ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Sentence Completions

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Example Question #6 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

The play was almost four hours long! I could scarcely believe it when a couple of hours had passed and it was only the __________

Possible Answers:

International

Intermission 

Intravenous 

Infrastructure 

Intramural 

Correct answer:

Intermission 

Explanation:

As the play is four hours long we can infer that after a couple of hours the play would be half-way over. At the halfway point of most long plays there is a break, also known as an “intermission.” The prefixes inter- and intra- are similar to one another, but have one key difference. Inter- means between and intra- means within. “International” means global, between the countries of the world; “intramural” means within an organization. Additionally, “infrastructure” is buildings and transport facilities that keep a community moving forward; “intravenous” means needed to be injected into

Example Question #2 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

She was having trouble sleeping, so decided to go see a __________; unfortunately, the doctor was untrained and had __________ qualifications. 

Possible Answers:

Pediatrician . . . Unrealistic 

Somnambulist . . . Authentic 

Professor . . . Genuine

Orthodontist . . . Implacable 

Hypnotherapist . . . Phony 

Correct answer:

Hypnotherapist . . . Phony 

Explanation:

It is likely the subject of the sentence would go see a doctor who specializes in sleep therapy. The prefix hypno­- means related to sleeping, so the correct answer for the first black is hypnotherapist. Alternatively, you could determine the correct answer based on the information about the doctor. An “untrained” doctor probably has qualifications that are likely not to be real, or to be phony.

To provide further help, a “pediatrician” is a doctor who specializes in childcare; a “somnambulist” is someone who sleep-walks; “authentic” means genuine, real; an “orthodontist” is someone who specializes in the medical care of teeth; “implacable” means unstoppable, relentless

Example Question #3 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

He had long been considered __________, so people were astonished when he was defeated by his __________

Possible Answers:

Implacable . . . Ally 

Vicarious . . . Nemesis 

Uniform . . . Volition 

Vacuous . . . Coconspirator 

Invincible . . . Adversary 

Correct answer:

Invincible . . . Adversary 

Explanation:

If people are astonished when the subject of this sentence is finally defeated, he had most likely been considered unbeatable, or invincible.

“Adversary” is another name for enemy or opponent, so it is the most appropriate fit for the second blank.

To provide further help, “implacable” means relentless; “ally” means partner, friend; “vicarious” means sensational; “nemesis” is an enemy; “vacuous” means vain, empty-headed; “co-conspirator” is someone who helps plan and execute a conspiracy; “uniform” means standard; “volition” means will, desire

Note that "nemesis" is also an appropriate choice for the second blank, but "vicarious" makes no sense in the first blank, so we can eliminate that answer choice.

Example Question #1 : Sentence Completions

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

My __________ is very rudimentary. As a result, I get very poor grades in math class, but my teacher always tells me that if I keep practicing, I can __________ anything. 

Possible Answers:

Geometry . . . Hesitate 

Conglomerate . . . Achieve

Theology . . . Undermine 

Arithmetic . . . Accomplish 

Gratuity . . . Affix 

Correct answer:

Arithmetic . . . Accomplish 

Explanation:

As the student always gets poor grades in math, it stands to reason that his or her “arithmetic” would be rudimentary. “Rudimentary” means not well developed, basic. It also stands to reason that a teacher would advise a student that he or she can do or succeed in anything if the student keeps working at it; this should lead to an answer choice of accomplish.

To provide further help, “theology” is the study of religion; “undermine” means weaken; “hesitate” means delay, wait for something; “geometry” is a type of mathematics concerned with shapes; a “conglomerate” is a large, combined, business; “gratuity” is a tip given to someone who provides good service; “affix” means stick to

Example Question #2 : Sentence Completions

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

In most European countries, __________ punishment has been outlawed; however, in the United States, dozens of people are executed every year. 

Possible Answers:

Rakish 

Recreational

Credulous 

Capital 

Corporal 

Correct answer:

Capital 

Explanation:

To finish this sentence you have to know that executing criminals can also be referred to as capital punishment. Many people might have selected “corporal” (which means of the body) punishment, but this does not capture the real meaning of the sentence.

To provide further help, “recreational” means done for the purposes of fun or enjoyment; “credulous” means disbelieving; “rakish” means charming, casual.

Example Question #2 : Sentence Completions

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

I did not want anyone to recognize me, so I decided to go to the party __________

Possible Answers:

Forlorn 

Afflicted 

Unaccompanied 

Incognito 

Condensed 

Correct answer:

Incognito 

Explanation:

As the author of this subject did not wish to be recognized it makes sense that he would go to the party in a disguise, or incognito. The word fragment cogn- refers to knowledge or identity.

To provide further help, “unaccompanied” means alone; “condensed” means thick, reduced together; “afflicted” means suffering with; “forlorn” means sad and feeling hopeless

Example Question #4 : Sentence Completions

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

The buildings in this city are dilapidated and, truthfully, quite depressing; much needs to be done to fix the __________ here.

Possible Answers:

mansions

setting

hotels

transportation 

infrastructure

Correct answer:

infrastructure

Explanation:

The context of the sentence suggests that we are looking for an answer choice that refers to the condition of buildings, so the correct answer is “infrastructure.” "Setting" is a decent answer choice, but since "infrastructure" specifically refers to buildings and the sentence specifically discusses the state of buildings in the area, "infrastructure" is the best answer. "Hotels" and "mansions" are too specific to be the correct answer since the sentence refers specifically to "buildings," a more general word.

Example Question #1 : Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions: Select the word that most best completes the sentence.

Some of the marathon runners stopped to drink water or tie their shoes, but she remained __________, never breaking her pace of seven-minute miles. 
Possible Answers:
Ambivalent

Zany

Jolly

Steadfast

Akin

Correct answer:

Steadfast

Explanation:
The sentence compares one particular marathon runner to the other runners in the race. They stopped, but she did not. Therefore, she was "steadfast," which means firm and unwavering. None of the other potential answer choices make sense in the blank, so "steadfast" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #5 : Sentence Completions

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

It was not surprising to learn that Donald had written many books about ancient Greece; he was well known as an __________ scholar.

Possible Answers:

Absent

Exultant

Expansive

Enigmatic

Erudite

Correct answer:

Erudite

Explanation:

Since Donald has "written many books about Greece," we can infer that he knows a lot about that topic. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like knowledgeable. The word that best fits the sentence's blank is "erudite," which means learned and scholarly. As for the other answer choices, "absent" means not present or missing, "enigmatic" means mysterious, "expansive" means extensive or communicative, and "exultant" means triumphant or delighted.

Example Question #2 : Sentence Completions

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

The king showed no compassion to the treasonous prisoners; then again, he was always known for his ___________ side. 

Possible Answers:

supple

ruthless

intelligent 

greagarious 

benevolent

Correct answer:

ruthless

Explanation:

From the context of the sentence, you know that the blank word must describe the king’s lack of mercy and compassion. The correct answer is therefore “ruthless," which means showing no mercy or violent. To help you, "benevolent" means good-natured, "supple" means flexible, "intelligent" means smart, and "gregarious" means sociable.

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