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

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Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

BOUNTIFUL

Possible Answers:

Sparse

Restricted

Sufficient

Abundant

Superb

Correct answer:

Abundant

Explanation:

To be "bountiful" is to have plenty of something or have an "abundance" of it. "Restricted" is the antonym of abundance and indicates having a small amount. "Superb" means excellent in quality; "sufficient" means having enough; and "sparse" means having a small quantity.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

TYPICAL

Possible Answers:

average

printed

trained

proficient

Correct answer:

average

Explanation:

The word "typical" generally means matching the general features of a given type (of thing). A "typical coffee mug" is your standard mug, having a roundish body and a handle. It "fits the mold," so to speak. Therefore, the word "typical" can also mean average or normal. A "typical mug" is likewise normal—as coffee mugs go at least. Therefore, the best answer is "average," which alone indicates such normalcy.

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

CAPACIOUS

Possible Answers:

Loquacious 

Tenacious 

Homogenous 

Antithesis 

Commodious

Correct answer:

Commodious

Explanation:

“Capacious” means roomy, able to hold a large amount of something. This is most similar in meaning to “commodious,” which means roomy and spacious. To provide further help, “tenacious” means stubborn, resolute; “antithesis” means evidence against the argument; “loquacious” means talkative; “homogenous” means consisting of similar or identical, things

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

BIZARRE

Possible Answers:

Neutral

Dignified

Unworthy

Odd

Unstable

Correct answer:

Odd

Explanation:

"Bizarre" means strange, unusual, or odd.

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

SUNDRY

Possible Answers:

Unique

Uniform

Stuffy

Diverse

Obtuse

Correct answer:

Diverse

Explanation:

“Sundry” is an adjective that means “of various kinds; several,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “of various kinds.” That means that “uniform” cannot be the correct answer, because “uniform” can mean “of a similar form to another,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “sundry.” “Diverse,” however, is an adjective that means “showing a lot of variety,” and because “diverse” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “sundry,” “diverse” is the correct answer.

Example Question #26 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

UNCONVENTIONAL

Possible Answers:

impractical

complex

ancient

untraditional 

subtle

Correct answer:

untraditional 

Explanation:

Something that is "unconventional" is outside the norm and tradition. You can figure this out by considering the component parts of the word: "un-," a negative prefix, and "conventional," which means following typical norms and traditionalSomething that is "nontraditional" is different from traditional practices. Again, this word's prefix sheds light on its meaning: "non-," a negative prefix is attached to "traditional," making "nontraditional" mean the opposite of "traditional." Something different from common practice is outside the norm. Therefore, "nontraditional" is the best synonym for "unconventional."

Example Question #27 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

COPIOUS

Possible Answers:

generous

excessive

distasteful

incredible

careful

Correct answer:

excessive

Explanation:

"Copious" means to be excessive or overflowing. "Excessive" means existing in a quantity totaling much more than is needed. Therefore, "excessive" is the best synonym of "copious." A tempting wrong answer choice is "generous" because people who have copious amounts of something may tend to be generous with sharing that thing. However, "generous" is not a synonym of "copious."

Example Question #28 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

NUMEROUS

Possible Answers:

Serious

Mathematical

Numbered

Quantitative

Copious

Correct answer:

Copious

Explanation:

"Numerous" means existing in a great quantity, so "copious," which means existing in a large amount, is the correct answer.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

FINITE

Possible Answers:

Fixed

Pertinent

Livid

Humane

Illicit

Correct answer:

Fixed

Explanation:

"Finite" means limited or fixed in terms of quantity, so "fixed" is the correct answer. "Pertinent" means relevant or appropriate for a specific matter. "Humane" means compassionate, sympathetic, or showing feelings and emotion. "Illicit" means unlawful or illegal. "Livid" means very angry.

Example Question #30 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

MYRIAD

Possible Answers:

Shiny

Median

Bias

Countless

Correct answer:

Countless

Explanation:

The word "myriad" means great in number. The best choice is "countless" because it means too great in number to count or very great in number. Considering the other choices, "shiny" means reflecting a lot of light, "bias" means preference, and "median" means the middle. 

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