ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Verbs

Part of the janitor's job is to __________ the physical appearance of the building, and includes tasks like watering the flowers, mowing the front lawn, and removing weeds from the stone path.

Possible Answers:

ruin

egress

quantify

partition

maintain

Correct answer:

maintain

Explanation:

We know that the janitor's job involves "tasks like watering the flowers, mowing the front lawn, and removing weeds from the stone path," so we can infer that he keeps the building in good condition. So, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "keep in good condition." That means that "ruin" cannot be the correct answer, because "ruin" is an antonym of "keep in good condition." "Maintain," however, is a verb that means "keep (a building, machine, or road) in good condition or in working order by checking or repairing it regularly," and because "maintain" best describes the janitor's job, "maintain" is the correct answer.

Example Question #161 : Parts Of Speech In Word Based Sentence Completions

The reason the race car driver did not win that race is because his car __________ for ten seconds at the starting line, or at least that's what his fans say.

Possible Answers:

roared

drove

zoomed

ejected

stalled

Correct answer:

stalled

Explanation:

We can infer that the race car driver's car paused for ten seconds at the starting line, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "paused." "Drove" and "zoomed" may each be words associated with racing and cars, but neither can be the correct answer because they are each an antonym of "paused." "Stalled," however, is a verb that when used of a motor vehicle or its engine, means "stop running, typically because of an overload on the engine." So, "stalled" is the correct answer because it best fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #21 : Verbs

Science fiction stories often involve robots who are so advanced that they can __________ with humans and not miss even the most subtle social cues during the conversation.

Possible Answers:

weep

interact

ignore

tidy

invest

Correct answer:

interact

Explanation:

Because of the phrase "during the conversation," we can infer that we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "have a conversation with." "Ignore," then, cannot be the correct answer, because "ignore" is an antonym of "have a conversation with." "Interact," however, is a verb that means "act in such a way as to have an effect on another; act reciprocally," or in other words, "to talk or do things with other people," so "interact" is the correct answer because it best describes how the robots can converse with humans and best fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #24 : Verbs

Jaime rushed his cat to the vet when he thought it had __________ all of his Halloween candy, but it turned out that it was his sister, not his cat, who had eaten it when he wasn't looking, so his cat was just fine.

Possible Answers:

hidden

coughed up

mangled

kept

ingested

Correct answer:

ingested

Explanation:

We can infer that Jaime thought that his cat had eaten all of his Halloween candy, because "it turned out that it was his sister, not his cat, who had eaten it." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "ate." "Coughed up," then, cannot be the correct answer because "coughed up" is an antonym of "ate." "Ingested," however, means "took (food, drink, or another substance) into the body by swallowing or absorbing it," and because "ingested" best describe how Jaime thought his cat ate his Halloween candy, "ingested" is the correct answer.

Example Question #25 : Verbs

Lauren was sad to find that the party she had been looking forward to attending was __________ due to the snowstorm, but she thought it was a smart idea to cancel it until then next week so no one got in a car accident on the icy roads.

Possible Answers:

held

postponed

forgotten

warped

borrowed

Correct answer:

postponed

Explanation:

We know that the party Lauren was excited about was canceled until the next week because of the weather, so we need to pick out a verb that means "reschedule for a later date." "Held," then, cannot be the correct answer, because if the party had been held, it would not have been canceled, and we know it was canceled. "Postponed," however, is a verb that means "caused or arranged for (something) to take place at a time later than that first scheduled," and because "postponed" best describes how the party was rescheduled, "postponed" is the correct answer.

Example Question #21 : Verbs

Certain birds first eat insects or fish and then return to their nests to __________ what they have eaten so that their young can eat what they've coughed up.

Possible Answers:

imbibe

regurgitate

open

understand

close

Correct answer:

regurgitate

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that we need to pick out a verb that means something like "cough up something that has been eaten." So, "imbibe" cannot be the correct answer because "imbibe" means "drink," and the sentence is talking about food, and specifically a bird coughing food back up after it has eaten it. "Regurgitate," a verb that means "bring (swallowed food) up again to the mouth," best describes how the birds cough up food they have eaten to feed their young, so "regurgitate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Verbs

When the toy that Marvin bought from the toy store turned out to be broken when he opened the box, Marvin brought it back to the store to __________ it for a new one.

Possible Answers:

exchange

operate

buy

determine

limit

Correct answer:

exchange

Explanation:

We can infer that Marvin took the broken toy back to the toy store to try and trade it in for a new one. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "trade in." So, "buy" cannot be the correct answer because we know that Marvin already bought the broken toy from the toy store, and it wouldn't make sense for him to buy the same toy again. "Exchange," however, is a verb that means "an act of giving one thing and receiving another (esp. of the same type or value) in return," and because "exchange" best describes Marvin's attempt to trade the broken toy in for a new one, "exchange" is the correct answer.

Example Question #28 : Verbs

The superhero __________ the villain's attempt to destroy the city, and the residents cheered for her after she saved them.

Possible Answers:

thwarted

assumed

totaled

forgot

encouraged

Correct answer:

thwarted

Explanation:

We can infer that the superhero was successful in her attempt to stop the villain because "the residents cheered for her after she saved them." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "stopped." "Encouraged" cannot be the correct answer, then, because "encourage" means "give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)," and if the superhero had encouraged the villain's attempt to destroy the city, it probably would have been destroyed. "Thwart," however, is a verb that means either "prevent (someone) from accomplishing something" or "oppose (a plan, attempt, or ambition) successfully," and because "thwarted" best describes how the superhero stopped the villain from destroying the city, "thwarted" is the correct answer.

Example Question #311 : Sentence Completions

Most computer programs require the user to __________ certain legal conditions before they're allowed to use the software, but not many people actually read the conditions they agree to.

Possible Answers:

comply with

disobey

commission

disregard

negate

Correct answer:

comply with

Explanation:

We can infer that because the sentence says that "not many people actually read the conditions they agree to," we need to pick out a verb that means something like "agree to." "Disobey" cannot be the correct answer, then, because "disobey" means "fail to obey (rules, a command, or someone in authority)," making "disobey" the opposite of the word we're looking for. "Comply," however, is a verb that means "of a person or group: act in accordance with a wish or command" or "of an article: meet specified standards," and because "comply with" best describes how users are required to agree to certain legal conditions before using most software, "comply with" is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Verbs

Saul began to __________ when he realized that his old, unreliable oven had burnt dinner for the fourth time in a week, angrily declaring to his family that the appliance was worthless and that they absolutely needed to replace it.

Possible Answers:

dream

whisper

rant

walk

research

Correct answer:

rant

Explanation:

We can infer that because Saul "angrily declar[ed] to his family that the appliance was worthless and that they absolutely needed to replace it," we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "criticize angrily." Of the possible answer choices, only "rant," a verb which means "speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way," makes sense in the context of the sentence, and because "rant" best describes Saul's "angry declar[ation]," "rant" is the correct answer.

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