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Reading Comprehension
Volume 6, Number 2, September 18, 2000

Word Meanings From Context

Use the context of the paragraphs to determine the meanings of the highlighted words.


We walked slowly down the trail with great trepidation. No one who had gone this way had ever been heard from again. Had they simply found a better place to settle on this dark planet? We doubted that.

1. Which word is a synonym of “trepidation”?

a. movement
b. worry
c. enjoyment
d. laughter


Only an hour or so had passed before a tremendous roar shook the ground. At that very moment, a strange grey creature materialized before our eyes. It resembled a lizard in shape. It was about ten feet high at the shoulders and at least fifty feet long.

2. What did the creature do?

a. It whipped its tail back and forth.
b. It stamped its feet.
c. It showed its sharp teeth.
d. It appeared.


Kathy was looking for a strong but light material to use for making her water jugs. Unfortunately, she chose noodelite. It proved to too porous to hold jelly.

3. A porous material _____.

a. is good for holding things that you pour
b. protects you in pouring rain
c. allows liquids to flow through it
d. is necessary for making bowling balls


We have rather lofty expectations for you, son. You will attend college. You will become rich and famous. You will be elected president of the United States before you turn forty.

4. Which word is a synonym of “lofty”?

a. high
b. shaky
c. small
d. lowly


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