Context Clues Worksheet

Context Clues Worksheet: Sometimes we do not need to look up the words we don't know. The first thing to do should be to look at the context and actually try to guess the meaning of the word. Context clues usually help us figure out the meaning of the words without having to look up in the dictionary.

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Using Context Clues
Using Sentence Hints
Choose the correct meaning of the underlined word, and identify the type of context clue used: example, contrast, definition, or logic

1. Our baseball team's pitcher has a few eccentric habits, such as throwing exactly thirteen warm-up pitches and never wearing socks.

A) normal
B) strange
C) messy


2. After the heavy rains, the stream became murky; in fact, the water was so cloudy you couldn't see the bottom.

A) cloudy
B) bottomless
C) clear


3. The debris on the stadium floor included numerous paper cups, ticket stubs, and cigarette butts.

A) products
B) papers
C) trash


4. The coach takes every opportunity to censure his players, yet he ignores every opportunity to praise them.

A) approve of
B) criticize
C) choose


5. The newlyweds agreed to be very frugal in their shopping because they wanted to save enough money to buy a house.

A) economical
B) wasteful
C) interested


6. Although Alex usually looks unkempt, he had a very neat appearance at his job interview.

A) orderly
B) handsome
C) messy


In the sentences below, which type of context clue is provided for the underlined word?

7. I'm looking for a unique gift for my boyfriend; he appreciates unusual things.

A) example
B) synonym
C) antonym / contrast

8. Expecting that his license would be renewed, the pilot was surprised when it was revoked instead.

A) example
B) synonym
C) antonym

Note that in questions 1-6 the system does not check for clues' correction. It only checks if you chose the correct meaning for the word.

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