Words Matter - Chapter 3
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 3. Each of the ten words is accompanied by three sentences that use a form of the word. Only one of these sentences uses the word correctly, the other two use it incorrectly. Read all three sentences. Then click the button to the left of the sentence that uses the word correctly.

You may change your answers as you see fit. When you are satisfied that all answers are correct, click the "Submit" button at the end of the exercise. You cannot resubmit the exercise after that point.

If a word in a sentence is marked by *, the word is introduced in Words Matter.

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When I met Adam, I felt immediately that I had finally found my genesis.

The first book of the Bible is called Genesis because it tells a story about the origin of the world.

When you are writing a genesis, you must remember to cite all of your sources.



My primeval reason for moving to Florida was that I wanted to escape the cold and snow.

Among all primevals, humans alone walk upright and wear clothes.

Photos of the moon's surface show a primeval landscape undisturbed by any human activity.



When our Founding Fathers drafted the U. S. constitution, they had no prototypes they could follow.

Because Chris was a prototype mechanic, he was allowed to do only the simplest repair jobs.

At dinner, my brother was his prototypical self and annoyed everyone.



I find the new show so incipient, I lost interest halfway through the first episode.

My incipient sister does not want anyone of her friends to know that I am her brother.

In its incipient stage, an economic recession may give no indication of how severe it will eventually become.



Since he was a neophyte, he was immediately given advanced status.

Some scientists believe that our current birds are neophytes of flying dinosaurs.

Neophyte members of Congress typically get the least attractive offices in the Capitol in Washington.



All over the state, one can see capstone walls separating fields and yards from each other.

Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia campus at Charlottesville was the capstone of his career as an architect.

Being admitted to medical school is the first capstone in a doctor's career.



"The End" is often the penultimate line in an old-fashioned novel.

New Year's Eve comes at the end of the penultimate week of the year.

Christmas is always celebrated during the penultimate week of a year.



Countless cans of beer get consummated on Super Bowl Sunday.

Ever the consummate team player, the MVP gave credit more to his teammates than to himself.

During the last minutes of the game, the winning team was able to consummate the clock and keep opponents away from the ball.



Right now, I cannot quell on all the reasons I have for making my decision.

Dictators like Saddam Hussein are notorious for the brutality with which they quell any challenge to their rule.

When he was a quelling actor, Harrison Ford worked as a carpenter.



During the Middle Ages, the plague or "black death" decimated the population of some cities by more than 50 percent.

Being decimate does not mean that one cannot learn from one's mistakes.

Unlike the United States, Canada has fully accepted the decimate system of measurement.

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