The Westing Game Ch. 1-8

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Test over chapters 1-8 of The Westing Game. Take your time!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When Sydelle Pulaski retuns to her apartment, she discovers that

    • A.

      Someone has stolen her notes about Sam Westing's will.

    • B.

      Otis Amber is hiding in her closet.

    • C.

      Her chess set has been set up in the living room.

    Correct Answer
    A. Someone has stolen her notes about Sam Westing's will.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is someone has stolen her notes about Sam Westing's will. This is because the question states that when Sydelle Pulaski returns to her apartment, she discovers that her notes about Sam Westing's will have been stolen. This implies that someone has taken them without her permission or knowledge.

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  • 2. 

    The directions to the Westing game says that each pair of players will

    • A.

      Have to spend one night in the Westing house.

    • B.

      Receive ten thousand dollars and a set of clues.

    • C.

      Win ten shares of the Westing Corporation.

    Correct Answer
    B. Receive ten thousand dollars and a set of clues.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "receive ten thousand dollars and a set of clues." This is because the directions state that each pair of players will have to spend one night in the Westing house, which implies that they will receive some sort of compensation or reward for their participation. The option of winning ten shares of the Westing Corporation is not mentioned in the directions, so it cannot be considered as the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    Judge Ford thinks Sam Westing knew everyone would play the game because they

    • A.

      Wanted to find Sam Westing's murderer.

    • B.

      Were all greedy.

    • C.

      Liked mysteries.

    Correct Answer
    B. Were all greedy.
    Explanation
    Judge Ford believes that Sam Westing knew everyone would participate in the game because they were all greedy. This suggests that the motive behind their participation was driven by their desire for wealth and financial gain rather than any other reason such as solving a mystery or finding Sam Westing's murderer. The idea of greed aligns with the overall theme of the story, as many characters are shown to be motivated by their pursuit of money and success.

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  • 4. 

    Why couldn't an autopsy be held on Sam Westing? 

    • A.

      His body disappeared.

    • B.

      He'd been buried.

    • C.

      He'd already been embalmed.

    Correct Answer
    C. He'd already been embalmed.
    Explanation
    An autopsy couldn't be held on Sam Westing because he had already been embalmed. Embalming is the process of preserving a body after death, which involves the use of chemicals to prevent decomposition. Once a body has been embalmed, it would not be suitable for an autopsy as the preservation process alters the body's tissues and organs, making it difficult to accurately determine the cause of death. Therefore, the fact that Sam Westing had already been embalmed would prevent an autopsy from being conducted.

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  • 5. 

    Sam Westing's will also says that

    • A.

      Westing did not die of natural causes.

    • B.

      Turtle is really Sam Westing's granddaughter.

    • C.

      The beneficiaries must all live in the Westing house.

    Correct Answer
    A. Westing did not die of natural causes.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Westing did not die of natural causes." This is supported by the statement in Sam Westing's will that he did not die of natural causes. This implies that his death was suspicious or unnatural, suggesting foul play or a potential murder. This information could be significant in unraveling the mystery of Sam Westing's death and the subsequent events in the story.

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  • 6. 

    Judge Ford is surprised to find that E.J. Plum is handling the Westing estate because

    • A.

      Sam Westing hated E.J. Plum's father.

    • B.

      E.J. Plum is young and inexperienced.

    • C.

      E.J. Plum is one of Sam Westing's heirs.

    Correct Answer
    B. E.J. Plum is young and inexperienced.
    Explanation
    Judge Ford is surprised to find that E.J. Plum is handling the Westing estate because E.J. Plum is young and inexperienced. This suggests that Judge Ford expected someone more experienced and qualified to handle such a significant responsibility.

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  • 7. 

    Turtle thinks it is strange that the article about Sam Westing's death doesn't mention

    • A.

      How much money Sam Westing is leaving to his wife.

    • B.

      The envelope she saw on the bedside table.

    • C.

      The silver bracelet found on Westing's wrist.

    Correct Answer
    B. The envelope she saw on the bedside table.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "the envelope she saw on the bedside table." Turtle finds it strange that the article about Sam Westing's death doesn't mention the envelope she saw on the bedside table. This suggests that the envelope may be significant or have some sort of importance in relation to Sam Westing's death. Turtle's observation implies that the absence of this detail in the article raises questions and curiosity about the envelope's role in the story.

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  • 8. 

    When Turtle is in the Westing house, she finds

    • A.

      A dead man tucked into a four-poster bed.

    • B.

