Words Matter - Chapter 5
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 5. 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.

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Light and Dark



The former tenants failed to illuminate the apartment and left it in a mess.

Good writers use telling examples to illuminate the point they are trying to make.

A severe thunderstorm caused illumination over a wide area because of broken power lines.



The president's funeral was attended by luminaries from many countries.

The night was so luminary, I couldn't see my hand before my eyes.

In his luminary lecture, the retiring teacher fondly remembered his former students.



Julia Roberts is famous for her incandescent smile.

Brats have the tendency to turn incandescent whenever they are scolded.

The pizza had turned incandescent when it was left in the oven for too long.



After spending thirty years in the limelight, the actress retired to her home by the seaside.

The faint limelight of the moon cast a spell over the winter scene.

Now in the limelight of his career, the actor has been content playing small character parts.



Polluted air is a lambent threat to children suffering from asthma.

The lambent light of candles puts many into a romantic mood.

When challenged, the speaker turned lambent and started to insult the audience.



People's breath turns the windshield opaque when they enter their car on a cold day.

The instructor praised his student for her opaque prose.

When clean, the glass in our sliding doors is so opaque that I often try to step through it and bang my head.



My baseball cap gives me all the umbrage I need on a rainy day.

The movie ended on a happy note with a long umbrage of the leading couple.

I'm so forgetful myself, I cannot take umbrage at people who don't remember what I told them.



Bright lights obfuscated clearly the goods displayed in the shop window.

The writing is so clear that the author needs no further obfuscations to get her points across.

Public figures who are in trouble often resort to obfuscation when asked about their actions.



My friend palled visibly when I told him about his sister's accident.

When told about the director's death, a pall descended on the cast and all conversation stopped.

The amount of money raised by the challenger palls in comparison to the funds available to the incumbent.



In the 19th century, many women novelists portrayed men as benighted fools who could be saved only by the efforts of a caring female.

Every year, a few outstanding citizens of Britain are benighted by their Queen.

In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain gives a benighted account of the years he spent piloting steamboats up and down the river.

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