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 #41 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The new hire was excited about her job, and took to it with _____________.

Possible Answers:

indifference

recalcitrance

egregiousness

alacrity

antipathy

Correct answer:

alacrity

Explanation:

The best clue to find the correct answer is the word "excited."  The best choice will be a further illustration of the new hire's excitement. "Alacrity," meaning quickness or eagerness, is the correct answer.

Example Question #42 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Victorian social mores were so stringent, body parts were never named, but had discreet ________________.

Possible Answers:

euphemisms

iconoclasms

redundancies

examinations

eulogies

Correct answer:

euphemisms

Explanation:

The sentence outright states "body were never named," and the correct answer should indicate a cover up or misnaming. "Euphemisms," meaning a polite phrase used as a stand in for an impolite one, is the best choice.

Example Question #43 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The professor never revealed his grading system, preferring students to view it as a kind of _______________.

Possible Answers:

portent

algorithm

pragmatism

alchemy

alibi

Correct answer:

alchemy

Explanation:

The professor is keeping his grading process a mystery. "Alchemy," a form of medievel chemistry that is often used metaphorically to mean mystery or magic, is the correct answer.

Example Question #44 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The Senator was a well known _________________, with an unusual and unpredictable voting record.

Possible Answers:

transgressive

iconoclast

charlatan

libertarian

paragon

Correct answer:

iconoclast

Explanation:

The Senator's "unusual and unpredictable voting record" is the best clue to finding the correct answer. The best fit will indicate the Senatory's unique habits. "Iconoclast," meaning someone who goes against standard thinking, is the correct answer.

Example Question #45 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The young associate had a peculiar tendency toward _______________ at the most serious moments.

Possible Answers:

irascibility

levity

pragmatism

intractability

obtuseness

Correct answer:

levity

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence places "serious moments" at odds with the missing word. The correct answer will need to be an antonym of "serious." "Levity," meaning lightness or flippancy, is the best answer choice.

Example Question #46 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

It quickly became apparent she had no ________________ for the night of the crime.

Possible Answers:

alchemy

receptacle

precipice

alibi

precinct

Correct answer:

alibi

Explanation:

The key phrase in the sentence is "for the night of the crime," and the correct answer will have to do in some way with crime. "Alibi," a term for a verifiable claim of not being at a crime scene, is the correct answer.

Example Question #47 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The entire organization called for a complete __________________ of the actions of their disgraced former president.

Possible Answers:

delineation

immoderation

exacerbation

derision

deliberation

Correct answer:

delineation

Explanation:

The phrasing and structure of the sentence indicate the organization does not know about all the former president's actions. The correct answer will mean explanation or outlining, which is the definition of "delineation."

Example Question #48 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

His walk had a number of _____________________ that made him identifiable from a distance.

Possible Answers:

euphemisms

obsessions

ruminations

transgressions

idiosyncracies

Correct answer:

idiosyncracies

Explanation:

If the subject is "identifiable from a distance," this means his walk is unique to him, and the correct answer will reflect this. "Idiosyncracies," meaning personal peculiarities, is the best fit among the answer choices.

Example Question #44 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

His use of pseudonyms in ______________ allowed readers to think the magazine was written by more than one person.

Possible Answers:

bylines

cudgels

eulogies

edifices

euphemisms

Correct answer:

bylines

Explanation:

The reference to magazine writing is the best clue to finding the answer. The correct choice will have something to do with magazines or writing. "Bylines," the line indicating the author of an article, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #49 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

He immediately sought a ______________ for his sunburn when he woke up in the morning.

Possible Answers:

calcification

subpoena

trinket

portent

liniment

Correct answer:

liniment

Explanation:

The subject of the sentence is trying to find something for a sunburn, which is painful. The correct answer will indicate help for the sunburn. "Liniment," a soothing lotion or cream, is the best choice.

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