SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Location, Time, or Context

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Location, Time, Or Context

Complete this analogy.

Convict is to prison as __________ is to abbey.

Possible Answers:

monk

essayist

demigod

student

pilot

Correct answer:

monk

Explanation:

A "convict" is a prisoner. So, if a "convict" lives in a prison, which of these answer choices might live in an "abbey?" Well, an "abbey" is like a monastery, so the correct answer is a "monk." Additionally, an "essayist" is a writer of essay's; a "demigod" is a lower tier God.

Example Question #46 : Measurement, Storage, Location, And Material Composition

Complete this analogy.

Till is to __________ as study is to exam.

Possible Answers:

strut

sinecure

aesthetic

bereavement

harvest

Correct answer:

harvest

Explanation:

One generally "studies" to prepare for an "exam." So, which of these is something that one might "till" in preparation for? Well, to "till" is to cultivate the land, to plant crops that will one day need to be "harvested." The correct answer is thus, of course, "harvest." Additionally, a "strut" is an exaggerated and cocky walk; "bereavement" is a period of mourning after a loss; a "sinecure" is an easy job; "aesthetic" means related to beauty.

Example Question #611 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Barracks is to soldier as __________ is to baby.

Possible Answers:

commode

dormitory

monastery

nursery

university

Correct answer:

nursery

Explanation:

A "barracks" is a place where soldiers are housed. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these answer choices is a place where "babies" might be found. The correct answer is a "nursery." Additionally, a "dormitory" is a place where people, usually students, sleep; a "commode" is a room, usually a bathroom; a "monastery" is a place where monks or other religious adherents live.

Example Question #611 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Foresight is to future as __________ is to past.

Possible Answers:

hindsight

forethought

descendant

prudence

insight

Correct answer:

hindsight

Explanation:

"Foresight" is the ability to see or predict future developments. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these words relates to the past in the same way that "foresight" relates to the future. The correct answer is therefore "hindsight" which means an understanding of something that emerges after it has happened. Additionally, "insight" means understanding about the present; "forethought" and "prudence" are synonyms of "foresight"; a "descendant" is someone in one's family who comes after oneself, like a grandson.

Example Question #12 : Location, Time, Or Context

Complete the analogy.

Actuary is to risk as banker is to __________.

Possible Answers:

weather 

charity 

violence 

finances

performance 

Correct answer:

finances

Explanation:

An "actuary" is someone who assesses "risk" for a living. So, an "actuary" is someone who is concerned with "risk." To solve this analogy, you need to determine what it is that a "bursar" is associated with. A "banker" is someone who works for a bank managing finances, so "finances" is the correct answer.

Example Question #13 : Location, Time, Or Context

Complete the analogy.

Abbot is to __________ as admiral is to navy.

Possible Answers:

school 

corporation

parade

kitchen

monastery

Correct answer:

monastery

Explanation:

An "admiral" is a high-ranking commander in the navy. So, to solve this analogy, you need to determine the organization in which an "abbot" has authority. The correct answer is that an "abbot" has authority over a "monastery." To provide further help, a "monastery" is a place where monks live, pray, and study.

Example Question #621 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Excommunicate is to _________________ as ostracize is to society.

Possible Answers:

church

town

deity

convict

tribe

Correct answer:

church

Explanation:

"Ostracize" means to banish from "society," to exclude from "society." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what it is that you are banished and excluded from if you are "excommunicated." Well, "excommunicate" means exclude from participation in the Christian "church." So, the correct answer is "church." Additionally, "deity" means God; "convict" means prisoner

Example Question #53 : Measurement, Storage, Location, And Material Composition

Complete this analogy.

Cherub is to heaven as __________________ is to hell.

Possible Answers:

illness

demon

purgatory

afterlife

netherworld

Correct answer:

demon

Explanation:

The key to answering this question is to know that a "cherub" is an angel. So, "cherubs" come from or live in "heaven." Which of these is something that comes from or lives in "hell?" The correct answer is a "demon." Additionally, "netherworld" means hell; "purgatory" is a state of uncertainty and suffering in the "afterlife" that is neither heaven nor hell.

Example Question #56 : Measurement, Storage, Location, And Material Composition

Complete this analogy.

Embargo is to __________ as prohibition is to consumption.

Possible Answers:

learning

economy

noise

trade

childbearing

Correct answer:

trade

Explanation:

"Prohibition," in the United States, is generally associated with attempts in the early decades of the twentieth century to completely outlaw alcohol in American society. However, more generally "prohibition" is an attempt to control and prohibit the "consumption" of something. So, which of these does an "embargo" attempt to control and prohibit? The correct answer is "trade." An "embargo" is a refusal to trade or a blockage of trade due to political, religious, or social concerns.

Example Question #14 : Location, Time, Or Context

Complete this analogy.

Pool is to swimmer as ________________.

Possible Answers:

glove is to jab

saddle is to horse

ring is to boxer

mitt is to catcher

driver is to golf

Correct answer:

ring is to boxer

Explanation:

A pool is the location in which a swimmer performs his/her sport. Similarly, a ring is where a boxer fights, so that is the correct answer.

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