ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Identifying Synonyms

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Example Question #233 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

GUARDIAN

Possible Answers:

Attacker

Teacher

Protector 

Daughter

Student 

Correct answer:

Protector 

Explanation:

A "guardian" is another name for someone who looks after someone else or a protector. To help you, a "student" is someone who goes to school

Example Question #234 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

CAPTIVE

Possible Answers:

Captain

Prisoner

Warden

Student

Fascination

Correct answer:

Prisoner

Explanation:

A “captive” is someone held somewhere against their will under the control of another person or other people, so the answer choice closest in meaning to "captive" is "prisoner." A “student” is someone who attends school, and a "warden" is someone who is in charge of something, like a "prison warden" or a "park warden." Also, while something "captivating" is fascinating, it doesn't mean that "fascination" and "captive" are synonyms; they are not.

Example Question #235 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

MONARCH

Possible Answers:

President

Representative

Queen

Lord

Knight

Correct answer:

Queen

Explanation:

A “monarch” is a king or queen, so "queen" is the correct answer. A “representative” is someone chosen in a democracy to carry out the wishes of the people.

Example Question #236 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

NOVICE

Possible Answers:

Respondent

Expert

Beginner

Representative

Librarian

Correct answer:

Beginner

Explanation:

"Novice" derives from the Latin "novus," which means new, so it makes sense that a "novice" is someone who is new at something, or a "beginner." As for the other answer choices, an “expert” is someone who knows a lot about something and has a lot of experience; a “respondent” is someone who responds to or answers something; and a “representative” is someone who is chosen by the people who carry out their wishes, and a "librarian" is a person who works at and helps run a library.

Example Question #237 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

PEER

Possible Answers:

Fellow

Mentor

Rival

Student

Boss

Correct answer:

Fellow

Explanation:

A “peer” is a classmate, someone in your social group. "Fellow," when used as a noun, can mean someone doing the same thing as you are, so it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "peer." 

Example Question #238 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

SPECTATOR

Possible Answers:

Victor

Witness

Doctor

Salesperson

Illustrator

Correct answer:

Witness

Explanation:

"Spectator" is derived from the same Latin roots as "spectacles" (glasses), "spectacle" (something that visually attracts a lot of attention), and "inspection" (an event where an authority figure looks over someone and that person's work). All of these words have something in common: seeing. So, it shouldn't be surprising that "spectator" also has to do with seeing. More specifically, a "spectator" is someone watching something, or a "witness." As for the other answer choices, a “victor” is someone who has won some competition; a “salesperson” is someone who sells something; an “illustrator” is someone who draws pictures to go with written articles or books; and a "doctor" is a medical professional who diagnoses illnesses and injuries to help people recover from them.

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

NARRATOR

Possible Answers:

Storyteller

Reader

Reporter

Chef

Character

Correct answer:

Storyteller

Explanation:

A “narrator” is a "storyteller." As for the other answer choices, a “witness” is someone who has seen an event, as to “witness” means to see. A "reporter" is someone who researches and writes news stories. While the narrator might be a character in a story if the story is told in first-person perspective (the "I" perspective), a "narrator" is not necessarily a "character," and the words have distinct meanings.

Example Question #61 : Identifying Synonyms

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

TRAITOR

Possible Answers:

Ally

Businessperson

Vehicle

Backstabber

Employee

Correct answer:

Backstabber

Explanation:

A "traitor" is a person who betrays the trust of another person or organization. A spy who promises to work for one country but secretly sells its secrets to a rival nation could be called a traitor. "Backstabber," similarly, refers to a person who betrayed another. An "ally" is a friend, an "employee" is someone who works for someone else, and a "vehicle" is a moving machine, like a car.

Example Question #61 : Identifying Synonyms

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

BENEFACTOR

Possible Answers:

Antagonist 

Narrator 

Supporter

Detractor 

Protagonist 

Correct answer:

Supporter

Explanation:

A “benefactor” is someone who supports a cause and contributes money to it. To provide further help, a “detractor” criticizes or takes away from a cause; a “narrator” is a storyteller; the “protagonist” is the hero of a story and the “antagonist” is the villain of the story

Example Question #62 : Identifying Synonyms

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

RASCAL

Possible Answers:

Professor

Governor

Delegate

Scoundrel

Genius

Correct answer:

Scoundrel

Explanation:

A "rascal" is a troublemaker, a scoundrel. To provide further help, a "genius" is someone who is very clever; a "governor" is a political figure elected to govern a state; a "delegate" is someone chosen to represent the interests of a group of people

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