ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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Example Question #209 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Humorous

Jealous

Happy

Sad

Angry

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

If you are “furious,” you are very angry. Something that is “humorous” is very funny. If you are “jealous,” it means you want something that someone else has.

Example Question #210 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

SURLY

Possible Answers:

Furious

Important

Brawny

Sulky

Contemporary

Correct answer:

Sulky

Explanation:

"Surly" means sullenuncivil, and unsmiling, so "sulky," an adjective that means brooding, petulant, and in a bad mood, is the correct answer. If you confused "surly" with "burly" (physically strong and stocky) you may have picked "brawny" (physically strong and muscular) as your answer. "Contemporary," when used as an adjective, means existing at the same time as something else in the past or having to do with the modern day. "Furious" means very angry and "important" means deserving of attention or pressing.

Example Question #31 : Identifying Synonyms

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

NONCHALANT

Possible Answers:

Emotional

Caring

Unconcerned

Gracious

Interested

Correct answer:

Unconcerned

Explanation:

If someone is nonchalant about a test grade, it means he or she is unconcerned or aloof.  Nonchalant is defined as laid back or not easily excited.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ELATED

Possible Answers:

Strengthened

Connected

Astonished

Associated

Ecstatic

Correct answer:

Ecstatic

Explanation:

Two of the wrong options attempt to have you confuse "elated" with "related." (These wrong options are "connected" and "associated".) To be "elated", however, is to be very happy. The word "ecstatic" means just this as well. It actually comes from root words meaning standing outside. Have you ever heard someone say, "She was beside herself with joy!" This means the person was almost "outside" herself because of her strong feelings. To be "ecstatic" is to be very happy in this way.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

AFFECTIONATE

Possible Answers:

Caring

Bubbly

Joyful

Moody

Helpful

Correct answer:

Caring

Explanation:

When someone is "affectionate," he or she is very caring and loving toward other people. Now, while such a person might also tend to be helpful, joyful, or even bubbly, these meanings are not strict synonyms for "affectionate." Affection is, above all else, about love. Thus, the best synonym among those provided for "affectionate" is "caring." (The word "caring" means more than "helpful"—it indicates an emotional attachment. This makes it a better option.)

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

GLEEFUL

Possible Answers:

Joyful

Willing

Energetic

Amazing

Friendly

Correct answer:

Joyful

Explanation:

The word "glee" means a great amount of happiness. Thus, a gleeful person is very happy. We could say, "The baby was utterly gleeful while playing with the small dog, giggling and slapping playfully at the ground." The main thing that you want to express with the word "gleeful" is happiness.  (Often, this happiness comes with great energy too; however, gleefulness is about happiness.)  Thus, the best option is "joyful."

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

DEPRESSED

Possible Answers:

Concerned

Worried

Fussy

Miserable

Angry

Correct answer:

Miserable

Explanation:

The word "depressed" is used to describe someone who is very unhappy. When a person is "miserable," he or she is not happy or is very negative about life. Among the options given, this is the only one that closely matches "depressed".

Example Question #211 : Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Gruff

Enraged

Annoyed

Superb

Correct answer:

Enraged

Explanation:

"Furious" is an adjective meaning extremely angry. The only answer choice with a similar meaning is "enraged," which means very angry. The other words do not have similar meanings: "gruff" can mean no-nonsense or abrupt; "superb" means excellent; and "annoyed" means only slightly angry.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ERRATIC

Possible Answers:

Lucky

Unpredictable

Lazy

Organized

Predictable

Correct answer:

Unpredictable

Explanation:

When someone behaves "erratically" they are acting in a way that is not expected, usual, nor even predictable. Therefore, "unpredictable" would be the word closest to this meaning and is a synonym for erratic.

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