[40 Test Answers] CSE Reviewer: Synonyms

Test and expand your vocabulary with these review questions about word synonyms for the upcoming Civil Service Exam (CSE).

In this CSE reviewer, you are presented with an underlined word and are required to choose the word that has a similar or equivalent meaning.

The purpose is to assess the depth of your vocabulary and ability to use simple words when speaking and writing.

CSE English Reviewer on Synonyms

Question 1. We should never be apathetic towards other people for we have a social responsibility to fulfill.
A. indifferent✅
B. concerned
C. generous
D. worried

Question 2. A good leader should be cognizant of the numerous issues that affect his constituents.
A. aware✅
B. uninformed
C. confused
D. idealistic

Question 3. Always be careful not to issue any disparaging remarks against other people.
A. praising
B. confusing
C. damaging✅
D. discouraging

Question 4. Flowers are ephemeral; they bloom yet wither a week or so later.
A. shrivel
B. long-lasting
C. beautiful
D. short-lived✅

Question 5. A fastidious person will never find true happiness.
A. simple
B. choosy✅
C. greedy
D. contented

Question 6. The Ortigas Center is filled with gargantuan buildings, some having up to 50 floors.
A. crowded
B. old and weak
C. first class
D. gigantic✅

Question 7. Nobody like haughty Monty who kept bragging about his riches.
A. arrogant✅
B. foolish
C. respectable
D. dependable

Question 8. The corrupt policeman was discharged from service due to his ignominious act of accepting bribes.
A. honorable
B. disrespectable✅
C. unwanted
D. remarkable

Question 9. The impudent child was scolded for answering back to older people.
A. respectful
B. honorable
C. clever
D. rude✅

Question 10. Spores are infinitesimal reproductive units of fungi and lower plants.
A. invisible
B. interesting
C. microscopic✅
D. large

Question 11. Never trust an insidious person because you’ll never know what goes on in his mind.
A. honest
B. treacherous✅
C. loyal
D. trustworthy

Question 12. Jessica is an irascible girl who frequently has tantrums.
A. impatient
B. cheerful
C. hot-tempered✅
D. jolly

Question 13. Surgeons should be meticulous, especially when performing operations.
A. careful✅
B. careless
C. strict
D. lenient

Question 14. Christ teaches us to be concerned about putting up riches in heaven and not to be obsessed with mundane things.
A. temporary
B. worldly✅
C. insignificant
D. important

Question 15. Rochelle has difficulty seeing things from afar because she is myopic.
A. cross-eyed
B. eagle-eyed
C. farsighted
D. nearsighted✅

Question 16. Regina, being a child of three, is oblivious to the world around her.
A. careful
B. carefree
C. aware
D. unmindful✅

Question 17. Man can never be omniscient like God.
A. all-knowing✅
B. logical
C. immortal
D. miraculous

Question 18. The piquant mouse was able to find its way out of the maze in a short while.
A. dumb
B. clever✅
C. small
D. unusual

Question 19. It is now plausible to say that someday, interplanetary travel will no longer be impossible.
A. reasonable✅
B. unusual
C. illogical
D. extraordinary

Question 20. A prudent person is not easily deceived.
A. loyal
B. careless
C. wise✅
D. foolish

Question 21. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is a common aphorism.
A. slogan
B. battle cry
C. proverb✅
D. motto

Question 22. Charmaine’s deportment is highly commendable.
A. belief
B. behavior✅
C. intelligence
D. competence

Question 23. For enmity and hate are contrary to friendship and concord.
A. agreement
B. mutual hatred✅
C. confusion
D. division

Question 24. The Filipino’s fortitude is the reason why he seldom complains.
A. endurance✅
B. peace-loving
C. discontent
D. satisfaction

Question 25. Poverty should never be viewed as an impediment to attaining a good education.
A. reason
B. way
C. link
D. obstruction✅

Question 26. The students were upbraided for misbehaving during the assembly.
A. praised
B. honored
C. scolded✅
D. stopped

Question 27. Urbane people are appalled by rude behavior.
A. well-mannered✅
B. ill-mannered
C. modern
D. rich

Question 28. Clowns are never vapid but the sick usually are.
A. lively and energetic
B. lacking spirit and liveliness✅
C. clumsy
D. funny

Question 29. The client was asked to verify the veracity of the statement of accounts issued.
A. accuracy✅
B. discrepancy
C. redundancy
D. mistake

Question 30. Dentists believe that babies should be weaned from feeding bottles as soon as possible to prevent malformation of the infant’s erupting teeth.
A. get used to
B. develop hatred for
C. free from dependence✅
D. make more dependent

Question 31. Some people believe that Balete Drive is haunted because a wraith of a woman appears there.
A. shadow
B. statue
C. reflection
D. ghost✅

Question 32. She looks unkempt with her wavy coarse hair falling freely behind her back.
A. pretty
B. neat
C. prim and proper
D. untidy✅

Question 33. The room is topsy-turvy as if a hurricane just passed through.
A. disorderly✅
B. destroyed
C. orderly
D. clean

Question 34. Sherlock Holmes is a famous sleuth.
A. adventurer
B. scientist
C. detective✅
D. criminal

Question 35. Mindy rummaged through the chest of old clothes for something usable to donate.
A. searched through✅
B. wandered through
C. passed through
D. scattered

Question 36. Only a ruffian could do such a heinous act of killing a helpless child.
A. an insane person
B. a brutal person✅
C. a lovable person
D. a confused person

Question 37. To augment the policemen’s income, the government allowed them to take part-time jobs.
A. increase✅
B. contribute
C. limit
D. remove

Question 38. A person’s reputation is very important to be very careful not to calumniate anybody.
A. embarrass
B. abuse
C. tease
D. slander✅

Question 39. The footprints were effaced when the floor was mopped.
A. printed
B. erased✅
C. deformed
D. developed

Question 40. The plane overshot the runway and landed in a ditch.
A. passed through
B. passed by
C. went beyond✅
D. did not reach

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