TEST YOUR VOCABULARY 10
1- I didn’t ………….. the raised paving stone In time, and as a result, I tripped over it and fell flat on my face!
A) grasp B) soothe C) spot
D) crash E) squeeze
2- The postman called with a great big parcel for Rebecca. It contained three new dresses that she had ordered. She usually takes ………….. of new clothes in this way.
A) pleasure B) pride C) settlement
D) resentment E) delivery
3- Graham’s car was in need of a complete …………. and he was worried that having everything replaced was going to cost him a lot of money.
A) maintenance B) exaggeration C) estimation
D) overhaul E) recovery
4- Carl Walenda, the great tightrope walker, balanced ………….. over Niagara Falls. Had he looked down, he would have seen a three hundred-foot drop to the thundering water below!
A) daringly B) fatally C) partially
D) highly E) pleasantly
5- The water in the pond in our back garden hasn’t been replaced for months, and has therefore become ……….. . The water smells horrible, and we’ll have to do something about it.
A) hesitant B) opaque C) permanent
D) stagnant E) temporary
6- We pleaded with the driver to let us on the last bus out of town. We were desperate, as we had no money for a taxi. Luckily, he was …………… and let us on.
A) nasty B) merciful C) efficient
D) fortunate E) qualified
7- We had to give some of our butter away when we inadvertently bought too much. Still, it is better to have a/an ………….. rather than have none at all.
A) deficiency B) additive C) surplus
D) density E) access
8- Bert was in trouble when a policeman stopped him for ………….. the speed limit. “I was only going at ten miles-an-hour over the limit,” he pleaded.
A) exceeding B) maintaining C) obeying
D) lessening E) competing
9- In most countries, the ………… of lessons is forty minutes at elementary schools, but fifty in high schools, because students can concentrate for longer periods of time as they grow older.
A) percentage B) discipline C) motivation
D) capability E) duration
10- The only ………….. to having the Whites as next door neighbours is that they occasionally play their music too loud; otherwise, they are very nice people.
A) pleasure B) drawback C) consideration
D) comment E) possibility
11- It is ………. that Mr Brown arrives on time. If he is late, then all our plans will be ruined.
A) hesitating B) regretful C) considerable
D) essential E) experimental
12- Every month, Fred visits the cemetery in Blackpool, because his wife is ……….. there and he likes to put flowers on her grave.
A) buried B) covered C) dug
D) contracted E) isolated
13- Though it felt as if it would go on forever, winter ………… ended and spring arrived.
A) barely B) deliberately C) allegedly
D) regretfully E) eventually
14- “Although travel insurance is ………….. and you don’t have to have it, I strongly recommend it,” the travel agent advised to us.
A) compulsory B) permissible C) optional
D) decisive E) inevitable
15- When Arnie fell over, he landed heavily on his wrist. At first it was so painful that he thought it was broken. However, X-rays showed that he had only …………. it.
A) sprained B) broiled C) operated
D) disguised E) folded
16- “It will take a long time to repair the damage done by the previous government,” announced the incoming president. “However, ………… we will have this country back on its feet.”
A) formerly B) ultimately C) shamefully
D) frequently E) continually
17- It used to be impossible for me to get to sleep because of the next door neighbour’s dog barking incessantly. Now it only happens …………. but even now-and-again, it is still irritating.
A) regularly B) supposedly C) desperately
D) occasionally E) noticeably
18- My passport ran out last month, and I had to get a new one. The new one is ………….. for ten years and runs out in 2O08.
A) disused B) allowable C) valid
D) practical E) realistic
19- The burglar was being ………… by the police when he ran out in front of a car.
A) conducted B) chased C) disguised
D) performed E) noticed
20- Oxygen in the air is ………… to the survival of mankind. If it weren’t present, then we would all die.
A) familiar B) abundant C) vague
D) satisfactory E) vital
21- It was a horrible accident, and the force of the ………… sent Martha’s head through the windscreen.
