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Drill: Word Meanings From Context
1. Both sides in the election contest are throwing accusations at each other. The Gore supporters claim that Governor Bush is trying to thwart the will of the people. The Bush supporters say that Mr. Gore is trying to create votes or assign choices to people who did not really cast votes for president.
- What does “thwart” mean? a. help b. figure out c. block d. tickle
2. There is a legal battle raging and the judges are concerned that time is running out. Lawyers are being asked to expedite the matter by getting their paperwork in early.
- What does “expedite” mean? a. quicken b. agree on c. sue d. discuss
3. The Florida legislature believes that it has the power to choose the winner of the election if the courts haven’t finished their work by December 12. Both houses are controlled by Republicans and they would surely resolve the matter in Bush’s favor.
- What does “resolve” mean? a. cancel b. consider c. debate d. settle
4. The election could actually end up being decided in the U.S. Congress. Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, Joe Lieberman, and perhaps Mr. Gore himself, would be able to vote on the matter. Some would argue that they should recuse themselves, but they would probably exercise their right to vote.
- What does “recuse” mean? a. step aside and not be involved b. admit that you are wrong c. leave the country d. insist on being heard
Terranova Drill: Word Meanings From Context
1. If you count all the votes in an area that heavily supports candidate A, and only some of the votes in an area that heavily supports candidate B, you’ll skew the results in favor of candidate A.
- What does “skew” mean? a. roast b. ignore c. slant d. ask
2. The home team made sure that the officials were on their side. They won a close game and the championship with many questionable decisions from the officials. However, no one from any other town would accept the winners as legitimate champions.
- What does “legitimate” mean? a. real b. talented c. sneaky d. good looking
3. Some people believe that lawyers are always working to see that justice is done. On the other hand, some believe that lawyers only want to manipulate the legal system to get what they want. Could both sides be right?
- What does “manipulate” mean? a. control in a dishonest way b. give help c. teach about or explain d. disagree with
4. Both sides battled for years. They were very far apart and could find no way to make a lasting peace. When the fighting finally came to an end, everyone was exhausted and embittered.
- What does “embittered” mean? a. very angry, resentful b. sour tasting c. humorous d. annoyed
Terranova practice: Using Inference
Sometimes someone will try to tell you something without coming right out and saying it. He will imply it. When you understand what is implied, you infer.
Turner almost wished that he hadn’t listened to the radio. He went to the closet andgrabbed his umbrella. He would feel silly carrying it to the bus stop on such a sunnymorning.
- Which probably happened? a. Turner realized that he had an unnatural fear of falling radio parts. b. Turner had promised himself to do something silly that morning. c. Turner had heard a weather forecast that predicted rain. d. Turner planned to trade his umbrella for a bus ride.
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Words in context for inference skill practice