ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

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Example Questions

Example Question #211 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

After his cat died, Sebastian ______________ for days, weeping and wailing about his love for the furry animal.

Possible Answers:

sang

lamented

shouted

questioned

reflected

Correct answer:

lamented

Explanation:

For this question, it is critical that you have the appropriate vocabulary. To "lament" something is to cry and moan greatly about that thing. We are told that Sebastian wept and wailed for the passing of his cat. Therefore, we are sure that he was "lamenting" the death of the animal.

Example Question #212 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Gregory wanted to __________ his mother into thinking that he had a full serving of vegetables, so he put his uneaten portion onto his father's plate when he wasn't looking.

Possible Answers:

please

elevate

deceive

argue

prompt

Correct answer:

deceive

Explanation:

Gregory is not trying to make an argument to his mother about the vegetables. The sentence implies that he is trying to trick her by his little "maneuver" of putting the remainder of his food onto his father's plate. Therefore, he is trying to deceive her. A deception is a kind of trick that tries to make someone think that something is true when it is not. Something is called "deceptive" when it "tricks" us into thinking something that is not true.

Example Question #213 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Since the tree house was a very complex building to __________, the two parents divided up the work to be done in order to make it easier to erect the structure quickly.

Possible Answers:

placate

plan

imagine

construct

consider

Correct answer:

construct

Explanation:

Notice that the parents are going to "erect" the tree house. This means that they are going to put it up. (Whenever we say that someone is "standing erect", that person is "standing up straight.") From this, we can see that the parents are aiming to build a tree house. This means that the only acceptable option is "construct", which is a verb meaning to build or make.

Example Question #214 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although the boss claimed that she did not __________ any particular employee, it was obvious that she liked Ferdinand and Imelda more than the others.

Possible Answers:

deviate

adore

favor

dislike

love

Correct answer:

favor

Explanation:

The key fact to note in this sentence is that the boss, in fact, likes Ferdinand and Imelda more than the other employees. The first half of the the sentence implies that she claims not to like any employee more than the others. This interpretation of the first half is supported by the fact that the second half talks about her liking Ferdinand and Imelda more than the others. Therefore, we can say that the boss says that she does not favor any employees—though, apparently she actually does!

Example Question #212 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

When Regis realized how poorly the company treated its employees, he decided to __________ its products, refusing to support the company in any way.

Possible Answers:

strike

decry

destroy

implode

boycott

Correct answer:

boycott

Explanation:

This sentence implies that Regis does not want to buy any of the company's products. When you do this, you boycott the company and its products. This is not the same as a strike. A strike happens when employees decide not to work. Now, there is nothing in the sentence that implies that Regis wants to destroy the products. He merely does not want to support the company. He likely just does not want to buy the products. Hence, "boycott" is the best option.

Example Question #216 : Verbs

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

After so many difficulties defending the fort, the soldiers decided to ___________ the location and go elsewhere in order to attempt to maintain their control of the territory.

Possible Answers:

improve

investigate

destroy

determine

forsake

Correct answer:

forsake

Explanation:

Notice in this sentence that we are told that the soldiers are going to go away somewhere else. This means that they are leaving their current fort. They are abandoning their location. A synonym for this would be "forsake," which is the best option provided here. When we "forsake" something, we leave it behind.

Example Question #217 : Verbs

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

When a new person arrives at a party, it is best to __________ that person so that he or she knows that the host recognizes his or her arrival.

Possible Answers:

discuss

greet

display

delay

interrogate

Correct answer:

greet

Explanation:

The idea of the sentence is that a host should show the new arrival that he or she is aware of the new person's arrival. Technically, if the host were to discuss the person, this could let the new person know that the host was aware of the arrival. This is pretty rude and is not the normal use of a discussion. Perhaps you could interrogate the new arrival—asking many questions. This too would let him or her know that you were aware of the arrival. The simple word "greet" is the best option. If you greet the new arrival, you certainly show them that you are aware of his or her presence—and you make him or her feel welcomed!

Example Question #218 : Verbs

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

The owner of the company _____________ his workers, forcing them to work extra hours for no pay and often sleep at the workshop, away from their families.

Possible Answers:

exploited

endangered

risked

targeted

whipped

Correct answer:

exploited

Explanation:

Whenever someone uses someone else, often employing unjust tactics, this person "exploits" that other person. In this sentence, the owner clearly is misusing his employees in this way. By making them work long hours without pay and also sleep on the premises, he is getting benefits from them without justly giving them what is due to them. This is an example of exploitation.

Example Question #212 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The child did not merely love his mother, he utterly __________ her.

Possible Answers:

liked

detested

hated

adored

surprised

Correct answer:

adored

Explanation:

The word "merely" helps to indicate that the child must have "really" loved his mother. It hints that there is an intensification of the word "love" expressed in the second half of the sentence. Whenever we "adore" something or someone, we love that thing greatly. Often, this word is used to describe the kind of love and worship that is expressed in religion; however, it can also simply mean to love greatly.

Example Question #213 : Verbs

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

At the end of the dinner, Filbert found it difficult to __________ the amount that he should tip his server for the expensive meal.

Possible Answers:

multiply

investigate

see

compute

summarize

Correct answer:

compute

Explanation:

In general, you might find it easiest to interpret this sentence as saying that Filbert was finding it difficult to calculate the amount that he should tip; however, we do not have that as an option. The word "compute" is a fine synonym for "calculate." A "computer" gets its name from its ability to perform mathematical calculations. Put another way, we can say that a computer is able to "compute." That is what Filbert is trying to do—all the math to figure out how much he should tip.

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