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 #81 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

CRANKY

Possible Answers:

Grumpy

Dysfunctional

Ill

Uncomfortable

Passive

Correct answer:

Grumpy

Explanation:

"Cranky" and "grumpy" both mean bad-tempered and irritable. "Passive," the opposite of active, means accepting whatever happens without resistance; "ill" means sick. "Uncomfortable" is an antonym of comfortable, and "dysfunctional" is another way to say that something doesn't work or function.

Example Question #82 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

LETHARGIC

Possible Answers:

Sluggish

Novel

Abnormal

Surreptitious

Foreign

Correct answer:

Sluggish

Explanation:

"Lethargic" and "sluggish" both mean underactive. "Abnormal," the opposite of normal, means out of the ordinary or strange. "Novel," when used as an adjective, means new. "Surreptitious" is another word for sneaky, and "foreign," the opposite of domestic, refers to things that are from another country.

Example Question #83 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FRANK

Possible Answers:

Lethargic

Roundabout

Deceptive

Candid

Receptive

Correct answer:

Candid

Explanation:

"Frank," or "candid," means open, direct, and honest. "Lethargic" means sluggish or lazy; "receptive" means willing or able to receive new ideas or information. "Deceptive," on the other hand, means deceitful or intending to mislead. "Roundabout" means indirect, winding, or unclear.

Example Question #84 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

HOSTILE

Possible Answers:

Robust

Judicious

Antagonistic

Unhelpful

Supple

Correct answer:

Antagonistic

Explanation:

"Hostile" means antagonistic or unfriendly. "Unhelpful" is an antonym of "helpful," "robust" means strong and sturdy, and "judicious" means showing or using good judgment. "Supple" is a synonym for flexible and limber.

Example Question #85 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ELDERLY

Possible Answers:

Equitable

Lustful

Geriatric

Nomadic

Obsolete

Correct answer:

Geriatric

Explanation:

"Elderly" means geriatric. "Nomadic" describes people who move around frequently and have no set home. "Equitable" means fair or equal. "Obsolete" means outdated. "Lustful" means full of lust and is a synonym for lecherous.

Example Question #86 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EAGER

Possible Answers:

Nervous

Fervent

Dour

Supple

Velvet

Correct answer:

Fervent

Explanation:

"Eager" and "fervent" both mean enthusiastic. "Velvet" is a soft type of material, "nervous" means anxious, and "dour" means stern and unsmiling. "Supple" is a synonym for limber and flexible.

Example Question #87 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DILIGENT

Possible Answers:

Raspy

Spiteful

Exacerbating

Hardworking

Elementary

Correct answer:

Hardworking

Explanation:

"Diligent" means hardworking. "Raspy" means hoarse and is usually used to describe voices. "Elementary" means easy or straightforward or rudimentary. To "exacerbate" a situation is to make it worse or more severe; to be "spiteful" is to act in cruel, malicious ways.

Example Question #88 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

JUVENILE

Possible Answers:

Youthful

Explanatory

Joyful

Mature

Celebratory

Correct answer:

Youthful

Explanation:

"Juvenile" refers to youths or adolescents. "Mature," a near antonym, means fully developed. "Joyful," a synonym for jubilant, means full of joy. "Explanatory" means in a manner that explains something, and "celebratory" means in a manner of celebration.

Example Question #89 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ZESTFUL

Possible Answers:

Spirited

Frightening

Unenthused

Boring

Hearty

Correct answer:

Spirited

Explanation:

Someone "zestful" is spirited or full of excitement. "Boring" is dull or tedious, and "frightening" is scary. "Unenthused" means uninterested. "Hearty" means either substantial (when describing food) or loud, cheerful, and vigorous (when describing people).

Example Question #90 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

MEEK

Possible Answers:

Courageous

Acoustic

Bragging

Silent

Timid

Correct answer:

Timid

Explanation:

"Meekness" is shyness or timidity. "Silent" is an antonym for loud and raucous. "Acoustic" refers to sound and the study of sound, and "courageous" means brave. To "brag" is to compliment or boast about oneself.

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