Grade 9 - Word Skills Unit 3

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Dear Grade 9 Language Students. This online quiz must be completed no later than Monday, November 23, 2009. When you take the quiz you must ENTER YOUR NAME (ex: Adam Ahmed 9G) AND YOUR CLASS. Your quiz is timed. There are 20 questions and you will have 30 minutes.
Please be advised that you should already know the definitions of the words before beginning this quiz, but you may use your book as a reference.
Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.The movie star built a _____ house at the top of a hill.

    • A.

      Familiar

    • B.

      Majestic

    • C.

      Mythical

    • D.

      Sufficient

    Correct Answer
    B. Majestic
    Explanation
    The word "majestic" best completes the meaning of the sentence because it implies that the house built by the movie star is grand, impressive, and has a sense of grandeur. It suggests that the house is visually stunning and commands attention due to its beauty and elegance.

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  • 2. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.My brother likes to raid my my ___ of school supplies.

    • A.

      Complex

    • B.

      Corridor

    • C.

      Stockpile

    • D.

      Cubicle

    Correct Answer
    C. Stockpile
    Explanation
    The word "stockpile" best completes the meaning of the sentence. A stockpile refers to a large quantity or collection of something, in this case, school supplies. The sentence suggests that the brother enjoys taking or using the speaker's school supplies in a significant amount or on a regular basis. The other options (complex, corridor, cubicle) do not fit the context of the sentence and do not convey the idea of a large collection or quantity.

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  • 3. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.Mr. Ahmed suggested that I plant a pine tree or other type of ___ in front of my house.

    • A.

      Confier

    • B.

      Spectacle

    • C.

      Juniper

    • D.

      Finery

    Correct Answer
    C. Juniper
    Explanation
    The word "juniper" best completes the meaning of the sentence because it is a type of tree that could be planted in front of the house, as suggested by Mr. Ahmed. The other options, "confier," "spectacle," and "finery," do not make sense in the context of planting a tree.

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  • 4. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.The Great Plains reminded the immigrant settlers of the ___ of their homeland.

    • A.

      Mountain

    • B.

      Steppes

    • C.

      Clan

    • D.

      Complex

    Correct Answer
    B. Steppes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "steppes." The sentence suggests that the Great Plains reminded the immigrant settlers of something from their homeland. "Steppes" refers to vast grassy plains without trees, which is similar to the landscape of the Great Plains. This word best completes the meaning of the sentence as it aligns with the description of the Great Plains and implies a connection to the settlers' homeland.

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  • 5. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.A team of geologists studied the ____ in the remote province.

    • A.

      Finery

    • B.

      Expanse

    • C.

      Venture

    • D.

      Outcrop

    Correct Answer
    D. Outcrop
    Explanation
    The word "outcrop" best completes the meaning of the sentence because it refers to a visible part of a rock formation or geological feature that appears on the surface of the Earth. In the context of the sentence, the team of geologists studied the outcrop in the remote province, indicating that they focused on the visible rock formations or geological features in that area. The other options, such as "finery," "expanse," and "venture," do not fit the context of the sentence as they do not specifically relate to the study of geology or rock formations.

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  • 6. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.The people who belong to the ___ refuse to talk to outsiders.

    • A.

      Clan

    • B.

      Intruders

    • C.

      Mass

    • D.

      Spectacle

    Correct Answer
    A. Clan
    Explanation
    The word "clan" best completes the meaning of the sentence because it refers to a group of people who share a common ancestry or identity. The sentence suggests that these people are exclusive and do not engage in conversation with those who are not part of their group. "Intruders" could also fit the context, but it implies someone who is unauthorized or unwelcome, whereas "clan" implies a more intentional and cultural separation. "Mass" and "spectacle" do not fit the context and do not convey the idea of a specific group or community.

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  • 7. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.As we looked out the window, we could see thousands of cattle grazing on the ___ of the great prairie.

    • A.

      Expanse

    • B.

      Horde

    • C.

      Corridor

    • D.

      Outcrop

    Correct Answer
    A. Expanse
    Explanation
    The word "expanse" best completes the meaning of the sentence because it suggests a wide and open area, which is suitable for cattle grazing. The other options, such as "horde," "corridor," and "outcrop," do not convey the same sense of a vast and open space.

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  • 8. 

    Identify the word that best completes the meaning of the sentence.When Sara was a little girl, she liked to dress up her dolls in their ___.

    • A.

      Image

    • B.

      Contour

    • C.

      Finery

    • D.

      Complex

    Correct Answer
    B. Contour
  • 9. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: FIERCE

    • A.

      Gentle

    • B.

      Negative

    • C.

      Powerful

    • D.

