Vocabulary Test 1

Whether you are a businessman, a student or a professional writer, having a vast vocabulary is essential. Test your skills with the 20 questions below!

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1. Idiosyncrasy is:
the ideology of a political party or organization
a peculiar habit or characteristic of an individual or group
a synchronous movement between two mechanical parts
a characteristic of selfish people

2. Someone with excessive concern for precision and formal rules is:
moribund
zealous
pedantic
rustic

3. Beleaguer means:
to lend money
to harass
to sympathize
to scare

4. “John’s __________ was irritating. He was reluctant even to buy bread!”
jealousy
soreness
luck
parsimony

5. An ombudsman is:
an impartial person who watches for administrative abuses inside organizations
a person with unrivaled powers inside the government
the head of any organization who is elected by a majority voting system
a person who is granted political asylum in a country that is facing civil war

6. If something is in oblivion:
time has severely ruined its forms
it has been confiscated by a governmental body
people have completely forgotten about it
it can no longer be commercially traded between two or more countries

7. The fights on the streets created a big:
void
turmoil
cyst
foil

8. Mary was always able to recover quickly from misfortunes. She was very:
witty
brave
resilient
zany

9. A Pyrrhic victory is:
a naval victory where all the ships from one side sink
a victory where one of the sides flees
actually a stalemate
a victory with huge losses

10. The ________ steps confirmed he was hiding from someone.
furtive
wild
puzzled
gleaming

11. A bipartisan act:
must be approved by popular referendum
is supported by both sides
aims to reduce corruption inside the government
can have only two decrees

12. Recoil means:
to cover with oil, especially when referring to car engines
to move away or bounce back
to remove something with brute force
to repeat the same movement over and over again

13. Fred was in a hurry so he entered the room:
arrogantly
lonely
briskly
quietly

14. The __________ moon was shiny that night.
whining
waxing
willing
wafering

15. An algorithm is:
a list of the elements contained in group or set
a set of guidelines used to create software, especially search related software
a manual used in engineering projects
a procedure defined to solve a problem, usually structured in steps

16. If something is implied by actions or statements, it is:
frugal
tactic
tangible
tacit

17. They had mixed feelings about it; hence their comments were:
agnostic
ambivalent
deliberate
antiquate

18. In a meritocracy:
the advancement of individuals is based on their performance
there is a strict hierarchy of powers
the head of the government is elected by the population
the senate is responsible for the approval of federal laws

19. Rhetoric is:
the ability to lie without revealing it with body language
a technique used to speak faster
the skill of using language persuasively
the ability to interpret complex logical problems

20. Alice was in a conundrum. She had no:
time
money
food
choice