English: Word Usage Questions Set 13

Directions: A word is given followed by its usage in options. Find the option in which there is inappropriate usage of word.

  1. Exposition
    A) We attended a Business to Business exposition, where exhibitors displayed their products and services to attract other companies.
    B) As an author, Maria booked an exposition booth at the Publisher Trade Show to get the word out about her books.
    C) Maybe we can exposit the car damage by repainting the scratched area.
    D) We are calling on the feds to release the Governor’s tax returns, as an exposition for the whole world to see.
    E) At the exhibition, the French painting was declared as one of the finest works of art that Europe had ever produced.
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      Option C
    Explanation: Exposition = a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.
  2. Mollify
    A) Perhaps a warm glass of milk will mollify my upset stomach.
    B) The poster of me as a baby is sure to mollify tears from my emotional mother.
    C) When the baby started to cry, his mother tried to mollify him with a bottle of milk.
    D) The manager tried to mollify the angry workers by giving them longer breaks.
    E) Although alterations have been made to the new healthcare law, it is doubtful if these changes will mollify displeased voters.
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      Option B
    Explanation: Mollify = appease the anger or anxiety of (someone).
  3. Exculpate
    A) The photographic evidence revealed by the security camera was essential to exculpate the suspect.
    B) When something goes wrong in the government, it is usually up to our elected officials to exculpate themselves so that their constituents will continue to support them.
    C) Because of the prevalence of malpractice litigation, physicians often have to work hard to exculpate themselves when a situation is beyond their control.
    D) While fifteen minutes may not seem like such a long time, there is still absolutely no excuse in the world that can exculpate him from negligence for leaving his three-year-old alone in that hot car.
    E) According to the scripture, God will exculpate and punish the wicked.
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      Option E
    Explanation: Exculpate = show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing.
  4. Venerable
    A) The Pope is a venerable leader who is recognized for his commitment to helping others.
    B) The judge sentenced the venerable man to a lifetime in prison.
    C) The title of country president should only be held by a venerable man who has earned the respect of his countrymen.
    D) Although I often disagree with the movie critic’s reviews, I still view him as a venerable writer with years of experience.
    E) Harold has been on staff at the hotel for sixty years and is recognized as a venerable part of the organization.
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      Option B
    Explanation: Venerable = accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character.
  5. Discernment
    A) I used discernment to choose the candidate for whom I wanted vote.
    B) Though the detective had no proof, his discernment told him that the suspect was lying.
    C) John’s weird behavior is making people question his discernment.
    D) My teacher’s sense of discernment caused her to discover who had actually studied for the test.
    E) Trusting her discernment, the young lady chose to not walk alone at night in a foreign city.
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      Option C
    Explanation: Discernment = the ability to judge well.
  6. Approbation
    A) I need to write a powerful resume to gain approbation from an employor.
    B) The crowd was filled with approbation when #56 scored a touchdown.
    C) Most people approbate Mother Teresa as one of the greatest saints of all time.
    D) You cannot take prescription medication without doctor’s approbation.
    E) With my mother’s approbation, I can sleep over at your house.
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      Option C
    Explanation: Approbation = approval or praise.
  7. Querulous
    A) I don’t mean to be querulous, but I do believe I should get my money’s worth at all times.
    B) Forgive me for sounding querulous, but there is a bug in my soup.
    C) Whenever my father had too many drinks, he would become querulous and complain about everything.
    D) I asked the querulous students in my classroom to put down all their complaints in writing.
    E) Although Jenna’s father can be quite querulous at times, he will do anything to make her happy.
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      Option E
    Explanation: Querulous = complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner.
  8. Precocious
    A) Although Jack is smart, he is a bit too precocious at six years of age.
    B) The president’s precocious decision came too late to save the hostages.
    C) My precocious little girl thinks she knows everything there is to know about life.
    D) I was a precocious child who at the age of four was already discussing the daily news with my parents.
    E) While their peers were running around the playground, one precocious group of elementary school students sat and chatted about the colleges they hoped to attend.
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      Option B
    Explanation: Precocious = (of a child) having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected.
  9. Ecstasy
    A) When I saw my favorite singer in concert, I was in ecstasy.
    B) Whenever I eat at my favorite restaurant, I am in ecstasy.
    C) I was in ecstasy as I embarked on my long-awaited trip to Paris.
    D) We watched in ecstasy as my brother returned from deployment.
    E) As a chocolate lover, I see ecstasy as an endless supply of chocolate bars.
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      Option E
    Explanation: Ecstasy = an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.
  10. Blatant
    A) When the judge heard the defendant’s blatant lie, he became very angry.
    B) The drunk driver’s blatant disregard for the lives of others earned him seven years in prison.
    C) The old man’s voice was so blatant that I gritted my teeth every time he spoke to me.
    D) If you want to show your respect for a police officer, it is not wise to offer him a blatant bribe.
    E) In prison, a blatant act of disobedience will get you placed in isolation.
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      Option C
    Explanation: Blatant= (of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly.

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