Verbal Ability Test

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Verbal Ability Test - Quiz

Choose the word or phrase that most correctly completes the sentence.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    After ______________ suspended for misbehavior, the student requested reconsideration.

    • A.

      Having been

    • B.

      Having

    • C.

      Have

    • D.

      Was

    Correct Answer
    A. Having been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "having been" because it is the correct past participle form of the verb "to be" in the passive voice. In this sentence, the student was suspended for misbehavior in the past, so the past participle form is needed. Additionally, the phrase "having been" indicates that the suspension already occurred before the student requested reconsideration.

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  • 2. 

    Why so many people die from this illness ______________ unknown, but researchers have learned much about the source of the problem.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    • C.

      Widely

    • D.

      Has

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because it agrees with the singular subject "illness." The sentence is discussing why many people die from a specific illness, which indicates that the illness is singular. Therefore, the verb "is" is the appropriate choice to maintain subject-verb agreement.

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  • 3. 

    The rain forest, ____________ large trees that provide shade to the vegetation below, is home to unique flora and fauna.

    • A.

      Has

    • B.

      With its

    • C.

      And

    • D.

      Although has

    Correct Answer
    B. With its
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "with its". This is because "with its" is used to indicate possession or association. In this context, it suggests that the rain forest is home to unique flora and fauna because of the large trees that provide shade to the vegetation below.

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  • 4. 

    Despite the polar bear's tremendous weight and height, ________  of sprinting  at tremendous speed.

    • A.

      It is capable

    • B.

      Is capable

    • C.

      It is able

    • D.

      Ability

    Correct Answer
    A. It is capable
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it is capable." This answer is the most grammatically correct and makes the most sense in the given sentence. The sentence is stating that despite the polar bear's size, it has the ability to sprint at tremendous speed. Therefore, the phrase "it is capable" accurately conveys this meaning.

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  • 5. 

    Had the victim _____________ able to find a telephone to contact authorites, she would have received assistance.

    • A.

      Been

    • B.

      Be

    • C.

      Would have been

    • D.

      Had been

    Correct Answer
    A. Been
    Explanation
    If the victim had been able to find a telephone to contact authorities, it means that she was not able to find a telephone at that time. The word "been" is used in the past participle form to indicate that the action of finding a telephone was completed or happened in the past. Therefore, "been" is the correct answer as it accurately reflects the past condition of the victim's ability to find a telephone.

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  • 6. 

    The man was in  ____________ health that the family began to consider whether he could continue to live in his home.

    • A.

      Such bad

    • B.

      So bad

    • C.

      Such worse

    • D.

      So badly

    Correct Answer
    A. Such bad
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "such bad". In this context, "such bad" is used to describe the man's health. It indicates that his health is of a very poor or low quality, to the extent that the family is questioning whether he can still live in his home.

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  • 7. 

    The environmental damage caused by the oil spill will likely last _____________.

    • A.

      To several years

    • B.

      For several years

    • C.

      Severally years

    • D.

      Years several

    Correct Answer
    B. For several years
    Explanation
    The phrase "for several years" correctly expresses the duration of time that the environmental damage caused by the oil spill is expected to last. This suggests that the impact of the oil spill will be long-lasting and will persist for a significant period of time.

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  • 8. 

    The woman wished she  __________ such drastic action when the stock market seemed volatile.

    • A.

      Had not taken

    • B.

      Did not take

    • C.

      Not take

    • D.

      No had taken

    Correct Answer
    B. Did not take
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "did not take". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "wished" indicates a regret about a past action. Therefore, the correct form of the verb should be in the past tense as well, which is "did not take".

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  • 9. 

    Bill took not only a French class ______________ a Japanese class.

    • A.

      But also

    • B.

      And

    • C.

      Too

    • D.

      But too

    Correct Answer
    A. But also
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "but also". This phrase is used to show that Bill took both a French class and a Japanese class. It is commonly used to connect two similar ideas or actions.

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  • 10. 

    The children became ill after taking medicine that was ______________ date.

    • A.

      Off the

    • B.

      Outside

    • C.

      Out of

    • D.

      Over

    Correct Answer
    C. Out of
    Explanation
    The children became ill after taking medicine that was out of date.

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  • 11. 

    _______________, these students are among the best prepared who have been through this university.

    • A.

      At the whole

    • B.

      On the whole

    • C.

      In the general

    • D.

      In general

    Correct Answer
    B. On the whole
    Explanation
    "On the whole" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate a general or overall assessment or view of something. In this context, it suggests that these students are generally well-prepared and are among the best compared to others who have been through the university. The phrase "on the whole" implies that this is a broad evaluation that takes into account various factors and is not based on individual cases or specific details.

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  • 12. 

    No sooner had Janice arrived at the office  ___________ she contacted her sister.

    • A.

      The later

    • B.

      That

    • C.

      As

    • D.

      Than

    Correct Answer
    B. That
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "that". In this sentence, "no sooner" is used to indicate that one action (Janice arriving at the office) happened immediately before another action (she contacted her sister). "That" is the correct word to connect the two actions and show the cause and effect relationship between them.

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  • 13. 

    To give an effective speech, __________________ is the delivery that is most important.

    • A.

      It

    • B.

      Which

    • C.

      And

    • D.

