Word Choice and Connotation
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  • Question 1
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following sentence:

    The baby was very clever. It already knew how to crawl into a room without making a sound.


    How would the meaning of the sentence change if the author used "cunning" instead of the word "clever"?

    answer choices

    The baby would seem sneakier

    The baby would seem cuter

    The baby would seem stupider

    The baby would seem louder

  • Question 2
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following passage:

    "He's very influential in the clowning community," she whispered to her friend, pointing to the tall man in loose pants and rainbow suspenders striding across the room. "He's a great artist. Balloon animals have never been the same."


    How does the author intend the word "influential" to be taken in this passage?

    answer choices

    positive

    negative

    neutral

    extremely negative

  • Question 3
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following sentence:

    The hedgehog was ecstatic-- She had found a hole to burrow into, and she was happily settled beneath the ground, excited to sleep the day away.

    Based on the context clues, what is the denotation of the word "ecstatic" in the passage?

    answer choices

    overly intelligent

    greatly impressed

    extremely happy

    often late

  • Question 4
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following passage:

    After winning the spelling bee, Bridget became confident. "I can spell any word in the universe," she insisted loudly, even in places where it was not required to spell things. Like at the movies with her friends.

    Her best friend, annoyed, said, "I bet you can't spell a word in German." Bridget did not speak German.

    "I probably can," she insisted,"I mean, how hard can it be, right?"

    How does the author intend the word "confident" to be taken in this passage?

    answer choices

    positive

    negative

    neutral

    extremely positive

  • Question 5
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following sentence:

    The man stretched slowly, then continued his sluggish walk down the street.

    How would the meaning of the sentence change if the author used the word "unhurried" instead of the word "sluggish"?

    answer choices

    The man would seem less lazy

    the man would seem funnier

    the man wold seem more talented

    the man would seem animal-like

  • Question 6
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following passage:

    My grandmother is thrifty. She never throws out old clothes and saves all her jars to reuse as glasses.


    How would the meaning of the sentence change if the author used "cheap" instead of the word "thrifty"?

    answer choices

    The writer would seem unafraid

    the grandmother would seem unknown

    the writer would seem uncertain

    the grandmother would seem ungenerous

  • Question 7
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following passage:

    "How could you do this?" the painter screeched. "How could you paint that wall blue? It should clearly be orange!"


    How would the meaning of the sentence change if the author used the word "whimpered" instead of the word "screeched"?

    answer choices

    The painter would seem more pathetic

    The painter would seem more powerful

    The painter would seem more joyful

    The painter would seem more intelligent

  • Question 8
    300 seconds
    Q.

    Read the following sentence:

    A flock of flamingos slowly picked their way across the lawn towards the Gupta family where they stood waiting.


    How would the meaning of the sentence change is the author used the word "mob" instead of the word "flock"?

    answer choices

    The flamingos would seem friendlier

    The flamingos would seem more elegant

    The flamingos would seem more indifferent

    The flamingos would seem more threatening

  • Question 9
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Words that have the same denotation are called ________.

    answer choices

    acronyms

    homonyms

    antonyms

    synonyms

  • Question 10
    45 seconds
    Q.

    When you look up a word in the dictionary, you find its ___________.

    answer choices

    connotation

    acronym

    denotation

    homonym

  • Question 11
    45 seconds
    Q.

    What is the term for the emotions that a word stirs in a reader?

    answer choices

    synonym

    connotation

    denotation

    acronym

  • Question 12
    45 seconds
    Q.

    You look up synonyms for minimal. What do you see?

    answer choices

    least

    largest

    unclear

    obvious

  • Question 13
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Read the sentence below. The word tranquil has a ________ connotation.

    The baby looked tranquil as he slept.

    answer choices

    positive

    negative

  • Question 14
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Read the sentence below. The word dinky has a ________ connotation.

    My mom only let me eat a dinky scoop of ice cream.

    answer choices

    positive

    negative

  • Question 15
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Read the sentence below. What is the denotation of the word superior?

    My old computer kept running out of batteries. My new one is superior.

    answer choices

    better

    positive

    worse

    negative

  • Question 16
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Read the sentences. What is the difference between the words mortified and embarrassed?

    a. Sam was mortified when he was called to come up onstage during the assembly.

    b. Sam was embarrassed when he was called to come up onstage during the assembly.

    answer choices

    "mortified" is an antonym of "embarrassed"

    "mortified" is more intense and has a more negative connotation than "embarrassed"

    "Embarrassed" is more intense and has a more negative connotation than "mortified"

    "mortified" and "embarrassed" have different denotations

  • Question 17
    45 seconds
    Q.

    The dentotation is the ______ meaning of a word.

    answer choices

    emotional

    incorrect

    literal

    opposite

  • Question 18
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Read the sentences below. What is the difference between the words surprised and astounded?

    a. Julie was surprised to find out that her grandma was coming for a visit.

    b. Julie was astounded to find out that her grandma was coming for a visit.

    answer choices

    "Surprised" is an antonym of "astounded"

    "surprised" is more intense than "astounded" and implies that Julie is even more shocked.

    "astounded" is more intense than "surprised" and implies that Julie is even more shocked.

    "surprised" and "astounded" have different denotations

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