A) collision B) confession C) conclusion
D) confusion E) consultation
22- People buy mountain spring water for its ……….. because its sources are generally free of contaminants.
A) competence B) deficiency C) softness
D) purity E) attention
23- The rapid …………. in the company’s volume of business forced them to make some of the workers redundant.
A) upturn B) expansion C) tendency
D) decline E) inclination
24- At the end of the messy divorce proceedings, the waning couple finally managed to reach a/an ………….. settlement. “It is good to see an agreeable end to things,” commented the magistrate.
A) hostile B) amicable C) dazzling
D) nasty E) ambitious
25- Everyone on board the plane was expecting a rough landing because of the heavy winds. However, they were relieved that the pilot managed to land the plane ……….. .
A) smoothly B) ultimately C) gratefully
D) presently E) silently
26- The head office was severely understaffed because of the ‘flu bug’ that was going around. In fact, the manager couldn’t remember the last time that numbers had been so ……….. .
A) extended B) inflated C) depleted
D) offended E) acquired
27- Peter was surprised that his designs were accepted by the fabric company. “I’d only …………. sketched them and was about to do them properly when the company representative saw them,” he explained.
A) entirely B) seemingly C) barely
D) moderately E) roughly
28- Wendy was very grateful for all that Sarah had done for her. To show her how much she ……….. it, she bought her a big bunch of Sowers.
A) demonstrated B) observed C) resented
D) appreciated E) applauded
29- Fred felt totally ………… when the other children began to tease and embarrass him in the playground.
A) involved B) humiliated C) adjusted
D) dedicated E) evaluated
30- “We will have to stop sending food into the hi-jackers,” said the police spokesman. “By ……….. them of it, we will drive them out sooner.”
A) containing B) aiding C) depriving
D) demolishing E) consisting
31- Though she was too shy to actually say anything, Florence tried to ………. that she was tired and ready to go home by constantly yawning and looking at her watch.
A) conceal B) demand C) Insist
D) refute E) hint
32- The only way we can rid our apartment of cockroaches is to ………….. all of them. If we leave two alive, then they will soon breed and re-infest our place.
A) invade B) extinguish C) exterminate
D) descend E) oppress
33- Gordon always closed the doors and windows ……… when he left the office, yet his office was still burgled last month.
A) loosely B) defensively C) securely
D) reluctantly E) sensitively
34- The type in my Compact Oxford English Dictionary is so small that you need to ………… it ten times to be able to read it.
A) multiply B) underline C) highlight
D) magnify E) concentrate
35- It seemed rather ……….. at the time, but the new air conditioner paid for itself in the first summer because it was so energy-efficient.
A) cooling B) costly C) thrifty
D) obsolete E) extensive
36- The scene of the bomb blast was one of almost total……… . There was hardly a building left standing within a 300-yard area.
A) destruction B) intensity C) uprising
D) adequacy E) exhaustion
37- When the famous couple decided to split up, they decided to do it ………… rather than secretly. They thought that, if everyone knew what was happening, nobody would press them for information.
A) drastically B) spitefully C) sufficiently
D) publicly E) bewilderingly
38- Though often laughed at by doctors, chicken soup remains a popular ……. for colds.
A) ailment B) feast C) remedy
D) content E) coincidence
39- Kerry realises that she is ………….. to Nora because she saved her from drowning. In fact, she owes her more than it is actually possible to repay.
A) dreaded B) familiarised C) acknowledged
D) charged E) indebted
40- Simon was worried about the ………… of the aid workers in Africa. “I have serious doubts about their safety,” he explained.
A) temperature B) jeopardy C) climate
D) exhaustion E) welfare
41- I usually find that I either can’t remember my dreams or that they are very vague. However, last night’s was very ………….. and I can remember all of it.
A) hesitant B) vivid C) valid
D) reluctant E) radical
42- Oh, don’t pick the pieces of broken glass up by hand. Fetch the broom from the bathroom, and ……… them up with it.
