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Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (U.S. Version) 2016

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1. What is a “metablog”?

Answers:

  1. A highly personal, if not confessional, blog
  2. A blog about metal
  3. A blog devoted to explaining “metas”
  4. 0A blog about blogging

2. There’s little need to copy text before trying to publish it to the web because you rarely lose the text at the time of publication.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

3. At what point does a work – whether an online blog or in print – come under copyright?

Answers:

  1. As soon as it is published
  2. As soon as the author registers the copyright
  3. As soon as the author writes “Copyright”and his/her name and date next to it
  4. As soon as it is created

4. Fooling the search engines with link farms, keyword stuffing, cloaking or alt text spamming is not a good idea because _____________________ .

Answers:

  1. it is an offense in most countries
  2. the search engines may restrict your site or future listings, or ban you altogether
  3. it could reduce the traffic to your blog
    All of the above

5. What are “FAQs”?

Answers:

  1. First Asked Queries
  2. First Answered Questions
  3. Fast Attitude Queries
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. All of the above

6. What is “podcasting”?

Answers:

  1. Making the entire blog available in a single downloadable file
  2. Redirecting traffic through a portal hidden on the blog called a “pod”
  3. Distribution of audio and other media files for download to digital music or multimedia players such as iPods
  4. Mass e-mailing for marketing purposes to promote several blogs at the same time

7. What are “blooks”?

Answers:

  1. Books that are written by bloggers and generally grow out of their blogs
  2. People who like to blog
  3. People who promote their blogs on the inside pages of a book
  4. All of the above

8. What is ‘placing of keywords in the important parts of a webpage so that search engines may give them priority’ called?

Answers:

  1. Keyword prominence
  2. Optimization guesswork
  3. Partial selection
  4. Keyword density

9. Why is it damaging to have disfunctioning or non-functioning(dead)links on your website?

Answers:

  1. You cannot prevent people from reaching the destination without doing so
  2. It could damage your brand reputation; people do not want to see a “page not found” result
  3. A person is less likely to return to your site as a repeat visitor if the links do not work
  4. b and c

10. What do we mean when we say an author’s copyright is within “the public domain”?

Answers:

  1. We mean it is floated on the stock exchange
  2. We mean it is freely available for all, can be copied, reproduced and re-published
  3. We mean it is temporarily available for a period of 1-5 years
  4. We mean it is part of the author’s estate for 70 years after his or her death

11. What is a “feed aggregator” or “feed reader”?

Answers:

  1. An online bug or virus that “feeds” on your blog and destroys content
  2. A Web application which collects web content such as news, blogs, podcasts and vlogs for easy viewing in a single location
  3. A Web application that links your blog to other blogs for which you always pay a fee
  4. A third generation blogger who is addicted to blogging
  5. None of the above

12. In sourcing information, you may use materials not subject to copyright such as names, common symbols, lists of ingredients, short phrases, slogans, slang, titles etc.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

13. Which of the following is/are good way(s) of promoting your business or website and thereby selling your products online?

Answers:

  1. Writing reviews on other sites with a link back to your site
  2. Getting involved in social bookmarking, especially group social bookmarking
  3. Posting on forums around the internet with reference to your product or brand
  4. All of the above

14. What will happen if you type the words sport -basketball in the Google search box?

Answers:

  1. Google will find all the web pages containing the words “sport” and “basketball”
  2. Google will find the web pages about “sport” and also those containing the word “basketball”
  3. Google will find the web pages about “sport” that do not contain the word “basketball”
  4. Google will find all the web pages in which the words “sport” and “basketball” appear together
  5. None of the above

15. What is “fair use” in terms of using someone else’s copyrighted material online?

Answers:

  1. A system where copyright is exchanged between the original owner and the blogger who co-opts it
  2. A term used by the prosecutor to convict a blogger who repeatedly infringes his/her copyright
  3. A defense argument that an individual who is sued for copyright infringement can use, namely that the use of the material was in public interest
  4. None of the above

16. What are “article submission sites”?

Answers:

  1. Databases of stored articles awaiting approval from a CEO
  2. Sites that help submit articles you have written about your product for online publication so you don’t have to spend valuable time sending out your articles individually
  3. Sites where you can buy articles and adapt them to a target audience and focus them on your market
  4. Usually scam sites that promise huge marketing distribution around the internet

17. Where did the term “blog” originate?

Answers:

  1. It was invented by Mr. James Blog
  2. An abridgment of the two terms, “web” and “log”
  3. An abridgment of the two terms, “book” and “log”
  4. b and c
  5. None of the above, it was a spontaneous new coinage derived from Old English

18. How long does an author’s copyright – whether in print or online – last in the U.S.?

Answers:

  1. Until he/she dies
  2. Forever
  3. For 5 years after the publication
  4. For 40 years after he/she dies
  5. For 70 years after he/she dies

19. Which of the following are good ways of sourcing information for online content such as blog postings?

Answers:

  1. Reading other blogs of a similar nature
  2. Researching for content in a library by reading non-fiction, and consulting encyclopaedias, public records etc.
  3. Using search engines to narrow down keywords and content data
  4. All of the above

20. If you own a copyright on your own works, you can license your work for reproduction and publication around the world according to place and length of time.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

21. Which of the following is the term used for the collective blogging intelligentsia, namely the most influential bloggers online by page rank owing to their high traffic count?

Answers:

  1. Glamorati
  2. Hoi polloi
  3. Rich and reckless
  4. Beautiful and damned
  5. Blogerati

22. Which of the following are good techniques for building a greater business audience for your blog?

Answers:

  1. Create multiple links with local business community
  2. Create a link with the local library website
  3. Partner with non-competing businesses
  4. Have business cards printed
  5. All of the above

23. Which of the following are most important when optimizing content for search engines?

Answers:

  1. Regular updating of your blog
  2. Making sure your URL is simple
  3. Adding keywords, tags, metatags and having quality content and regular updating
  4. Having quality content

24. State whether True or False.

Copyright is available not just for published works but also for works in private use that have not or may never be published.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

25. Which of the following is the most effective idea for creating a target audience that returns again and again to your blog?

Answers:

  1. Make individual postings long as the more the information, the better it is.
  2. Re-read and be your own editor, always removing unnecessary words and phrases; keep your postings relatively short and post regularly
  3. Regularly change the colors of your blog to entertain your readership
  4. Add a certain randomness to your external links so the audience never quite knows where the links may lead – it’s more exciting

26. What is “misinformation”?

Answers:

  1. Mystery information partially hidden on the internet
  2. Information which is misleading or distracting or at least partially wrong
  3. Mr. Information
  4. Completely wrong information on all counts
  5. None of the above

27. Which of the following features will increase the likelihood of a reader staying longer on your blog?

Answers:

  1. Having mostly text rather than pictures, slide shows or other interactive content
  2. Using external links to generate the new page as a pop-up window rather than going directly to the new site
  3. Offering links to great promotional deals on other sites

28. What do you mean by your article being “non exclusive” while selling it online?

Answers:

  1. That you can sell it to one more company
  2. That it is exclusively connected to the site where you publish it first
  3. That you can publish it online elsewhere so long as they are “non exclusive” too
  4. That you can sell it to 5 more companies
  5. That you can post it on your blog but nowhere else

29. If words/phrases are lifted from an original writing on the internet – not from a printed book – it’s not plagiarism.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

30. What distinguishes a blog from a website?

Answers:

  1. Postings that occur according to a timeline that is updated so old posts can be traced
  2. More content
  3. Flashier images
  4. Contact details
  5. More professional content

31. What is an “open thread”?

Answers:

  1. A thread that is open for discussion by those posting to it
  2. A thread that has closed links
  3. Multiple posts focused around one specific subject
  4. All posts made openly by the same blogger
  5. All of the above

32. What are “grey hat techniques”?

Answers:

  1. Techniques attracting people over 65 to your blog
  2. Advertising techniques through images specifically aimed at older readers
  3. Techniques involving part online and part store sales
  4. An optimisation strategy defining an unknown area of reputability/validity

33. What is an “affiliate business program”?

Answers:

  1. Getting the business standards of your company approved by a government affiliated company
  2. Signing up to be a business partner with another online company to promote each other’s interests and thereby reaching a larger market
  3. Buying a company
  4. Getting bought by a company
  5. Merging with another company

34. Which is the correct order for finding your target audience and selling goods or services to it?

Answers:

  1. Design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, have a business plan, identify their interest in your product, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, make sales
  2. Have a business plan, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, identify their interest in your product, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, make sales
  3. Have a business plan, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, make sales, identify their interest in your product
  4. Identify your audience type and their level of expertise, make sales, have a business plan identify their interest in your product, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product

35. In terms of keywords for promoting a website about global money, which of the following groups would be the best choice?

Answers:

  1. Football, shopping, racing, gardening
  2. 10c, 5c, dollar, 50c, quarter
  3. The World Bank, the Olympics, the US government, the UEFA Cup
  4. Dollar, yen, pound sterling, exchange rate

36. What are “subsidiary rights” if your blog becomes successful enough to receive an offer of publication in print?

Answers:

  1. All rights originally held by the author
  2. Translation rights
  3. All secondary rights sold by the agent or publisher, such as volume rights, audio rights, film and T.V. rights, book club rights, paperback rights etc.
  4. Rights that the author always retains and that cannot be licensed

37. At the end of an article, the reference list to other relevant works that may or may not have been cited is called the _________________.

Answers:

  1. Footnotes
  2. Bibliography
  3. Original material
  4. Endnotes
  5. All of the above

38. What changes you should incorporate in your writing style—when writing about the university application process—if you’re writing for student applicants and not for their parents?

Answers:

  1. Write the entire text in italics—it signifies that the content has been written for a student, and not for a parent
  2. Write the entire text in the Roman style—it signifies that the content has been written for a student, and not for a parent
  3. No amount of change can clarify if the content is written for a student or for a parent, so do not bother about changing your writing style
  4. Add anecdotes in the description; students prefer an anecdotal style of writing
  5. Vary the information, your tone, your advice, and recommendations, so that the description is understood by students as well as parents

39. What can you do to make your articles more appealing to online readers?

Answers:

  1. Create external links and quality posts
  2. Add a message board and / or chat room to encourage interactivity
  3. Increase the product or site image / professional branding
  4. All of the above

40. What is the “useful but incomplete” approach in terms of promoting your product in an online article or so-called e-zine?

Answers:

  1. Making your product useful but leaving the article incomplete with no way of linking to your site
  2. Making your product incomplete and the article useful
  3. Making the article useful but leaving it incomplete so the market is enticed but has to follow your link to learn more
  4. Making the article complete and the product useful so that there’s no need to find out more

41. What does “SEO” stand for?

Answers:

  1. Sequeway Even Offered
  2. Service Engine Oriented
  3. Second Executive Officer
  4. Search Engine Optimization

42. Online articles do not need to be cited especially when taken from another online source.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

43. Which of the following are good ways of protecting your online content?

Answers:

  1. Searching for the plagiarists of your content
  2. Embedding your images
  3. Potentially encrypting your HTML
  4. Joining a plagiarism forum
  5. All of the above

44. What is an “anonoblog”?

Answers:

  1. A general blog with multiple authors
  2. A blog about people who used to be famous
  3. A blog written and maintained by an anonymous author, often under a pseudonym or pen name
  4. All of the above

45. What is “blogosphere”?

Answers:

  1. The hole in the internet through which blogs can fall
  2. The blogs in a given area such as a street, county or country
  3. The collective content of the blogs worldwide
  4. Blog companies that group together and buy smaller blogs
  5. None of the above

46. Which of the following is not a blogging provider or blogging service available on the web free of cost?

Answers:

  1. WordPress
  2. Blogger
  3. Technorati
  4. BlueHost

47. Why is it important to make regular postings – if not daily postings – to your blog?

Answers:

  1. To encourage a regular readership, returning traffic, and so web robots can see your blog is regularly active
  2. It isn’t – making daily postings can be harmful to your blog
  3. Otherwise it will be unplugged by the blog service provider
  4. None of the above

48. What are “Google alerts”?

Answers:

  1. A ringtone from Google
  2. A doorbell as a prize for being a loyal Google customer
  3. Pinging of your website by Google every time you use Yahoo and MSN instead of using Google
  4. A system where Google e-mails you the results of your pre-arranged search terms on a regular basis to stir your thoughts about writing blog content

49. If your website sells golf equipment, your promotional articles should be written about _________ .

Answers:

  1. good golf courses
  2. caddies
  3. sport in general
  4. the best clubs to use at certain times
  5. All of the above

50. What are “stop words”?

Answers:

  1. Words that stop short of their meaning
  2. Words that show up first in search engine result pages
  3. Words that are banned on the blogosphere by the blog police
  4. Some common words (such as “and”, “or” and “in”) that are usually ignored by a search engine performing a search

51. Is it a good idea to have two blogs with the same content to try and increase traffic?

Answers:

  1. No, as search engines such as Google will most likely list only one blog which may not be your preference
  2. Yes, two blogs, even with the same content, will most likely double your traffic on the web
  3. Yes, and to have three would be still better
  4. No, because search engines will be advised to close down one, if not both, of your blogs

52. What is the common rule for taking images from the web and using them on your blog or website?

Answers:

  1. Check to see if these are freely available, and if so, proceed; otherwise contact the copyright holder or blog/site manager for permission
  2. Take whatever you like from any site by right clicking and saving the image
  3. a and b
  4. None of the above

53. What is the difference between a “patent” and a “trademark”?

Answers:

  1. A copyright and a trademark are the same; a patent is made to protect goods or services for sale
  2. Patents and trademarks are the same; it is copyright that is different
  3. A patent protects a work, device or name that is used for trading goods whereas a trademark protects inventions or discoveries
  4. A trademark protects a word, device or name that is used for trading goods whereas a patent protects inventions or discoveries

54. Which of the following is a good approach to planning to write a blog posting?

Answers:

  1. Source content, write draft, save, post to blog
  2. Idea, source content, post to blog, read
  3. Idea, source content, write draft, save, read and edit, post to blog
  4. Write draft, edit, post to blog, read and edit later

55. What is “autocasting”?

Answers:

  1. Automatically casting the characters in an online play
  2. An autocue for a blogger to remind him or her to make a posting
  3. A form of microblogging that will herald Web 3.0
  4. An automated form of podcasting that allows bloggers (and blog readers) to create audio versions of text-only blogs using RSS feeds

56. Search engines will return different results depending on the word order of the search terms.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

57. When writing an article about safety and light bulbs, which of the following is likely to be your target audience?

Answers:

  1. Electrical engineers
  2. Ordinary people involved in home improvement
  3. Working electricians
  4. Light bulb manufacturers
  5. All of the above

58. Why is it sometimes a good idea to create a blog independently with a host other than a free blog hosting service such as the Blogger?

