SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

SMITTEN

Possible Answers:

inspired by

afflicted

determined

romantic

weary

Correct answer:

afflicted

Explanation:

"Smitten" means attacked or afflicted by something, often a disease.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PENITENT

Possible Answers:

archaic

remarkable

thoughtful

contrite

frank

Correct answer:

contrite

Explanation:

"Penitent" means remorseful, or contrite.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

APATHETIC

Possible Answers:

Indifferent

Redundant

Successful

Patient

Idle

Correct answer:

Indifferent

Explanation:

"Apathetic" means showing no interest or enthusiasm, or indifferent.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

GLUM

Possible Answers:

Prudent

Enthusiastic

Gloomy

Sticky

Professional

Correct answer:

Gloomy

Explanation:

"Glum" means gloomy. None of the other answers have any relation to "glum." "Enthusiastic" means showing interest or enjoyment. "Prudent" means careful or cautious. "Professional" describes a person who is an expert in some field. "Sticky" means adhesive or humid and muggy.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

NONPLUSSED

Possible Answers:

Genuine

Undercover

Bewildered

Monumental

Stingy

Correct answer:

Bewildered

Explanation:

"Nonplussed" means bewildered or perplexed. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "nonplussed": "genuine" means authentic or earnest; "stingy" means frugal; "monumental" means of great importance or very large; and "undercover" means keeping one's identity a secret while working for a group or organization such as the police.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ABJECT

Possible Answers:

Feminine

Hopeless

Rusty

New

Watchful

Correct answer:

Hopeless

Explanation:

"Abject" means miserable or utterly hopeless, so "hopeless" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "abject": "rusty" means out of practice or covered in rust; "new" means novel; "feminine" means womanly; and "watchful" means alert.  

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

SULLEN

Possible Answers:

Fluid

Gloomy

Peaceful

Cheerful

Optimisitc

Correct answer:

Gloomy

Explanation:

"Sullen" means gloomy or depressed, so "gloomy," an adjective that means murky or glum, is the correct answer. "Cheerful" is an antonym of "sullen"; it means extremely happy or joyful. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "sullen": "peaceful" means calm or tranquil; "optimistic" means hopeful or having a positive attitude; and "fluid" means free-flowing, or effortless.

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ARDENT

Possible Answers:

Impulsive

Barren

Sincere

Enthusiastic

Aquatic

Correct answer:

Enthusiastic

Explanation:

"Ardent" means enthusiastic or passionate towards some cause. "Aquatic" refers to water and its characteristics. "Barren" means lifeless or unable to produce crops. "Sincere" means honest or without deceit. "Impulsive" means sudden and without thought or planning.

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

KEEN

Possible Answers:

Despicable

Eager

Indecisive

Contentious

Confused

Correct answer:

Eager

Explanation:

"Keen" means to be eager or excited for something. "Confused" means incapable of thinking straight or clearly. "Despicable" means being hated. "Contentious" means argumentative or quarrelsome. "Indecisive" means incapable of deciding issues in a timely manner.

Example Question #20 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ACRID

Possible Answers:

Unusual 

Chemical 

Acidic

Bitter

Happy

Correct answer:

Bitter

Explanation:

"Acrid" means biting or bitter. Therefore, "bitter" is the best synonym. 

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