HSPT Verbal : Actor and Action

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Example Question #11 : Actor And Action

Complete this analogy.

Generous is to donation as ancillary is to __________.

Possible Answers:

amenable

servile

amiable

audacious

aid

Correct answer:

aid

Explanation:

A person who is generous is likely to give a donation to some cause. Thus, the analogy could be read as, “As a generous person is likely to give a donation, so something that is ancillary is likely to provide or give X.” The word “ancillary” comes from the Latin “ancilla,” meaning female servant. In English, something "ancillary" is something that provides secondary support or aid to an operation or undertaking. Thus, among the options provided, “aid” is the best.

Example Question #12 : Actor And Action

Cupidity is to wealth as exhibitionism is to __________.

Possible Answers:

showcase

attention

amazing

sensational

fair

Correct answer:

attention

Explanation:

Cupidity is an excessive desire for wealth. The word comes from the Latin for “to desire,” from which the name of “Cupid” is likewise derived. Thus, our analogy could be rewritten, “As cupidity is an excessive desire for wealth, so is exhibitionism an excessive desire for X.” An exhibit is a public display of art or any other organized set of items. Exhibitionism is the strong desire to be seen by others (as if to put oneself on exhibit). As such, it is an excessive desire for attention.

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