ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

RELUCTANT

Possible Answers:

Susceptible 

Enthused 

Cantankerous

Demonic 

Unwilling 

Correct answer:

Unwilling 

Explanation:

“Reluctant” means not willing, so "unwilling" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "reluctant": “cantankerous” means grumpy; “enthused” means excited; “demonic” means marked by qualities of the devil or of demons; “susceptible” means vulnerable or in danger from something specific.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

HOSTILE

Possible Answers:

Lively

Complicated

Courteous

Hateful

Correct answer:

Hateful

Explanation:

The word "hostile" means not friendly or like an enemy. The best choice is "hateful," which means expressing hate or dislike of something. Considering the other choices, "complicated" means difficult to understand, "courteous" means polite, and "lively" means energetic.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

CANTANKEROUS

Possible Answers:

Full

Grouchy

Gassy

Round

Tired

Correct answer:

Grouchy

Explanation:

The word "cantankerous" means hard to deal with or ill-tempered. The best choice is "grouchy," which shares the same definition.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

SUSPICIOUS

Possible Answers:

Unsatisfied

Reliable

Definite

Unsure

Precise

Correct answer:

Unsure

Explanation:

"Suspicious" means to be "unsure" or uncertain that someone or something is what that person or thing appears or claims to be. This differs from "unsatisfied," which means not content; "reliable," which means responsible; "precise," which means exact; and "definite," which means certain.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

AGGRAVATING

Possible Answers:

Anxious

Spiteful 

Frustrating

Angry

Terrorizing

Correct answer:

Frustrating

Explanation:

"Aggravating" means exasperating. Similarly, "frustrating" means bothersome or annoying. These words are very similar, and therefore are synonyms.

Example Question #36 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

DISGRUNTLED

Possible Answers:

Disorderly

Obnoxious

Upset

Wrinkled

Frustrated

Correct answer:

Upset

Explanation:

To be "disgruntled" means to be dissatisfied and unhappy. To be "upset" means to be in a state of dismay. Given how similar in meaning "disgruntled" and "upset" are, "upset" is the correct answer.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Happy

Jealous

Sad

Angry

Humorous

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

If you are “furious,” you are very angry. Something that is “humorous” is very funny. If you are “jealous,” it means you want something that someone else has.

Example Question #210 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

SURLY

Possible Answers:

Furious

Important

Brawny

Sulky

Contemporary

Correct answer:

Sulky

Explanation:

"Surly" means sullenuncivil, and unsmiling, so "sulky," an adjective that means brooding, petulant, and in a bad mood, is the correct answer. If you confused "surly" with "burly" (physically strong and stocky) you may have picked "brawny" (physically strong and muscular) as your answer. "Contemporary," when used as an adjective, means existing at the same time as something else in the past or having to do with the modern day. "Furious" means very angry and "important" means deserving of attention or pressing.

Example Question #38 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

NONCHALANT

Possible Answers:

Caring

Emotional

Interested

Unconcerned

Gracious

Correct answer:

Unconcerned

Explanation:

If someone is nonchalant about a test grade, it means he or she is unconcerned or aloof.  Nonchalant is defined as laid back or not easily excited.

Example Question #39 : Synonyms: Adjectives

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

ELATED

Possible Answers:

Associated

Connected

Ecstatic

Astonished

Strengthened

Correct answer:

Ecstatic

Explanation:

Two of the wrong options attempt to have you confuse "elated" with "related." (These wrong options are "connected" and "associated".) To be "elated", however, is to be very happy. The word "ecstatic" means just this as well. It actually comes from root words meaning standing outside. Have you ever heard someone say, "She was beside herself with joy!" This means the person was almost "outside" herself because of her strong feelings. To be "ecstatic" is to be very happy in this way.

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