Sample Word Relationship Questions

These questions assess your ability to identify the relationship between words and to then apply this verbal analogy. For example, you may be given a group of words and asked to identify the relationship between the words in this group. You can then select the word from the answer option which best fits with the group.

1)capital, arch, column

A B C D
pilaster edifice bridge temple

 

In the example above, capital, arch, column are all architectural features which can be found on buildings. Answer A is obviously the only word in the answer group which shares these characteristics.

Word Relationship

These types of question appear in nearly all levels of  verbal ability tests.

Sample Word Relationship Questions

1) medicine is to illness as law is to -------

A B C D
anarchy discipline treason etiquette

 

2) square is to cube as circle is to -------

A B C D
round ball pi sphere

 

3) king is to throne as judge is to -------

A B C D
lawyer bench court trial

 

4) nib is to pen as lens is to -------

A B C D
seeing glass focus telescope

 

5) settlement is to injury as pension is to -------

A B C D
pensioner maturity retirement age

 

Instruction: Identify the relationship between the word pair in the question. Circle the answer where the word pair shown has the most similar relationship.

6) levee : flood

A B C D
dam : lake armour : helmet helmet : injury water : tide

 

7) color : spectrum

A B C D
verse : rhyme tone : scale noise : waves waves : sound

 

8) extort : obtain

A B C D
purify : strain steal : borrow explode : ignite pilfer : steal


9) heel : foot

A B C D
beam : ship hand : palm stern : boat cruiser : vessel

 

10) slight : hurt

A B C D
lag : tardiness sound : noise time : lateness blind : light

 

Instruction: Identify the relationship between the word group in the question.
Circle the answer which fits best with the group.

11) barber, florist, draper

A B C D
flower cloth milliner hair

 

12) alps, pennines, pyrenees

A B C D
rockies dolomites urals himalayas

 

13) throw, volley, sling

A B C D
hurl grab seize catch

 

14) pine, fir, cypress

A B C D
mahogany oak spruce teak

 

15) wool, silk, leather

A B C D
cotton nylon linen fur

 

Answer to sample verbal comprehension questions.

To answer these questions you need to understand the meaning of the words in the question and establish what exactly the relationship is between them. You should then look at the answer options and decide which answer is the most appropriate. These questions test your reasoning ability as well as your vocabulary.

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