SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Storage and Containers

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Storage And Containers

Soda is to cup as __________.

Possible Answers:

spy is to sneaky

quiet is to silence

friend is to enemy

bottle is to salad dressing

board game is to box

Correct answer:

board game is to box

Explanation:

A cup can be used to hold soda, so we need to pick out an answer choice in which the first word describes a substance or object that the second word can be used as a container for. While "bottle is to salad dressing" and "board game is to box" may each look like potentially correct answers, "bottle is to salad dressing" has its nouns in the wrong order; salad dressing is not used to contain bottles, so "bottle is to salad dressing" cannot be the correct answer. "Board game is to box" is the correct answer because just like cups can contain soda, boxes can contain board games.

Example Question #2 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Car is to garage as ship is to __________.

Possible Answers:

sail 

harbor 

water

ocean 

vessel 

Correct answer:

harbor 

Explanation:

A car is kept or stored in a "garage," so to solve this analogy you have to determine where it is that a ship is kept. The correct answer is “harbor.” For clarification, one synonym of harbor that is commonly tested on the SSAT is “port.” This bears remembering.

Example Question #3 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Books are to backpack as water is to __________.

Possible Answers:

bucket

ocean

ice

molecule

drought

Correct answer:

bucket

Explanation:

Since a backpack can hold and transport books, we need to pick out a word that describes something that can hold water. While "ocean" and "bucket" might both look like correct answers, "bucket" is the better answer because while an ocean is full of water, it is not something that transports water. A bucket, however, can hold and transport water, just like a backpack can hold and transport books, so "bucket" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Paint is to brush as ink is to __________.

Possible Answers:

write

pen

draw

pencil

paper

Correct answer:

pen

Explanation:

A brush is used as a vehicle for paint, so we need to pick out an answer choice which is an object used as a vehicle for ink. While “pen,” “pencil,” and “paper” might each look like a potentially correct answer, “paper” cannot be the correct answer because it does not carry ink, but is a medium on which one draws or writes with ink. “Pencil” cannot be the correct answer either, because pencils write with lead or graphite, not with ink. Pens, however, are vehicles for ink just like brushes are vehicles for paint, so “pen” is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Bookshelf is to books as wallet is to __________.

Possible Answers:

cash

library

bank

school

purse

Correct answer:

cash

Explanation:

A "bookshelf" is a place to put "books." Similarly, a "wallet" is a place to put "cash."

Example Question #2 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Hangar is to __________ as granary is to food.

Possible Answers:

animals

prisoners

aircraft

water

money

Correct answer:

aircraft

Explanation:

A "granary" is a place where food, particularly grain, is stored. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these answer choices is stored in a "hangar." The correct answer is "aircraft."

Example Question #3 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Kennel is to dog as hutch is to __________.

Possible Answers:

bee

goldfish

human

rabbit

cat

Correct answer:

rabbit

Explanation:

A place where a "dog" is kept is usually called a "kennel." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is usually kept in a "hutch." The correct answer is a "rabbit."

Example Question #4 : Storage And Containers

Complete this analogy.

Paddock is to horse as penitentiary is to __________.

Possible Answers:

student

bachelor

felon

widow

infant

Correct answer:

felon

Explanation:

A "paddock" is an enclosure for certain animals, like a "horse." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is kept in a "penitentiary." Well, a "penitentiary" is a jail for people who have committed serious crimes. So, the correct answer is "felon," which means convicted criminal. Additionally, a "bachelor" is an unmarried man; a "widow" is a woman whose husband has died; an "infant" is a baby.

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