SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Tool and Use

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Example Question #30 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Lantern is to __________ as padlock is to secure.

Possible Answers:

masticate

devastate

begrime

electricity

illuminate

Correct answer:

illuminate

Explanation:

The purpose of a "padlock" is to keep something safe, to lock something away, to "secure" something. So, to solve this analogy you merely need to determine what the purpose of a "lantern" is. Well, a "lantern" is a light, a torch. So, the correct answer is to "illuminate," which means to light up, to shed light upon. Additionally, "masticate" means chew; "begrime" means blacken, make dirty; "devastate" means completely destroy, ruin.

Example Question #31 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Crank is to turning as __________ is to mooring.

Possible Answers:

scowl

harbor

hearth

tirade

anchor

Correct answer:

anchor

Explanation:

A "crank" is a device used to facilitate the "turning" of something. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a device used for "mooring." Well, you first need to know that "mooring" means to fix a boat in place in a harbor so that it cannot be moved by the water. The correct answer is therefore "anchor." Additionally, a "harbor" is where boats are docked; a "tirade" is a long and impassioned verbal attack against someone or something; a "hearth" is a fireplace or a home; a "scowl" is an angry frown.

Example Question #21 : Tool And Use

Complete this analogy.

Charcoal is to fuel as detergent is to __________.

Possible Answers:

vend

lend

cook

practice

clean

Correct answer:

clean

Explanation:

"Charcoal" is a material used to provide "fuel" or heat energy. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what it is that "detergent" is used for. The correct answer is to "clean." Additionally, "vend" means to sell and "lend" means allow to borrow.

Example Question #602 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Pyre is to __________ as scaffolding is to reinforcing.

Possible Answers:

cremating

hoarding

drenching

abstaining

reimbursing

Correct answer:

cremating

Explanation:

"Scaffolding" is some temporary structure erected during construction to help with "reinforcing" the building. So, "scaffolding" is used for "reinforcing," what is a "pyre" used for? The correct answer is that a "pyre," is a pile of flammable material used in a funeral burning. So, it is used for "cremating," (burning a dead body). Additionally, "abstaining" means not participating it, not taking part; "drenching" means soaking, making very wet; "reimbursing" means paying someone back money they are owed; "hoarding" means collecting items or money and hiding them or refusing to use them.

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