GRE Verbal : Adjectives and Adverbs in One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The ________ taste of the cheese let the chef know it had gone bad.

Possible Answers:

mellifluous

resplendent

acrid

melodious

torpid

Correct answer:

acrid

Explanation:

The key word in this sentence is "bad." The correct answer will have a highly negative meaning. Resplendent, mellifluous, and melodious are all too positive in meaning. Torpid, meaning flat or dullness, is not strong enough. Acrid, meaning pungent and sharp, is the best fit.

Example Question #2 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

While advised by his doctors that it was quite unhealthy, the old man regarded his pipe smoking habit as a ______________.

Possible Answers:

equivocal

punitive

restorative

questionable

debilitative

Correct answer:

restorative

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence makes it clear that the old man views his habit differently from his doctors. The answer, therefore, needs to mean the opposite of "unhealthy."  "Restorative," meaning a soothing and revitalizing tonic, is the best choice.

Example Question #3 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The variety of bird calls made its own __________________ collage.

Possible Answers:

euphonic

delineated

immutable

olfactory

torpid

Correct answer:

euphonic

Explanation:

"Bird calls," particularly a variety of them, are quite noisy and musical. The correct answer will have something to do with sound or music.  "Euphonic, meaning pleasant sounding or beautifully musical, is the best choice.

Example Question #4 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Farmers have a strong __________ presence even though manufacturers of other goods are generally stationed outside this country.

Possible Answers:

isolated

domestic

solitary

inauthentic

pedantic

Correct answer:

domestic

Explanation:

Farmers are contrasted with other manufacturers on the basis of other manufacturers being outside the country.  "Domestic" indicates that farmers are inside the country and makes sense of the contrast.

Example Question #2 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Modern philosophy has almost no relationship to ancient philosophy.  Instead, modern philosophy should be considered an __________ field.

Possible Answers:

attached

uncontroverted

unassociated

pliable

disproportionate

Correct answer:

unassociated

Explanation:

"Unassociated" means unconnected or distinct and is most clearly consistent with the first sentence of the passage.  No other answer fits the description of modern philosophy from the first sentence.

Example Question #3 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted into the sentence, best completes the sentence.

The kiwi is __________ New Zealand; being found nowhere else in the world, the bird makes an apt national symbol for the country.

Possible Answers:

extant in

insular in

dearth in

endemic to

absent from

Correct answer:

endemic to

Explanation:

Because the Kiwi lives in New Zealand, we can eliminate "absent from" and "dearth in," as "dearth" means lack and is not used in a gramatically correct way in that answer choice (it is a noun, and you usually hear about "dearths of" things). Similarly, "insular in" is also gramatically incorrect, and doesn't fit the sentence ("insular" means ignorant about cultures one has never encountered). Since the kiwi not only lives in New Zealand, but it lives only in New Zealand and is "found nowhere else in the world," it is not only "extant in" (still existing in) New Zealand, it is "endemic to" the country—meaning that is found there, but nowhere else. So, "endemic to" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted into the sentence, best completes the sentence.

The neighbor's cat developed an __________ method of escaping the house, wriggling through a broken attic window and climbing down the rainpipe.

Possible Answers:

ineffable

ingenuous

ingenious

inhumane

indelible

Correct answer:

ingenious

Explanation:

The sentence makes the neighbor's cat's escape plan sound complicated and clever, so you know you are looking for a word that could mean clever or cunning. Be careful not to confuse "ingenuous" with "ingenious"; the former means naive, while the latter means clever, and is therefore the best choice for this question.

Example Question #8 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The teacher was continually annoyed by the boy's __________ antics, which were seen as highly amusing by his classmates.

Possible Answers:

staid

ponderous

clever

charming

boorish

Correct answer:

boorish

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence indicates the teacher's view of the boy's antics were opposed to his classmates'. Clever and charming would be how the class views his behavior, while staid and ponderous do not indicate an appropriate level of annoyance. Only boorish, meaning ill-mannered, fits in the sentence.

Example Question #9 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The revolutionary often attacked __________ values in his speeches, but still bought nice furniture for his home.

Possible Answers:

moralistic

common

hedonistic

bourgeois

proletariat

Correct answer:

bourgeois

Explanation:

The revolutionary's rhetoric attacked values that he himself exhibited, which is indicated from the sentence's structure. The best fit among the answer choices is bourgeois, meaning middle class, as his nice furniture into the dominant social assumptions.

Example Question #5 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The child's ________ mannerisms belied the fact that he was an excellent athlete and a star soccer player.

Possible Answers:

ebullient

vigorous

energetic

vibrant

languid

Correct answer:

languid

Explanation:

The word "belied" indicates the child's mannerisms were in contrast to his athletic gifts.  Vigorous, vibrant, and energetic would all make his athleticism expected. Languid, meaning slow and easygoing, is the best answer choice.

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