SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Tool and Use

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Example Question #521 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Garage is to repair as cabaret is to _________________.

Possible Answers:

entertain

shield

protect

dispute

condone

Correct answer:

entertain

Explanation:

A "garage" is a place where cars are fixed. To solve this analogy you need to determine what the purpose of a "cabaret" is. Well, a "cabaret" is entertainment held in a club where the audience sits at tables surrounding the stage. The purpose of a "cabaret" then is to "entertain."

Example Question #522 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Polemic is to condemn as sarcophagus is to ______________.

Possible Answers:

adorn

entomb

harangue

impute

obfuscate

Correct answer:

entomb

Explanation:

A "polemic" is a passionate written or verbal attack on someone or something. The purpose of a "polemic" is to "condemn" something. So, to solve this analogy you need to determine what a "sarcophagus" is used for. Well, a "sarcophagus" is a type of coffin. So, it is used to "entomb" (inter, bury, 'lay to rest') someone. Additionally, "harangue" means scold, criticize; "impute" means to attribute a quality to someone; "adorn" means decorate, festoon; "obfuscate" means confuse.

Example Question #523 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Forum is to _____________ as nook is to seclusion.

Possible Answers:

isolation

governor

meeting

priest

discussion

Correct answer:

discussion

Explanation:

A "nook" is a small corner or hidden place where someone or something might seek "seclusion" or privacy. To provide further help, "seclusion" is the condition of being away from others or in a private place. So, if the purpose of a "nook" is for "seclusion," what is the purpose of a "forum?" Well, a "forum" is a place where people meet to talk about things. So, the purpose of a "forum" is "discussion."

Example Question #524 : Analogies

Complete this analogy.

Kiln is to ________________ as moat is to defending.

Possible Answers:

decompressing

baking

evaporating

rewarding

lauding

Correct answer:

baking

Explanation:

A "moat" is a small lake built around a building to protect it from attack. The purpose of a "moat" then is "defending." So, which of these is the purpose of a "kiln." Well, a "kiln" is a furnace used for "baking" or cooking something. Additionally, "decompress" means remove pressure; "evaporate" means turn from liquid to gas; "laud" means praise.

Example Question #31 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Antechamber is to __________ as cloakroom is to storage.

Possible Answers:

resting

selling

washing

performing

waiting

Correct answer:

waiting

Explanation:

The purpose of a "cloakroom" is for "storage." So, to solve this analogy you need to determine which of these is a common purpose associated with an "antechamber." Well, an "antechamber" is a small side room, typically associated with "waiting" for some other room to be ready.

Example Question #32 : Tool/Use, User/Tool, Actor/Action, Product/Producer, And Subject/Object

Complete this analogy.

Partition is to _____________ as retribution is to punish.

Possible Answers:

divide 

create

draw

justify

manage

Correct answer:

divide 

Explanation:

"Retribution" is punishment intended as revenge. The purpose of "retribution" then is to "punish," so what is the purpose of "partition?" Well, a "partition" is a wall or barrier erect to "divide" something

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