Answers:

  1. You can add more intelligent interactivity such as widgets, site design, custom URLs etc
  2. You can then have two blogs and disconnect your old one
  3. You will be able to keep the old free service
  4. You will automatically get more traffic

59. Which of the following is most likely to guarantee the content on your blog is professional, subject-appropriate and grammatically correct?

Answers:

  1. Copying it into Word, spell-checking, and copying it back
  2. Asking a friend to read it
  3. Reading it through before posting
  4. Having several specialist readers check out the content for its relevance, sense, argument, and keywords

60. Which of the following techniques can provide increased credibility to an article?

Answers:

  1. A signature at the end of the posting
  2. More links than words in a single posting
  3. External links to other sites combined with sophisticated quality content
  4. A self-appointed writing on the subject

61. Can you sell your copyright?

Answers:

  1. Yes, by licensing it according to territory and time
  2. No, it remains yours always
  3. Yes, but only in certain places, and for lengths of time up to 140 years after your death
  4. Yes, so long as someone changes his/her name to your name

62. Blog comments show up in Google searches in addition to the blog posts.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

63. What are the websites “writework.com” and “schoolsucks.com”?

Answers:

  1. Sites where teachers can obtain their students’ papers in an educational exchange program?
  2. Websites dedicated to stopping plagiarism on the web
  3. Websites where students can obtain papers to wrongfully use as their own, often for free
  4. A community of online papers backed by most US and UK school programs

64. What does the term “spomment” refer to in the blogosphere?

Answers:

  1. Special comments
  2. Spam on a posting
  3. Comment spam
  4. Tiny gremlins inside the computer system
  5. All of the above

65. What is the term used for “the number of times the keyword is used divided by the total word count on the page”?

Answers:

  1. Keyword density
  2. Keyword distribution
  3. Word hardness
  4. Density of syllables
  5. Blog Page Intensity

66. What is a “tag”?

Answers:

  1. An external link
  2. A language element, such as a word, often used in blogs to identify the type or types of content that makes up a particular post
  3. A long post that goes onto another page
  4. Both b and c

67. What is a “bye-line”?

Answers:

  1. The text at the end of a post that identifies the poster, and a play on “byline”, used to identify the writer of a newspaper article
  2. The headline
  3. The secondary headline
  4. b and c
  5. None of the above

68. What is a “plagiarism warning banner?”

Answers:

  1. A banner e-mailed to you by a potential plagiarist to warn you of their potential copying of your site
  2. A banner you place on your site or blog to deter potential plagiarists
  3. A government service that bans plagiarists from the Web with an official warning, usually a letter to their home address
  4. None of the above

69. If you’re writing an article about applying for admission to graduate courses in universities, your target audience is likely to be _________.

Answers:

  1. 18-year olds
  2. students already in college
  3. a range of readers who are thinking of applying for admission to a graduate school
  4. people between 45 and 65

70. If you’re writing an article about the automotive industry, which of the following would be the best way of promoting your article?

Answers:

  1. Adding internal links within your blog that cross-reference the article
  2. Adding highly specific keywords to your pages that reference aspects of the automotive industry
  3. Contacting other automotive industry blogs and websites offering a link-exchange
  4. All of the above

71. What is a “biz blog”?

Answers:

  1. A blog owned and run by a company or corporation
  2. A private blog for the blogger and his or her family
  3. A blog in the biz of blogging only
  4. A blog about finance, especially related to the London Stock Exchange
  5. None of the above

72. What is a “CEOBlog”?

Answers:

  1. A social networking blog
  2. A blog that has been unplugged by a corporation during a hostile takeover
  3. A group blog
  4. A blog written using a “stream of consciousness” writing style
  5. A blog maintained by a Chief Executive Officer

73. It’s a good idea to create identical content on multiple blogs as this can increase web traffic and get higher listings in search engines.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

74. If you write something libelous in a blog, you can still be sued for written defamation despite the apparent freedom of expression on the Internet.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

75. What is a “newbie”?

Answers:

  1. A term – potentially negative – applied to someone new to a discussion or blog
  2. A new technological addition to the internet
  3. An innovation that took blogs into Web 2.0
  4. The latest fashion on the blogosphere
  5. a and d

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Upwork English Language

English Vocabulary Test (UK Version) 2016

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1. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Oscar, who did not possess a discerning __________, preferred hotdogs to steak.

Answers:

  1. palette
  2. pallet
  3. palate

2. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

It seems we’ve reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.

Answers:

  1. Favourable compromise
  2. Monetary amount
  3. Total agreement
  4. Stalemate

3. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The _________ poet, knowing his death was _________, struggled to finish his final ode.

Answers:

  1. imminent/eminent
  2. eminent/immanent
  3. immanent/imminent
  4. eminent/imminent

4. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The only ________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.

Answers:

  1. distinctive
  2. distinguished
  3. distinguishable

5. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
The skilful candidate’s ____________ speech was delightful to listen to, but failed to explain how he would achieve the ___________ goals of peace and prosperity.

Answers:

  1. illusive/elusive
  2. allusive/elusive
  3. elusive/allusive
  4. allusive/illusive

6. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Marilyn conveyed a BLITHE indifference to the troubles that mounted around her.

Answers:

  1. Carefree; heedless
  2. Cruel; heartless
  3. Catastrophic

7. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.

Answers:

  1. Imprudent and unrefined
  2. Cheerful and clumsy
  3. Selfish and dissipated
  4. Charming and elegant

8. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Although _________ wanted to keep the boat all to _________, I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and _________.

Answers:

  1. I/myself/myself
  2. I/me/I
  3. I/myself/I
  4. I/myself/me

9. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

RILE

Answers:

  1. Placate
  2. Annoy
  3. Waste
  4. Construct

10. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

MITIGATE

Answers:

  1. Abate
  2. Conceal
  3. Intensify
  4. Allow

11. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The publicist was surprised by the INUNDATION of fan letters for her top client.

Answers:

  1. Deluge
  2. Dearth
  3. Hindrance

12. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The plots of all her novels just seem to MEANDER along, to the point where I can’t follow the storyline or figure out who’s who.

Answers:

  1. Purposely confuse
  2. Take a winding or indirect course
  3. Charm and delight

13. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ITINERANT

Answers:

  1. Permanent
  2. Flexible
  3. Transient
  4. Dissatisfied

14. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The despot’s MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.

Answers:

  1. Sycophants; servile followers
  2. Distant relatives
  3. Armoured knights

15. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.

Answers:

  1. Empathetic
  2. Dangerous
  3. Pathetic
  4. Sickening

16. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To impose with authority; urge strongly

Answers:

  1. Enjoin
  2. Prevalent
  3. Dissonance
  4. Relegate

17. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.

Answers:

  1. Sentiment; emotion
  2. Agreement
  3. Outward appearance

18. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

INORDINATE

Answers:

  1. Reasonable
  2. On a waiting list
  3. Unprepared
  4. Immense

19. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ADVERSE

Answers:

  1. Moody
  2. Poetic
  3. Favourable
  4. Twisted

20. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
If you insist on eating more candy floss _________ a kid at a carnival, __________ don’t come crying to me when you’ve gained two stone!

Answers:

  1. then/than
  2. than/then
  3. then/then
  4. than/than

21. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.

Answers:

  1. Pondered
  2. Worried
  3. Neglected
  4. Laughed

22. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.

Answers:

  1. Downfall
  2. Omen; forerunner
  3. Unequivocal proof

23. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.
Rachel knew that she’d soon be living in ___________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems ____________ out immediately.

Answers:

  1. straightened/straitened
  2. straitened/straightened

24. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.

Answers:

  1. Mercenary; venal
  2. Overly curious about the sexual behaviour of others
  3. Characterized by profound insight

25. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

Answers:

  1. Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
  2. Dull; tiresome
  3. Cacophonous

26. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

Answers:

  1. Abject
  2. Agrarian
  3. Analogous
  4. Amalgam

27. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.

Answers:

  1. Clamorous; disorderly
  2. Gracious; kind
  3. Blunt or rude in manner of speech

28. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
Who has the power to _________ out justice to the citizens of this country?

Answers:

  1. meet
  2. mete
  3. meat

29. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Roger might be more AMENABLE to your ideas if you presented them without sneering.

Answers:

  1. Intractable
  2. Willing to accept
  3. Impressed by
  4. Unhappy

30. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.

Answers:

  1. Spoil
  2. Detract from; debase
  3. Fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

31. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner

Answers:

  1. Panache
  2. Voracious
  3. Resonance
  4. Cosmogony

32. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

The workers were allowed to ___________ down once they’d ________ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet ___________ down.

Answers:

  1. lay/lain/laid
  2. lie/laid/lain
  3. lie/lain/lain
  4. lay/laid/laid

33. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.
That gruelling competition really tested the _____________ of the gymnastics team.

Answers:

  1. meddle
  2. metal
  3. medal
  4. mettle

34. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary

Answers:

  1. Quiescence
  2. Theocracy
  3. Swindle
  4. Sinecure

35. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
Our solicitors have informed us that whilst the new tax laws will not __________ our business directly, they may have an adverse _________ on the spending power of our clients.

Answers:

  1. effect/affect
  2. affect/affect
  3. effect/effect
  4. affect/effect

36. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Mr Winthrop was dismayed to discover that his wilful young wife __________ her wealth and __________ the law at every opportunity.

Answers:

  1. flouted/flouted
  2. flouted/flaunted
  3. flaunted/flouted
  4. flaunted/flaunted

37. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

PRETENTIOUS

Answers:

  1. Modest
  2. Understanding
  3. Uneasy
  4. Pleasant

38. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked towards me on the dark and __________ path.

Answers:

  1. tortious
  2. tortuous
  3. torturous

39. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope

Answers:

  1. Hermetic
  2. Foreseeable
  3. Sporadic
  4. Sectarian

40. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull

Answers:

  1. Turbid
  2. Torpid
  3. Turgid
  4. Tepid

41. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

LASSITUDE

Answers:

  1. Simplicity of speech
  2. Leniency
  3. Philanthropy
  4. Vigour

42. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.

Answers:

  1. Sage
  2. Shrivelled
  3. Creepy
  4. Jocular

43. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively

Answers:

  1. Vituperative
  2. Litigant
  3. Fulminate
  4. Exhume

44. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

It’s a good thing you’re so _________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to __________ a child.

Answers:

  1. adapt/adapt
  2. adept/adopt
  3. adapt/adopt
  4. adopt/adept

45. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. The act or fact of lessening; reduction

Answers:

  1. Diminution
  2. Protraction
  3. Dissuade
  4. Dissolution

46. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some assistance.

Answers:

  1. Prevalent
  2. Unavoidable
  3. Saddening

47. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. A mass or crowd; multitude

Answers:

  1. Reprieve
  2. Malady
  3. Horde
  4. Indulgence

48. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Local or provincial dialect

Answers:

  1. Invective
  2. Patois
  3. Neopaganism
  4. Polyarchy

49. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The crafty spy gave a ____________ name to the hotel clerk.

Answers:

  1. fictive
  2. fictional
  3. fictitious

50. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Dan was a nice bloke, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.

Answers:

  1. Gluttonous
  2. Quarrelsome; contentious
  3. Excessively talkative about trivial topics

51. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.

Answers:

  1. Erratic
  2. Apathetic
  3. Admirable
  4. Meticulous

52. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.
The proposed after-school tutoring programme promises _______________ benefits to the students and the community.

Answers:

  1. innumerable
  2. enumerable

53. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

NONCHALANT

Answers:

  1. Courageous
  2. Unnerved
  3. Unperturbed
  4. Lethargic

54. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense

Answers:

  1. Labyrinthine
  2. Invidious
  3. Titillating
  4. Envious

55. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

We all remarked on how well the spray of begonias _____________ her hair colour.

Answers:

  1. complimented
  2. complemented

56. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group

Answers:

  1. Esoteric
  2. Eccentric
  3. Narcissistic
  4. Languid

57. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness

Answers:

  1. Contumacy
  2. Defenestration
  3. Conversion
  4. Efficacy

58. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

Answers:

  1. Expression of disapproval or blame
  2. Expression of affection or love
  3. Expression of apology or regret

59. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity

Answers:

  1. Apologetic
  2. Parsimonious
  3. Obdurate
  4. Abdicated

60. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

We fully expect Elizabeth to FOIST her work on us and disappear for the weekend as usual.

Answers:

  1. Force upon; palm off
  2. Take away; take off one’s hands
  3. Keep for oneself

61. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable

Answers:

  1. Sapid
  2. Irascible
  3. Jocund
  4. Incorrigible

62. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

REFUTE

Answers:

  1. Expose
  2. Support
  3. Garbage
  4. Safe place

63. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

Though he didn’t win the advertising account, Sal made a __________ presentation that he can be proud of.

Answers:

  1. credulous
  2. creditable
  3. credible

64. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The diplomats, who have been accused of DUPLICITY by their respective countries, have been removed from their posts.

Answers:

  1. Bad taste
  2. Deceitfulness; double-dealing
  3. Embezzlement

65. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.

Answers:

  1. Eliminate
  2. Aggravate; worsen
  3. Exhaust; drain of strength

66. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

It would BEHOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.

Answers:

  1. Be too much trouble to
  2. Be detrimental to
  3. Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon

67. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

She launched her new line of handbags _________ a fanfare of publicity.

Answers:

  1. between
  2. amid
  3. among

68. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

She hastened to _________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will _________ that the cheque is posted today.

Answers:

  1. assure/ensure
  2. ensure/insure
  3. insure/assure
  4. ensure/assure

69. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to ___________ certain behaviours from the test subjects.

Answers:

  1. illicit
  2. elicit

70. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

Answers:

  1. Happy circumstance
  2. Puzzling predicament
  3. Easy decision

71. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

Answers:

  1. Violent behaviour
  2. Odorousness
  3. Laziness
  4. Disappearance

72. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

I can _________ all the terms of the lease for the flat _________ the one about not allowing pets.

Answers:

  1. except/accept
  2. except/except
  3. accept/accept
  4. accept/except

73. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.

Answers:

  1. Influential
  2. Positive
  3. Hysterical
  4. Harmful

74. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

AVARICE

Answers:

  1. State of good health
  2. Materialism
  3. Loneliness
  4. Generosity

75. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.

