SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MEEK

Possible Answers:

Vibrant 

Vigorous 

Powerful 

Effective 

Timid 

Correct answer:

Timid 

Explanation:

“Meek” means mild, cowed or shy, so the correct answer is “timid,” which means shy. For clarification, the other four answer choices are all synonyms that mean powerful, lively or energetic.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

DEFT

Possible Answers:

Assuming 

Pompous

Daft

Skillful 

Useless 

Correct answer:

Skillful 

Explanation:

Someone who is “deft” is quick and skillful. For clarification, "pompous" means arrogant and self-important, and "daft" means silly or foolish.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

POMPOUS

Possible Answers:

Timid 

Meek 

Whimsical 

Arrogant 

Quiet 

Correct answer:

Arrogant 

Explanation:

Someone who is “pompous” is arrogant and self-important. For clarification, "meek" means mild-mannered and cowardly, "timid" means shy, and "whimsical" means quirky or silly.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ZEALOUS

Possible Answers:

Unworthy 

Passionate 

Underwhelming 

Apathetic 

Unkind 

Correct answer:

Passionate 

Explanation:

To be "zealous" about something means to be passionate. For clarification, apathetic means not caring.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

FRUGAL

Possible Answers:

Hasty 

Slapdash 

Careless 

Thrifty 

Casual 

Correct answer:

Thrifty 

Explanation:

"Frugal" means to be careful with money, to be practical. As such it is closest in meaning to "thrifty," which means economical with money. For clarification, the other four answer choices are loosely synonyms of one another and careless is a good antonym of frugal.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

JOVIAL

Possible Answers:

Jolly

Giant 

Just 

Gaunt 

Tiny 

Correct answer:

Jolly

Explanation:

Someone who is "jovial" is friendly and jolly. For clarification, something that is "just" is fair; gaunt means skeletal and unhealthily skinny.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

JOCULAR

Possible Answers:

Humorous 

Unfair 

Mitigate 

Keen 

Susceptible

Correct answer:

Humorous 

Explanation:

To be "jocular" means to be humorous. For clarification, "mitigate" means lessen, alleviate; "keen" means eager; "susceptible" means vulnerable.

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

GRAVE

Possible Answers:

Absurd 

Deplorable 

Serious 

Preposterous

Insignificant 

Correct answer:

Serious 

Explanation:

A situation that is "grave" is serious and somber. For clarification, "deplorable" means deserving of hatred; "absurd" and "preposterous" are synonyms that both mean ridiculous.

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

NAÏVE

Possible Answers:

Innocent 

Jocular 

Mundane 

Experienced

Lofty 

Correct answer:

Innocent 

Explanation:

If you are "naïve" you are innocent and gullible. Naïve people are easily lied to and manipulated. For clarification, "lofty" means very high or proud; "mundane" means ordinary or boring; "jocular" means humorous.

Example Question #20 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

GREGARIOUS

Possible Answers:

Shy 

Nostalgic

Passionate 

Disrespectful

Outgoing 

Correct answer:

Outgoing 

Explanation:

Someone who is "gregarious" is very social and outgoing. For clarification, "nostalgia" is a fond remembrance of the past.

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