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 #31 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

HILARIOUS

Possible Answers:

Swift

Funny

Crafty

Annoyed

Adept

Correct answer:

Funny

Explanation:

"Hilarious" means extremely funny or humorous, so "funny" is the correct answer. "Annoyed" means irritated or bothered. "Crafty" means clever or cunning. "Adept" means skillful at a particular activity. "Swift" means very agile and quick.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

 

PRUDENT

Possible Answers:

Insignificant

Deleterious 

Sensible 

Efficient 

Fundamental 

Correct answer:

Sensible 

Explanation:

"Prudent" means sensible or careful, so "sensible" is the correct answer. For clarification, "deleterious" means harmful, "fundamental" means basic or important, "insignificant" means not important, and "efficient" means organized and productive.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

STAID

Possible Answers:

Formless 

Incumbent

Inferior 

Deranged 

Serious 

Correct answer:

Serious 

Explanation:

"Staid" means grave and serious, so "serious" is the correct answer. For clarification, "incumbent" means in office or currently serving, "inferior" means of worse quality or not as good, "deranged" means crazy or out of one's mind, and "formless" means amorphous.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MISERLY

Possible Answers:

Parsimonious 

Ostentatious 

Knowledgeable

Worldly 

Generous 

Correct answer:

Parsimonious 

Explanation:

"Miserly" means not generous of spirit and as such is most similar in meaning to "parsimonious," a word which means stingy. So, "parsimonious" is the correct answer. For clarification, "ostentatious" means showy and pretentious, "worldly" means mature, sophisticated and wise or concerning material things as opposed to spiritual things, "generous" means liberal or openhanded, and "knowledgable" means knowing a lot about a particular subject.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

TENACIOUS

Possible Answers:

Grand 

Forgiving 

Lampoon 

Supreme 

Obstinate 

Correct answer:

Obstinate 

Explanation:

"Tenacious" means stubborn, inflexible, or relentless and as such is most similar in meaning to "obstinate," a word which means stubborn or refusing to change. So, "obstinate" is the correct answer. For clarification, "lampoon" is a verb which means mock, "supreme" means ultimate, dominant, or best, "grand" means magnificent or main, and "forgiving" means merciful or lenient.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ZEALOUS

Possible Answers:

Loquacious

Passionate 

Quixotic 

Whimsical 

Basic 

Correct answer:

Passionate 

Explanation:

"Zealous" means passionate, so "passionate" is the correct answer. For clarification, "whimsical" means silly or quirky, "loquacious" means talkative, "basic" means fundamental, and "quixotic" means unrealistically idealistic.

Example Question #36 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

KEEN

Possible Answers:

Welcomed 

Banished 

Jocular

Ill-tempered 

Sharp-witted 

Correct answer:

Sharp-witted 

Explanation:

"Keen" means either eager or sharp-witted. So, "sharp-witted" is the correct answer. For clarification, "banished" means sent away, and is an antonym of "welcomed," which means amiably received. "Ill-tempered" means crabby or cranky, and "jocular" means jovialplayful, or funny.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MERCURIAL

Possible Answers:

Profane 

Notorious 

Magical 

Fey 

Unpredictable 

Correct answer:

Unpredictable 

Explanation:

"Mercurial" means unpredictablecapricious, or mysterious, so "unpredictable" is the correct answer. For clarification, "fey" means supernatural, "notorious" means infamous, "profane" means rude and disrespectful or worldly as opposed to spiritual, and "magical" means of or related to magic or extraordinary.

Example Question #38 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

OSTENTATIOUS

Possible Answers:

Abstinent 

Messy 

Parsimonious 

Destitute 

Showy 

Correct answer:

Showy 

Explanation:

"Ostentatious" means showy or pretentious, so "showy" is the correct answer. For clarification, "parsimonious" means stingy or not generous, "destitute" means very poor or having no possessions, "abstinent" means refraining from doing something, and "messy" means unorganized or dirty.

Example Question #38 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ASTUTE

Possible Answers:

Imprudent 

Shrewd 

Harebrained

Daft 

Thoughtless 

Correct answer:

Shrewd 

Explanation:

Someone who is "astute" is smart, shrewd and quick-witted, so "shrewd," a word that means clever, is the correct answer. For clarification, "imprudent" means not prudent or rash, as you might be able to infer from the word being a combination of the root "im-," which means not, and "prudent." "Daft" and "harebrained" can each mean absurd or foolish, and "thoughtless," as you might guess, means done without thinking, and specifically done without thinking about the emotions of others, or in other words, inconsiderate

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