SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FECUND

Possible Answers:

Spherical

Baleful 

Fertile 

Corpulent 

Intelligent 

Correct answer:

Fertile 

Explanation:

“Fecund” means fertile or capable of producing many children, so "fertile" is the correct answer. For clarification, "spherical" means round, shaped like a sphere; "corpulent" means fat; "baleful" means menacing; and "intelligent" means smart.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DISCRETE

Possible Answers:

Separate

Flowery

Serious

Imaginative

Malignant

Correct answer:

Separate

Explanation:

"Discrete" and "separate" are both words to describe things that are distinctive from one another.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PERVASIVE

Possible Answers:

Underground

Wealthy

Threatening

Hand-crafted

Extensive

Correct answer:

Extensive

Explanation:

"Pervasive" means widely prevalent, or "extensive." One might talk about the "pervasive influence" of a new idea or invention.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

RUSTIC

Possible Answers:

Petite

Ordinary

Shabby

Oxidized

Rural

Correct answer:

Rural

Explanation:

"Rustic" means relating to the countryside, or "rural."

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

BUCOLIC

Possible Answers:

Futuristic

Lighthearted

Pastoral

Urbane

Welcoming

Correct answer:

Pastoral

Explanation:

"Bucolic" is an adjective meaning "of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life." While "lighthearted" and "welcoming" might seem like good answers because of the "pleasant" connotation of "bucolic," "pastoral" is the closest synonym of "bucolic" amongst the answer choices because one meaning of "pastoral" is "portraying or evoking country life, typically in a romanticized or idealized form," usually used to refer to works of art. So, the correct answer is "pastoral."

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

LATTER

Possible Answers:

Final

Developed

Morose

Unstable

Adorable

Correct answer:

Final

Explanation:

Latter means occuring towards the end, or the second of two things.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DIVERGENT

Possible Answers:

Sneaky

Bold

Intelligent

Careful

Wayward

Correct answer:

Wayward

Explanation:

Something that is "divergent" is something that is going off in its own direction or moving away from the pack, so "wayward" is the synonym you want.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

MUNICIPAL

Possible Answers:

Civic

Financial

Preposterous

Irate

Corresponding

Correct answer:

Civic

Explanation:

Municipal means relating to a city or town, or civic.

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ASCENDANT

Possible Answers:

Faltering

Up-and-coming

Qualitative

Consistent

Sinking

Correct answer:

Up-and-coming

Explanation:

“Ascendant” is an adjective that means “rising in power or influence,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “rising.” That means that “sinking” cannot be the correct answer, because “sinking” means “descending or dropping,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “ascendant.” “Up-and-coming,” however, is an adjective that is used of a person beginning a particular activity or occupation and means “making good progress toward success,” and because “up-and-coming” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “ascendant,” “up-and-coming” is the correct answer.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

TERMINAL

Possible Answers:

Mistaken

Timid

Capricious

Crass

Final

Correct answer:

Final

Explanation:

"Terminal" means at the end of something. Thus, the best choice is the word final. The root word, "termin," means end.

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