The publisher provides truncated definitions, removing each example, to make the item more difficult. It also presents the definitions in paragraph form. In contrast, here is a genuine dictionary entry for the word cake.
1. A sweet baked food made of flour, liquid, eggs, and other ingredients, such as raising agents and flavorings.
2. A flat rounded mass of dough or batter, such as a pancake that is baked or fried.
3. A flat rounded mass of hashed or chopped food that is baked or fried; a patty.
4. A shaped or molded piece, as of soap or ice.
5. A layer or deposit of compacted matter: a cake of grime in the oven.
If this is a test of children’s real=world skills, then why don’t they supply real-world materials–and use real dictionary entries?
Note that the real dictionary put each definition on a separate line, making things easier to read and sort out.
And now for the test question:
2. Read this sentence from the article.
Along the way, Matthew Henson stepped out on a large cake of ice.
Now study this dictionary entry showing four meanings of the word cake.
cake (kak) n 1. a sweet baked dessert of flour, liquid, eggs, and other ingredients 2.a flat, rounded mass of dough that is baked or fried 3. a flat rounded patty of chopped food that is baked or fried 4. a shaped, solid object.
Which definition BEST explains cake as it is used in the sentence?