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  • Question 1
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    Q.

    In Greek mythology, King Midas is granted his wish that everything he touches turn to gold.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    When it comes to starting new businesses, Elon Musk seems to have a Midas touch.

    answer choices

    fortunate

    unusual

    unfortunate

    usual

  • Question 2
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    In the story A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, a penny-pinching and bitter Ebenezer Scrooge values money more than people.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Our neighbor has a reputation for being a Scrooge, so we don't even stop at his door any more when we're fundraising.

    answer choices

    generous

    kind

    stingy

    jealous

  • Question 3
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    Q.

    In one of Aesop's fables, four animals go hunting under the assumption that they will split their prize equally, but the lion, the most powerful animal, takes more than the other members of the group.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    My older brother takes the lion's share of the space in our bedroom.

    answer choices

    an equal amount

    a tiny bit

    an even split

    the largest portion

  • Question 4
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    George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 focuses on a totalitarian society in which the citizens are frequently reminded that their leader, Big Brother, is always watching.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    The headline read: "Smart Phones Becoming Big Brother."

    answer choices

    a benevolent government that takes care of its people

    a democratic society with laws protecting privacy

    a ruler that allows freedom of speech

    a threatening power that monitors all aspects of people's lives

  • Question 5
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    In 1815, French emperor Napoleon suffered a devastating defeat in the Battle of Waterloo, which would prove to be his final battle before he abdicated the throne.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Last night's play-off in the semifinals proved to be the team's Waterloo.

    answer choices

    final defeat

    hard-played win

    tie

    no score

  • Question 6
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    Q.

    The comic book superhero Spider-Man possesses a spidey sense that warns him of impending trouble.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Luther picked up his pace on the trail as his spidey sense began to tingle.

    answer choices

    sense of smell

    sense of danger

    sense of wonder

    sense of pride

  • Question 7
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    Q.

    In a catalog that accompanied an exhibit of his work, pop artist Andy Warhol said, "In the future, everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes," meaning that fame would be briefly available even to those who did nothing spectacular.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Jennifer had her fifteen minutes of fame when her video of kayaking with dolphins went viral.

    answer choices

    lengthy experience being famous

    extraordinary effort

    temporary moment of celebrity status

    known by all forever

  • Question 8
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    Draco, a government official in seventh-century Athens, Greece, wrote a code of laws that called for severe punishments for even minor offenses.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Ben spoke at the city council meeting, claiming the new recycling regulations were draconian.

    answer choices

    envious

    interesting

    clever

    harsh

  • Question 9
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    Q.

    Joseph Heller coined the term "catch-22" in his 1961 novel of the same name. In the novel, if an army pilot wants to avoid dangerous missions, he must be deemed mentally unfit; however, his desire to stay safe proves his sanity, so he can never be excused from a mission. Heller called this sort of predicament or dilemma a catch-22.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Anthony described the situation he was facing with his boss as a catch-22.

    answer choices

    win-win

    victory

    no-win

    defeat

  • Question 10
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    Q.

    In a well-known folktale, Chicken Little is accidentally hit by something and jumps to the conclusion that the sky is falling and that she must spread the news of imminent disaster.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    The weather forecast called for clear skies, making my grandfather look like Chicken Little.

    answer choices

    a person who spreads alarming news of imminent danger

    a person who greets trouble with optimism

    a person who is slow to adapt

    a person who spreads rumors about others

  • Question 11
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    Don Quixote is the main character in Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel of the same name. Quixote cannot see the world as it truly is; in his overly romanticized view, inns are castles and windmills are giants.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    The mayoral candidate was widely viewed as quixotic, so it was no surprise that he lost by a substantial margin.

    answer choices

    intentionally misleading

    practical and realistic

    naively idealistic

    cruel and judgmental

  • Question 12
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    Q.

    In a biblical parable, a Samaritan selflessly stops to help an enemy who has been beaten and stranded on the side of a road.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    A Good Samaritan jumped in when my grocery bag broke and the contents spilled all over the sidewalk.

    answer choices

    a person who enjoys interacting with others

    a person who plays tricks on others

    a person who takes advantage of others

    a person who goes out of the way to help another

  • Question 13
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    In his novel Lost Horizon, James Hilton describes the fictional paradise of Shangri-La, which is located in the mountains of Tibet.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    For me, Yosemite in the summer is Shangri-La.

    answer choices

    a place full of memories

    a dystopian setting

    an ideal place

    a challenging setting

  • Question 14
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    In Greek mythology, a mythical bird called the phoenix lives for hundreds of years before bursting into flames at its death. However, it soon rises from its own ashes and is reborn.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Fans debated whether their team would rise from the ashes.

    answer choices

    surprise an opponent

    be consistently successful

    never win

    come back from defeat

  • Question 15
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    In the fable "The Fox and the Grapes," a fox tries unsuccessfully to reach a bunch of grapes. Because he cannot reach them and therefore cannot eat them, he tells himself that they must be sour.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Bryce's remark about your new car is clearly a case of sour grapes.

    answer choices

    eating something even if you don't like it

    criticizing something because you can't have it

    disliking something that you find unpleasant

    praising something that you admire

  • Question 16
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    Q.

    Soldiers from the city of Sparta in ancient Greece were known for their self-restraint, self-discipline, and indifference to luxury.

    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below?

    Maria was known among her coworkers for her spartan ways.

    answer choices

    quirky or unusual

    simple and austere

    aggressive and belligerent

    fancy and luxurious

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