Do You Have The Same Vocabulary Level As A Harvard Grad?

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The average person speaks over 7,000 words every day. Words are arguably the most important utensil a person can possess. Without words, what are we, but just flesh and bone? They allow us to make conversation, to discuss and debate, to make friends, to write and express ourselves. But just how good is your vocabulary? Take our quiz to find out if you're a true wordsmith or if you need to get better.

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1. To compliment someone is to do what?

  1. Tap them on the shoulder
  2. Aggressively disagree
  3. Shout at them
  4. Politely express praise
Terry complimented Jessica on her new handbag'.
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2. If somebody goes on a tirade, then what are they doing?

  1. Fighting
  2. Ranting
  3. Laughing
  4. Attending a party
Liam went on a tirade about the political climate'.
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3. If you debunk something, you do what?

  1. Approve
  2. Joke about it
  3. Point and laugh
  4. Prove that it is false
The urban legend was debunked years later'.
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4. If you have an altercation, what do you have?

  1. A football match
  2. A celebration
  3. A heated and angry dispute
  4. A bad hair day
Geoff got into a serious altercation last night'.
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5. If someone is being daft, they are being what?

  1. Playful/foolish
  2. Drunk
  3. Clever
  4. Seductive
Joe was acting incredibly daft'.
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6. A vagabond is a person who does what?

  1. Loves baseball
  2. Wanders from place to place without a home
  3. Runs their own company
  4. Owns multiple houses
Gandhi was a famous vagabond who wandered from place to place spreading words of love, independence, and nonviolence'.
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7. If something is squalid then what is it?

  1. Filthy as a result of neglect or poverty
  2. Picturesque
  3. Spotless
  4. Historic
Many homes in the area are completely squalid due to poverty'.
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8. If you concur, then what exactly are you doing?

  1. Humiliating someone
  2. Expressing agreement
  3. Disagreeing
  4. Belly laughing
I told my boss I needed more time. She concurred'.
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9. If a doctor was to prescribe you something, what are they doing?

  1. Advise and authorize the use of medicine for somebody
  2. Kicking you out of their surgery
  3. Telling you a funny story
  4. Operating on you
Dr. O'Neill prescribed me antibiotics for my infection'.
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10. If a certain area is idyllic, it is what?

  1. Full of pot holes
  2. Nauseating
  3. In a war-zone
  4. Peaceful / Picturesque
Yellowstone National Park is so idyllic'.
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11. A set of laws that are Draconian are what?

  1. Excessively harsh and severe
  2. Very lenient
  3. Laws which are established in The Bible
  4. Decided by the people
Giving someone a life sentence for stealing a loaf of bread is a draconian consequence.
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12. The word equine is in relation to what?

  1. Architecture
  2. Horses
  3. Boxing
  4. Cosmetic surgery
The girl was very skilled in equine care'.
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13. If something is a catalyst, then what is it?

  1. The cause of a process
  2. A canal barge
  3. Nuclear war
  4. A lost dream
The terrorist attack was a catalyst for the war'.
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14. Santa Claus could be described as being largesse, but what does that mean?

  1. Being extremely generous
  2. Being very selfish
  3. A chimney sweep
  4. Being incredibly thin
Tony relied on the largesse of friends after he lost his job'.
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15. An anomaly is a what?

  1. An oddity
  2. Body part
  3. Type of sports ball
  4. Movie genre
The doctor told me I was perfectly healthy but that there was an anomaly in my blood test'.
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16. If a man is a chauvinist, then what does he have?

  1. Boxing gloves
  2. Connections to the Royal Family
  3. He has a feeling of superiority
  4. A large head
Charlotte was enjoying her date but then she realised he was a chauvinistic pig'.
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17. Somebody who is lethargic is what?

  1. A comedy genius
  2. Reminiscent
  3. Miserable
  4. Sleepy/fatigued
This hot weather is making me seriously lethargic'.
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18. If an artist is prolific they are what?

  1. Productive
  2. Lazy
  3. Penniless
  4. Unheard of
Pablo Picasso was incredibly prolific'.
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19. What is a constraint?

  1. A limitation
  2. An Olympic sport
  3. A type of bolt
  4. A type of martial art
Despite short time constraints, they managed to get the job done'.
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20. You may not understand something which is esoteric. Why?

  1. It's in a different language
  2. It's specialized knowledge understood by a specific group of people
  3. It's gibberish
  4. It's spoken incredibly fast
The plumber was being very esoteric'.
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21. Somebody described as being sage possesses what quality?

  1. Old age
  2. Stupidity
  3. They are very small
  4. Wisdom
My granddad is a very sage man'.
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22. If a gymnast is described as lithe, then they are what?

  1. Too large
  2. Award winning
  3. Of a poor quality
  4. Thin, supple, and graceful
She had the lithe athletic body of a ballet dancer'.
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23. If you possess prowess over something, you?

  1. Are very bad at it
  2. Own it
  3. Have a superior skill level
  4. Love it
Liverpool have prowess in the Premier League right now'.
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24. A person who is contentious does what?

  1. Enjoys partying
  2. Laughs a lot
  3. Is an introvert
  4. They're likely to cause an argument
I really like Paul, but he is very contentious'.
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25. A plan which is elaborate is what?

