|List One - Pretest 1
heedless, diligent, diffident, dire,
cordial, privy, grovel, abundant, turmoil, compelling, haggle
List One - Pretest 2
She was rather __________ at the party, too
shy to talk to anyone.
As an ambassador, he was __________ to all
sorts of government secrets.
His performance in the drama was _______,
and the audience couldn't take their eyes off of him.
The situation was ________, there was nowhere
to run, and danger was closing in.
He was a rather __________ boy who never listened
to anyone's advice.
The poor thief _________(ed) at the foot of
the king, begging for mercy.
When you buy something at the swapmeet, you
usually have to _____________ to get the best deal.
He gave us a very warm and _____________ greeting
when we arrived.
If you are __________ about your homework,
you will do well.
The vandalism incident caused great ___________
here at Laguna.
If we can figure out how to harness it, the
sun is a(n) ______________ source of energy.
The meeting with the angry parents was less
than _______. a) diligent b) dire c) diffident
d) haggling e) cordial
My mom didn't find my reasons for "needing"
an X-Box very _______, so I was denied. a) diligent b) compelling
c) groveling d) diffident e) heedless
He read the words of wisdom written on the
wall of the old _________. a) diligent b) privy c) diffident
d) turmoil e) cordial
He practiced the skate trick ______(ly) until
he got it right. a) diligent b) abundant c) haggle d)
cordial e) heedless
The "consequences" for misbehavior in schools
in the old days were sometimes pretty ______. a) diligent b) dire
c) heedless d) cordial e) privy
The hypnotist's voice was strangely ________,
and actually almost made you want to cluck like a chicken. a) diligent
b) compelling c) cordial d) diffident e) abundant
We can be sure that Jonas's leaving caused
great __________ in the Community. a) dire b) privy
c) abundant d) turmoil e) groveling
Please be discreet when someone makes you
_______ to their thoughts and feelings. a) privy b) grovel
c) heedless d) cordial e) compelling
"Now, now, don't be _______; speak up!"
a) diligent b) compelling c) grovel d) diffident
After he forgot his wife's birthday, he had
to ________ for several days before she forgave him. a) privy b)
grovel c) haggle d) cordial e) compelling
Most stores these days don't _________ over
the price. They expect you to pay the marked price. a) turmoil
b) grovel c) haggle d) cordial e) heedless
Beetle (then known as Brat) crawled into the
dung heap, _________ of the smell, because she was cold. a)
diligent b) privy c) diffident d) turmoil e) heedless
All of a sudden, there was a(n) ___________
of bread at the midwife's cottage. So much bread, that even Beetle got
to share some. a) diligence b) turmoil c) abundance
d) haggling e) cordiality
List Two - Pretest 1
flounder, conscientious, meddle, efficacy,
revelry, whorl, meander, bustle, ample, compendium
List Two - Pretest 2
He was always very _________ about doing his
homework just right every time.
We ____________(ed) slowly along the trail,
enjoying the beautiful scenery.
On New Year's Eve, the wild ____________ lasts
most of the night.
Please mind your own business, and don't ________
in the business of others.
They say that remedy works, but nobody has
tested its ______ in treating a cold.
The patterns of _________(s) and swirls on
your fingertips are unique.
Please don't be late; leave yourself _______
time to get here before it starts.
The assistant ________(ed) around the room,
pretending to be helpful.
The book was a _________ of all the author's
He didn't know how to do the job he was assigned,
and he _______(ed) around for a few days before he asked for help.
Esteban's project was almost finished, and
then his mother started to _________ with it. He was up all night fixing
it. a) flounder b) whorl c) meddle d) meander
Jane the Midwife ___________(ed) into
the room and took charge of the situation. a) meander b) flounder
c) compendium d) meddle e) bustle
Sometimes the __________ of a cure lies in
the mind of the person who believes it will work. a) conscientious
b) efficacy c) revelry d) compendium e) ample
From the author's description, Grommet Smith
has a rather _____________ figure. a) conscientious b) efficacy
c) revelry d) bustle e) ample
He wasn't a very ______ student so his grades
were not very good. a) conscientious b) efficacy c) revelry
d) meander e) ample
The field full of flowers was a ________ of
color as the wind blew them this way and that. a) flounder
b) whorl c) meddle d) meander e) bustle
Unless you leave Laguna with some good reading
skills, you will ________ in high school. a) meander
b) flounder c) compendium d) meddle e) bustle
The holiday season is a time for ________
for quiet family gatherings. a) flounder b) efficacy
c) meddle d) meander e) revelry
The road "__________(ed) easterly and
northerly until it ended in the glory that was St. Swithin's Day Fair."
a) flounder b) bustle c) meddle d) meander e) revelry
exact : approximate :: nonchalant
: _____ a) bustle b) conscientious c) revelry
d) meander e) ample
List Three - Pretest 1
stanch, derivative, disreputable, tumultuous,
resound, tantalize, abide, boon, sham, incompetent
List Three - Pretest 2
The little boat was tossed around in the ____________
The smell of freshly baked cookies was _________,
but I wasn't allowed to eat any.
They used to use cobwebs to help _________
The large donation was quite a ____________
for the poor little charity organization.
Everyone in this class is expected to __________
by the same set of rules.
It turned out that the wonderful investment
opportunity was a __________, and everyone lost all their money.
Unlike the Socs, the greasers were considered
to be __________ characters
The engineer was fired because he was ____________
and couldn't do his job properly.
The stadium __________(ed) with the cheers
of the hometown fans.
The word midwife is a ____________ of the
Middle English words meaning "with woman."
The 42-0 score was a _____ victory for the
home team. a) boon b) tantalizing c) resounding
d) disreputable e) sham
There was nothing the Martians could do to
____ the flow of Earthmen coming to Mars. a) abide b) boon
c) resound d) sham e) stanch
The codeine in your cough syrup is a ______
of the same plant that is used to make heroin. a) tantalize b) boon
c) stanch d) sham e) derivative (Bonus: What plant?)
He bought his computer from a _______ dealer,
and when it broke the next day, they told him he was out of luck.
a) abide b) tantalizing c) resounding d) disreputable
Their relationship was rather ____________,
with lots of ups, downs, and in-betweens over the years. a) tumultuous
b) tantalizing c) resound d) disreputable e) incompetent
When Alyce told Joan that the midwife was
just "relieving herself," Joan knew it was a ________. a) sham
b) boon c) incompetent d) disreputable e) stanch
The cat liked to "bite at the ____(ly) moving
pen." a) sham b) boon c) incompetent d) disreputable
I cannot ____ someone who cheats. He/she will
be punished by... a) sham b) boon c) incompetent
d) abide e) stanch
Winning the lottery is not always the _____
people think it will be. Often, the money brings unhappiness instead of
happiness. a) abide b) tantalizing c) boon d) sham
Alyce thinks she is _____, but she is actually
very skilled and smart. a) incompetent b) tantalizing
c) resounding d) disreputable e) derivative
Which two words this week have a prefix that
means not? a) resounding and disreputable b) sham and
abide c) incompetent and disreputable d) abide and stanch
e) derivative and incompetent
serene : tumultuous :: responsible : ________
a) resounding b) sham c) tantalizing d) boon e)