SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Qualities, Features, Abilities, and Other Analogies

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Example Question #1 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Tennis is to racket as hockey is to __________.

Possible Answers:

goal 

bat 

hoop 

sport 

stick 

Correct answer:

stick 

Explanation:

A “racket” is something that you use to play “tennis,” so to solve this analogy, you need to determine which object is something that you use to play “hockey.” The correct answer is a “stick,” as you use a “hockey stick” to play hockey.

Example Question #1 : Other Specific Terminology

Complete this analogy.

Active is to running as lazy is to __________

Possible Answers:

sprinting

racing

dancing

waking

napping

Correct answer:

napping

Explanation:

Running is an active thing to do. "Active" means full of energy, not staying still, or moving. So, to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is often considered a "lazy" thing to do. The correct answer is therefore "napping."

Example Question #1 : Other Specific Terminology

Complete this analogy.

California is to state as Canada is to __________

Possible Answers:

continent

country

state

island

city

Correct answer:

country

Explanation:

California is an example of a state, so to solve this analogy, you have to determine which of the answer choices describes Canada. Canada is a country," so "country" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Farming is to agriculture as __________ is to architecture.

Possible Answers:

speaking

fixing

fishing

buildings

studying

Correct answer:

buildings

Explanation:

"Agriculture" means related to the study of or practice of farming. So, to solve this analogy you need to figure out what "architecture" is related to. The correct answer is that "architecture" is related to the study or practice of designing "buildings."

Example Question #1 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Burning is to aflame as drifting is to __________.

Possible Answers:

allowed

ashore

afloat

aloft

soaked

Correct answer:

afloat

Explanation:

If something, like a building, is "burning" than it can also said to be "aflame." The prefix a- in this sense means something like on, as in "aside" - on the side; "ashore" - on the shore. So, "aflame" means on fire. So, something that is "drifting" could also be said to be "adrift," "floating," or "afloat." Just to be clear, "drifting" means to be carried slowly by a current of water. Additionally, "soaked" means drenched, made very wet; "allowed" means permitted, not forbidden; "aloft" means in the air.

Example Question #1 : Other Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Professor is to teach as driver is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Drive 

Job 

Automobile 

School 

Car 

Correct answer:

Drive 

Explanation:

A professor is someone who teaches, so to solve this analogy, you have to figure out which of these answer choice is an action done by a driver. The answer is to “drive.” To help you, "automobile" is another word for car.

Example Question #1 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Car is to drive as plane is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Vehicle 

Travel 

Fly 

Road 

Sky

Correct answer:

Fly 

Explanation:

When you operate a car, you drive it, so to solve this analogy, you need to pick out an answer choice that is a verb that describes what you do to a plane when you operate a plane. When you operate a plane, you “fly” it, so "fly" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Other Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Plane is to flying as __________.

Possible Answers:

car is to driving

boat is to steering

cheetah is to devouring

helicopter is to hovering

walking is to human

Correct answer:

car is to driving

Explanation:

Planes fly, so we are looking for an answer in which the first word depicts a mode of transportation, and the second word how that transportation moves. The best answer choice is "car is to driving" because cars are driven!

Example Question #4 : Other Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Microphone is to speak as __________.

Possible Answers:

chair is to metal

steal is to treasure

car is to drive

bird is to wing

computer is to electronic

Correct answer:

car is to drive

Explanation:

You speak into a microphone, just as you drive a car, so "car is to drive" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Other Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Sunrise is to day as sunset is to ___________.

Possible Answers:

moon 

stars 

light 

night 

sun 

Correct answer:

night 

Explanation:

Sunrise begins the day, so to solve this analogy, you need to pick out a word that describes what sunset begins. Sunset begins the night, so "night" is the correct answer.

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