      Otis Amber hiding in the library.

    • C.

      Her mother's silver cross lying on the Oriental rug.

    Correct Answer
    A. A dead man tucked into a four-poster bed.
    Explanation
    In the given scenario, Turtle discovers a dead man tucked into a four-poster bed while she is in the Westing house. This suggests that Turtle has come across a deceased individual in a rather unexpected and perhaps suspicious location. The presence of a dead body in such a setting raises questions about the circumstances surrounding the man's death and potentially hints at a mystery or crime that Turtle may need to unravel.

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  • 9. 

    While Chris is bird-watching, he notices a

    • A.

      Rare bird roosting on the roof of the Westing house.

    • B.

      Strange car pulling into the driveway of the Westing house.

    • C.

      Person with a limp entering the Westing house.

    Correct Answer
    C. Person with a limp entering the Westing house.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "person with a limp entering the Westing house." This answer is the most plausible because the question mentions that Chris is bird-watching, indicating that he is observing the surroundings. Out of the three options, a person with a limp entering the Westing house is the most significant and noteworthy event compared to a rare bird roosting on the roof or a strange car pulling into the driveway. The mention of the person's limp adds an extra detail, making it more memorable and distinct.

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  • 10. 

    Turtle and Flora thought they should...

    • A.

      Invest the money in the stock market.

    • B.

      Put the money in the bank to gain interest.

    • C.

      Spend evey penny of the money on Westing paper products.

    Correct Answer
    A. Invest the money in the stock market.
    Explanation
    Turtle and Flora believed that investing the money in the stock market would be a wise decision. They probably considered the potential for higher returns on their investment compared to other options. By investing in stocks, they hoped to grow their money over time and potentially earn profits. This choice indicates their willingness to take risks and explore opportunities in the financial market.

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  • 11. 

    To cut off all or part of a limb or digit of the body

    Correct Answer
    amputation
    Explanation
    Amputation refers to the surgical removal of a limb or digit of the body. This procedure is typically performed when there is a medical condition or injury that cannot be treated or resolved through other means. Amputation may be necessary in cases of severe trauma, infection, tumors, or circulation problems. It is a drastic measure that aims to improve the patient's quality of life and prevent further complications.

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  • 12. 

    Person or group that receives money or property from a will

    Correct Answer
    beneficiary
    Explanation
    A beneficiary is a person or group who is designated to receive money or property from a will. They are typically named by the person creating the will, and their role is to inherit the assets or funds specified in the document after the individual's death. The purpose of naming a beneficiary is to ensure that the deceased person's wishes regarding the distribution of their estate are carried out.

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  • 13. 

    When something is done in privacy or secrecy

    Correct Answer
    confidential
    Explanation
    The term "confidential" refers to the act of keeping something private or secret. When something is done in privacy or secrecy, it is usually considered confidential to maintain its confidentiality and prevent unauthorized access or disclosure.

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  • 14. 

    A particular style or type of cooking (i.e. Italian, Chinese, etc.)

    Correct Answer
    cuisine
    Explanation
    The term "cuisine" refers to a specific style or type of cooking, such as Italian or Chinese. It encompasses the unique techniques, ingredients, and flavors associated with a particular culture or region. Cuisine reflects the culinary traditions and practices of a specific group of people, and it often incorporates their cultural heritage and history.

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  • 15. 

    A person appointed to carry out the provisions of a will

    Correct Answer
    executor
    Explanation
    An executor is a person who is appointed to carry out the provisions of a will. This means that they are responsible for ensuring that the deceased person's wishes, as outlined in their will, are carried out. This can include tasks such as distributing assets, paying debts and taxes, and handling any legal matters related to the estate. The executor is typically named in the will and has a legal obligation to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law.

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  • 16. 

    A person who owns or helps manage a large business

    Correct Answer
    industrialist
    Explanation
    An industrialist refers to a person who owns or assists in managing a large business. This term specifically applies to individuals involved in the industrial sector, where they oversee the production and distribution of goods on a large scale. Industrialists play a crucial role in driving economic growth and development by creating job opportunities and contributing to the overall prosperity of a nation. They are responsible for making strategic decisions, managing resources, and ensuring the smooth functioning of their businesses.

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  • 17. 

    A gift of property or money from a will

    Correct Answer
    legacy
    Explanation
    A legacy refers to a gift of property or money that is left to someone in a will. It is a form of inheritance that is specifically designated by the deceased person to be given to a particular individual or organization. Legacies are often given as a way for the deceased person to leave a lasting impact or support their loved ones even after they are gone.

