ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, and Variety

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Synonyms: choose the word closest in meaning to the word in question.

PRISTINE

Possible Answers:
Immaculate

Rustic 

Harrowing

Sinister

Lofty

Correct answer:
Immaculate
Explanation:
"Pristine" is an adjective that means pure and clean; unspoiled. Of the available answer choices, only "immaculate," an adjective that means very clean, is close in meaning to "pristine," so "immaculate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

IDEAL

Possible Answers:

perception

standard

scheme

bulletin

feat

Correct answer:

standard

Explanation:

"Ideal," when used as a noun, is defined as a standard of perfection or excellence, so "standard" is the best choice. Be careful not to confuse "ideal" with "idea." None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "ideal": "scheme" means plot; "perception" means the act of recognizing something using one's senses; "feat" means accomplishment; and "bulletin" means report or news story.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

HORRID

Possible Answers:

Preposterous

Smidgen

Terrible

Delightful

Correct answer:

Terrible

Explanation:

The word "horrid" means horrible or terrible. The best choice is "terrible" as it shares the same definition as "horrid."

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

SCARCE

Possible Answers:

Rare

Abundant 

Rout

Admonish 

Common 

Correct answer:

Rare

Explanation:

"Scarce" means rare or in short supply, so "rare" is the correct answer. To help you, "abundant" means plentiful, "common" means normal or regularly encountered, "rout" means beat or thrash, and "admonish" means criticize, tell-off, or scold

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

SCARCE

Possible Answers:

Spacious

Rare

Shameless

Gleeful

Correct answer:

Rare

Explanation:

"Scarce" means few in quantity. The word "rare" is the best choice because it means not common or infrequent. Considering the other choices, "shameless" means without shame, "gleeful" means very happy, and "spacious" means large in area.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

ORDINARY

Possible Answers:

Fallible

Devout

Mandatory

Normal

Inevitable

Correct answer:

Normal

Explanation:

"Ordinary" means normal or common, so "normal" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "ordinary": "fallible" means potentially failing or making errors; "mandatory" means required or obligatory; "devout" means extremely religious; and "inevitable" means unavoidable or certain to happen.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

STANDARD

Possible Answers:

Desperate

Original

Common

Fake

Correct answer:

Common

Explanation:

"Standard," when used as an adjective, means normal, regular, or ordinary, so the answer choice closest in meaning to "standard" is "common," an adjective meaning ordinary. Considering the other answer choices, "fake" is an adjective meaning not real or not authentic, "original" is an adjective meaning new and fresh, and "desperate" is an adjective meaning having little hope.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Which word in closest in meaning to PRISTINE?

Possible Answers:

Uncorrupted

Gigantic

Corrupted

Miniscule

Urgent

Correct answer:

Uncorrupted

Explanation:

"Pristine" means clean or pure, which is closest in meaning to "uncorrupted."

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

EGREGIOUS

Possible Answers:

Querulous

Confident

Pointed

Appalling

Humble

Correct answer:

Appalling

Explanation:

"Egregious" is an adjective that means "outstandingly bad; shocking," so we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "very bad" or "shocking." "Appalling," an adjective that means "very bad in a way that causes fear, shock, or disgust," is the answer choice closest in meaning to "egregious," so "appalling" is the correct answer.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters.

PHENOMENAL

Possible Answers:

Atrocious

Understandable

Extraordinary

Dispeicable

Amicable

Correct answer:

Extraordinary

Explanation:

"Phenomenal" is defined as very remarkable. This is simialr to "extraordinary."

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