Word Knowledge Review for ASVAB Power Practice Problems (page 2)

Updated on Aug 12, 2011


  1. c.   Something that is lucid is clear, comprehensible, or understandable.
  2. b.   Mourning, not to be confused with morning, is the act of expressing grief or sadness, or sorrowing.
  3. d.   Someone who is resolute is steadfast, resolved, or determined.
  4. c.   Ambivalent means conflicted, fluctuating, or uncertain. If you chose choice a or b, you were probably thinking of ambidextrous, which means able to use both hands equally well.
  5. b.   Dissent and disagreement occur when there is a difference of opinion. You were probably thinking of descent if you chose choice a. Choice c would be a good answer for decent.
  6. b.   As an adjective, grave means somber, solemn, or serious.
  7. a.   Hapless means unfortunate or unlucky.
  8. a.   Dreary means dull or boring. Something dreary can cause sleepiness, but does not itself mean sleepy.
  9. d.   Arid means parched, dry, or barren due to a lack of rainfall.
  10. c.   To deter means to dissuade, prevent, or discourage. If you chose choice a, you may have been thinking of detour.
  11. b.   Covert means disguised or concealed.
  12. a.   An allusion is a direct or implied reference to something. Choice b is a synonym or illusion. If you chose choice c, you were probably thinking of elude, which means to avoid.
  13. b.   Both desist and stop mean to cease.
  14. c.   A pariah is a person who has been shunned from the community, or an outcast. A piranha is a fish (choice b).
  15. a.   To precede means to come before, or lead. If you chose choice b or c, you probably mistook precede for proceed, and if you chose choice d, you may have been thinking of proceeds.
  16. c.   To forgive means to excuse, allow, or pardon.
  17. d.   Potent means strong, influential, or powerful.
  18. d.   Something succinct is brief or concise.
  19. b.   To console means to provide comfort. If you chose choice a, you may have been thinking of consult.
  20. c.   To surmise or guess means to come to a conclusion without evidence.
  21. c.   Mimic means to copy the behavior or qualities of something. The key phrase "to avoid detection" suggests that the predators somehow blend in; the only answer choice that would make this possible is choice c.
  22. a.   Tantamount means equivalent to. You know it is not choice d, because the second sentence tells you they are comparable actions.
  23. d.   Aimlessly means without aim or objective. The key phrase is "Without a goal in mind," which suggests he is walking without direction, or randomly. The sentence does not mention anything about Greg's mood, so choice b is incorrect even though it might appear logical.
  24. d.   In order to find the answer, ask yourself for what kind of a writer would it be a surprise if they made many typos. That should eliminate choices a and b. Choice c might make sense, but a very intelligent writer who is not thorough could still make many typos.
  25. c.   Any of these choices could fit, but the second sentence conveys a sense of urgency that only choice c makes clear.
  26. a.   You might narrow this question down to choices a and b because they both provide logical reasons why the boy would be on the couch all day. Because the sentence tells you that the boy got no sleep, however, choice a makes the most sense.
  27. b.   Someone who approves only his own ideas can be described as arrogant.
  28. b.   The second sentence clarifies the importance of not making mistakes, which might occur if you don't follow or if you stray from the instructions.
  29. c.   Choice c is the only logical choice to describe someone who is also scared.
  30. b.   The gopher's behavior, ruining the grass, suggests it is troublesome. The only answer that conveys this idea is choice b.
  31. d.   Riveting means extremely interesting. The only choice here that logically fits is choice d.
  32. a.   Only choices a and b fit logically in this sentence. Choice a is best because there is no indication why the writing is unreadable; it could be too tiny, too sloppy, or in an unfamiliar language.
  33. b.   Consider the context of the sentence. Someone who makes many mistakes and who is just starting a career is likely inexperienced.
  34. c.   The second sentence implies that trivial details are unimportant. Choice c is the only choice that fits this definition.
  35. b.   The sentence implies that the parents originally did not want to buy the boy a puppy but eventually changed their minds. Choice b reflects this change of opinion.
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