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 #11 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

No matter what evidence came to him, the pastor remained ____________ in his beliefs.

Possible Answers:

compliant

ambivalent

ambiguous

hidebound

equivocal

Correct answer:

hidebound

Explanation:

The fact that no evidence does anything to the pastor means he is staying fairly certain in his beliefs. Compliant, ambiguous, ambivalent, and equivocal all indicate that he would be less firm in his beliefs. Only hidebound, meaning "being rigid in belief," fits the sentence.

Example Question #11 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

She was rightly quite ________________ in approaching the bear she encountered on her hike.

Possible Answers:

brusque

boorish

timorous

adventurous

obstreperous

Correct answer:

timorous

Explanation:

The presence of a bear on a hike is a scary experience.  The correct answer choice will give that meaning to the sentence. "Adventurous," "boorish," "obstreperous," and "brusque" all indicate a boldness and directness that does not fit the sentence. "Timorous," meaning fearful or even cowardly, is the correct choice.

Example Question #13 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Although he had lost two fingers in a childhood accident, he was fairly ___________ with woodworking tools.

Possible Answers:

clumsy

inadequate

boorish

adroit

oafish

Correct answer:

adroit

Explanation:

The context around the word indicates the man is quite skilled even with his handicap. Of all the answer choices, the only synonym with skilled is "adroit."

Example Question #14 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The office was unimpressive to vistors, littered with ___________ technology and old furniture.

Possible Answers:

contemporary

fashionable

curious

obsolete

modern

Correct answer:

obsolete

Explanation:

The two best words in the sentence to give a clue to the correct answer are "unimpressive" and "old." The use of these two adjectives with the answer blank means that the correct choice will fit with those words; therefore, "obsolete," meaning something that is out of date or ancient, is the correct answer.

Example Question #15 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Suddenly, the children became _____________, shouting and crying over seemingly nothing.

Possible Answers:

erratic

reserved

poised

recalcitrant

histrionic

Correct answer:

histrionic

Explanation:

The shouting and crying of the children is the best clue to the correct answer. The word which will make the sentence complete needs to have the appropriate sense of shouting and crying. "Histrionic," which means exaggerated or affected emotionalism, is the only answer choice that fits appropriately in the sentence.

Example Question #16 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The couple's ______________ spending habits made them broke in a very short amount of time.

Possible Answers:

odious

pecunious

parsimonious

lavish

ascetic

Correct answer:

lavish

Explanation:

The fact the couple became broke quickly means they were spending money at a rapid pace.  The correct answer choice will indicate such an extreme level of spending. "Lavish," meaning wasteful or excessive, is the best answer choice.

Example Question #17 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

The man was quite intelligent, but his speech impediment made him seem __________.

Possible Answers:

exuberant

erratic

obtuse

garrulous

officious

Correct answer:

obtuse

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence indicates that the man was not seen as "quite intelligent," even if he really is. The correct answer should be an antonym of "intelligent." "Obtuse," meaning simple or dull, is the right choice.

Example Question #18 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

In order to avoid interactions with people, he used a _____________ manner when he spoke with anyone.

Possible Answers:

deferent

brusque

laudatory

garrulous

lighthearted

Correct answer:

brusque

Explanation:

Since the man is avoiding talking to anyone, it can be inferred that his approach to people was quite short. The correct choice should make it clear the man does not intend to speak much, if at all. "Brusque," meaning blunt or even rude, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #11 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Although still meeting occasionally, the organization had become _____________ regarding activities.

Possible Answers:

officious

torpid

resplendent

resilient

adamant

Correct answer:

torpid

Explanation:

The two phrases of the sentence are placed in such a way that they contrast with each other. The habit of meeting occasionally is put against the group's attitude to activitied, and the correct answer will reflect this. "Torpid," meaning stagnant or inactive, is the best choice.

Example Question #711 : Text Completion

The building's _____________ qualities could not outweigh its structural deficiencies.

Possible Answers:

erratic

rigorous

histrionic

boorish

aesthetic

Correct answer:

aesthetic

Explanation:

The "qualities" the answer describes are something at odds with structural issues, and need to reflect the non-structural elements of a building. "Aesthetic," meaning relating to art and beauty, is the only answer choice that fits.

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