SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Qualities, Features, Abilities, and Other Analogies

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Juggernaut is to __________ as leprechaun is to miniature.

Possible Answers:

unstoppable

youthful

imaginative

egregious

caustic

Correct answer:

unstoppable

Explanation:

A quality generally associated with "leprechauns" is that they are very small or "miniature." So, to solve this analogy you merely need to determine which of these is a characteristic of a "juggernaut." Well, "juggernaut" refers to an individual or a team that is so powerful or talented as to be "unstoppable." Additionally, "caustic" means bitter, scathing; "egregious" means particularly bad or offensive.

Example Question #52 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Stars is to innumerable as microorganism is to __________.

Possible Answers:

menial

wayward

fruitful

derelict

infinitesimal

Correct answer:

infinitesimal

Explanation:

"Innumerable" means existing in such large numbers as to be impossible to count. A quality usually associated with "stars" is that they are "innumerable." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality usually associated with "microorganisms." Well, "microorganisms" are very tiny animals that cannot be seen with the naked eye. So, a quality associated with them is that they are "infinitesimal" or very, very small. Additionally, "derelict" means in poor condition, falling down; "wayward" means off track, lost; "fruitful" means productive, successful; "menial" means (of a task or job) unskilled, not requiring expertise.

Example Question #53 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Wood is to flammable as locust is to __________.

Possible Answers:

gigantic

pliant

jubilant

destructive

obsolete

Correct answer:

destructive

Explanation:

"Flammable" means able to be lit on fire, likely to catch fire. A quality of "wood" is that it is "flammable." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality of a "locust." The correct answer is that "locusts" are "destructive." A "locust" is a small-winged insect that moves in large swarms and has been known to completely destroy crops and livestock leading to loss of human and animal life. Additionally, "jubilant" means very happy; "obsolete" means out-dated, no longer useful; "gigantic" means very large; "pliant" means flexible, capable of being easily bent into a different shape.

Example Question #54 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Olympian is to athletic as patriot is to __________.

Possible Answers:

brazen

fecund

unctuous

gaunt

nationalistic

Correct answer:

nationalistic

Explanation:

An "olympian" is someone who competes at the Olympics. A quality generally associated with "olympians" is that they are "athletic." So, which of these is a quality generally associated with a "patriot." Well, a "patriot" is someone who loves ones own country and is devoted to ones own country. So, the best adjective to describe a "patriot" is "nationalistic." Additionally, "gaunt" means skeletal, unhealthily skinny; "fecund" means abundant, fertile; "brazen" means bold and shameless, not easily embarrassed; "unctuous" means excessively flattering, servile.

Example Question #55 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Fool is to __________ as attorney is to litigious.

Possible Answers:

sagacious

garrulous

venerable

scholarly

asinine

Correct answer:

asinine

Explanation:

An "attorney" is lawyer. A quality generally associated with "lawyers" is that they are "litigious," which means concerned with lawsuits, likely to sue. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality generally associated with a "fool." The correct answer is "asinine," which means very stupid, foolish. Additionally, "scholarly" means academic, intelligent; "sagacious" means wise; "venerable" means old and deeply respected; "garrulous" means talkative.

Example Question #56 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Inedible is to poison as __________ is to food.

Possible Answers:

grotesque

zany

nourishing

miserly

inhospitable

Correct answer:

nourishing

Explanation:

A quality generally associated with "poison" is that it is "inedible," which means unable to be eaten, unable to be consumed. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality generally associated with "food." The correct answer is "nourishing," which means containing important things needed to promote health and growth of a person. Additionally, "inhospitable" means not welcoming, not able to be lived in; "grotesque" means disgusting, repellenthorrible to look at; "zany" means wacky, kooky, crazy; "miserly" means not generous, particularly with money.

Example Question #57 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Hymn is to __________ as anthem is to patriotic.

Possible Answers:

elusive

religious

meek

lenient

robust

Correct answer:

religious

Explanation:

An "anthem" is a song associated with a group of people that is collectively sung. A quality of an "anthem" is that it is "patriotic." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality of a "hymn." Well, a "hymn" is a song sung as part of a religious service. So, the correct answer is "religious." Additionally, "elusive" means hard to catch, hard to find; "robust" means strong and healthy; "lenient" means not strict, tolerant; "meek" means shy, not assertive, lacking confidence.

Example Question #51 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Jade is to __________ as ruby is to red.

Possible Answers:

cheap

blue

expensive

green

jewel

Correct answer:

green

Explanation:

A "ruby" is a precious gemstone that is "red" in color. "Jade" is also a precious gemstone. So, to solve this analogy you merely need to know that "jade" is "green."

Example Question #52 : Qualities, Features, Abilities, And Other Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Gentleman is to upstanding as orator is to ______________.

Possible Answers:

infallible

pompous

aghast

supple

voluble

Correct answer:

voluble

Explanation:

A "gentleman" is a man who is considered dignified, polite, and mild-mannered. A quality of a "gentleman" is to be "upstanding," which means respectable, law-abiding, morally-good. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a quality of an "orator." Well, an "orator" is a talented public speaker, so the correct answer is "voluble," which means talkative, loquacious. Additionally, "aghast" means shocked, horrified, and surprised by; "supple" means bendable, flexible, agile; "pompous" means arrogant and self-obsessed, pretentious; "infallible" means incapable of being wrong.

Example Question #60 : Qualities And Features

Complete this analogy.

Shantytown is to ramshackle as __________ is to frozen.

Possible Answers:

tundra

desert

mansion

prairie

tropics

Correct answer:

tundra

Explanation:

A "shantytown" is a slum, a place where people live in or near a city that is comprised of many poor and decrepit houses. So, a quality of a "shantytown" is to be "ramshackle" (in poor condition, falling down, in a state of disrepair. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these could be described as "frozen." The correct answer is "tundra," which is an area of the planet where the soil is permanently "frozen." Additionally, the "tropics" are warm-weather parts of the planet near the equator; a "prairie" is a wide, flat area of raised land.

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