SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : SSAT Elementary Level Verbal

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

A synonym of “surrender” is __________.

Possible Answers:

give up

cause problems

avoid

keep trying

suggest

Correct answer:

give up

Explanation:

“Surrender” is a word that can be used as either a verb or a noun, but because all of the potential answer choices are verbs, we will need to consider “surrender” as a verb. When used as a verb, “surrender” means “cease resistance,” and we need to pick out an answer choice that is similar in meaning. That means that “keep trying” cannot be the correct answer, because “keep trying” is an antonym, not a synonym, of “surrender.” “Give up,” however, is the answer choice closest in meaning to “surrender,” and because of that, it is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

A synonym of “grouchy” is __________.

Possible Answers:

broken

pleasant

cranky

fast

lumpy

Correct answer:

cranky

Explanation:

“Grouchy” is an adjective that means “grumpy; complaining,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “grumpy.” That means that “pleasant” cannot be the correct answer, because “pleasant,” when referring to a person or their manner, means “friendly; likable,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “grouchy.” “Cranky,” however, is an adjective that informally means “ill-tempered; irritable,” and because “cranky” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “grouchy,” “cranky” is the correct answer.

Example Question #23 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

A synonym of “guilt” is __________.

Possible Answers:

remorse

pride

happiness

exhaustion

anger

Correct answer:

remorse

Explanation:

“Guilt” is a noun that means either “the fact of having committed a crime” or “a feeling of having done wrong,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “the fact of having committed a crime” or “a feeling of having done wrong.” That means that “pride” cannot be the correct answer, because “pride” means “a feeling of satisfaction from achievements that are widely admired,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “guilt.” “Remorse,” however, is a noun that means “deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed,” and because “remorse” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “guilt,” “remorse” is the correct answer.

Example Question #24 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

A synonym of “finish” is __________.

Possible Answers:

begin

leave

conclude

have

bump

Correct answer:

conclude

Explanation:

“Finish” is a verb that can mean “bring (a task or activity) to an end; complete,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “complete.” That means that “begin” cannot be the correct answer, because “begin” means “start; perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity),” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “finish.” “Conclude,” however, is a verb that can mean “bring (something) to an end” or “come to an end,” and because “conclude” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “finish,” “conclude” is the correct answer.

Example Question #25 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

A synonym of “transmit” is __________.

Possible Answers:

jump

crawl

transfer

keep

warn

Correct answer:

transfer

Explanation:

“Transmit” is a verb that means “cause (something) to pass on from one place or person to another,” and we need to pick out an answer choice that has a similar meaning. That means that “keep” cannot be the correct answer, because “keep,” when used as a verb, means “have or retain possession of,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “transmit.” “Transfer,” however, is a verb that means “move from one place to another,” and because “transfer” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “transmit,” “transfer” is the correct answer.

Example Question #26 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms: which word could have a similar meaning to the word that is underlined in the sentence?

The child was pursuing the dog as he ran down the street.

Possible Answers:

None of the above

looking

leaving

chasing

watching

Correct answer:

chasing

Explanation:

"Pursuing" could be replaced by "chasing" to maintain the same meaning.

Example Question #27 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms: which word could have a similar meaning to the word that is underlined in the sentence?

The two girls were gabbing about their weekends at recess.

Possible Answers:

chatting

sorting

writing

staring

None of the above

Correct answer:

chatting

Explanation:

When you replace "gabbing" with "chatting," the meaning of the sentence remains the same.

Example Question #28 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms: which word could have a similar meaning to the word that is underlined in the sentence?

The ball flew over the fense and down into a deep abyss.

Possible Answers:

None of the above

canyon

grass

yard

pond

Correct answer:

canyon

Explanation:

When you replace "abyss" with the word "canyon," the meaning of the sentence remains the same.

Example Question #29 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms: which word could have a similar meaning to the word that is underlined in the sentence?

The girl won a great prize for her efforts.

Possible Answers:

award

punishment

None of the above

apple

board

Correct answer:

award

Explanation:

The words "prize" and "award" can have the same meaning in the given sentence.

Example Question #30 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms: which word could have a similar meaning to the word that is underlined in the sentence?

He had to prove that he was correct in his decision.

Possible Answers:

None of the above

deny

leave

confirm

keep

Correct answer:

confirm

Explanation:

"Prove" and "confirm" both keep the meaning of the setence the same.

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