      Exciting

    Correct Answer
    C. Powerful
    Explanation
    The word "fierce" means having a strong, intense, or aggressive nature. Among the given options, "powerful" is the closest in meaning to "fierce" as it also implies strength and intensity.

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  • 10. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: MYTHICAL

    • A.

      Practical

    • B.

      Comical

    • C.

      Imaginary

    • D.

      Dutiful

    Correct Answer
    C. Imaginary
    Explanation
    The word "mythical" refers to something that is not real or exists only in myths or legends. "Imaginary" is the closest synonym to "mythical" as it also means something that is not real or exists only in the imagination. Therefore, "imaginary" is the correct answer.

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  • 11. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: CLEFT

    • A.

      Steppe

    • B.

      Ledge

    • C.

      Surface

    • D.

      Opening

    Correct Answer
    D. Opening
    Explanation
    The word "cleft" refers to a narrow opening or crack. Therefore, the word "opening" is the closest in meaning to "cleft".

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  • 12. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: SPONTANEOUS

    • A.

      Impulsive

    • B.

      Imaginary

    • C.

      Planned

    • D.

      Hopeful

    Correct Answer
    A. Impulsive
    Explanation
    The word "spontaneous" refers to something that is done without planning or thinking. The word "impulsive" means the same thing, as it describes a behavior or action that is done without forethought or consideration. Therefore, "impulsive" is the closest synonym to "spontaneous" among the given options.

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  • 13. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: SCUTTLE

    • A.

      Intrude

    • B.

      Walk

    • C.

      Ruin

    • D.

      Scamper

    Correct Answer
    D. Scamper
    Explanation
    The word "scuttle" means to move hurriedly with short, quick steps. The closest synonym to "scuttle" is "scamper," which also means to run or move quickly and playfully. Therefore, "scamper" is the correct answer as it closely matches the meaning of "scuttle."

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  • 14. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: LUMINOUS

    • A.

      Grand

    • B.

      Dull

    • C.

      Glowing

    • D.

      Enduring

    Correct Answer
    C. Glowing
    Explanation
    The word "luminous" refers to something that emits light or is bright. Among the given options, "glowing" is the word that closely matches this meaning. "Glowing" also implies emitting light or having a bright and radiant appearance, making it the most appropriate synonym for "luminous".

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  • 15. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: MAR

    • A.

      Improve

    • B.

      Spoil

    • C.

      Overtake

    • D.

      Criticize

    Correct Answer
    B. Spoil
    Explanation
    The word "mar" means to spoil or damage the appearance or quality of something. Therefore, the closest synonym for "mar" is "spoil".

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  • 16. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: CONTOUR

    • A.

      Outline

    • B.

      Plain

    • C.

      Region

    • D.

      Majesty

    Correct Answer
    A. Outline
    Explanation
    The word "contour" refers to the outline or shape of something. Therefore, the word that is closest in meaning to "contour" is "outline".

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  • 17. 

    Synonyms: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to this word: FLOUNDER

    • A.

      Fail

    • B.

      Discover

    • C.

      Stumble

    • D.

      Venture

    Correct Answer
    C. Stumble
    Explanation
    The word "flounder" means to struggle or have difficulty in a clumsy way. The word "stumble" also means to trip or make a mistake, which is similar to the meaning of "flounder". Therefore, "stumble" is the closest synonym to "flounder" among the given options.

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  • 18. 

    Antonyms: Choose the word that is the opposite of this word: PRISTINE

    • A.

      Enormous

    • B.

      Spoiled

    • C.

      Pure

    • D.

      Gentle

    Correct Answer
    B. Spoiled
    Explanation
    The word "pristine" means in its original, pure, or unspoiled condition. The opposite of "pristine" would be "spoiled," which means damaged or ruined. Therefore, "spoiled" is the correct antonym for "pristine."

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  • 19. 

    Antonyms: Choose the word that is the opposite of this word: MAJESTIC

    • A.

      Foreign

    • B.

      Magnificent

    • C.

      Funny

    • D.

      Ordinary

    Correct Answer
    D. Ordinary
    Explanation
    The word "majestic" means grand, impressive, or regal. The word "ordinary" means common, average, or unremarkable. These two words are opposite in meaning as "ordinary" suggests something normal or plain, while "majestic" suggests something extraordinary or exceptional. Therefore, "ordinary" is the correct antonym for "majestic".

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  • 20. 

    Antonyms: Choose the word that is the opposite of this word: COMPLEX

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Involved

    • C.

      Natural

    • D.

      Intense

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple
    Explanation
    The word "complex" refers to something that is intricate, complicated, or difficult to understand. The opposite of complex would be something that is straightforward, uncomplicated, or easy to understand. Therefore, the word "simple" is the correct answer as it represents the opposite meaning of "complex".

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