ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Prefixes from Anglo-Saxon

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BESTOW

Possible Answers:

Meander

Request

Confer

Describe

Enthrall

Correct answer:

Confer

Explanation:

“Bestow” means to give or present something to someone. In this sense, it is most similar to the answer choice “confer,” which means to give an award, to present something. To provide further help, “request” means ask for; “enthrall” means captivate and charm; “meander” describes the indirect, side-to-side movement of something, like a river.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters.

OUTFOX

Possible Answers:

Last longer than

Learn to read

Defend to the death

Get the better of

Fall over

Correct answer:

Get the better of

Explanation:

To "outfox" means to outwit or to get the better of someone. For example, one might write, “He outfoxed his opponent and emerged victorious.”

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BEHOOVE

Possible Answers:

Be insipid 

Be unnecessary

Be fitting 

Be useless

Be required 

Correct answer:

Be fitting 

Explanation:

"Behoove" means be fitting, right or appropriate. For example, one might say that it behooves you to study hard for the ISEE Verbal section. So, "be fitting" is the correct answer. To help you, "required" means needed, and "insipid" means dull or bland.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BEDEVIL

Possible Answers:

Threaten

Forage

Harass

Curse

Correct answer:

Harass

Explanation:

To "bedevil" means harass. The best choice is "harass," which means disturb repeatedly. Considering the other choices, "curse" means wish evil upon something, "forage" means search for, and "threaten" means promise danger towards something or someone.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BEDECK

Possible Answers:

Inquire 

Festoon 

Puncture 

Apprehend 

Dispute 

Correct answer:

Festoon 

Explanation:

The prefix "be-" means to make, to do and “bedeck” means to decorate, to make something look festive. This is close in meaning to “festoon.” To provide further help, “puncture” means pierce; “dispute” means argue against; “inquire” means ask after; “apprehend” means catch or arrest

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FOREBODE

Possible Answers:

Praise

Befriend

Gesticulate

Warn

Collect

Correct answer:

Warn

Explanation:

The Old English prefix fore- means before, in front of, coming before, as in "forecast" which is a prediction of future events. So, "forebode" means to warn of, to herald, to foreshadow. To provide additional help, "befriend" means to make friends with; "gesticulate" means gesture to, motion about, to use dramatic body movements to express an idea

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BEDECK

Possible Answers:

Festoon 

Apprehend 

Inquire 

Puncture 

Dispute 

Correct answer:

Festoon 

Explanation:

The prefix "be-" means to make, to do and “bedeck” means to decorate, to make something look festive. This is close in meaning to “festoon.” To provide further help, “puncture” means pierce; “dispute” means argue against; “inquire” means ask after; “apprehend” means catch or arrest

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