The Vocabulary in Context questions are almost a continuation of your work from the Verbal Reasoning section. These question types are most closely related to the Sentence Completion questions from the Verbal Reasoning section since they ask you about vocabulary words in context of other information. However, these Vocabulary in Context questions will most often be phrased in terms of asking what a vocabulary word “most nearly means.”
Consider the following passage:
A potential Vocabulary in Context question for this passage section could be:
1. In line 17, “pecuniary” most nearly means
If you happen to already know the definition for pecuniary, good for you! Count yourself among the few students who know the hardest vocabulary words on the ISEE.
For most students, a word like this will be totally foreign and cause a panic. But looking at the context around this word, the answer is actually fairly obvious.
The entire paragraph is about the “wealth-producing possibilities of cattle-raising.” We see this main idea repeated throughout on lines 9-10, where the author states that wealth was measured by how many cattle primitive people had, and lines 14-15, where the author states that money in Ancient Greece was literally symbolized by an ox! All of these context clues seem to imply that cows and cattle are synonymous with wealth and money.
Looking through the answer choices, we see the following:
Therefore, B is the best answer choice, even though answer choice A is somewhat related.
Always remember to clearly define each answer choice for yourself and eliminate any clearly incorrect choices.
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