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  • 18. 

    In a state of decay or decomposition; rotten

    Correct Answer
    putrid
    Explanation
    Putrid is the correct answer because it means in a state of decay or decomposition, often associated with a rotten smell. It accurately describes something that is decomposing and emitting a foul odor.

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  • 19. 

    Reasonable; sensible

    Correct Answer
    rational
    Explanation
    The word "rational" is synonymous with "reasonable" and "sensible." It implies the use of logical thinking and sound judgment in decision-making or problem-solving. A rational person would make choices based on facts and evidence rather than emotions or irrational beliefs. Therefore, "rational" is an appropriate and fitting answer for the given options.

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  • 20. 

    To replace springs, stuffing, and fabric on a piece of furniture

    Correct Answer
    reupholstered
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "reupholstered." This term refers to the process of replacing the springs, stuffing, and fabric on a piece of furniture. It involves removing the old upholstery and replacing it with new materials to give the furniture a fresh look and feel.

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  • 21. 

    ________________ in literature refers to the hints or clues an author provides to suggest what will take place in the story.

    • A.

      Prediction

    • B.

      Foreshadowing

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Foreshadowing
    Explanation
    Foreshadowing in literature refers to the hints or clues an author provides to suggest what will take place in the story. It is a literary technique that allows the reader to anticipate and predict future events or outcomes. By introducing subtle hints or symbols, the author builds suspense and creates a sense of anticipation for the reader. Foreshadowing can be achieved through various means such as dialogue, imagery, or symbolism, and it adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

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  • 22. 

    When an author makes statements such as, "The big problems were yet to come." They are trying to get the reader to make a ____________________.

    • A.

      Foreshadow

    • B.

      Prediction

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Prediction
    Explanation
    When an author makes statements such as, "The big problems were yet to come," they are trying to get the reader to make a prediction. By providing hints or clues about what may happen in the future, the author wants the reader to use their imagination and anticipate what might occur next in the story. This technique of foreshadowing creates suspense and engages the reader in the narrative.

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  • 23. 

    A ____________ is a figure of speech in which two unlike objects are compared using the words "like" or "as."

    • A.

      Foreshadow

    • B.

      Prediction

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike objects using the words "like" or "as". It is a literary device that helps to create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding by drawing a comparison between two things. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses explicit comparison words to make the comparison clear. This answer explains that a simile is the correct answer without explicitly stating it.

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  • 24. 

    ___________________  refers to a literary device in which an author grants human characteristics to nonhuman objects.

    • A.

      Foreshadowing

    • B.

      Prediction

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    D. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification refers to a literary device in which an author grants human characteristics to nonhuman objects. This technique is used to make these objects more relatable and to enhance the reader's understanding and connection to them. By attributing human qualities such as emotions, thoughts, or actions to inanimate things, the author brings them to life and adds depth to the narrative. This can help create vivid imagery and evoke strong emotions in the reader.

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  • 25. 

    What bet did Turtle make with the others?

    • A.

      She'd get $2 for every time she told a lie to her mother.

    • B.

      She'd get $2 for every person she kicked when they pulled her braid.

    • C.

      She'd get $2 for every minute she spent in the Westing house.

    Correct Answer
    C. She'd get $2 for every minute she spent in the Westing house.
    Explanation
    Turtle made a bet with the others that she would receive $2 for every minute she spent in the Westing house.

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  • 26. 

    What was special about J.J. Ford?

    • A.

      She's the first black female to be elected to judge in the state.

    • B.

      She's the only one who knew Sam Westing before his death.

    • C.

      She's the only lawyer in the building.

    Correct Answer
    A. She's the first black female to be elected to judge in the state.
    Explanation
    J.J. Ford is special because she is the first black female to be elected as a judge in the state. This achievement is significant as it represents a milestone in breaking barriers and promoting diversity and inclusivity in the judicial system. Her election as a judge not only recognizes her qualifications and expertise but also paves the way for future generations of black females to pursue careers in law and judiciary.

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  • 27. 

    How did Sydelle become popular?

    • A.

      She needed extra help because she was on crutches.

    • B.

      She had a transcript of the Westing will.

    • C.

      She was the person in control of the Westing money.

    Correct Answer
    B. She had a transcript of the Westing will.
    Explanation
    Sydelle became popular because she had a transcript of the Westing will. This suggests that the will held important information or secrets that people were interested in, and Sydelle's possession of it made her a valuable source of information. This could have given her a sense of power and influence, leading to her popularity among others who wanted to gain insight into the will and its contents.