      There

    Correct Answer
    A. It
    Explanation
    To give an effective speech, "delivery" is the most important. The word "it" refers back to "delivery" and emphasizes its significance in delivering a speech effectively. The sentence suggests that the way in which the speech is delivered is crucial for its effectiveness.

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  • 14. 

    A brilliant presenter, ____________ used to draw a tremendous crowd, but now the amount of money he is charging is considered too high.

    • A.

      Always

    • B.

      He

    • C.

      Be

    • D.

      He was

    Correct Answer
    A. Always
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "always". This word suggests that the brilliant presenter consistently drew a tremendous crowd in the past. However, the phrase "now the amount of money he is charging is considered too high" implies that this is no longer the case. Therefore, "always" is the appropriate word to indicate that the presenter used to consistently draw a large crowd.

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  • 15. 

    Having been found guilty of theft, ___________ to find work in his chosen field as an accountant.

    • A.

      Was difficult for Henry Jones

    • B.

      Henry Jones found it difficult

    • C.

      Found Henry Jones difficult

    • D.

      It was found by Henry Jones difficult

    Correct Answer
    B. Henry Jones found it difficult
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Henry Jones found it difficult." This answer correctly states that Henry Jones had difficulty finding work as an accountant after being found guilty of theft. The phrase "found it difficult" indicates that Henry Jones personally experienced the challenge of finding employment in his chosen field.

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  • 16. 

    The  gymnasium facilities of this public school are __________________ those of the finest private school in the country.

    • A.

      Second after

    • B.

      Second only to

    • C.

      First except for

    • D.

      Second place from

    Correct Answer
    B. Second only to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "second only to." This phrase indicates that the gymnasium facilities of this public school are ranked just below or just behind the finest private school in the country. It suggests that the public school's facilities are of very high quality, but not quite as good as those of the private school.

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  • 17. 

    The more the horse tried to free itself from the restraint, ________________.

    • A.

      The tighter it became

    • B.

      It became tighter

    • C.

      The horse could not escape

    • D.

      It was unable to move

    Correct Answer
    A. The tighter it became
    Explanation
    As the horse tries harder to break free from the restraint, the more it struggles, the tighter the restraint becomes. This suggests that the more the horse resists, the more trapped it becomes, making it increasingly difficult for the horse to escape or move.

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  • 18. 

    ________________________, that runner is likely to be the first one chosen.

    • A.

      Due to her agility and speed

    • B.

      Because of she is agile and fast

    • C.

      Because agile and rapid

    • D.

      Because her agility and speed

    Correct Answer
    A. Due to her agility and speed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Due to her agility and speed." This answer correctly identifies that the runner is likely to be chosen first because of her agility and speed. These qualities make her a strong candidate and give her a competitive edge over other runners.

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  • 19. 

    It was not until the students were seated ____________________ the proctor realized he had the wrong test booklets.

    • A.

      That

    • B.

      When

    • C.

      As soon as

    • D.

      And

    Correct Answer
    A. That
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "that". This is because the phrase "It was not until" is followed by the word "that" in order to introduce the clause that indicates the point in time when the proctor realized he had the wrong test booklets. The word "that" is commonly used in this construction to connect the two parts of the sentence and indicate the specific moment or event that occurred.

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  • 20. 

    The man displayed his anger when he discovered that the laundry machine was _____________________ order.

    • A.

      Out

    • B.

      Out of

    • C.

      No on

    • D.

      Outside

    Correct Answer
    B. Out of
    Explanation
    The man displayed his anger when he discovered that the laundry machine was out of order.

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  • 21. 

    Choose the word that is closest in association to the question word : PANT

    • A.

      Breathe

    • B.

      Ghost

    • C.

      Money

    • D.

      Mystery

    Correct Answer
    A. Breathe
    Explanation
    The word "pant" is closely associated with "breathe" because "panting" refers to the act of breathing rapidly and heavily, usually as a result of physical exertion or excitement.

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  • 22. 

    Choose the word that is closest in association to the question word : PENETRATE

    • A.

      Above

    • B.

      Below

    • C.

      Enjoy

    • D.

      Through

    Correct Answer
    D. Through
    Explanation
    The word "penetrate" means to pass into or through something. "Through" is the word that is closest in association to "penetrate" as it also implies moving from one side to the other, indicating a similar action of passing through or entering something.

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  • 23. 

    Choose the word that is closest in association to the question word. CORPSE

    • A.

      Amateur

    • B.

      Bird

    • C.

      Body

    • D.

      Bureau

    Correct Answer
    C. Body
    Explanation
    The word "corpse" refers to a dead body, so the word "body" is the closest in association.

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  • 24. 

    Choose the word that is closest in association to the questioned word : INQUIRE

    • A.

      Ask

    • B.

      Claim

    • C.

      Conspire

    • D.

      Force

    Correct Answer
    A. Ask
    Explanation
    The word "inquire" means to ask or seek information. Therefore, the closest word in association to "inquire" is "ask".

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  • 25. 

    Choose the word that is closeset in association to the questioned word : PUTRID

    • A.

      Acid

    • B.

      Coy

    • C.

      Excellent

    • D.

      Rotten

    Correct Answer
    D. Rotten
    Explanation
    The word "putrid" means something that is decaying or rotting, emitting a foul smell. Therefore, the closest word in association to "putrid" would be "rotten," as it also refers to something that is decomposed or spoiled.

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