ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Nouns

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Example Questions

Example Question #71 : Nouns

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

The dog looked everywhere for his bone, but despite his efforts, his __________ was fruitless.

Possible Answers:

appetite

bowl

desire

hope

search

Correct answer:

search

Explanation:

Here, the sentence provides enough context for the reader to realize that the dog is searching for his bone and was not successful in finding it. Therefore, it is the dog's "search" that is "fruitless" (ineffective). It would not make sense for his "hope," "desire," "appetite," or "bowl" to be fruitless.

Example Question #211 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Your legal __________ is the person who is responsible for looking after you.

Possible Answers:

champion

guardian

actor

professor

competitor

Correct answer:

guardian

Explanation:

Someone who is responsible for looking after someone else is called a “guardian.” A “champion” is someone who wins or has won something; a “competitor” is someone who takes part in a competition or someone who takes part in a game; an “actor” is someone who plays a role, like a movie star; and a “professor” is a teacher of college or university students.

Example Question #212 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The running of the bulls is an old __________ in Spain; people have been doing it for hundreds of years.

Possible Answers:

tradition

supposition

legend

removal

conflict

Correct answer:

tradition

Explanation:

Something that people have been doing for a long time is called a “tradition.” The word “supposition” is something you believe in but that there is no proof of; a “legend” is something from history that probably is not true but that people admire or like to talk about; a “conflict” is a fight; and “removal” means the act of taking something away.

Example Question #213 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Most people have two arms and two legs; this means they have four __________.

Possible Answers:

limbs

notions

habitats

hovels

expressions

Correct answer:

limbs

Explanation:

The name given to arms and legs is "limbs." So, an arm is a “limb” and a leg is also a “limb.” To provide further help, a “notion” is an idea; “expressions” are sayings; a “hovel” is a shack or a small and messy house; and a “habitat” is an environment where something is meant to live, so a dolphin’s “habitat” is the ocean.

Example Question #214 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

His mother looked very tired after running the marathon, and he was worried about her apparent __________.

Possible Answers:

adventure

imitation

mockery

fatigue

fervor

Correct answer:

fatigue

Explanation:

The condition of being very tired and exhausted is called “fatigue."

Example Question #215 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ was packed with supporters ready to watch the big game.

Possible Answers:

triumph

commentator

champion

narrator

arena

Correct answer:

arena

Explanation:

The context suggests that the correct answer is a place where “supporters,” or fans, go to watch a game. This means that the correct answer is “arena.” An “arena” is usually where a sports team plays. A “champion” is someone who has won a competition; a “triumph” is a great win; a “commentator” is someone who talks about what is going on during a sports game; and a “narrator” is someone in a story who is telling that story.

Example Question #216 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ between the two students began when one of them called the other one an idiot; they've since been getting into arguments with each other all week.

Possible Answers:

conversation

companionship

agreement

mystery

feud

Correct answer:

feud

Explanation:

Because one of the students was rude to the other one, it makes sense that what began between them was some sort of fight or argument. This means the correct answer is “feud.” A “feud” is a long period of disagreement or dislike between two or more people. An “agreement” is a contract or shared plan. “Companionship” is the state of being around someone or friendship.

Example Question #217 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ to honor the veterans of the Second World War was delayed by the tragic death of one of the participants.

Possible Answers:

repetition

route

ceremony

practice

brawl

Correct answer:

ceremony

Explanation:

When you “honor” a group of people, it makes sense to do so in a “ceremony.” A "ceremony" is a formal or serious event to mark the importance of something or someone.

Example Question #218 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

A mule is a(n) __________ animal; it is half donkey and half horse.

Possible Answers:

unique

hybrid

competitive

wishful

responsible

Correct answer:

hybrid

Explanation:

Something that is half one thing and half of another is said to be “hybrid.” The word “unique” means being the only example of something. Someone who is “responsible” can look after themselves and can be trusted to do the right things. “Wishful” means dreaming about something you want to happen, and “competitive” means taking a game or conflict seriously.

Example Question #219 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

It really upsets her when her __________ choose to mock her for wearing strange clothes; why can’t her classmates be nicer?

Possible Answers:

allies

teachers

pets

assignments

peers

Correct answer:

peers

Explanation:

The use of the word "classmates" after the semicolon tells you that the underlined word must mean something very similar to "classmates." The word “peers” means classmates or people who are in your group. To provide additional help, "allies" are friends or people who are on your side.

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