Answers:

  1. Disdainful
  2. Inspired by
  3. Disliked by
  4. Respectful

76. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.

Answers:

  1. Rules for action or behaviour
  2. Vague ideas; abstractions
  3. Significance

77. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The community theatre troupe faced one problem after another, so it was no surprise that their season ended in a DEBACLE.

Answers:

  1. Conundrum
  2. Spectacle; display
  3. Complete failure; breaking up

78. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Sally was greatly __________ when I said I didn’t like redheads.

Answers:

  1. piqued
  2. peeked
  3. peaked

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1. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To issue a vehement verbal attack; to denounce explosively

Answers:

  1. Vituperative
  2. Litigant
  3. Fulminate
  4. Exhume

2. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The soldier’s EXEMPLARY conduct did not go unnoticed by his sergeant.

Answers:

  1. Erratic
  2. Apathetic
  3. Admirable
  4. Meticulous

3. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

PRETENTIOUS

Answers:

  1. Modest
  2. Understanding
  3. Uneasy
  4. Pleasant

4. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Similar to something else in certain respects, as in form, function, or meaning

Answers:

  1. Abject
  2. Agrarian
  3. Analogous
  4. Amalgam

5. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.
MITIGATE

Answers:

  1. Abate
  2. Conceal
  3. Intensify
  4. Allow

6. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Sluggish; apathetic; dull

Answers:

  1. Turbid
  2. Torpid
  3. Turgid
  4. Tepid

7. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Hardhearted; unmoved by pity

Answers:

  1. Apologetic
  2. Parsimonious
  3. Obdurate
  4. Abdicated

8. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Agatha RUMINATED for weeks about the consequences of telling Arthur about the affair.

Answers:

  1. Pondered
  2. Worried
  3. Neglected
  4. Laughed

9. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

LASSITUDE

Answers:

  1. Simplicity of speech
  2. Leniency
  3. Philanthropy
  4. Vigor

10. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Now that the festivities have ended, perhaps we can return to some SEMBLANCE of normality.

Answers:

  1. Sentiment; emotion
  2. Agreement
  3. Outward appearance

11. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The only ________________ difference between the twins is the shape of their noses.

Answers:

  1. distinctive
  2. distinguished
  3. distinguishable

12. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Mr. Winkle was dismayed to discover that his willful young wife __________ her wealth and __________ the law at every opportunity.

Answers:

  1. flouted/flouted
  2. flouted/flaunted
  3. flaunted/flouted
  4. flaunted/flaunted

13. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Easily provoked to anger; irritable

Answers:

  1. Sapid
  2. Irascible
  3. Jocund
  4. Incorrigible

14. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

It seems we’ve reached an IMPASSE in our negotiations.

Answers:

  1. Favorable compromise
  2. Monetary amount
  3. Total agreement
  4. Stalemate

15. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

We expected the waiter to show us out of that snooty restaurant in a hurry, but he turned out to be quite jolly and __________.

Answers:

  1. complacent
  2. compliant
  3. complaisant

16. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

If you insist on eating more cotton candy _________ a kid at a carnival, __________ don’t come crying to me when you’ve gained a few pounds!

Answers:

  1. then/than
  2. than/then
  3. then/then
  4. than/than

17. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

This experiment was designed to ___________ certain behaviors from the test subjects.

Answers:

  1. illicit
  2. elicit

18. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The despot’s MINIONS were only too eager to tout his edicts and report any unrest among his subjects.

Answers:

  1. Sycophants; servile followers
  2. Distant relatives
  3. Armored knights

19. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Dan was a nice guy, but he was far too GARRULOUS and tended to monopolize people at parties.

Answers:

  1. Gluttonous
  2. Quarrelsome; contentious
  3. Excessively talkative about trivial topics

20. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Maude managed to sweep up the broken dishes without a word of REPROOF to her children.

Answers:

  1. Expression of disapproval or blame
  2. Expression of affection or love
  3. Expression of apology or regret

21. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The journalist denied that he had any PRURIENT interest in the politician’s private life, but his titillating articles seemed to indicate otherwise.

Answers:

  1. Mercenary; venal
  2. Overly curious about the sexual behavior of others
  3. Characterized by profound insight

22. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ADVERSE

Answers:

  1. Moody
  2. Poetic
  3. Favorable
  4. Twisted

23. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

These artists really IMBUE their work with a spirit of profound freedom.

Answers:

  1. Spoil
  2. Detract from; debase
  3. Fill or permeate with a particular feeling or quality

24. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

His son’s group of friends had a DELETERIOUS effect on his schoolwork.

Answers:

  1. Influential
  2. Positive
  3. Hysterical
  4. Harmful

25. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

Rachel knew that she’d soon be living in ___________ circumstances unless she got her financial problems ____________ out immediately.

Answers:

  1. straightened/straitened
  2. straitened/straightened

26. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Poverty is RIFE in the rural areas of our county, where one in three families receives some state assistance.

Answers:

  1. Prevalent
  2. Unavoidable
  3. Saddening

27. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

AVARICE

Answers:

  1. State of good health
  2. Materialism
  3. Loneliness
  4. Generosity

28. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Tending to create ill will or give offense

Answers:

  1. Labyrinthine
  2. Invidious
  3. Titillating
  4. Envious

29. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The diplomats, who have been accused of DUPLICITY by their respective countries, have been removed from their posts.

Answers:

  1. Bad taste
  2. Deceitfulness; double-dealing
  3. Embezzlement

30. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

I screamed as the monstrous presence snaked toward me on the dark and __________ path.

Answers:

  1. tortious
  2. tortuous</>
  3. torturous

31. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The community theater troupe faced one problem after another, so it was no surprise that their season ended in a DEBACLE.

Answers:

  1. Conundrum
  2. Spectacle; display
  3. Complete failure; breaking up

32. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

RILE

Answers:

  1. Placate
  2. Annoy
  3. Waste
  4. Construct

33. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. A position that entails little work but provides a salary

Answers:

  1. Quiescence
  2. Theocracy
  3. Swindle
  4. Sinecure

34. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

Though he didn’t win the advertising account, Sal made a __________ presentation that he can be proud of.

Answers:

  1. credulous
  2. creditable
  3. credible

35. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The publicist was surprised by the INUNDATION of fan letters for her top client.

Answers:

  1. Deluge
  2. Dearth
  3. Hindrance

36. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

We all remarked on how well the spray of begonias _____________ her hair color.

Answers:

  1. complimented
  2. complemented

37. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Understood by or intended for only a select few or a particular group

Answers:

  1. Esoteric
  2. Eccentric
  3. Narcissistic
  4. Languid

38. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The recent shenanigans in the town square went against all PRECEPTS of decency.

Answers:

  1. Rules for action or behavior
  2. Vague ideas; abstractions
  3. Significance

39. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

It would BEHOOVE you to show a little more respect to the judge and jury who are deciding your case.

Answers:

  1. Be too much trouble to
  2. Be detrimental to
  3. Be worthwhile or proper for; be incumbent upon

40. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

That grueling competition really tested the _____________ of the gymnastics team.

Answers:

  1. meddle
  2. metal
  3. medal
  4. mettle

41. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Oscar, who did not possess a discerning __________, preferred hotdogs to steak.

Answers:

  1. palette
  2. pallet
  3. palate

42. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.
She hastened to _________ me that she intends to pay the bill, and that she will _________ that the check is mailed today.

Answers:

  1. assure/ensure
  2. ensure/insure
  3. insure/assure
  4. ensure/assure

43. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym of the word below.

NONCHALANT

Answers:

  1. Courageous
  2. Unnerved
  3. Unperturbed
  4. Lethargic

44. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

v. To impose with authority; urge strongly

Answers:

  1. Enjoin
  2. Prevalent
  3. Dissonance
  4. Relegate

45. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Although _________ wanted to keep the boat all to _________, I knew it would be used extensively by both Susan and _________.

Answers:

  1. I/myself/myself
  2. I/me/I
  3. I/myself/I
  4. I/myself/me

46. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Marilyn conveyed a BLITHE indifference to the troubles that mounted around her.

Answers:

  1. Carefree; heedless
  2. Cruel; heartless
  3. Catastrophic

47. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. A mass or crowd; multitude

Answers:

  1. Reprieve
  2. Malady
  3. Horde
  4. Indulgence

48. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

The workers were allowed to ___________ down once they’d ________ the brick, but the foreman himself has not yet ___________ down.

Answers:

  1. lay/lain/laid
  2. lie/laid/lain
  3. lie/lain/lain
  4. lay/laid/laid

49. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

REFUTE

Answers:

  1. Expose
  2. Support
  3. Garbage
  4. Safe place

50. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

I can _________ all the terms of the apartment lease _________ the one about not allowing pets.

Answers:

  1. except/accept
  2. except/except
  3. accept/accept
  4. accept/except

51. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

We fully expect Elizabeth to FOIST her work on us and disappear for the weekend as usual.

Answers:

  1. Force upon; palm off
  2. Take away; take off one’s hands
  3. Keep for oneself

52. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The crafty spy gave a ____________ name to the hotel clerk.

Answers:

  1. fictitious
  2. fictional

53. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The mysterious message Claude received could be a HARBINGER of what’s in store for him and his family.

Answers:

  1. Downfall
  2. Omen; forerunner
  3. Unequivocal proof

54. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The WIZENED old woman gave Jack a handful of beans and some good advice.

Answers:

  1. Sage
  2. Shriveled
  3. Creepy
  4. Jocular

55. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The plots of all her novels just seem to MEANDER along, to the point where I can’t follow the storyline or figure out who’s who.

Answers:

  1. Purposely confuse
  2. Take a winding or indirect course
  3. Charm and delight

56. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

The company is __________ committed to developing educational television programs for children.

Answers:

  1. holey
  2. holy
  3. wholly

57. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

It’s a good thing you’re so _________ at paperwork, because you’ll need to fill out hundreds of forms to __________ a child.

Answers:

  1. adapt/adapt
  2. adept/adopt
  3. adapt/adopt
  4. adopt/adept

58. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

She entered the ballroom on the arm of a DEBONAIR young man.

Answers:

  1. Imprudent and unrefined
  2. Cheerful and clumsy
  3. Selfish and dissipated
  4. Charming and elegant

59. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of words from the options below.

Our lawyers have informed us that while the new tax laws will not __________ our business directly, they may have an adverse _________ on the spending power of our customers.

Answers:

  1. effect/affect
  2. affect/affect
  3. effect/effect
  4. affect/effect

60. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. The act or fact of lessening; reduction

Answers:

  1. Diminution
  2. Protraction
  3. Dissuade
  4. Dissolution

61. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Sally was greatly __________ when I said I didn’t like redheads.

Answers:

  1. piqued
  2. peeked
  3. peaked

62. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Flair; style; a flamboyant manner

Answers:

  1. Panache
  2. Voracious
  3. Resonance
  4. Cosmogony

63. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Running around barefoot in the snow will only EXACERBATE your flu symptoms.

Answers:

  1. Eliminate
  2. Aggravate; worsen
  3. Exhaust; drain of strength

64. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

She launched her new line of handbags _________ a fanfare of publicity.

Answers:

  1. between
  2. amid
  3. among

65. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

adj. Narrow-minded; limited in scope

Answers:

  1. Hermetic
  2. Foreseeable
  3. Sporadic
  4. Sectarian

66. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct word from the options below.

The proposed after-school tutoring program promises _______________ benefits to the students and the community.

Answers:

  1. innumerable
  2. enumerable

67. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

The coach was absolutely disgusted by his team’s INDOLENCE and nasty attitude.

Answers:

  1. Violent behavior
  2. Odorousness
  3. Laziness
  4. Disappearance

68. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Alec has always been CONTEMPTUOUS of his fellow writers.

Answers:

  1. Disdainful
  2. Inspired by
  3. Disliked by
  4. Respectful

69. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct homophone from the options below.

Who has the power to _________ out justice to the citizens of this country?

Answers:

  1. meet
  2. mete
  3. meat

70. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Her MELLIFLUOUS voice is perfectly suited to lullabies and never fails to put us all to sleep.

Answers:

  1. Smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
  2. Dull; tiresome
  3. Cacophonous

71. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

The exchange student was disheartened by the rather BRUSQUE welcome she received from her host family.

Answers:

  1. Clamorous; disorderly
  2. Gracious; kind
  3. Blunt or rude in manner of speech

72. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

Roger might be more AMENABLE to your ideas if you presented them without sneering.

Answers:

  1. Intractable
  2. Willing to accept
  3. Impressed by
  4. Unhappy

73. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

ITINERANT

Answers:

  1. Permanent
  2. Flexible
  3. Transient
  4. Dissatisfied

74. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Capacity for producing a desired result; effectiveness

Answers:

  1. Contumacy
  2. Defenestration
  3. Conversion
  4. Efficacy

75. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly a synonym for the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in the following sentence.

She always got a VICARIOUS thrill from watching her father skydive.

Answers:

  1. Empathetic
  2. Dangerous
  3. Pathetic
  4. Sickening

76. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct set of homophones from the options below.

The _________ poet, knowing his death was _________, struggled to finish his final ode.

Answers:

  1. imminent/eminent
  2. eminent/immanent
  3. immanent/imminent
  4. eminent/imminent

77. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

INORDINATE

Answers:

  1. Reasonable
  2. On a waiting list
  3. Unprepared
  4. Immense

78. Choose the word that best corresponds with the definition given below.

n. Local or provincial dialect

Answers:

  1. Invective
  2. Patois
  3. Neopaganism
  4. Polyarchy

79. Choose the definition that best reflects the meaning of the word in CAPITAL LETTERS as it is used in the sentence below.

Alicia, who loved both men equally and wanted to hurt neither, found herself in quite a QUANDARY over which one she should choose.

Answers:

  1. Happy circumstance
  2. Puzzling predicament
  3. Easy decision

80. Choose the word or phrase that is most nearly an antonym of the word below.

MITIGATE
Answers:

  1. Abate
  2. Conceal
  3. Intensify
  4. Allow

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Upwork English Language

English Spelling Test (UK Version) 2016

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1. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

After my grandfather was diagnosed with chronic_________, he moved to Spain.

Answers:

  1. Neumonia
  2. Penumonia
  3. Pneumonia
  4. Pnuemonia

2. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Indivisible
  2. Irresistable
  3. Indispensable
  4. Irresponsible

3. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Reminiscience
  2. Reminiscence
  3. Reminescence
  4. Reminisense

4. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Bureaucrasy
  2. Buroucracy
  3. Bureaucracy
  4. Beuraucracy

5. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Synonymous
  2. Synonymus
  3. Synonimous
  4. Sinonymus

6. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The judge granted the reluctant witness complete ____________ from prosecution for his part in the crime.

