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 Question #1703 : Sentence Completion

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

The farmer surveyed his plot of land, convinced the __________ soil would deliver a __________ harvest.

Possible Answers:

healthy . . . useless

arid . . . copious

dismal . . . generous

fertile . . . insubstantial

fecund . . . bountiful

Correct answer:

fecund . . . bountiful

Explanation:

"Fecund" means fruitful and fertile, while "bountiful" means generous, plentiful, copious. A farmer who surveyed a fertile plot of land would certainly expect it to deliver a generous crop.

Example Question #1704 : Sentence Completion

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

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher was a __________ and respectful occasion for the majority of the British population; however there was a large minority, particularly over the internet, who commented __________ and distastefully on her life.

Possible Answers:

audible . . . wistfully

concise . . . quiescently

somber . . . sardonically

notorious . . . dramatically

terse . . . succinctly

Correct answer:

somber . . . sardonically

Explanation:

The use of the word “however” to begin the second clause suggests that the meaning of the second part of the sentence is different from and most likely opposite to the meaning of the first sentence. Additionally, you know that the first blank must refer to a common feeling at a funeral, and the second blank must closely resemble the meaning of the word “distastefully.” The best match for the first blank is "somber," which means having a serious and melancholy atmosphere, and the word that most closely matches with "distastefully" is "sardonically," which means in the manner of sarcastic commentary. These answers best fit with the context of the sentence. As for the other answer choices, "terse" means short and concise and "succinctly" means expressed with brevity; "concise" means expressing meaning using few words and "quiescently" means in a manner that is at rest; "audible" means able to be heard, and "wistfully" refers to doing something in the manner of looking back with sadness to a better past; and "notorious" means famous for bad deeds.

Example Question #1702 : Sentence Completion

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

I’m not usually a(n) __________ person, but I was fuming after I got lost driving to my friend’s house because of the __________ directions he gave me.

Possible Answers:

irascible . . . nebulous

glacial . . . subtle

 

fanatical . . . unwitting

irksome . . . volatile

presumptuous . . . egregious

Correct answer:

irascible . . . nebulous

Explanation:

For the first blank, we are looking for a word that has to do with getting angry because this person was “fuming.” For the second, we can infer that the directions were not very good because this person got lost. The answer choice with "irascible . . . nebulous" is the only that fits because irascible means easily angered, while "nebulous" means vague.

Example Question #1701 : Sentence Completion

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

Sally wore a(n) __________ dress that involved feathers, fringe, sequins and a long train, and while her boyfriend Fred was initially shocked by her appearance, he eventually __________ that the outfit suited her outgoing personality perfectly.

Possible Answers:

ostentatious . . . denied

simple . . . proclaimed

demure . . . admitted

colorful . . . contested

flamboyant . . . conceded

Correct answer:

flamboyant . . . conceded

Explanation:

For the first blank, we can infer that because Sally's dress "involved feathers, fringe, sequins and a long train," we need to pick out a word that means something like "complex" or "conspicuous." Neither "simple" or "demure" can be correct, because they are antonyms of "complex" and "conspicuous," but either "flamboyant" (when describing clothing, "noticeable because brightly colored, highly patterned, or unusual in style") or "ostentatious" ("characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice") could be potentially correct. For the second blank, we can infer that we need to pick out a word that means something like "eventually agreed"; either "admitted" or "conceded" ("admitted that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it") could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "flamboyant" and "conceded" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "flamboyant . . . conceded."

Example Question #1711 : Sentence Completion

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

The lady's dress was simply __________ and she drew many __________ glances from the guests at her party. 

Possible Answers:

bewildering . . . bellicose 

elegant . . . casual 

impeccable . . . covetous 

garish . . . envious 

pristine . . . irritated 

Correct answer:

impeccable . . . covetous 

Explanation:

From the context you know that the subject was wearing a dress that drew a certain reaction from the guests at the party. It is up to you to determine which adjective describing the dress matches with which adjective describing the reaction. The best answer is "impeccable" (perfect) and "covetous" (envious, desiring). The lady's dress was perfect so many people wanted it. To provide further help, "envious" means jealous; "elegant" means refined, dignified; "pristine" means spotless, clean; "garish" means showy and tacky; "bewildering" means confusing; "bellicose" means hawkish, aggressive, desiring war

Example Question #381 : Two Blank Sentences

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

The __________ man used his savings to start a charity that aimed to help __________ families that couldn't afford food or rent in the city.

Possible Answers:

philanthropic . . . distinguished

lax . . . impecunious

gaudy . . . inaugural

altruistic . . . destitute

refined . . . amiable

Correct answer:

altruistic . . . destitute

Explanation:

Since we know that the man used his savings to start a charity, we know that we're looking for an adjective for the first blank that means something like "generous." Both "altruistic" ("showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish") and "philanthropic" ("seeking to promote the welfare of others, especially by donating money to good causes; generous and benevolent") seem like good choices. For the second blank, we need an adjective that means something like "poor," since we know the families can't afford food or rent. Either "destitute" ("lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished") or "impecunious"("having little or no money") could work. Of the potential answers we've identified, the only two to line up in a single answer choice are "altruistic" and "destitute," so that is the correct answer.

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