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 #55 : Sentence Completions

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

Caitlin did not speak German, so she was nervous about traveling to Berlin but was pleasantly surprised when _________________.

Possible Answers:

people spoke to her in English

that she slept so much on the plane

at how delicious the food was

to stay in a very nice hotel

people only spoke to her in German

Correct answer:

people spoke to her in English

Explanation:

You must use the context clues in this sentence to find the best phrase to complete it. Caitlin is worried that she does not know how to speak German, so to it would make the most sense that she was pleasantly surprised about people speaking English. The other choices have nothing to do with what the beginning of the sentence is talking about, so would not make sense.

Example Question #51 : Sentence Completions

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

Because the school pizza party was cancelled, the family ________________.

Possible Answers:

did not like snow

liked chocolate

ordered pizza at home

walked the dog

had four children

Correct answer:

ordered pizza at home

Explanation:

Although all of the choices would make a complete sentence, the choice "ordered pizza at home," makes the most sense because it has to do with what happened in the beginning of the sentence. The other choices have no connection to the pizza party being cancelled, so do not make as much sense.

Example Question #52 : Sentence Completions

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

One of the great ______________ of wind energy is that it creates no pollutants.

Possible Answers:

tragedies

worries

troubles

obstacles

benefits

Correct answer:

benefits

Explanation:

Using the context clues of the sentence where it says, "creates no pollutants." we can predict that the missing word should be something good or positive. The only positive choice is "benefits." The rest of the words would not make sense in the sentence because they would suggest that the wind power is doing something negative. 

Example Question #58 : Sentence Completions

Fill in the blank.

The teacher generally wished for each day to be unique and exciting, but sometimes she welcomed a little bit of __________.

Possible Answers:

amusement

anticipation

variety

distinctiveness

monotony

Correct answer:

monotony

Explanation:

Let's divide this sentence into two parts. First, we're told that the teacher usually wanted her days to be "unique and exciting." However, the conjunction "but" lets us know that we're looking for the opposite. In other words, sometimes the teacher looks forward to days that are not unique or exciting. Of the answer choices, a little bit of "variety" is similar to uniqueness; "distinctiveness" can be eliminated for the same reason. Even "amusement" is too close in meaning to "excitement," so we are left with "monotony," a word that refers to repetition of tedious or boring tasks. So, the teacher generally wished for excitement, but occasionally looked forward to a dull or "monotonous" day.

Example Question #1 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The student, having an excess of nervous energy, was __________ and paced around his bedroom all night, unable to fall asleep.

Possible Answers:

happy

unhappy

frustrated

restless

busy

Correct answer:

restless

Explanation:

In this sentence, it is made clear that the student has an excess of energy and as a result is pacing about his room. This indicates that he is "restless," meaning that he is not able to relax himself. "Restless" is therefore the best way to complete this sentence.

Example Question #2 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Andrea loves to dance because it __________ her, making her feel alive and full of energy.

Possible Answers:

challenges

invigorates

helps

bothers

mystifies

Correct answer:

invigorates

Explanation:

In this sentence, the clue words as to what to fill the blank with are "making her feel alive and full of energy." The word that goes in the blank should have a meaning similar to this. "Invigorates" means to inspire or give one a lot of energy or passion. Therefore, "invigorates" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The smell of blue cheese is very __________, often masking any other aromas that may be in a room.

Possible Answers:

pungent

unusual 

subtle

negative

mysterious

Correct answer:

pungent

Explanation:

When a smell masks other aromas, it does so because of its intensity. The best word that conveys the intensity of a smell is "pungent." Something that is "pungent" has an aroma that is very strong and prevents other scents from being detected.

Example Question #62 : Sentence Completions

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

Marshall was __________ to discover that he scored poorly on his math exam, given that he had studied extensively and done very well on practice tests.

Possible Answers:

annoyed

outraged

unimpressed

shocked

horrified

Correct answer:

shocked

Explanation:

Given the context of the sentence, we know that Marshall had studied a lot for his test, and scored well on practice exams, but still scored poorly. This difference between his expectations and reality would cause him to be very surprised, or "shocked." While he might be upset, the words "outraged" and "horrified" are too strong, and "annoyed" is too weak. "Unimpressed" is not appropriate. Therefore, "surprised" is the best answer.

Example Question #4 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

Jonathan bought a car, which he has to pay off in _____, paying a certain amount of money every month until the balance is paid off. 

Possible Answers:

installments

credit

struggles

cash 

labor

Correct answer:

installments

Explanation:

Here, given that Jonathan is going to pay off his car every month, he is paying it off piece by piece. To pay something off in installments means to pay something off incrementally, one portion at a time. Therefore, installments is the correct answer. 

Example Question #5 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

Jeff is rather _____; it takes him ten minutes to tell a story that most people can tell in two minutes. 

Possible Answers:

adventurous

happy

exciting

long-winded

generous

Correct answer:

long-winded

Explanation:

Long-winded means to talk at length in a tedious way. Given that Jeff takes ten minutes to tell a story that most people could tell in a fraction of that time, the best word to fill the blank would be one that indicates he takes a long time to tell his story. Long-winded is therefore the best fit. 

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