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Verbal intelligence

It is said that to have a mastery of words is to have in one's possession the ability to produce order out of chaos, and that command of vocabulary is a true measure of intelligence. Verbal intelligence measures your capacity to use language in order to express yourself, comprehend stories and understand other people.

Verbal abilities include reading, writing and communicating with words. The verbal component of this test examines your vocabulary and your capacity to learn verbal material. It also measures your ability to employ verbal skills in reasoning and problem solving.

31. Which of the following means a sentence that can be interpreted in more than one way?

For example a movie director might say, "I shall lose no time in reading your script."

Verbal IQ question 31
  1. Amphibology
  2. Amphisbaena
  3. Amphibrach
  4. Amphichroic
  5. Amphidromic

A. Amphibology.

Amphisbaena - A mythological serpent with a head at each end.

Amphibrach - A metrical unit that consists of a stressed syllable between two unstressed syllables.

Amphichroic. Producing two colors, one with acids and one with alkalis.

Amphidromic - An amphidromic point is a tidal amplitude close to zero.

32. Latin phrases

time latin phrases

Which of the following time related latin phrases is related to the phrase 'time flies'?

  1. Ad infinitum.
  2. Ad interim.
  3. Ab aeterno.
  4. Pro tempore.
  5. Tempus volat, hora fugit.

E. Tempus volat, hora fugit - Literally, time speeds while the hour escapes.

Ad infinitum - Forever.

Ad interim - For an intervening period of time.

Ab aeterno - From outside of time.

Pro tempore - For the time being.

33. Shakespearean phrases

Shakespearean phrases

Which of the following phrases was not coined by William Shakespeare?

  1. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
  2. All that glitters is not gold.
  3. For ever and a day.
  4. Truth will out.
  5. Smoke and mirrors.

E. Smoke and mirrors - An illusion or deception, American journalist Jimmy Breslin.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet - Words are merely symbols.

All that glitters is not gold - Something may not be all it's hyped up to be.

For ever and a day - Indefinetely.

Truth will out - The truth will be discovered eventually.

34. Shakespearean phrases

Shakespearean phrases

Which of the following phrases by William Shakespeare is correct?

  1. At one fail swoop
  2. At one fell swoop
  3. At one fowl swoop
  4. At one foul swoop
  5. At one fowl stoop

B. At one fell swoop - All at once.

Phrase coined by Shakespeare in the play Macbeth, and meant a savage act.

Fell is a 13th Century word, that meant savage or fierce.

Swoop is the path followed by a bird when it is descending on its prey.

The phrase has changed in meaning to reflect a sudden act.

35. Which of the following words is a measure of surface area and equals 1/100th of a hectare?


air, ere, are, err, e'er, heir

Are: 1/100th of a hectare

Air: the blue sky

E'er: contraction of "ever"

Ere: before

Err: to be mistaken

Heir: someone who has a right of inheritance.