ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Verbs

In many video games, heroes __________ magical swords to fight off monters, while wizards employ staves and wands, and archers use bows and arrows.

Possible Answers:

clean

guarantee

forswear

remember

wield

Correct answer:

wield

Explanation:

We can infer that because the sentence tells us that "wizards employ staves and wands" and "archers use bows and arrows" to fight off monsters, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "employ" or "use" and can refer to weapons. "Wield" is a verb that means "hold and use (a weapon or tool)" or "have and be able to use (power or influence)," and because "wield" best describes what a hero might do with a magic sword in a video game, "wield" is the correct answer.

Example Question #32 : Verbs

Origami involves folding flat sheets of paper into intricate stars, boxes, and animals by __________ the paper in specific ways.

Possible Answers:

creasing

informing

weaving

involving

gluing

Correct answer:

creasing

Explanation:

We can infer that because the sentence says that "[o]rigami involves folding flat sheets of paper" into various things, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "folding." While "glueing" and "weaving" might each look like potentially correct answers because paper can be glued or woven, neither "glueing" nor "weaving" is close in meaning to "folding," so neither can be the correct answer. "Creasing," however, is a verb that means "making a crease in (cloth or paper)," and because "creasing" best describes what one does to paper when making origami, "creasing" is the correct answer.

Example Question #32 : Verbs

Which of the following words best completes the sentence?

He skipped joyfully across the field, never __________ he'd been followed.

Possible Answers:

known

suspecting

distracting

understood

ignoring

Correct answer:

suspecting

Explanation:

The blank should hold a verb, in the gerund form (ing), that refers to how the speaker did not know he was being followed; to know and to understand both have close to correct meanings in context, but they are not correct because they're not in the proper tense; therefore, the answer is suspecting.

Example Question #312 : Sentence Completions

The judge was not in favor of holding a retrial, but after reviewing the new evidence, she __________ that there needed to be a retrial because the new information might convince the jury to change their decision.

Possible Answers:

tangled

interested

pardoned

denied

conceded

Correct answer:

conceded

Explanation:

We can infer that the judge admitted that there needed to be a retrial because she was initially against it but changed her mind after reviewing the new evidence. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "admitted." "Denied" might be grammatically correct if used in the blank, but it cannot be the correct answer, because we know that the "there needed to be a retrial." "Conceded," however, is a verb that means "admitted that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it," and because "conceded" best fits the context of the sentence, "conceded" is the correct answer.

Example Question #33 : Verbs

After the famous track athlete lost his lower right leg in an accident, he managed to __________ the many difficulties and obstacles that faced him and return to racing, employing a prosthetic leg.

Possible Answers:

wind

overcome

succumb to

desist

protract

Correct answer:

overcome

Explanation:

We can infer that the famous track athlete was able to conquer the obstacles that faced him and return to racing, so we need to pick out a verb for the blank that means something like “conquer.” That means “succumb” cannot be the correct answer, because “succumb to” is a phrase that means “stop trying to resist something,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of the word we’re looking for. “Overcome,” however, is a verb that can mean “succeed in dealing with,” and because “overcome” best describes how the injured athlete was able to conquer the obstacles facing him and return to racing, “overcome” is the correct answer.

Example Question #34 : Verbs

After having a horrible experience at the new school, Daisy __________ her sister from attending it.

Possible Answers:

discouraged

approved

changed

confused

disagreed

Correct answer:

discouraged

Explanation:

Because the school was horrible, Daisy did not want her sister to attend. So, Daisy discouraged her sister from attending.

Example Question #35 : Verbs

When the robber entered the home, the dog __________ loudly.

Possible Answers:

swam

ate

circled

barked

hid

Correct answer:

barked

Explanation:

When a robber enters, a dog usually barks loudly.

Example Question #33 : Verbs

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

When an asteroid struck earth millions of years ago, it was not long before all the dinosaurs had __________.

Possible Answers:

Evolved

Debated

Overthrown

Perished

Correct answer:

Perished

Explanation:

"Perished" is the correct answer. It means died, which makes sense in the context of this sentence since the dinosaurs died shortly after the asteroid struck earth.

 

Incorrect answers:

"Evolve" means to change gradually, as in the sentence "The small group project to donate a few cans of food to the local animal shelter evolved into a school-wide program because so many students wanted to participate in it."

"Overthrow" means to remove forcibly from power, as in the sentence, "The spies plotted to overthrow the government."

"Debate" means to argue by discussing opposing viewpoints, as in the sentence, "The students debated whether they should donate their money to charity or use it to host a party."

Example Question #34 : Verbs

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

After she spilled her drink, she used a sponge to __________ the liquid into it.

Possible Answers:

wipe

absorb

clean

pick

Correct answer:

absorb

Explanation:

The correct answer is "absorb," which means take in. The sponge can "clean" and "wipe up" liquid, but these answer choices do not make sense in this sentence because the sentence specifically includes the phrase "into it," and you wouldn't say "clean the liquid into it" or "wipe up the liquid into it." The key words are “into it,” and the only word that works with that prepositional phrase is "absorb."

Example Question #176 : Parts Of Speech In Word Based Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions: Select the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.

Gianna’s parents were so proud of the smart and confident young lady that their daughter had __________ into as she grew up.

Possible Answers:

blossomed

depreciated

dove

became

Correct answer:

blossomed

Explanation:

The correct answer is "blossomed." "Blossomed" is here used to mean have grown and matured as a person in a positive way. "Became" might look like a potentially correct answer but one would not say "became into," so it cannot be correct. Similarly, "dove" has nothing to do with the context of the sentence, and "depreciated" means became less in quantity and is usually used to refer to the economic value of something, so it also doesn't fit the context of the sentence.

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