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 #121 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The military research headquarters was actually in a _________________ warehouse to fend off prying eyes.

Possible Answers:

lavish

portentous

baroque

nondescript

ebullient

Correct answer:

nondescript

Explanation:

The building has to "fend off prying eyes" because of the research it is conducting. The correct answer will indicate the attempt to put off onlookers or deflect attention. "Nondescript," meaning ordinary and without any notable features, is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #122 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

With the hire of a new salesman, the long time employee worried he was now ______________.

Possible Answers:

nondescript

supercilious

bourgeois

germinal

redundant

Correct answer:

redundant

Explanation:

The "hire of a new salesman" has a direct impact on the old employee's job. The correct answer will indicate the old employee's new irrelevance. "Redundant," meaning unnecessary and repetitive, is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #123 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

His mother was worried his odd mannerisms made him ______________ to bullying from classmates.

Possible Answers:

posthumous

redundant

susceptible

nebulous

ambiguous

Correct answer:

susceptible

Explanation:

The boy's mother is concerned about the connection of his peers' bullying to his odd mannerisms. The correct answer needs to mean vulnerable or at risk of, the definition of "susceptible."

Example Question #124 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The basketball player appeared too _____________ to handle physical contact, but he was surprisingly muscular for being so lean.

Possible Answers:

personable

rotund

robust

wispy

surly

Correct answer:

wispy

Explanation:

The player is described both as looking like he cannot take "physical contact," and that he is "lean." The correct answer needs to indicate needs to indicate that he looks thin and not very tough. "Wispy," meaning frail, delicate, and feather-like, is the best choice.

Example Question #125 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

In his personal life, he was usually quite pleasant, but on a football field he became positively ______________.

Possible Answers:

affable

personable

bestial

effusive

ingratiating

Correct answer:

bestial

Explanation:

The sentence is structured so as to contrast the missing word with "pleasant." The correct answer will in some way be an antonym of "quite pleasant." "Bestial," meaning animal-like or inhuman, is the best choice.

Example Question #126 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The paper was trampled under foot, becoming _________________ and damaged.

Possible Answers:

phlegmatic

erratic

poised

corrugated

emaciated

Correct answer:

corrugated

Explanation:

The paper is described as "damaged" after it was "trampled under foot." The correct answer will indicate some way it was damaged. "Corrugated," meaning folded repeatedly and sharply, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #778 : One Blank Texts

In his old age, he became quite ________________ about a youth he never enjoyed at the time.

Possible Answers:

altruistic

sycophantic

philanthropic

wistful

erratic

Correct answer:

wistful

Explanation:

The man changed his outlook on his youth as he aged, and the missing word describes the view he now has. "Wistful," meaning to look back longingly on, is the correct answer.

Example Question #127 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The speech argued that the sacrifice of soldiers in a righteous cause could make the bloodiest battlefield _________________.

Possible Answers:

hallowed

elucidated

petrified

novel

advocated

Correct answer:

hallowed

Explanation:

The phrase "in a righteous cause" is the best key to finding the correct answer. The missing word needs to reflect the "righteous cause" appropriately. "Hallowed," meaning consecrated or made holy, is the best fit.

Example Question #129 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

At the news of their court victory, the plaintiffs were ________________.

Possible Answers:

aloof

jubilant

beguiling

irascible

belligerent

Correct answer:

jubilant

Explanation:

The plaintiffs have just heard they were victorious in court. Such news inspires a good deal of happiness. "Jubilant," meaning ecstatic and delighted, is the correct answer.

Example Question #821 : Text Completion

She was noted as being the most __________________ woman in town, as she vistited holy shrines regularly.

Possible Answers:

infamous

pious

erratic

notorious

potable

Correct answer:

pious

Explanation:

The missing word is elaborated on by the phrase "visited holy shrines regularly." The correct answer needs to indicate the woman was extremely religious, the definition of "pious."

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