Vocabulary Test on "The Purpose of Marriage"

ANSWER KEY

 

In the numbered space, write the ONE word that BEST fits in ALL blanks in the sample sentences.

 

1. EXPLICIT

Unless you give me __ directions to your house, I'll get lost.

The syllabus makes my grading standards __.

 

2. DISPOSITION

The creature's gigantic size and hideous ugliness frightened people, so no one ever discovered its gentle __.

The serenity of Marcia's __ was never clouded with the least shadow of anger or dismay.

 

3. OBLIGATE

Andrew Carnegie believed the rich to be __ed to perform acts of public charity like founding libraries.

Showering guests with gifts was designed to __ them to the host in the future.

 

4. DISSOLVE

The purpose of the American Revolution was to __ the bands tying the states to Great Britain.

By making it difficult to __ a marriage, the legislators force married people to reconsider before divorcing.

 

5. MATRIARCHAL

__ societies tend to exhibit the values of nurturing, tolerance, and diplomatic resolution of disagreements.

Queen Victoria's __ mixture of authority, dignity, and affection won her the adoration of her people.

 

6. PREDOMINATE

Moral and humane tendencies normally __ over the sadistic strain in human nature."—Alfred Cobban

You can find hardwoods in these forests, but maple and pine __.

 

7. PROCREATIVE

Clare and John didn't want to raise a family; their relationship was full enough without any __ component.

Luckily the McCoys were a very __ family, for their feud with the Jamisons cost them one son after another.

 

8. PERSIST

The lemming provides a good example of how migration instincts __ long after they cease to be beneficial.

If the cough should __ after a day's treatment, call the doctor again.

 

9. STAPLE

It almost goes without saying that the __ goods stocked by a hardware store should include nails and screws.

"The __ diet of all true Mexicans . . . is the tortilla."—Green Peyton

 

10. INDIGENOUS

Nightingales are __ to England but are never heard in America.

The Japanese beetle is so called because it is __ to Japan; unfortunately it has been imported into the USA.

 

11. ANTIQUATED

The young man wrote in a highly __ style, with flourishes and curlicues.

Lucia's granddaughters loved her in spite of her strict and __ ideas of how "young ladies" should behave.

 

12. RESIDE

You are taxed by the state in which you __, not by the one in which you are employed.

"The buck stops at the Captain" means that ultimate responsibility for the ship's safety __s in him.