SSAT Middle Level Verbal : SSAT Middle Level Verbal

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #23 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Glorious is to glory as __________.

Possible Answers:

fame is to celebraties

acrimonious is to acrimony

exalt is to praise

doubt is to doubtful

malpractice is to bad

Correct answer:

acrimonious is to acrimony

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-ous." This suffix takes a noun (like "glory" or "nerves") and makes an adjective meaning full of [noun]. Like "glorious" means full of glory, "acrimoniousmeans full of acrimony, or bitterness.

Example Question #24 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Shame is to shameful as spite is to __________.

Possible Answers:

spiritual

evil

mistake

embarassment

spiteful

Correct answer:

spiteful

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-ful." This suffix takes a noun (like "shame" or "spite") and turns it into an adjective meaning characterized by [noun]. "Shameful" means characterized by shame and "spiteful" means characterized by spite.

Example Question #41 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Speechless is to speech as artless is to __________.

Possible Answers:

administration

science

silence

creativity

art

Correct answer:

art

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-less." This suffix takes a noun (like "speech" or "art") and turns it into an adjective meaning without [noun]. "Speechless" means without speech or unable to speak, and "artless" means without art, or in other words, naturally and naïvely, without any pretentiousness.

Example Question #42 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Bothersome is to bother as quarrelsome is to __________.

Possible Answers:

annoy

control

quarrel

argument

acquiesce

Correct answer:

quarrel

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-some." This suffix takes a noun (like "bother" or "quarrel") and makes it into an adjective meaning characterized by [noun]. "Bothersome" means characterized by bother, and "quarrelsome" means characterized by quarrels.

Example Question #43 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Good is to best as sleepy is to __________.

Possible Answers:

tired

sleepiest

sleepier

nap

awake

Correct answer:

sleepiest

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with superlative adjectives. Normally, a superlative is formed by adding the suffix "-est" (e.g. "sleepy" and "sleepiest"). A superlative adjective means the most [adjective], so "sleepiest" means the most sleepy. "Best" is an exception; it is an irregular superlative that means the most good.

Example Question #28 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Anthropologist is to society as zoologist is to __________

Possible Answers:

animals

cartoons 

history 

religion 

music 

Correct answer:

animals

Explanation:

The suffix "-ologist" means someone who studies and the prefix "anthro-" means related to humans and human society, so an “anthropologist” is someone who studies human societies. To solve this analogy, you have to figure out what a “zoologist” studies, and since the prefix "zoo-" means related to animals, a “zoologist” is someone who studies animals and "animals" is the correct answer.

Example Question #44 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Hydrophobia is to water as heliophobia is to __________

Possible Answers:

moonlight

collision 

sunlight 

sickness 

darkness

Correct answer:

sunlight 

Explanation:

The suffix "-phobia" means fear of and the prefix "hydro-" means related to water, so "hydrophobia" is the fear of water. To solve this analogy, you need to determine of what “heliophobia” is the fear. The prefix ­"helio-" means related to the sun or to sunlight, so “heliophobia” is the fear of sunlight.

Example Question #48 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Orthodontist is to teeth as pediatrician is to __________

Possible Answers:

feet 

eyes 

children 

legs 

adults 

Correct answer:

children 

Explanation:

The English word root "dont" or "dent" means having to do with teeth. An “orthodontist” is a type of doctor that corrects problems with teeth, much like a dentist. The word fragment "ped" usually means related to feet when used as a suffix, but as a prefix it is often used to mean related to children, as in “pediatrician,” which means doctor who specializes in treating children,or “pedagogue,” which means teacher of children.

Example Question #31 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Altitude is to height as tonnage is to __________.

Possible Answers:

breadth 

length 

weight

height 

depth 

Correct answer:

weight

Explanation:

"Altitude" is the height of a mountain. Just as "altitude" is a specific measure of "height," we need to pick out the quality of which "tonnage" is a specific measure. “Tonnage” refers to how much something, particularly a ship, weighs, so "weight" is the correct answer. The other four answer choices are different measurements of length.

Example Question #32 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Elongate is to lengthen as abbreviate is to __________.

Possible Answers:

shorten 

exacerbate 

remonstrate 

widen 

deepen

Correct answer:

shorten 

Explanation:

If you “elongate” something you make it longer, or “lengthen” it. To solve this analogy you need to determine the best available synonym for “abbreviate.” To “abbreviate” means to shorten something. To provide further help, “widen” means make wider; “deepen” means make deeper; “exacerbate” means make worse; “remonstrate” means argue with, protest

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