SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms

Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

RECLUSIVE

Possible Answers:

coiled

wise

avoiding the company of others

suspicious

extroverted

Correct answer:

avoiding the company of others

Explanation:

Reclusive means to avoid the company of others.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms

Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

PASSIVE

 

Possible Answers:

submissive

vocal

filled with holes

dominant

insightful

Correct answer:

submissive

Explanation:

Passive means submissive.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms

Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ALOOF

Possible Answers:

quick

reserved

vocal

light

invisible

Correct answer:

reserved

Explanation:

Aloof means someone is reserved.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

A synonym of “dour” is __________.

Possible Answers:

grim

persuasive

cheerful

unnoticed

belligerent

Correct answer:

grim

Explanation:

“Dour” is an adjective that means “relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “severe,” “stern,” or “gloomy.” That means that “cheerful” cannot be the correct answer, because “cheerful” is an adjective that can mean either “noticeably happy and optimistic” or “causing happiness by its nature or appearance,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “dour.” “Grim,” however, is an adjective that can mean “ unrelentingly harsh; merciless or severe,” and because “grim” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “dour,” “grim” is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

A synonym of “haughty” is __________.

Possible Answers:

proud

serendipitous

humble

plaintive

neurotic

Correct answer:

proud

Explanation:

“Haughty” is an adjective that means “arrogantly superior and disdainful.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “disdainful.” That means that “humble” cannot be the correct answer, because “humble” is an adjective that means “having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “haughty.” “Proud,” however, is an adjective that can mean “having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance,” and because “proud” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “haughty,” “proud” is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms: Select the words that are most similar in meaning.

Furtive

Possible Answers:

Stealthy

Receding

Symbolic

Memorable

Refurbished

Correct answer:

Stealthy

Explanation:

"Furtive" means stealthy, sly, or shifty.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms: choose the word with a meaning most similar to the word in question.

Altruistic

Possible Answers:

Oblong

Changing

Traditional

Twisted

Selfless

Correct answer:

Selfless

Explanation:

"Altruistic" means being unselfishly concerned with the well-being of others.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Industrious

Possible Answers:

Affected

Depraved

Pressing

Hard-working

Ulterior

Correct answer:

Hard-working

Explanation:

"Industrious" means hard-working.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Moody

Possible Answers:

Desperate

Generous

Emotional

Dark

Friendly

Correct answer:

Emotional

Explanation:

"Moody" means emotionally variable.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Synonyms: choose the word closest in meaning to the word in question.

FRUGAL

Possible Answers:

Rich

Thrifty

Wasteful

Money

Gentle

Correct answer:

Thrifty

Explanation:

"Frugal" means thrifty. A person who is frugal is careful with how they spend their money.

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