SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Gendered Terminology

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Elementary Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Gendered Terminology

Complete this analogy.

God is to goddess as actor is to __________.

Possible Answers:

bible

acting 

actress

actoress 

movie 

Correct answer:

actress

Explanation:

A “goddess” is a female god; often in the English language when we take a male form of something and make it female we add the suffix -ess. The same rule can be applied to turn “actor” into “actress.” An “actress” is a female actor. An "actoress" is not a word.

Example Question #1 : Gendered Terminology

Complete this analogy.

Host is to hostess as duke is to __________.

Possible Answers:

duchess

witch

crown

queen

heiress

Correct answer:

duchess

Explanation:

A "host" is a male person who throws a party, and a "hostess" is a female person who throws a party. A "duke" is a title for a male person who may or may not rule a small area of land. So, to solve this analogy, we need to figure out which word has the same meaning as "duke" but is used to describe the same sort of title for a female person. The correct answer is thus "duchess."

Example Question #2 : Gendered Terminology

Complete this analogy.

Nephew is to boy as __________ is to girl.

Possible Answers:

uncle

aunt

woman

niece

family

Correct answer:

niece

Explanation:

A "nephew" is the name given to the son of one's brother or sister. Only "boys" are called "nephews." To solve this analogy you need to determine what name is given to the daughter of one's brother or sister. The correct answer is "niece."

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