ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, and Connotation

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

Bob believed that he could be __________ with his measurements, for the project did not seem to require attention to the many details considered in his engineering textbooks.

Possible Answers:

undeveloped

immature

imprecise

lackluster

jejune

Correct answer:

imprecise

Explanation:

Since the project did not seem to require attention to details, Bob likely did not think that he needed to be concerned with the specific details of measurement. When someone is "precise," he or she is very careful about the exact details of something. The opposite of this is to be "imprecise," which is the best option among those provided.

Example Question #121 : Sentence Completions: Context Clues

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

The two siblings were surprisingly different; whereas Julie almost never set any significant goals to accomplish, Sarah had a very __________ personality.

Possible Answers:

rash

harried

ambitious

energetic

courageous

Correct answer:

ambitious

Explanation:

This sentence expresses a contrast between Julie and Sarah. Wheras Julie never sets any significant goals, it is implied that Sarah does set significant goals. While it might be said that the setting of such goals is "courageous" or even "energetic," we cannot assume that the goals are either frightening (needing courage of some sort) or that they require a lot of energy. They might require either, both, or neither of these. However, what we can say is that insofar as they are significant goals, they require some ambition. Ambition is not always a bad thing. An "ambitious" person aims to accomplish goals, generally difficult ones. This is the best option among those provided.

Example Question #141 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

Unlike his modest brother Rickard, Vince was extremely __________, prominently displaying his appearance and stylish clothing.

Possible Answers:

flamboyant

outrageous

arrogant

foolhardy

vain

Correct answer:

vain

Explanation:

In this sentence, Vince is being contrasted to Rickard inasmuch as Rickard is modest and Vince, apparently, is not. Specifically, Vince's immodesty pertains to his concerns about appearance and clothing. Since he is prominently displaying these, he must have a high opinion of his appearance. Such a person is vain—an attitude quite the opposite of that found in a modest person.

Example Question #11 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

The room was __________ clean, though the child could have worked harder to finish several areas that were not perfectly washed.

Possible Answers:

insufficiently

questionably

inadequately

relatively

totally

Correct answer:

relatively

Explanation:

The subordinate clause beginning with "though" seems to indicate that the room was not completely clean. The word "though" (or "although") does not indicate a complete contrast. Instead, expresses a qualification on what is said before. Therefore, the room really is clean, even though it might be deficient in some respects. Among the options provided, the word "relatively" indicates that the room was at least partially clean. The other options either imply that it was totally clean or was not clean enough.

Example Question #12 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

Laura had an extremely __________ view of other people, never believing that anyone acted purely out of kindness or care but, instead, that every person always had his or her own interests in mind.

Possible Answers:

condemning

narrow

ungracious

judgmental

cynical

Correct answer:

cynical

Explanation:

Clearly, Laura does make negative judgments about other people and likely misjudges their characters. Still, among the options, "cynical" is the best because it most directly matches the hints provided in the further desription of Laura. She is said to question the motives of others. She always believes that everyone acts out of self-interest. When we believe this about other people, we are said to have a "cynical view" of them.

Example Question #13 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

The man’s __________ temperament led to his exclusion from polite society. 

Possible Answers:

quixotic

disheveled

fawning

savage

unkempt

Correct answer:

savage

Explanation:

Since the man is being excluded from polite society, we need an adjective to describe his temperament as being "not polite." Now, some of the options do not describe the mannerisms of "normal" societal members (e.g. "unkempt," "disheveled," and even "quixotic"). However, these have to do either with appearance or with being a dreamer. These are not, properly speaking, opposites of "polite." (Remember, you need to follow the clues provided in the sentence.) The word "savage", though strong, does indicate a temperament that is violent and uncontrolled. Often, it also means that it is uncivilized. These two meanings together make for a good adjective for our sentence.

Example Question #12 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

Although being brought up in the country does not necessarily make someone __________, many people believe that rural inhabitants are unable to appreciate the refinements of city culture.

Possible Answers:

pernicious

rustic

uncivilized

idiotic

foolish

Correct answer:

uncivilized

Explanation:

"Rural" means pertaining to the country. Therefore, "rural inhabitants" are people who live in the country. The sentence implies that many people believe such people to be unable to appreciate city culture. When someone is "civilized," he or she literally is "city-fied." The word comes from the Latin for "city." Civilized people are "cultured" in the sense that they are able to live in the city and appreciate its way of life. The general judgment (expressed in the sentence)—which is not necessarily true, mind you—is that rural people are uncivilized.

Example Question #11 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

After much bargaining, the three men managed to reach a __________ solution that was acceptable to all of them.

Possible Answers:

juridical

civilized

legal

negotiated

judicial

Correct answer:

negotiated

Explanation:

The key expression in this sentence is "after much bargaining," which indicates that the parties involved had to interact to come to their agreement. While this might have been the outcome of some legal or juridical proceeding, we cannot be certain of that. However, we can be sure that the parties "negotiated," that is, that they came to an agreement formed by discussion. Such a solution can likewise be designated by the adjective form "negotiated."

Example Question #11 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

It was __________ when the big game finished in a draw; despite all the pre-match excitement, neither team could claim that they won.

Possible Answers:

anticlimactic

foolish

penitent

amazing

dramatic

Correct answer:

anticlimactic

Explanation:

The context of the sentence tells us that there was a lot of pre-match excitement that built up but it all amounted to a disappointing conclusion. We call this kind of situation that is less exciting than we anticipated an “anticlimax" and describe it as being "anticlimactic," so "anticlimactic" is the correct answer. To provide further help, "penitent" means repentant, "dramatic" means full of drama and excitement, "foolish" means silly or unintelligent, and "amazing" means astonishing.

Example Question #151 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

Thomas was known for being emotionally __________, for he would unexpectedly change his outlook, at one moment being elated, while at another being completely miserable.

Possible Answers:

aggravated

removed

voluble

depressed

erratic

Correct answer:

erratic

Explanation:

The key thing to notice in this sentence is that Thomas' outlook changes unexpectedly. That means that it is difficult to expect what he will or will not do at any particular time. When someone has an "erratic" temperament, he or she acts in a manner that is unpredictable. The word "erratic" comes from root words meaning to "wander" or to "stray." An "error" is something that "strays" from the truth. None of the other options capture the sense of the word "unexpectedly" as does the word "erratic."

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