Vocabulary Test

Posted in Book Reports by chamblee54 on July 6, 2012

PG is taking the Merriam-Webster Vocabulary Quiz. “How strong is your vocabulary? Take our 10-question quiz to find out — and maybe learn some new words along the way. You can try it as often as you’d like (we have dozens of different versions).” The front page ads are from American Public University, and a company offering the opportunity to buy “The season’s HOTTEST SHOES picked by Hollywood’s HOTTEST STYLISTS!”

For each word, the instruction is to “Click the best definition of _____”. There are four words to choose from. You have ten seconds, and then you get your score. The more difficult the word, the more points you get. There is a speed bonus for answering fast. After a couple of questions, you get a sense how the game is played, and get better as you go along.

1. Click the best definition of Conjure: Summon ~ Warn ~ Lose ~ Approve
Correct: 300 Points! ~ Difficulty: Medium ~ Speed Bonus: 100

The next four words were: 2- Autonomy, 3- Cajole, 4- Apprehensive, 5- Repartee. PG got the first five correct with little thought. Number six, Adventitious, was a word PG had never seen before. With one second left, he took a guess, and got the correct answer.

Seven was the one word PG got wrong. The word was Facilitate. The choices were play, confuse, ease, manage. PG was thinking of facilitator, who is the leader of a group. With this in mind, he chose manage. The correct answer was ease.

The last three words : 8- Apparent, 9- Beguile, 10- Appeal. PG got all three correct. The final score was 3040. The “average” score was 2480 for the general population, and 2770 for “fifty somethings”. (Teens: 1830, 20-somethings: 2260, 30-somethings: 2470, 40-somethings: 2630, 50-somethings: 2770, 60-somethings: 2880, 70 and above: 2760)

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. The video was gleaned from a comment on a story at Thought Catalog, 10 Simple Ways To Avoid Getting Laid. The comment was : 11- Be in this video.

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