SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

HARROWING.

Possible Answers:

Fortunate 

Suggestive 

Incredible 

Energizing

Traumatizing

Correct answer:

Traumatizing

Explanation:

A “harrowing” experience is one that is scary and traumatizing. For clarification, something that is "traumatizing" causes the traumatized to feel lasting emotional shock.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

FORLORN. 

Possible Answers:

Jubilant

Perplexed

Suspicious 

Despondent 

Fearful

Correct answer:

Despondent 

Explanation:

“Forlorn” means very sad and as such is most similar in meaning to “despondent” which means to feel sad and without hope. For clarification, jubilant means very happy; perplexed means confused or puzzled.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

SANGUINE.

Possible Answers:

Miserable

Cheerful

Garrulous 

Virulent 

Suggestive

Correct answer:

Cheerful

Explanation:

“Sanguine” means cheerful and optimistic. For clarification, garrulous means talkative; suggestive means easily affected by the words of others; virulent means strong and dangerous.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

STOLID.

Possible Answers:

Perceptive

Remorseless 

Emotionless

Merciless 

Goad 

Correct answer:

Emotionless

Explanation:

“Stolid” means devoid of emotion, so the correct answer is “emotionless.” For clarification, perceptive means insightful; remorseless and merciless are synonyms that mean cruel and insensitive; goad means provoke.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

PHLEGMATIC.

Possible Answers:

Volatile

Unhealthy 

Sickly 

Safe 

Indifferent 

Correct answer:

Indifferent 

Explanation:

“Phlegmatic” means apathetic or indifferent. For clarification, volatile means unsafe.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Daunted

Possible Answers:

Dignified

Brisk

Unidentified

Intimidated

Cagey

Correct answer:

Intimidated

Explanation:

"Daunted" means intimidated.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

DESPONDENT

Possible Answers:

patriarchal

crestfallen

malleable

rude

old-fashioned

Correct answer:

crestfallen

Explanation:

"Despondent" means in low spirits, or crestfallen.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms

Morose

Possible Answers:

Sullen

Obdurate

Stubborn

Flexible

Careful

Correct answer:

Sullen

Explanation:

"Morose" means sullen or gloomy. Obdurate and stubborn are synonyms.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

EUPHORIC

Possible Answers:

foolhardy

elated

trivial

corrupt

nicely phrased

Correct answer:

elated

Explanation:

"Euphoric" means extremely happy, or elated.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

DISAFFECTED

Possible Answers:

frustrated

caring

resourceful

spirited

untouched

Correct answer:

frustrated

Explanation:

"Disaffected" means dissatisfied or frustrated with the people in power.

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