Answers:

  1. amnesty
  2. amnasty
  3. anmesty
  4. emnesty

7. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Priveledge
  2. Privilage
  3. Privilege
  4. Privelege

8. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Unanimus
  2. Unanemous
  3. Unanimess
  4. Unanimous

9. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Arthur spent hours admiring the gothic ____________of all those French cathedrals.

Answers:

  1. architecture
  2. arkhitecture
  3. arcitecture
  4. arckitecture

10. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
No one knew what devious experiments the scientist conducted in his ______________ .

Answers:

  1. labretory
  2. laboratary
  3. laboratory
  4. labratory

11. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Adress
  2. Addrress
  3. Addres
  4. Address

12. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The purpose of your report should be to ___________ the most relevant facts, not to obscure them.

Answers:

  1. illumenate
  2. iluminate
  3. illuminate
  4. elluminate

13. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Hienous
  2. Henous
  3. Heinus
  4. Heinous

14. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

Many would-be travellers were _____________ by the price of petrol last summer.

Answers:

  1. flabergasted
  2. flabberghasted
  3. flabbergasted
  4. flabbergashted

15. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The clown’s performance was _______________, to say the least.

Answers:

  1. dissapointing
  2. dissappointing
  3. disapointing
  4. disappointing

16. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Ligitimate
  2. Legitimate
  3. Legetimate
  4. Legitemate

17. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
On the ____________ day of Christmas, Lucy was annoyed to find her garden full of noisy drummers drumming.

Answers:

  1. twelvth
  2. twelfth
  3. twelfeth
  4. twelth

18. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Rhythmical
  2. Reminiscence
  3. Rheumatism
  4. Resevoir

19. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Managable
  2. Millennium
  3. Minuscule
  4. Miscellaneous

20. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
He wrote __________on every topic from shoestrings to string theory.

Answers:

  1. prollifically
  2. prolificaly
  3. prollificaly
  4. prolifically

21. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Definitly
  2. Definately
  3. Defenitely
  4. Definitely

22. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Be sure to leave your travel __________with the secretary so he’ll know how to reach you whilst you’re away.

Answers:

  1. itenreray
  2. itinerary
  3. iteneray
  4. itinirary

23. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
_________animals feed almost exclusively on meat.

Answers:

  1. Carnivorus
  2. Carnivorous
  3. Carnivoures
  4. Carnivoreus

24. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Yacht
  2. Youthful
  3. Yeilding
  4. Yesterday

25. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Restaureter
  2. Restauranter
  3. Restaurateur
  4. Restourateur

26. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Posess
  2. Poesess
  3. Possess
  4. Pozess

27. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The savvy dancer acted as a __________ between the detective and the cabaret owner.

Answers:

  1. liasion
  2. liaison
  3. liasone
  4. leason

28. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Peter always makes such a _____________ of himself!

Answers:

  1. nuisance
  2. nuisents
  3. newsanse
  4. nuisince

29. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Efficency
  2. Efficentsy
  3. Efficiensy
  4. Efficiency

30. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Accomodate
  2. Analyse
  3. Acknowledgement
  4. Asterisk

31. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

The church members accused the cult of _______________ practices.

Answers:

  1. sacreligious
  2. sacrelegious
  3. sacrilegious
  4. sacrilgious

32. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Emma has always been fascinated by the way the mind works, so she’s decided to get a degree in __________.

Answers:

  1. pshycology
  2. psycology
  3. psyhcology
  4. psychology

33. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Idiosyncracy
  2. Idiosincrasy
  3. Idiosyncrasy
  4. Ideosyncracy

34. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Their relationship was plagued by __________ problems.

Answers:

  1. perpetual
  2. perpechual
  3. purpetual
  4. perptual

35. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Sally’s nervous __________ left her standing at the altar.

Answers:

  1. fiance
  2. finance
  3. feance
  4. fience

36. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Wierd
  2. Wired
  3. Whined
  4. Wilful

37. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Enhancement
  2. Elicit
  3. Enigma
  4. Ecstacy

38. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Fluorescent
  2. Fullfill
  3. Facsimile
  4. Fictitious

39. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Vacuum
  2. Vaccuum
  3. Vacumm
  4. Vaccum

40. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Pronounciation
  2. Pronuciation
  3. Pronuncitation
  4. Pronunciation

41. Identify the misspelt word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Sophomore
  2. Supersede
  3. Susceptable
  4. Spontaneous

42. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
My father does not believe in ____________ , but my mother does.

Answers:

  1. reincanation
  2. reincarenation
  3. reincarnation
  4. reincantation

43. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Hazel Dormouse is a _________ creature.

Answers:

  1. nocternal
  2. nocturnal
  3. noctarnal
  4. nacturnal

44. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The annual _____________ was ruined when a family of bears stole all the sausages.

Answers:

  1. barbecue
  2. barbequeue
  3. barbycue
  4. barbcue

45. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The crowd ________________ me on my acceptance into Mensa.

Answers:

  1. congradulated
  2. congrachulated
  3. congratulated
  4. congratilated

46. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Let me tie your mittens to your sleeves so you don’t ______________ them.

Answers:

  1. loose
  2. looze
  3. lose
  4. louse

47. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Helen was surprised by the __________ stature of her blind date.

Answers:

  1. diminutive
  2. diminuative
  3. deminutive
  4. dimminutive

48. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The waitress brought me a plate of squid even though I _____________ asked for clams.

Answers:

  1. specificaly
  2. specifically
  3. specifycally
  4. specificly

49. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The professor made it clear that ___________ would not be tolerated.

Answers:

  1. plagiarism
  2. plagiarizm
  3. plagerism
  4. plagirism

50. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The protesters hurled ___________ insults at us as we walked by.

Answers:

  1. vicous
  2. vicious
  3. vicoius
  4. vicius

51. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
He __________ a summer home, an exercise bike and a hamster in the divorce settlement.

Answers:

  1. accquired
  2. ecquired
  3. acquired
  4. akquired

52. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Occasion
  2. Occurence
  3. Overrun
  4. Opponent

53. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Mrs. Baker took her ______________ class on a field trip to the zoo.

Answers:

  1. kindergarden
  2. kindegarten
  3. kindergarten
  4. kindegarden

54. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Sam _________ a successful political campaign.

Answers:

  1. orchestraited
  2. orchestrated
  3. orchestreated
  4. orcestrated

55. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Many would-be travellers were _____________ by the price of petrol last summer.

Answers:

  1. flabergasted
  2. flabberghasted
  3. flabbergasted
  4. flabbergashted

56. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Emma has always been fascinated by the way the mind works, so she’s decided to get a degree in _________.

Answers:

  1. pshycology
  2. psycology
  3. psyhcology
  4. psychology

57. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

My father does not believe in ____________ , but my mother does.

Answers:

  1. reincanation
  2. reincarenation
  3. reincarnation
  4. reincantation

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Upwork English Language

English Spelling Test (U.S. Version) 2016

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1. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Pageant
  2. Poignant
  3. Plummage
  4. Priggish

2. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Persue
  2. Parsue
  3. Persou
  4. Pursue

3. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The judge granted the reluctant witness complete ____________ from prosecution for his part in the crime.

Answers:

  1. amnesty
  2. mnasty
  3. nmesty
  4. emnesty

4. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Vacuum
  2. accuum
  3. acumm
  4. Vaccum

5. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Arthur spent hours admiring the gothic ____________of all those French cathedrals.

Answers:

  1. architecture
  2. arkhitecture
  3. arcitecture
  4. arckitecture

6. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Forfiet
  2. Forfeit
  3. Forefeit
  4. Fourfit

7. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The waitress brought me a plate of squid even though I _____________ asked for clams.

Answers:

  1. specificaly
  2. specifically
  3. specifycally
  4. specificly

8. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Posess
  2. Poesess
  3. Possess
  4. Pozess

9. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Idiosyncracy
  2. Idiosincrasy
  3. Idiosyncrasy
  4. Ideosyncracy

10. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Manoeuvar
  2. Manouver
  3. Maneuver
  4. Manuver

11. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Councelor
  2. Condescend
  3. Camouflage
  4. Criticize

12. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Sam _________ a successful political campaign.

Answers:

  1. orchestraited
  2. orchestrated
  3. orchestreated
  4. orcestrated

13. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Rhythmical
  2. Reminiscence
  3. Rheumatism
  4. Resevoir

14. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Reminiscience
  2. Reminiscence
  3. Reminescence
  4. Reminisense

15. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Yacht
  2. Youthful
  3. Yeilding
  4. Yesterday

16. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Wierd
  2. Wired
  3. Whined
  4. Willful

17. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Embarassment
  2. Embrassement
  3. Embarrasment
  4. Embarrassment

18. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
He __________ a summer house, an exercise bike, and a hamster in the divorce settlement.

Answers:

  1. accquired
  2. ecquired
  3. acquired
  4. akquired

19. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Cachet
  2. Connoisseur
  3. Charateristic
  4. Catastrophe

20. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Adress
  2. Addrress
  3. Addres
  4. Address

21. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Temperamental
  2. Tempermental
  3. Temperamentle
  4. Temparamental

22. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Accomodate
  2. Analyze
  3. Acknowledgment
  4. Asterisk

23. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Heinous
  2. Henous
  3. Heinus

24. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The protesters hurled ___________ insults at us as we walked by.

Answers:

  1. vicous
  2. vicious
  3. vicoius
  4. vicius

25. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Gauge
  2. Gaje
  3. Guage
  4. Gaige

26. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Their relationship was plagued by __________ problems.

Answers:

  1. perpetual
  2. perpechual
  3. purpetual
  4. perptual

27. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Excesive
  2. Exccesive
  3. Excessive
  4. Exceesive

28. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Priveledge
  2. Privilage
  3. Privilege
  4. Privelege

29. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The purpose of your report should be to ___________ the most relevant facts, not to obscure them.

Answers:

  1. illumenate
  2. iluminate
  3. illuminate
  4. elluminate

30. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
On the ____________ day of Christmas, Lucy was annoyed to find her yard full of noisy drummers drumming.

Answers:

  1. twelvth
  2. twelfth
  3. twelfeth
  4. twelth

31. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Exhilirate
  2. Exhilarate
  3. Exhilireat
  4. Exhilrate

32. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Bureaucrasy
  2. Buroucracy
  3. Bureaucracy
  4. Beuraucracy

33. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Hazel Dormouse is a _________ creature.

Answers:

  1. nocternal
  2. nocturnal
  3. noctarnal
  4. nacturnal

34. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The church members accused the cult of _______________ practices.

Answers:

  1. sacreligious
  2. sacrelegious
  3. sacrilegious
  4. sacrilgious

35. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Hemorrhage
  2. Harass
  3. Hankerchief
  4. Hypocrisy

36. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Sophomore
  2. Supersede
  3. Susceptable
  4. Spontaneous

37. Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Answers:

  1. Conscentiuos
  2. Consentious
  3. Conscientous
  4. Conscientious

38. Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Answers:

  1. Enhancement
  2. Elicit
  3. Enegma
  4. Ecstasy

39. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
No one knew what devious experiments the scientist conducted in his ______________ .

Answers:

  1. labretory
  2. laboratary
  3. laboratory
  4. labratory

40. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Emma has always been fascinated by the way the mind works, so she’s decided to get a degree in __________.

Answers:

  1. pshycology
  2. psycology
  3. psyhcology
  4. psychology

41. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Helen was surprised by the __________ stature of her blind date.

Answers:

  1. diminutive
  2. diminuative
  3. deminutive
  4. dimminutive

42. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Peter always makes such a _____________ of himself!

Answers:

  1. nuisance
  2. nuisents
  3. newsanse
  4. nuisince

43. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Mrs. Baker took her ______________ class on a field trip to the zoo.

Answers:

  1. kindergarden
  2. kindegarten
  3. kindergarten
  4. kindegarden

44. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The crowd ________________ me on my acceptance into Mensa.

Answers:

  1. congradulated
  2. congrachulated
  3. congratulated
  4. congratilated

45. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The annual _____________ was ruined when a family of bears stole all the hotdogs.

Answers:

  1. barbecue
  2. barbequeue
  3. barbycue
  4. barbcue

46. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Sally’s nervous __________ left her standing at the altar.

Answers:

  1. fiancé
  2. finance
  3. feancé
  4. fience

47. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Clara the cat simply chose to ignore the ______________ of our dog.

Answers:

  1. existence
  2. existance
  3. existense
  4. existanse

48. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word. My father does not believe in ____________ , but my mother does.

Answers:

  1. reincanation
  2. reincarenation
  3. reincarnation
  4. reincantation

49. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The savvy dancer acted as a __________ between the detective and the cabaret owner.

Answers:

  1. liasion
  2. liaison
  3. liasone
  4. leason

50. Which of the following options means, “the owner or manager of a restaurant”?

Answers:

  1. Restaureter
  2. Restaurater
  3. Restaurateur</li>
  4. Restourateur

51. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Be sure to leave your travel __________with the secretary so he’ll know how to reach you while you’re away.

Answers:

  1. itenreray
  2. itinerary
  3. iteneray
  4. itinirary

52. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The clown’s performance was _______________, to say the least.

Answers:

  1. dissapointing
  2. dissappointing
  3. disapointing
  4. disappointing

53. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
_________animals feed almost exclusively on meat.

Answers:

  1. Carnivorus
  2. Carnivorous
  3. Carnivoures
  4. Carnivoreus

54. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
After my grandfather was diagnosed with chronic_________, he moved to Arizona.

Answers:

  1. Neumonia
  2. Penumonia
  3. Pneumonia
  4. Pnuemonia

55. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
He wrote __________on every topic from shoestrings to string theory.

Answers:

  1. prollifically
  2. prolificaly
  3. prollificaly
  4. prolifically

56. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Let me tie your mittens to your sleeves so you don’t ______________ them.

Answers:

  1. loose
  2. looze
  3. lose
  4. louse

57. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Many would-be travelers were _____________ by the price of gas last summer.

Answers:

  1. flabergasted
  2. flabberghasted
  3. flabbergasted
  4. flabbergashted

58. Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The professor made it clear that ___________ would not be tolerated.

Answers:

  1. plagiarism
  2. plagiarizm
  3. plagerism
  4. plagirism

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1. What is ‘iambic pentameter’?

