ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Sentence Completions: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Example Question #1 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Each sentence completion question is made up of a sentence with one blank.  Each blank indicates that a word is missing.  The sentence is followed by five answer choices.  Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Jennifer is a(n) _____ reader; she frequently reads books and seems to gain a high level of pleasure from reading.

Possible Answers:

deliberate

apathetic

avid

thoughtful

repetitive

Correct answer:

avid

Explanation:

Since Jennifer reads frequently and with enthusiasm, she is best described as an avid or devoted reader.

Example Question #2 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Each sentence completion question is made up of a sentence with one blank.  Each blank indicates that a word is missing.  The sentence is followed by five answer choices.  Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The water in the lake where her family vacationed was dark blue and _____; she could not see to the bottom of the lake, which made her afraid of what was under the surface of the water.

Possible Answers:

mysterious

luminous

foggy

opaque

transparent

Correct answer:

opaque

Explanation:

In this statement, the best answer choice is that the lake water is opaque.  The key to this question is that she cannot see the bottom of the lake.

Example Question #3 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Each sentence completion question is made up of a sentence with one blank.  Each blank indicates that a word is missing.  The sentence is followed by five answer choices.  Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Due to the high heat index and the fact that he was out of shape, Joe felt that the five-mile run was _____.

Possible Answers:

feasible

nonsensical

excruciating

mild

effortless

Correct answer:

excruciating

Explanation:

The key to this question is noting that Joe ran in high heat and was out of shape before undertaking a lengthy run of five miles.  Thus, the run was presumably excruciating or painful.

Example Question #1 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank.  Each blank indicates that a word is missing.  The sentence is followed by five answer choices.  Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

A letter of rejection from the college Tom wanted to attend caused him to be _____ and miserable.

Possible Answers:

timid

melancholy

listless

hostile

indifferent

Correct answer:

melancholy

Explanation:

Since he got a rejection letter from his first-choice college, Tom was presumably miserable and sad.  Thus, another way to express his gloom is to say he was melancholy after receiving the news.

Example Question #5 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank.  Each blank indicates that a word is missing.  The sentence is followed by five answer choices.  Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Rebecca is so _____ that she believed her brother when he told her that deer have the ability to fly.

Possible Answers:

gullible

cautious

astute

discerning

foolish

Correct answer:

gullible

Explanation:

The sentence demonstrates how Rebecca is so gullible, or easily fooled, to the point that she believes even radically incorrect statements.

Example Question #6 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

He was so __________ that he could not be trusted with the simplest of tasks.

Possible Answers:

knowledgeable

lucky

dexterous 

respectful

inept

Correct answer:

inept

Explanation:

He was so inept that he could not be trusted with the simplest of tasks.

Inept most nearly means incompetent. Someone who is inept has a very low threshold for what they are capable of handling.

Example Question #7 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

She was __________, so we had no choice but to do it her way.

Possible Answers:

adamant

submissive

flexible

amicable

open

Correct answer:

adamant

Explanation:

She was adamant, so we had no choice but to do it her way. Someone who is adamant about something is convinced that their way or opinion is correct, and is unyielding on this point.

Example Question #8 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Your computer is ten years old? Throw that away: it is __________.

Possible Answers:

obsolete

up-to-date

broken

foreign

new

Correct answer:

obsolete

Explanation:

Your computer is ten years old? Throw that away, it is obsolete. Something that is obsolete is out of date and is not current.

Though it is ten years old, that does not mean the computer is broken. And while it may be foreign, that is not a reason to throw it away.

Example Question #9 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

Many professors grow _________ when discussing their field of study, and their excitement is often contagious.

Possible Answers:

mendacious

bored

improbable

angry

fervent

Correct answer:

fervent

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence's context that we need to pick out a word that means something like "excited." "Mendacious" is an adjective that means "not telling the truth; lying," so it can't be the correct answer because it's not close in meaning to "excited." While "bored" and "angry" both describe emotions, neither emotion fits the context of the sentence, so neither word can be the correct answer. "Fervent," an adjective that means "having or displaying a passionate intensity," best fits the context of the sentence, so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #10 : Sentence Completions: Adjectives And Adverbs

At the sight of the beach near his childhood home, the old man grew __________ and began to tell stories of the many adventures he had had there as a child.

Possible Answers:

willful

miserly

reminiscent

ostentatious

self-assured

Correct answer:

reminiscent

Explanation:

We can infer that because the old man "began to tell stories of the many adventures he had had [at the beach] as a child," that he was feeling nostalgic. So, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "nostalgic." "Reminiscent" is an adjective that can mean "absorbed in or suggesting absorption in memories" when describing a person or his or her manner, so "reminiscent" is the correct answer because it best fits the sentence's context.

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