October 20, 2018
tumult (noun)
\TOO-mult\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance2 : a great confusion of mind
How do you use it?
"Now the tumult--shouts and cries--came from within the building itself. I heard a scream, followed by sounds of crashing, wood splintering, and I knew not what other violence." (Avi, _Crispin: The Cross of Lead_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "tumult" correctly?

There should be no confusion about picking D. You can toss aside sentence A immediately, since the covering that Min is spreading on the ground to keep her plants from freezing is called "mulch," not "tumult." "Tumult" doesn't work in B either, where it's a triple "somersault" that might logically be included in the dive. Sentence C can also be eliminated, since it uses "tumult" as a verb in place of "tumble," the word that really fits there. That leaves the wildly celebrating fans in D as the source of the excitement.
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