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English Plus Podcast: Vocabulary Booster 7

Listed below are the spelling words for this week’s test. Use this study sheet to prepare for this
week's test.

1. authorize (v.) to approve or permit; to give power or authority to


2. culprit (n.) a person who has committed a crime or is guilty of some misconduct; an
offender
3. dawdle (v.) to waste time; to be idle; to spend more time in doing something than is
necessary
4. dissect (v.) to cut apart in preparation for scientific study; to analyze with great care
5. expend (v.) to pay out, spend; to use up
6. fatality (n.) an event resulting in death; an accidental death
7. gullible (adj.) easily fooled, tricked, or cheated
8. illicit (adj.) not permitted, unlawful, improper
9. immerse (v.) to plunge or dip into a fluid; to involve deeply
10. inflammatory (adj.) causing excitement or anger; leading to violence or disorder
11. memorandum (n.) a note to aid one's memory; an informal note or report
12. pathetic (adj.) marked by strong emotion, especially pity and sorrow; able to move
people emotionally; worthy of pity; woefully inadequate
13. persevere (v.) to keep doing something in spite of difficulties; to refuse to quit even when
the going is tough
14. prevaricate (v.) to lie, tell an untruth; to mislead on purpose
15. quash (v.) to crush, put down completely
16. relish (n.) enjoyment or satisfaction; something that adds a pleasing flavor; (v.) to
enjoy greatly
17. reminisce (v.) to recall one's past thoughts, feelings, or experiences
18. scour (v.) to clean or polish by hard rubbing; to examine with great care; to move
about quickly in search of
19. tribute (n.) something done or given to show thanks or respect; a payment
20. writhe (v.) to make twisting or turning movements in a way that suggests pain or
struggle

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For each question below a number of similar words appear, but only one is spelled correctly
and matches the clue that is provided. Write the letter of the correctly spelled word in the space
by the question number.

21. A. MEMERANDUM B. MEMORANDUY C. MAMORANDUM D. MEMORANDUM


(n.) a note to aid one's memory; an informal note or report

22. A. PRVARICAT B. PREVARIKATE C. PREVARICATE D. PREVARICEAT


(v.) to lie, tell an untruth; to mislead on purpose
23. A. PARSEVERE B. PRSVR C. PERSEVERE D. PIRSEVERE
(v.) to keep doing something in spite of difficulties; to refuse to quit even when the going is
tough
24. A. FATALITY B. FATALITX C. FETALITY D. FATALIHY
(n.) an event resulting in death; an accidental death
25. A. RELLISH B. RELISH C. RALISH D. RELICH
(n.) enjoyment or satisfaction; something that adds a pleasing flavor; (v.) to enjoy greatly

26. A. DASSECT B. DISSECC C. DISECT D. DISSECT


(v.) to cut apart in preparation for scientific study; to analyze with great care

27. A. SCCOUR B. SOUR C. SCOUR D. SCOR


(v.) to clean or polish by hard rubbing; to examine with great care; to move about quickly in
search of
28. A. REMINISE B. RAMINISCE C. REMINISCE D. REMINISCO
(v.) to recall one's past thoughts, feelings, or experiences

29. A. INFLAMMATERY B. INNFLAMMATORY C. INFLAMMATORY D. INFLAMATORY


(adj.) causing excitement or anger; leading to violence or disorder

30. A. EXPEND B. EXXPEND C. XPEND D. EXPYND


(v.) to pay out, spend; to use up

31. A. AUTHORIZ B. OTHORIZE C. AUTHORRIZE D. AUTHORIZE


(v.) to approve or permit; to give power or authority to

32. A. CULMRIT B. KULPRIT C. CUMPRIT D. CULPRIT


(n.) a person who has committed a crime or is guilty of some misconduct; an offender
33. A. QAUSH B. QUASH C. QUASSH D. QWASH
(v.) to crush, put down completely

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34. A. TRIBUT B. TRIBUFE C. TLIBUTE D. TRIBUTE
(n.) something done or given to show thanks or respect; a payment

35. A. WRRITHE B. WRITH C. RITHE D. WRITHE


(v.) to make twisting or turning movements in a way that suggests pain or struggle

36. A. ILICIT B. ILLLICIT C. ILLICIT D. ILLIKIT


(adj.) not permitted, unlawful, improper
37. A. GULLIBL B. GULLIBLE C. GULLIBEL D. GULLITLE
(adj.) easily fooled, tricked, or cheated

38. A. IMMERCE B. IMMYRSE C. IMERSE D. IMMERSE


(v.) to plunge or dip into a fluid; to involve deeply
39. A. PATHETICE B. PATTHETIC C. PATHETIC D. PATHETIK
(adj.) marked by strong emotion, especially pity and sorrow; able to move people
emotionally; worthy of pity; woefully inadequate
40. A. DAWDL B. DIWDLE C. DAWDLE D. DAWDEL
(v.) to waste time; to be idle; to spend more time in doing something than is necessary

Choose the best option the completes the sentences below:

41. No matter how talented you may be, you will never be successful unless you learn to
________ in what you undertake.
a. tribute b. dissect c. persevere d. immerse
42. Before you ________ yourself in the bath, be sure to test the temperature of the water.
a. scour b. immerse c. inflammatory d. relish

43. I love to listen to my grandfather ________ about his boyhood adventures in Coney Island.
a. culprit b. pathetic c. reminisce d. authorize
44. We had to ________ the walls for hours to get rid of the dirt and grease with which they
were encrusted.
a. gullible b. persevere c. prevaricate d. scour

