Some Vocabulary from "Flatland":

Furlong: 1.A measure of length; the eighth part of a mile; forty rods; 220 yards. Often still used in horse racing. Trade:  1. your job or profession. 2. to exchange items. 3. Buying and selling
Serf:  1.a sort of feudal person wedded to the land & owned by a noble. 2. a peasant. 3. Someone in servitude Wane: 1. To diminish or reduce in quality, quantity, intensity, or degree. The opposite of wax.
Mischief: 1. Behavior that causes discomfiture or annoyance in another. 2. An inclination or a tendency to play pranks or cause embarrassment.
(from Old French meschief).
Some of these definitions were made by searching 
http://www.dictionary.com/

Choose the closest synonym to the underlined word:

1. The Martians of Edgar Rice Burroughs were a declining race slowly losing ground to the
increasing aridness of the Red Planet.
A. Furlongly
B. Trading
C. Serf like
D. Waning
E. Mischievous

2. Pierre Henri loves  tomfoolery.  Last week he put his chewing gum on Jerome's
seat just before his friend sat down on it.
A. Furlong
B. Trade
C. Serf
D. Wane
E. Mischief

3. Wounded in the struggle, the telephone seemed a ____________ away to Cedric when it was
only across the room.
A. Furlong
B. Trade
C. Serf
D. Wane
E. Mischief

4. Just till you get your  TOEFL you are all my slaves cried the mad English professor.
A. Furlongs
B. Trades
C. Serfs
D. Wanes
E. Mischiefs

5.  Millers ply or engage in  their craft by crushing grains into flour.
A. Furlong
B. Trade
C. Serf
D. Wane
E. Mischief
 
Therefore: 1 because or for that reason. Compel:   1. To force, drive, or constrain
Absent-minded: 1. Thinking profoundly and heedless of present circumstances or activities; preoccupied 2. tending to fail to remember. Rabble: 1.A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
2. The lowest or coarsest class of people.
Backward: 1 to the rear. 2. anti progressive or regressive 3. done in a manner that is the reverse of normal

6. When Jerome is tired he often gets forgetful and misplaces his keys or his wallet.
A. Therefore
B. Absent-minded
C. Compel
D. Rabble
E. Backward

7. Coercing you to come to Toefl class on Tuesdays makes me feel guilty, but you should be
happy: there's only a few weeks left.
A. Therefore
B. Absent-mindedly
C. Compeling
D. Rabbling
E. Backwarding

8. When I first saw our class, I immediately thought that you were just a collection of
riffraff and dregs. I realized later that I had been  too optimistic...
A. Therefore
B. Absent-minded
C. Compel
D. Rabble
E. Backward

9. Using only chalk and a blackboard in class strikes me as being a little primitive in this
age of computers.
A. Therefore
B. Absent-minded
C. Compel
D. Rabble
E. Backward

10. I work late on Mondays and Wednesdays, consequently I don't mind showing a film
after class on either of those two nights.
A. Therefore
B. Absent-minded
C. Compel
D. Rabble
E. Backward


 
 
 
 

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Professor of English
Ecole des Mines
158 cours Fauriel
St.Etienne
FRANCE