Education: Shock in Chicago

"Use the words listed below in sentences that will illustrate their respective meanings: incoherent, dietary, punitive, travesty, succinct, insurgent, malcontent, and divest."

In Chicago last month, 400 college-trained applicants for high-school teaching jobs dutifully answered the question on an English examination. Last week a shocked Education Examiner Office reported some of the more glaring results:

¶ "The cake was on the punitive side." ¶ "Your research paper has malcontent." ¶ "The travesty of the blast could not be measured."

¶ "The insurgent in her side was two inches deep."

¶ "The original species of monkeys is succinct."

¶ "Divest problems will inflict you...

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