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:

Vigorous 

Powerful 

Vibrant 

Timid 

Effective 

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 #1231 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

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

DEFT

Possible Answers:

Useless 

Daft

Assuming 

Skillful 

Pompous

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 #1232 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

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

POMPOUS

Possible Answers:

Whimsical 

Meek 

Arrogant 

Timid 

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 #433 : Identifying Synonyms

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

ZEALOUS

Possible Answers:

Underwhelming 

Apathetic 

Passionate 

Unkind 

Unworthy 

Correct answer:

Passionate 

Explanation:

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

Example Question #434 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FRUGAL

Possible Answers:

Careless 

Thrifty 

Casual 

Slapdash 

Hasty 

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 #435 : Identifying Synonyms

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

JOVIAL

Possible Answers:

Just 

Giant 

Jolly

Tiny 

Gaunt 

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 #436 : Identifying Synonyms

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

JOCULAR

Possible Answers:

Susceptible

Humorous 

Mitigate 

Keen 

Unfair 

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 #437 : Identifying Synonyms

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

GRAVE

Possible Answers:

Serious 

Absurd 

Insignificant 

Preposterous

Deplorable 

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 #438 : Identifying Synonyms

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

NAÏVE

Possible Answers:

Mundane 

Experienced

Innocent 

Lofty 

Jocular 

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 #439 : Identifying Synonyms

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

GREGARIOUS

Possible Answers:

Passionate 

Shy 

Nostalgic

Outgoing 

Disrespectful

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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