College Reading Vocabulary Test-“Different Words, Different Worlds” Spring Quarter 2016

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College Reading Vocabulary Test-“Different Words, Different Worlds”

Spring Quarter 2016

Instructor: Richard Alishio Student Name _________________

Directions: Choose the best of the following words to complete the sentences. Context clues have been provided in bold-faced type. (Two points each for 20 points)

Empathy sympathy

Reciprocate pedantic

Ascribe relinquish symmetry intertwine vested dubious intimacy cog condescension lucrative quirk

1.

nags disgruntled affiliation

According to Tannen, women communicate to increase and maintain

_______________________, while men communicate to convey information. Closeness is key for women.

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Men and women are both capable of knowing how other people feel, but women’s

_____________________ is probably more important in even casual encounters.

It is doubtful that a relationship will thrive if the people involved don’t communicate very well. It is equally __________________ they will do well if they are poor listeners.

Men are more likely than women to expect a favor to be returned; for men, the ability to _________________________ is a sign of equality of status.

For Deborah Tannen, doing the job she loves has turned out to be profitable. In fact, her book was on the New York Times bestseller list for years, so her profession has been quite _____________________.

Men are less likely than women to be __________________ in the emotional aspects of a conversation, while women assign great importance on the emotionality of talk.

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8.

Teaching the same courses and topics can lead an instructor to be mechanical and wooden in his or her presentational style. For students, having a

________________________ teacher is very boring!

Conversational styles between the two genders differ in terms of balance. Women seek

_______________________ when they communicate, while men are more likely to want dominance.

9.

Talking down to others will cause people to dislike and avoid you; such

____________________ makes them feel like children.

10.

One of the oddities of being male is having wild emotions, yet through a

_________________ in culture, men are not supposed to express this wildness.

Part 2-Word Form Recognition (one point each for10 points)

Identify the parts of speech for the following words.

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6.

7.

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3.

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Consensus _____________

Dovetail ____________

Emulate __________

Reinforce ___________

Intrude ___________

Infuriate ____________

Perspective ___________

Dynamics _____________

9.

Ambiguous ___________

10.

Paradox _____________

Part 3-Word Forms (10 points)

In the space provided, write another form of the word on the left

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6.

7.

8.

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2.

3.

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Intimate _______________

Symmetry _____________

Sympathy _____________

Emulate _____________

Alignment ___________

Ambiguous ____________

Intrude ______________

Reciprocate _________________

9.

Paradox ________________

10.

Condescension ________________

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4.

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Part 3-Sentence Writing (3 points each for accuracy, grammar, and clarity)

Choose any five of the following words and write one sentence for each. Each sentence must have at least five words to be acceptable. Any form of the word is OK.

Perplex nag cog sympathy intertwine perspective emulate

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