ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Style, Intensity, and Connotation in Word-Based Sentence Completions

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

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Example Questions

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:

brisk 

plodding

sluggish

unhurried 

cumbersome 

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 

rectifies 

relies 

cherishes 

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:

hindered

fatigued

delayed

obstructed

abandoned

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

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

fragile

unseemly

biased

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

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

abroad

cordial

famished

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.

Example Question #1181 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

__________ things had been happening recently in the little town and the residents were at a loss to explain what was going on.

Possible Answers:

Feeble

Common

Appealing

Peculiar

Dastardly

Correct answer:

Peculiar

Explanation:

The people living in the town are unable to explain all the stuff that is happening. The things that are happening must be unusual and hard to explain. Only one of these answer choices matches with this situation and that is "peculiar." "Peculiar" means strange, weird, unusual. Additionally, "feeble" means weak; "common" means normal, happening frequently; "dastardly" means wicked, villainous; "appealing" means attractive, interesting and tempting.

Example Question #81 : Sentence Completions

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

The __________ criminal was imprisoned for twenty years for a series of dreadful crimes.

Possible Answers:

earnest

selfless

talkative

nefarious

oafish

Correct answer:

nefarious

Explanation:

The criminal was imprisoned for a very long time and you are told that he committed many "dreadful" (terrible, awful) crimes. So, the correct answer must reflect this intensity of wickedness. The correct answer is therefore "nefarious" which means evil, wicked, bad-natured. Additionally, "selfless" means not selfish, generous; "talkative" describes someone who talks a lot; "oafish" means foolish, clumsy and stupid; "earnest" means truthful, honest.

Example Question #86 : Sentence Completions

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

He realized that drinking too much was affecting his health so he decided to __________ alcohol completely. 

Possible Answers:

excavate

gorge

interject

forsake

rue

Correct answer:

forsake

Explanation:

The subject of this sentence has made himself sick through drinking too much so it makes sense that he would want to abandon, give up completely alcohol. The correct answer then is "forsake" which means abandon, leave, give up. Additionally, "excavate" means dig up; "gorge" means to over eat, to consume in large quantities; "interject" means interrupt, say something quickly to disrupt a conversation; "rue" means regret.

Example Question #1182 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

The government's __________ handling of the crisis made things much worse. 

Possible Answers:

adept

brisk

shrewd

inept

competent

Correct answer:

inept

Explanation:

If the government's handling of the situation made things much worse than it could probably best be described as incompetent, lacking skill. So, the correct answer is "inept," which means having little skill, demonstrating a lack of ability. Additionally, "adept" means skilled and is an antonym of "inept." Finally, "brisk" means quick, fast-paced; "competent" means capable of doing, good enough at something; "shrewd" means wise, crafty and smart

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