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 #21 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ALTRUISTIC

Possible Answers:

Charitable

Haughty 

Decadent 

Mousy 

Tenuous 

Correct answer:

Charitable

Explanation:

Someone who is "altruistic" is very charitable and inclined towards generosity. For clarification, "mousy" means dull or timid; "tenuous" means uncertain; "haughty" means arrogant; "decadent" means corrupt and luxurious.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

INSOLENT

Possible Answers:

Calm 

Helpless 

Mirthless 

Polite 

Disrespectful 

Correct answer:

Disrespectful 

Explanation:

Someone who is "insolent" is being rude and disrespectful. For clarification, "mirthless" means without happiness; "mirth" means happiness.

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

CAUTIOUS

Possible Answers:

Jubilant 

Rancorous 

Vengeful 

Watchful 

Ecstatic 

Correct answer:

Watchful 

Explanation:

To be "cautious" means to be careful, watchful, and vigilant. For clarification, "vengeful" and "rancorous" are synonyms, and "jubilant" and "ecstatic" are synonyms.

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

CIVIL

Possible Answers:

Rude

Polite

Troublesome

Distasteful

Disloyal

Correct answer:

Polite

Explanation:

"Civil" means polite. "Rude" means impolite, so it is an antonym, not a synonym, of "civil." None of the other answers are close in meaning to "civil": "troublesome" means bothersome or worrisome, "distasteful" means offensive, and "disloyal" means not loyal; one can infer this from the combination of the prefix "dis-", which means not, with the word "loyal."

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

GARRULOUS

Possible Answers:

Timid 

Reserved 

Quiet 

Shy 

Talkative 

Correct answer:

Talkative 

Explanation:

Someone who is "garrulous" is very talkative or loquacious. For clarification, the other four answer choices are all loose synonyms of one another and antonyms of "garrulous" and "loquacious."

Example Question #26 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

METICULOUS

Possible Answers:

Careful 

Careless 

Hopeful 

Jolly

Gregarious

Correct answer:

Careful 

Explanation:

"Meticulous" means paying great attention to detail or careful. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "meticulous": "jolly" means happy or good-natured; "hopeful" means optimistic; "gregarious" means sociable; and "careless" means inattentive.

Example Question #27 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MEEK

Possible Answers:

Argumentative

Submissive

Disobedient

Difficult

Destructive

Correct answer:

Submissive

Explanation:

"Meek" means submissive or obedient, so "submissive" is the correct answer. "Disobedient" is an antonym of "meek"; it means not submissive or obedient. "Destructive" means likely to cause significant damage. "Argumentative" desrcibes a person likely to engage in arguments or fights. "Difficult" means hard to accomplish or not easy.

Example Question #28 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ADEPT

Possible Answers:

Capricious

Miserly 

Useless 

Skillful 

Zealous 

Correct answer:

Skillful 

Explanation:

If someone is "adept" at something, they are talented and skillful at that activity. So, "skillful" is the correct answer. For clarification, "zealous" means passionate, "miserly" means not generous, and "capricious" means impulsive.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ADAMANT

Possible Answers:

Haughty 

Stubborn 

Eloquent 

Protective 

Demanding 

Correct answer:

Stubborn 

Explanation:

"Adamant" means obstinate or stubborn, so "stubborn" is the correct answer. For clarification, "haughty" means proud and arrogant, "eloquent" means talented and charismatic in speaking when referring to a person, or expressed clearly and stylishly when referring to an idea that is conveyed. Also, "protective" means defensive, and "demanding" means challenging.

Example Question #30 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

HOSPITABLE

Possible Answers:

Welcoming

Stalwart

Permanent

Unfriendly

Apathetic

Correct answer:

Welcoming

Explanation:

"Hospitable" means welcoming or friendly to guests, so "welcoming" is the correct answer. "Unfriendly" is an antonym of "hospitable"; it means not nice or antagonizing others. "Permanent" means lasting forever or unchanged indefinitely. "Stalwart" means devoted and hardworking. "Apathetic" means indifferent or lacking in care.

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