SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Tool and Use

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #20 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Forge is to __________ as cure is to medicine.

Possible Answers:

grill

ladder

knife

hammer

faucet

Correct answer:

hammer

Explanation:

To begin with "cure" means heal, make no longer sick. "Medicine" is something you use to "cure." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is an object that you use to "forge" something. Well, "forge" means to make or shape a metal object, like a sword. So, the correct answer is that you use a "hammer."

Example Question #21 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Handlebar is to __________ as microwave is to cooking.

Possible Answers:

undermining

cleaning

running

steering

cutting

Correct answer:

steering

Explanation:

A "microwave" is a tool used for "cooking." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what a "handlebar" is used for. Well, a "handlebar" is the piece of a bicycle that allows one to change the direction of the wheels. It is therefore used for "steering."

Example Question #22 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Flare is to __________ as lens is to magnify.

Possible Answers:

tie

plan

alert

lose

uproot

Correct answer:

alert

Explanation:

A "lens" is an optic device used to make something easier to see by either making it clearer or larger. A purpose of a "lens" is therefore to "magnify" (make larger). So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is the purpose of a "flare." Well, a "flare" is a device used to fire a light into the sky as a signal. It is therefore used to "alert." Additionally, "uproot" means move from one place to another, usually forcefully.

Example Question #23 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Foxhole is to protection as password is to __________.

Possible Answers:

idiocy

genius

delusion

comfort

secrecy

Correct answer:

secrecy

Explanation:

A "foxhole" is a hole in the ground used by troops for "protection" from enemy fire during a battle. The purpose of a "foxhole" then is to provide "protection." Which of these describes the purpose of a "password?" The correct answer is "secrecy," or the ability to be secret. Additionally, "delusion" is having a false understanding of things.

Example Question #24 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Megaphone is to __________ as spectacles is to clarity.

Possible Answers:

emotion

flavor

appearance

volume

color

Correct answer:

volume

Explanation:

"Spectacles" are glasses and you use glasses to improve the "clarity" (clearness) of something. So, for what purpose might you use a "megaphone?" The correct answer is to improve the "volume" of something.

Example Question #11 : Tool And Use

Complete this analogy.

Hammock is to resting as __________ is to enlarging.

Possible Answers:

periscope

barometer

microwave

microscope

thermometer

Correct answer:

microscope

Explanation:

The purpose of a "hammock" is for "resting." So, to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these is used for "enlarging" something. "Enlarging" means to make larger. The correct answer is that a "microscope" is used to "enlarge" something to make it easier to see. Additionally, a "periscope" is used by a submarine to see above the water; a "barometer" is used to measure pressure and a "thermometer" is used to measure temperature.

Example Question #26 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Airlift is to plane as __________ is to truck.

Possible Answers:

perspire

replete

harangue

haul

repose

Correct answer:

haul

Explanation:

When something is transported by "plane" we use the term "airlift." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a verb that is used when transporting something by "truck." The correct answer is "haul." Additionally, "harangue" means criticize, scold; "replete" means filled with; "perspire" means sweat; "repose" means rest, lie down.

Example Question #27 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Abacus is to __________ as beacon is to signal.

Possible Answers:

cook

count

hear

warn

draw

Correct answer:

count

Explanation:

A "beacon" is something, like a lighthouse, used to pass a message or warning. A "beacon" is used to "signal." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what it is that you might use an "abacus" for. An "abacus" is an outdated instrument used for counting. The correct answer is therefore "count."

Example Question #28 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Antiseptic is to infection as antiperspirant is to __________.

Possible Answers:

headaches

laziness

sweat

emotion

pain

Correct answer:

sweat

Explanation:

An "antiseptic" is something used to prevent "infection." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what it is that "antiperspirant" is used for. The correct answer is that it is used to prevent "sweating."

Example Question #29 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Hypnosis is to sleep as ointment is to __________.

Possible Answers:

smile

hear

sing

heal

work

Correct answer:

heal

Explanation:

"Hypnosis" is a technique used to put someone to "sleep." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is an action that is helped by "ointment." "Ointment" is cream applied to a wound in order to help with "healing." So, the correct answer is "heal."

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