Roots
Context Clues
Parts of Speech
Prefixes / Suffixes
Meaning in Context
100
"The whole experience caused me to be embarrassed and infuriated." The root word of "infuriated" is.....
What is fury? 100 Bonus Points if you can define the word fury! :)
100
"From these clues, scientists determined that Otzi was of Italian ancestry." Which word from the sentence provides the best clue to the meaning of the word "ancestry"?
What is Italian?
100
"What they thought was the victim of a hiking accident was actually one of the most important archaeological finds of the century- the well-preserved body of a 5,300 year old man." The word "archaeological" is which part of speech?
What is an adjective? The word archaeological is describing the type of find it was.
100
"Scientists have come to the conclusion that Otzi was a man going about his everyday business, equipped with all he needed for daily life." In the word "conclusion", con- is a latin prefix that means... A. two B. not C. together D. back
What is C. together. In this sentence the word conclusion means that the scientists have put together clues to make a logical guess/inference.
100
"From these clues, scientists determined that Otzi was of Italian ancestry." The word "ancestry" means.... A. a single generation B. place of birth C. primary residence D. family descent
What is D. family descent?
200
"The lost reservation along with the discourteous behavior put a damper on the entire evening." The root word of "damper" is....
What is damp? 200 Bonus Points if you can define the word "damp"!
200
"He explained rather tersely that there was nothing he could do except suggest that we wait and he would have the hostess seat our party as soon as possible." Which words provide clues to the meaning of "tersely"? A. explained B. nothing he could do C. hostess D.would have
What is A or B? Either A or B could be helpful in understanding the meaning of "tersely". 200 Bonus Points if you can tell if "tersely" is meant to mean a positive or negative tone.
200
"These questions might remain unanswered due to Otzi's fragile state." The word "fragile" is which part of speech?
What is an adjective? Fragile is describing Otzi's state. 200 bonus points if you can tell what fragile means.
200
"On September 19, 1991, two German hikers were climbing in the Alps of Austria when they discovered a frozen body poking through the glacial snow." The suffix -al on the word glacial means..... A. related to B. free from C. to make D.femine
What is A. related to? Glacial snow is related to a glacier.
200
"The iceman's major organs and skin were remarkably preserved, as well as his leather shoes, grass cape and hat, metal ax, unfinished bow, finished and unfinished arrows, flint knife, bark quiver, and samples of various grains, berries, and mushrooms." Based on the context clues, a "quiver" is most likely a(n).... A. type of food B. type of tool C. animal D. type of book
What is B. type of tool?
300
"The teacher stared incredulously at the student who began break dancing in the middle of the classroom during the test." The root word of "incredulously" is "cred", and it means.... A. shock B. believe C. close D. fury
What is B. believe? 300 point bonus if you can define "incredulously"!
300
"The lost reservation along with the discourteous behavior put a damper on the entire evening." Which 4 words provide the best clues to the meaning of "damper"?
What are "lost reservation" and "discourteous behavior"?
300
"Because the Wildwood has provided the setting for many pleasurable occasions, I chose the restaurant as the place to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary." The word "occasions" is which part of speech?
What is a noun?
300
"She could not have responded in a more dicourteous manner, telling me to 'take the matter up with the manager'." In the word "discourteous", dis- is a latin prefix that means... A. opposite of B. into C. very D. back, again
What is A. opposite of? The patron felt that the hostess was NOT courteous.
300
"An analysis of the pollen and moss trapped in his clothes revealed that he was from the southern valleys." Based upon the sentence, "analysis" means.... A. discovery B. synthesis C. distribution D. careful examination or study
What is D. careful examination or study?
400
"The inscription on the memorial listed the names of all the men and women who lost their lives in the battle." The root word of "inscription" is "script" which means.... A. to speak or spoken B. to describe C. to view D. to write or written
What is D. to write or written?
400
"Producers spent over 20 millions dollars on special effects for this film. Unfortunately, all the high-tech gadgetry doesn't pay off." Name the 4 words that provide the best context clues to help determine the meaning of "gadgetry".
What are "special effects" and "high-tech"?
400
"Sadly, I will no longer patronize your restaurant, a place that was once among my favorites." "Patronize" is which part of speech?
What is a verb? 400 Point Bonus if you can define patronize as it is used in this sentence! :)
400
"Readers of Nichols's previous novel, 'Danger in the Dark Zone', will remember that Dr. Draco was sent to live in exile on Genesis by the imperial council after trying to take control of the universe." In the word "exile" the prefix ex- means.... A. in, into B. out, away C. next D. not
What is B. out?
400
"The whole experience caused me to be embarrassed and infuriated." The best meaning for "infuriated" in the sentence above is... A. misled B. fierce C. enraged D. humiliated
What is C. enraged? 400 Bonus Points if you can define the prefix in-! :)
500
"On the field trip we learned about the carnivorous animals that live in the ocean and coastal locations." The root word of "carnivorous" is "vor" which means.... A. to hunt B. to destroy C. to eat D. to see
What is C. to eat? 500 point bonus if you can list at least 3 other words that have the same root! :)
500
"Before Captain Pavo and her crew can defeat Dr. Draco, they must find and capture his anonymous ally. The identity of Dr. Draco's ally will surely surprise loyal readers of this popular science-fiction series." Select the context clues that BEST help to determine the meaning of "anonymous". A. popular & series B. ally & Draco C. surprise & loyal D. identity & surprise
What are D. identity & surprise?
500
"Readers of Nichols's previous novel, 'Danger in the Dark Zone', will remember that Dr. Draco was sent to live in exile on Genesis by the imperial council after trying to take control of the universe." In the sentence above, "imperial" is which part of speech?
What is an adjective?
500
"Once again, they are faced with intergalactic doom." In the word "intergalactic" the prefix inter- means.... A. outside of B. not C. between D. against
What is C. between?
500
"Before Captain Pavo and her crew can defeat Dr. Draco, they must find and capture his anonymous ally. The identity of Dr. Draco's ally will surely surprise loyal readers of this popular science-fiction series." Based on the sentences above, "anonymous" most likely means.... A. unknown B. known C. sneaky D. suspicious
What is A. unknown?
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