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Unusual Words from Social Studies (Grade 9)

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Unusual Words from Social Studies

1. 
Which of these words means extremely loud, particularly when describing the human voice?

adagic . . . . . . . stentorian . . . . . . . phlegmatic . . . . . . . napoleonic



2. 
Which of these words describes something as ornate in detail?

baroque . . . . . . unassuming . . . . . . guileless . . . . . . homogeneous



3. 
Which of these words means a public declaration of policy and aims?

canon . . . . . . compendium . . . . . . manifesto . . . . . . plebiscite



4. 
Which word is a foreign policy practice where in order to gain an advantageous negotiation position over a rival, a country or countries force an interaction which stops just short of war?


détente . . . . . . . realpolitik . . . . . . . brinkmanship . . . . . . . espionage



5. 
Which word means a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)?

enfranchisement . . . . . . capitation . . . . . . acculturation . . . . . . phalanstery



6. 
Which word is an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities?

scrupulor . . . . . . plebeian . . . . . . vermillion . . . . . . ombudsman



7. 
Which of these condiments was originally a mixture of pickled fish and spices?

gochujang . . . . . . . ketchup . . . . . . . footi. . . . . . . sriracha



8. 
Which word means two points on the Earth's surface which are diametrically opposite each other? The two points are connected by a straight line running through the center of the Earth.

azimuth . . . . . . . antipodes . . . . . . . analemma . . . . . . . archipelago



9. 
Which of these is a a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa?

dengbêj . . . . . . . kobzar . . . . . . . griot . . . . . . . qissagoi



10. 
Which of these words is an amphitheater-like valley formed by glacial erosion?

chinook . . . . . . . chaparral . . . . . . . cwm . . . . . . . coulee



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