Choosing Vivid Verbs (II)

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These questions are about finding suitable alternatives to verbs of seeing ('see' or 'look') and verbs of walking.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

      In the distance, I ___________________ green hills.

    • A.

      Observed

    • B.

      Saw

    • C.

      Made out

    Correct Answer
    A. Observed
    Explanation
    The word "observed" is the correct answer because it implies a deliberate act of looking at something in the distance. "Saw" and "made out" could also be possible answers, but they are more general and do not necessarily convey the intentionality of observing.

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  • 2. 

    I was _____________ the light.

    • A.

      Perceived in

    • B.

      Reflected by

    • C.

      Dazzled by

    Correct Answer
    C. Dazzled by
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "dazzled by". This means that the speaker was overwhelmed or impressed by the light, possibly to the point of being temporarily blinded or disoriented.

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  • 3. 

    ______________________, I emerged from the theater into the afternoon sun.

    • A.

      Gawping

    • B.

      Bleary-eyed

    • C.

      Spying

    Correct Answer
    B. Bleary-eyed
    Explanation
    The word "bleary-eyed" suggests that the speaker emerged from the theater feeling tired and with blurry vision. This implies that they may have been watching a long movie or were engrossed in the performance, causing their eyes to become tired and unfocused.

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  • 4. 

    She _______________ in contempt.

    • A.

      Flashed her eyes

    • B.

      Gazed

    • C.

      Gave a look

    Correct Answer
    A. Flashed her eyes
    Explanation
    "Flashing her eyes" implies that she looked at someone with anger or disdain. This phrase suggests that she expressed her contempt through her eyes, possibly by giving a sharp or intense stare. The other options, "gazed" and "gave a look," do not necessarily convey the same level of contempt or intensity.

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  • 5. 

    Upset, the toddler _____________ and started to cry.

    • A.

      Peered

    • B.

      Grimaced

    • C.

      Contemplated

    Correct Answer
    B. Grimaced
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "grimaced" because when someone is upset, they often make a facial expression that shows pain or disgust. Grimacing is a common response to feeling upset or uncomfortable, and it is often accompanied by crying.

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  • 6. 

    The crime scene investigator ___________________ the site.

    • A.

      Observed

    • B.

      Looked at

    • C.

      Scrutinized

    Correct Answer
    C. Scrutinized
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "scrutinized." This word implies a thorough examination or inspection of the crime scene, indicating that the investigator carefully analyzed every detail and piece of evidence. "Observed" and "looked at" suggest a more casual or superficial examination, which may not be sufficient for a crime scene investigation. Therefore, "scrutinized" is the most appropriate choice for describing the investigator's actions at the site.

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  • 7. 

    I ______________ the candle.

    • A.

      Eyed

    • B.

      Viewed

    • C.

      Gazed into

    Correct Answer
    C. Gazed into
    Explanation
    The phrase "gazed into" is the correct answer because it implies looking at something with deep concentration or fascination. This fits well with the context of the sentence, as gazing into a candle suggests a person staring at the flame with intense focus. The other options, "eyed" and "viewed," do not convey the same level of intensity or concentration as "gazed into."

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  • 8. 

    Hungrily, he ____________ the cake.

    • A.

      Eyed

    • B.

      Witnessed

    • C.

      Did a double take at

    Correct Answer
    A. Eyed
    Explanation
    The word "eyed" in this context suggests that the person looked at the cake with hunger or desire. It implies that the person was visually attracted to the cake and perhaps wanted to eat it.

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  • 9. 

    In the corner, I _________________ a rat.

    • A.

      Glimpsed

    • B.

      Caught sight of

    • C.

      Saw

    Correct Answer
    A. Glimpsed
    Explanation
    The word "glimpsed" means to see or perceive something briefly or partially. In the given sentence, the speaker is describing an action of seeing a rat in the corner. The word "glimpsed" accurately conveys the idea that the speaker caught a quick or fleeting sight of the rat.

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  • 10. 

    It was disgusting.  I ________________ .

    • A.

      Averted my eyes.

    • B.

      Dropped my eyes.

    • C.

      Scrutinized.

    Correct Answer
    A. Averted my eyes.
    Explanation
    In this context, the phrase "It was disgusting" suggests that the speaker found something unpleasant or offensive. The correct answer, "averted my eyes," implies that the speaker deliberately looked away from whatever was disgusting to avoid seeing it. This action of averting one's eyes is a common response when confronted with something unpleasant or disturbing.

