ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Parts of Speech in One-Blank Sentences

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Example Question #521 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Sentences

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

At his retirement party the forty-year employee was given a certificate recognizing his __________ conduct during his years of service.

Possible Answers:

venial

nefarious

exemplary

melodious

doleful

Correct answer:

exemplary

Explanation:

Based on the context of this sentence it is logical that the man would be given a certificate that reflects his flawless, impeccable, and devoted service during his years at the company. The answer choice that most closely reflects this definition is "exemplary" which means serving as a model, perfect and flawless. To provide further help, "melodious" means harmonious, producing a pleasant sound; "doleful" means sad and pathetic; "venial" means (of a sin) easily forgiven; "nefarious" means wicked, evil, wrong

Example Question #1321 : One Blank Sentences

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Her __________ and impatient manner won her few friends at work. 

Possible Answers:

brusque 

deferential

elusive 

humane 

panache 

Correct answer:

brusque 

Explanation:

Based on the context of this sentence the correct answer must be at least somewhat similar in meaning to "impatient." The only answer choice that describes a negative characteristic similar to "impatient" is "brusque" which means curt, impolite, blunt. To provide further help, "panache" means style, flair; "humane" means compassionate, kind; "elusive" means hard to find or hard to identify; "deferential" means respectful of others and willing to let others take the lead

Example Question #1321 : Sentence Completion

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

His __________ beliefs required a rigid devotion to the status quo and an aversion to change of any kind. 

Possible Answers:

conservative 

moderate 

liberal 

radical 

reactionary 

Correct answer:

reactionary 

Explanation:

On the political spectrum you have five broad categories. Furthest left is "radicals" who favor quick and immediate change. Next is "liberals," then "moderates," then "conservatives." Furthest right is those who are "reactionary." "Reactionary" means completely, sometimes violently, opposed to any changes or reforms. So, because the subject is described as rigidly attached to the status quo you know that he is best put under the category of "reactionary." 

Example Question #1151 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Sentences

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The author’s __________ output tended to overshadow the poor quality of the majority of his work.

Possible Answers:

prodigious

infinitesimal

limited

unimpressive

meager

Correct answer:

prodigious

Explanation:

Here the word “poor” indicates that the author is not very good; therefore, he must have written a good amount of material if it overshadows the quality of the material. Only "prodigious" means in a great amount.

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