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Reading Comprehension
Volume 4, Number 21, February 22, 1999

Word Meanings From Context

You can often figure out what a word means by the way it’s used in the passage. Use the context to help you decide what each highlighted word means.


1. No one had believed Emily's claim of innocence during the trial. If it hadn’t been for the real thief coming forward to confess, she’d still be in jail. She felt a little strange knowing she’d been vindicated by a criminal.

To be vindicated is to be __________.

a. robbed
b. tricked in a cruel way
c. treated unfairly
d. proven to be without blame

2. I don’t like the way he orders his wife around. Their relationship is analogous to a master and his dog!

If two situations are analogous, they __________.

a. are similar in an important way
b. have something to do with animals
c. are not true
d. are made out of dirty socks

3. Some people believe that the president is vindictive, and will try to destroy the representatives who worked to remove him from office.

A vindictive person would like __________.

a. to win battles
b. to get revenge, or get even
c. to eat foods that are really too fattening
d. to thank all the people who supported him

4. Sharon is so gullible! I’ll bet that if you tell her you were born on Mars, she’ll believe you.

A gullible man __________.

a. is easy to fool because he will believe almost anything you tell him
b. will never get good grades in science
c. does not believe anything you tell him unless you prove it
d. tends to have a really good sense of humor

5. Some people laughed when Sam said he would learn German in just a few weeks. I didn’t laugh. I think he has the aptitude to do it.

An aptitude test tries to measure __________.

a. a person’s chances of getting sick
b. a person’s natural ability to do something
c. a person’s weight
d. the number of words in a language



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