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 #21 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

Fill in the blank with the word that best completes the sentence.

 

The __________ charm of the cottage set into the lush forest enamored the prospective buyers.

Possible Answers:

rustic

serene

blatant

peaceful

urban

Correct answer:

rustic

Explanation:

Since the cottage is set into the lush forest, this indicates that it is in a rural area or a "rustic," pastoral region. An "urban" setting is a place in the city; "blatant" is loud; and "serene" means calm. These choices are not as fitting as "rustic" or a place in the countryside.

Example Question #21 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

Technology has a habit of quickly becoming __________; for example, while many people listen to music digitally today, far fewer people listen to records or cassette tapes, which were popular ways to store music in the past.

Possible Answers:

delectable

obsolete

aghast

elderly

concealed

Correct answer:

obsolete

Explanation:

We can tell by the sentence's context that we're looking for an adjective that means something like old. While both "elderly" and "obsolete" mean old, "elderly" refers to people, while "obsolete" specifically means out of date. Because "obsolete" fits the context of the sentence best in referring to technologies that are no longer used, it is the best answer.

Example Question #21 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

The snow leopard is a very __________ creature, and researchers studying the big cat are forced to rely on motion-sensitive cameras to capture its rare appearances.

Possible Answers:

advantageous

elusive

precipitous

dangerous

sneaky

Correct answer:

elusive

Explanation:

Since we know that the snow leopard is rarely seen, we should pick out an answer choice that means something like rarely seen. While "sneaky" may look like the best answer choice, "elusive" is actually the better answer because while "sneaky" means sly, "elusive" means difficult to find. "Elusive" fits the context of the sentence better than "sneaky" does because the meaning of "elusive" involves being hard to find, so "elusive" is the correct answer.

Example Question #23 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

On the whale watching tour, the __________ waves caused the boat to rock back and forth; this left several people feeling ill.

Possible Answers:

rugged

turbulent

sporadic

steady

benign

Correct answer:

turbulent

Explanation:

Since the boat rocked back and forth, it indicates that the waves were violent or turbulent.  The key to this question is noting that the waves must have been violent for the passengers to feel ill.

Example Question #148 : Sentence Completions

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

After years of serving in the military, it was difficult for Ronald to return to __________ life, taking up the normal daily tasks of working and living in the general population.

Possible Answers:

civilian

tedious

responsible

secure

regular

Correct answer:

civilian

Explanation:

The sentence implies that Ronald is returning to life "among the people," that is, no longer doing military work as he had been doing. In contrast to "military" life, "civilian" life literally means "life in the city" or "life as experienced by those living in the city." Civilians are all the members of the population that are not in the military or police. This is the best option to choose as a contrast to Ronald's former military life.

Example Question #155 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

The queen's hairstyle was so __________ that she could barely fit through the doorway without bumping the top of her hair against the doorframe.

Possible Answers:

egregious

metallic

obscure

voluminous

largesse

Correct answer:

voluminous

Explanation:

Because she could barely fit through the door because of her hairstyle, we know that the queen's hairstyle was very large. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that is an adjective and a synonym of "large." While "largesse" may look like an obvious answer, "largesse" is not an adjective meaning "large" but a noun meaning "generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others." So, "largesse" cannot be the correct answer. "Egregious" may also sound like a potentially correct answer, but egregious is an adjective meaning "outstandingly bad" or "shocking." Neither of these meanings are similar to "large," so "egregious" cannot be the correct answer either. "Voluminous," an adjective meaning "occupying or containing much space; large in volume," is the correct answer because it is the only answer choice that means "large in volume."

Example Question #22 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

The actor missed his __________ and entered the scene a bit later than planned, but luckily it didn't affect the plot of the play.

Possible Answers:

tardiness

project

jump

summons

cue

Correct answer:

cue

Explanation:

We know that the actor missed some direction telling him to enter the scene, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "signal." While "summons" might seem like the correct answer, "cue" fits the context of the sentence better; while "summons" means "an authoritative or urgent call to someone to be present or to do something" or "an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it," "cue" means "a thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance." Because "cue" best fits the theatrical context of the sentence, "cue" is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

The biology class took a(n) ___________ to the local zoo, but were back in time for lunch.

Possible Answers:

odyssey

itinerary

excursion

errand

vacation

Correct answer:

excursion

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence's context that we need to pick out a word that means something like "a short trip," because the biology class went to the local zoo but was back in time for lunch. All of the answer choices refer to different kinds of trips except for "itinerary," which means "a planned route or journey" or "a travel document recording these," so it is not the correct answer. "Odyssey" refers to a very long journey, so it cannot be the correct answer either, and neither can "vacation," because we can infer that the trip took place as a field trip during school hours. While "errand" refers to a short trip, it specifically means "a short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, often on someone else's behalf"; that wouldn't fit the sentence's meaning, so "errand" cannot be the correct answer. "Excursion," a noun that means "a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity," is the best answer choice for the sentence's context, so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #155 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

The original __________ of the mountain caves were driven out when the bands of mauraders invaded, driving them out of the caverns in which they had lived for centuries.

Possible Answers:

barbarians

inhabitants

excavators

perpetrators

savages

Correct answer:

inhabitants

Explanation:

The barbarians clearly are being said to have driven out the people who originally dwelled in the caves. We do not know anything about the identity of these people. All that can be said is that they lived in the caves. While this is very limited, it is expressed by the word "inhabitant," meaning one who lives in a given area. The word is related to "habitat," which means living space, and a number of other related words.

Example Question #22 : Sentence Completions: Style, Intensity, And Connotation

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

If you want to be a senator, more is needed than mere political __________. In addition to such shrewdness, you need to have a likeable personality that appeals to the voting population.

Possible Answers:

joy

ambition

interest

enthusiasm

savvy

Correct answer:

savvy

Explanation:

The key word is "shrewdness," which means the quality of having very good judgment. When someone has "savvy," he or she is very shrewd, particularly in business or politics. For instance, we often speak of a "savvy businessman" who knows just how to maneuver his company to make a great deal of profit at just the right times. The idea of this sentence is that, in order to become a senator, someone needs to have an a likeable personality in addition to political shrewdness—that is, political "savvy."

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