ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Two Adjectives or Adverbs in Two-Blank Sentences

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #406 : Parts Of Speech In Two Blank Texts

When Lauren learned that the forecast predicted __________ weather and snow storms, she decided that wearing her scarf, hat, and mittens as well as a down coat would be ___________.

Possible Answers:

hot . . . smart

icy . . . ridiculous

chilly . . . unnecessary

warm . . . necessary

frigid . . . prudent

Correct answer:

frigid . . . prudent

Explanation:

Because we know that the forecast predicted snow storms, we can infer that it also predicted cold weather. So, we need to pick out an answer choice for the first blank that means something like "cold." Either "frigid," "chilly," or "icy" could be potentially correct. For the second blank, we need to pick out a word that describes the action of wearing a scarf, hat, and mittens if one knows the weather is going to be cold and snowy. Since wearing those items is a good idea, either "smart," "necessary," or "prudent" ("acting with or showing care and thought for the future") could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "frigid" and "prudent" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "frigid . . . prudent."

Example Question #1652 : Isee Upper Level (Grades 9 12) Verbal Reasoning

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

Cell phones, which were a rarity in the 1990's, have now become __________, allowing __________ individuals to be in almost constant communication with their friends. 

Possible Answers:

pervasive . . . laconic

ubiquitous . . . gregarious

insincere . . . eccentric

groundbreaking . . . garrulous

vibrant . . . perceptive

Correct answer:

ubiquitous . . . gregarious

Explanation:

We can infer from the sentence that while cell phones were rare in the 1990's, they are no longer rare, so we know that we need to find an adjective for the first blank that means something like "common." Either "ubiquitous" ("present, appearing, or found everywhere") or "pervasive" ("spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people") could work. For the second blank, we know that the individuals we need to describe choose "to be in almost constant communication with their friends," so we can infer that we need to find an adjective that means something like "social" or "talkative." "Gregarious," which means "fond of company; sociable" seems like a good answer choice, as does "garrulous," which means "talkative." Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "ubiquitous" and "gregarious" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "ubiquitous . . . gregarious."

Example Question #31 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

The students all considered the new student to be __________ because no one heard her speak all day, until she finally produced a few quiet sentences explaining that she was __________ shy, especially around new people.

Possible Answers:

garrulous . . . extremely

rude . . . never

mysterious . . . rarely

excitable . . . sometimes

enigmatic . . . acutely

Correct answer:

enigmatic . . . acutely

Explanation:

We can infer that for the first blank, we need to pick out a word that describes how the students might receive someone who didn't speak all day. "Garrulous," an adjective meaning "talkative," is definitely not the correct answer, but either "mysterious" or "enigmatic" ("difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious") could be correct. For the second blank, we need to pick out a word that means something like "always," "often," or "very," because we can infer that the new student is, in fact, shy. Either "extremely," "sometimes," or"acutely" ("intensely, with reference to something unpleasant or unwelcome") could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "enigmatic" and "acutely" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "enigmatic . . . acutely."

Example Question #31 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Texts

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

While the liberal arts have traditionally been seen as __________, involving individual opinions and personal feelings, especially in comparison to more __________ fields like math and science, which are based on facts, theories, and laws.

Possible Answers:

unbiased . . . quantitative

qualitative . . . emotional

quantitative . . . qualitative

subjective . . . objective

objective . . . subjective

Correct answer:

subjective . . . objective

Explanation:

For the first blank, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "involving individual opinions and personal feelings." So, either "subjective" (" based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions") or "qualitative" ("relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity") could be potentially correct. For the second blank, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "based on facts, theories, and laws." Either "objective" ("not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts") or "quantitative" ("relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality") could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "subjective" and "objective" appear in the same answer choice in the correct order, so the correct answer is "subjective . . . objective."

Example Question #33 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

The entrepreneur tried to impress investors with his __________ plans for the future success of his __________ company.

Possible Answers:

listless . . . inchoate

nonchalant . . . mellifluous

grandiose . . . burgeoning

haughty . . . germane

perfunctory . . . obscure

Correct answer:

grandiose . . . burgeoning

Explanation:

"Grandiose" means extravagant or ambitious. "Burgeoning" means prospering or expanding. "Nonchalant" means easygoing or laid back. "Mellifluous" means smooth and sweet-sounding. "Haughty" means arrogant or snobbish. "Germane" means appropriate or applicable. "Listless" means spiritless or without energy. "Inchoate" means undeveloped or beginning. "Perfunctory" means automatic or unthinking. "Obscure" means not easily understood or ambiguous.

Example Question #32 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

The __________ explorer wrote about her adventures exploring dangerous jungles filled with vicious predators, poisonous snakes and tropical diseases in a surprisingly _________ volume that only had about thirty pages when most people expected hundreds.

