ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms

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Example Questions

Example Question #4 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

SUPERIOR

Possible Answers:

Found

Better

Worse

Worst

Lost

Correct answer:

Better

Explanation:

The prefix "super-" means better or best, so it makes sense that “superior” means better than something else. If you really like chocolate chip cookies, you might claim that they are "superior to" all other kinds of cookies.

Example Question #5 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

NONFICTIONAL

Possible Answers:

Fraudulent

True

False

Adapted

Mocking

Correct answer:

True

Explanation:

The prefix "non-" means not, so “nonfictional” describes a story that is not fictional, or in other words, true and based on things that really existed or happened. Something that is “false” is not true; an “adapted” means transferred from one medium to another, e.g. a movie adaptation of a book; “mocking” means ridiculing and taunting; and “fraudulent” means pretending to be authentic while actually being inauthentic.

Example Question #6 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

PREPARED

Possible Answers:

Ready

Desolate

Emergency

Unintentional

Fortunate

Correct answer:

Ready

Explanation:

The prefix "pre-" means before, so it makes sense that "prepared" means ready for something before it happens or having been made before needed. "Ready" is thus the best answer choice. As for the other answer choices, "desolate" means uninhabited and stark; "fortunate" means lucky; "unintentional" means not done on purpose or unwitting; and "emergency," when used as an adjective, means reserved for use during emergencies.

Example Question #7 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

POSTPONE

Possible Answers:

Dispel

Commence

Desire

Delay

Intend

Correct answer:

Delay

Explanation:

The prefix "post-" means after or behind, so it makes sense that "postpone" means delay, especially until a defined time after something occurs. As for the other answer choices, “commence” means begin or start up; “intend” means purposely mean to do something; “desire” means want; and “dispel” means get rid of some type of bad feeling.

Example Question #8 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

MISBEHAVE

Possible Answers:

Adhere

Declare

Discover

Uncover

Disobey

Correct answer:

Disobey

Explanation:

The prefix "mis-" can mean not or wrong, so it makes sense that to "misbehave" means to behave badly or to do the wrong thing, or “disobey.” As for the other answer choices, "adhere" means listen to or obey when used in the context of rules, and stick to when used in the context of physical materials; “discover” means find or find out; “uncover” means show, reveal, or bring out from hiding; and "declare" means state or make known.

Example Question #9 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

OPTIMUM

Possible Answers:

Primary

Least

Best

Worst

Secondary

Correct answer:

Best

Explanation:

The “optimum” thing in a group of things or set of choices is is the best one. “Primary” means coming first in a sequence or most important and “secondary” means coming second in a sequence or of lesser importance than other things.

Example Question #10 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

EXTRAORDINARY

Possible Answers:

Despicable

Unique

Incredible

Persistent

Pitiable

Correct answer:

Incredible

Explanation:

The prefix "extra-" means beyond, so it makes sense that “extraordinary” means beyond ordinary, or "incredible." As for the other answer choices, “unique” means one-of-a-kind or different; “despicable” means evil or terrible and thus deserving to be hated; "persistent" means stubborn or continuing; and "pitiable" means evoking emotions of feeling sorry for something or someone.

Example Question #31 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

FORECAST

Possible Answers:

Route

Predict

Create

Illuminate

Laugh

Correct answer:

Predict

Explanation:

The prefix "fore-" means in front of or coming before, so it makes sense that to “forecast” means to predict what is coming in the future. A “route” is a way to get from one place to another; “illuminate” means shine light on; “create” means make.

Example Question #32 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

MAXIMUM

Possible Answers:

Mediocre

Most

Worst

Best

Least

Correct answer:

Most

Explanation:

The "maximum" can be used as an adjective or a noun and means greatest or most as an adjective and the greatest amount of a particular thing one can have or achieve as a noun; so, "most" is the correct answer. “Mediocre” means average when greater quality or quantity was expected.

Example Question #32 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

MISPRINT

Possible Answers:

Respect

Publication

Error

Smudge

Value

Correct answer:

Error

Explanation:

The prefix "mis-" means not or incorrect, so it makes sense that "misprint" means an instance in which a newspaper or other publication published incorrect information. The answer choice closest in meaning to "misprint" is thus "error." “Value” is how much something is worth, often in terms of money; “respect” means admiration and reverence; a "smudge" is a blurred spot of dirt or other substance on something that typically mars its appearance; and a "publication" is something that is published regularly, like a newspaper or a journal.

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