Questions 1-10 are Antonyms. Find the word most nearly OPPOSITE in meaning to the given word.
1. Apocryphal is most nearly opposite in meaning to
A. Doubtful in nature
B. Accepted as genuine
C. Wide in scope
D. Completely alien
2. Eschew is most nearly opposite in meaning to
3. Unwarranted is most nearly opposite in meaning to
4. Hoary is most nearly opposite in meaning to
5. Allay is most nearly opposite in meaning to
6. Noxious is most nearly opposite in meaning to
7. Inveterate is most nearly opposite in meaning to
8. Vagaries is most nearly opposite in meaning to
9. Inclement is most nearly opposite in meaning to
10. Grandiose is most nearly opposite in meaning to
Questions 11-20 are Synonyms. Find the word most SIMILAR in meaning to the given word.
11. Sedentary is most similar in meaning to
12. Entrenched is most similar in meaning to
13. Resolute is most similar in meaning to
14. Mollify is most similar in meaning to
15. Virtuoso is most similar in meaning to
16. Ambivalent is most similar in meaning to
17. Irrevocable is most similar in meaning to
18. Pernicious is most similar in meaning to
19. Trounce is most similar in meaning to
20. Variegated is most similar in meaning to
Questions 21-25 are sentence completions. Choose the answer which contains the words that best fit the blanks and complete the meaning of the given sentence.
21. The scientist’s enthusiasm was ____ ; she had already published enough papers on the topic to fill a ____, and yet there were no definitive conclusions to be drawn, and the work seemed interminable.
A. waning - paragraph
B. flagging - tome
C. unqualified - journal
D. at a peak - book
E. increasing - library
22. There was no need to read the ____ : we knew only one journalist who dared to use such ____ expressions in a publication known for its formal language.
A. work - conservative
B. title - cryptic
C. publication - grotesque
D. byline - colloquial
E. article - strong
23. It is true that ageing is an ____ process, yet there no need to ____ despair: there is much that we can do to delay the worst effects of old age.
A. upsetting - refuse to
B. interminable - agree to
C. inexorable - wallow in
D. inevitable - gloss over
E. uplifting - succumb to
24. The exorbitantly expensive décor of the mansion was widely criticized: the celebrity’s ____ display of wealth ____ all the norms of good taste.
A. ostentatious - transcended
B. avaricious - upheld
C. grandiose - underpinned
D. restrained - subverted
E. excessive - confirmed
25. The bully had to retreat ____ from the playground when his victim remained ____ in the face of his taunts; the firmness of the former victim rallied the support of the other children who turned on the former bully with contempt.
A. rapidly - passive
B. ignominiously - implacable
C. repeatedly - cowed
D. infrequently - intimidated
E. immediately - silent
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