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 #51 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Her history of thievery and robbery made many think her plan was just a __________.

Possible Answers:

portent

ruse

detour

neologism

paragon

Correct answer:

ruse

Explanation:

The "thievery and robbery" would make people think she would do it again. The correct answer will then mean something or criminal or devious. "Ruse," meaning trick or deception, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #52 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The poor acoustics and open floor plan made the office produce a general _____________ when everyone was present

Possible Answers:

subpoena

pragmatism

omniscience

negligence

cacophony

Correct answer:

cacophony

Explanation:

The sentence refers to "poor acoustics" as a source of the problem described by the missing word. The correct answer will therefore have to do with acoustics or sound. "Cacophony," meaning loud or discordant noises, is the best choice.

Example Question #53 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The ________________ of being the only redhead in a family of blondes made her want to change her hair color.

Possible Answers:

sagacity

ignominy

transience

reticence

negligence

Correct answer:

ignominy

Explanation:

The fact she wanted "to change her hair color" indicate she was somehow embarassed. The correct answer will need to mean shame or embarassment, which is the definition of "ignominy."

Example Question #54 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

To explain many of the book's oddities, the author snuck in a brief _____________ at the front as a guide.

Possible Answers:

recantation

preamble

digression

precedent

tome

Correct answer:

preamble

Explanation:

The indication the missing word is at the front of the book is the best clue to finding the answer. A "preamble" is a word for brief introductory material at the front of a text, and is the correct answer.

Example Question #55 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

While the millionaire believed it best to announce his charitable giving, many critics thought he wanted to advertise his ______________ too much.

Possible Answers:

cynicism

parsimoniousness

pragmatism

altruism

recalcitrance

Correct answer:

altruism

Explanation:

The entire issue of the sentence is the millionaire's "charitable giving," and the missing word follows this. The correct answer will mean giving to others or putting others first, the definition of "altruism."

Example Question #56 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

To be truly authentic, stews at the Renaissance Fair were cooked in giant _____________.

Possible Answers:

trinkets

bulwarks

ceramics

cauldrons

tagines

Correct answer:

cauldrons

Explanation:

The two best keys to the answer are "stews" and "giant." The answer will therefore mean a large cooking pot, which is the definition of "cauldron."

Example Question #81 : One Blank Texts

The coach had decided to become the chief ________________ for his player's Most Valuable Player campaign.

Possible Answers:

lobbyist

connoisseur

portent

therapist

bane

Correct answer:

lobbyist

Explanation:

A coach has a vested interest in his player doing well in award voting. The correct answer should indicate his support and enthusiasm. "Lobbyist," meaning someone who argues for a particular cause, is the correct choice.

Example Question #82 : One Blank Texts

The prospect of high school made her nervous, and she approached the first day with _________________.

Possible Answers:

cynicism

trepidation

poise

rigor

candor

Correct answer:

trepidation

Explanation:

The sentence notes the subject was "nervous," and that nervousness would carry over to the first day. The correct answer should mean fear or hesitation, the definition of "trepidation."

Example Question #123 : Text Completion

The _________________ of foreign cultures has often been held as a justification for colonialism and imperialism.

Possible Answers:

sagacity

sacrality

depravity

congeniality

alacrity

Correct answer:

depravity

Explanation:

"Colonialism and imperialism" are methods of dominating other cultures and would be justified by looking down on other cultures. The correct answer will then insult or demean "foreign cultures."  "Depravity," meaning moral corruption, is the best choice.

Example Question #124 : Text Completion

She felt better as her second year on the job approached, because she decided to use her first year as a ______________.

Possible Answers:

opulence

paragon

preamble

omen

precedent

Correct answer:

precedent

Explanation:

The sentence indicates the subject will be able to better do her job thanks to her first year and the guidance it will provide her. "Precedent," meaning an event used as a model, is the best choice.

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