ESL Synonym Questions (State of the art)

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  • ESL = English as a Second Language
  • 50 multiple-choice synonym questions; 4 choices per question
  • each question includes a sentence, providing context for the question
  • ESL questions available from Peter Turney
  • introduced in Turney (2001) as a way of evaluating algorithms for measuring degree of similarity between two words
  • subsequently used by many other researchers


Sample question

Stem: "A rusty nail is not as strong as a clean, new one."
Choices: (a) corroded
(b) black
(c) dirty
(d) painted
Solution: (a) corroded


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