ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for Abstract Concepts

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

ENIGMA

Possible Answers:

Zealot

Fatigue

Herbivore

Puzzle

Accreditation

Correct answer:

Puzzle

Explanation:

"Enigma" means puzzle or something difficult to understand. "Accreditation" means providing credit or approval for an institution (usually a school). "Zealot" is a person who is passionate for something. "Fatigue" means exhausted and worn-out. "Herbivore" is an organism that eats only plants.

Example Question #71 : Identifying Synonyms

FELICITY

Possible Answers:

Inactive

Inconsistent

Bliss

Humid

Frightful

Correct answer:

Bliss

Explanation:

"Felicity" means bliss or extreme happiness. "Inconsistent" means not constant or not the same throughout. "Frightful" means horrible or causing fear in people. "Humid" means that there is a lot of moisture in the air. "Inactive" means not moving or not involved with physical activity.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

ALACRITY

Possible Answers:

Acidity

Willingness

Disagreeable

Diligent

Forceful

Correct answer:

Willingness

Explanation:

The word “alacrity” is related to the musical words “allegro” and “allegretto,” which indicate quickness or briskness of tempo. Strictly speaking, “alacrity” means pleasant, quick readiness (to do something). Among the provided options, the best answer is “willingness.”

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

ZENITH

Possible Answers:

Vulgarity

Reconciliation

Zealot

Apex

Cessation

Correct answer:

Apex

Explanation:

"Zenith" means apex or highest point, so "apex" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to highest point: "zealot" means fanatic or enthusiast; "reconciliation" means agreement or harmony reached after an argument or battle; "cessation" means ending or conclusion; and "vulgarity" means crassness or obscenity.

Example Question #2010 : Isee Upper Level (Grades 9 12) Verbal Reasoning

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

METTLE

Possible Answers:

Dauntlessness

Nomad

Diffidence

Nepotism

Wont

Correct answer:

Dauntlessness

Explanation:

"Mettle" is a noun that means "courage; fortitude" or "the ability to cope well with difficulties; resilience." While "diffidence" might seem like a promising answer choice, it actually means "modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence," so it's an antonym of "mettle," not a synonym. "Dauntlessness," on the other hand, means "fearlessness, intrepidness, boldness; the incapability of being discouraged or intimidated" and is the best answer choice of those listed.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

HARBINGER

Possible Answers:

Vegetation

Omen

Tactic

Probability

Proposal

Correct answer:

Omen

Explanation:

"Harbinger" means something that signals the approach of a person. "Vegetation" refers to plants or crops. "Proposal" means plan or a suggestion. "Tactic" is a strategy or plan. "Probability" means the chance or likelihood of something occuring.

Example Question #2012 : Isee Upper Level (Grades 9 12) Verbal Reasoning

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

CONTEMPT

Possible Answers:

Sneer

Pomp

Disdain

Scowl

Conceit

Correct answer:

Disdain

Explanation:

Contempt means “feeling that something or someone has no worth or deserves no respect.” For example, one could say, “Thomas showed contempt for all of his neighbors, for he thought they were leeches on society, providing nothing for the common good or even for themselves.” The word “disdain” is related to “dignity,” but the “dis-” prefix implies the opposite of root that is related to dignity. Therefore, expressions of “disdain” are the opposite of expressions of worth.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

WINDFALL

Possible Answers:

Jackpot

Exhale

Trip

Increase

Misfortune

Correct answer:

Jackpot

Explanation:

"Windfall' is a noun that is defined as "an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage" or "a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically one that involves receiving a large amount of money." While "trip" may sound like a potentially correct answer because "windfall" is created from a combination of the words "wind" and "fall," "windfall" does not mean "to knock something over with wind" or have anything to do with falling, so neither "blow over" nor "trip" can be the correct answer. "Jackpot," a noun meaning "a large cash prize in a game or lottery, esp. one that accumulates until it is won," is the closest synonym to "windfall" amongst the listed answer choices, so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #36 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

APEX

Possible Answers:

Pinnacle

Chaff

Contempt

Foremost

Eon

Correct answer:

Pinnacle

Explanation:

Since "apex" is a noun that means "the top or highest part of something, especially one forming a point," we need to pick out another noun that means "top." While "foremost" means "most prominent in rank, importance, or position," it is an adjective, and not a noun - it describes something at the top, not the top itself, so it can't be the right answer. "Pinnacle," however, means "a high, pointed piece of rock" or "the most successful point; the culmination," and since it is closest in meaning to "apex," it is the right answer.

Example Question #73 : Identifying Synonyms

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

EMINENCE

Possible Answers:

Inferiority

Dynamism

Predetermined

Prestige

Permeability

Correct answer:

Prestige

Explanation:

Eminence often refers to royalty, and means dominance or superiority—in this case, "prestige," which also means superiority or power, is the best synonym.

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