TOEFL Test Questions Essay

In certain types of poisoning, immediately give large quantities of soapy or salty water in order to inducevomiting. (A) control (B) clean (C) cause (D) stop 2. He was mystified by the look on the stranger’s face. (A) perplexed (B) shocked (C) upset (D) excited 3. I was horrified to see the child about to cross the expressway alone. (A) ashamed (B) shocked (C) nervous (D) surprised 4. The secretary left after weeks of harassment by the manager of her department. (A) teasing (B) irritation (C) absence (D) goading 5. It is very discourteous to intrude during someone’s conversation. (A) find fault B) disagree (C) be in the way (D) leave quickly 6. The Civil War in 1863 cut the United States into two nations – a southern Confederacy and a northern Union. (A) severed (B) acknowledged (C) integrated (D) alienated 7. Relaxation therapy teaches one not to fret over small problems. (A) worry about (B) get angry about (C) get involved in (D) look for 8. Proximity to the court house makes an office building more valuable. (A) Interest in (B) Similarity to (C) Nearness to (D) Usefulness for 9. The new amphitheater was based on the ancient Greek design. (A) underwater theater (B) oval theater C) sound and light theater (D) mini-theater 10. Primary education in the United States is compulsory. (A) free of charge (B) required (C) excellent (D) easy 1 C 2 A 3 B 4 B 5 C 6 A 7 A 8 C 9 b 10 B 1. Perhaps more than anything else, it was onerous taxes that led to ‘the Peasants’ Revolt in England in 1381. (A) multiple (B) unjust (C) burdensome (D) infamous 2. An appendectomy is a routine operation. (A) cheap (B) small (C) usual (D) quick 3. In the play “Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? ” a woman and her husband spend most of their time quarreling. (A) bickering (B) gossiping (C) teasing (D) chuckling 4.

Jane suffered a light blow on her head as she got out of the car. (A) jump (B) hump (C) bump (D) stump 5. Since the research studies have shown a relationship between cancer and cigarette smoking, many people have cut down. (A) ceased smoking (B) become frightened (C) decreased the number of cigarettes (D) gotten sick 6. After Senator Smith announced that he planned to run for president, the telephone at campaign headquarters rang continuously. (A) incessantly (B) ignorantly (C) incisively (D) impartially 7. Since Ron has such an intense dislike for flying, I am certain that he will not want to go with us. (A) avarice for B) aversion to (C) affection for (D) affirmation of 8. The American bald eagle is not really bald in the usual sense. (A) mighty (B) majestic (C) hairless (D) flightless 9. He was fired because of his misconduct at the office party. (A) mistake (B) impropriety (C) condition (D) singing 10. The 1908 Siberian meteorite explosion brought about considerable depletion of the northern hemisphere’s ozone layer. (A) was caused by (B) resulted in (C) brought back (D) was initiated by 1 c 2 c 3 a 4 c 5 c 6 a 7 b 8 c 9 b 10 b 11. A two-thirds majority in Congress is required if a bill is to become law. (A) necessary B) desirable (C) acquired (D) optional 12. The Chinese people worship their ancestors. (A) fossils (B) elders (C) forefathers (D) heirs 13. The dog saw his reflection in the pool of water. (A) image (B) bone (C) imagination (D) leash 14. John didn’t enjoy the rock concert because he thought the tempo was bad. (A) audience (B) rhythm (C) singer (D) weather 15. The old utilities building was demolished and a new highrise took its place. (A) renovated (B) razed (C) remodeled (D) reconciled 16. Joyce is loved by all her friends because she is very congenial. (A) pleasant (B) wealthy (C) courageous (D) sensitive 17.

