Word Power: Test Your Knowledge of “Truth” Terms
Distinguishing fact from fiction isn’t always easy. These words describe the many shades of truth and falsehood—and that’s no lie.
A: Faithful to the original version
B: Reliable source
C: Made with sincere intent
Answer: C—Made with sincere intent
As in, “Although he was forced to break it, Martin’s promise had been bona fide.”
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A: Not shown to be not true
B: Not shown to be true
C: Shown not to be true
Answer: B—Not shown to be true
As in, “Some of the alleged health benefits of probiotics are so far unproven.”
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Answer: B—Make false, malicious statements about someone
As in, “The politician calumniated her rival, accusing her of corruption.”
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A: Environment where you encounter only opinions that match your own
B: Repeating a claim until you are believed
C: Effect where information tends to get distorted as it spreads
Answer: A—Environment where you encounter only opinions that match your own
As in, “To transcend the echo chamber of his Facebook feed, Arun picked up a newspaper.”
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A: Refuse to change your mind
B: Reject a fact because it makes you feel bad
C: Challenge the truth or honesty of something
Answer: C—Challenge the truth or honesty of something
As in, “The witness braced himself, knowing the defence lawyers would try to impugn his credibility.”
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Answer: C—Using popular prejudices and dishonest claims to gain power
As in, “Bruce stooped to demagoguery by unfairly blaming immigrants for the crime rate.”
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A: Add fictitious details to make a story more interesting
B: Pay someone to express a particular opinion
C: Assume a false identity
Answer: A—Add fictitious details to make a story more interesting
As in, “Pirouz got some laughs by embroidering an account of a family gathering.”
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B: Having the appearance of truth
C: Untrue yet persuasive
Answer: B—Having the appearance of truth
As in, “Khuyen’s strength as a novelist was in writing verisimilar dialogue.”
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Answer: C—Obvious truth that goes without saying
As in, “Ana’s book rehashed the truism that kids learn from their parents’ example.”
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As in, “The other poker players thought Kira was four-flushing when in fact she had a great hand.”
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A: Misattributed quote
B: Pretentious nonsense
C: Intentionally confusing
Answer: B—Pretentious nonsense
As in, “Hal thought his company’s ‘holistic framework for achieving disruptive innovation’ was taradiddle.”
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Answer: C—Logical and convincing
As in, “Rhiannon made a cogent case for a safe-injection site.”
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A: Spread a rumour
B: Bombard an opponent with weak arguments
C: Get something wrong because you researched it hastily
Answer: B—Bombard an opponent with weak arguments
As in, “Gish galloping is dishonest, but it still wins debates.”
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B: Able to be checked
C: Sworn under oath
Answer: B—Able to be checked
As in, “If you doubt the river is polluted, go see for yourself,” maintained the ecologist. “It’s a verifiable fact.”
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Answer: B—Pretend to be sick to avoid work
As in, “Sasha spent the day malingering and watching his favourite show’s new season.”
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