All SSAT Middle Level Verbal Resources
Example Question #51 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms
A synonym of “synthesis” is __________.
“Synthesis” is a noun that means “combination or composition,” and in particular, “the combination of ideas to form a theory or system.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “combination.” That means that “dissociation” cannot be the correct answer, because “dissociation” means “the disconnection or separation of something from something else or the state of being disconnected,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “synthesis.” “Amalgamation,” however, means “the action, process, or result of combining or uniting,” and because “amalgamation” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “synthesis,” “amalgamation” is the correct answer.
Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Greek
Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.
"Amorphous" means without shape or form, so the correct answer is “formless.” For clarification, "shapely" means well-proportioned; "crafty" means sly and sneaky.
Example Question #53 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms
Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.
"Primitive" means ancient.
Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Greek
Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.
"Anonymous" means unnamed or unidentified, so "unnamed" is the correct answer. "Armed" means carrying weapons. "Determined" means intent or set on some course of action. "Crafty" means cunning or tricky. "Deceptive" means misleading or fraudulent.
Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Greek
Synonyms: choose the word closest in meaning to the word in question.
"Synchronize" is a synonym of "coordinate." "Synchronize" means to make happen or work at the same rate and contains the prefixes "syn-", which means same; together, and "chrono-", which means time.
Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Greek
Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.
A "cataclysm" or "catastrophe" is a terrible, often naturally occurring, event. These words are synonymous and share a greek prefix. The other words may have similar spellings, but they are not closely related in meaning to catastrophe.