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

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Example Question #131 : Sentence Completions

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

When someone is ___________ to do something, he or she will often delay undertaking it for many days, unwilling to begin the undesired task.

Possible Answers:

afraid

surprised

reluctant

discouraged

delighted

Correct answer:

reluctant

Explanation:

The only thing that you know is that the person in question is being described as "unwilling." We do not know if he or she is afraid to do the task (or really anything more detailed than "unwilling"). Therefore, the best answer is the one that stays closest to this basic meaning. When we are "reluctant" to do something, we are hesitant or unwilling. Since this is as general of a meaning as that which is indicated by your clues, it is the best option.

Example Question #132 : Context Clues In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

Lawrence was a(n) _____________ supporter of the opera, not only inviting all of his friends to go but also donating a lot of time and money support its operations.

Possible Answers:

interested

wealthy

enthusiastic

amazing

financial

Correct answer:

enthusiastic

Explanation:

The idea that is presented here is that Lawrence is very devoted to the opera. He is not just a partial supporter of it. No! He does everything he can to support it—asking friends, giving money, and giving time. Although he might be wealthy, the point that the sentence is trying to express about him is that he is very "enthusiastic" about the opera.  

Example Question #81 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

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

The store owner refused to make his prices too high, for he thought it would not be _____________ to his customers if he were to overcharge them for his wares.

Possible Answers:

just

practical

financial

understandable

respectable

Correct answer:

just

Explanation:

The issue here is one of fairness. The store owner does not want to overcharge, which implies that he has some idea of a fair price that he should charge for his goods. When we act fairly, we act with justice. Something that is "fair" can be called "just."

Example Question #134 : Context Clues In Word Based Sentence Completions

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

Heidi's younger brother often __________ her by stealing and hiding her favorite stuffed animal, which bothered and annoyed her.

Possible Answers:

antagonized

soothed

interrupted

encouraged

teased

Correct answer:

antagonized

Explanation:

Since Heidi is upset because of her brother's actions, it probably means that her brother aggravates or "antagonizes" her. The other answer choices mean the following: "soothe" means calm; and "encourage" means support. "Interrupt" and "tease" are tricky choices. While it might bother and annoy someone to be teased or interrupted, we are told that Heidi's younger brother specifically steals her favorite stuffed animal, which isn't "teasing" or "interrupting." So, "antagonize" is the best choice because it is a more general word.

Example Question #82 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In Word Based Sentence Completions

Fill in the blank.

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

Possible Answers:

busy

unhappy

happy

restless

frustrated

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.

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