45. The dictator ordered his secret police to ________ any attempt to organize a protest rally.
a. dawdle b. fatality c. memorandum d. quash

46. This pass ________s you to visit certain rooms in this museum that are not open to the
general public.
a. quash b. expend c. authorize d. writhe

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47. Do you really think that I am ________ enough to believe his foolish story about being a
member of the Olympic team?
a. gullible b. prevaricate c. reminisce d. illicit

48. How can you adequately pay ________ to such an outstanding individual?
a. relish b. reminisce c. tribute d. immerse
49. Is it wise to ________ so much of your hard-earned money on things that you don’t really
want or need?
a. writhe b. expend c. gullible d. dawdle

50. Our supervisor prepared a/an ________ that reminded the salespeople of the procedures to
be followed during the holiday season.
a. fatality b. culprit c. memorandum d. authorize

51. Cracking down on ________ drug traffic is one of the biggest problems facing law-
enforcement agencies in the United States.
a. dissect b. persevere c. illicit d. quash

52. “Only a bigot would dare to make such a rude and ________ remark, even in jest,” I replied.
a. scour b. inflammatory c. illicit d. pathetic

53. Because he was seen near the scene of the crime at the time the deed was committed, he
was suspected of being the ________.
a. relish b. culprit c. tribute d. inflammatory

54. You may be tempted to ________, but in the long run it will be to your advantage to own up
to the truth about your unfortunate error.
a. authorize b. prevaricate c. persevere d. tribute
55. We tried to hold Tom steady, but he ________d with pain as the doctor put splints on his
broken leg.
a. illicit b. inflammatory c. scour d. writhe

56. Many people were injured in the explosion, but luckily there was not a single ________.
a. reminisce b. fatality c. culprit d. dissect

57. The story of the homeless child was so ________ that it moved us all to tears.
a. pathetic b. immerse c. expend d. prevaricate

58. You may not ________ being told that your carelessness was responsible for the accident
even thought it happens to be true.
a. relish b. fatality c. gullible d. pathetic

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59. The children won’t ________ over their homework if they know they’ll be getting cheese and
crackers as soon as they finish.
a. quash b. writhe c. dawdle d. memorandum

60. After we had ________ed the animal, we had to point to each of its important organs and
explain its main function.
a. fatality b. relish c. dissect d. illicit

61. Using the Across and Down clues, write the correct words in the numbered grid below.
1 2 3
N M Y
4
E
5 6 7
P R E R
I
8 9 10
T Y
11 12 13 14
S P T
15
R U
H
16 17 18
U L M C
R
19
M E
U
20
S E

ACROSS DOWN
2. Dictators like Hitler and Mussolini used ________ 1. What good does it do for the president of the Student
language to stir up the emotions of the crowds they Council to issue ________s if no one takes the
addressed. trouble to read them?
4. With the skill of a trained debater, she ________ed 3. No one ________es being reminded of his or her
her opponent’s arguments one by one to reveal their mistakes, but if you are wise you will try to learn from
basic weakness. such criticism.
5. The more he tried to protect himself by ________ing, 6. We were amazed at the ________ that Edna
the more he became entrapped in his own web of received from the speaker who introduced her.
lies. 8. It was plain from the way that he ________d over
7. His sticky fingers and the crumbs around his mouth breakfast that he was in no hurry to visit the dentist.
convinced us that he was the ________ in the Case 10. We learned in our social studies class that the
of the Empty Cookie Jar. Constitution ________s the president to arrange
9. I am afraid that our ambitious plan to modernize the treaties with foreign countries.
gym has become a ________ of the School Board’s 13. She ________s so much time and energy on small
economy drive. matters that she can’t prepare properly for the things
11. Since the charges against the suspected mugger will that are really important.
probably not hold up in court, the district attorney has 14. His scheme to make money by preparing term
decided to ________ them. papers for other students is not only completely
________ but immoral as well.

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12. Is there any sight more ________ than a lonely old 18. When it became known that four explorers were lost
person peering out of a tenement window hour after in the jungle, special search parties were sent out to
hour? ________ the area for them.
15. When the class comedian imitated my way of
speaking, it was all I could do not to ________ with
embarrassment.
16. She is so worried about appearing ________ that
she sometimes refuses to believe things that are well
supported by facts.
17. Although our coach can spend hours ________ing
about his victories, he doesn’t have an equally good
memory for his defeats.
19. She was so deeply ________d in the book she was
reading that she did not even hear us enter the
room.
20. In spite of all your talk about how hard it is to get into
medical school, I intend to ________ in my plans to
become a doctor.

62. Find the hidden words. The words have been placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
When you locate a word, draw a circle around it.

P R E V A R I C A T E J G D E V X Y T R
I E W N F P S X M I G N Q Y C W P R R R
D L E X P E N D M E N O W R S G B O I E
H B L H D E H B E R E B Y U I Q N T B L
S I P I N N X E M E Z E T H N D S A U D
I L A J C T J H O V I S I S I I C M T W
L L T O J I A T R E R R L A M S O M E A
E U H Z E R T I A S O E A U E S U A C D
R G E W U P X R N R H M T Q R E R L X I
R Z T G T L P W D E T M A Z G C L F V F
B L I L W U K N U P U I F Q Z T C N K Y
G H C O D C N W M N A E E N G G Z I K B
pathetic immerse illicit memorandum persevere
culprit scour expend authorize gullible
reminisce inflammatory dawdle prevaricate dissect
relish writhe quash fatality tribute

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