ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms

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Example Questions

Example Question #33 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

POPULAR

Possible Answers:

Well-liked

Chatty

Uncovered

Incoherent

False

Correct answer:

Well-liked

Explanation:

“Popular” means liked or appealing to a lot of people, or “well-liked.” As for the other answer choices, “uncovered” means shown or not covered or hidden; “incoherent” means not able to be understood; "false" means not true or inauthentic; and "chatty" means liking to talk at length about relatively unimportant subjects.

Example Question #34 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

LIBERTY

Possible Answers:

Freedom

Technology

Slavery

Economy

Finance

Correct answer:

Freedom

Explanation:

"Liberty” means "freedom." “Slavery” is the opposite of “freedom” and “liberty”; it is a system where men own other men. The “economy” is the collective name for the producing, buying, and selling of everything; “finance” is to do with banking and handling of money; and “technology” refers to machines created by people to do something.

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.

CERTAIN

Possible Answers:

Uncomfortable

International

Unsure

Bemused

Sure

Correct answer:

Sure

Explanation:

To be “certain” means to be sure of one's decision or opinion, so "sure" is the correct answer. The prefix "un-" means not, so “unsure” means not sure and “uncomfortable” means not comfortable. “Bemused” means confused, and "international” means between nations or global.

Example Question #36 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

COLLISION

Possible Answers:

Assistance

Change

Crash

Hint

Grasp

Correct answer:

Crash

Explanation:

The prefix "co-" means together, so it makes sense that a "collision" is an instance of two physical things coming together forcefully, or a "crash." As for the other answer choices, “hint” means clue that helps someone solve a problem or riddle, often given by someone who already knows the answer; "grasp," when used as a noun, means grip or hold on something or someone; "assistance" means help; and "change," when used as a noun, means alteration.

Example Question #31 : Synonyms

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

DISAPPEAR

Possible Answers:

Vanish

Mistake

Allude

Convey

Resume

Correct answer:

Vanish

Explanation:

The prefix "dis-" means not or away, or it makes a word mean its opposite. It thus makes sense that "disappear" means the opposite of "appear"—that is, "disappear" means "vanish." As for the other answer choices, "resume" means continue; “mistake,” when used as a verb, means confuse something or someone with something or someone else; “allude” means hint at; and "convey" means impart or transport.

Example Question #38 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

HYPERACTIVE

Possible Answers:

Overactive

Absolved

Distraught

Optimistic

Pessimistic

Correct answer:

Overactive

Explanation:

The prefix "hyper-" means too much, so it makes sense that “hyperactive” means too active, making "overactive" the correct answer, as "over-" also means too much, meaning that "overactive" also means too active. As for the other answer choices, "distraught” means very upset; “pessimistic” means despondent and thinking bad things will happen; “optimistic” means hopeful and thinking good things will happen; and “absolved” means forgiven and no longer blamed for something.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms

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

PANT

Possible Answers:

Wheeze

Inhale

Breathe

Clothe

Blow

Correct answer:

Wheeze

Explanation:

"Pant" is a verb that means take in short, quick breaths as a result of a period of physical exertion. Dogs are often said to "pant." While "puff," "breathe," "inhale," and "blow" may each look like potentially correct answers because each has to do with the taking in and releasing of air in the lungs, "puff" (breathe in a series of quick gasps) is much closer in meaning to "pant" than "breathe" (inhale and exhale), "inhale" (take air into the lungs), or "blow" (exhale a concentrated gust of air, typically with the intention to move something with the stream of air produced, or bluster and gust, creating wind). While "clothe" may look like a good answer, "pant" is actually a verb, so while "pants" are a type of "clothes," "pant" and "clothe" (provide clothing for) don't mean the same thing.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms

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

ABNORMAL

Possible Answers:

Delicate

Weird

Solitary

Dedicate

Edible

Correct answer:

Weird

Explanation:

The prefix "ab-" means away, so it makes sense that "abnormal" means away from normal, or in other words, not normal or "weird." As for the other answer choices, "edible" means able to be eaten; “solitary” means alone; “dedicated” means devoted to a job, a role, or a cause; and "delicate" means fragile and dainty.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms

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

AFIRE

Possible Answers:

Sprinting

Hateful

Loving

Freezing

Burning

Correct answer:

Burning

Explanation:

While "a-" can mean not, as in words like "apolitical" (not participating in politics) and "ahistorical" (not historical), in other words, like "aquiver" (quivering) and "atremble" (trembling), and "asleep" (sleeping) it means in a state of. In the word "afire," this latter type of "a-" is used, so "afire" means on fire or "burning." If you thought that the "a-" prefix meant not, you may have picked "freezing," which means very cold. As for the other answer choices, "sprinting" means running very quickly; "loving" means affectionate and emotionally warm; and "hateful" means detestable.

Example Question #42 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

ILLEGAL

Possible Answers:

Judicial

Egregious

Secretive

Unlawful

Medical

Correct answer:

Unlawful

Explanation:

The "il-" part of "illegal" is a form of the prefix "in-," which means not, so it makes sense that "illegal" means not legal or "unlawful." As for the other answer choices, "medical” refers to the science of health and the treatment of sick patients; “judicial” means fair, related to law, or making logical decisions based on fairness and reason; "egregious" means appalling and very bad; and "secretive" means not casually sharing information and instead keeping to oneself.

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