SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, and Size

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

A synonym of "solitary" is . . .

Possible Answers:

athletic

mean

friendly

escorted

unaccompanied

Correct answer:

unaccompanied

Explanation:

"Solitary" is an adjective that means "done or existing alone," or when describing a place, "secluded or isolated." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "done alone" or "secluded." "Escorted" may look like a good answer, but "escorted" means "accompanied somewhere, especially for protection or security, or as a mark of rank." Because "escorted" means the opposite of "solitary," it cannot be the correct answer. "Unaccompanied," however, means "having no companion or escort." Because "unaccompanied" is closest in meaning to "solitary," "unaccompanied" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Which is a synonym for the word vast?

The vast prairie was full of flowers and wildlife.

Possible Answers:

tiny

enormous

None of the other answer choices

small

finite

Correct answer:

enormous

Explanation:

Enormous can be substituted in for vast to maintain a similar meaning.  

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

A synonym of "meager" is __________.

Possible Answers:

grand

paltry

sufficient

jumbled

much

Correct answer:

paltry

Explanation:

"Meager" is an adjective that means "lacking in quantity or quality," and used to refer to something provided or available. So, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "lacking." While "sufficient" might look like a potentially correct answer, "sufficient" means "enough" or "adequate," "sufficient" is an opposite of "lacking," so it can't be the correct answer. "Paltry," however, is an adjective that means "small or meager" and is used to describe amounts. Since "paltry" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "meager," "paltry" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

A synonym of “uniform” is __________.

Possible Answers:

potential

demonstrated

consistent

gargantuan

varying

Correct answer:

consistent

Explanation:

“Uniform,” when used as an adjective, means “not changing in form or character; remaining the same,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “not changing” or “similar to others.” That means that “varying” cannot be the correct answer, because when used as an adjective, “varying” means “differing in size, amount, degree, or nature from something else of the same general class,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “uniform.” “Consistent,” however, is an adjective that refers to a person, behavior, or process, and means “unchanging over a period of time,” and because “consistent” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “uniform,” “consistent” is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

The girl piled a substantial amount of potatoes onto her plate.

Possible Answers:

medium

large

small

None of the above

tiny

Correct answer:

large

Explanation:

"Large" could replace "substantial" to maintain the meaning of the sentence. 

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Which word has a similar meaning to the underlined word?

I cannot believe he ate the entire pizza!

Possible Answers:

None of the other answers

portion

sausage

part

whole

Correct answer:

whole

Explanation:

"Whole" and "entire" have the same meaning. 

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Enormous

Possible Answers:

Medium

Tiny

Smooth

Large

Famous

Correct answer:

Large

Explanation:

"Enormous" means extremely large.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Several

Possible Answers:

One

None

A few

Too much

Couple

Correct answer:

A few

Explanation:

"Several" means a number of, but more than a couple.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Crowded

Possible Answers:

Packed

Empty

Annoying

Painful

Reliable

Correct answer:

Packed

Explanation:

"Crowded" means full or packed.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quantity, Variety, Regularity, And Size

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Tiny

Possible Answers:

Huge

Confusing

Small

Understandable

Wealthy

Correct answer:

Small

Explanation:

"Tiny" means extremely small.

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