GRE Verbal : Parts of Speech in One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

The young orphan looked to his parents' photographs as a ______________ to his own past.

Possible Answers:

misnomer

eulogy

legend

chimera

riddle

Correct answer:

legend

Explanation:

The orphan is attempting to find something through his parents' photographs. The orphan is using the photographs as a guide. In this sense, "legend," referring to the key of a map, is the choice that best fits the sentence.

Example Question #21 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

While the graffiti never became too serious a problem, it continued to be a ____________ for the police department.

Possible Answers:

goad

boon

bane

wane

paradigm

Correct answer:

bane

Explanation:

The graffiti might not be "too serious," but it is still problematic for the police. The correct answer choice will indicate both the problems and the smallness of them. "Bane," meaning a consistent bother, is the correct answer.

Example Question #21 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

The show is not just a good musical, but almost a perfect model of the ___________.

Possible Answers:

jargon

connoiseur

effigy

genre

ephemera

Correct answer:

genre

Explanation:

The key word in this sentence is "musical." As a musical is a particular category or type of show, the correct answer is "genre," which has that exact definition.

Example Question #22 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

The fierce ___________ between the two rivals slowly turned into a warm friendship.

Possible Answers:

affability

rancor

inimitability

fraternity

familiarity

Correct answer:

rancor

Explanation:

The sentence both indicates the two were rivals and contrasts the answer with "warm friendship." The correct answer choice should make it clear the rivalry was quite intense. Of the choices, only "rancor," meaning resentment or a bad feeling, fits the sentence appropriately.

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

His small writings on the beat scene made him known as "The ____________ of Jazz."

Possible Answers:

Bane

Cudgel

Bard

Paragon

Bastion

Correct answer:

Bard

Explanation:

In this sentence, many of the choices could fit, but the best fit needs to be found. The phrase "small writings" is the best indicator of the right answer. "Bard," a word for writer or poet, is the word that best fits in the sentence.

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

Despite a campaign to save the old courthouse, the ________ proved too crumbling to be restored.

Possible Answers:

paradigm

bulwark

aesthetics

edifice

buttress

Correct answer:

edifice

Explanation:

The "old courthouse" is what is described by the answer, so the correct choice will be able to  identify the courthouse. "Edifice," meaning building or structure, is the best choice.

Example Question #51 : One Blank Texts

The talk show host drew _____________ from critics for his confrontational interviews.

Possible Answers:

ardor

effusion

adoration

ire

acclimation

Correct answer:

ire

Explanation:

The host is described as "confrontational" in the sentence; the host is also mentioned as having critics. Those critics would be upset and angry with the host. Of all the choices, only "ire," meaning anger, has the appropriate meaning.

Example Question #52 : One Blank Texts

The owner insisted the contract was phrased so that the employee had to work in _____________ for the company, and could never leave.

Possible Answers:

perpetuity

mutiny

perspicacity

intemperance

acuity

Correct answer:

perpetuity

Explanation:

The last phrase of the sentence, "could never leave," is the key to finding the answer. The correct answer will essentially mean "never leave." "Perpetuity," meaning forever or eternity, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #93 : Text Completion

Instead of being generous and gracious, his speech became a ___________ against his opponent.

Possible Answers:

pose

pontification

concession

retraction

rant

Correct answer:

rant

Explanation:

The speech is defined as not being "generous and gracious." The correct answer, then, should mean an angry or even nasty speech, which is the definition of "rant."

Example Question #53 : One Blank Texts

Her ______________ was impressive for such a young girl, and her father liked to show off her wit.

Possible Answers:

irascibility

obsequiousness

perspicacity

deference

obtuseness

Correct answer:

perspicacity

Explanation:

The sentence finishes by talking about the girl's wit, and parallels her wit to the answer blank. The correct choice will mean sharpness or clerverness, which is the definition of "perspicacity."

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