Quiz: Context Clues Exam!

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Quiz: Context Clues Exam!

Have you ever seen a word in a novel, but you didn’t know what it meant? Context clues can help you with that. A context clue is a type of information such as a definition, synonym, antonym, or illustration that is close to a word or phrase and offers direct or indirect clues about its meaning. The word is often challenging in nature. Taking this quiz on context clues can be a novel idea. Have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Joan loves to buy exotic foods: vegetables and herbs from China, spices from India, olives from Greece, and cheeses from France. expensive  seasonings   rare from other places    
  • 2. 
    Emotionally disturbed people may be troubled by morbid thoughts. For instance, they may often think about suicide or murder. disturbing     dealing with death     psychologically ill     scary     
  • 3. 
    At first, the surgery seemed to be successful. But several hours later, the patient’s condition began to deteriorate, and it continued to worsen over the next few days. stabilize     surprise everyone     change     decay or decline     
  • 4. 
    It is refreshing to see students so excited, so zealous in doing their homework. zany     dedicated     indifferent     jealous
  • 5. 
    Raul is an indulgent father. For instance, he lets his daughter stay up as late as she likes and he never insists that she does her homework. lazy  and caring     stupid and kind     strict and mean     lenient and tolerant     
  • 6. 
    Languages evolve over time, as you can see if you open a page of The Canterbury Tales, written about six hundred years ago by the English poet Chaucer. It is barely recognizable as English today. develop     age     increase complexity     regress    
  • 7. 
    The decision Veronica made to study instead of going out for pizza with her friends was prudent. She got an A on the exam, while her friends all got D’s. anti-social     careful and wise     selfish     calculating    
  • 8. 
    Whenever something bad happens to Jane, she ways it’s the fault of destiny. But I prefer to take charge of my own life rather than simply blaming fate. bad luck     evil caused by someone     poor planning     event that happens regardless     
  • 9. 
    My father died when I was a baby, but Mom told me so many stories about him that I feel I knew him well. For example, one anecdote was about how he cried with joy when I was born. medicine or cure     biographical account     example     joke     
  • 10. 
    Ivan is a wonderful piano player. But Jerri is more versatile; she sings, acts, paints and writes poetry, and also plays the piano. talented     show off     superior skills     many abilities     
  • 11. 
    This third grade was full of precocious children. One child had learned to read at two and another could do algebra at age 6. backward     active     ahead     pretty
  • 12. 
    I expected truthfulness from a doctor; I was shocked by his mendacity. duplicity     meanness     candidness     knowledge
  • 13. 
    When my grandfather meets someone with that much knowledge in a field, he finds that their erudition frightens him and he is inclined to withdraw. rudeness     scholarly knowledge    illiteracy     age
  • 14. 
    When going to an office party you should show your best decorum, for example, dress your best, drink and eat moderately, and be sure to thank the host before you leave. civility     decorations     party moves     rudeness
  • 15. 
    We thought that the mother would be very distraught at the hearing of her husband's accident; however, she took the news quite calmly. tranquil     angry     disgusted     anxious
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