Closest in Meaning Exercises

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Find the sentence that is closest in meaning to the one given for each question.

1.Due to the fact that the demand for tea was very high in the 19th century, its price was astronomical.

A) It was not until the 19th century that the demand for tea started to
B) The demand for tea was so high in the 19th century that its price was
C) In the 19th century the price for tea didn't increase despite the
D) It was its astronomical price which decreased the demand for tea in
        the 19th century.
E) In the 19th century, even though the demand for tea was enormous its
        price remained cheap.

2. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents.

A) French and English are the only languages that are spoken on five
B) Unlike French, English is spoken on five continents.
C) French and English are spoken widely in official and commercial
D) Before English, French was the only language spoken on five
E) Worldwide, French is the most widely taught second language after

3. Adults laugh less than children, probably because they play less.

A) unlike adults children laugh more while playing games.
B) Since adults have less time playing games; they don't laugh as much
        as children
C) No matter how much adults play, they can't laugh more than children.
D) It seems that adults, who don't laugh much, didn't play much with
        other children when they were young.
E) The reason why adults laugh less than children might be that they play

4. We must remember what happened in the past so that it will never happen again.

A) If we could remember the past, it would not happen again.
B) Since we all tend to forget what happened in the past we do the same
        mistakes again.
C) We couldn't remember what happened in the past so we did it again.
D) In order not to repeat the past, we should certainly not forget what
        happened then.
E) Those who couldn't remember what happened in the past were more
        likely to repeat it.

5. After failing a doping test at the Seoul Olympics, Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal.

A) At the Seoul Olympics Ben Johnson and many others were disqualified
        after failing a doping test.
B) If Ben Johnson hadn't been tested positive for doping at the Seoul
        Olympics, he wouldn't have lost his gold medal.
C) Since Ben Johnson confessed having used doping his gold medal was
        taken back.
D) As Ben Johnson failed the doping test again at the Seoul Olympics, he
        was stripped of his gold medal.
E) Although Ben Johnson failed the doping test he wasn't disqualified from
        the Seoul Olympics.

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