ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Conjunctions and Sentence Logic in Phrase-Based Sentence Completions

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Example Question #151 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Often, we think that the stories that our grandparents tell have very little meaning; in fact, they are often contain very __________ lessons.

Possible Answers:

moral

standard

simple

elderly

profound

Correct answer:

profound

Explanation:

The contrast in this sentence is between having little meaning and having a lot of meaning. When something is almost meaningless, it is superficial or "shallow." For example, think of when people talk only about the weather. This is often nearly meaningless. In contrast to this, something that is very meaningful is "profound."  Even the simplest thing can be profound if it contains a deep truth.

Example Question #152 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although it was not his __________, Sean liked to look into all of the details of his neighbors' lives, spying on them to discover such information.

Possible Answers:

business

opinion

legacy

interest

inheritance

Correct answer:

business

Explanation:

The end of the sentence helps you to realize that Sean really shouldn't be looking into his neighbors' affairs. If you are spying like this, you are invading their privacy. When we say, "That is none of your business," we are saying, "You have no right to know that!" This is true about Sean's case. His neighbors' lives were none of his business—though he pried his way into them by his spying!

Example Question #153 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Even something that is very boring can be made to seem ___________ if explained by an excellent teacher.

Possible Answers:

unusual

intelligent

elegant

interesting

rare

Correct answer:

interesting

Explanation:

The contrast in this sentence is between things that are boring and things that are not boring. In particular, it is between topics that are boring by nature but can be made "not boring" if they are explained by an excellent teacher. When something is "interesting," it captures our attention—it is not boring. Although rare and unusual things might be interesting, the words "rare" and "unusual" do not actually express the characteristic of being not boring. Only "interesting" does this, at least among the options given for this question.

Example Question #154 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Filbert __________ the cut in his finger very carefully; he wanted to be sure that he could see no more dirt in it.

Possible Answers:

bandaged

medicated

cleaned

examined

regulated

Correct answer:

examined

Explanation:

Be very careful with questions like this one. The second sentence is what gives you the most important clue. Filbert is only looking at the cut. This means that he is not cleaning it in any way—or doing anything else physical to it! Therefore, the word "examined" is actually the best. It is closest to the clues given in the sentences.

Example Question #155 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Although the situation did not seem ____________ to most people, George was frightened by the risks that it posed for his children.

Possible Answers:

dangerous

horrible

surprising

explosive

questionable

Correct answer:

dangerous

Explanation:

Notice that George is frightened by the risks posed by the situation. In contrast to this, most others seem not to think the situation to be very "risky." This means that they do not think that it is very "dangerous."

Example Question #156 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The community was tired of the mayor making every decision, so they decided to create a more _____________ process for their political choices, allowing everyone to take part.

Possible Answers:

independent

regulated

democratic

tyrannical

legal

Correct answer:

democratic

Explanation:

The key phrase in this sentence is "allowing everyone to take part." The people want to have a greater degree of democracy in their town's political process. This is in contrast to the current actions of the mayor who apparently is doing everything in a controlling manner. Democracy is rule by all of the people, and a "democratic process" is a process that enables this kind of rule.

Example Question #157 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Experts say eating too much processed sugar can cause health problems, so we should eat more __________________, and less candy.

Possible Answers:

pizza

eggs

lollipops

fruits

hamburgers

Correct answer:

fruits

Explanation:

The best choice for this sentence is "fruits" because it is talking about processed sugars being bad for us. Using context clues, we can figure out that because it says "less candy," we are looking for something that is still sweet. The other choices are not sweet and would not make as much sense to complete the sentence.

Example Question #158 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although Gregor Mendel is a famous scientists known mostly for his work with pea plants, he also _______________________.

Possible Answers:

travelled to Asia

taught Spanish

experimented with a variety of plant types

liked to eat bananas and apples

enjoyed classical music

Correct answer:

experimented with a variety of plant types

Explanation:

To complete this sentence correctly, we must use the context clues from the rest of the sentence. The sentence talks about Mendel being a scientist and working with plants, therefore, it would make the most sense to complete the sentence with "experimented with a variety of plant types" because this is most closely related to the beginning of the sentence.

Example Question #159 : Conjunctions And Sentence Logic In Phrase Based Sentence Completions

Fill in the blank.

Even when the football team loses, they __________; the athletes always shake hands and congratulate their opponents.

Possible Answers:

celebrate afterwards with a good meal

display good sportsmanship

often can't believe that they lost

completely ignore the other players

react with anger at their loss

Correct answer:

display good sportsmanship

Explanation:

The second part of this sentence tells us that the football team treats their opponents with respect, even after a tough loss. This immediately eliminates two choices: since the players are being nice, they clearly are not "reacting with anger at their loss," and they are shaking hands, not "ignoring the other players." Additionally, the statement that "they celebrate afterwards with a good meal" is certainly possible, but not confirmed by the rest of the sentence. The answer is that they "display good sportsmanship," which means they acted honorably (they weren't "sore losers") and played fairly.

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