Word Choice In Context

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This quiz will test your knowledge of word choice within using context clues.


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  • 1. 
    By not telling the reader right away the identity of Sarah's mother, the author _______ anticipation and intensity until it is revealed in the climax.
    • A. 

      Shows

    • B. 

      Displays

    • C. 

      Builds

    • D. 

      Gives

  • 2. 
    The lion escaped from the zoo and the little girl _______,
    • A. 

      Talked

    • B. 

      Hollered

    • C. 

      Wailed

    • D. 

      Shrieked

  • 3. 
    While Julie's nature was not ____ , she decided to defy her own parents for their own good.
    • A. 

      Obedient

    • B. 

      Helpful

    • C. 

      Insubordinate

    • D. 

      Vain

  • 4. 
    When Rita's homework load _________, she was forced to choose between school and friends.
    • A. 

      Decreased

    • B. 

      Multiplied

    • C. 

      Intensified

    • D. 

      Changed

  • 5. 
    The _____ gray of the metal door was extremely uninviting.
    • A. 

      Steel

    • B. 

      Hard

    • C. 

      Colorful

  • 6. 
    While Susan waited in line at the amusement park, she thought with _________ about the _______ rollercoaster ride to come.
    • A. 

      Jubilation, unpromising

    • B. 

      Apprehension, horrendous

    • C. 

      Encouragement, ordinary

  • 7. 
    Which words bes fits in the blank?"Well, we ain't got any," George __________. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble....An' whatta I got,' George went on furiously. 'I got you! You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time. An' that ain't the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out." (Of Mice and Men)
    • A. 

      Whispered

    • B. 

      Wailed

    • C. 

      Exploded

    • D. 

      Thought

  • 8. 
    Which verb would best replace the bolded original one?The characters are rendered helpless by their isolation, and yet, even at their weakest, they seek to destroy those who are even weaker than they.
    • A. 

      Constituted

    • B. 

      Designed

    • C. 

      Wrought

    • D. 

      Ruined

  • 9. 
    Although Carlson promises to kill the dog painlessly, his insistence that the old animal must die supports a cruel natural law that the strong will dispose of the weak.Candy internalizes this lesson, for he fears that he himself is nearing an age when he will no longer be useful at the ranch, and therefore no longer welcome.
    • A. 

      Personalizes

    • B. 

      Weakens

    • C. 

      Externalize

    • D. 

      Discriminates

  • 10. 
    Which best replaces the underlined word?The central concern of Lord of the Flies is the conflict between two competing impulses that exist within all human beings.
    • A. 

      Catalysts

    • B. 

      Instincts

    • C. 

      Nations

    • D. 

      Dramas

  • 11. 
    Which word best fits the tone of the following passage?But the boy's weight, and the weight of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance so, instead of taking off full blast as he had hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up. The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter. ("Thank You, M'am")
    • A. 

      Sentimental

    • B. 

      Haughty

    • C. 

      Didactic

  • 12. 
    Which phrase best indicates the foreboding tone?He said nothing when he entered. I was passing the best of my razors back and forth on a strop. When I recognized him I started to tremble. But he didn't notice. Hoping to conceal my emotion, I continued sharpening the razor. I tested it on the meat of my thumb, and held it up to the light. ("Just Lather, That's All")
    • A. 

      ...held it up to the light.

    • B. 

      I continued sharpening my razor.

    • C. 

      But he didn't notice.

    • D. 

      He said nothing when he entered.

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