Prehistoric cave art portrayed animals in motion. (A) enhanced (B) hindered (C) criticize (D) depicted 18. The members of the committee were assembled quickly. (A) advised (B) informed (C) gathered (D) consulted 19. A chameleon is a kind of lizard known for its ability to change color. (A) scope (B) magnitude (C) span (D) hue 20. It takes roughly 4000 pounds of petals to make a single pound of rose oil. (A) as much as (B) amazingly (C) more or less (D) relatively 11 a 12 c 13 a 14 b 15 b 16 a 17 d 18 c 19 d 20 c Bai 3 1. The recent medical breakthrough was the culmination of many long years of experimentation. A) result (B) climax (C) abyss (D) cultivation 2. Magma is the primary source of all the earth’s rocks. (A) cheapest (B) first (C) nearest (D) worst 3. Saint Elmo’s Fire is a phenomenon that occurs when ships discharging harmless electrical charges into the atmosphere appear to shine. (A) fade (B) shrink (C) glow (D) vanish 4. Milk is purified by heating it at 60*C for thirty minutes. (A) cleansed (B) stored (C) mixed (D) packaged 5. Although monkeys occasionally menace their enemies, they are usually not dangerous unless they are provoked. (A) pursue (B) consume (C) threaten (D) kill . In the Navajo household, grandparents and other relatives play indispensable roles in raising the children. (A) dominant (B) exemplary (C) essential (D) demanding 7. Regular use of this cream will help to relieve the rough, dry condition of your skin. (A) alleviate (B) abstract (C) evaporate (D) abbreviate 8. Because leeches’ behavior patterns are simple, it is relatively easy to identify which neurons govern which behavior. (A) apparently (B) comparatively (C) obviously (D) consequently 9. After the bottom fell out of the market, he was virtually bankrupt. (A) completely (B) finally C) practically (D) dishonestly 10. She didn’t say much, but her tone of voice insinuated more. (A) blamed (B) suggested (C) demanded (D) intervened 1 b 2 b 3 c 4 a 5 c 6 c 7 a 8 b 9 c 10 b 11. When calcium carbonate crystallizes from a solution, limestone is formed. (A) made (B) framed (C) destroyed (D) outlined 12. After receiving her check, Suzy endorsed it and took it to the bank. (A) destroyed (B) signed (C) folded (D) deposited 13. The professor’s introductory remarks concerned the development of the laser beam. (A) preliminary (B) final (C) supplementary (D) interminable 14.

The speaker was asked to condense his presentation in order to allow his audience to ask questions. (A) abbreviate (B) expand (C) continue (D) delay 15. Immigrants entering the United States at the turn of the century often encountered living conditionsradically different from those they had left behind. (A) apparently (B) drastically (C) admittedly (D) tragically 16. Discretionary funds are included in most budgets to cover expenses that the contractor might run into during the work. (A) forget to do (B) pay for (C) meet unexpectedly (D) add on 17. A nurse practitioner has training in a specialized area of medicine. A) an honorable (B) a difficult (C) a prescribed (D) a distinct 18. The United States government issues three types of passports: diplomatic, official, and regular. (A) orders (B) circulates (C) retains (D) relies on 19. Ice Age fossils from the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles are now on display in the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County. (A) located (B) on exhibit (C) under supervision (D) stored 20. The protesting crowd dispersed after the rally. (A) scattered (B) became violent (C) fought (D) danced 11 a 12 b 13 a 14 a 15 b 16 c 17 d 18 b 19 b 20 a Bai 4 1. The same questions repeated over and over soon made them weary. A) suspicious (B) tired (C) disturbed (D) cautious 2. They have radically changed the rules since I played football. (A) slightly (B) completely (C) fundamentally (D) reasonably 3. Jim’s decided to buy a phonograph even though they are now redundant. (A) old-fashioned (B) reproduced (C) unnecessary (D) quaint 4. His plan was rejected because it just wasn’t feasible. (A) unrealistic (B) inconceivable (C) attainable (D) attractive 5. The yearly growth of the gross national product is often used as an indicator of a nation’s economy. (A) sluggish (B) haphazard (C) routine (D) annual 6.

