ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1390 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank. The blank indicates that a word is missing. Each sentence is followed by five choices. Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Intimidated by her competitors and unwilling to continue on as a candidate for class president of the senior class, Jen __________ her candidacy.

Possible Answers:

withdrew

endorsed

entered

maintained

unfurled

Correct answer:

withdrew

Explanation:

Since Jen did not wish to continue as a candidate, this means that she withdrew her candidacy.

Example Question #1391 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank. The blank indicates that a word is missing. Each sentence is followed by five choices. Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

In order to __________ her brother in the game of hide and seek, Lena strategized beforehand.

Possible Answers:

outrun

disappoint

placate

outwit

interrupt

Correct answer:

outwit

Explanation:

Lena wants to win the game of hide and seek and therefore wants to deceive or outwit her brother.

Example Question #1392 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank. The blank indicates that a word is missing. Each sentence is followed by five choices. Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

In order to---that she would do well on the exam, Theresa diligently studied the course material.

Possible Answers:

arrange

ensure

facilitate

confirm

prevent

Correct answer:

ensure

Explanation:

In this sentence, the key is finding the best answer choice; in this case, she wants to ensure or make sure she does well on the exam, therefore she extensively studies for the exam.

Example Question #1393 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank. The blank indicates that a word is missing. Each sentence is followed by five choices. Select the one word that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

In order to---herself from the sun and keep herself from getting a sunburn, she wore a wide-brimmed sun hat at the beach.

Possible Answers:

bask

indulge

shield

defend

avert

Correct answer:

shield

Explanation:

The only accurate choice among the answer choices is shield since it means to protect.  Since she doesn't want a sunburn, she needs to shield herself from the sun.

Example Question #1394 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Because people think that Judy so closely __________ a famous movie star, she is often stopped and asked for autographs because people mistake her for her famous counterpart.

Possible Answers:

calls

studies

despises

resembles

limits

Correct answer:

resembles

Explanation:

We can infer that we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "looks like," because Judy is often "asked for autographs because people mistake her for her famous counterpart." "Resembles" is a verb which means "has qualities or features, especially those of appearance, in common with someone or something; looks or seems like." "Resembles" is the correct answer because it best fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #1395 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Each question below is made up of a sentence with one blank. The blank indicates that a word is missing. Each sentence is followed by five choices. Select the word(s) that will best complete the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The lion, a fierce predator, ---the forest for prey.

Possible Answers:

lingered in

ambled through

crossed

prowled

strode

Correct answer:

prowled

Explanation:

Since the lion was looking for prey, it means that it prowled the forest for prey.

Example Question #1396 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

When the student realized that he forgot his homework at home, he __________ a story that involved the wind blowing his completed homework out of his hands on the way to school, several trucks running over it in the road, and then a pack of wild wolves tearing its pages apart; needless to say, his teacher didn't believe him.

Possible Answers:

entangled

concocted

iterated

disposed of

erased

Correct answer:

concocted

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that the student made up the story about how his homework got lost, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "made up" or "invented" and can refer to stories. While "iterated" may look like a potentially correct answer because it can have to do with speech, "iterate" means "perform or utter repeatedly," so it doesn't fit the context of the sentence because we aren't told that the student repeated his story. So, "iterated" cannot be the correct answer. "Concocted," however, means "created or devised," and is specifically used of stories or plans. Because "concocted" is the answer choice that best describes the student making up the story and best fits the context of the sentence, "concocted" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1397 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

The child __________ her security blanket and took it with her wherever she went, snuggling it every so often to convey how much she treasured it.

Possible Answers:

despised

cherished

limited

provided

repurposed

Correct answer:

cherished

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that the child really liked her security blanket, because she "took it wherever she went" and "snuggl[ed] it every so often to convey how much she treasured it." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that is a verb that means something like "treasured." "Despised" cannot be the correct answer, then, because despised means "felt contempt or a deep repugnance for," making it an antonym of "treasured." "Cherished," however, is a verb that can mean "hold something dear," and because "cherished" is the answer choice that best describes the child's attachment to her security blanket, it is the correct answer.

Example Question #1398 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

The spy managed to __________ the secrets out of the governor by flattering him.

Possible Answers:

support

sing

focus

wheedle

export

Correct answer:

wheedle

Explanation:

We need to pick out a word that means something like "coax," because we know that the spy used flattery to get the governor to tell him the secrets. "Wheedle" is a verb that means "employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something," and when used with an object ("wheedle something out of") like in the sentence, "coax or persuade someone to say or give something." Of the possible answer choices, "wheedle" best describes how the spy used flattery to obtain the secrets from the governor, so "wheedle" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1399 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

The jetpack __________ the stuntman high into the sky, and straight into a cloud.

Possible Answers:

sank

kept

encroached

waited

propelled

Correct answer:

propelled

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that we need to pick out an answer choice that describes movement and means something like "flew" or "took," because the stuntman's jetpack takes him "high into the sky, and straight into a cloud." So, "sank" cannot be the correct answer, because while it describes movement, "sank" specifically describes downward movement, which wouldn't make sense in the sentence's context. "Propelled," however, is a verb that means "drove, pushed, or caused to move in a particular direction, typically forward," and because "propelled" best describes the how the stuntman's jetpack caused him to move into the sky, "propelled" is the correct answer.

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