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 #71 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

His lack of curiosity about art marked him as a _______________ among his friends.

Possible Answers:

talisman

sage

zealot

philistine

superlative

Correct answer:

philistine

Explanation:

The sentence notes the subject's "lack of curiosity" as the reason his friends view him the way they do. The correct answer needs to demonstrate a lack of knowledge. "Philistine," meaning an uncultured and unsophisticated person, is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #72 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Years later, the man still expressed ________________ for the harm he caused as a boy.

Possible Answers:

congeniality

indifference

belligerence

contrition

ambivalence

Correct answer:

contrition

Explanation:

"The harm he caused" indicates a troubling past that the man is reflecting on. The correct answer will express how he feels now. "Contrition," meaning sorrow and repentance, is the best answer.

Example Question #73 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The girl had enough __________________ to talk her way out of gym class.

Possible Answers:

irascibility

rancor

piety

degradation

guile

Correct answer:

guile

Explanation:

Getting "out of gym class" was possible because the girl had the quality described by the missing word. The correct answer needs to appropriately reflect her abilities. "Guile," meaning cunning or craftiness, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #74 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The patriotic speech often slipped too far into ________________.

Possible Answers:

polemic

platitudes

euphemism

jingoism

eulogy

Correct answer:

jingoism

Explanation:

While many of the answer could fit the sentence, the best choice must be found. The speech is patriotic, but goes too far, and the answer must reflect both of these things. "Jingoism," meaning over the top patriotic speech, is the best choice.

Example Question #75 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The small role proved to be the _______________ of his career, as he never garnered any more success.

Possible Answers:

alibi

paragon

zenith

nadir

consensus

Correct answer:

zenith

Explanation:

The sentence says the subject "never garnered any more success." This means that the correct answer will mean a high point or peak, the definition of "zenith."

Example Question #76 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Being uncomfortable with fame, the author became a ______________ and never gave interviews.

Possible Answers:

hermit

nomad

cynic

itinerant

recluse

Correct answer:

recluse

Explanation:

The sentence notes both that the author was "uncomfortable with fame" and "never gave interviews." The correct answer will indicate the author's avoidance of others. "Recluse," meaning a person who cuts himself off from others, is the best choice.

Example Question #76 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Her _____________ was astonishing, and she was often a victim of fraud.

Possible Answers:

libertarianism

irrepressibility

gullibility

omniscience

nonchalance

Correct answer:

gullibility

Explanation:

Being "a victim of fraud" indicates the subject of the sentence was easily tricked and duped. The correct answer will mean too trusting or easy to be fooled, the definition of gullibility.

Example Question #102 : One Blank Texts

Her _________________ was contagious, and soon the whole room was smiling.

Possible Answers:

philanthropy

elusiveness

lasciviousness

jollity

irascibility

Correct answer:

jollity

Explanation:

What is "contagious" turns "the whole room smiling." This means the correct answer will indicate something that produces smiling. "Jollity," meaning happiness or levity, is the best choice.

Example Question #77 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Although hyped before the primaries, the candidate ultimately proved a ______________.

Possible Answers:

portent

subterfuge

buttress

nonentity

weight

Correct answer:

nonentity

Explanation:

The missing word is contrasted with the attention given to the candidate "before the primaries." The correct answer will demonstrate the candidate's inability to live up to the hype. "Nonentity," meaning a nonfactor or unimportant person or thing, is the best fit in the sentence.

Example Question #78 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

With the recent acquisition, the President of the company felt he had hit a ___________ and was uncertain what to do next.

Possible Answers:

bulwark

nadir

precinct

guile

pinnacle

Correct answer:

pinnacle

Explanation:

The President is reflecting on a success, which makes him "uncertain what to do next." The correct answer will mean some point which is hard to duplicate or suppress. "Pinnacle," meaning highest point or topmost moment, is the best choice.

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