Question 7 - Upper Level: Reading Comprehension Practice Test for the ISEE

As used in the following sentence from the attached passage, what is the best definition for the word don?

“Most adult women living in the modern western world will proudly don a ring on their left hand upon becoming engaged to be married.”

\[\begin{array}{} {1} &\;\; \text{Most adult women living in the modern western world will} \\ {2} & \;\;\text{proudly don a ring on their left hand upon becoming engaged} \\ {3} & \;\;\text{to be married. While a diamond stone on a gold band seems} \\ {4} & \;\;\text{to be the most popular choice, many women are starting to} \\ {5} &\;\; \text{branch out and select more unique designs for their} \\ {6} & \;\;\text{engagement rings. Colorful gems, such as rubies and} \\ {7} & \;\;\text{sapphires, are especially growing in popularity. Still other} \\ {8} & \;\;\text{women choose no gemstone at all, preferring the ease and} \\ {9} & \;\;\text{simplicity of a band.} \\ \end{array}\] \[\begin{array}{} {10} &\;\; \text{Regardless of the design choice, wearing an engagement} \\ {11} & \;\;\text{ring of some kind is a time-honored tradition that most} \\ {12} & \;\;\text{people accept without further thought. But from where does} \\ {13} & \;\;\text{this tradition stem? Why is it the norm to wear a ring after} \\ {14} & \;\;\text{getting engaged?} \\ \end{array}\] \[\begin{array}{} {15} &\;\; \text{The history of the engagement ring goes back farther than} \\ {16} & \;\;\text{most people would guess. While the modern engagement} \\ {17} & \;\;\text{ring is a relatively new tradition, using rings to represent} \\ {18} & \;\;\text{matrimony or partnership can be traced all the way back to} \\ {19} & \;\;\text{the Egyptians in 2800 B.C. Since then, wedding and} \\ {20} &\;\; \text{engagement rings have cropped up in many societies all} \\ {21} & \;\;\text{over the world, including Asia and Europe. Archduke} \\ {22} & \;\;\text{Maximilian of Austria is said to have been the first to propose} \\ {23} & \;\;\text{with a diamond ring in 1477, but it would be a long time yet} \\ {24} & \;\;\text{before diamond rings were the norm. Early societies used all} \\ {25} &\;\; \text{types of materials to create rings, including thread, wood,} \\ {26} & \;\;\text{iron, and even hair. Puritans in the eighteenth century wore} \\ {27} & \;\;\text{thimbles to represent matrimony, eventually cutting the tops} \\ {28} & \;\;\text{off of them to create rings.} \\ \end{array}\] \[\begin{array}{} {29} &\;\; \text{Based on the history of the engagement ring, it seems that} \\ {30} & \;\;\text{wearing a ring as a symbolic representation of love or} \\ {31} & \;\;\text{attachment is by no means a new idea. The western} \\ {32} & \;\;\text{standard of diamonds and other expensive gems are simply} \\ {33} & \;\;\text{the most modern trend in the engagement ring practice.} \\ \end{array}\]

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