Quiz On 20 Commonly Confused Words

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Commonly Confused Word Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    A recent study found that many air fresheners are high in chemicals that have been linked to _____ health effects in high doses.
    • A. 

      Adverse

    • B. 

      Averse

  • 2. 
    The young hockey star was dubbed "the phantom" for his ability to _____ defenders.
    • A. 

      Allude

    • B. 

      Elude

  • 3. 
    The malty flavor of buckwheat honey makes it a nice _____ to blue cheese.
    • A. 

      Complement

    • B. 

      Compliment

  • 4. 
    Amazon unveiled the Kindle, its digital-book reading _____, at the end of 2007.
    • A. 

      Devise

    • B. 

      Device

  • 5. 
    The genes, _____ bits of DNA on the chromosomes in each cell, control all body activities by directing the production of essential chemicals.
    • A. 

      Discreet

    • B. 

      Discrete

  • 6. 
    When his ship _____ on the coast of Scotland in 1883, the Danish captain thought he saw a seven-pointed star in the sky.
    • A. 

      Floundered

    • B. 

      Foundered

  • 7. 
    In 1958, a Spanish photographer accompanied Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries during their ____ push to Havana.In 1958, a Spanish photographer accompanied Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries during their ____ push to Havana.
    • A. 

      Historic

    • B. 

      Historical

  • 8. 
    The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not _____ that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
    • A. 

      Imply

    • B. 

      Infer

  • 9. 
    All births are _____ moments, but some are more momentous than others.
    • A. 

      Incredible

    • B. 

      Incredulous

  • 10. 
    Facebook has about 300 million users and Twitter a tenth of that number, but the _____ has been winning the headline battle in recent months.
    • A. 

      Later

    • B. 

      Latter

  • 11. 
    Night after night, the president _____ over memos arguing for and against the choice that confronted him. 
    • A. 

      Pored

    • B. 

      Poured

  • 12. 
    A higher salary was Sol's _____ reason for accepting the job offer.
    • A. 

      Principal

    • B. 

      Principle

  • 13. 
    He _____ his brains to remember, but he could not call to mind a single thing!
    • A. 

      Racked

    • B. 

      Wracked

  • 14. 
    The beauty of Moroccan palaces is made up of details of ornament and refinements of _____ delight too numerous to record.
    • A. 

      Sensual

    • B. 

      Sensuous

  • 15. 
    "English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment, and education--sometimes it's _____ luck, like getting across a street." (E.B. White)
    • A. 

      Shear

    • B. 

      Sheer

  • 16. 
    Much of what we thought we knew about the evolution of dinosaurs turns out to be _____ or out-and-out wrong.
    • A. 

      Simple

    • B. 

      Simplistic

  • 17. 
    The train passengers spent the night in the makeshift hotels of ____ carriages parked on railway sidings.
    • A. 

      Stationary

    • B. 

      Stationery

  • 18. 
    Jay-Z always sounds bold and confident, but then of course _____ is rarely a character trait in the world of hip-hop.
    • A. 

      Temerity

    • B. 

      Timidity

  • 19. 
    Be it a Jeep Cherokee or a Ford Explorer or supersized to a Humvee, the SUV soon became the _____ and luxurious symbol of boomer excess throughout the 1990s.
    • A. 

      Veracious

    • B. 

      Voracious

  • 20. 
    "_____ the gods wish to destroy they first call promising." (Cyril Connolly)
    • A. 

      Who

    • B. 

      Whom

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