The cost of living in the United States has risen at a rate of 6 percent per year during the last ten-year period. (A) tenth (B) century (C) decade (D) quarter 7. Carbohydrates are plentiful in nature where they serve as an immediate source of energy. (A) abundant (B) obscure (C) unstable (D) reliable 8. The knife that is displayed in the museum is more than one thousand years old and was a gift to the president of the United States from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (A) nadir (B) rancor (C) dagger (D) boulder 9. Thrift is an excellent virtue, especially for young people who wish to purchase their own home. (A) honesty (B) industriousness C) openmindedness (D) frugality 10. The party that we are planning for midterm will give students, instructors, conversation partners, host families and friends an opportunity to mix in a social setting. (A) mingle (B) stir (C) smear (D) weave 1 b 2 c 3 c 4 c 5 d 6 c 7 a 8 c 9 d 10 a 11. Pain signals, in the form of electrical impulses, are carried to the brain by the nerves. (A) hurts (B) lights (C) cells (D) shocks 12. The choice of a particular career is influenced by a number of factors. (A) usefulness (B) success (C) desirability (D) selection 13. Chimpanzees are frequently used as stand-ins for human beings in experiments. A) partners (B) role-models (C) stand-bys (D) substitutes 14. His involuntary reflexes betrayed his feelings. (A) automatic (B) unbelievable (C) unnecessary (D) unreasonable 15. A balanced diet should include fish and fowl as well as red meat. (A) fruit (B) birds (C) vegetables (D) cheese and milk 16. The Constitution guarantees that private homes will not be searched without a warrant. (A) special guard (B) written authorization (C) national emergency (D) small payment 17. The barometer is used by weather forecasters to detect changes in air pressure. (A) determine (B) mystify (C) announce (D) reduce 18.

The change in population distribution was barely noticeable to the demographers conducting the study. (A) often (B) hardly (C) never (D) softly 19. The Baltimore oriole has wings with white bars and a bright orange breast. (A) light (B) brilliant (C) intelligent (D) illuminated 20. The plane that crashed was carrying a group of entertainers en route to the State Fair. (A) troupe (B) bump (C) prop (D) shop 11 D 12 d 13 d 14 a 15 b 16 b 17 a 18 b 19 b 20 a Bai 5 1. Boys’ Clubs do not deprive poor children of the opportunity to participate in sports. (A) deny (B) retract (C) improvise (D) dilute 2. The cake was heavenly so I asked for more. A) out-of-this-world (B) edible (C) extra light (D) beautiful 3. One must live in the United States five years in order to apply for citizenship. (A) reside in (B) accommodate to (C) invade (D) abandon 4. Several members of the royal family have been held prisoner in the Tower of London. (A) for protection (B) by request (C) captive (D) briefly 5. In some cases of lapse of memory the loss may be limited to a single incident, whereas in other cases it may be so inclusive as to involve everything about an individual’s life. (A) paralysis (B) aphasia (C) deafness (D) amnesia 6. Eyeglasses have been in use since about 1300. A) Spectacles (B) Goblets (C) Binoculars (D) Telescopes 7. Many politicians find that they can no longer afford the luxury of a personal chauffeur. (A) valet (B) driver (C) secretary (D) servant 8. Attitudes on the two sides in the Revolutionary War precluded the possibility of a peaceful solution. (A) presaged (B) prejudiced (C) anticipated (D) prevented 9. They had conclusive evidence that he had been defrauding his customers. (A) decisive (B) swindling (C) unclear (D) superficial 10. Psychologists have recently mounted an offensive against what they describe as nastiness toward students by educators. A) arbitrariness (B) unpleasantness (C) severity (D) aloofness 1 a 2 a 3 a 4 c 5 d 6 a 7 b 8 d 9 a 10 b 11. A female mosquito produces between 100 and 300 eggs at a time and up to 3,000 eggs during her lifetime. (A) at once (B) one by one (C) once in a while (D) off and on 12. The tornado caused irreparable damage to the Florida citrus crop. (A) irresolute (B) irresponsible (C) irrecoverable (D) irregular 13. Numbing terror filled their brains as they witnessed the explosions. (A) torpid (B) tantalizing (C) paralyzing (D) sentient 14. The high mountain climate is cold and inhospitable. (A) rainy B) stormy (C) uninviting (D) intense 15. After World War II, Russia emerged as a world power. (A) surrendered (B) came forth (C) fought (D) dismissed 16. After leaving a particularly raucous concert, some rock music fans complain about ringing in their ears known as tinnitus. (A) crowded (B) loud (C) unpleasant (D) lively 17. Saint Elmo’s Fire is a Phenomenon that occurs when ships discharging harmless electrical charges into the atmosphere appear to shine. (A) fade (B) shrink (C) glow (D) vanish 18. The wagonmaster decided to ford the stream. (A) valley (B) mountain (C) small river (D) plain 19.

