

    Correct Answer
    C. Ponderous
    Explanation
    The word "ponderous" means something that is heavy or massive in a slow and clumsy way. It implies a sense of weightiness and difficulty in movement. Therefore, "ponderous" is the correct answer as it directly relates to the given words "heavy" and "massive". "Blithe" means carefree or cheerful, "ominous" means threatening or foreboding, and "execrable" means extremely bad or unpleasant.

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  • 43. 

    A supply such as food, drink or equipment  

    • A.

      Compulsion

    • B.

      Provision

    • C.

      Degradation

    • D.

      Supposition

    Correct Answer
    B. Provision
    Explanation
    The word "provision" refers to a supply of something, such as food, drink, or equipment. It implies the act of providing or making something available for use. In the given options, "compulsion" means the act of forcing someone to do something, "degradation" means the act of lowering in quality or status, and "supposition" means an assumption or belief without strong evidence. Therefore, the most suitable word that aligns with the given definition is "provision."

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  • 44. 

    A protective barrier        

    • A.

      Cupola

    • B.

      Moor

    • C.

      Furze

    • D.

      Ramparts

    Correct Answer
    D. Ramparts
    Explanation
    Ramparts refer to a defensive wall or barrier that protects a city or fortress. They are typically built with the purpose of providing security and defense against enemy attacks. Ramparts can be made of various materials such as stone or earth and are often equipped with defensive structures like towers or battlements. They serve as a physical barrier to prevent unauthorized entry and provide a strategic advantage in warfare.

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  • 45. 

    Firm, unwavering  

    • A.

      Resolute

    • B.

      Ominous

    • C.

      Plaintive

    • D.

      Unconstrained

    Correct Answer
    A. Resolute
    Explanation
    Resolute means firm and unwavering in purpose or belief. It suggests determination and a strong resolve to achieve something. This aligns with the given description "Firm, unwavering," making it the correct answer. Ominous means threatening or giving the impression that something bad is going to happen. Plaintive means expressing sadness or sorrow. Unconstrained means not limited or restricted. Therefore, these options do not match the given description.

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  • 46. 

    Frost formed on cold objects  

    • A.

      Rime

    • B.

      Biffin

    • C.

      Furze

    • D.

      Daws

    Correct Answer
    A. Rime
    Explanation
    Rime is a type of frost that forms on cold objects when water vapor in the air condenses directly into ice crystals. This can occur when the temperature of the object is below freezing and there is moisture in the air. Rime typically appears as a white or opaque coating on surfaces and can create a beautiful, icy landscape.

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  • 47. 

    Ghost, spirit  

    • A.

      Spectacle

    • B.

      Moor

    • C.

      Specter

    • D.

      Brigand

    Correct Answer
    C. Specter
    Explanation
    A specter is a synonym for a ghost or spirit. It refers to a supernatural entity that is believed to haunt or appear to people. The word "specter" is often used to describe something that is eerie or haunting, creating a sense of fear or unease. Therefore, the answer "specter" is the most suitable choice as it is directly related to the given words "ghost" and "spirit".

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  • 48. 

    Extra  

    • A.

      Surplus

    • B.

      Deficit

    • C.

      Scarcity

    • D.

      Modicum

    Correct Answer
    A. Surplus
    Explanation
    A surplus refers to an excess or abundance of something, such as resources or goods, beyond what is needed or required. It suggests that there is more than enough of something available, indicating a positive and favorable situation. This is the opposite of a deficit, which implies a shortage or lack of something. Scarcity refers to a situation where there is a limited supply or availability of something, while a modicum refers to a small or minimal amount.

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  • 49. 

    Expressed without words  

    • A.

      Tacitly

    • B.

      Lustily

    • C.

      Prodigiously

    • D.

      Submissively

    Correct Answer
    A. Tacitly
    Explanation
    The word "tacitly" means to express something without using words, typically through actions or gestures. It implies a silent or unspoken agreement or understanding. In this context, it is the most appropriate word that conveys the idea of expressing without words. The other options (lustily, prodigiously, submissively) do not align with the meaning of expressing without words and are therefore incorrect.

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  • 50. 

    Shaking  

    • A.

      Factious

    • B.

      Tremulous

    • C.

      Ominous

    • D.

      Jovial

    Correct Answer
    B. Tremulous
    Explanation
    The word "shaking" suggests a trembling or quivering movement. "Tremulous" means shaking or trembling, making it the most appropriate choice among the given options. "Factious" means causing disagreement or division, "ominous" means giving the impression that something bad is going to happen, and "jovial" means cheerful and friendly. None of these words accurately describe the shaking motion implied by the word "shaking."

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