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Listening, Part C, Questions 39 through 43, "Thatching a roof..."


TestMagic's Top 10 Vocab List

This list is designed to help you learn new TOEFL vocabulary and remember it.

TestMagic has chosen the Top 10 words or phrases that are most likely to appear on your next TOEFL test and has put them on this list.

To make full use of this list, you should look at the Parts of Speech (that will help you with the grammar section), and read each Sample Sentence. The Sample Sentences are designed to be easy to remember and understand. Furthermore, each sentence has other useful vocabulary in it as well.

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# New Word Part of Speech Sample Sentence Sample TOEFL Vocab Question
1. barn   Thomas Magic, a noted and accomplished photographer, traveled rural America photographing rustic barns and old silos.
animals
shelters
fields

pottery
2. sturdy   Hardwoods such as oak and maple preferred to such softwood as pine because they are sturdier and longer lasting.
stronger
prettier
older

heavier
3. withstand   Certain older buildings, bridges, and other structures are undergoing retrofitting so that they can better withstand the jolt of an earthquake of at least a 7.0 magnitude. 
suffer
avoid
ignore

endure
4. last   Few people realize that such synthetic materials as plastic, like those found in six-pack rings and soda bottles, can last up to 500 years or longer in a landfill.
finalize
resume
survive

degrade
5. in a nutshell   The rivalry between agriculture and industry in the US is long and complicated, but in a nutshell, industry has become more important as technology has advanced.
hungrily
briefly
in fact

generally
6. beams   Construction companies typically use thousands of beams to construct the "skeleton" of a large building.
rays
girders
boards

nails
7. reeds   Reeds are in common use in many everyday objects, ranging from such musical instruments as saxophones and clarinets to wicker baskets.
A reed is a type of
plant
bone
plastic

stone
8. bundles   Hay is typically harvested, cut, and dried before it is shaped into bundles for easy transportation and sale.
packages
boxes
lots

squares
9. shingles   Wooden shingles have come to be less common as a roofing material as the public has become more aware of the fire hazard they present.
The relationship between roof and shingle is most like that between
lock and key
door and hinge
book and page

fish and scale
10. slate   Slate is a dense gray rock that is quarried for both commercial and consumer use.
Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage as a use for slate?
shipping crates
stepping stones
furniture

flooring
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