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  • 28. 

    Westing's will says that his sixteen heirs

    • A.

      Will control the Westing Paper Products Corporation.

    • B.

      Must share the inheritance equally.

    • C.

      Are all his nieces and nephews.

    Correct Answer
    C. Are all his nieces and nephews.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are all his nieces and nephews." This is because the will of Westing states that his sixteen heirs must be his nieces and nephews. This means that only his nieces and nephews are eligible to inherit and control the Westing Paper Products Corporation. The will does not mention anything about sharing the inheritance equally or any other specific requirement, so the key point is that the heirs must be his nieces and nephews.

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  • 29. 

    If any player drops out of the game

    • A.

      The partner must leave the game.

    • B.

      The partners must return the money.

    • C.

      Both of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Both of these
    Explanation
    If any player drops out of the game, both of these statements are true. The partner must leave the game because they are no longer able to continue playing without their teammate. Additionally, the partners must return the money because the agreement was for both players to participate and share any winnings or losses. Therefore, if one player drops out, it would be unfair for the remaining player to keep the money that was intended to be shared.

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  • 30. 

    Sydelle's REAL problem is

    • A.

      She's got a broken leg.

    • B.

      She feels nobody ever notices her.

    • C.

      She doesn't understand how to play the Westing Game.

    Correct Answer
    B. She feels nobody ever notices her.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "she feels nobody ever notices her." This is because the other options, having a broken leg and not understanding how to play the Westing Game, are physical and cognitive problems respectively. However, the statement that Sydelle feels nobody ever notices her suggests an emotional problem, indicating that she may be seeking attention or validation from others.

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  • 31. 

    Struck with sudden fear or confusion

    • A.

      Scrutiny

    • B.

      Uncanny

    • C.

      Appalled

    Correct Answer
    C. Appalled
    Explanation
    The word "appalled" means being struck with sudden fear or confusion. It is used to describe a feeling of shock or horror in response to something unexpected or disturbing.

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  • 32. 

    Able to be heard

    • A.

      Reverence

    • B.

      Audible

    • C.

      Sporadic

    Correct Answer
    B. Audible
    Explanation
    The word "audible" refers to something that is able to be heard. It implies that the sound is clear and can be perceived by the ears. It is the correct answer because it directly relates to the given description of being able to be heard. The other options, "reverence" and "sporadic," do not have any connection to the concept of sound or being heard. Therefore, "audible" is the most appropriate choice.

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  • 33. 

    Inspection and dissection of a body after death

    • A.

      Appalled

    • B.

      Morbid

    • C.

      Autopsy

    Correct Answer
    C. Autopsy
    Explanation
    An autopsy refers to the inspection and dissection of a body after death. The word "appalled" means to be shocked or disgusted, while "morbid" refers to having an unhealthy or abnormal interest in death. Considering the context, the correct answer, "autopsy," aligns perfectly with the given explanation.

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  • 34. 

    A pilot of an airplane or aircraft

    • A.

      Aviator

    • B.

      Audible

    • C.

      Uncanny

    Correct Answer
    A. Aviator
    Explanation
    An aviator is someone who operates or pilots an airplane or aircraft. They are responsible for flying and navigating the aircraft, ensuring the safety of passengers and cargo. The term "aviator" is commonly used to refer to pilots in general, regardless of the type of aircraft they fly. This term is often associated with skilled and experienced individuals who have undergone extensive training and possess the necessary knowledge and skills to operate an aircraft.

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  • 35. 

    Preoccupied or interested in unhealthy thoughts and feelings

    • A.

      Uncanny

    • B.

      Autopsy

    • C.

      Morbid

    Correct Answer
    C. Morbid
    Explanation
    The word "morbid" means being preoccupied or interested in unhealthy thoughts and feelings. It suggests a fascination with topics related to death, disease, or other disturbing subjects. This term is commonly used to describe someone's mindset or interests that are considered abnormal or unhealthy.

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  • 36. 

    To give up or abandon

    • A.

      Reverence

    • B.

      Relinquish

    • C.

      Sporadic

    Correct Answer
    B. Relinquish
    Explanation
    The word "relinquish" means to give up or abandon something. It is often used to describe the act of surrendering or letting go of control or possession. This word is a suitable answer because it matches the definition provided and accurately represents the meaning of the word "relinquish".

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  • 37. 

    A feeling or attitude of deep respect

    • A.

      Reverence

    • B.

