Vocabulary Practice (English)
1. Choose the best definition of headstrong.
- a. Doesn’t listen
- b. Stubborn
- c. Willing
- d. To disbelieve
2. Choose the best definition of oblique.
- a. Direct
- b. Indirect
- c. Sharp
- d. Straight
3. Choose the best definition of temper.
- a. To make worse
- b. To aggravate
- c. To soften
- d. None of the Above
4. Choose the best definition of cryptic.
- a. Building in a graveyard
- b. Difficult to understand
- c. Printed in code
- d. None of the above
5. Choose the best definition of curtail.
- a. To cut short
- b. To arrive early
- c. To lengthen
- d. To give back
6. Choose the best definition of heed.
- a. To ignore
- b. To listen
- c. To advise
- d. To pay
7. Choose the best definition of oblivious.
- a. Far Away
- b. Believable
- c. Unbelievable
- d. Totally unaware
8. Choose the best definition of podium.
- a. Speaker
- b. Raised platform
- c. Brief lecture
- d. None of the above
9. Choose the best definition of boorish.
- a. Bad tempered
- b. Bad mannered
- c. Bad looking
- d. Bad smelling
10. Choose the best definition of heresy.
- a. Against the orthodox opinion
- b. Same as the orthodox opinion
- c. An unusual opinion
- d. To have no opinion
11. Choose the best definition of respite.
- a. A drink
- b. Intermission
- c. A rest stop on highways
- d. A device
Determined to do as one pleases, and not as others want.
Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
To moderate or control.
Mystified or of an obscure nature.
To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.
To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.
Lacking awareness; unmindful.
A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.
Behaving as a boor; rough in manners; rude; uncultured.
A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or science.
A brief interval of rest or relief.
Common Vocabulary Questions on a Test
Marked by temperance, particularly in eating and drinking
Tending to make sudden changes; unpredictable
Uncertain or questionable
Mysterious or difficult to understand
Economical in use or expenditure; sparing; not wasteful
Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
One’s identity concealed, as for purposes of disguise
Using few words; brief and to the point
Independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Unable to respond or be reacted, as due to bewilderment or confusion
Common Mistakes on a Vocabulary Test
Confusing the meaning of words that are similar in spelling or pronunciation.
Pay attention to the context and understand the definition before answering.
Example: The words “accept” and “except” sound the same but are quite different. “Accept” means to receive or agree to, while “except” means to exclude or leave out.
Misreading the question or not fully understanding what is being asked.
Read the question carefully and make sure you understand what is being asked before answering.
Example: The answer choices often include synonyms or antonyms, which can be confusing. Stay clear on what the question is asking.
Pay attention to the context.
The context changes the meaning.
Example: The word “lead” can be a verb meaning to guide or direct, or a noun referring to a soft, heavy metal.