Answers:

  1. The five beats at the end of a five-line stanza
  2. A traditional form of rising meter consisting of lines of five iambic feet (i.e., ten syllables total)
  3. All Shakespearean-style poetry
  4. Christopher Marlowe’s ‘heroic line’
  5. a and d

2. What is the greatest potential hazard of putting your creative writing online?

Answers:

  1. Someone will plagiarize your words and potentially publish them as his or her own.
  2. People will cease to respect your creative work.
  3. You will not be able to get your work published in print format in the future.
  4. You will lose sales.

3. A fiction writer cannot successfully write non-fiction as well.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

4. Regarding the inclusion of creative expression in non-fiction writing, which of the following statements is most true?

Answers:

  1. Non-fiction writing should always be factually verifiable, but that does not preclude creative style or expression as long as the creative expression serves an overall purpose of conveying facts, information and learning.
  2. Non-fiction is required to be only 75% truthful; the remainder can be given over to creative expression.
  3. Non-fiction should always aim to be as creative and imaginative as fiction, occasionally at the cost of verifiable truth.
  4. None of the above

5. Which of the following is the recommended length for a screenplay when submitting to production companies?

Answers:

  1. 80-125 pages
  2. 60-80 pages
  3. 100-180 pages
  4. Any length, as it can always be abridged or expanded

6. In a play script, what does the abbreviation ‘V.O.’ stand for?

Answers:

  1. Vehicle On (the use of heavy props on stage)
  2. Voice Off (an off-stage voice that falls silent when that character is on stage)
  3. Vehicle Off (the removal of a heavy prop from the stage)
  4. Voice On (the turning on of off-stage sound equipment)
  5. Voice Over (an off-stage voice that narrates the on-stage action)

7. In the world of professional playwriting, which of the following usually occurs before a play is mounted in a full production?

Answers:

  1. It is staged on an empty stage.
  2. It is published in paperback.
  3. It goes through a development stage that includes professional ‘readings’.
  4. A read-through of the play is broadcast on the radio.
  5. c and d
  6. None of the above

8. In terms of online creative writing courses, which of the following statements is most reliable?

Answers:

  1. All online creative writing courses are scams that should be avoided in favour of a course that takes place in a classroom.
  2. An online course can be a good supplement and aid to the creative work you are already producing on your own or as part of a classroom workshop.
  3. Some online courses are better than others; the good ones involve learning materials, forums, chat rooms and interactive time with an actual teacher.
  4. b and c

9. How long does it generally take, from manuscript submission to final publication, for a non-fiction book to pass through the full editorial process and off-set (not digital) printing process?

Answers:

  1. from 3 to 6 weeks
  2. from 3 weeks to 3 months
  3. from 3 months to 1 year
  4. from 2 years to 10 years

10. What is an ‘analogy’?

Answers:

  1. The opposite of what is stated, often with ironic effect
  2. Composite word for a postscript, glossary, index or bibliography
  3. A comparison of two similar ideas or objects to make a point about the first one; a kind of comparative example
  4. The repetition of beginning consonant and vowel sounds in a line of poetry

11. In play or screenplay writing, what does the term ‘slug line’ refer to?

Answers:

  1. The scene heading
  2. The last line of the play
  3. A black line that divides scenes
  4. The play’s subtitle

12. What is “metonymy”?

Answers:

  1. A meteoric rise to success
  2. Same as ‘synonymous’
  3. Rhyming couplets
  4. A closely related word that is substituted for another word, object or idea
  5. Two words with exactly the same meaning

13. What is the primary purpose for writing a journal?

Answers:

  1. The writer’s own private use
  2. To promote as a form of writing to a local community
  3. To publish in print or online
  4. To share with family and friends

14. What is expressive writing (as opposed to expository or persuasive writing)?

Answers:

  1. Writing whose main aim is to succinctly describe an object in the world
  2. Argumentative writing with a rhetorical aim
  3. Writing whose main aim is to explore personal experiences and which is focused on the writer instead of on a subject or even on technical ‘correctness’ of expression
  4. Writing that expresses a political or social opinion
  5. b and d

15. The title page of a screenplay should contain which of the following?

Answers:

  1. A photograph of the author
  2. The title of the work and the author’s name and contact information
  3. A dedication, the author’s name, and the prologue
  4. The author’s home address and the beginning of the first scene

16. What is ‘personification’?

Answers:

  1. The endowment of inanimate objects or concepts with living qualities
  2. A person who resembles or behaves like an animal
  3. An animal with human-like attributes or behaviour
  4. A poem that resembles a person but does not actually include one
  5. All of the above

17. Which of the following best defines ‘journal writing’?

Answers:

  1. A written account of experiences, ideas or reflections kept regularly and usually for private use
  2. Writing articles to submit to newspapers
  3. Writing a journal-like diary or memoir specifically for publication
  4. All of the above

18. What is a ‘heroic couplet’?

Answers:

  1. The opening four lines of a poem
  2. A pair of rhymed lines in iambic pentameter
  3. The rhymed first and last lines of a poem
  4. Poetry in free verse with an epic or heroic subject matter

19. The greatest benefit of publishing online is _____________; the greatest drawback is _____________.

Answers:

  1. access to greater readership; not having a print presence (e.g., in bookstores)
  2. the speed of delivery; fewer sales
  3. affordability; that people don’t respect digital publishing
  4. There is no real difference between online and print publishing.

20. In all types of writing, the term ‘the hook’ refers to _____________.

Answers:

  1. a potentially dangerous prop used on stage
  2. the antagonist
  3. the main character in a play or screenplay
  4. a line or passage that captures the audience’s attention (originally a term borrowed from songwriting)

21. Is the following statement true or false?

Compared to writing plays, screenplays, and other forms of non-fiction, writing a journal is a superior form of artistic expression.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

22. What is a ‘rhetorical question’?

Answers:

  1. A question that doesn’t require an answer
  2. A question that contains a riddle
  3. A question that demands to be answered as quickly as possible
  4. A question that contains an argument
  5. A question with two different answers

23. In newspaper terminology (both print and online), what is a ‘masthead’ or ‘flag’?

Answers:

  1. A line of text similar to a headline but which appears at the end of an article
  2. A by-line
  3. A section usually printed on the editorial page that lists the publication’s name and address, and the names of the owners, editors, writers, staff And so on.
  4. A small flag attached to the front page

24. When an author writes a journal or diary and publishes it as a memoir, which of the following is potentially crucial to the credibility of the book?

Answers:

  1. That an author book tour take place
  2. That the author’s face be on the front and back cover
  3. That the book contain a website address for the publisher
  4. That it be clear from reading what is verifiable fact and what is potentially the author’s unreliable memory (i.e., that the line between reality and fantasy be clear)
  5. a and b

25. How is the copyright of a fiction or non-fiction work typically divided up?

Answers:

  1. Most copyright licenses or contracts last for seventy years after the author’s death.
  2. Randomly or by lottery
  3. By lots of ten years either in the Western world or east of the international date line
  4. By time and territory; i.e., in terms of regions of the world and the length of time for which the copyright is licensed

26. What is ‘rhetoric’?

Answers:

  1. Expressive writing as opposed to creative non-fiction
  2. Simple prose that doesn’t draw attention to itself
  3. Questions and statements mingled together
  4. Argumentative or persuasive language

27. In academic non-fiction, the ____________________ at the end of the book helps readers continue their study of the subject by directing them to similar works.

Answers:

  1. glossary
  2. index
  3. afterword
  4. bibliography and works cited pages

28. A college business paper would typically be considered an example of _______________ .

Answers:

  1. creative non-fiction
  2. fiction
  3. creative design
  4. non-fiction

29. What does ‘high concept’ mean in screenplay writing?

Answers:

  1. A simple premise that describes a proposed film in just a few sentences, often by juxtaposing two known ideas.
  2. A production with a large budget
  3. A very artistic, conceptual approach to filmmaking
  4. A complex idea that is turned into a relatively short film

30. Making journal entries at a specific time of day can help a writer discipline him or herself to maintain a diary or journal with some regularity.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

31. A manuscript that has been edited and proofread, that includes all images, and that is about to be published is said to be in the __________________ stage.

Answers:

  1. page proof
  2. editorial mark-up
  3. typesetting
  4. camera-ready copy

32. In screenplay terminology, the abbreviations ‘INT.’ and ‘EXT.’ mean ____________ and ___________ respectively.

Answers:

  1. inner, outer
  2. interior monologue, exterior speaker
  3. interior scene setting, external scene setting
  4. intermission, extra scene
  5. All of the above

33. Among writing professionals, which of the following are well-known programs for creating and editing screenplays?

Answers:

  1. DreamWriter and Final Draft
  2. First Draft and Second Draft
  3. DreamWeaver and Last Draft
  4. No Draft and Screenwriting Crew 101
  5. None of the above

34. Is the following statement true or false?

Editors will take a professional blog seriously as an example of someone’s writing skills, as long as the blog is regularly updated, clear and relevant.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

35. What is ‘bias’?

Answers:

  1. The similarity between ideas
  2. The negative feeling between two ideas in a work of journalistic non-fiction
  3. The specific tone of a work, or specific voice of the writer
  4. When an author prejudices the reader in favour of one side of a subject by not covering the topic fairly

36. Creative writing or blogging – especially when the format is interactive and allows comments or provides discussion rooms for readers to express their own views – is said to be a part of which of the following web generations?

Answers:

  1. Web pages
  2. WWW for Dummies
  3. The Internet 1.1
  4. Web 2.0
  5. All of the above

37. A/an ___________ is a short, traditional Japanese poem that contains three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

Answers:

  1. sonnet
  2. ode
  3. ottava rima
  4. haiku
  5. None of the above

38. In playwriting and theatre terminology, the term ;ad lib’ (from the Latin ad libitum, meaning in accordance with desire) refers to _________________.

Answers:

  1. dialogue or action that the actors make up, often on the spur of the moment
  2. the moment when an actor stumbles on his or her words
  3. what the prompt or cue person in the front row delivers to actors who forget their lines
  4. impromptu dancing in the middle of a play

39. In screenwriting, what does the abbreviation ‘O.C.’ stand for?

Answers:

  1. On Cue
  2. Off Cue
  3. Off Camera
  4. Off Curtain
  5. On Curtain
  6. All of the above

40. What does it mean to ‘green-light’ a project?

Answers:

  1. To temporarily delay a production
  2. To give the go-ahead to start a production
  3. That the production has made over $1 million
  4. That the production is a safety-related play about traffic lights

41. What is an ‘epic poem’?

Answers:

  1. An extended ballad containing quatrains
  2. Free verse
  3. A poem written in large print
  4. A poem in a tightly bound manuscript delivered in person
  5. A poem of considerable length, often dealing with heroic themes

42. Which of the following lists contains the names of people who are commonly regarded as great American playwrights?

Answers:

  1. Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller
  2. William Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlie Parker
  3. Arthur Miller, James Copeland, Henry James
  4. Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor

43. What is ‘objective truth’ as opposed to ‘subjective truth’?

Answers:

  1. Subjective truth is independently verifiable, whereas objective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.
  2. Objective truth is independently verifiable whereas subjective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.
  3. They are both the same.
  4. Objective truth is dependent on subjective truth.
  5. Objective truth involves two people, while subjective truth involves only one.

44. Which of the following best describes creative non-fiction?

Answers:

  1. Non-fiction with some fictional elements, such as invented dialogue
  2. Non-fiction told like a short story or written like a novel
  3. Non-fiction stories written in the form of poems or plays
  4. None of the above
  5. All of the above

45. What is ‘elision’?

Answers:

  1. The sliding of one consonant into another
  2. The repetition of certain vowels in a line of poetry
  3. Stanzas with exactly the same number of lines
  4. The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to maintain the poetry’s metre

46. Creating an impressive website on which to post creative work is more important than the quality of the creative work itself.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

47. Which of the following is usually required when submitting non-fiction to a literary agent or publishing editor?

Answers:

  1. The entire work without a synopsis
  2. An outline, chapter synopsis, and the opening chapters
  3. A telephone call followed by the entire work
  4. A formal meeting in which you present the entire work

48. How is a biography different from a memoir?

Answers:

  1. Biographies are more detailed than memoirs and require names and dates to be provided.
  2. A memoir is fiction, while a biography is non-fiction.
  3. A memoir is written by the author about him or herself, while a biography is written by an author about someone else.
  4. A biography is meant for personal use, while a memoir is meant to be published.
  5. There is no real difference between the two.

49. What is ‘assonance’?

Answers:

  1. A stanza in which the lines follow ABCD format
  2. Stupid behaviour
  3. The repetition of vowel sounds
  4. Three or more consonants in a row

50. When staging a play, what does the abbreviation ‘SPFX’ stand for?

Answers:

  1. Special Entrance
  2. Special Effects
  3. Second Prompter
  4. Special Affects
  5. Extra Speaker

51. What does it mean if a play script is said to be ‘unsolicited’?

Answers:

  1. It has been sent back from the production company to the playwright.
  2. It has been sent upon request, usually from the playwright to the production company.
  3. It has been sent without a specific request, usually from the playwright to the production company.
  4. It is either too short or too long.
  5. a, b and c

52. Which of the following is NOT a movie genre?

Answers:

  1. Horror
  2. Cartoon
  3. Legal Thriller
  4. Romantic Comedy

53. Is it better to present creative work (such as a non-fiction book) on a single Web page, or to spread it out over several pages?

Answers:

  1. It depends on the work: a very short work could fit on one page, but a non-fiction book would be better spread across multiple pages (e.g., a chapter per page).
  2. Always present a creative work on one page so as not to interrupt the flow.
  3.  Always spread a creative work, no matter its length, across several pages; doing so will generate more URLs and, therefore, a larger readership.
  4. Regardless of its length, a whole work should never be published online.

54. What does it mean if a screenplay is ‘optioned’ by a television or film production company?

Answers:

  1. The exclusive right to purchase the screenplay at some time in the future has been bought.
  2. The screenplay has been bought and will definitely be made into a film, and the screenwriter will receive a royalty.
  3. The screenplay has been partially bought and will now pass through re-writes before being returned to the screenwriter for a final polish.
  4. The screenplay will be resold to another film or television company.

55. The Internet is a good source of famous works of literature and non-fiction, which are often available free in fully downloadable or full-text online formats.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

56. Which of the following lists contains titles that are regarded as successful examples of sophisticated Hollywood screenplays?

