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 #75 : Sentence Completions

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The mayor has been __________ for ignoring the lack of educational opportunities available in the town.

Possible Answers:

praised

criticized

helped

questioned

bothered

Correct answer:

criticized

Explanation:

Given that ignoring a lack of educational opportunities is a negative quality, the blank should be filled with a negative word. The two negative words are "criticized" and "bothered." ("Questioned" may seem like a potentially correct answer too, but people would question the mayor "about" something, not "for" something.) It is more likely that the mayor would be criticized (critiqued) for his practices, as opposed to bothered (annoyed). Therefore, "criticized" is the best answer.

Example Question #76 : Sentence Completions

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The squirrel __________ up the tree when it heard the dog bark, and moved from the ground to a branch in a few seconds.

Possible Answers:

listened

scurried

meandered

walked

ambled

Correct answer:

scurried

Explanation:

Because we know that the squirrel "moved from the ground to a branch in a few seconds," we can infer that we need to pick out a word for the blank that describes movement, and more specifically, speedy movement. While "ambled," "walked," "meandered," and "scurried" all describe movement, only "scurried," which means "moved hurriedly with short quick steps" and is used of a person or a small animal, refers to quick movement. So, "scurried" is the correct answer because it best fits the sentence's context.

Example Question #71 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

His mother warned him not to be so careless and __________, but he never listened.

Possible Answers:

affable 

reckless 

considerate 

industrious 

studious 

Correct answer:

reckless 

Explanation:

From context it is clear that the answer choice must mean something similar to "careless." Whatever the correct answer is it is some behavior that the mother wants to stop her son from doing. This should lead you to the correct answer "reckless." If you are "reckless" you are not careful. To provide further help, "studious" means studying hard; "industrious" means hard working; "considerate" means kind and thoughtful; "affable" means friendly

Example Question #78 : Sentence Completions

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

Through a series of __________ investments he was able to make a great deal of money in a short space of time. 

Possible Answers:

mobile 

boring 

loyal

vocal 

shrewd 

Correct answer:

shrewd 

Explanation:

You are told that the subject of the sentence was able to make a lot of money in a short space of time. This suggests that he made good and wise investments. The correct answer is therefore "shrewd" because "shrewd" means wise, crafty, smart. To provide further help, "mobile" means moving, can be moved; "vocal" means loud, outspoken

Example Question #1171 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

They were in a rush on Monday so they ran to work at a __________ pace. 

Possible Answers:

cumbersome 

brisk 

unhurried 

plodding

sluggish

Correct answer:

brisk 

Explanation:

Because the subjects of this sentence were late you can reasonably assume that they would want to rush to get to work. The correct answer is therefore "brisk" because "brisk" means quick, rapid. The subjects were late so they wanted to get to work at a "quick" pace. To provide further help, all four incorrect answer choices are synonyms - they all mean slow

Example Question #80 : Sentence Completions

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

Bill owed his friend some money, when Bill did not pay this led to a(n) __________

Possible Answers:

vague

accord 

demonstration 

dispute 

frequent 

Correct answer:

dispute 

Explanation:

Bill owes his friend some money, but does not pay him. From this information you can determine that this would likely lead to an argument or a fight. The correct answer is therefore "dispute" which means argument, a disagreement over something. To provide further help, "frequent" means happening often; "accord" means agreement; "vague" means unclear; a "demonstration" is a protest, a showing of some thing or some feeling

Example Question #1172 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

The girl __________ her doll and takes it everywhere with her.

Possible Answers:

forgets 

cherishes 

relies 

rectifies 

despises 

Correct answer:

cherishes 

Explanation:

Because the girl takes her doll everywhere with her you can reasonably conclude that the girl likes her doll very much, she loves it. The correct answer is therefore "cherishes." To "cherish" something means to love it very much. To provide further help, "rectify" means fix; "despise" means hate; "rely" means dependneed

Example Question #1173 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

After a long day of driving across the state she felt very __________.

Possible Answers:

obstructed

hindered

delayed

abandoned

fatigued

Correct answer:

fatigued

Explanation:

After a long drive it makes sense that the subject of the sentence would feel tired, so the correct answer is "fatigued." "Fatigued" means physically tired after a lot of work, exhausted. To provide further help, "abandoned" means left behind; "obstructed" and "hindered" both mean blocked, to have got in the way; "delayed" means made late

Example Question #21 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ tree was all alone in the middle of the field.

Possible Answers:

docile

solitary

biased

unseemly

fragile

Correct answer:

solitary

Explanation:

The only information we are given about the tree is that it is by itself. It therefore makes sense to describe the tree as "solitary" because this means alone. The prefix solo- means alone, one. To provide further help, "unseemly" means not polite, inappropriate; "docile" means calm; "fragile" means easily broken; "biased" means not fair

Example Question #1174 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

I missed breakfast and lunch today and I am absolutely __________

Possible Answers:

energetic

elated

famished

abroad

cordial

Correct answer:

famished

Explanation:

If the speaker missed his first two meals of the day it makes sense that they would be very hungry. So, the correct answer is "famished" which means very hungry, starving, ravenous. Additionally, "elated" means very happy; "cordial" means friendly and polite; "abroad" means in a foreign country; "energetic" means lively, full of energy.

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