ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Word-Based Sentence Completions

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Although most of her pies were very __________, Sally's latest blackberry pie was surprisingly quite disgusting.

Possible Answers:

nutritious

elegant

acceptable

delicious

edible

Correct answer:

delicious

Explanation:

Notice the important words that indicate a contrast being expressed in this sentence. Sally's current pie is surprising in that it is disgusting. This is contrasted with the normal state of affairs. The contrast is indicated by the use of the word "although" at the beginning of the sentence. Therefore, in contrast to "disgusting" her pies must have been rather tasty. This means that they were not merely nutritious, acceptable, or edible. They were quite delicious

Example Question #42 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Reginald was always interested in very __________ ideas, while his brother Filbert liked to think about things that were more familiar to his common experience.

Possible Answers:

beautiful

majestic

mathematical

abstract

interesting

Correct answer:

abstract

Explanation:

You might be tempted to pick "majestic" or even "beautiful" as the answer to this question. Filbert apparently likes things that are "down to earth."  The real contrast here is between this kind of concrete and practical thinking and more abstract ways of thinking that are not so connected to common experience. Such abstract things can be majestic, beautiful, or even mathematical. The general term "abstract" best functions for the contrast, so stick to this!

Example Question #43 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

After years of extreme poverty, Theodore surprisingly came to have a rather __________ lifestyle.

Possible Answers:

destitute

alarming

industrious

wealthy

impoverished

Correct answer:

wealthy

Explanation:

The key word in all of this is "surprisingly." Since Theodore lived in extreme poverty for many years, it was likely thought that he would always be poor in this manner. Therefore, the surprise would come by him being very wealthy. Do not over-think this question. It is that simple of a contrast!

Example Question #44 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Gregory was afraid that Peter was going to ask a very theoretical question about mathematics but was pleased that his friend actually had a very __________ question about how to fix the pipes to his bathtub.

Possible Answers:

piped

intriguing

practical

unintelligent

illogical

Correct answer:

practical

Explanation:

The key contrast being made in this sentence is between something that is theoretical and something that is practical. Theoretical things are often not able to be applied. For example, you might learn all about the nature of chemicals in a chemistry class. This is not, however, the same as learning how to apply this knowledge in particular experiments. Here, the contrast is very clearly between theoretical things in mathematics and the very practical matter of fixing the plumbing!

Example Question #45 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Not all rich people are ___________; many are quite willing to give a lot money to friends, relatives, and charities.

Possible Answers:

materialistic

greedy

industrious

stingy

determined

Correct answer:

stingy

Explanation:

Notice that this sentence only discusses the fact that rich people often give money away. The implication is that not all rich people "hold onto" their money. Whenever someone does not want to give away his or her money, he or she might be greedy. Greed primarily deals with wanting to get money or something else. Whenever someone is "stingy," he or she "holds onto" what he or she has. This is the best option among those provided.

Example Question #46 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Some people love working on the ____________ of a project, while others prefer to work on the overall plan.

Possible Answers:

consequences

details

advertising

display

results

Correct answer:

details

Explanation:

Notice that this sentence implies a contrast between two kinds of people. Some like to work on overall plans for a project.  We sometimes say that these people like to work on the "big picture." Such people don't like dealing with all of the little details involved in the project. This second kind of person is the kind of person being discussed at the beginning of the sentence. Therefore, the best option is the word "details."

Example Question #47 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

In contrast with Courtney's very organized work area, Matthew's desk was quite __________, with papers lying all over the top surface of the desk and drawers full of many disorganized items.

Possible Answers:

dirty

soiled

untidy

disgusting

illegal

Correct answer:

untidy

Explanation:

We really do not know if Matthew's desk was very dirty; all that the sentence conveys is that the work area was disorganized. This is explained in the description and in the contrast that is made between Matthew's desk and Courtney's work area. Therefore, the only option that works is "untidy." When things are "neat and tidy," they are organized. Something that is "untidy" is disorganized. Sometimes, we call our bedrooms "untidy" if we leave things lying around. Yes, that can include "dirty" or "soiled" clothes, but the "untidiness" mainly comes from the lack of organization, not the dirt!

Example Question #48 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Although Flavian thought the idea was quite __________, most of his listeners seemed to think it was an acceptable and normal solution to the problem.

Possible Answers:

controversial

expensive

dangerous

outdated

threatening

Correct answer:

controversial

Explanation:

We really don't know if the idea was "outdated" or "dangerous" in any way; all that we know is that Flavian must have feared that the idea would seem unacceptable and abnormal. The only option that is somewhat close to this idea is "controversial." Whenever something is "controversial," it creates a lot of disagreement and argumentation. The people's reaction was quite the opposite of that which happens when something is controversial. They just accepted it! However, Flavian had thought it would be controversial and unacceptable. The contrast is indicated by the word "although."

Example Question #49 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

When he was not working at her job, Cecilia liked to spend her ___________. time playing the piano.

Possible Answers:

leisure

permitted

busy

concentrated

development

Correct answer:

leisure

Explanation:

Notice the nature of the contrast. The sentence is contrasting Cecelia's time at work with the other time that she has. Our "leisure time" is our free time—when we can do what we want because we want to do it. Since leisure time best contrasts with being at work, this is the best answer for this question.

Example Question #50 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Although most people saw the rocket launch on television, Betty _____________ it in person at the launch pad.

Possible Answers:

witnessed

reported

foraged

engaged

inquired

Correct answer:

witnessed

Explanation:

By means of the word "although" there is a contrast between those people who are watching the launch on television and those who are watching it "in person." Now, the only word that really works for to experience in person is "witness." You likely know the noun form of this word.  When a crime happens, we often talk about "the witnesses", namely people who saw the crime. The act of "witnessing" is the act of directly experiencing something. Do not select "reported." A witness may later report on what is witnessed. The actual seeing is witnessing, not reporting.

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