ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for People

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Lower Level Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

VISIONARY

Possible Answers:

Potent 

Uncontrollable desire

Damaged goods 

Creative thinker 

Portent 

Correct answer:

Creative thinker 

Explanation:

A “visionary” is someone who has the vision to see creative solutions to problems, a creative thinker. To provide further help, “uncontrollable” means not able to be controlled; “potent” means powerful; a “portent” is an omen.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

A synonym of "kin" is __________.

Possible Answers:

relative

connected

spark

child

person

Correct answer:

relative

Explanation:

"Kin" is a noun that means "one's family and relations," or an adjective that means "related." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "one's family." While "connected" may look like the correct answer, because people who are "kin" are connected to each other, "connected" does not mean the same thing as "kin," so "connected" cannot be the correct answer. "Relative," however, can not only function as an adjective that means "considered in relation or in proportion to something else," but also as a noun that means "a person connected by blood or marriage." So, because "relative" is the closest synonym to "kin" amongst the listed answer choices, "relative" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FOE:

Possible Answers:

miser

comrade

partner

enemy

tyrant

Correct answer:

enemy

Explanation:

A foe is the opposite of a comrade and is defined as an enemy.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PACIFIST:

Possible Answers:

ally

orator

philanthropist

instigator

peacemaker

Correct answer:

peacemaker

Explanation:

A pacifist is someone who keeps the peace or who is a peacemaker.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

BEGINNER

Possible Answers:

Biased

Benevolent

New

Novice

Correct answer:

Novice

Explanation:

The best answer choice is "novice," because another word for a "beginner" is "novice." Considering the other choices, "benevolent" means kind or charitable, and "biased" means expressing a particular prejudice. While the word "new" is related, it is an adjective that describes a beginner and is not a synonym of "beginner."

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Select the synonym.

Heroine

Possible Answers:

Adolescent

Anthropologist

Adventurer

Hero

Female

Correct answer:

Hero

Explanation:

A heroine is a female hero, so hero is the best synonym here.  

None of the other answer choices work.  Not all females are heroines, so that answer choice does not work.  Similarly, heroines can be young or old, so adolescent is incorrect.  Someone can also be an adventurer without being a hero.  Lastly, anthropologists study humans, which has nothing to do with heroines.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

NEMESIS

Possible Answers:

Namesake

Acquaintance

Relative

Rival

Correct answer:

Rival

Explanation:

A "nemesis" is an opponent or rival, a person or group with which you are especially competitive. For example, pretend that your school football team often plays against another team. You and your friends get excited for those games, especially hate when your team loses, and might even talk about the opposing team members as enemies. The opposing team would be your nemesis. Of the other choices, an "acquaintance" is someone that you know, a "relative" is a family member or someone to whom you are related, and a "namesake" is a thing that shares its name with something else, or is directly named after it.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

JOURNALIST

Possible Answers:

Dentist

Accountant

Reporter

Professor

Principal

Correct answer:

Reporter

Explanation:

A "journalist" is a person who researches and writes news stories, or a "reporter." A "professor" is a person who teaches at a university or college. A "dentist" is a medical professional who cleans and operates on teeth. An "accountant" is a person who states and reviews the financial statements of a person or company. A "principal" is the person in charge at a school.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ENTOURAGE

Possible Answers:

Journey

Entrance

Building

Attendants

Correct answer:

Attendants

Explanation:

An "entourage" is a group of attendants. The best choice is "attendants," because it is a part of the definition of "entourage."

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

FELON

Possible Answers:

Politician 

Criminal 

Teacher 

Partner

Miser 

Correct answer:

Criminal 

Explanation:

A felon is someone who has committed a crime. To further help you, a politician is someone who is involved in government; a miser is someone who hates spending money and tries to save as much as possible.

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