Possible Answers:

calm . . . wordy

terrified . . . brief

fearful . . . voluminous

courageous . . . lengthy

intrepid . . . concise

Correct answer:

intrepid . . . concise

Explanation:

For the first blank, we can infer that because the explorer faced "dangerous jungles filled with vicious predators, poisonous snakes and tropical diseases," she must have been pretty brave, so we need to pick out an answer choice that is an adjective and means something like "brave" to describe her. Either "intrepid" ("fearless; adventurous (often used for rhetorical or humorous effect)") or "courageous" ("not deterred by danger or pain; brave") could be potentially correct. For the second blank, we know that something about the volume's length is "surprising," and that it "only had about thirty pages when most people expected hundreds," so we can infer that we need to pick out an answer choice that is an adjective and means something like "short." Either "brief" ("concise in expression; using few words") or "concise" ("giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive") could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "intrepid" and "concise" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "intrepid . . . concise."

Example Question #33 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

The __________ biology student initially believed all of the snakes in the zoo to be __________, but she was soon corrected when she learned from the zoo's staff that many of the species were extremely poisonous.

Possible Answers:

inexperienced . . . deadly

naïve . . . benign

opinionated . . . amateur

hallow . . . unfriendly

expert . . . harmless

Correct answer:

naïve . . . benign

Explanation:

We can infer that because the biology student "was soon corrected when she learned . . . that many of the [zoo's snakes] were extremely poisonous," she must have initially believed them to not be poisonous. So, we need to pick out an adjective for the second blank that means something like "not poisonous." Either "benign" (" not causing harm or damage") or "harmless" ("not able or likely to cause harm") could be potentially correct. Working backwards, then, we might characterize the biology student as uninformed and guess that she is inexperienced if she initially thought that all the snakes in the zoo were not poisonous, so we need to pick out an adjective for the first blank that means something like "uninformed" or "inexperienced." Either "naive" (" showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment" when used of a person or action) or "inexperienced" ("having little knowledge or experience of a particular thing") could be potentially correct. Of the potentially correct answers we've identified, only "naïve" and "benign" appear in a single answer choice, so "naïve . . . benign" is the correct answer.

Example Question #32 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Texts

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

Harry was __________ that he had come in second in the school-wide Science Fair because he hadn't expected to place in the top five, but George, who had expected to win first prize, wasn't so __________ when he came in fourth.

Possible Answers:

euphoric . . . gleeful

upset . . . bellicose

afraid . . . rambling

ecstatic . . . morose

recalcitrant . . . pleased

Correct answer:

euphoric . . . gleeful

Explanation:

Considering the first blank, we know that Harry "hadn't expected to place in the top five" in the Science Fair, but ended up "com[ing] in second," so we can infer that Harry was very happy about this and that we need to pick out an adjective to describe him that means something like "very happy." Either "euphoric" ("characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness") or "ecstatic" ("feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement") could be correct. For the second blank, we know that George "had expected to win first prize" but "came in fourth," so we can infer that he wasn't so happy with that turnout. So, we need to pick out another word that means something like "happy." Either "gleeful" ("exuberantly or triumphantly joyful") or "pleased" ("feeling or showing pleasure and satisfaction, especially at an event or a situation") could be correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "euphoric" and "gleeful" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "euphoric . . . gleeful."

Example Question #31 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

Choose the pair of words that best completes the following sentence.

Although she was not certain about the __________ errors in George’s reasoning, Greta was certain that the argument, taken as a whole, was __________.

Possible Answers:

broad . . . egregious

deceptive . . . illegal

rhetorical . . . forgetful

hidden . . . wicked

specific . . . illogical

Correct answer:

specific . . . illogical

Explanation:

The first blank of this sentence is contrasted with the subordinate clause "taken as  a whole." The general idea is that, while Greta was certain of something concerning the whole reasoning, she was not certain about any given parts of it. That is, she was not certain regarding any specific errors. The word "specific" means distinct or identifiable; it is often contrasted to "general" or "generic." The second blank is best understood in relation to the word "errors in George's reasoning." While she was not certain about any specific parts, she was sure that the reasoning had errors. Thus, among the options provided, the best answer is "illogical," which means "having the character of poor, incorrect reasoning."

Example Question #34 : Two Adjectives Or Adverbs In Two Blank Sentences

Choose the pair of words that best completes the following sentence.

The art museum hired the intern due to her ability to write __________ explanations of various art works' __________ features, pinpointing exactly what made them beautiful in the eyes of critics.

Possible Answers:

incessant . . . gaudy

articulate . . . empirical

precocious . . . ecstatic

lucid . . . aesthetic

belligerent . . . consular

Correct answer:

lucid . . . aesthetic

Explanation:

The adjective that we choose for the first blank needs to describe texts and have a positive connotation since the intern was hired for her ability to write good explanations. "Lucid" (which means expressed clearly; easy to understand) and "articulate" (which means fluent and coherent when referring to a person's writing) are each good choices for the first blank. For the second blank, we need to pick an adjective that has something to do with the art works' beauty. Choosing between "aesthetic" (concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty) and "empirical" (having to do with observation or experience rather than theory), "aesthetic" is the better choice, so the answer is "lucid . . . aesthetic."

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