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:

wise

coiled

extroverted

avoiding the company of others

suspicious

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

insightful

vocal

dominant

filled with holes

Correct answer:

submissive

Explanation:

Passive means submissive.

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.

ALOOF

Possible Answers:

light

quick

invisible

vocal

reserved

Correct answer:

reserved

Explanation:

Aloof means someone is reserved.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

A synonym of “dour” is __________.

Possible Answers:

cheerful

belligerent

unnoticed

grim

persuasive

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 #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

A synonym of “haughty” is __________.

Possible Answers:

neurotic

serendipitous

proud

plaintive

humble

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 #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

Furtive

Possible Answers:

Symbolic

Receding

Stealthy

Refurbished

Memorable

Correct answer:

Stealthy

Explanation:

"Furtive" means stealthy, sly, or shifty.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

Altruistic

Possible Answers:

Changing

Selfless

Twisted

Oblong

Traditional

Correct answer:

Selfless

Explanation:

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

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

Industrious

Possible Answers:

Hard-working

Affected

Ulterior

Pressing

Depraved

Correct answer:

Hard-working

Explanation:

"Industrious" means hard-working.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

Moody

Possible Answers:

Desperate

Friendly

Generous

Dark

Emotional

Correct answer:

Emotional

Explanation:

"Moody" means emotionally variable.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

FRUGAL

Possible Answers:

Wasteful

Gentle

Rich

Thrifty

Money

Correct answer:

Thrifty

Explanation:

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

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