ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

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Example Question #2453 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

PROVINCIAL

Possible Answers:

Unmanageable

Implausible

Unsophisticated 

Unstoppable

Implied 

Correct answer:

Unsophisticated 

Explanation:

“Provincial” means unsophisticated or characterized by simple and localized understanding. To provide further help, “unstoppable” means not able to be stopped; “implausible” means not believable; “implied” means suggested

Example Question #2454 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

NOVEL 

Possible Answers:

Fictional

New

Recreational

Textbook

Learned

Correct answer:

New

Explanation:

Do not be tricked by our normal use of the word "novel" to speak of a particular kind of book—a fictional story generally. The original meaning for the word is "new." It comes from the Latin "novus" meaning new. We see this Latin root in other words like "novelty" and "novice." The options "fictional," "textbook," and "recreational" all try to trick you into thinking of the more familiar form of "novel" referring to the type of book. Do not fall for this trick, however! All of these options are not even exactly synonymous with that meaning! Instead, for the reasons already mentioned, the best option is "new".

Example Question #2455 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

TARDY

Possible Answers:

Pleasant

Tasty

Difficult

Quick

Late

Correct answer:

Late

Explanation:

Tardy is an adjective describing something that is delayed, overdue, or sluggish. The correct synonym therefore is "late." "Tardy" has to do with timeliness not speed, so "quick" is not a direct antonym. "Tasty" has to do with taste, not timeliness.

Example Question #2456 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

ABRUPT

Possible Answers:

Halt

Lower

Sudden

Break

Outer

Correct answer:

Sudden

Explanation:

"Abrupt" is an adjective describing something that is sudden or unexpected. For example: "An obstacle in the road caused the fast-moving bus to come to an ABRUPT stop."

"Halt" is a verb describing stopping a movement or an action; a "halt" may be an "abrupt halt," but the words are not synonymous. 

Example Question #2457 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

PERMANENT

Possible Answers:

Dead

Devoted

Loyal

Amazing

Enduring

Correct answer:

Enduring

Explanation:

Whenever something is "permanent," it lasts or remains for an extended period of time. We might be tempted to think that this means that it is loyal, but this is not really the meaning of "permanent." "Permanence" has to do with staying power more than anything else. Thus, the best option is "enduring." Things that "endure" can be said to last and remain. This is a good synonym for "permanent."

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