The ostrich egg is the largest egg of any non-extinct bird, while the smallest egg is the egg of the hummingbird. (A) living (B) dead (C) flying (D) vanished 20. A number of animals in Aesop’s fables are portrayed as being crafty. (A) vain (B) virtuous (C) artistic (D) cunning 11 a 12 c 13 c 14 c 15 b 16 b 17 c 18 c 19 a 20 d Bai 6 1. Ranging from solitary to gregarious, beaked whales may travel in schools of several hundreds during the breeding season. (A) Varying (B) Raving (C) Grazing (D) Turning 2. In certain industries the workers’ apparel is not only cumbersome but also quite heavy. (A) equipment (B) clothing (C) food D) morale 3. Electrical energy may be divided into two components specified as positive and negative. (A) confused (B) designated (C) accumulated (D) separated 4. Dali’s paintings can inspire a pensive mood. (A) cheerful (B) thoughtful (C) depressed (D) confused 5. If we hadn’t had a cat, the garage would have been inhabited with mice. (A) interred (B) furnished (C) infested (D) inflated 6. Doctors of medicine are among the most wealthy members of American society. (A) adroit (B) affluent (C) adjacent (D) acrid 7. Has John given you any clue of what he would like for his birthday? (A) hinge (B) hoe (C) hoax (D) hint 8.

Cashiers must generally account for discrepancies between money taken in and the amount recorded on register tapes. (A) deficits (B) delays (C) inconsistencies (D) uncertainties 9. Her passport was invalid because the photograph was taken when she was a child. (A) valuable (B) null (C) pallid (D) returned 10. Dotting the marshy expanse of the Florida Everglades are little islands known locally as hammocks. (A) generally (B) to all (C) in that area (D) occasionally 11. In colonial times in early America, a popular type of social gathering was the quilting bee. (A) political (B) communal (C) laborious (D) fastidious 12.

