GRE Verbal : Adjectives and Adverbs in One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #101 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

As a young girl, she was a ________________ gymnast who beat everyone her age.

Possible Answers:

irksome

indifferent

substandard

supercilious

superlative

Correct answer:

superlative

Explanation:

The girl "beat everyoe her age" as a gymnast, so presumably she was quite good. The correct answer needs to indicate just how good she was. "Superlative," meaning extremely good or the very best, is the most appropriate answer choice.

Example Question #102 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

A frightened animal will often take a _______________ pose to look threatening to other animals.

Possible Answers:

surreptitious

belligerent

exasperated

languid

jocular

Correct answer:

belligerent

Explanation:

The animal is both "frightened" and trying "to look threatening." The correct answer needs to reflect the animal's aggression. "Belligerent," meaning willing and looking to fight, is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #103 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The painter was often overshadowed by _______________ artists whose fame did not outlive them.

Possible Answers:

transient

inconsequential

redundant

contemporary

callow

Correct answer:

contemporary

Explanation:

The painter is compared to what must be similar artists, "whose fame did not outlive them."  The comparison is to artists from the same era as the painter. "Contemporary," meaning at the same time, is the correct answer.

Example Question #104 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

After the illness made her unable to eat solid foods, she looked _____________.

Possible Answers:

engrossed

emaciated

ordained

consecrated

embroiled

Correct answer:

emaciated

Explanation:

The sentence notes she was "unable to eat solid foods," and then uses the missing word. The correct answer will indicate she looked under fed or malnourished. "Emaciated," meaning very thin or withered, is the best choice.

Example Question #105 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Weeks after going to the beach, his shoes were still ______________ with sand.

Possible Answers:

poised

redundant

gritty

benign

lacquered

Correct answer:

gritty

Explanation:

The sand makes the shoes become the missing word. Sand is coarse an uncomfortable in shoes, and the correct answer should reflect this. "Gritty," meaning rough and coarse, is the best fit among the choices.

Example Question #106 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The Congressman preferred _________________ statements on the issue to avoid giving away how he would vote.

Possible Answers:

acrimonious

cogent

ambiguous

jingoistic

contrite

Correct answer:

ambiguous

Explanation:

The Congressman is trying "to avoid giving away how he would vote," so his statements will presumably be unclear. "Ambiguous," meaning uncertain or unclear, is the correct answer.

Example Question #107 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The new charity sought to tap into the ___________________ desires of the city's wealthy.

Possible Answers:

lascivious

salacious

susceptible

philanthropic

nomadic

Correct answer:

philanthropic

Explanation:

The key word in the sentence is "charity," and indicates that the "desires" relate to giving.  The correct answer will mean supportive of charities and helping others, the definition of philanthropic.

Example Question #108 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Some people blamed his _______________ demeanor on a childhood experience, but others just thought he was mean.

Possible Answers:

affable

candid

surly

contrite

demure

Correct answer:

surly

Explanation:

The man is outright described as "mean," so the missing word will in some way be a synonym of "mean." Of all the answer choices, "surly," meaning grumpy or rude, is the best fit.

Example Question #109 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The stories often took place in a _______________ realm that distorted reality.

Possible Answers:

whimsical

histrionic

philistine

gritty

alchemical

Correct answer:

whimsical

Explanation:

The sentence says the realm changes reality.  The correct answer will indicat that the realm is odd or fantastical. "Whimsical," meaning fanciful and imaginative, is the best choice.

Example Question #110 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The scandalized politician appeared _____________, and hoped the voters would accept his apology.

Possible Answers:

susceptible

bellicose

congenial

contrite

irascible

Correct answer:

contrite

Explanation:

The last phrase of the sentence mentions the politician's "apology," and pairs it with the missing word. The correct answer needs to indicate an apologetic tone, which is the definition of "contrite."

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