ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Verbs

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Example Questions

Example Question #1440 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

Even though Mary __________ that she had been on the plane that made an emergency landing, I had a very hard time believing her.

Possible Answers:

lingered

unveiled

insisted

perished

restrained

Correct answer:

insisted

Explanation:

In this sentence, Mary is trying to make me believe her. The best word that fits into the blank is "insisted." "Insist" means use emphasis to try to make someone believe that you are telling the truth or do as you request. None of the other answer choices would make sense in the blank: "lingered" means took one's time; "perished" means died; "restrained" means held back; and "unveiled" means to made visible, often for the first time and to the public.

Example Question #1441 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

The two armies worked together to __________ the threat of insurgency. 

Possible Answers:

abdicate 

deduct 

combat 

denude 

allude 

Correct answer:

combat 

Explanation:

In the English language, the prefix "co-" suggests working together. Because of the way the sentence is framed, “combat” is the only possible answer. To “combat” means to battle against something else. None of the other answer choices make sense in the blank: “deduct” means figure out; “denude” means uncover or lay bare; “allude” means hint at or suggest; and “abdicate” means give up the throne.

Example Question #1442 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

It is a form of bullying to __________ someone from participating simply because they seem weird or timid. 

Possible Answers:

exalt 

exclude 

depict 

portray 

include 

Correct answer:

exclude 

Explanation:

Based on the context of the sentence and its references to bullying based on people being different, we can assume that the blank word must mean something like "not include." The correct answer is therefore “exclude,” which means not include. To provide further help, “exalt” means praise or celebrate, and “portray” and “depict” both mean show.

Example Question #61 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence. 

I didn't do well on the test, so I asked the teacher if I could __________ it to see if I could improve my score. 

Possible Answers:

ruse

adorn

redo

unfurl

comprehend

Correct answer:

redo

Explanation:

Because the student didn't do well on his first test but wants to try again, you could also say he wants to “redo” his test. The prefix "re-" is often used to refer to something done again. To provide further help, “unfurl” means unfold, roll out; “adorn” means decorate; a “ruse” is a scheme designed to trick someone; “comprehend” means understand

Example Question #62 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

It makes me very angry when people abuse or __________ their pets. 

Possible Answers:

deny

Protect

love

defend

mistreat

Correct answer:

mistreat

Explanation:

The author suggests that people abusing their pets makes him very angry. This suggests that the answer is a synonym for "abuse," so the best answer choice is "mistreat," which means treat poorly. The prefix "mis-" is a negation prefix. To provide further help, “protect” and “defend” are synonyms and both mean look after, stop harm from coming to; “deny” is to say something is not true.

Example Question #63 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

He loved his house and did not wish to sell it, so he __________ the offer to move to a new city for work.

Possible Answers:

enamored

declined

accepted

deplored

received

Correct answer:

declined

Explanation:

Since the subject did not want to sell his house, we can infer that he did not accept the offer to move to a new city. The correct answer is therefore “declined.” To provide further help, “deplored” means hate; “enamored” means in love with; “accepted” means established, allowed; “received” means given.

Example Question #1446 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

My car wouldn't start this morning since the ignition was __________

Possible Answers:

benign

malfunctioning

suggestive

interposing

abrasive

Correct answer:

malfunctioning

Explanation:

The author of this sentence tells us that his car wouldn't start because a problem with the ignition. The best answer choice is “malfunctioning,” which means not working properly or functioning poorly. The prefix "mal-" means bad or wrong. To provide additional help, “interposing” means getting involved in; “abrasive” means rude; “suggesting” means hinting; “benign” means not harmful.

Example Question #64 : Verbs

Sentence completions: Fill in the blank(s) to complete the sentence.

The psychic __________ that I would win some money and four days later, I won $200 playing bingo!

Possible Answers:

predicted

beleaguered

characterized

elected

antiquated

Correct answer:

predicted

Explanation:

A “psychic” is a person who makes predictions. “Predicting” something is to say that something will happen in the future. To provide further help, “antiquated” means old and out of date; “elected” means chosen or selected; “beleaguered” means under pressure; “characterized” means defined as

Example Question #1448 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

The sled was hard to navigate on the snowy slope, so Tim nearly __________ with a tree at the bottom of the hill.

Possible Answers:

slid

crashed

collided

veered

jumped

Correct answer:

collided

Explanation:

If the sled was hard to steer, it makes sense that Tim might nearly hit or crash into a tree, so you need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "hit." "Collided" is a verb that means impacted while moving, so "collided" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices make sense in the blank: "veered" means turned sharply while moving, and while one might talk about someone on a sled "veering away" from a tree, one would not "veer with" a tree. "Crashed" may look like a good answer, but one does not "crash with" a thing; one "crashes into" a thing. Neither "jumped" (hopped or leapt off of the ground) nor "slid" (glided or skated) make sense in the sentence's blank either.

Example Question #1449 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

He's short-tempered enough as it is, so try not to __________ him to violence.

Possible Answers:

Incite

Dispel

Presume

Assert

Correct answer:

Incite

Explanation:

The word "incite" means stir up angry or unlawful behavior. It makes sense within the context of this sentence, because if a person is already short-tempered, one would not want to encourage, or "incite," him to violent behavior. "Dispel," which means make something go away or disperse, means almost the opposite of what we need. "Presume," which means assume without evidence, and "assert," which means state something confidently, do not make sense in this sentence, and are therefore incorrect.

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