Answers:

  1. Jaws IV, Plan B from Outer Space, Cheers
  2. Chinatown, American Beauty, Schindler’s List
  3. Mike’s World, The Bad Barber Shop, Back in 5 Minutes
  4. Roseanne, Cheers, Seinfeld, Deep Impact

57. You can publish online the non-fiction work of another author as long as that work is out of copyright.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

58. In screenplay writing, the abbreviation ‘b.g.’ stands for ____________ .

Answers:

  1. background
  2. big gun
  3. beautiful generation
  4. big gap
  5. None of the above

59. Which of the following considerations is most important when keeping a personal journal?

Answers:

  1. That you write regularly, regardless of how you choose to express your thoughts and feelings
  2. That the grammar and punctuation be accurate
  3. That the sections be all the same length
  4. That you eventually submit it to a literary agent

60. The phrase ‘The tree’s dark fingers reached out for him’ demonstrates the use of which of the following literary devices?

Answers:

  1. Simile
  2. Metaphor
  3. Alliteration
  4. Mimesis

61. What is a ‘pun’?

Answers:

  1. A bucket for audience tips
  2. A so-called ‘play on words’, or the comic use of a single word with two or more meanings
  3. A stage prompt
  4. A character foil

62. In theatre terminology, a ‘curtain call’ is the moment when ______________ .

Answers:

  1. the playwright is personally thanked onstage
  2. the audience stands and pulls down the curtains with great excitement
  3. the cast of the play take a bow on stage
  4. the audience leaves in disgust, calling out their disapproval

63. Why is it important to get the facts correct in non-fiction writing?

Answers:

  1. It is less important than one might think; many non-fiction books are published with factual errors.
  2. It is important because the credibility of the author and publisher are reflected in the reliability of factual claims made in the book.
  3. It is less important than one might think; the work may contain a mixture of verifiable facts and approximate facts or guesswork by the author.
  4. It is important because sales will be higher if there is more fictional content, even in a non-fiction book.

64. In terms of theatre staff, who is the ‘Artistic Director’?

Answers:

  1. A painter and decorator who designs the sets for a play
  2. The playwright, once he or she enters the theatre for rehearsal
  3. A theater company’s chief artistic officer, usually the last person who decides on a script before green-lighting production
  4.  The lead actor, who often has some creative control

65. What is ‘falling metre’?

Answers:

  1. Metrical feet in a line that move from stressed to unstressed syllables
  2. Metrical feet in a line that move from unstressed to stressed syllables
  3. Same as alliteration
  4. Free verse
  5. All of the above

66. When translated to the screen, a screenplay of 150 pages will generally run for how long?

Answers:

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. 1.5 hours
  3. 2 hours
  4. 3 hours
  5. 1.75 hours

67. What is ‘free verse’?
Answers:

  1. Epic verse
  2. Poetry that is given away free with longer works
  3. More modern poetry with no prescribed pattern or structure
  4. Rhyming couplets
  5. None of the above

68. When writing an authentic journal for private use or publication, which of the following is a good idea?

Answers:

  1. Trying to prompt your audience or reader into liking the narrative voice
  2. Imitating a known writer as much as possible
  3. Developing a specific and genuine narrative voice, whether the work will be published or not
  4. Varying the narrative voice from section to section depending on whether you feel the work can be published or not

69. What is an ‘indie’ production company?

Answers:

  1. One based in the state of Indiana, USA
  2. A production company that is independent of major studio financing
  3. A production company that has a certain youth appeal, but that is still backed by a major studio
  4. A theatrical production based on the Indiana Jones films

70. In theatre terminology, what does ‘stage left’ mean?

Answers:

  1. The last point at which an actor left the stage
  2. The left side of the stage from the audience’s point of view
  3. The left side of the stage from the actor’s point of view
  4. It varies depending on the perspective of the actor

71. Which of the following is crucial for maintaining a journal with some regularity?

Answers:

  1. Keeping the journal locked
  2. Making entries whenever the mood hits
  3.  Making daily entries in different colours
  4. Having someone read the journal
  5. Continuous motivation over a long period of time

72. In any creative endeavour, what is meant by the term ‘development hell’?

Answers:

  1. The initiation of a period of development that lasts 3-6 months
  2. The end of a long development process at which point the decision is made NOT to proceed to production
  3. A play that involves satanic elements, or a comic visit to hell itself
  4. The period of frustrating delay that can occur when the development process lasts too long

73. Which of the following is NOT a type of personal journal writing?

Answers:

  1. Dream book or log
  2. Diary or memoir
  3. Electronic journal
  4. Spiritual or personal growth journal
  5. Short story collection
  6. Autobiography or life writing

74. In terms of editorial work at a publishing house, which of the following statements about fiction versus non-fiction is true?

Answers:

  1. The two genres are usually handled by the same editor.
  2. Other than the fact that one genre is “true” and one is “untrue,” there is very little difference
  3. tween the two.
  4. Non-fiction requires fewer stages of correction.
  5. Non-fiction requires a fact-checker and may also need to have illustrations or photographs sourced.

75. It’s a good idea to write a journal on a word processor rather than in a notebook because ____________ .

Answers:

  1. a word processor allows you to make multiple copies and reduces the risk of losing your writing
  2. your computer is less likely to get stolen
  3. if you ever try to get your writing published, it is already in a typeset format
  4. a and c
  5. None of the above

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1. Making journal entries at a specific time of day can help a writer discipline him or herself to maintain a diary or journal with some regularity.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

2. What is “iambic pentameter”?

Answers:

  1. The five beats at the end of a five-line stanza
  2. A traditional form of rising meter consisting of lines of five iambic feet (i.e., ten syllables total)
  3. All Shakespearean-style poetry
  4. Christopher Marlowe’s “heroic line”
  5. a and d

3. In screenplay terminology, the abbreviations “INT.” and “EXT.” mean ____________ and ___________ respectively.

Answers:

  1. inner, outer
  2. interior monologue, exterior speaker
  3. interior scene setting, exterior scene setting
  4. intermission, extra scene
  5. All of the above

4. Which of the following is usually required when submitting non-fiction to a literary agent or publishing editor?

Answers:

  1. The entire work without a synopsis
  2. An outline, chapter synopsis, and the opening chapters
  3. A telephone call followed by the entire work
  4. A formal meeting in which you present the entire work

5. In playwriting or screenwriting, what does the term “slug line” refer to?

Answers:

  1. It tells that the story has changed in location or time
  2. A black line that divides scenes
  3. The last line of the play
  4. The play’s subtitle

6. What is a “rhetorical question”?

Answers:

  1. A question that doesn’t require an answer
  2. A question that contains a riddle
  3. A question that demands to be answered as quickly as possible
  4. A question that contains an argument
  5. A question with two different answers

7. In all types of writing, the term “the hook” refers to _____________.

Answers:

  1. a potentially dangerous prop used on stage
  2. the antagonist
  3. the main character in a play or screenplay
  4. a line or passage that captures the audience’s attention (originally a term borrowed from songwriting)

8. In academic non-fiction, the ____________________ at the end of the book helps readers continue their study of the subject by directing them to similar works.

Answers:

  1. glossary
  2. index
  3. afterword
  4. bibliography and works cited pages

9. When staging a play, what does the abbreviation “SPFX” stand for?

Answers:

  1. Special Entrance
  2. Special Effects
  3. Second Prompter
  4. Special Affects
  5. Extra Speaker

10. In terms of editorial work at a publishing house, which of the following statements about fiction versus non-fiction is true?

Answers:

  1. The two genres are usually handled by the same editor.
  2. Other than the fact that one genre is “true” and one is “untrue,” there is very little difference between the two.
  3. Non-fiction requires fewer stages of correction.
  4. Non-fiction requires a fact-checker and may also need to have illustrations or photographs sourced.

11. In theatre terminology, what does “stage left” mean?

Answers:

  1. The last point at which an actor left the stage
  2. The left side of the stage from the audience’s point of view
  3. The left side of the stage from the actor’s point of view
  4. It varies depending on the perspective of the actor

12. What does it mean to “green-light” a project?

Answers:

  1. To temporarily delay a production
  2. To give the go-ahead to start a production
  3. That the production has made over $1 million
  4. That the production is a safety-related play about traffic lights

13. Creating an impressive website on which to post creative work is more important than the quality of the creative work itself.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

14. Which of the following lists contains the names of people who are commonly regarded as great American playwrights?

Answers:

  1. Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller
  2. William Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlie Parker
  3. Arthur Miller, James Copeland, Henry James
  4. Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor

15. A fiction writer cannot successfully write non-fiction as well.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

16. In a play script, what does the abbreviation “V.O.” stand for?

Answers:

  1. Vehicle On (the use of heavy props on stage)
  2. Voice Off (an off-stage voice that falls silent when that character is on stage)
  3. Vehicle Off (the removal of a heavy prop from the stage)
  4. Voice On (the turning on of off-stage sound equipment)
  5. Voice Over (an off-stage voice that narrates the on-stage action)

17. What is “falling meter”?

Answers:

  1. Metrical feet in a line that move from stressed to unstressed syllables
  2. Metrical feet in a line that move from unstressed to stressed syllables
  3. Same as alliteration
  4. Free verse
  5. All of the above

18. Creative writing or blogging – especially when the format is interactive and allows comments or provides discussion rooms for readers to express their own views – is said to be a part of which of the following web generations?

Answers:

  1. Web pages
  2. WWW for Dummies
  3. The Internet 1.1
  4. Web 2.0
  5. All of the above

19. Which of the following is NOT a type of personal journal writing?

Answers:

  1. Dream book or log
  2. Diary or memoir
  3. Electronic journal
  4. Spiritual or personal growth journal
  5. Short story collection
  6. Autobiography or life writing

20. Why is it important to get the facts correct in non-fiction writing?

Answers:

  1. It is less important than one might think; many non-fiction books are published with factual errors.
  2. It is important because the credibility of the author and publisher are reflected in the reliability of factual claims made in the book.
  3. It is less important than one might think; the work may contain a mixture of verifiable facts and approximate facts or guesswork by the author.
  4. It is important because sales will be higher if there is more fictional content, even in a non-fiction book.

21. A/an ___________ is a short, traditional Japanese poem that contains three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

Answers:

  1. sonnet
  2. ode
  3. ottava rima
  4. haiku
  5. None of the above

22. Which of the following is the main font and size used in the U.S. by both print publishers and the Hollywood film industry?

Answers:

  1. Times New Roman 13
  2. Courier New 12
  3. Garamond 12
  4. Arial 12-14
  5. All of the above

23. In terms of theatre staff, who is the “Artistic Director”?

Answers:

  1. A painter and decorator who designs the sets for a play
  2. The playwright, once he or she enters the theatre for rehearsal
  3. A theater company’s chief artistic officer, usually the last person who decides on a script before green-lighting production
  4. The lead actor, who often has some creative control

24. Which of the following lists contains titles that are regarded as successful examples of sophisticated Hollywood screenplays?

Answers:

  1. Jaws IV, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Cheers
  2. Chinatown, American Beauty, Schindler’s List
  3. Mike’s World, The Bad Barber Shop, Back in 5 Minutes
  4. Roseanne, Cheers, Seinfeld, Deep Impact

25. What is an “analogy”?

Answers:

  1. The opposite of what is stated, often with ironic effect
  2. Composite word for a postscript, glossary, index or bibliography
  3. A comparison of two similar ideas or objects to make a point about the first one; a kind of comparative example
  4. The repetition of beginning consonant and vowel sounds in a line of poetry

26. Regarding the inclusion of creative expression in non-fiction writing, which of the following statements is most true?

Answers:

  1. Non-fiction writing should always be factually verifiable, but that does not preclude creative style or expression as long as the creative expression serves an overall purpose of conveying facts, information, and learning.
  2. Non-fiction is required to be only 75% truthful; the remainder can be given over to creative expression.
  3. Non-fiction should always aim to be as creative and imaginative as fiction, occasionally at the cost of verifiable truth.
  4. None of the above

27. What is “free verse”?

Answers:

  1. Epic verse
  2. Poetry that is given away free with longer works
  3. More modern poetry with no prescribed pattern or structure
  4. Rhyming couplets
  5. None of the above

28. Which of the following is NOT a movie genre?

Answers:

  1. Horror
  2. Cartoon
  3. Legal Thriller
  4. Romantic Comedy

29. Which of the following is a good technique for presenting your creative writing online?

Answers:

  1. Restricting your work to either a blog or a website – having both is always confusing
  2. Placing sample opening chapters on a highly visual website that is interlinked with blogs and discussion boards to draw attention to your work
  3. Putting the entire work online
  4. Placing your work online anonymously

30. What does “high concept” mean in screenplay writing?

Answers:

  1. A simple premise that describes a proposed film in just a few sentences, often by juxtaposing two known ideas
  2. A production with a large budget
  3. A very artistic, conceptual approach to filmmaking
  4. A complex idea that is turned into a relatively short film

31. How long does it generally take, from manuscript submission to final publication, for a non-fiction book to pass through the full editorial process and off-set (not digital) printing process?

Answers:

  1. from 3 to 6 weeks
  2. from 3 weeks to 3 months
  3. from 3 months to 1 year
  4. from 2 years to 10 years

32. What is the greatest potential hazard of putting your creative writing online?

Answers:

  1. Someone will plagiarize your words and potentially publish them as his or her own.
  2. People will cease to respect your creative work.
  3. You will not be able to get your work published in print format in the future.
  4. You will lose sales.

33. In the world of professional playwriting, which of the following usually occur(s) before a play is mounted in a full production?

Answers:

  1. It is staged on an empty stage.
  2. It is published in paperback.
  3. It goes through a development stage that includes professional “readings”.
  4. A read-through of the play is broadcast on the radio.
  5. c and d
  6. None of the above

34. Which of the following is the closest definition of the expression “high concept” as it is applied in the field of screenplay writing?

Answers:

  1. A simple premise that describes a proposed film in just a few sentences, often by juxtaposing two known ideas
  2. A production with a large budget
  3. A very artistic, conceptual approach to filmmaking
  4. A complex idea that is turned into a relatively short film

35. Is the following statement true or false?

If you want to write character blurbs for graphic novels, you must be an illustrator as well as a writer.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

36. What is “bias”?

Answers:

  1. The similarity between ideas
  2. The negative feeling between two ideas in a work of journalistic non-fiction
  3. The specific tone of a work, or specific voice of the writer
  4. When an author prejudices the reader in favor of one side of a subject by not covering the topic fairly

37. Which of the following is the recommended length for a screenplay when submitting to production companies?

Answers:

  1. 80-125 pages
  2. 60-80 pages
  3. 100-180 pages
  4. Any length, as it can always be abridged or expanded

38. In terms of online creative writing courses, which of the following statements is most reliable?

Answers:

  1. All online creative writing courses are scams that should be avoided in favor of a course that takes place in a classroom.
  2. An online course can be a good supplement and aid to the creative work you are already producing on your own or as part of a classroom workshop.
  3. Some online courses are better than others; the good ones involve learning materials, forums, chat rooms, and interactive time with an actual teacher.
  4. b and c

39. What is the primary purpose for writing a journal?

Answers:

  1. The writer’s own private use
  2. To promote as a form of writing to a local community
  3. To publish in print or online
  4. To share with family and friends

40. In the world of professional playwriting, which of the following usually occurs before a play is mounted in a full production?

