HSPT Verbal : Other Analogies

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Other Analogies

Malnutrition is to sustenance as desiccation is to __________.

Possible Answers:

dehydrated

desert

healthful

intestinal

fluid

Correct answer:

fluid

Explanation:

When a person suffers from malnutrition, that person lacks sustenance to support his or her life. The “mal-” prefix should indicate this to you, as it expresses “poorly” or “lacking.” The word “sustenance” can be thought of as a “sustaining amount of food.” Thus, the analogy could be rewritten, “As someone suffering from malnutrition lacks sustenance, so does someone or something suffering from desiccation lack X.” Desiccation is the state of being completely dry and lacking fluid. 

Example Question #2 : Other Analogies

Annoyance is to emotion as cannon is to __________.

Possible Answers:

warfare

armament

pistol

battle

militia

Correct answer:

armament

Explanation:

Annoyance is a type of emotion. Therefore, we are looking to find a word that expresses a "type-of" relationship. Cannons are a type of implement used for warfare. Therefore, they are a type of "armament." The word "arms" often are used to describe such military equipment, as when people speak of "arming" a group for battle.

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