SAT Vocabulary 3 Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Scapegoat n.

    • A.

      One who bears the blame for others

    • B.

      A variation of the mountain goat

    • C.

      A special escape route

    • D.

      A Broadway play

    Correct Answer
    A. One who bears the blame for others
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "one who bears the blame for others". A scapegoat is someone who is unfairly blamed or punished for the mistakes or wrongdoings of others. This term originated from an ancient Jewish ritual in which a goat would be symbolically burdened with the sins of the community and then driven away into the wilderness. In modern usage, a scapegoat refers to a person who takes the blame for something they may not have been responsible for, often to protect others or divert attention from the true culprits.

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  • 2. 

    Peremptory adj.

    • A.

      The cost per unit

    • B.

      Scientific term for procrastination

    • C.

      Not allowing refusal or delay; imperative

    • D.

      Severe weather warning

    Correct Answer
    C. Not allowing refusal or delay; imperative
    Explanation
    The word "peremptory" is an adjective that means not allowing refusal or delay; imperative. It suggests that something must be done without question or hesitation, leaving no room for refusal or delay. This term is often used to describe commands or orders that must be followed immediately and without objection.

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  • 3. 

    Atelier n.

    • A.

      The horns on top of a deer's head

    • B.

      An artist’s or designer’s workshop

    • C.

      A severe liar

    • D.

      An eating disorder

    Correct Answer
    B. An artist’s or designer’s workshop
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "an artist's or designer's workshop". An atelier refers to a creative workspace where artists or designers work on their projects. It is a place where they can explore their ideas, create art, and develop their skills. This term is commonly used in the art and fashion industries to describe a space dedicated to artistic production and craftsmanship.

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  • 4. 

    Axiom n.

    • A.

      Scientific term for a galaxy

    • B.

      The name of the Green Knight's ax

    • C.

      A universal truth; an established rule

    • D.

      A planetarium

    Correct Answer
    C. A universal truth; an established rule
    Explanation
    The word "axiom" refers to a universal truth or an established rule. In scientific and mathematical contexts, an axiom is a statement that is accepted as true without needing proof. It serves as a foundational principle upon which other statements or theories are built. Therefore, the given answer accurately captures the meaning of the term "axiom" as a universal truth or an established rule.

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  • 5. 

    Dulcet adj.

    • A.

      A Roman coin

    • B.

      Melodious; pleasing to the ear

    • C.

      A chunk of soil; clump of dirt

    • D.

      A boring person

    Correct Answer
    B. Melodious; pleasing to the ear
    Explanation
    The word "dulcet" is an adjective that means melodious and pleasing to the ear. This suggests that when something is described as "dulcet," it has a sweet and pleasant sound. The other options, such as a Roman coin, a chunk of soil, or a boring person, do not fit the definition of "dulcet." Therefore, the correct answer is "melodious; pleasing to the ear."

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  • 6. 

    Usurp v.

    • A.

      Your favorite flavor of syrup

    • B.

      Unpredictable behavior

    • C.

      To take over; to seize power

    • D.

      An electronic source

    Correct Answer
    C. To take over; to seize power
    Explanation
    The word "usurp" means to take over or seize power. This definition is different from the other options provided, which do not relate to gaining control or power. Therefore, "to take over; to seize power" is the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    Patronizing adj.

    • A.

      Treating with condescension; acting superior

    • B.

      Displaying patriotism to your country

    • C.

      Person who lacks patriotism

    • D.

      To show patience

    Correct Answer
    A. Treating with condescension; acting superior
    Explanation
    The word "patronizing" is an adjective that describes the act of treating someone with condescension or acting superior towards them. This means that when someone is being patronizing, they are looking down on others and behaving in a way that suggests they are better or more knowledgeable. This explanation aligns with the definition given in the question, making it the correct answer.

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  • 8. 

    Iniquity n.

    • A.

      An antique chair

    • B.

      Evil or wicked act

    • C.

      An indoor swimming pool

    • D.

      To create equality

    Correct Answer
    B. Evil or wicked act
    Explanation
    The word "iniquity" refers to an evil or wicked act. It is used to describe actions that are morally wrong or unjust. This term is often associated with wrongdoing, immorality, or sinfulness. An antique chair, an indoor swimming pool, and creating equality are unrelated to the meaning of "iniquity."

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  • 9. 

    Archaic adj.

    • A.

      No longer current or applicable; antiquated

    • B.

      A hopping arcade

    • C.

      A game from the 80s

    • D.

      Chaos in the world

    Correct Answer
    A. No longer current or applicable; antiquated
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "no longer current or applicable; antiquated". This definition of "archaic" aligns with the given explanation "no longer current or applicable; antiquated". It indicates that something is outdated or no longer in use, suggesting that it belongs to a previous era or time period. The other options provided, such as "a hopping arcade" or "a game from the 80s", do not accurately capture the meaning of "archaic" as being outdated or no longer applicable.

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  • 10. 

    Vacillate v.

    • A.

      An oscillating fan

    • B.

      The act of vacuuming

    • C.

      To waver; to sway indecisively

    • D.

      To cancel a subscription

    Correct Answer
    C. To waver; to sway indecisively
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to waver; to sway indecisively". This is because the word "vacillate" means to be indecisive or uncertain about something, often changing opinions or actions. It implies a back-and-forth movement or hesitation in making a decision, similar to the action of wavering or swaying. The other options provided, such as "an oscillating fan" or "the act of vacuuming", do not accurately capture the meaning of the word "vacillate".

