ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Determining Part of Speech

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

varsity tutors app store varsity tutors android store

Example Questions

← Previous 1 2 Next →

Example Question #41 : Synonyms

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

CURRENT

Possible Answers:

Descent

Dismay

Shock

Flow

Antecedent

Correct answer:

Flow

Explanation:

"Current" can be used as an adjective or as a noun. When used as an adjective, it means contemporary, modern, or having to do with the time period in which we are living at the moment. When it is used as a noun, a "current" is a flow of something, like a river or electricity. So, "flow" is the correct answer. “Shock” means surprise; “dismay” is sadness and disappointment about something; “antecedent” means precursor or something that comes before something else; and “descent” means act of traveling downward.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Determining Part Of Speech

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

FASHION

Possible Answers:

Burn

Make

Whisper

Destroy

Yell

Correct answer:

Make

Explanation:

When used as a noun, "fashion" can mean currently popular clothing styles, but when used as a verb, it means create out of specific parts or "make." "Destroy" means ruin, demolish, or annihilate; “yell” means shout; and “whisper” means speak quietly so as not to be heard by anyone apart from the person(s) to whom you are talking.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Determining Part Of Speech

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

PLUNDER

Possible Answers:

Report

Skirmish

Publicize

Loot

Campaign

Correct answer:

Loot

Explanation:

For this question, your habits might help you get it correct very quickly. Perhaps you have heard the expression "loot and plunder." These words are synonyms. When used as verbs, they mean to steal, usually in the midst of wartime. As nouns, they just refer to what is stolen. Thus, you can say, "The pirate plundered his captives," but you could also say, "The pirate looted his captives."

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Determining Part Of Speech

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

FIELD

Possible Answers:

Joy

Publish

Talent

Recreation

Answer

Correct answer:

Answer

Explanation:

This question is using "field" in a way that you might not recognize at first glance. The word does indeed indicate a kind of physical field in which grass (and other things) might be found. The word can also be used as a verb. In this sense, we say things such as, "He fielded questions regarding the event." This means that the person received and answered the questions. (This is somewhat like a baseball catcher being in the field and catching balls—though, in this case, the "balls" are questions!)

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Determining Part Of Speech

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

PARCEL

Possible Answers:

Divide

Wealth

Sylvan

Broadcast

Announce

Correct answer:

Divide

Explanation:

The word "parcel" has several meanings. It can be a noun indicating a package. It can also be a noun indicating some portion of a larger thing, as when we talk about a "parcel of land." In this latter way of speaking, the word can also be used as a verb meaning to divide up. It is in this sense that it is being used in this question, for none of the other options directly answer to one of the other meanings of "parcel."

← Previous 1 2 Next →
Learning Tools by Varsity Tutors