HSPT Verbal : Location, Time, or Context

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Example Question #21 : Location, Time, Or Context

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

Madrid is to Spain as Rome is to __________.

Possible Answers:

empire

Italy

Greece

Athens

Hungary

Correct answer:

Italy

Explanation:

"Madrid" is the capital city of "Spain" just as "Rome" is the capital of "Italy."

Example Question #22 : Location, Time, Or Context

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

Australia is to Sydney as Brazil is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Thailand

Argentina

Melbourne

South America

Rio de Janeiro

Correct answer:

Rio de Janeiro

Explanation:

"Sydeny" is a large city in "Australia," just as "Rio de Janeiro" is a large city in "Brazil."

Example Question #23 : Location, Time, Or Context

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

Theater is to musical as stadium is to __________.

Possible Answers:

game

sand

stadium

plays

writer

Correct answer:

game

Explanation:

A "theater" would be a likely venue for a "musical" amongst other shows, just as a "stadium" would be the likely venue for a sports "game." 

Example Question #24 : Location, Time, Or Context

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

Phoenix is to Arizona as Sacramento is to __________.

Possible Answers:

USA

California

Massachusetts

France

Los Angeles

Correct answer:

California

Explanation:

"Phoenix" is the capital of "Arizona," just as "Sacramento" is the capital of "California."

Example Question #31 : Measurement, Storage, Location, And Material Composition

Answer the question by choosing the word that best completes the comparison.

Compass is to direction as sonar is to __________.

Possible Answers:

ocean

north

depth

bat

ship

Correct answer:

depth

Explanation:

A "compass" is used to tell "direction," while "sonar" is used to measure depth.

Example Question #26 : Location, Time, Or Context

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

CEO is to corporation as captain is to __________.

Possible Answers:

sail

naval

ocean

schooner

first mate

Correct answer:

schooner

Explanation:

A "CEO" is the leader of a "corporation" just as a "captain" is the leader of a "schooner" (a type of oceangoing ship).

Example Question #27 : Location, Time, Or Context

Era is to dawn as trip is to __________.

Possible Answers:

wilderness

uncivilized

distant

embarkation

trek

Correct answer:

embarkation

Explanation:

The "dawn" of an "era" is the beginning of it, so we need to figure out which of the answer choices refers to the beginning of a trip. "Embarkation," the process of initially boarding a ship or airplane before it departs, takes place at the beginning of a trip, so "embarkation" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Measurement

Stopwatch is to time as yardstick is to __________.

Possible Answers:

inches

distance

yards

border

construction

Correct answer:

distance

Explanation:

A "stopwatch" is the device that is used to measure the time that is taken for a given event. For example, a coach or physical education instructor will use a stopwatch to clock the time taken to run a race. Thus, the analogy could be represented as, “Just as a stopwatch measures time, so a yardstick measures X.” Note that the options “yards” and “inches” are not as appropriate as “distance.” If the first half of the analogy had used (e.g.) “seconds” instead of “time,” those other options would be more acceptable. However, as things stand, the analogy indicates the general type of measure done by the device (time and distance respectively).

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