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Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 +: Different Kinds of People (Part 2)

Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 +: Different Kinds of People (Part 2)

Good Qualities and Character Flaws 2

(a) For each question, tick the word or phrase (a or b) that appears closest in meaning to the words underlined.

1. To be insolent is to be … (a) rude (b) likeable
2. To be irascible is to be … (a) short-tempered (b) good-humoured
3. To be mendacious is to be … (a) dishonest (b) motivated
4. To be mercurial is to be … (a) even-tempered (b) lively but unpredictable
5. To be pedantic is to … (a) pay attention to detail (b) always be in a hurry
6. To be pensive is to be … (a) deep in thought (b) anxious about something
7. To be pernickety is to be … (a) very witty (b) overly fussy
8. To be quixotic is to be … (a) a visionary (b) predictable and boring
9. To be recalcitrant is to be … (a) disobedient (b) creative
10. To be sanguine is to be … (a) serious in character (b) cheerful and optimistic
11. To be scrupulous is to be … (a) loyal (b) principled
12. To be steadfast is to remain … (a) faithful to something (b) critical of something
13. To be stoic is to be ….. (a) very emotional (b) impassive
14. To be vociferous is to be … (a) noisy (b) shy
15. To be wilful is to be … (a) easy to please (b) overly stubborn
16. To be wistful is to be … (a) focused on the future (b) longing for something

(b) Transform the adjectives from Task One into an appropriate Noun or Adverb form.

  1. If you are steadfast in your belief, you will defend that belief____
  2. If you are willful by nature, you come to be known for your____
  3. Someone who is stoic is known for their_____
  4. If you want to complain in a vociferous manner, you might shout_____
  5. A wistful person thinks____about their long-lost love.
  6. _____Is not a characteristic of someone who is unscrupulous.
  7. If you do something in a sanguine manner, you do it_____
  8. If you communicate with your parents in a way that is insolent, you speak_____to them.
  9. A mendacious person has the unbecoming characteristic of_____
  10. He is mercurial, so his_____is what makes him interesting.
  11. He threw the stone in an irascible rage because of his innate_____
  12. She looked_____towards the sky because she was in a very pensive mood.
  13. His_____is very annoying; he should really try not to be so pernickety.
  14. _____is a quality found in those who tend to be recalcitrant.
  15. He____predicted great things for the economy; after all, it was in his nature to be sanguine.
  16. He approached every problem_____which meant that he always found an unusual way around it; they used to call him Mr. Quixotic.

Answer Key

Good Qualities and Character Flaws 2

(a) (b)
1. a 9. a 1. steadfastly 9. mendaciousness
2. a 10. b 2. willfulness 10. mercuriality
3. a 11. b 3. stoicism 11. irascibility
4. b 12. a 4. vociferously 12. pensively
5. a 13. b 5. wistfully 13. pernicketiness
6. a 14. a 6. scrupulousness 14. Recalcitrance
7. b 15. b 7. sanguinely 15. sanguinely
8. a 16. b 8. insolently 16. quixotically

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