Words Matter - Chapter 11
Exercise 2

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Directions: Each of the sentences below contains a blank to be filled in with some form of a word from Chapter 11. Below each sentence, there are three choices for filling in the blank. Click the choice you think is the correct one and read the sentence with the blank filled in. If you are not satisfied, select another choice; you may do this as often as you wish.

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Focusing on Language and Literature


An "open secret" is .


Many writers use the weather : sunshine represents happiness and rain sadness.


The episodes on "Sesame Street" usually have a purpose because they are intended to teach kids something.


In involving animals, foxes are often depicted as characters too clever for their own good.


It's pure when Hank claims that repairing his car will cost him a fortune.


The late Mother Theresa was seen by many as the of human kindness.


The expression "the birds and the bees" uses .


It's of modern life that despite all the labor-saving appliances in our homes, we don't seem to have more time.


The of sports has become part of everyday language, as shown by expressions like "hit a home run" or "strike out."


The spoken by immigrants is often a mix of two languages.

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