ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for People

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Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

MENTOR

Possible Answers:

Lawyer

Assistant

Fighter

Advisor

Partner

Correct answer:

Advisor

Explanation:

A "mentor" is a teacher, an advisor, someone who provides guidance and advice to someone else with less experience. An "assistant" is someone who works for someone else and/or someone who helps someone else. "Partner" is not synonymous as it denotes an equal relationship, not one in which one party is more experienced or skilled than the other.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

DONOR

Possible Answers:

Athlete

Mentor

Actor

Taker

Giver

Correct answer:

Giver

Explanation:

A "donor" is someone who gives charitably, a giver, someone who makes a donation. To provide further help, a "mentor" is a teacher, someone who provides guidance and advice to someone less experienced. "Actor" and "athlete" are completely unrelated to the word "donor."

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

DEVOTEE

Possible Answers:

Resident

Misogynist

Donor

Fan

Critic

Correct answer:

Fan

Explanation:

A "devotee" is someone who is devoted to something, a fan, a passionate supporter. To provide further help, a "critic" is someone who judges other people's work, particularly someone who expresses a negative opinion about some form of art; a "resident" is a person who lives somewhere; a "misogynist" is a person who hates women; a "donor" is a giver, someone who gives to a charity.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

A synonym of "tyrant" is __________.

Possible Answers:

prince

herald

despot

king

peasant

Correct answer:

despot

Explanation:

"Tyrant" is a noun that means either "a cruel and oppressive ruler" or "a person exercising power or control in a cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary way," so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "a cruel ruler." While "king" may seem like a good answer choice because a king is a kind of ruler, a king is not necessarily a cruel ruler like a tyrant is. "Despot," however, means "a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way." Because "despot" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "tyrant," "despot" is the correct answer.

Example Question #34 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FACTION

Possible Answers:

Ability

Assembly

Meeting

Camp

Purpose

Correct answer:

Camp

Explanation:

A "faction" is a group that gets together to achieve some particular person. Usually, a "faction" is a small group, often excluding others from the group. Now, the words "meeting" and "assembly" might be tempting. They are not really the best options. Instead, the little word "camp" is the best. A "camp" is a small group, often with the negative overtones that we also express in "faction." Yes, a "camp" is a place that you can go to stay in the woods. A "camp" can also be a small group that is very factional.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

FIEND

Possible Answers:

Communicator

Interrogator

Villain

Ally

Reviewer

Correct answer:

Villain

Explanation:

The word "fiend" comes originally from the word for a demon or a devil. We generally use it, however, to describe any kind of villain. It is in this sense that it is being used in this question. Such a villain need not be a wicked person in a story. We sometimes use the word also when we describe someone who abuses his or her fellow human beings, as when we say, "Thomas was nothing more than a fiend, given how he stole from all of the elderly in his neighborhood."

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