What Word Completes the Analogy?

(What is an analogy?)

SAXOPHONE : INSTRUMENT :: human : mammal

  1. trumpet
  2. human
  3. lizard

The best answer is human. The relationship between the first pair of words, saxophone and instrument, is that of item to category—one word names something that falls into the category, or group, named by the other. Therefore, the second pair of words must also have an item-to-category relationship. A human is a type of mammal.

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