SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

VICARIOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Indirectly

Dubiously

Alertly

Contemplatively

Capably

Correct answer:

Indirectly

Explanation:

Something "vicarious" is indirect or secondhand. "Dubious" means doubtful. "Alert" means vigilant. "Capable" and "incapable" are antonyms, as are "contemplatively" and "thoughtlessly."

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

CRUCIALLY

Possible Answers:

Messily

Cynically

Sarcastically

Tidily

Imperatively

Correct answer:

Imperatively

Explanation:

"Crucial" and "imperative" both mean very important. "Sarcastic" means ironic. Someone who is "cynical" tends to believe the worse about people and situations. "Messy" and "tidy" are antonyms.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

PLASTICALLY

Possible Answers:

Boringly

Immediately

Entertainingly

Plausibly

Malleably

Correct answer:

Malleably

Explanation:

"Plastic" and "malleable" both mean pliable. "Plausible" means credible, and "immediate" means instantaneous. "Entertaining" and "boring" are antonyms.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ELLIPTICALLY

Possible Answers:

Humorously

Stingily

Magnanimously

Incomprehensibly

Lucidly

Correct answer:

Incomprehensibly

Explanation:

Something "elliptical" is incomprehensible, unclear, and impossible to understand. This is the opposite of "lucid," or "clear." "Magnanimous" means generous, which is the opposite of "stingy." "Humorous" means funny.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ESOTERIC

Possible Answers:

Pungently

Immaturely

Enviously

Abstruse

Meekly

Correct answer:

Abstruse

Explanation:

"Esoteric" and "abstruse" both mean obscure and difficult to understand. "Envious" means jealous, and "pungent" means strong smelling. "Immature" means juvenile. "Meek" means timid.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

CIRCUITOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Directly

Delectably

Incredibly

Murderously

Tortuously

Correct answer:

Tortuously

Explanation:

"Circuitous" and "tortuous" both mean twisted or roundabout. They are antonyms of "direct." "Murderous" means homicidal, and "delectable" means delicious. "Incredible" means unbelievable.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

CLOUDILY

Possible Answers:

Slyly

Transparently

Sympathetically

Opaquely

Eccentrically

Correct answer:

Opaquely

Explanation:

"Cloudy" and "opaque" both mean nontransparent, which is the antonym of "transparent." "Sympathetic" and "empathetic" are loose synonyms, and "sly" means sneaky. "Eccentric" means zany or idiosyncratic.

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

INCISIVELY

Possible Answers:

Frivolously

Chronically

Cuttingly

Vacantly

Vigilantly

Correct answer:

Cuttingly

Explanation:

"Incisive" (usually used to describe people or thought processes) means acute, sharp, or cutting. "Chronically" means persistently. "Vacant" means empty. "Vigilant" means alert and watchful. "Frivolous" means carefree, flighty, and flippant.

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

INSIGHTFULLY

Possible Answers:

Convincingly

Tiredly

Intuitively

Sharply

Bluntly

Correct answer:

Intuitively

Explanation:

"Insightful" means intuitive and perceptive. "Blunt" and "sharp" are antonyms. "Convincing" and "persuasive" are synonyms. "Tired" and "weary" are synonyms.

Example Question #20 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

LUCIDLY

Possible Answers:

Sinisterly

Intelligibly

Truthfully

Grimly

Murkily

Correct answer:

Intelligibly

Explanation:

"Lucid" means clear, well explained, and intelligible. This is the opposite of "murky." "Truthful" and "dishonest" are antonyms, as are "grimly" and "cheerfully." "Sinister" means ominous.

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