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 #481 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The recent transformation of the television show into season-long narratives has allowed television writers to tell more complex and __________ stories.

Possible Answers:

succinct

multifaceted

unremarkable

inane

desultory

Correct answer:

multifaceted

Explanation:

The key word in the above sentence is “complex,” and its use with “and” tells you to look for a synonym of “complex.”  Of the four answer choices, only "multifaceted" is a synonym for “complex.”

Example Question #1421 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The art student frequently saw his own work in a __________ vein, breaking the previously established patterns set forth by his instructor.

Possible Answers:

jejune

progressive

trivial

mundane

pathetic

Correct answer:

progressive

Explanation:

The art student perceives himself to be an innovator, pushing against the boundaries of his instructor’s advice. Only one of the answer choices, “progressive,” indicates a desire to go further than his instructor desires.

Example Question #483 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Flanders was often seen as __________ by his colleagues because of his habit of offering to help with any task his employer undertook.

Possible Answers:

careful

stringent

sycophantic

welcoming

counterproductive

Correct answer:

sycophantic

Explanation:

The first sentence indicates Flanders’ colleagues are annoyed by him. “Welcoming” and “careful” both have too many positive connotations to be the correct answer. Flanders’ offers of help could be "productive," but are certainly an attempt to flatter his boss, which is the definition of “sycophantic.”

Example Question #484 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Robert Burns is considered the __________ Scottish poet, as his work is famous throughout Scotland and is seen to embody Scottish culture.

Possible Answers:

irrelevant

dispensible

unimpressive

mediocre

quintessential

Correct answer:

quintessential

Explanation:

The second half of the sentence indicates that Robert Burns is held in high regard, so "quintissential" is the best answer choice.

Example Question #485 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Fred frequently looked back __________ on his time in the military, viewing it as the “glory days” that he could never recover.

Possible Answers:

wistfully

angrily

despairingly

cynically

thoughtfully

Correct answer:

wistfully

Explanation:

Fred’s view of his past “glory days” indicates the positive feelings towards the military Fred holds, ruling out "angrily" and "despairingly." "Thoughtfully" does not work because of the simple manner in which Fred regards his military experience.

Example Question #486 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

His demeanor was often considered ___________ due to his aloof manner and biting comments.

Possible Answers:

haughty

exemplary

conspicuous

jolly

gentlemanly

Correct answer:

haughty

Explanation:

Both “aloof manner” and “biting comments” tell us that the word we are looking for needs to indicate something poor about the subject’s personality. Only one word, “haughty,” carries such a meaning.

Example Question #487 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Her fashion sense was considered quite __________, as it gave the impression she had not updated her wardrobe in years.

Possible Answers:

pedestrian

exceptional

avant-garde

antiquated

trendy

Correct answer:

antiquated

Explanation:

The inability of the woman to update her wardrobe indicates she is old-fashioned. This is the exact meaning of “antiquated,” making it the best fit for this sentence.

Example Question #488 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The __________ texture of the airline pillow irritated Angela’s face and made her long flight all the more vexatious.

Possible Answers:

abrasive

dexterous

monotonous

lustrous

significant

Correct answer:

abrasive

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe how a pillow might irritate someone’s face and make their flight "vexatious," or unpleasant. "Abrasive" means rough, coarse, or harsh, so is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #481 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Thomas’ bookshelves were __________ with works of literature, especially his many beloved detective novels.

Possible Answers:

replete

vacuous

formidable

noxious

destitute

Correct answer:

replete

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe Thomas’ “many” books on a bookshelf. Since "replete" means full, it is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #1141 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Do not take for granted the time you have, asserts the playwright; life is more __________ than you think.

Possible Answers:

ephemeral

nugatory

epistolary

resplendent

poignant

Correct answer:

ephemeral

Explanation:

The playwright suggests that you should appreciate the time you have because life is fleeting. "Ephemeral" best completes the sentence because it means short-lived.

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