Analogies Practice Questions

Analogies are test questions where a pair of words are given, and you are asked to choose another pair with the same relationship.  For more help answering Analogies, or Verbal Analogies as they are sometimes called, see our Analogies Tutorial.

Analogies are a frequent item on Catholic High School tests, such as the HS Placement Test, TACHS and Cooperative Admissions Exam, as well as Private School Entrance Tests such as the ISEE.

Practice Analogy Questions

1.  Nest : Bird 

a. Cave : bear
b. flower : petal
c. window : house
d. dog : basket

2.  Teacher : School

a. Businessman : Money
b. Waitress : Coffee shop
c. Dentist : Tooth
d. Fish :  Water

3.  pebble : boulder

a. pond : ocean
b. river: rapids
c. fish : elephant
d. feather : bird

4. Poodle : Dog

a. shark : great white
b. dalmation : great dane
c. money : stock market
d. horse : pony

5.  fox : chicken

a. rat : mouse
b. cat : mouse
c. dog : cat
d. rabbit : hen

6.  lawyer : trial

a. plumber : pipe
b. businessman : secretary
c. doctor : operation
d. hairdresser : blow dryer

 

Answer Key
1. A

This is a Functional relationship.   A Bird lives in a nest, the way way a bear lives in a cave.

2 B

This is a functional relationship.  A teacher works in a school in the same way a Waitress works in a coffee shop.

3. A

This is a Degree relationship.   A boulder is a very large pebble – both are rocks, in the same way an ocean is a very large pond – both are very bodies of water.

4. A

This is a type relationship.  A poodle is a type of dog in the same way a great white is a type of shark.

5. B

This is a predator/prey relationship.  Foxes eat chickens in the sam way as cats eat mice.

6. C

This is a functional relationship. A lawyer defends a client in a trial in the same way a doctor performs an operation on a patient.

 

Wikipedia has a section on Analogies which is interesting but a little technical.
ThinkQuest has quite an extensive section on analogies with analogy practice questions and full commentary.
Math.com has a good section with practice analogy questions and commentary.

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    The question 4 response is ordered incorrectly. The correct answer should be great white: shark since it matches the poodle:dog relationship.

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