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 #291 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

In contrast with her very ___________ sister, Regina always created plans for her day and followed them carefully.

Possible Answers:

irrational

experienced

youthful

impulsive

intense

Correct answer:

impulsive

Explanation:

This sentence clearly is contrasting Regina and her sister. Regina is a careful planner who seems to set out to do exactly what she plans. From what we can tell, she does not deviate from these plans.  A person who is impulsive is just the opposite of this. He or she follows his or her impulses (wishes or desires), often going from one thing to the next without much explanation. Now, this can seem to be irrational, but these two words are not quite the same. An irrational person can also be someone who just can't "think straight" because he or she is angry. An impulsive person is a closer contrast to Regina's personality.

Example Question #292 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

Sometimes a(n) __________ suggestion can help to shock people into paying attention to a question that is being asked.

Possible Answers:

novel

interesting

outrageous

violent

intriguing

Correct answer:

outrageous

Explanation:

The key word in this sentence is "shock." It is stating that a suggestion that is shocking is able to make people pay attention. Now, a violent suggestion can do this, but really that is more than is being said by the sentence. The word "outrageous" is much closer to "shocking." Something that is outrageous is shockingly "over the top." It is extreme.

Example Question #293 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

Although he was very quiet, Harry still liked to be very __________ when he discussed something, fearing that he might be misunderstood if he were not completely clear about the meaning of his words.

Possible Answers:

scholarly

explicit

deranged

timid

simplistic

Correct answer:

explicit

Explanation:

The most important clue in this sentence is the clause, "fearing that he might be misunderstood if he were completely clear about the meaning of his words." Harry did not want to be unclear with his words. Therefore, he apparently wanted to spell out every detail, meaning that he wanted to be explicit in what he stated. When something is "implicit", it is unstated even if it is assumed. An explicit matter is discussed completely "in the open."

Example Question #294 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

The book made an argument that was __________, presenting a viewpoint that could not be found in any other book on the market today.

Possible Answers:

unique

stunning

amazing

tragic

controversial

Correct answer:

unique

Explanation:

The key clue in this sentence is the fact that the argument being made in the book can't be found in any other books. This does not necessarily mean that the argument is controversial, though it might be.  Likewise, this doesn't mean that it is necessarily amazing—though such rare things are often amazing. Instead, it just means that it is a rare argument. Whenever something is so rare that it is not found anywhere else, it is "unique."

Example Question #295 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

Scientists must be very ___________ with their measurements, avoiding making even the smallest mistake in their experiments.

Possible Answers:

exact

regular

directed

educated

pleasing

Correct answer:

exact

Explanation:

For this sentence, it is true that scientists must be attentive when they do their experiments. The point of the sentence, however, is most directly that they must avoid mistakes. This implies that they must be very "exact" with their measurements. They must not be sloppy but instead must try to find the measurement that is closest to reality as is possible.

Example Question #296 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

The large dinner was very ___________, having a stately and elegant character that emphasized the importance of those who were attending.

Possible Answers:

intense

expensive

arrogant

determined

dignified

Correct answer:

dignified

Explanation:

Based on the description, this must have been a very stately dinner. It had a very elevated dignity and importance about it. Whenever something is "dignified", it is important and serious. This well describes the dinner, given the remarks made in the clause at the end of the sentence. Given all of the important people at the meal, it must have been a very serious, majestic, and dignified affair.

Example Question #297 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

The new statue was quite __________, drawing the attention of almost everyone who walked through the park.

Possible Answers:

intriguing

massive

determined

profound

expensive

Correct answer:

intriguing

Explanation:

All that we know about the statue is that it is drawing people's attention. It might have been very "expensive," or it might have been very large ("massive"); however, we just don't know those details. All that we know is that the statue seems to be very interesting. When something is "intriguing," it draws attention and interest. Among the options provided, the word "intriguing" is the only one that expresses this general idea of being interesting.

Example Question #301 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

Whenever someone has a(n) __________ personality, he or she is very unlikely to take any risks.

Possible Answers:

religious

excited

foolish

scholarly

timid

Correct answer:

timid

Explanation:

A person who does not take risks may well not have much confidence in him- or herself. Such a person is called "timid." Often, timid people are afraid. In a way, this sentence is speaking of a fear of taking risks. Among the options provided, none of the others expresses exactly the kind of character someone might have when he or she is afraid of taking risks. Therefore, "timid" is the best option provided. Yes, "scholarly" people and even "religious" people can be afraid of risks; however, this is not always the case (nor even necessarily the case most of the time). A "timid" person, however, is almost certainly afraid of taking risks.

Example Question #302 : Adjectives And Adverbs

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

Whenever George suggested that he could buy the city baseball team for five cents, his brothers were sure that he had gone insane before coming up with such a(n) __________ idea.

Possible Answers:

interesting

deranged

 profitable

forsaken

disastrous

Correct answer:

deranged

Explanation:

George's idea apparently made his brothers think that he was quite crazy. It must have been a crazy idea in itself—which is likely the case. When could someone ever buy a baseball team for five cents? Therefore, the idea could also be called "deranged." When we call something or someone "deranged," we are saying that he or she is insane or crazy.

Example Question #801 : Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ flower was made out of plastic and did not appear real at all.

Possible Answers:

cheap

artificial

ugly

plain

miniature

Correct answer:

artificial

Explanation:

All that we know about the flower is that it is plastic and fake-looking. We can't say anything about how expensive it looks ("cheap") or about its size ("miniature"). Therefore, the best option is "artificial." Something that is artificial is made upnot real,or not authentic. A plastic flower that is fake-looking can at least be called "artificial," if nothing else!

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