A) sweep B) rush C) blow
D) compile E) accumulate
43- The baseball team had won Its last ten matches and was full of ………….. going into the eleventh. However, the feeling of self assurance proved to be their downfall and they lost it.
A) nervousness B) provision C) hesitation
D) negligence E) confidence
44- Veronica loves listening to other people’s conversations. She can’t help it — it’s just her natural …………. I’m afraid!
A) curiosity B) reverence C) credibility
D) creation E) suspicion
45- He spoke convincingly for over an hour, bringing in many examples to …………… his point.
A) renovate B) renew C) reinforce
D) rectify E) relate
46- I think her ………….. to succeed will help her overcome all obstacles.
A) sensation B) reliability C) wisdom
D) determination E) fulfillment
47- I’ve borrowed this skirt from Sally for the party, but it doesn’t………….. me properly. It is far too big.
A) improve B) suit C) admit
D) omit E)fit
48- There was a big uproar when Luton Town began to play their matches on …………. grass. People said that if every other team played on real grass, why should Luton Town be any different?
A) actual B) artificial C) fresh
D) immense E) enormous
49- The weather in England this February was very ……….. . The average temperature for the time of year is 6°C, but this year it was more like 14°C!
A) harsh B) medium C) mild
D) freezing E) extreme
50- The government in many far-eastern countries are very ………. . They plunder the resources for their own gain and have little regard to the welfare of their people.
A) seeming B) pleasant C) wasteful
D) corrupt E) tense
51- “I hope we have ………….. weather for our holiday this year,” said Michelle. “Last year it didn’t stop raining all fortnight.”
A) soothing B) decent C) sufficient
D) affluent E) cautious
52- When we were out walking, it suddenly began to pour with rain, so we decided to take …………. in an old derelict house.
A) refuse B) revenge C) escape
D) shelter E) denial
53- They attribute their success to a/an ………….. of luck and hard work.
A) combination B) announcement C) reduction
D) approximation E) concentration
54- The first part of the puzzle was very easy. However, the second part proved to be very …………. and I failed to complete it.
A) brief B) tricky C) vast
D) obvious E) casual
55- After discovering that Cecilia would never be able to have children, she and Tom decided to ………… a child through an agency devoted to helping orphans.
A) adopt B) adapt C) plead
D) rear E) appeal
56- Only people with a great deal of ………….. can afford apartments in the new marina complex. They are very expensive and are out of the price range of most people.
A) wealth B) complexity C) anticipation
D) tolerance E) sense
57- Louise Woodward found it difficult to believe that she was standing in front of the judge ………….. with murdering a young child. She vehemently denied the accusation.
A) motivated B) hesitated C) acquired
D) charged E) cheated
58- There was a long list of things that Jeannine had to do when she moved into her new flat. Her …………. however, was to get the electricity connected. Without it she couldn’t achieve many other things on the list.
A) necessity B) power C) recognition
D) payment E) priority
59- On Valentine’s day, February 14th, it is customary to send cards ………… . That way, recipients know that they have an admirer but they don’t know who it is!
A) unfolded B) unfastened C) unanswered
D) unsigned E) unpacked
60- There were far too many mistakes in Liz’s latest essay because she had been in a rush and had written it……….. .
A) superficially B) peacefully C) hurriedly
D) extensively E) tastelessly
TEST YOUR VOCABULARY 10
I. C 2. E 3-D 4. A 5. D 6. B 7. C 8. A 9. E 10.B
II.D 12.A 13.E 14.C 15.A 16.B 17.D 18.C 19.B 20.E
21.A 22.D 23.D 24.B 25.A 26.C 27.E 28.D 29.B 30.C
31.E 32.C 33.C 34.D 35.B 36.A 37.D 38.C 39.E 40.E
41.B 42.A 43.E 44.A 45.C 46.D 47.E 48.B 49.C 5O.D
51.B 52.D 53.A 54.B 55.A 56.A 57.D 58.E 59.D 60.C