Answers:

  1. It is staged on an empty stage.
  2. It is published in paperback.
  3. It goes through a development stage that includes professional “readings.”
  4. A read-through of the play is broadcast on the radio.
  5. c and d
  6. None of the above

41. What is a “pun”?

Answers:

  1. A bucket for audience tips
  2. A so-called “play on words,” or the comic use of a single word with two or more meanings
  3. A stage prompt
  4. A character foil

42. The phrase “The tree’s dark fingers reached out for him” demonstrates the use of which of the following literary devices?

Answers:

  1. Simile
  2. Metaphor
  3. Alliteration
  4. Personification

43. In playwriting and theatre terminology, the term “ad lib” (from the Latin ad libitum, meaning in accordance with desire) refers to _________________.

Answers:

  1. dialogue or action that the actors make up, often on the spur of the moment
  2. the moment when an actor stumbles on his or her words
  3. what the prompt or cue person in the front row delivers to actors who forget their lines
  4. impromptu dancing in the middle of a play

44. When an author writes a journal or diary and publishes it as a memoir, which of the following is potentially crucial to the credibility of the book?

Answers:

  1. That an author book tour take place
  2. That the author’s face be on the front and back cover
  3. That the book contain a website address for the publisher
  4. That it be clear from reading what is verifiable fact and what is potentially the author’s unreliable memory (i.e., that the line between reality and fantasy be clear)
  5. a and b

45. What is “rhetoric”?

Answers:

  1. Expressive writing as opposed to creative non-fiction
  2. Simple prose that doesn’t draw attention to itself
  3. Questions and statements mingled together
  4. Argumentative or persuasive language

46. What is “metonymy”?

Answers:

  1. A meteoric rise to success
  2. Same as “synonymous”
  3. Rhyming couplets
  4. A closely related word that is substituted for another word, object, or idea
  5. Two words with exactly the same meaning

47. Among writing professionals, which of the following are well-known programs for creating and editing screenplays?

Answers:

  1. Movie Magic Screenwriter and Final Draft
  2. First Draft and Second Draft
  3. DreamWeaver and Last Draft
  4. No Draft and Screenwriting Crew 101
  5. None of the above

48. What is an “epic poem”?

Answers:

  1. An extended ballad containing quatrains
  2. Free verse
  3. A poem written in large print
  4. A poem in a tightly bound manuscript delivered in person
  5. A poem of considerable length, often dealing with heroic themes

49. A college business paper would typically be considered an example of _______________ .

Answers:

  1. creative non-fiction
  2. fiction
  3. creative design
  4. non-fiction

50. Which of the following considerations is most important when keeping a personal journal?

Answers:

  1. That you write regularly, regardless of how you choose to express your thoughts and feelings
  2. That the grammar and punctuation be accurate
  3. That the sections be all the same length
  4. That you eventually submit it to a literary agent

51. Which of the following best defines “journal writing”?

Answers:

  1. A written account of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly and usually for private use
  2. Writing articles to submit to newspapers
  3. Writing a journal-like diary or memoir specifically for publication
  4. All of the above

52. In theatre terminology, a “curtain call” is the moment when ______________ .

Answers:

  1. the playwright is personally thanked onstage
  2. the audience stands and pulls down the curtains with great excitement
  3. the cast of the play take a bow on stage
  4. the audience leaves in disgust, calling out their disapproval

53. In any creative endeavor, what is meant by the term “development hell”?

Answers:

  1. The initiation of a period of development that lasts 3-6 months
  2. The end of a long development process at which point the decision is made NOT to proceed to production
  3. A play that involves satanic elements, or a comic visit to hell itself
  4. The period of frustrating delay that can occur when the development process lasts too long

54. Which of the following is crucial for maintaining a journal with some regularity?

Answers:

  1. Keeping the journal locked
  2. Making entries whenever the mood hits
  3. Making daily entries in different colors
  4. Having someone read the journal
  5. Continuous motivation over a long period of time

55. How is the copyright of a fiction or non-fiction work typically divided up?

Answers:

  1. Most copyright licenses or contracts last for seventy years after the author’s death.
  2. Randomly or by lottery
  3. By lots of ten years either in the Western world or east of the international date line
  4. By time and territory; i.e., in terms of regions of the world and the length of time for which the copyright is licensed

56. What is “elision”?

Answers:

  1. The sliding of one consonant into another
  2. The repetition of certain vowels in a line of poetry
  3. Stanzas with exactly the same number of lines
  4. The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to maintain the poetry’s meter

57. Is the following statement true or false?

Editors will take a professional blog seriously as an example of someone’s writing skills, as long as the blog is regularly updated, clear, and relevant.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

58. Which of the following best describes creative non-fiction?

Answers:

  1. Non-fiction with some fictional elements, such as invented dialogue
  2. Non-fiction told like a short story or written like a novel
  3. Non-fiction stories written in the form of poems or plays
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

59. What is “objective truth” as opposed to “subjective truth”?

Answers:

  1. Subjective truth is independently verifiable, whereas objective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.
  2. Objective truth is independently verifiable whereas subjective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.
  3. They are both the same.
  4. Objective truth is dependent on subjective truth.
  5. Objective truth involves two people, while subjective truth involves only one.

60. You can publish online the non-fiction work of another author as long as that work is out of copyright.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

61. In screenwriting, what does the abbreviation “O.C.” stand for?

Answers:

  1. On Cue
  2. Off Cue
  3. Off Camera
  4. Off Curtain
  5. On Curtain
  6. All of the above

62. What is a “heroic couplet”?

Answers:

  1. The opening four lines of a poem
  2. A pair of rhymed lines in iambic pentameter
  3. The rhymed first and last lines of a poem
  4. Poetry in free verse with an epic or heroic subject matter

63. What does it mean if a screenplay is “optioned” by a television or film production company?

Answers:

  1. The screenplay has been bought and will be put into development; it may or may not be made into a full production.
  2. The screenplay has been bought and will definitely be made into a film, and the screenwriter will receive a royalty.
  3. The screenplay has been partially bought and will now pass through re-writes before being returned to the screenwriter for a final polish.
  4. The screenplay will be resold to another film or television company.

64. In screenplay writing, the abbreviation “b.g.” stands for ____________ .

Answers:

  1. background
  2. big gun
  3. beautiful generation
  4. big gap
  5. None of the above

65. When translated to the screen, a screenplay of 150 pages will generally run for how long?

Answers:

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. 1.5 hours
  3. 2 hours
  4. 3 hours
  5. 1.75 hours

66. What is an “indie” production company?

Answers:

  1. One based in the state of Indiana
  2. A production company that is independent of major studio financing
  3. A production company that has a certain youth appeal, but that is still backed by a major studio
  4. A theatrical production based on the Indiana Jones films

67. What is expressive writing (as opposed to expository or persuasive writing)?

Answers:

  1. Writing whose main aim is to succinctly describe an object in the world
  2. Argumentative writing with a rhetorical aim
  3. Writing whose main aim is to explore personal experiences and which is focused on the writer instead of on a subject or even on technical “correctness” of expression
  4. Writing that expresses a political or social opinion
  5. b and d

68. How is a biography different from a memoir?

Answers:

  1. Biographies are more detailed than memoirs and require names and dates to be provided.
  2. A memoir is fiction, while a biography is non-fiction.
  3. A memoir is written by the author about him or herself, while a biography is written by an author about someone else.
  4. A biography is meant for personal use, while a memoir is meant to be published.
  5. There is no real difference between the two.

69. What is a “quatrain”?

Answers:

  1. A four-line stanza or grouping of four lines of verse
  2. A two-line stanza written in free verse
  3. The last quarter of a poem, rounded to the nearest stanza
  4. The four parts of any work of art
  5. b and d

70. What does it mean if a play script is said to be “unsolicited”?

Answers:

  1. It has been sent back from the production company to the playwright.
  2. It has been sent upon request, usually from the playwright to the production company.
  3. It has been sent without a specific request, usually from the playwright to the production company.
  4. It is either too short or too long.
  5. a, b, and c

71. The title page of a screenplay should contain which of the following?

Answers:

  1. A photograph of the author
  2. The title of the work and the author’s name and contact information
  3. A dedication, the author’s name, and the prologue
  4. The author’s home address and the beginning of the first scene

72. When writing an authentic journal for private use or publication, which of the following is a good idea?

Answers:

  1. Trying to prompt your audience or reader into liking the narrative voice
  2. Imitating a known writer as much as possible
  3. Developing a specific and genuine narrative voice, whether the work will be published or not
  4. Varying the narrative voice from section to section depending on whether you feel the work can be published or not

73. What is “assonance”?

Answers:

  1. A stanza in which the lines follow ABCD format
  2. Stupid behavior
  3. The repetition of vowel sounds
  4. Three or more consonants in a row

74. The Internet is a good source of famous works of literature and non-fiction, which are often available free in fully downloadable or full-text online formats.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

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Creative Writing Test – Fiction (UK Version) 2016

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1. A good novel or novella often has __________ points of view.

Answers:

  1. one or more
  2. five
  3. ten
  4. half a dozen from different genders

2. In fiction writing, ‘foreshadowing’ is a term for __________________.

Answers:

  1. the shadows that lurk in the back of a character’s mind
  2. the clues in the narrative that give an indication of or pre-empt the future plot or story
  3. the tying up of all loose ends at the end of the story
  4. the rebels in a gothic horror story
  5. None of the above

3. What is creative non-fiction?

Answers:

  1. Same as non-fiction
  2. Fiction with some fact
  3. Non-fiction writing that uses creative techniques often associated with fiction writing
  4. Half fact, half fiction, in certain agreed ratios
  5. a and c

4. What is a mythological story, or myth?

Answers:

  1. The story of a real historical event or person
  2. A story that is set in a faraway, fairy-tale land
  3. A story set in the future from which we can better understand the present
  4. A story that carries deeper meaning, often offering a symbolic interpretation of mankind, nature, and the wider world in a universal context

5. Which of the following is not a commonly acknowledged genre in novel writing?

Answers:

  1. Mystery
  2. Thriller
  3. Horror
  4. Crime
  5. Love

6. A story is often said to have three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. What are these parts sometimes called?

Answers:

  1. The premise, the pause and the demise
  2. The run-up, the walk-on and the run-off
  3. The leap, the steady and the fall
  4. The exposition, the middle section and the denouement

7. According to Ernest Hemingway’s “iceberg theory” for determining the power of a narrative and the impression it makes on a reader, which of the following statements is most true?

Answers:

  1. Most of the story’s effect should be below the surface and conveyed by relatively fewer words on the page.
  2. More words should be used on the page, with the effect on the reader being reduced.
  3. Stories should be cold and always have selfish characters.
  4. All of the above

8. The term “onomatopoeia” refers to the formation of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. Given that, which of the following character names is onomatopoeic?

Answers:

  1. Mr. Tall, the banker
  2. Mr. Swish, the broom maker
  3. Mr. Hungry, the baker
  4. Mr. Legs, the sprinter

9. Literary agents usually have _________ clients or authors on their client list.

Answers:

  1. 1-5
  2. 1-10
  3. 1-100
  4. 1-200
  5. None of the above: the number of clients can vary a great deal.

10. In fiction writing, a ‘foil’ is ______________.

Answers:

  1. the fundamental and usually universal concept expressed through the story
  2. the protagonist
  3. the hurried dialogue between two characters that expresses frustration or unhappiness
  4. the antagonist
  5. a character who calls attention, by contrast, to the good qualities or traits of the protagonist or other characters

11. The term ‘irony’ refers to ________________.

Answers:

  1. the moment a character becomes angry or extremely irate
  2. the discrepancy or incongruity between what is meant and what is actually said, which often results in a wry contrast
  3. the moment a speaker means every word he or she says and wants to be taken literally
  4. a theme centred on irons, fire irons, or tire irons
  5. b and c
  6. None of the above

12. In fiction writing, a ‘caricature’ is ______________.

Answers:

  1. a character from the past
  2. a character who is larger than life
  3. a character whose behaviour or mannerisms are exaggerated for comic relief, as in a visual cartoon
  4. a drawing of the main character

13. Fiction that is published online is usually called _______________.

Answers:

  1. PC fiction
  2. long fiction
  3. flash or flashy fiction<>/span<
  4. digital fiction
  5. b and d

14. The term ‘writer’s block’ refers to ______________ .

Answers:

  1. the moments when a writer gets ‘stuck’ and finds it difficult to continue writing a particular work or story
  2. the division between chapters in a book where white space is present on half a page
  3. a metallic block writers use for inspiration and to generate new ideas
  4. an author’s finished book

15. ___________ is a method by which an author enters into a contract with a publishing company, at the author’s expense, to have his or her manuscript printed in book form.

Answers:

  1. E-publishing through the author’s own website
  2. Professional journaling
  3. Self-publishing
  4. A query letter
  5. Third-party printing

16. What is copy-editing?

Answers:

  1. Editing a text by making notes on a separate sheet of paper and ensuring that there are three spare copies of the manuscript
  2. Copying the entire text in case it gets lost
  3. Marking up a manuscript with symbols that communicate to a typesetter, editor or author how to change the manuscript
  4. Copying and editing the manuscript, and then repeating the process twice
  5. None of the above

17. A full-length work in which characters appear in cartoon form, but that is usually written for an adult audience, is called _______________.

