ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Nouns

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Nouns

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

He could not suppress his __________ on the airplane; he had always been scared of flying. 

Possible Answers:

Fury 

Terror

Envy

Defiance

Joy

Correct answer:

Terror

Explanation:

The sentence tells you that he is afraid of flying, which means he must have been feeling “terror” on the plane. "Terror" means great fear or dread. To help you, "envy" means jealousy, "joy" means happiness, "fury" means anger, and "defiance" means resistance or the act of not doing what you are told.

Example Question #161 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

My direct __________ come from Scotland, but our family has retained little of our Scottish past and it has been almost two generations since anyone went back. 

Possible Answers:

descendants

friends

ancestors

children 

siblings

Correct answer:

ancestors

Explanation:

The sentence tells us that the author’s family is from Scotland. We call our family that came before us our “ancestors.” Conversely, we call our family that comes after us our “descendants.” So your grandparents are your ancestors, and any children you have will be your descendants. To help you, "siblings" is another name for brothers and sisters.

Example Question #162 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus, its __________, a man who must battle enemies and brave challenges to return home to his wife and children.

Possible Answers:

bandit

role

character

protagonist

narrator

Correct answer:

protagonist

Explanation:

The sentence says that The Odyssey "tells the story of Odysseus," who "must battle enemies and brave challenges." The main character in a story is known as the "protagonist," so "protagonist" is the correct answer.

"Character" is incorrect. Even though the protagonist is a character in the story, this choice isn't specific enough because of the other information in the sentence.

"Role" is incorrect. It doesn't make sense in the context of the sentence.

"Narrator" is incorrect.  The sentence doesn't mention whether or not Odysseus tells his own story as the narrator.

"Bandit" is incorrect.  A bandit would likely be a bad guy (an antagonist), the opposite of a protagonist.

Example Question #163 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

The mountain climbing expedition was almost buried under a(n) __________; but luckily they were warned before the snow started falling.

Possible Answers:

flood

tsunami

harthquake

avalanche

hurricane

Correct answer:

avalanche

Explanation:

From the context of the sentence, you know that the mountain climbers were almost buried by falling snow. When a great deal of snow falls on a mountain, it is called an avalanche. The other four answer choices are all other types of natural disasters.

Example Question #164 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

I was trying to hold my drink and dance at the same time and ended up spilling my _________ everywhere.

Possible Answers:

banquet

beverage

document

blizzard

aroma

Correct answer:

beverage

Explanation:

The sentence tells us that the blank word must be another word for drink, which leads to the correct answer, beverage. To further help you, a banquet is a large and fancy feast; an aroma is a scent or smell; a blizzard is a huge snow storm; a document is an official paper used as evidence or proof.

Example Question #165 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

The five adventurers set off on their __________, unsure if they were ever to return.

Possible Answers:

ruffian

voyage

professor

banquet

pious

Correct answer:

voyage

Explanation:

The context of the sentence tells us that the five adventurers set off to travel somewhere. The correct answer is “voyage,” which means journey. To further help you, a "professor" is a teacher at a university; a "banquet" is a large feast of food; a "ruffian" is a rough and violent person; "pious" means religious.

Example Question #1261 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

The sun had just set and Mark and his girlfriend were quietly enjoying the __________

Possible Answers:

picnic

music

twilight

morning

dawn

Correct answer:

twilight

Explanation:

The sentence tells us that the sun had just set; this means it must have been the time of day right after the sun sets, just before it gets completely dark. We call this period of the day “twilight.” To further help you, “dawn” is the name given to the early morning, just as the sun is rising.

Example Question #167 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

My grandfather lost an arm in the war, but despite missing a __________, he was easily the best golfer in our family.

Possible Answers:

brain

nose

sole

skeleton

limb

Correct answer:

limb

Explanation:

“Limb” is a name given to arms and legs. To further help you, "sole" is the name of the bottom of your feet; "skeleton" is the collection of bones that make up a body. 

Example Question #1262 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

Can you stop blocking the __________, please? No one can get in to the building.

Possible Answers:

garrison

entrance

philanthropic

banquet

charity

Correct answer:

entrance

Explanation:

Because no one can get in to the building, we can assume that the subject was standing in the "entrance." The "entrance" is something you use to get in to a certain location, such as a door. None of the other answer choices make sense in the blank: a "banquet" is a large, usually formal, feast of food; "charity" is the act of giving to those who have less than you; someone who is "philanthropic" is charitable or giving; and a "garrison" is a group of troops left somewhere to protect something.

Example Question #169 : Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completion: Select the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

The town's inhabitants were desperate for rainfall to come soon; they had been experiencing a __________ and rain was highly infrequent.

Possible Answers:

weather

monsoon

blizzard

drought

Correct answer:

drought

Explanation:

The town's residents highly desire rainfall in their area because there has been a scarcity of rain in the recent past, so we are looking for an answer choice that describes a deficiency of rain. The best answer choice is "drought," which means a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall.

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