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

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

After several years of __________ work the team of researchers finally found the answer they were looking for.

Possible Answers:

reckless

irksome

diligent

rural

jittery

Correct answer:

diligent

Explanation:

The researchers carried out their work for several years before they found the answer they were looking for. Based on this intensity it makes sense to use the adjective "diligent" to describe their work. "Diligent" means having great care for one's work, showing great effort in one's work, industrious, painstaking. Additionally, "rural" means related to the countryside not towns and cities; "reckless" means careless, dangerous; "irksome" means annoying, irritating; "jittery" means nervous, shaky

Example Question #52 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The __________ parents were reluctant to let their child play sports for fear that he might hurt himself.

Possible Answers:

quaint

wretched

cautious

wry

chubby

Correct answer:

cautious

Explanation:

Based on the context of this sentence the parents could probably best be described as careful, alert, mindful of possible dangers. So, the correct answer is "cautious." To be "cautious" means to not task risks, to be concerned with safety, to be very careful. Additionally, "chubby" means a little fat; "quaint" means old-fashioned and somewhat appealing; "wry" means ironic, witty, funny and sarcastic; "wretched" means in a very poor condition, miserable

Example Question #111 : Sentence Completions

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

He was totally __________ in the movie and did not notice when the phone rang. 

Possible Answers:

unveiled 

enlisted

abridged 

engrossed 

concealed 

Correct answer:

engrossed 

Explanation:

If the man did notice when his phone rang then he must have been paying very close attention to the movie and been completely engaged by it. To solve this problem you need to identify a verb that matches with this intensity. The correct answer is therefore "engrossed." To be "engrossed" means to be completely absorbed in something, to be riveted, to give all of one's attention to one thing. Additionally, "concealed" means hidden; "unveiled" means revealed, shown; "enlisted" means joined, as in joined a group, most commonly it means joined the army; "abridged" means edited and shortened

Example Question #112 : Sentence Completions

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

They called in a decorator to __________ the living room. 

Possible Answers:

relegate

recall

reprimand

refurbish

replenish

Correct answer:

refurbish

Explanation:

Based on the context of this sentence the verb must relate to some action that a decorator might do to a room. The correct answer is therefore "refurbish" which means (of a building or room) to redo something, to renovate something, to make changes to design and furniture. Additionally, "recall" means remember, bring to mind; "replenish" means to fill something up again; "reprimand" means scold, tell off, officially punish; "relegate" means downgrade to a lower position, lower the position of.

Example Question #51 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

She was very __________ in the local community and many people supported her when she decided to run for office. 

Possible Answers:

grotesque 

rigid 

uptight 

prominent 

infamous 

Correct answer:

prominent 

Explanation:

Based on the context of this sentence you are looking for an adjective that describes a positive trait that would inspire people to vote for someone. The correct answer is therefore "prominent" which means well known, noticeable, important. Additionally, "grotesque" means gross, disgusting, unattractive; "infamous" means famous for the wrong reasons; "rigid" means firm, stern, harsh, fixed; "uptight" means tense and incapable of relaxing, not fun to be around

Example Question #114 : Sentence Completions

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

His hands were __________ from years of working in the fields with his bare hands.

Possible Answers:

calloused

adamant

cryptic

serene

dainty

Correct answer:

calloused

Explanation:

To solve this problem you need to figure out which of these answer choices is an adjective that describes a consequence of manual labor. Manual labor, or anything in which the hands or feet are used excessively, results in "calloused" hands. "Calloused" means hardened, tough (skin). Additionally, "adamant" means insistent, not able to be persuaded to change one's mind; "cryptic" means mysterious; "serene" means quite, peaceful, tranquil; "dainty" means soft, delicate.

Example Question #52 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The food was __________ out every morning to the starving children.

Possible Answers:

consumed

launched

toiled

doled

wrecked

Correct answer:

doled

Explanation:

Based on the fact that the children are starving, the food that is being given out must be of a small quantity. To "dole" means to hand out in small quantities to a group of people. Additionally, "launched" means started or caused to fly long distances; "wrecked" means ruined, broken; "consumed" means eaten, used entirely; "toiled" means worked.

Example Question #54 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

My friend is very __________ and I always have to work hard to stop him from trying to fight people.

Possible Answers:

possessive

bashful

pugnacious

brawny

portly

Correct answer:

pugnacious

Explanation:

The speaker's friend is always trying to fight people, so he could best be described as aggressive, combative, hostile, or "pugnacious." Additionally, "portly" means fat; "brawny" means strong, muscular; "bashful" means shy, easily embarrassed; "possessive" means controlling, demanding someone's time and attention, acting like you own someone.

Example Question #117 : Sentence Completions

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

The tidal wave __________ the small island and submerged most of it beneath the sea.

Possible Answers:

berated

engulfed

deluded

reinforced

trounced

Correct answer:

engulfed

Explanation:

In this sentence you are told that the tidal wave caused most of the island to become "submerged" (under water). The wave must therefore have completely covered, flooded and overwhelmed the island. The correct answer is therefore "engulfed." To "engulf" means to swept over and completely surround or submerge. Additionally, "deluded" means tricked, lied to, deceived; "berated" means yelled at; "reinforced" means fortified, strengthened; "trounced" means completely defeated.

Example Question #55 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The refugees fled from their home country to escape government __________

Possible Answers:

malaise 

persecution 

omniscience 

assistance 

benevolence 

Correct answer:

persecution 

Explanation:

To solve this problem you need to determine which of these answer choices is a noun that describes a condition that people would want to flee their country in order to escape. The correct answer is therefore "persecution" which means oppression, ill treatment, violent treatment based on religious, political, or ethnic differences. Additionally, "assistance" means help; "malaise" means a general feeling of unhappiness and dissatisfaction; "omniscience" means all-knowing; "benevolence" means good naturea desire to help others.

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