SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for People

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Synonyms

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

NOVICE

Possible Answers:

Noblity

Knack

Beginner

Religion

Shadow

Correct answer:

Beginner

Explanation:

A "novice" is someone who is just beginning something, as is the correct answer, "beginner." None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "novice": "nobility" is the upper class in feudal society or someone from the noble or upper class in feudal society; a "knack" is a natural talent, a "shadow" is a shape formed by blocked light, and a "religion" is an organized system of beliefs that may or may not involve the worship of one or more gods and goddesses.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

POSTULANT

Possible Answers:

Brace

Candidate

Tapestry

Attitude

Carton

Correct answer:

Candidate

Explanation:

A "postulant" is a person who hopes to join a religious order. A "candidate" is a more general term for someone who hopes to become a member of something. This is therefore the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "postulant": a "brace" is something that provides support, a "carton" is a type of box, a "tapestry" is a large weaving that often depicts a scene and is often hung on the wall, and an "attitude" is a personal mindset.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

INTERLOPER

Possible Answers:

Assignment

Belief

Meddler

Promise

Departure

Correct answer:

Meddler

Explanation:

An "interloper" is a person who meddles in the affairs of others, so "meddler" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "interloper": “departure” means the event of leaving; “promise” means vow or pledge; “assignment” means task or obligation; and “belief” means faith or conviction.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

INSURGENT

Possible Answers:

Agony

Performer

Rebel

Mixture

Wave

Correct answer:

Rebel

Explanation:

An "insurgent" is a rebel or a person who forcefully opposes a government, so "rebel" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "insurgent": “agony” means pain; “performer” means player or doer; “wave” means curl, surge or trend; and “mixture” means combination.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

NOMAD

Possible Answers:

wanderer

aversion

difficulty

flute

resource

Correct answer:

wanderer

Explanation:

A "nomad" is someone who doesn't stay long in one place, or a wanderer.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

COLLEAGUE

Possible Answers:

Acquaintance

Contemporary

Coworker

Friend

Student

Correct answer:

Coworker

Explanation:

"Coworker" is the best choice, because a colleague is a person with whom one works. While it is possible that one might work with a "friend" or "acquaintance," neither word necessarily implies a person with whom one would work. A person's "contemporary" would just be someone living and working at the same time as that person. "Student" also doesn't work, because, while a teacher may work with a student, their relationship is not based on their being "coworkers."

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

PRECURSOR

Possible Answers:

Adversity

Text

Forerunner

Playfulness

Generation

Correct answer:

Forerunner

Explanation:

A "precursor" is a person or thing that comes before another of its same kind, or a "forerunner."

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

RETINUE

Possible Answers:

Entourage

Devotion

Status

Norm

Burial

Correct answer:

Entourage

Explanation:

"Retinue" and "entourage" are both defined as a body of aides for an important person, so "entourage" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "retinue": "status" means rank; "burial" means the act of putting something in the ground and covering it with earth, "norm" means standard; and "devotion" means dedication.  

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

VAGRANT

Possible Answers:

Shop

Wanderer

Finale

Station

Vegetation

Correct answer:

Wanderer

Explanation:

A "vagrant" is a person who wanders around idly and has no employment or permanent home, so "wanderer" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "vagrant": "shop" means store; "vegetation" means plants; "station" means a place at which a thing or person stands; and "finale" means end.   

Example Question #61 : Synonyms

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

CHARLATAN

Possible Answers:

Vehicle

Quack

Duplication

Decision

Song

Correct answer:

Quack

Explanation:

"Charlatan" and "quack" are both defined as someone who claims to have expertise (especially in medicine) but does not.

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