SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Determining Meaning from Type of Relationship

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #221 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Squalid is to wretched as venerable is to __________.

Possible Answers:

criticized 

deified

respected 

condemned

admonished

Correct answer:

respected 

Explanation:

"Squalid" and "wretched" are synonyms of one another and describe the condition of a place as dirty and filthy. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for venerable. "Venerable" means respected and, usually old. For clarification, "admonished," "criticized," and "condemned" are all synonyms of one another; "deified" means made god-like.

Example Question #222 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Procure is to obtain as nimble is to __________.

Possible Answers:

disrespectful

cantankerous

agile 

outlandish 

pious 

Correct answer:

agile 

Explanation:

"Procure" and "obtain" are synonyms that both mean to gain or get something, so to solve this analogy you have to find the best synonym for nimble. "Nimble" means flexible and agile. For clarification, "cantankerous" means grumpy; "outlandish" means large and excessive; "pious" means deeply religious.

Example Question #223 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Mercurial is to unpredictable as livid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

irate 

nomadic 

pleased 

garrulous

helpless 

Correct answer:

irate 

Explanation:

"Mercurial" is a synonym of "unpredictable," so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best available synonym for livid. To be "livid" means to be very angry, which is most similar in meaning to “irate.” For clarification, "nomadic" refers to a lifestyle characterized by wandering; "garrulous" means talkative.

Example Question #224 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Merge is to blend as condone is to __________.

Possible Answers:

allude 

despise 

allow 

deposit 

remedy 

Correct answer:

allow 

Explanation:

"Merge" and "blend" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for condone. To "condone" something means to allow it. For clarification, "despise" means hate; "remedy" means to fix; "allude" means to hint at something.

Example Question #225 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Languid is to slow as choleric is to __________.

Possible Answers:

energetic 

fast 

patient 

irritable 

athletic 

Correct answer:

irritable 

Explanation:

"Languid" is a synonym of "slow," so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for choleric. To be "choleric" is to be bad-tempered or easily irritated, so the correct answer is “irritable.”

Example Question #226 : Analogies

Complete this analogy

Brash is to bold as obsolete is to __________.

Possible Answers:

comely 

portly 

pulchritudinous

archaic 

corpulent 

Correct answer:

archaic 

Explanation:

"Brash" is a synonym of "bold," so to solve this analogy you have to identify which of these answer choices is the best synonym for obsolete. "Obsolete" means no longer of any use, outdated so the correct synonym is “archaic” which has the same meaning. For clarification portly and corpulent both describe someone who is fat; comely means cute and pulchritudinous means beautiful.

Example Question #227 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Bewildered is to confused as pact is to __________.

Possible Answers:

diatribe 

argument 

tirade 

dispute 

agreement

Correct answer:

agreement

Explanation:

"Bewildered" is a synonym for "confused," so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best available synonym for pact. A "pact" is an agreement reached between two or more parties, so the correct answer is “agreement.” For clarification, "argument" and "dispute" are synonyms; "tirade" and "diatribe" are synonyms. A "tirade" is a verbal attack against someone.

Example Question #228 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Placate is to appease as arid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

wet

frigid 

sunny 

rainy 

dry 

Correct answer:

dry 

Explanation:

"Placate" and "appease" are synonyms that both mean to pacify or satisfy somebody. To solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is the best synonym of arid. "Arid" means very dry.

Example Question #229 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Belligerent is to aggressive as deficient is to __________.

Possible Answers:

portentous

lacking 

wild 

miserly 

outstanding

Correct answer:

lacking 

Explanation:

"Belligerent" is a synonym of "aggressive," so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for deficient. To be "deficient" in something is to be lacking. For clarification, "miserly" describes someone who is not generous; "portentous" means arrogant or self-important.

Example Question #231 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Aloof is to distant as fundamental is to __________.

Possible Answers:

pulchritudinous

menacing 

absolve

sufficient

essential 

Correct answer:

essential 

Explanation:

"Aloof" is a synonym of "distant" and is used to describe someone who is hard to reach or affect. To solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym of fundamental. "Fundamental" means basic or essential. For clarification, "sufficient" means enough; "menacing" means threatening; "absolve" means to remove blame; "pulchritudinous" means very beautiful.

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