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Reading Comprehension
Volume 5, Number 2, September 13, 1999

Word Meanings From Context

Use the context to help you determine the correct meaning of each underlined word.


1. Murphy Mole is the protagonist in the new novel by Trent Troll. Murphy must stop Oscar Rat and Shrimpy Shark from enslaving the inhabitants of Lazy Woods Park. He risks his life in a series of events that lead to a final battle between good and evil.

What is a protagonist?

a. the main character of a story
b. an animal that lives underground
c. someone whose first and last names start with the same letter
d. someone with bad body odor

2. I just can’t beat Paula when we play chess! Every time I make a move that should lead me to victory, she makes a better move that thwarts my plan.

If you thwart a robbery, you __________.

a. commit a crime
b. stop a crime from happening
c. imagine a theft
d. give warts to a thief

3. Don’t feel stupid. Yes, you thought this worthless replica was a valuable work of art. But it even fooled a lot of experts. It certainly looked like the real thing!

A replica is __________.

a. a dishonest act
b. something ugly
c. anything that has no value
d. a copy

4. Your poster is very good. The drawing really lets people know what our club is all about. I do think that you could enhance it by adding some more color. That will tend to grab everyone’s attention.

When you enhance something, you __________.

a. draw it
b. throw it out
c. ruin it
d. make it better


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