HSPT Verbal : Changes in Intensity

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Example Question #31 : Changes In Intensity

Answer the question by selecting the word that best completes the analogy.

Scandal is to rumor as commendation is to __________.

Possible Answers:

wrongdoing

reproach

praise

helpful

tale

Correct answer:

praise

Explanation:

"Scandal" and "rumor" are synonyms, just as "commendation" and "praise" have similar meanings.

Example Question #205 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Soiled is to filthy as wet is to __________.

Possible Answers:

damp

moist

drizzle

typhoon

drenched

Correct answer:

drenched

Explanation:

To be filthy is to be soiled to a great degree. Therefore, the notion that bridges these two terms is the idea of increase. One could say, “Just as something filthy is very soiled, so to something that is X is very wet.” Among the options provided, “drenched” best matches this usage, for it means completely soaked. Do not be tricked by “typhoon.” A typhoon is not an adjective describing wetness as is "drenched."

Example Question #31 : Changes In Intensity

Infringement is to violation as expedition is to __________.

Possible Answers:

ambling

excursion

daredevil

backpacking

swashbuckling

Correct answer:

excursion

Explanation:

The word “infringement” means literally an act of breaking upon something. It is derived from the Latin for to break, as is found in the English “fracture.” The more generally used meaning for the word is the act of breaking a law or agreement. Such an action is one of violation. The words are relatively synonymous. An "expedition" is a journey with some particular goal. The word “excursion” is a relatively synonymous option, as it means a trip, often connoting that it is for enjoyment. While this is not directly synonymous, it is the best option among those provided.

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