SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, and Rarity

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

A synonym of "magnificent" is . . .

Possible Answers:

unrealistic

loud

subpar

average

spectacular

Correct answer:

spectacular

Explanation:

"Magnificent" is an adjective that means either "impressively beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant; striking" or "very good; excellent." So, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "impressive," "striking," or "excellent." Neither "average" nor "subpar" can be the correct answer, then, because "average" means "of the usual or ordinary standard, level, or quantity" when used as an adjective, and "subpar" means "below an average level." "Spectacular," however, is an adjective that can mean "beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way," and because "spectacular" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "magnificent," "spectacular" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

Which word has a similar meaning to the underlined word?

You did an outstanding job on you last exam.

Possible Answers:

exceptional

terrible

horrible

None of the other answers

awful

Correct answer:

exceptional

Explanation:

"Outstanding" and "exceptional" would keep the meaning of the sentence. 

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

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

SUPER

Possible Answers:

Sad

Average

Poor

Old

Excellent

Correct answer:

Excellent

Explanation:

"Super" is an adjective that means excellent, so "excellent" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

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

PRECIOUS

Possible Answers:

Valuable

Common

Free

Strange

Lost

Correct answer:

Valuable

Explanation:

"Precious" is an adjective that means valuable, so "valuable" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

Which word can replace the underlined word?

It was so awful how sick he became.

Possible Answers:

None of the above

impressive

terrible

excellent

wonderful

Correct answer:

terrible

Explanation:

"Terrible" can replace "awful" in the sentence to maintain the correct meaning. 

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

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

NOURISHING

Possible Answers:

Foggy 

Excellent 

Chaotic 

Harmful

Beneficial 

Correct answer:

Beneficial 

Explanation:

Something that is nourishing provides energy or is beneficial in some other way, so "beneficial," an adjective that means helpful, is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "nourishing": "harmful" is an opposite of "nourishing" and means damaging or detrimental; "foggy" means misty or murky; "chaotic" means disorderly; and "excellent" means extremely good.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

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

MAGNIFICENT

Possible Answers:

Beautiful

Tenacious

Horrible

Bowl

Cowardly

Correct answer:

Beautiful

Explanation:

"Magnificent" means impressively gorgeous or awe-inspiring, so "beautiful" (which is a synonym of "gorgeous") is the best answer! Additionally, "horrible" is a loose antonym, or opposite, of "magnificent."

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

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

WONDERFUL

Possible Answers:

Hideous

Discouraging

Boring

Fantastic

Pessimistic

Correct answer:

Fantastic

Explanation:

"Wonderful" is defined as inspiring delight, admiration, or pleasure. "Fantastic" can have a similar definition, which is of very great excellence. All of the other answer choices are predominantly negative in meaning, thus "fantastic" is the best answer choice!

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

Synonyms: choose the word closest in meaning to the word in question.

Abnormal

Possible Answers:

Unusual

Luxurious

Humorous

Fertile

Effective

Correct answer:

Unusual

Explanation:

"Abnormal" means unusual; Fertile refers to good soil for growing plants; Luxurious refers to items of high quality and value; Effective means efficient; and Humorous means funny.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Value, And Rarity

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Average

Possible Answers:

Brave

Spectacular

Ordinary

Creative

Different

Correct answer:

Ordinary

Explanation:

"Average" means common or ordinary.

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