oDesk English Vocabulary Test (u.s. version) Question and Answer

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
MITIGATE
a. Abate
b. Conceal
c. Intensify
d. Allow

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To impose with authority; urge strongly
a. Enjoin
b. Prevalent
c. Dissonance
d. Relegate

Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively
a. Vituperative
b. Litigant
c. Fulminate
d. Exhume

Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
It's a good thing you're so________ at paperwork, because you'll need to fill out hundreds of forms to________ a child.
a. adapt/adapt
b. adept/adopt
c. adapt/adopt
d. adopt/adept
Question:
Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner
a. Panache
b. Voracious
c. Resonance
d. Cosmogony

Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what's in store for him and his family.
a- Downfall
b. Omen; forerunner
c. Unequivocal proof

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Roger might be more AMENABLE to your ideas if you presented them without sneering.
a. Intractable
b. Willing to accept
c. Impressed by
d. Unhappy

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team's INDOLENCE and nasty attitude. wizened
a. Violent behavior
b. Odorousness
c. Laziness
d. Disappearance

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
REFUTE
a. Expose
b. Support
c. Garbage
d. Safe place

Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below. deleterious
INORDINATE
a. Reasonable
b. On a waiting list
c. Unprepared
d. Immense


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Oscar, who did not possess a discerning_________ , preferred hot dogs to steak.
a. palette
b. pallet
c. palate


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician's private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.
a. Mercenary; venal
b. Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others
c. Characterized by profound insight


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense
a. Labyrinthine
b. Invidious
c. Titillating
d. Envious


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
I can_________ all the terms of the apartment lease_________ the one about not allowing pets.
a. except/accept
b. except/except
c. accept/accept
d. accept/except


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.
a. Rules for action or behavior
b. Vague ideas; abstractions
c. Significance


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below. adverse
ITINERANT
a. Permanent
b. Flexible
c. Transient
d. Dissatisfied


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
The company is__________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.
a. holey
b. holy
c. wholly


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The_________ poet, knowing his death was__________ , struggled to finish his final ode.
a. imminent/eminent
b. eminent/immanent
c. immanent/imminent
d. eminent/imminent


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
Rachel knew that she'd soon be living in______________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems________________ out
immediately.
a. straightened/straitened
b. straitened/straightened


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The plots of all her novels just seem to MEANDER along, to the point where I can't follow the storyline or figure out who's who.
a. Purposely confuse
b. Take a winding or indirect course
c. Charm and delight


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The only________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.
a distinctive
b. distinguished
c. distinguishable


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.
a. Sentiment; emotion
b. Agreement
c. Outward appearance


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope
a. Hermetic
b. Foreseeable
c. Sporadic
d. Sectarian


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
That grueling competition really tested the____________ of the gymnastics team.
a- meddle
b. metal
c. medal
d. mettle


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness
a- Contumacy
b. Defenestration
c. Conversion
d. Efficacy


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Although_________ wanted to keep the boat all to_________ , I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and________________ .
a. I/myself/myself
b. I/me/I
c. l/myself/l
d. I/myself/me


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some state assistance. RIFE
a. Prevalent
b. Unavoidable
c. Saddening


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.
a. Clamorous; disorderly
b. Gracious; kind
c. Blunt or rude in manner of speech


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
The workers were allowed to___________ down once they'd________ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet_________
down.
a. lay/lain/laid
b. lie/laid/lain
c. lie/lain/lain
d. lay/laid/laid


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.
a. Disdainful
b. Inspired by
c. Disliked by
d* Respectful


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.
a. Expression of disapproval or blame
b. Expression of affection or love c.
Expression of apology or regret


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
The despot's MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.
a- Sycophants; servile followers
b. Distant relatives
c. Armored knights


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
AVARICE
a- State of good health
b. Materialism
c. Loneliness
d. Generosity


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The crafty spy gave a___________ name to the hotel clerk.
a. Active
b. fictional
c. fictitious


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The soldier's EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.
a. Erratic
b. Apathetic
c. Admirable
d. Meticulous


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.
a- Empathetic
b. Dangerous
c. Pathetic
d. Sickening


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The proposed after-school tutoring program promises_____________ benefits to the students and the community.
a. innumerable
b. enumerable


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and_________ path.
a. tortious
b. tortuous
c. torturous


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
We all remarked on how well the spray of begonias____________ her hair color.
a. complimented
b. complemented


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
She hastened to_________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will_________ that the check is mailed today.
a. assure/ensure
b. ensure/insure
c. insure/assure
d. ensure/assure


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The soldier's EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.
a. Erratic
b. Apathetic
c. Admirable
d. Meticulous


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
His son's group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.
a. Influential
b. Positive
c. Hysterical
d. Harmful


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.
a. Be too much trouble to
b. Be detrimental to
c. Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.
a. Eliminate
b. Aggravate; worsen
c. Exhaust; drain of strength


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Sluggish: apathetic: dull
a. Turbid
b. Torpid
c. Turgid
d. Tepid


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. A mass or crowd; multitude
a. Reprieve
b. Malady
c. Horde
d. Indulgence


Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.
Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.
a. Gluttonous
b. Quarrelsome; contentious
c. Excessively talkative about trivial topics


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning
a. Abject
b. Agrarian
c. Analogous
d. Amalgam


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity
a. Apologetic
b. Parsimonious
c. Obdurate
d. Abdicated


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
ADVERSE
a. Moody
b. Poetic
c. Favorable
d. Twisted


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Who has the power to_________ out justice to the citizens of this country?
a. meet
b. mete
c. meat


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable
a. Sapid
b. Irascible
c. Jocund
d. Incorrigible


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner
a. Panache
b. Voracious
c. Resonance
d. Cosmogony


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.
a. Pondered
b. Worried
c. Neglected
d. Laughed


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
This experiment was designed to __________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.
a. illicit
b. elicit


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
It seems we've reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.
a. Favorable compromise
b. Monetary amount
c. Total agreement
d. Stalemate


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.
a. Sage
b. Shriveled
c. Creepy
d. Jocular


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary
a. Quiescence
b. Theocracy
c. Swindle
d. Sinecure


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife________ her wealth and__________ the law at every
opportunity.
a. flouted/flouted
b. flouted/flaunted
c. flaunted/flouted
d. flaunted/flaunted


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
She launched her new line of handbags________ a fanfare of publicity.
a. between
b. amid
c. among


Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.
n. Local or provincial dialect
a. Invective
b. Patois
c. Neopaganism
d. Polyarchy


Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.
She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.
a. Imprudent and unrefined
b. Cheerful and clumsy
c. Selfish and dissipated
d. Charming and elegant


Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
We expected the waiter to show us out of that snooty restaurant in a hurry, but he turned out to be quite jolly and ____
a. complacent
b. compliant
c. complaisant


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