Commonly Confused Words - Quiz 1

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  1. A Christmas treat is ___ pudding.
    a. plum
    b. plumb

  2. A ___ expression mixes both humor and disbelief.
    a. rye
    b. wry

  3. A ___ in shining armor is every girl's dream.
    a. night
    b. knight

  4. A ___ is a female deer.
    a. doe
    b. dough

  5. A ___ is a gadget.
    a. device
    b. devise

  6. A ___ is a narrow passage of water.
    a. straight
    b. strait

  7. A ___ is a type of shellfish.
    a. muscle
    b. mussel

  8. A ___ of children attacked the treats on the picnic table.
    a. hoard
    b. horde

  9. A ___ of water buffalo were resting beside the river when the lions attacked.
    a. heard
    b. herd

  10. A deer can also be called a ___.
    a. hart
    b. heart

  11. A delicious fruit is the French ___.
    a. peer
    b. pier
    c. pear

  12. A dolphin and a ___ are similar.
    a. porpoise
    b. purpose

  13. A favorite orange is the ___.
    a. naval
    b. navel

  14. A great ___ burst from her lips as she realized that the child was dead.
    a. wail
    b. whale

  15. A healthy pond should ___ with life.
    a. team
    b. teem

  16. A low mark on one quiz should not have a strong ___ on your grade.
    a. affect
    b. effect

  17. A man of his ___ is impressive.
    a. statue
    b. stature
    c. statute

  18. A member of the House of Lords is known as a ___.
    a. peer
    b. pier
    c. pear

  19. A place I remember from my childhood is the little brown church in the ___.
    a. vale
    b. veil

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