Chapter 3: DEFINITION
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No. of Questions = 13

In these exercises, you will be given definitions and asked to identify what is wrong with them. The possible faults correspond to rules of definitions.


1 A FORK is a four-pronged eating implement.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
2 An ASSASSINATION is the dynamic outprocessing of a political leader or other prominent person.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
3 A COW is a bovine mammal.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
4 A GRACEFUL person is one who acts without clumsiness.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
5 A SQUARE is a four-sided plane figure.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
6 JEALOUSY is when you resent someone for having something you want.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
7 A BANK is an institution for financial intermediation.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
8 A LUXURY is an economic good that is desirable but not inexpensive.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
9 A TUNNEL is a cylindrical underground passage.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
10 FEAR is the emotion one experiences in response to something scary.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
11 A CHIMNEY is a vertical shaft extending through the roof of a building and through which, according to legend, Santa Claus delivers presents.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
12 To BORROW is to take temporary possession of something belonging to another.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)
13 A LANDMARK is a historical monument marked by a plaque.
a) no genus
b) too broad
c) too narrow
d) nonessential
e) circular
f) negative
g) unclear (vague, obscure, metaphorical)


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