ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Lower Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

GLUM:

Possible Answers:

enthusiastic

depressed

serious

laidback

lazy

Correct answer:

depressed

Explanation:

When someone is glum, it means that they are depressed or saddened.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adjectives

A synonym of "dissatisfied" is __________.

Possible Answers:

disgruntled

funny

erroneous

petulant

pleased

Correct answer:

disgruntled

Explanation:

"Dissatisfied" is an adjective that means "not content or happy with something." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "not happy with something." So, "pleased" cannot be the correct answer, because "pleased" is an antonym of "dissatisfied," not a synonym. "Disgruntled," however, is an adjective that means "angry or dissatisfied," so "disgruntled" is the correct answer because it is closest in meaning to "dissatisfied."

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Adjectives

A synonym of "benevolent" is __________.

Possible Answers:

polite

entrenched

bending

rude

generous

Correct answer:

generous

Explanation:

Benevolent is often used to refer to leaders who lead with kindness and generosity. While polite may be close, benevolence always goes hand in hand with generosity; thus "generous" is the correct answer.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Ecstatic

Miffed

Enraged

Depressed

Correct answer:

Enraged

Explanation:

"Furious" means full of rage. The best answer choice is "enraged" because it shares the same definition. "Furious" and "enraged" are synonyms. Considering the other choices, "depressed" means sad and gloomy, "miffed" means annoyed, and "ecstatic" means incredibly overjoyed.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Select the synonym.

Distraught

Possible Answers:

Emotional

Calm

Joyful

Distressed

Tearful

Correct answer:

Distressed

Explanation:

When somone is distraught, they are upset and deeply agitated, which can also describe someone who is distressed. 

If someone is distraught, they can also be emotional, but distressed is a better answer choice.  Emotional describes both positive and negative feelings, whereas distraught and distressed have negative connotations.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

MELANCHOLY

Possible Answers:

Mournful

Impassive

Pleased

Boring

Correct answer:

Mournful

Explanation:

"Melancholy" refers to a gloominess in a person's mood; a person who is feeling "melancholy" will seem sad or depressed. "Mournful," which also means sad or gloomy, is therefore the best answer. "Pleased" is an opposite of "melancholy," and both "boring" and "impassive" indicate a lack of emotion, not any specific feeling of sadness.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

LIVID

Possible Answers:

Angry

Quick

Intelligent

Restful

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

When someone is "livid," they are extremely angry. Other words with the same meaning are "furious" and "enraged." "Restful," a word that means calm and quiet, and "intelligent," or smart, are adjectives that do not imply any anger at all. "Quick" and "livid" have nothing to do with each other.

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Adjectives

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

ENVIOUS

Possible Answers:

jealous

delicious

delectable

furious

generous

Correct answer:

jealous

Explanation:

Envious means wanting something someone else has. To further help you, furious means irate, very angry; generous means giving and kind; delicious and delectable are synonyms and both mean tastes very good.

Example Question #191 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

BLITHE

Possible Answers:

Oppressive

Sunny

Destroyed

Unhappy

Tyrannical

Correct answer:

Sunny

Explanation:

"Blithe" means happy and without worry. "Sunny," meaning cheerful and viewing everything favorably, is the best match.

Example Question #192 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

CONTRITE

Possible Answers:

Indignant

Regretful

Timid

Proud

Correct answer:

Regretful

Explanation:

"Contrite" means feeling guilt for something one has done. "Regretful" is the choice that most closely matches this definition. "Proud" is the opposite of "contrite"; "indignant" (which means angry or annoyed) and "shy" do not mean the same thing as "contrite."

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