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 #51 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Eloquent is to loquacious as fluently is to __________.

Possible Answers:

gingerly

smoothly

tightly

excessively

loosely

Correct answer:

smoothly

Explanation:

The prefix, or word fragment, loq- means to do with speech. Someone who is “eloquent” is good at speaking and someone who is “loquacious” is good with words, talented at speaking. This means these two words are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you need to identify the best available synonym for “fluently.” Something done “fluently” is done “smoothly” without interruption. To provide further help, “excessively” means extremely, too much; “gingerly” means nervously.

Example Question #51 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Kleptomania is to stealing as pyromania is to __________.

Possible Answers:

assault

wind

fire

dogs

protect

Correct answer:

fire

Explanation:

The suffix, or word fragment, -mania means madness. The prefix klept- means related to stealing. Someone who suffers from “kleptomania” has a madness that causes him or her to steal compulsively. To solve this analogy then you have to determine what kind of madness is described by “pyromania.” The prefix pyro­- means related to fire, so a “pyromaniac” is someone who does crazy things with fire, someone who compulsively starts fires

Example Question #34 : Analogies

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Affliction is to illness as conflict is to __________

Possible Answers:

Clash 

Feign 

Pact 

Accord 

Fiction 

Correct answer:

Clash 

Explanation:

The root "flict" means to strike,as in to strike with illness in “affliction” or to strike in battle as in “conflict.” Since an “affliction” is an illness, to solve this analogy you need to figure out the best synonym of “conflict,” which means battle or fight. The correct answer is “clash," which when used as a noun means confrontation or a mismatch. To provide further help, an “accord” is the same thing as a "pact” or an agreement, and “feign” is a verb that means pretend.

Example Question #52 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Complete this analogy.

Endless is to end as peerless is to __________.

Possible Answers:

finish

perfection

peers

alone

infinity

Correct answer:

peers

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-less." This suffix takes a noun (like "end" or "peer") and changes it into an adjective that means without [noun]s. Similar to how "endless" means without end, "peerless" means without peers.

Example Question #31 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

One is to monologue as two is to __________.

Possible Answers:

diagram 

bifurcate 

dialogue 

bicentennial 

diadem 

Correct answer:

dialogue 

Explanation:

The prefix "mono-" means one, and the suffix "-logue" means spoken about or a conversation, so a “monologue” is a one-sided conversation, or in other words, an extended speech given by one person in a play or film. To solve this analogy, you have to determine what a conversation between two people is called; the correct answer is “dialogue"; the prefix "di-" means two. To provide further help, “diagram” means draw each of a system's component parts; a “diadem” is a crown; “bicentennial” means happening every two hundred years or a celebration of something being two hundred years old; and “bifurcate” means split or break up into two sections or things.

Example Question #53 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Complete this analogy.

Nutritious is to nutrition as __________.

Possible Answers:

cereal is to breakfast

fictitious is to fiction

unhealthy is to health

malice is to malicious

filling is to food

Correct answer:

fictitious is to fiction

Explanation:

The relationship here has to do with the suffix "-ious." This suffix takes a noun (like "nutrition" or "fiction") and makes it into an adjective meaning full of or characterized by [noun]. Similar to how "nutritious" means full of or characterized by nutrition, "fictitious" means full of or characterized by fiction.

Example Question #36 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Alphabetical is to alphabet as chronological is to __________.

Possible Answers:

list

numerical

chronology

organization

chaos

Correct answer:

chronology

Explanation:

The relationship has to do with the suffix "-ical," which can be used to describe organizational systems based off of the root word. "Alphabetical" means organized in the order of the alphabet, and "chronological" means organized by the order in which things happened in time, or according to a chronology.

Example Question #55 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Complete this analogy.

Water is to dehydrated as food is to __________.

Possible Answers:

corporeal

famished

corpulent

satiated

frenetic

Correct answer:

famished

Explanation:

The root "hydra" means having to do with water, and the prefix "de-" means (away) from or opposite of. Something that is “hydrated” has been given water so something that is “dehydrated” requires water. To solve this analogy, then, you need to determine which of these answer choices is a word used to describe someone who requires food. The correct answer is “famished,” which means starving. To provide further help, “corporeal” means bodily in contrast to spiritual; “corpulent” means fat (notice the prefix "corp-" and its relationship to the body). Additionally, “frenetic” means fast-paced and “satiated” means satisfied and/or full of food.

Example Question #54 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Complete this analogy.

Regicide is to king as pesticide is to __________.

Possible Answers:

brother

lover

vermin

pet

neighbor

Correct answer:

vermin

Explanation:

The suffix "-cide" means related to killing and the prefix "reg-" means related to royalty or the king, so “regicide” is the killing of a king. To solve this analogy, you need to determine what “pesticide” is the killing of. The correct answer is “vermin,” which are small wild animals that damage crops or harm domesticated animals. "Pests" is a synonym of "vermin."

Example Question #55 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

Complete this analogy.

Terrify is to terror as __________.

Possible Answers:

frighten is to calm

watch is to movie

provoke is to prod

intensify is to intense

run is to chase

Correct answer:

intensify is to intense

Explanation:

The relationship here has to do with the suffix "-ify". This suffix turns a noun or adjective (like "terror" or "intense") into a verb meaning to bring about a state of [adjective]. Similar to how "terrify" means cause to feel terror, "intensify" means to make more intense.

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