Answers:

  1. pulp fiction
  2. an autobiography
  3. a graphic novel
  4. a comic strip
  5. c and d

18. In fiction writing, the term ‘persona’ refers to ________________.

Answers:

  1. a person in the story who has morphed into multiple people
  2. the moment at which a character takes the action very personally
  3. the entire cast of characters
  4. the voice adopted by the author to tell the story, which may or may not be like the real author’s voice

19. A line break in a story is often associated with what kind of change in the action or narrative?

Answers:

  1. A change in tense
  2. A change in tension
  3. A change in time or space
  4. A breaking and entering
  5. A break for comedy / tragedy

20. In terms of “show versus tell”, which of the following is preferable when structuring a story?

Answers:

  1. Having more tell than show
  2. Having more show than tell
  3. Having about the same amount of show as tell
  4. Having twice as much tell as show

21. In fiction writing, ‘setting’ refers to ___________.

Answers:

  1. the tone in which the author writes the story
  2. the time, place, and circumstances of the story
  3. how the story is typeset on the page
  4. the time at which the story takes place, but not the specific place

22. Which of the following genres of writing is the least likely to have a sub-plot?

Answers:

  1. A fairy tale
  2. A novella
  3. A short story
  4. A novel in verse
  5. Flash fiction

23. If a novel is poorly plotted, what is most likely wrong with it?

Answers:

  1. The overall story is too long.
  2. The story is too simple.
  3. The characters are not believable and are hard to like.
  4. The events, story and characters do not integrate well or are over-written, exaggerated or unbelievable, and/or there are factual errors.
  5. It is plodding and dull.
  6. a, b and d

24. A print run is _____________ .

Answers:

  1. the printing of a book that occurs at one particular time and for a determined number of copies
  2. the printed copies of a book that are quickly distributed to the bookstores
  3. the reprinting of titles that have sold out at the retail stores
  4. the author’s term for a particular kind of editing that assures good quality printing

25. The in-house departments at a publishing company are commonly called Production, Marketing, Sales, Design, Finance/Accounting and _________ .

Answers:

  1. Self-promotion
  2. Author/Writer
  3. Editorial
  4. Micro-management
  5. Distribution

26. The ‘climax’ of a story is ____________________ .

Answers:

  1. the very ending
  2. the very middle
  3. the highest point in the story or conflict just before potential resolution
  4. a sequel to a work
  5. All of the above

27. Which of the following is commonly regarded as the most essential ingredient of a dramatic plot?

Answers:

  1. Conflict
  2. Harmony
  3. Moral characters doing bad things
  4. Immoral characters doing good things

28. If editorial work is done in-house, it would most likely be carried out by which of the following people?

Answers:

  1. A freelancer
  2. The publisher
  3. The managing director
  4. A desk editor
  5. An intern

29. The overuse of _________________ should be avoided in fiction writing because it can lead to weak, unrealistic, and ineffective prose.

Answers:

  1. nouns and verbs
  2. chapters and paragraphs
  3. adjectives and adverbs
  4. beginnings and endings
  5. All of the above

30. What are page proofs?

Answers:

  1. The individual pages of a book in the publishing process that are still in draft format and that the author, editor, and typesetter mark up for possible changes
  2. The proofreading marks that appear on the pages of an almost-finished book or publication
  3. The watermarks on the copyright, introduction, and contents pages
  4. The final, proofread, camera-ready pages that are being sent to press

31. Is the following sentence true or false?

When you agree to first UK serial rights, you give a publisher the first right to publish your work in serial form only in the UK; they would have to negotiate any other rights separately.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

32. A pseudonym is ______________ .

Answers:

  1. a ballpoint pen
  2. a specific editorial deletion method
  3. a pen name, or the name under which a writer is published
  4. a novel’s release date
  5. the term for pulping old books

33. Which of the following statements best illustrates the primary purpose of writing dialogue?

Answers:

  1. Dialogue shares information by narrating the story.
  2. Dialogue is less important than other aspects of story-telling such as setting, theme, and characterization.
  3. Dialogue propels the plot forward through a character’s actions rather than through his words.
  4. Dialogue reflects the speaking voice of the character.

34. A book that sells in great numbers and makes the top-selling lists of major newspapers is often called a ____________ .

Answers:

  1. major success
  2. big-time book
  3. bestseller
  4. bank-breaker
  5. publisher’s lunch
  6. dime-store novel

35. Publishing companies are often called publishing ___________ .

Answers:

  1. super-conglomerates
  2. corporations
  3. houses
  4. cottages
  5. None of the above

36. What is the difference between a closed plot and an open plot?

Answers:

  1. An open plot involves marriage at the end, while a closed plot involves murder.
  2. An open plot is one in which conflict is resolved at the end, while a closed plot is one in which conflict is not resolved.
  3. A closed plot is one in which conflict is resolved at the end, while an open plot is one in which conflict is not resolved.
  4. There is no difference between an open and closed plot.

37. A flashback is _____________________ .

Answers:

  1. a brighter, more positive moment for a character or for the tone of the story as a whole
  2. a flashy sequence during which the style of writing becomes disjointed, similar to modernist writing
  3. a section in which the narrative goes back in time, often within the mind of a character, to events preceding the current action
  4. a section of narrative immediately following a flash-forward

38. In fiction writing, the term ‘allusion’ refers to _______________.

Answers:

  1. the dark tone of a narrative
  2. the alternating movement between comedy and tragedy in a narrative
  3. an instance in which a speaker’s words are meant to mean the opposite of their literal meaning, or when the speaker’s words are undermined by the narrator
  4. an indirect historical or cultural reference made by the writer or one of his characters in a narrative

39. According to the old adage about making every significant detail count, if a gun is placed on the wall in the first part of a story, ________________________ .

Answers:

  1. it should fall off sooner rather than later
  2. it should be ignored
  3. it should be fired by the end of the story
  4. it should remain there

40. In terms of novels, what is a ‘proposal’?

Answers:

  1. A summary of an existing novel
  2. A short description of an author’s past and future work
  3. A letter or e-mail sent to the editor of a magazine requesting payment
  4. A hypothetical description of a future work or work-in-progress that might interest an editor</li>

41. A ‘typo’ in a draft, proof or published book is ___________ .

Answers:

  1. a spelling mistake
  2. an intentional error
  3. a mark that draws the reader’s attention such as underlining, italics or bold
  4. a typing error

42. Which of the following best describes a ‘roman a clef’ (novel with a key)?

Answers:

  1. A novel written in French
  2. A novel with a key attached to the front cover
  3. A novel with a map or family tree in the front that relates to the action
  4. A novel in which actual events and/or people are depicted as fictional events and/or characters

43. What is the difference between a publisher’s ‘front list’ and its ‘back list’?

Answers:

  1. The front list is put in the window, and the back list stays in the office.
  2. The front list contains the titles that have gone on sale in the current year, while the back list are the titles that are older than frontlist title.
  3. The front list is marketed, while the back list is not.
  4. The front list is contains the names of genre writers, while the back list contains the names of literary writers.

44. A plot synopsis is ____________________ .

Answers:

  1. a summary of the main plot in relation to the characters and the main events
  2. an expansion of the main plot in terms of what could be included for an even longer version
  3. a numbered list of plot points with no reference to characters
  4. an alternative version of the story for editing purposes

45. What is the difference between a ‘plot’ and a ‘story’?

Answers:

  1. A story is a series of events told in chronological order. A plot is a series of events deliberately arranged so as to reveal their dramatic, thematic, and emotional significance.
  2. A plot is a series of events told in chronological order. A story is a series of events deliberately arranged so as to reveal their dramatic, thematic, and emotional significance.
  3. Both a and b
  4. A story is linear; a plot is non-linear.
  5. There is no difference; plot and story are the same thing.

46. A story that ends at the point at which it began is said to be ___________ .

Answers:

  1. reversed
  2. self-induced
  3. non-linear
  4. cyclical

47. In terms of time, a story without temporal disjunctions, flashbacks or dream sequences that could confuse the main action is said to be _______________ .

Answers:

  1. plain
  2. over-determined
  3. non-linear
  4. linear
  5. None of the above

48. In fiction writing, the term ‘in medias res’ refers to __________________.

Answers:

  1. the middle of a story
  2. a person who meddles in the action
  3. the technique of beginning a story in the middle of the action
  4. the technique of telling a story in reverse order of action

49. In terms of how a story is told, “POV” means ________.

Answers:

  1. pick of vice
  2. particle of vector
  3. piece of venom
  4. part of version
  5. point of view

50. What is a biographical novel?

Answers:

  1. A half fictional, half factual novel, the fiction and fact alternating between chapters
  2. The factual re-telling or re-imagining of a fictional character
  3. Telling someone else’s real story as non-fictional, from a third-person perspective
  4. One that deals with biology and its affect on the characters
  5. The fictional re-telling or re-imagining of a real person

51. In his book Aspects of the Novel, E. M. Forster famously described characters as ‘flat’ or ’round’. Which of the following best describes flat characters as opposed to round characters?

Answers:

  1. Round characters are one-dimensional, often with a single character trait, while flat characters are more believable because they have a fuller personality with multiple character traits.
  2. Flat characters are physically flat, while round characters are physically round.
  3. Flat characters are major characters, while round characters are minor characters.
  4. Flat characters are one-dimensional, often with a single character trait, while round characters are more believable because they have a fuller personality with multiple character traits.

52. What is typesetting?

Answers:

  1. The first print-run of a book
  2. The laying out of a book in terms of how the book will actually look when printed
  3. The editorial method in which proofs are passed between publisher and author
  4. The name for the code that publishers and literary agents use when deciding whether to offer an author a contract or not

53. In fiction writing, the term ‘premise’ refers to ________________ .

Answers:

  1. the climax near the end of the story
  2. the situation at the beginning of the story
  3. the broad middle section of the story
  4. None of the above
  5. All of the above

54. Publishers, editors and agents commonly prefer typed manuscripts to be submitted in which of the following formats?

Answers:

  1. Single-spaced
  2. One-and-a-half spaced
  3. Double-spaced
  4. Triple-spaced
  5. Any of The above

55. Which of the following is the best definition of a novella?

Answers:

  1. Half novel, half short story
  2. A large collection of short stories
  3. A short novel
  4. All of the above

56. Is the following sentence true or false?When an author agrees to give a publisher worldwide audio rights, he or she gives the publisher the right to record the author’s written work for listeners anywhere in the world.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False

57. Which of the following describes language that refers to meanings other than the literal meaning?

Answers:

  1. Symbolic or figurative
  2. Stream of consciousness
  3. Symbiotic or parasitic
  4. Open-ended
  5. None of the above

58. In copyediting, red ink and blue ink generally signify which kinds of changes?

Answers:

  1. Both are used to show deletions, neither to show additions.
  2. Both are used for any type of change.
  3. Both are used to show additions, neither to show deletions.
  4. Blue ink is used to show additions, and red ink is used to show deletions.
  5. a and b

59. In general, the plot of a novel or short story is best described by which of the following?

Answers:

  1. The arc of the story from the end to the beginning
  2. The mystery at the heart of the tale, especially one involving a secret plan
  3. The plotting of the characters
  4. The significant points of story development that tell the story
  5. c and d

60. In creative writing, the term ‘simile’ refers to ______________.

Answers:

  1. a compound noun
  2. the comparison of two nouns or two verbs using a metaphor
  3. a character who smiles a lot
  4. a figure of speech in which the author refers to something as the opposite of what it actually is
  5. a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, usually introduced by the words like or as

61. What is ‘vanity publishing’?

Answers:

  1. A publishing method in which an author self-publishes his or her own book, perhaps because it was not picked up by an established publishing house
  2. Online publishing
  3. A service in which an author pays someone to bind his or her book
  4. All of the above

62. Using the names of real people when creating characters is not a good idea legally because you run the risk of ______________ .

Answers:

  1. being unoriginal
  2. facing libel charges, being accused of defamation of character and being sued
  3. losing self-esteem and not being able to finish the book
  4. losing friends and alienating people

63. Why are short stories sometimes more challenging than novels for writers to write?

Answers:

  1. Readers expect more from short stories.
  2. The characters and plot must be introduced and developed quickly rather than over a period of time.
  3. Short stories have more characters.
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

64. In terms of interacting with another writer’s characters, plagiarism is when ___________________ .

Answers:

  1. the characters are identical
  2. one writer steals characters or ideas from another writer without changing his or her style of writing in representing those ideas or characters on the page
  3. one writer steals another writer’s belongings in real life
  4. one writer borrows and sufficiently changes the characters created by another writer, so that they no longer resemble their originals

65. The ‘denouement’ of a story is its _____________.

Answers:

  1. middle part
  2. exposition
  3. conflict
  4. premise
  5. resolution

66. The fiction writing technique of showing a character expressing thoughts or feelings to him or herself is called __________________ .

Answers:

  1. introspective behaviour
  2. self-analysis
  3. an interior monologue
  4. indirect free speech

67. The back story of a piece of fiction is ____________.

Answers:

  1. the story told backwards
  2. the very end of the story
  3. the publishing blurb that appears on the back cover of the book
  4. the story of the antagonist’s motivation
  5. the series of events or character insights that occurred before the story began, often detailed by the author once the action has begun
  6. b, c and d

68. What is a copyright?

Answers:

  1. The rights an author licenses to an editor to alter the original manuscript
  2. The photocopies of an author’s manuscript
  3. The authority an author gives to a book agent to sell his or her work
  4. The legal right granted to an author or publisher to exclusive publication, copy, sale, or distribution of a creative work
  5. The legal self-promotion an author engages in to sell his or her work

69. What do inverted commas mean when used in fiction dialogue?

Answers:

  1. Skip to the next page.
  2. They denote words like ‘said’ or ‘replied’.
  3. The dialogue does not specifically identify who is talking.
  4. The dialogue specifically signifies someone is talking.

70. A ‘stock character’ is _______________.

Answers:

  1. a character with a great deal of personal charm
  2. a character who operates the stocks in a village square
  3. a character made out of wood
  4. a general, rather than specific, character who is easily recognizable, such as ‘the college frat boy’ or ‘the absent-minded professor’

71. If the narrator of a story refers to him or herself as “I”, which of the following perspectives is being used?

Answers:

  1. Omniscient
  2. Ambivalent
  3. First-person
  4. Third-person
  5. Second-person

72. The inner self-questioning or drive that leads a character to do or accomplish something is called the character’s _____________.

Answers:

  1. spin
  2. insight
  3. maddening impulse
  4. motivation

73. Which of the following best defines a collection of interconnected short stories?

Answers:

  1. A collection of short novels that feature characters who appear in other novels
  2. A collection of stories in which the same character appears in all of the stories
  3. A series of short stories that share similar themes or characters within the same overall work
  4. A collection of stories in which each story shares the same subject matter

74. In a fictional work, the section that appears before the first chapter – and that is not the introduction, table of contents or dedication – is most likely a/an _________ .

Answers:

  1. afterword
  2. prologue
  3. marketing trick
  4. by-line
  5. a and b

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