Day 2 Quiz

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Vocabulary In Context

Since the incident yesterday, the moderators of the conference wished they had deferred the current speaker’s access to the building until further notice.

B) suspended
C) evacuated
D) eradicated[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Day 2 Answer Explanation”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The surrounding context implies that the speaker did something for which he or she should not be allowed into the building for a certain period of time, but not forever.

Defer means to put off for another time.  This is something that is possible to say, but it isn’t the strongest answer because it is slightly awkward to “defer access to a building.”  The denotation is correct, but the connotation is strange.

“Evacuated” (C) is also wrong because evacuate implies that everyone should leave a place.  This is not what is being implied here.

“Eradicated” (D) is also wrong because it is inconsistent with the tone and implication that the speaker may be allowed to visit at a future date.

Therefore “suspended” (B) is the best answer.  Suspended correctly implies that access will be taken away temporarily.

Another word that could be used here but wasn’t on the list is revoked.  Can you think of another word?  This is a good technique to practice to understand the subtleties between words.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Key Fact To Learn”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When doing a vocabulary in context question, you must question what is implied by the surrounding words.  It is useful to put your finger over the word in question and predict what the answer should be.  The answer almost always depends on the different connotations of the words (what the words evoke in the reader) rather than the denotation (the dictionary definition of the word).

The denotation of the word “weasel” refers to a small mammal that eats rabbits.  However, the connotation of calling someone “a weasel” doesn’t mean they eat rabbits, but rather that they are “clever, crafty, and sneaky.”

The connotation therefore is very rich in metaphorical content, implication, and poetic meaning.   Getting to know these subtle differences can help you pick the most powerful words in your writing and on your test.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]