      Uncanny

    • C.

      Appalled

    Correct Answer
    A. Reverence
    Explanation
    Reverence is the correct answer because it refers to a feeling or attitude of deep respect. It implies a sense of admiration, honor, and awe towards someone or something. This word captures the idea of showing great esteem and veneration, often associated with religious or spiritual contexts. It conveys a profound sense of regard and admiration towards a person, object, or concept, highlighting the importance of respect and admiration in one's attitude or behavior.

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  • 38. 

    Close, careful observation

    • A.

      Autopsy

    • B.

      Relinquish

    • C.

      Scrutiny

    Correct Answer
    C. Scrutiny
    Explanation
    Scrutiny refers to close, careful observation or examination of something. It involves a thorough and detailed analysis of an object, situation, or information. In this context, scrutiny is the most appropriate term as it aligns with the idea of observing or examining something closely. Autopsy refers specifically to the examination of a dead body, which is not relevant to the given answer choices. Relinquish means to give up or let go of something, which does not relate to observation. Therefore, scrutiny is the correct answer.

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  • 39. 

    Having no pattern or order; happening at irregular times

    • A.

      Reverence

    • B.

      Sporadic

    • C.

      Uncanny

    Correct Answer
    B. Sporadic
    Explanation
    The word "sporadic" means happening at irregular times or having no pattern or order. It is the best fit for the given definition of "having no pattern or order; happening at irregular times". "Reverence" means deep respect or admiration, and "uncanny" means strange or mysterious. Neither of these words convey the idea of irregularity or lack of pattern, so they are not the correct answer. Therefore, the correct answer is "sporadic".

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  • 40. 

    Mysterious; beyond the ordinary or normal

    • A.

      Uncanny

    • B.

      Sporadic

    • C.

      Scrutiny

    Correct Answer
    A. Uncanny
    Explanation
    The word "uncanny" means something that is strange or mysterious, going beyond what is considered ordinary or normal. It suggests a sense of eeriness or unease. This word accurately captures the meaning of "mysterious; beyond the ordinary or normal" provided in the question.

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  • 41. 

    Money paid to an agent or broker for their service

    • A.

      Commission

    • B.

      Pretentious

    • C.

      Wafted

    Correct Answer
    A. Commission
    Explanation
    Commission refers to the money paid to an agent or broker for the services they provide. This payment is typically a percentage of the total sale or transaction. Agents and brokers earn commissions as a form of compensation for their efforts in facilitating business deals and transactions. It serves as an incentive for them to work diligently and effectively in order to generate sales and provide quality service to their clients.

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  • 42. 

    A group of people moving in an orderly fashion

    • A.

      Divisive

    • B.

      Jibberish

    • C.

      Procession

    Correct Answer
    C. Procession
    Explanation
    A procession is a group of people moving in an orderly fashion. The other options, divisive and jibberish, do not relate to the concept of a group of people moving in an orderly fashion. Therefore, the correct answer is procession.

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  • 43. 

    A desire for revenge

    • A.

      Wafted

    • B.

      Commission

    • C.

      Vindictiveness

    Correct Answer
    C. Vindictiveness
    Explanation
    Vindictiveness refers to a strong desire for revenge or the act of seeking revenge. It implies a deep-seated resentment and a willingness to harm someone in retaliation for a perceived wrongdoing. The word "wafted" suggests that this desire for revenge is spreading or being carried through the air, indicating that it is pervasive or widespread. The word "commission" is unrelated to the concept of vindictiveness and does not provide any context for understanding the correct answer.

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  • 44. 

    Faultless or flawless; perfect

    • A.

      Impeccable

    • B.

      Vindictive

    • C.

      Procession

    Correct Answer
    A. Impeccable
    Explanation
    Impeccable means faultless or flawless, indicating that something is perfect or without any errors or mistakes. It suggests that the subject being described is of the highest quality and is done with great precision and attention to detail. In contrast, the other options - vindictive and procession - do not have the same meaning as impeccable and are not synonymous with perfection or flawlessness. Therefore, the correct answer is impeccable.

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  • 45. 

    To float through air or water

    • A.

      Jibberish

    • B.

      Procession

    • C.

      Wafted

    Correct Answer
    C. Wafted
    Explanation
    The word "wafted" means to be carried or moved gently through the air or water. In the given context, the question is asking for a word that describes the action of floating through air or water. "Wafted" perfectly fits this description as it implies a gentle and effortless movement, suggesting the object is being carried by the air or water currents.

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