Do You Have the Vocabulary Level of a Berkeley Grad?

EDUCATION

Talin Vartanian

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You don't need to be a UC Berkeley graduate to take our English quiz, but fair warning: there are some advanced words and phrases ahead! Even if you don't know what words like "irksome," "insolent" and "withering" mean, you can use context clues to help you figure out the answer! Context clues are hints within the question (as well as some of the answers) that could help you narrow down what the real answer is. This is a great technique for those with a logical mind and strong deductive reasoning skills as well. But don't worry, we'll give you some warmups first to help you prepare!

Take the word "effulgent," for instance. Someone might say, "My husband bought me an effulgent ring for my birthday," or "My best friend always has an effulgent expression on her face." You might be able to deduce the meaning – that effulgent means "radiant" or "shining."

If that was too easy for you, how about the word "parsimonious?" This adjective describes someone who is a little too frugal with their money and possessions. They also tend to exhibit rude or mean behavior traits, possibly as a derivative of a greedy personality. 

But enough chatter! If you think you're ready to ace our vocabulary quiz, then scroll down to see if you're a true Berkeley grad!

If you are yelling at someone in an aggressive way, then you might be _______ them.

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Let's say you want to tell a secret to your best friend. What would they be called?

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What is the best antonym for the word "debase"?

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You might be "happy" if you won the lottery, but a better word to use would be _______.

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What would you call someone who is arrogant and self-important?

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The word "each" is an example of which type of pronoun?

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Someone who is a beginner at video games might also be referred to as what?

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If you've hit rock-bottom in life, this is known as the __________.

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Which of the following words is the most accurate synonym for "guileless"?

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One of these words is not an adjective, but can you spot the culprit in disguise?

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If I say that I have a plethora of movies in my collection, what does this mean?

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What would you call someone who is super passionate about a certain hobby or activity?

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We all know that grass is green, right? But what's a more scholarly way of saying the word "green"?

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Many people would agree that computers are a major evolution in technology, but what does this mean?

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The word "awkwardly" describes someone who lacks grace in a situation, but how would you categorize this word?

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An old soul who carries wisdom and knowledge within their heart might be called _______.

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Let's say you're about to give a speech in front of 1,000 people. No matter how confident you feel, you'll likely feel ______ as well.

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If you're hearing the same song playing over and over again on a radio station, you might be feeling a bit _________.

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Someone who is loud and vocal about their opinions might be known as what sort of person?

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On your morning commute, the driver next to you is starting to express some road rage. How would you describe their attitude?

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The stars in the sky may look beautiful, but how would you describe their shimmering effect?

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There are many ways to tell someone that they are attractive, but which of these words describes the opposite of being attractive?

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What does the following sentence mean: The ocean has myriad fish?

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You've surely met at least one person who talks way too much. What would such a person be called?

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If you had a conversation with a rather obtuse person, then that person was ______.

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One of these words is not a synonym for "quiescent," but can you spot it?

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How would you describe someone who demonstrates stern manners or behavior?

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The term "lapis lazuli" matches which of the following colors?

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Some people speak in a sarcastic way. How would you describe this tone of voice?

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Someone who wears drab clothing or has an old-fashioned sense of style might be referred to as _______.

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