Quiz: Do You Have The Vocabulary Level of a Harvard Grad?
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Do You Have The Vocabulary Level of a Harvard Grad?
By: Allison Lips
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About This Quiz

English is a complex combination of influences. Practically every language on Earth has influenced English on some level. Before 1150, Greek, French, and Latin were dominant influences. While those languages never lost their stronghold on English vocabulary, English has evolved to include more words from Sanskrit, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Dutch.

Due to its diverse heritage, English also has a seemingly endless supply of synonyms. While you may feel like all these words solely exist so the College Board has material to use on the SATs, that obviously is not the reason. English's malleability and adaptability allow speakers to borrow words from any language during their quest for the perfect word for any given situation. 

English is constantly adding words as older ones fall out of favor. There are also words that only appear in legal documents or are used by people who want to feel smarter than everyone else. You might come across as insufferable if you stuffed every multisyllabic word you know into a sentence. However, it is still fun to learn more complex and unusual words. It adds color to our sentences. 

If you enjoy having fun with language, this quiz is for you! Find out whether you are a vocabulary expert or if you need to read a dictionary! 

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What do you do if you condone something?
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If there's discord between two people, what is going on?
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If you're examining an item qualitatively, what are you looking for?
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Something that is taut doesn't have any what?
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If an ant spawns, what is it doing?
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Why would you trust someone who is scrupulous?
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What does it mean to repudiate something?
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What is the meaning of "acumen?"
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If something eludes you, what does it do?
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Why might you not pay much attention to something that is prosaic?
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What does it mean to rescind an offer?
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When someone goes on a tirade, what are they doing?
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A liquid that is "viscous," has what consistency?
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Why would an audience dislike a play that is trite?
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Someone who is posh may look down at an uncouth person because?
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If you remain steadfast in your belief, you are what?
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Someone who is sage has a lot of what?
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What is a prolific author known for?
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If you have a plethora of something, what do you have?
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If something is motley, it's made up of what?
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Why would someone dislike a maudlin song?
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What does it mean when someone is lackadaisical?
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When something is done jocularly, what is it?
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What is a reporter who is described as intrepid?
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If someone describes a gymnast as lithe, what is the gymnast?
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What does it mean to "incubate" a project?
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Why is an idyllic countryside notable?
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If something is expedient, what is it?
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When you divulge a piece of information, what do you do?
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