1. Hamza is amazingly _____________ at such a young age of 5 years: He adeptly persuaded his reluctant parents to let him stay up to watch another hour for cartoon series on television.
2. Because we are short on time, _____________ appreciated; we need to leave in five minutes to catch the bus.
3. Those not used to Imran’s _____________ speaking style found him to be _____________ and did not like him at first.
A) affirmative … incisive
B) surly … congenial
C) laconic … brusque
D) circumlocutory … direct
E) garrulous … phlegmatic
Write the word whose meaning is given:
(brusque, succinct, astute, prudent, perjure, garrulous, judicious)
From the above words, write the word whose meaning is given below:
4. keenness of judgement: _______
5. talkative: _______
6. rudely abrupt: _______
7. intelligent: _______
8. false witness: _______
9. reasonable: _______
10. speak precisely and clearly: _______
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Answers & Explanation:
1. B: The colon (:) introduces an explanation. Adeptly means with great skill. A young age of 5 years would have to be pretty sharp or smart enough to persuade reluctant parents.
concise: brief and to the point
astute: shrewd; smart; sharp
adjure: order; command
capricious: changeable; unpredictable
2. D: A person short on time would likely appreciate something that is quick, which makes quickness a good choice.
circumlocution: speaking irrelevant or not speaking to the point
allegation: charge; accusation
pontification: speaking in a pompous manner
brevity: briefness; short and quick
affirmation: positive assertion; declaring truth
3. C: They didn’t like him at first, so the second blank is a negative word. The first blank should describe a speaking style that would cause some-one to think that he is described by the second word.
affirmative: declaring truth incisive: keen; insightful; intelligent
surly: irritable; ugly; rude congenial: friendly; favorable
laconic: short; lacking words; brief brusque: rudely abrupt in speech
circumlocutory: using too many words direct: to the point
garrulous: very talkative phlegmatic: lacking energy; calm; emotionless