ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Sentence Completions: Verbs

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Example Question #1 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

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.

Unable to _____ her thirst with the meager amount of bottled water she brought with her on the hike, Heidi was parched at the end of the hike.

Possible Answers:

endure

pacify

quench

increase

halt

Correct answer:

quench

Explanation:

Since Heidi was parched at the end of the hike, this indicates that she drank too little on the hike.  During the hike, she tried to quench or satisfy her thirst, but she could not with the amount of water she brought with her.

Example Question #2 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

Be careful with that, do not __________ the surface!

Possible Answers:

mar

polish

finish

help

buff

Correct answer:

mar

Explanation:

Be careful with that, do not mar the surface! Whenever something is marred, it is scratched up or broken.

Example Question #3 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

She is strong, she will not __________.

Possible Answers:

survive

endure

falter

succeed

perservere

Correct answer:

falter

Explanation:

She is strong, she will not falter. Faltering refers to failing or becoming unsteady. Someone who is strong, is unlikely to falter (at least at most physical tasks).

Though the other choices do make sense, they would only be found in very specific contexts. While the use of "falter" would be the most common choice to fill in the blank.

Example Question #4 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

I hope this heavy pack doesn't __________ you too much.

Possible Answers:

relieve

encumber

revive

assist

ease

Correct answer:

encumber

Explanation:

I hope this heavy pack doesn't encumber you too much. Encumber most nearly means burden or weigh-down. A heavy pack is very likely to encumber someone.

Example Question #5 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

Unfortunately, the weather forecast did not mention any precipitation in the morning's forecast, so George did not __________ any rain and was drenched in the sudden downpour.

Possible Answers:

anticipate

ignore

mollify

see

provide

Correct answer:

anticipate

Explanation:

We know from the sentence's context that George did not expect any rain because of the incorrect weather report, so we need to pick out a verb that means something like "expect." While "see" might look like a correct answer, a sudden downpour occurred and George was drenched, so we can reasonably conclude that George saw rain. "Anticipate," however, is a verb that can mean "regard as probable; expect or predict" or "guess or be aware of what will happen and take action in order to be prepared." Since "anticipate" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "expect" and best fits the sentence, "anticipate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

That book series portrays dragons as greedy beasts who want nothing more than to __________ gold and treasure, collecting it into huge piles in secret caverns and spending their lives protecting it from thieves.

Possible Answers:

warrant

hoard

donate

exclude

spend

Correct answer:

hoard

Explanation:

The dragons "want nothing more than to . . . collect [treasure] into huge piles in secret caves" and protect that treasure, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "gather up a large amount of to keep and protect." Neither "spend" nor "donate" can be the correct answer, then, because both "spend" and "donate" are antonyms of "gather up to keep," and neither would make sense in the context of the sentence, as the dragons are clearly not spending or donating their treasure. "Hoard," however, when used as a verb, can mean "amass (money or valued objects) and hide or store away," and because "hoard" best describes the dragons' collecting and guarding of treasure, "hoard" is the correct answer.

Example Question #7 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

Drew didn't think that the fact that he forgot his pencil and had to ask for permission to borrow another one __________ a detention, and his classmates didn't think the slight interruption deserved one either.

Possible Answers:

deterred

forced

measured

warranted

praised

Correct answer:

warranted

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that we need to pick out a verb that means something like "deserved," because we know that "[Drew's] classmates didn't think the slight interruption deserved one either." "Warranted," a verb that means "justified or necessitated (a certain course of action)," is the answer choice that best fits the context of the sentence, so "warranted" is the correct answer.

Example Question #8 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

When the boys pooled their change together to buy candy, John wanted to buy a chocolate bar and Jim wanted to buy caramels, so they __________ and bought a chocolate candy bar filled with caramel so they both would be happy.

Possible Answers:

jumped

yelled

disagreed

wept

compromised

Correct answer:

compromised

Explanation:

We can infer that after disagreeing about which type of candy to buy with their money, the boys came to an agreement "so they both would be happy." So, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "come to an agreement." "Disagreed" might looked like a potentially correct answer because the boys initially disagreed about what type of candy to buy, but "disagreed" would not make sense as a verb describing the resolution to the boys' problem, so it cannot be the correct answer. "Compromised," however, is a verb that means "settled a dispute by mutual concession," and because "compromised" best describes how John and Jim reached an agreement, "compromised" is the correct answer.

Example Question #9 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

For its citizens' safety, the city __________ skating on the frozen pond after the ice broke and several skaters nearly fell into the icy water.

Possible Answers:

advised

proscribed

finagled

permitted

affirmed

Correct answer:

proscribed

Explanation:

We know that "the ice [on the pond] broke and several skaters nearly fell into the icy water," so we can infer that the city banned skating on the pond "[f]or its citizens' safety." So, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "banned." So, that means that neither "permitted" nor "advised" can be the correct answer, because each of those verbs would suggest that the city either allowed people to skate on the pond ("permitted") or wanted them to skate on the pond ("advised"), neither of which is the case. "Proscribed," however, is a verb that means "forbid, especially by law" or "denounced or condemned," and because "proscribed" best describes what the city did about the skating taking place on the frozen pond after the ice broke, "proscribed" is the correct answer.

Example Question #10 : Sentence Completions: Verbs

The gemstones, coins, and jewelry contained in the royal treasure vault __________ in the moonlight, and the thief didn't know what to steal first.

Possible Answers:

kindled

moved

twinkled

twitched

creased

Correct answer:

twinkled

Explanation:

We can infer that because the sentence is describing "gemstones, coins, and jewelry" that are sitting "in the moonlight," that these items are glistening or sparkling. So, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "glistened" or "sparkled." Neither "twitched" nor "moved" can be the correct answer, then, because each of those answer choices would suggest that the "gemstones, coins, and jewelry" are moving, which is unlikely. "Twinkled," however, is a verb that can mean "shine with a gleam that varies repeatedly between bright and faint" when referring to a star, light, or a shiny object, and because "twinkled" best describes what the treasure did in the moonlight, "twinkled" is the correct answer.

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