ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Identifying Synonyms

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

MENTOR

Possible Answers:

Assistant

Fighter

Partner

Advisor

Lawyer

Correct answer:

Advisor

Explanation:

A "mentor" is a teacher, an advisor, someone who provides guidance and advice to someone else with less experience. An "assistant" is someone who works for someone else and/or someone who helps someone else. "Partner" is not synonymous as it denotes an equal relationship, not one in which one party is more experienced or skilled than the other.

Example Question #32 : Identifying Synonyms

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

DONOR

Possible Answers:

Mentor

Actor

Giver

Athlete

Taker

Correct answer:

Giver

Explanation:

A "donor" is someone who gives charitably, a giver, someone who makes a donation. To provide further help, a "mentor" is a teacher, someone who provides guidance and advice to someone less experienced. "Actor" and "athlete" are completely unrelated to the word "donor."

Example Question #33 : Identifying Synonyms

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

DEVOTEE

Possible Answers:

Critic

Misogynist

Fan

Resident

Donor

Correct answer:

Fan

Explanation:

A "devotee" is someone who is devoted to something, a fan, a passionate supporter. To provide further help, a "critic" is someone who judges other people's work, particularly someone who expresses a negative opinion about some form of art; a "resident" is a person who lives somewhere; a "misogynist" is a person who hates women; a "donor" is a giver, someone who gives to a charity.

Example Question #34 : Identifying Synonyms

A synonym of "tyrant" is __________.

Possible Answers:

herald

despot

king

prince

peasant

Correct answer:

despot

Explanation:

"Tyrant" is a noun that means either "a cruel and oppressive ruler" or "a person exercising power or control in a cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary way," so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "a cruel ruler." While "king" may seem like a good answer choice because a king is a kind of ruler, a king is not necessarily a cruel ruler like a tyrant is. "Despot," however, means "a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way." Because "despot" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "tyrant," "despot" is the correct answer.

Example Question #35 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FACTION

Possible Answers:

Ability

Assembly

Camp

Purpose

Meeting

Correct answer:

Camp

Explanation:

A "faction" is a group that gets together to achieve some particular person. Usually, a "faction" is a small group, often excluding others from the group. Now, the words "meeting" and "assembly" might be tempting. They are not really the best options. Instead, the little word "camp" is the best. A "camp" is a small group, often with the negative overtones that we also express in "faction." Yes, a "camp" is a place that you can go to stay in the woods. A "camp" can also be a small group that is very factional.

Example Question #35 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FIEND

Possible Answers:

Interrogator

Ally

Reviewer

Communicator

Villain

Correct answer:

Villain

Explanation:

The word "fiend" comes originally from the word for a demon or a devil. We generally use it, however, to describe any kind of villain. It is in this sense that it is being used in this question. Such a villain need not be a wicked person in a story. We sometimes use the word also when we describe someone who abuses his or her fellow human beings, as when we say, "Thomas was nothing more than a fiend, given how he stole from all of the elderly in his neighborhood."

Example Question #36 : Identifying Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

MISSIVE

Possible Answers:

Letter

Send

Miss

Mist

Correct answer:

Letter

Explanation:

A "missive" is a letter. "Letter" is the best choice as it is a part of the definition of "missive."

Example Question #37 : Identifying Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

FESTIVITY

Possible Answers:

Joy

Music

Party

Dance

Correct answer:

Party

Explanation:

"Festivity" is a noun which means a happy celebration, so the answer choice closest in meaning is "party," which is a noun meaning a celebratory social gathering. Considering the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "festivity": "dance," when used as a noun, means a specific pattern of aesthetically pleasant bodily movements set to music or a school gathering at which dancing occurs; "music" is a noun meaning specific patterns of aesthetically pleasant sounds made with (a) voice(s) and/or instrument, and "joy" is a noun meaning happiness.

Example Question #38 : Identifying Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

CAR

Possible Answers:

Transportation

Boat

Airplane

Automobile

Correct answer:

Automobile

Explanation:

A "car" is a vehicle with wheels that drives over land, so the answer choice closest in meaning to "car" is "automobile," as an "automobile" is a passenger vehicle with wheels. Considering the other answer choices, none are as close in meaning to "car" as is "automobile": a "boat" is a vessel that transports things on water; an "airplane" is a vessel for transporting things in air; and "transportation" is a noun meaning the thing one uses to or way in which one moves oneself or things from one place to another.

Example Question #39 : Identifying Synonyms

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

CADAVER

Possible Answers:

Warlock 

Administrator

Corpse 

Nurse 

Professor 

Correct answer:

Corpse 

Explanation:

A “cadaver” is a dead body and is most similar in meaning to a “corpse.” To provide further help, an “administrator” is someone who manages an organization; a “warlock” is a male wizard

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