HSPT Verbal : Part and Part

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analogies: Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

Tassel is to cord as valediction is to __________.

Possible Answers:

salutation

indication

signal

conversation

dismissal

Correct answer:

conversation

Explanation:

A tassel is placed at the end of a cord, generally as an ornament. (It is the little “stringy tuft” at the end of such cords). A “valediction” is a statement of farewell. The “valedictorian” of a class is so named because he is the one who says “farewell” on behalf of the class. (Also, he speaks after the salutatorian, who is the one who greets the class. The word “salutatorian” comes from words in Latin used to greet someone). Thus, among the options provided, the only proper case is “conversation,” for a “valediction” comes at the end of a conversation as a tassel comes at the end of a cord.

Example Question #2 : Analogies: Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

Novice is to beginning as terminal is to __________.

Possible Answers:

intermittent

progression

end

travel

airport

Correct answer:

end

Explanation:

A novice is a person who is inexperienced or new to a given field of study or work. Thus, such a person is at the beginning of his or her work in that area. A “terminal” is something that is at the end of a structure or process. A terminal does necessarily occur only at the “finish line” (so to speak), as both ends of a (e.g.) stick can be considered its “terminal points.” Still, just as a novice is metaphorically at the beginning of his or her work, so is a terminal point (physically or metaphorically) at an end of a process or physical being. Since no other option captures this sense of “location” (whether physically or metaphorically), “end” is the best option for this analogy.

Example Question #3 : Analogies: Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

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

Seven is to septagon as nine is to __________.

Possible Answers:

ten

octagon

triangle

nonagon

geometry

Correct answer:

nonagon

Explanation:

A "septagon" has "seven" sides, just as a "nonagon" has "nine" sides.

Example Question #24 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Pulmonary is to lungs as cardiac is to __________.

Possible Answers:

kidney

pump

heart

circulation

tongue

Correct answer:

heart

Explanation:

The word “pulmonary” comes from the Latin word for the lungs. It is used to in English to describe physical conditions related to these organs, as when someone has pulmonary embolism, which is a type of blockage of blood to the lung. Just as “pulmonary” describes the lungs, “cardiac” describes conditions related to the heart.

Example Question #4 : Analogies: Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

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

Primary is to first as tertiary is to __________.

Possible Answers:

third

numbers

second

one

planet

Correct answer:

third

Explanation:

"Primary" and "first" are synonyms, just as "tertiary" and "third" mean the same thing.

Example Question #5 : Analogies: Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

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

Guitar is to lute as clarinet is to __________.

Possible Answers:

popular

banjo

symphony

oboe

piano

Correct answer:

oboe

Explanation:

A "guitar" and a "lute" are both stringed instruments, just as a "clarinet" and an "oboe" are both woodwind instruments. 

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