SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

DORMANT

Possible Answers:

Abnormal

Rock-like

Inactive

Active

Immaculate

Correct answer:

Inactive

Explanation:

"Dormant" means inactive or sleeping.

"Immaculate" means completely clean, or devoid of any corruption.

"Abnormal" means not normal, strange or bizarre.

"Rock-like" means having the quality of a rock, and often is used to mean steadfast or loyal.

"Active" means alive or in a state of movement.

Example Question #42 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

TEMPORARY

Possible Answers:

Temptation

Temperament

Temporal

Temple

Temperature

Correct answer:

Temporal

Explanation:

Although all of these words share a similar root (temp-), the word "temporal" is closest in meaning to the word "temporary." Both words can be used to refer to a period of time.

Example Question #43 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

SPUN

Possible Answers:

Sarcastic

Revolved

Sardonic

Handcrafted

Narrative

Correct answer:

Revolved

Explanation:

Something that "revolves" spins around. "Handcrafted" means made by hand, and "narrative" is the adjective form of narration (storytelling). "Sarcastic" and "sardonic" are synonyms, and both indicate the use of irony in order to mock.

Example Question #44 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

SCURRYING

Possible Answers:

Melodious

Leisurely

Slow

Sedate

Hurried

Correct answer:

Hurried

Explanation:

To "scurry" is to hurry or to move quickly. "Sedate" and "leisurely" both mean slow, and all three words are antonyms of "scurrying." "Melodious" is the adjective form of "melody" and can mean pleasant-sounding or harmonious.

Example Question #45 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

PLUNGING

Possible Answers:

Sonic

Clearing

Diving

Clogging

Dashing

Correct answer:

Diving

Explanation:

"Plunging" means diving or jumping quickly. To "clog" and to "clear" are opposite actions; the first means to obstruct and the second means to remove an obstruction. "Dashing" means stylish or handsome, and "sonic" is the adjective form of "sound."

Example Question #46 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

BOLTING

Possible Answers:

Darting

Calculating

Sluggish

Scheming

Stifling

Correct answer:

Darting

Explanation:

"Bolting" and "darting" both describe sudden swift movements. "Sluggish" means slow and inactive. "Stifling" can mean either very hot or very oppressive and controlling, depending on the context. "Calculating" and "scheming" are synonyms.

Example Question #47 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

GLIDING

Possible Answers:

Embracing

Leaping

Longing

Sliding

Crawling

Correct answer:

Sliding

Explanation:

To "glide" is to slide or move smoothly. "Longing" means nostalgic or wistful. To "leap" is to jump, and to "crawl" is to move forward haltingly on hands and knees. "Embracing" means hugging, holding, or accepting.

Example Question #48 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

AMBLING

Possible Answers:

Amiable

Humble

Violent

Darting

Strolling

Correct answer:

Strolling

Explanation:

To "amble" is to walk or stroll in a leisurely manner. To "dart" is to move quickly and suddenly. "Violent" means brutal or vicious, "amiable" means friendly or pleasant, and "humble" means modest.

Example Question #49 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

SQUIRMING

Possible Answers:

Highlighted

Tortured 

Buzzing

Wriggling

Variegated

Correct answer:

Wriggling

Explanation:

To 'squirm" is to wriggle or writhe. To "buzz" is to make a vibrating or humming sound. "Variegated" means having patches or spots of different colors. "Highlighted" means emphasized or underscored.

Example Question #50 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

SLOUCHED

Possible Answers:

Dawdling

Slumped

Upright

Wistful

Hurried

Correct answer:

Slumped

Explanation:

To "slouch" is to slump or adopt a drooping posture, and "upright" is a good antonym for "slouched." "Hurried" and "hasty" are synonyms. "Dawdling" and "lingering" are synonyms. "Longing" and "wistful" are synonyms.

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