Weight lifting is the gymnastic sport of lifting weights in a prescribed manner. (A) vigorous (B) popular (C) certain (D) careful 13. Nightshade is an example of a plant used purely for medicinal purposes. (A) after processing (B) exclusively (C) in many places (D) practically 14. Veterinarians usually give dogs an anesthetic so that they don’t cry out in pain. (A) gulp (B) flip (C) yelp (D) purr 15. Shelley’s famous poem “To a Skylark” praises the bird for its carefree spirit. (A) keen (B) harsh (C) blithe (D) gauche 16. Severe snowstorms cause power failures in the Northeast every winter. (A) Tornadoes (B) Hurricanes (C) Blizzards D) Earthquakes 17. Cruel treatment of inmates instigated a riot in one of the Indiana prisons. (A) Tolerant (B) Reliable (C) Brutal (D) Dubious 18. His hat was knocked askew by the wind. (A) awry (B) out of shape (C) off (D) on the ground 19. When in Washington, the U. S. President resides at the White House. (A) returns to (B) resists (C) lives in (D) sides with 20. His final remarks had a tremendous impact on the audience. (A) effect (B) collision (C) uplift (D) uproar 1a 2 b 3 b 4b 5 c 6b 7 d 8 c 9 b 10 c bai 7: . John’s unsportsmanlike behavior caused him to be ostracized by the other members of the country club. (A) shunned B) excelled (C) readmitted (D) wavered 2. The boat went aground in the storm and regrettably all of the passengers were not saved. (A) sank (B) docked (C) reversed (D) was wrecked 3. The chief executive was speaking conservatively when he said that their profit this year would be over a billion. (A) politely (B) openly (C) cautiously (D) dramatically 4. A nuclear power plant gives off less radiation than a granite structure of similar proportion, such as the Lincoln Memorial. (A) repels (B) concentrates (C) confines (D) emits 5. Owners should be sure that their insurance will replace all of their merchandise. (A) Proprietors (B) Tutors C) Benefactors (D) Debtors 6. Cotton cloth has been found among the ruins left by some early American Indians. (A) fabric (B) clothing (C) tapestry (D) thread 7. Mrs. Palmer was offended by the clerk’s mean remark. (A) tasty (B) nasty (C) misty (D) musty 8. After the war of 1847, the United States took New Mexico and California. (A) fret (B) craved (C) probed (D) seized 9. The student tried to write concisely but was carried away by his verbosity. (A) hurriedly (B) clearly (C) succinctly (D) intelligently 10. From the first, President Reagan’s avowed intention was to change the course of the American economy. (A) nature (B) productivity C) uncertainly (D) direction 11. The question of why prehistoric animals became extinct has not been conclusively answered. (A) predominantly (B) extensively (C) especially (D) decisively 12. That area of the country is laced with large and often dangerous rivers. (A) criss-crossed (B) decorated (C) ornate (D) diluted 13. The spy used a fictitious name while dealing with the enemy. (A) funny (B) false (C) real (D) foreign 14. Migrant workers have difficulty finding steady employment. (A) midget (B) diligent (C) transient (D) unmotivated 15. The atmosphere in the police chief’s office was electric with contention. (A) discord B) rejoicing (C) weeping (D) curiosity 16. Mr. Jacob’s sole objective is to make his firm a Fortune 500 company. (A) only (B) principal (C) important (D) immediate 17. She discarded the cores after Nellie had baked the apple pie. (A) peels (B) seeds (C) centers (D) cartons 18. The first recognized Olympic Games were held in 776 B. C. (A) celebrated (B) viewed (C) acknowledged (D) cheered 19. The gold depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky regularly contains more than $6 billion. (A) sometimes (B) occasionally (C) intermittently (D) normally 20. Patrick Henry delivered his speech asking for “liberty or death” at a church in Richmond, Virginia. A) made (B) went over (C) announced (D) handled over 1 a 2 d 3 c 4 d 5 a 6 a 7 b 8 d 9 c 10 d 11 d 12 a 13 b 14 c 15 a 16 a 17 c 18 c 19 d 20 a bai 8 1. Rote learning is now considered to be of dubious worth. (A) dual (B) questionable (C) spurious (D) salient 2. Attending a church, temple, or mosque is one way to make agreeable friends. (A) enduring (B) congenial (C) elderly (D) numerous 3. Since none of the polls had predicted the winner, everyone was surprised by the results of the election. (A) astounded (B) delighted (C) encouraged (D) perturbed 4. Many doctors are still general practitioners, but the tendency is toward pecialization in medicine. (A) rumor (B) trend (C) prejudice (D) security 5. Although there are many plastic objects to sweep the floor, most homemakers prefer the ones made from plants and bushes. (A) brims (B) brooms (C) brinks (D) bumps 6. Laser beams can be used to bore metals and other hard materials. (A) trim (B) melt (C) drill (D) slice 7. Ultimately people rely on science to gain an understanding of biological phenomena. (A) In the final analysis (B) In a predictable way (C) Unthinkingly (D) Religiously 8. Grandma Moses, a popular painter, spent her life in a tranquil little farming community. (A) a lovely B) a serene (C) an isolated (D) a snobbish 9. The graduate committee must be in full accord in their approval of a dissertation. (A) indecisive (B) unanimous (C) vocal (D) sullen 10. Aristotle believed that a thrown ball traveled in a straight line, until the force impelling it was exhausted. (A) used up (B) debilitated (C) diverted (D) tired out 11. In the 1980 census, New Jersey was the most densely populated state. (A) rigorously (B) heavily (C) wantonly (D) searingly 12. The foreign countries’ attempt at a blockade of the port was unsuccessful. (A) expedition (B) opening (C) landing (D) closure 13.

The thieves were trying to perpetrate a robbery in the office building. (A) view (B) interfere with (C) stop (D) commit 14. The young couple chose a secluded place for their picnic. (A) authentic (B) sunny (C) isolated (D) grassy 15. A new government department was established to control maritime traffic. (A) sea (B) military (C) highway (D) air 16. Before the arrival of farmers and ranchers, the rolling plains of Texas were pristine prairies. (A) prismatic (B) unbounded (C) inimitable (D) unspoiled 17. Due to the efforts of conservationists and environmentalists, few people are unaware of the problems of endangered species. A) obstinate about (B) ignorant of (C) indifferent to (D) adjacent to 18. The squid’s giant nerve fibers are used by marine biologists to conduct research on how nerves work. (A) aquatic (B) military (C) seafaring (D) naval 19. Mammals have highly developed ears, consisting of varying lengths and numbers of turns in the cochlea. (A) sophisticated (B) aged (C) sensitized (D) acoustic 20. I only have time to tell you the main idea of it, not the details. (A) twist (B) gist (C) list (D) fist 1 b 2 b 3 a 4 b 5 b 6 c 7 a 8 b 9 b 10 a 11 b 12 d 13 d 14 c 15 a 16 d 17 a 18 a 19 a 20 b


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