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  • 11. 

    She _____________ the diary.

    • A.

      Read

    • B.

      Spied

    • C.

      Examined.

    Correct Answer
    C. Examined.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "examined." This means that she looked closely at the diary, possibly to gather information or study its contents.

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  • 12. 

    The man, not wishing to wake anyone up, _______________ into the room.

    • A.

      Limped

    • B.

      Strolled

    • C.

      Crept

    Correct Answer
    C. Crept
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "crept" because it suggests that the man entered the room quietly and carefully, trying not to make any noise that could wake anyone up.

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  • 13. 

    The security guard spent his evening ____________ around the grounds.

    • A.

      Rambling

    • B.

      Patrolling

    • C.

      Running

    Correct Answer
    B. Patrolling
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "patrolling" because it is the most appropriate verb to describe the security guard's activity of moving around the grounds to ensure security and safety. "Rambling" and "running" do not accurately convey the purpose of the security guard's evening activity.

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  • 14. 

    Last weekend, my friends and I spent a weekend ___________ around Yellowstone Park.

    • A.

      Sauntering

    • B.

      Hiking

    • C.

      Strolling

    Correct Answer
    B. Hiking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hiking" because it is the most appropriate word to describe the activity of exploring Yellowstone Park. "Hiking" implies walking through nature and exploring the park's trails and landscapes, which aligns with the context of the sentence. "Sauntering" and "strolling" suggest a more leisurely and relaxed pace, which may not be suitable for fully experiencing the park.

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  • 15. 

    The man tripped over his untied shoelaces, causing him to __________________ into the room.

    • A.

      Stroll

    • B.

      Amble

    • C.

      Stumble

    Correct Answer
    C. Stumble
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "stumble" because it implies a sudden loss of balance or a misstep due to tripping over untied shoelaces. This word accurately captures the action of the man entering the room in an unsteady or clumsy manner. "Stroll" and "amble" suggest a more relaxed and leisurely movement, which is not consistent with the context of the man tripping over his shoelaces.

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  • 16. 

    Whistling casually, the man ______________ into the room.

    • A.

      Staggered

    • B.

      Shuffled

    • C.

      Sauntered

    Correct Answer
    C. Sauntered
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "sauntered". This word suggests that the man entered the room in a relaxed and leisurely manner, possibly indicating that he was not in a hurry or had a carefree attitude.

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  • 17. 

    The students spent the morning _______________ around the museum.

    • A.

      Strolling

    • B.

      Wondering

    • C.

      Traipsing

    Correct Answer
    A. Strolling
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "strolling" because it implies a leisurely and relaxed walk, which is suitable for spending time in a museum. "Wondering" does not make sense in this context, as it suggests being curious or questioning something. "Traipsing" implies walking in a casual or careless manner, which may not be appropriate for a museum setting.

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  • 18. 

    The man ______________________ shyly into the room.

    • A.

      Stumbled

    • B.

      Strolled

    • C.

      Shuffled

    Correct Answer
    C. Shuffled
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "shuffled". This word suggests that the man entered the room with a lack of confidence or hesitation, as if he was unsure or uncomfortable. It implies that he may have been trying to avoid attention or make himself inconspicuous.

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  • 19. 

    The angry man ______________ into the room.

    • A.

      Rushed

    • B.

      Crept

    • C.

      Waltzed

    Correct Answer
    A. Rushed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "rushed" because it implies a sudden and forceful movement, which aligns with the description of the angry man entering the room. "Crept" suggests a slow and cautious movement, while "waltzed" implies a graceful and leisurely entrance, neither of which accurately portray the angry man's behavior.

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  • 20. 

    "I can't believe I'm late again!" thought the man as he ________________ into the room.

    • A.

      Limped

    • B.

      Flew

    • C.

      Sauntered

    Correct Answer
    B. Flew
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "flew" because it suggests that the man entered the room quickly and with urgency, as if he was in a hurry or trying to make up for lost time.

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  • 21. 

    Holding his leg in pain, the man ____________________ into the room.

    • A.

      Shuffled

    • B.

      Limped

    • C.

      Bounded

    Correct Answer
    B. Limped
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "limped". This word is used to describe someone who is walking with difficulty or a noticeable limp, often due to pain or injury. In this context, the man is holding his leg in pain, which suggests that he is experiencing some kind of injury or discomfort. Therefore, "limped" is the most appropriate verb to describe his movement into the room.

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