SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adverbs

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

VEHEMENTLY

Possible Answers:

calmly

rapidly

truthfully

passionately

reluctantly

Correct answer:

passionately

Explanation:

"Vehemently" means with strong feeling or passion.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

MERELY

Possible Answers:

trifling

solely

disappointing

maliciously

politely

Correct answer:

solely

Explanation:

"Merely" is an adverb meaning just, only, or solely.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ROUNDLY

Possible Answers:

Falsely

Cheerfully

Marginally

Openly

Emphatically

Correct answer:

Emphatically

Explanation:

"Roundly" means done in an emphatic or vehement way.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

VICIOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Invincible

Ferociously

Visibly

Vicinity

Heart-rending

Correct answer:

Ferociously

Explanation:

"Viciously" and "ferociously" are synonymous adverbs describing a savage, violent or destructive way of performing an action, attacking viciously, for example. The other words do not share this meaning. In fact, some of the other answer choices are not even adverbs. 

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

THOUGHTFULLY

Possible Answers:

Frantically

Viciously

Ferociously

Hurriedly

Pensively

Correct answer:

Pensively

Explanation:

"Thoughtfully" and "pensively" are synonymous adverbs referring to doing something in a considered and intelligent manner. The other words do not have related meanings. In fact, they have meaning that are opposite to "thoughtfully."

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ELUSIVELY

Possible Answers:

Despairingly

Evasively

Immediately

Skillfully

Mysteriously

Correct answer:

Evasively

Explanation:

"Elusive" and "evasive" are synonyms meaning difficult to catch. "Despairing" means hopeless, and "mysterious" means difficult or impossible to explain. "Skillful" means expert or accomplished. "Immediate" means instantaneous.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

PRESENTLY

Possible Answers:

Recently

Generously

Exotically

Urgently

Soon

Correct answer:

Soon

Explanation:

"Presently" can mean currently, but it can also mean directly or soon. Although the word does express a time relationship, it does not mean "recently." "Exotic" means foreign, and "generous" means giving. "Urgent" means dire or pressing.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

EXPERTLY

Possible Answers:

Pretentiously

Cleverly

Skillfully

Extremely

Presently

Correct answer:

Skillfully

Explanation:

"Expert" means skilled or skillful. While an "expert" may be "clever," the two words are not synonymous. "Pretentious" means pretending to be more important or cultured than one actually is. "Presently" means soon or currently. "Very" and "extremely" are synonyms.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

BELLIGERENTLY

Possible Answers:

Drably

Damply

Punishingly

Aggressive

Stickily

Correct answer:

Aggressive

Explanation:

"Belligerent" means aggressive and hostile. "Punishing" means arduous, demanding, or taxing. "Damp" and "dry" are antonyms, and "drab" and "colorful" are antonyms. "Sticky" means gluey.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

GROTESQUELY

Possible Answers:

Wickedly

Amenably

Gruesomely

Treacherous

Faithfully

Correct answer:

Gruesomely

Explanation:

"Grotesque" means gruesome or disfigured. "Amenable" means cooperative. "Wicked" means sinful or evil. "Treacherous" means traitorous or disloyal, which is the opposite of "faithful."

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