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  • Question 1
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    Q. Today I had to deal with one mishap after another. I couldn’t find my car keys, I dropped a bowl of soup at lunchtime, and my computer crashed twice.
    In this sentence "mishap" means...
    answer choices
    unlucky accident
    event
    unexpected question
    plan
  • Question 2
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    Q. Today was a day of turmoil at work. The phones were constantly ringing, people were running back and forth, and several offices were being painted.
    In this sentence "turmoil" means
    answer choices
    discussion
    harmony
    confusion
    organization
  • Question 3
    900 seconds
    Q. I asked the instructor to explain a confusing passage in the textbook. She said, “I wish I could, but it’s obscure to me, too.” 
    In this sentence "obscure" means
    answer choices
    obvious
    long
    unclear
    short
  • Question 4
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    Q. Teachers may overlook it when a student is two minutes late. But they are not going to condone someone’s walking into class a half hour late.
    In this sentence "condone" means...
    answer choices
    allow
    color
    notice
    hear
  • Question 5
    900 seconds
    Q.

    The frigid water made Elizabeth’s teeth chatter.

    answer choices

    cold

    clean

    green

    warm

  • Question 6
    900 seconds
    Q. Some animals have impressive longevity. For example, the giant land tortoise can live several hundred years.
    In this sentence "longevity" means...
    answer choices
    appearance
    length of life
    habits
    habitats
  • Question 7
    900 seconds
    Q.

    Lakes occupy less than two percent of the Earth’s surface, yet they help sustain life For instance lakes give us fish to eat irrigate life. For instance, lakes give us fish to eat, irrigate crops, and generate electrical power. What does the word sustain probably mean?

    answer choices

    support

    destroy

    prolong

    obstruct

  • Question 8
    900 seconds
    Q.

    The ancient Greeks pioneered many of the kinds of writing we consider standard today. They wrote speeches, plays, poems, books about science and learning, long histories of the things that happened to them. What does the word pioneered probably mean?

    answer choices

    complicated

    developed

    destroyed

    explored

  • Question 9
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    Q.

    Bats that eat fruit and nectar spread seeds and help flowers grow. Without bats many important plants would not thrive. What does the word thrive probably mean?

    answer choices

    flourish

    die

    wither

    deteriorate

  • Question 10
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    Q.

    Fifty-five mostly prominent, male delegates attended the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. About seventy-five percent of the delegates had served in Congress and others were important people in their home states. These men are often referred to as the Framers of the Constitution. What does the word prominent probably mean?

    answer choices

    unimportant

    unknown

    common

    important

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