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  • 11. 

    Perspicacious adj.

    • A.

      To act silly

    • B.

      Keen; mentally sharp

    • C.

      Expressing care to one another

    • D.

      To sweat profusely

    Correct Answer
    B. Keen; mentally sharp
    Explanation
    The word "perspicacious" is an adjective that describes someone who is keen and mentally sharp. This means that they have the ability to understand things quickly and accurately, and they are able to perceive and analyze situations effectively. This word does not have any relation to acting silly, expressing care, or sweating profusely.

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  • 12. 

    Abstemious adj.

    • A.

      The stem of a flower

    • B.

      An abdominal exercise

    • C.

      Using or consuming sparingly

    • D.

      To behave immaturely

    Correct Answer
    C. Using or consuming sparingly
    Explanation
    The word "abstemious" is an adjective that describes someone who uses or consumes things sparingly. This means that they show self-restraint and moderation in their behavior, particularly when it comes to indulging in food or drink. They are able to control their desires and limit their consumption, often for health or moral reasons. This word does not refer to the stem of a flower, an abdominal exercise, or behaving immaturely.

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  • 13. 

    Talisman n.

    • A.

      A magic charm or superstitious object for protection or luck

    • B.

      The tail of a donkey

    • C.

      A really tall man

    • D.

      Technical term for an ax

    Correct Answer
    A. A magic charm or superstitious object for protection or luck
    Explanation
    HINT: the green sash

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  • 14. 

    Expurgate v.

    • A.

      An award winning artist

    • B.

      To remove vulgar or objectionable material

    • C.

      To expedite a transaction

    • D.

      The iron bars on a metal gate

    Correct Answer
    B. To remove vulgar or objectionable material
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to remove vulgar or objectionable material." The word "expurgate" means to eliminate or censor content that is considered offensive or inappropriate. It is often used in the context of editing or revising written works to remove explicit or offensive language, sensitive topics, or any content that may be deemed objectionable to a particular audience.

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  • 15. 

    Pellucid adj.

    • A.

      A heartburn medicine

    • B.

      To hallucinate

    • C.

      Transparent or clear

    • D.

      A type of grant for school

    Correct Answer
    C. Transparent or clear
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "transparent or clear." The word "pellucid" is an adjective that means transparent or clear. It is often used to describe something that is easily understood or easily seen through. It does not mean a heartburn medicine, to hallucinate, or a type of grant for school.

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  • 16. 

    When an obscene photo appeared in the school yearbook, the administration immediately sought a  _______________ to take the blame for the ______________.

    • A.

      Scapegoat; iniquity

    • B.

      Talisman; iniquity

    • C.

      Scapegoat; expurgate

    • D.

      Patronize; vacillated

    Correct Answer
    A. Scapegoat; iniquity
    Explanation
    The administration sought a scapegoat to take the blame for the obscene photo in the school yearbook. This suggests that they wanted to find someone to blame and hold responsible for the wrongdoing. The word "iniquity" further emphasizes the seriousness and immorality of the act, indicating that the administration was looking for someone to bear the burden of their wrongdoing.

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  • 17. 

    Angry students and parents blamed Dora, the yearbook editor, for not being  ______________________ enough to have spotted the photo before the yearbook was sent to the printer.

    • A.

      Archaic

    • B.

      Perspicacious

    • C.

      Axiom

    • D.

      Talisman

    Correct Answer
    B. Perspicacious
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "perspicacious". In this context, the angry students and parents are blaming Dora for not being perceptive or insightful enough to have noticed the problematic photo in the yearbook before it was sent to the printer.

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  • 18. 

    Now, the school must collect the yearbooks and return them to the printer to _________________ the photograph.

    • A.

      Enlarge

    • B.

      Expurgate

    • C.

      Patronize

    • D.

      Usurp

    Correct Answer
    B. Expurgate
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "expurgate." In this context, the school needs to return the yearbooks to the printer in order to expurgate the photograph. Expurgate means to remove or censor material that is considered offensive or inappropriate. Therefore, the school must remove or censor the photograph before returning the yearbooks to the printer.

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  • 19. 

    Dora, a junior, ___________________ over whether she would sign up for the yearbook staff again next year.  

    • A.

      Vacillated

    • B.

      Scapegoated

    • C.

      Pellucid

    • D.

      Patronized

    Correct Answer
    A. Vacillated
    Explanation
    The word "vacillated" means to be indecisive or uncertain about something. In this context, Dora, a junior, was unsure or hesitant about whether she would sign up for the yearbook staff again next year.

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  • 20. 

    Bob carried a rabbit’s foot around the office as though it were some kind of __________________ that would protect him from any evil spirits hiding around the office.

    • A.

      Usurp

    • B.

      Peremptory

    • C.

      Talisman

    • D.

      Iniquity

    Correct Answer
    C. Talisman
    Explanation
    Bob carried a rabbit's foot around the office as though it were some kind of talisman that would protect him from any evil spirits hiding around the office. A talisman is an object believed to have magical powers or bring good luck. In this context, Bob believes that the rabbit's foot will protect him from any harm or negative energy in the office, similar to how a talisman is believed to ward off evil spirits.

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