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 #232 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Unclear is to ambiguous as capricious is to __________.

Possible Answers:

outgoing 

recalcitrant

nomadic 

impulsive 

whimsical 

Correct answer:

impulsive 

Explanation:

"Unclear" and "ambiguous" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for capricious. "Capricious" means impulsive or unpredictable. For clarification, "whimsical" means silly or quirky; "outgoing" refers to someone who is sociable; "nomadic" describes a wandering lifestyle; "recalcitrant" means disobedient.

Example Question #111 : Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

Complete this analogy.

Plenty is to ample as solitude is to __________.

Possible Answers:

dominant 

subservient 

isolation 

community 

None of these answers 

Correct answer:

isolation 

Explanation:

"Plenty" is a synonym of "ample;" both mean to have sufficient or more than enough. To solve this analogy you have to find the best synonym for solitude. "Solitude" is time spent alone, so the correct synonym is “isolation.” For clarification, "subservient" means eager to obey, of lesser importance.

Example Question #234 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Bellicose is to aggressive as capricious is to __________.

Possible Answers:

ridiculous 

insulting 

confident 

impulsive 

demanding 

Correct answer:

impulsive 

Explanation:

"Bellicose" and aggressive are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for capricious. "Capricious" means unpredictable and impulsive. For clarification, "insulting" means rude and offensive.

Example Question #235 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Colossal is to big as calamity is to __________.

Possible Answers:

portentous 

grace 

disaster 

normal 

blessing 

Correct answer:

disaster 

Explanation:

"Colossal" is a synonym of "big," so to solve this analogy you need to determine the best synonym for calamity. A "calamity" is a disaster. For clarification, "portentous" means warning, foreboding, ominous.

Example Question #236 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Encumber is to restrain as lavish is to __________.

Possible Answers:

miserly 

harangue 

rebuke 

plentiful 

parsimonious

Correct answer:

plentiful 

Explanation:

"Encumber" and "restrain" are synonyms that both mean to hold back, to make more difficult. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for lavish. "Lavish" means plentiful, extravagant or excessively generous. For clarification, "miserly" and "parsimonious" mean stingy or tight with money; "harangue" and "rebuke" both mean to criticize.

Example Question #237 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Audacious is to bold as toxic is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Satisfying 

Healthy 

Delicious 

Poisonous 

Cantankerous

Correct answer:

Poisonous 

Explanation:

Audacious is a synonym of bold, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for toxic. Something that is toxic is poisonous and harmful. For clarification, cantankerous means ill-tempered.

Example Question #238 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Instigate is to provoke as simulate is to __________.

Possible Answers:

irate 

replicate 

None of these answers 

donate 

implicate 

Correct answer:

replicate 

Explanation:

"Instigate" and "provoke" are synonyms that both describe the action of starting something. To solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for simulate. "Simulate" means copy or replicate. For clarification, "irate" means very angry; "implicate" means associate, involve, or blame.

Example Question #239 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Debate is to argue as candid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

honest 

fair 

allow 

propose 

trade 

Correct answer:

honest 

Explanation:

"Argue" and "debate" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for candid. "Candid" means frank or honest.

Example Question #240 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Brotherhood is to fellowship as hatred is to __________.

Possible Answers:

None of these answers

fear

animosity 

enamored 

insanity 

Correct answer:

animosity 

Explanation:

"Brotherhood" and "fellowship" are synonyms of one another; both words are used to describe a feeling of community and goodwill, particularly among men. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for "hatred." The correct answer is “animosity,” which means hatred, or ill-feeling. For clarification, "enamored" means in love with.

Example Question #241 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Emancipation is to freedom as venerable is to __________.

Possible Answers:

respected 

encouraged

beloved 

mocked 

derided 

Correct answer:

respected 

Explanation:

"Emancipation" is a synonym for freedom that you will have most likely encountered in history class in reference to the emancipation of the slaves. To solve this analogy you will have to find the best synonym for venerable. Someone that is "venerable" is old and well-respected. For clarification, "derided" and "mocked" are synonyms of one another; both mean to be made fun of.

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