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Chapter 17. Roots: Describing > Working with Words

Working with Words

MULTIPLE CHOICE

Circle the letter next to the answer that best defines the italicized word. Use your knowledge of contextual clues, prefixes, and roots to help you decide.

1:How does your family commemorate the Fourth of July?

(a) cook

(b) celebrate

(c) commence

(d) begin

2:Invariably, George checks the mailbox before going into the house.

(a) carefully

(b) always

(c) hopefully

(d) variously

3:Confine your remarks to the subject being discussed.

(a) silence

(b) converse

(c) limit

(d) reverse

4:The cafeteria provides a variety of main dishes to select from

(a) delicious

(b) ethnic

(c) high calorie

(d) several different

5:Gloria has ascertained that Carl was not in the office last Tuesday.

(a) determined

(b) announced

(c) sworn

(d) asserted

6:Have you read the memoirs of John Adams?

(a) personal memories

(b) memorandums

(c) armoires

(d) novels

7:Did the client certify that this is the actual letter he wrote last May?

(a) give assurance

(b) imply

(c) write

(d) infer

8:The accounting department distributed a memorandum about holiday pay.

(a) sign-up sheet

(b) financial report

(c) short notice

(d) time release

FILL IN THE BLANKS

Q1:From the following list, select the word that best completes each sentence and write the word in the blank space provided. Use your knowledge of roots to help you decide. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.

variouscommemorateascertaincertain
confinefinallyfinishremember


Memorandum

TO: All Staff

FROM: Administrative Services

SUBJECT: July Holiday

DATE: June 29, 200X

We need to (1) _____________ how many employees would like to 

leave the office early on July 3. Those of you wishing to leave 

the office on Thursday, July 3, after you (2) _____________ your 

assignments for the day, may do so.

   The company is (3) _____________ that many of you will (4) 

_____________ this holiday with picnics, barbecues, and 

fireworks. Please (5) _____________ to (6) _____________ your 

(7) _____________ activities to safe ones. (8) _____________, 

return to work, relaxed and cheerful, on Monday morning.

FIND THE MISFIT

In each group, underline the word that does not belong with the others. Then state why it doesn't belong.

1:different, invariable, varied, diverse
2:variation, change, varsity, variety
3:memorize, memorial, remember, member
4:variegated, locked, distinct, varied
5:certificate, sure, certain, curtain
6:finish, end, find, final
7:confine, restrict, limit, confetti
8:commemorate, comment, celebrate, remember

USING YOUR WORDS

Use each of the following words in a sentence that demonstrates that you understand the meaning of the word.

1:infinite
2:confine
3:memorable
4:invariable
5:certify



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