ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Identifying Synonyms

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #213 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

AFFECTIONATE

Possible Answers:

Joyful

Bubbly

Moody

Helpful

Caring

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

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

GLEEFUL

Possible Answers:

Friendly

Amazing

Energetic

Willing

Joyful

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

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

DEPRESSED

Possible Answers:

Fussy

Miserable

Angry

Concerned

Worried

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

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

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Superb

Annoyed

Gruff

Enraged

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

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

ERRATIC

Possible Answers:

Lucky

Unpredictable

Lazy

Predictable

Organized

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.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

VISIONARY

Possible Answers:

Potent 

Portent 

Damaged goods 

Uncontrollable desire

Creative thinker 

Correct answer:

Creative thinker 

Explanation:

A “visionary” is someone who has the vision to see creative solutions to problems, a creative thinker. To provide further help, “uncontrollable” means not able to be controlled; “potent” means powerful; a “portent” is an omen.

Example Question #41 : Identifying Synonyms

A synonym of "kin" is __________.

Possible Answers:

connected

child

relative

spark

person

Correct answer:

relative

Explanation:

"Kin" is a noun that means "one's family and relations," or an adjective that means "related." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "one's family." While "connected" may look like the correct answer, because people who are "kin" are connected to each other, "connected" does not mean the same thing as "kin," so "connected" cannot be the correct answer. "Relative," however, can not only function as an adjective that means "considered in relation or in proportion to something else," but also as a noun that means "a person connected by blood or marriage." So, because "relative" is the closest synonym to "kin" amongst the listed answer choices, "relative" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FOE:

Possible Answers:

comrade

enemy

tyrant

partner

miser

Correct answer:

enemy

Explanation:

A foe is the opposite of a comrade and is defined as an enemy.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Nouns

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PACIFIST:

Possible Answers:

philanthropist

ally

instigator

orator

peacemaker

Correct answer:

peacemaker

Explanation:

A pacifist is someone who keeps the peace or who is a peacemaker.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

BEGINNER

Possible Answers:

Biased

Novice

New

Benevolent

Correct answer:

Novice

Explanation:

The best answer choice is "novice," because another word for a "beginner" is "novice." Considering the other choices, "benevolent" means kind or charitable, and "biased" means expressing a particular prejudice. While the word "new" is related, it is an adjective that describes a beginner and is not a synonym of "beginner."

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