  1. Not going to happen
  2. Easy to understand
  3. Detailed / Complicated
  4. Ridiculous
Joan was telling me the story in elaborate detail'.
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26. A figure in authority may edict you to do something. What does that mean?

  1. Select
  2. Suggest
  3. Order
  4. Permit
If your mom tells you to do something, that's a request. If a Police Officer tells you, that's an edict.
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27. If someone is wanton, then what are they?

  1. Promiscuous
  2. Very small
  3. From Wantonia
  4. Mysterious
'He loved her, but felt she was very wanton'.'
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28. If you remain steadfast to an opinion, you are what?

  1. Dedicated to it
  2. You often change your mind
  3. It's all you talk about
  4. Not fussed
Chad remained steadfast to his admiration of Trump'.
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29. To advocate something, you are doing what?

  1. Condoning it
  2. Abolishing it
  3. Condemning it
  4. Supporting it
Abraham Lincoln hated slavery and became an advocate of abolitionism'.
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30. If somebody is feeling morose, then they are what?

  1. Happy
  2. Silly
  3. Gloomy
  4. Drunk
After the funeral everybody was feeling very morose'.
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31. Something that is taut - doesn't have any what?

  1. Slack
  2. Feelings
  3. Dairy products
  4. Coins
When the anchor was dropped, the rope was taut'.
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32. If there is discord between people, then there is what?

  1. A lack of agreement
  2. An unbreakable bond
  3. A border
  4. A connection
The rebels worked together at first, but then discord arose among them'.
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33. If the leader of a country made a statement which engendered protests, what did it do?

  1. Stopped them
  2. Gave rise to
  3. Complimented them
  4. Ignored them
'The Prime Minister's speech engendered riots in the capital'.
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34. Why might you not pay much attention to something which is prosaic?

  1. It's scary
  2. It's super old
  3. It's ordinary
  4. It's ugly
'Did you check out that interview?', 'I thought it was pretty prosaic'.
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35. If somebody is intrepid, then they are what?

  1. Courageous
  2. Ashamed
  3. Embarrassed
  4. Weak
The war reporter was intrepid on the front line'.
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36. If a work of art is laudable, it is what?

  1. Laughed at
  2. Worth a lot of money
  3. Deserving of praise
  4. Destroyed
Leonardo da Vinci's, The Last Supper, is absolutely laudable'.
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37. If you were to describe yourself as a neophyte, then you are what?

  1. A young profession
  2. A film buff
  3. A beginner
  4. A tech genius
I'm incredibly passionate about architecture, but at the minute I'm only a neophyte'.
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38. Somebody who is a maverick is what?

  1. Dangerous
  2. A radical thinker
  3. Boring
  4. Genius
'The quarterback was a total maverick'.
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39. If somebody was said to burgeon, they would what?

  1. Shrink
  2. Grow rapidly
  3. Go to the gym
  4. Explode
Natalie's stomach burgeoned when she became pregnant'.
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40. If you have a plethora of something, what do you have?

  1. A problem
  2. One
  3. An abundance
  4. Very little
Valerie had a plethora of dresses but couldn't decide which one to wear'.
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41. If somebody is lackadaisical then what are they?

  1. A huge fan of rock music
  2. Lacking enthusiasm
  3. Full of life
  4. Incredibly passionate
Jamie has a lot of capability but he's too lackadaisical at the minute'.
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42. When a fish spawns, what is it doing?

  1. Sleeping
  2. Conversing with other fish
  3. Eating
  4. Producing young
Salmon go up the river and lay their eggs in the sand before they spawn'.
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43. A tyro is a what?

  1. A thief
  2. Type of frog
  3. Beginner
  4. A fool
'Daniel has a lot of potential but at the minute he's a tyro'.'
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44. If a person is sanguine then what are they?

  1. Very social
  2. A huge fan of pasta
  3. Full of rage
  4. Obsessed with basketball
Tim is the most sanguine guy in the office'.
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45. Somebody who is scrupulous is what?

  1. Very careful and attentive to detail
  2. Hungry
  3. Lazy
  4. Carefree
Although Tina was very busy, she was still excessively scrupulous when writing her thesis'.
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46. If you condone something, you do what?

  1. Abolish
  2. Kick it
  3. Approve
  4. Condemn
The President condoned military action'.
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47. If you divulge a piece of information, what do you do?

  1. Read it
  2. Destroy it
  3. Translate it
  4. Share it
The priest could not divulge anything said in confession'.
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48. If you are relegated to another position, you are what?

  1. Forced to sit on the floor
  2. Given a warning
  3. Demoted
  4. Forcibly removed
'Joshua wasn't hitting his targets this month, so he was relegated to a lower role'.
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49. And FINALLY! If you are nonplussed then you are what?

  1. Cold
  2. Happy
  3. Unsure how to react
  4. Tired
The Lieutenant was a quick man, but at this he was somewhat nonplussed.'
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50. You can find a zephyr in nature, but what actually is one?

  1. A soft gentle breeze
  2. A volcano
  3. A hurricane
  4. A rare stone
In the evening the harsh wind had turned into a zephyr'.
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