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 #81 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The faculty senate had to submit their new rules to a ___________________ of the school's entire staff for ratification.

Possible Answers:

recapitulation

referendum

jargon

recusal

jurisprudence

Correct answer:

referendum

Explanation:

The senate's "new rules" are put before "the school's entire staff for ratification." This means the staff must give some official blessing on the rules. "Referendum," meaning a public vote, is the correct answer.

Example Question #82 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Despite a great deal of research, the question of black holes still presents a ____________ for scientists.

Possible Answers:

subterfuge

conundrum

contusion

bulwark

sacrosanct

Correct answer:

conundrum

Explanation:

We see here that "black holes" are not understood, "despite a great deal of research." This means the correct answer will indicate that black holes are still an issue. "Conundrum," meaning a puzzle or challenge, is the best choice.

Example Question #83 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The aging band had their last hit years ago, and was now trading on ________________ to sell tickets.

Possible Answers:

ambivalence

notoriety

jargon

nostalgia

benignity

Correct answer:

nostalgia

Explanation:

The sentence outright states the band's "last hit" was "years ago."  The correct answer will indicate it was their past success that is now selling tickets.  "Nostalgia," meaning a longing for the past, is the best fit.

Example Question #84 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The boy's defiance of his teacher gained him _______________ among his peers, despite the punishment he received.

Possible Answers:

petulance

ambivalence

notoriety

munificence

reticence

Correct answer:

notoriety

Explanation:

The "defiance" was looked at by his peers in a light described by the missing word. The correct answer will mean fame or respect of some kind. "Notoriety," meaning infamy or widespread acclaim for wrongdoing, is the correct answer.

Example Question #109 : One Blank Texts

Although he started the job enthusiastically, his _________________ waned the longer he worked there.

Possible Answers:

transgression

rigor

zeal

cynicism

torpor

Correct answer:

zeal

Explanation:

The sentence directly connects the missing word with "enthusiastically." The correct answer needs to be a synonym of "enthusiasm." "Zeal," meaning eagerness and desire, is the best fit.

Example Question #85 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The new employee was a terrible ________________, and sought to curry favor with his boss in any way.

Possible Answers:

sycophant

hypocrite

philanthropist

cynic

connoisseur

Correct answer:

sycophant

Explanation:

The phrase "curry favor" provides the best clue to the answer. By trying to appeal to his boss "in any way," the new employee is being a "sycophant," a flatterer and kiss up.

Example Question #111 : One Blank Texts

The initial plan sought to use a small force as a ________________ that would distract from the real invasion.

Possible Answers:

conundrum

decoy

paragon

goad

legion

Correct answer:

decoy

Explanation:

The use of "a small force" away "from the real invasion" means the correct answer needs to indicate a trick of some kind. "Decoy," meaning a fake used as a trap, is the best choice.

Example Question #86 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

She was an impressive runner, but did not possess the _______________ to compete at longer distances.

Possible Answers:

remorse

nonchalance

endurance

brevity

petulance

Correct answer:

endurance

Explanation:

The key phrase in the sentence is "at longer distances." Since the subject cannot compete in those, the correct answer needs to indicate the ability to run those distances. "Endurance, meaning staying power or stamina, is the best choice.

Example Question #87 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The boy quickly became a ____________ for the cause, refusing to associate with any ideological opponents.

Possible Answers:

portent

sycophant

moderate

zealot

pragmatist

Correct answer:

zealot

Explanation:

"Refusing to associate" with opponents indicates the boy was fiercely devoted to his cause, and the correct answer will indicate such a devoted person. "Zealot," meaning a fanatic or extreme partisan, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #88 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The commander was lauded as the ________________ of a naval officer that all subordinates should look to emulate.

Possible Answers:

placebo

pedant

philistine

archetype

alibi

Correct answer:

archetype

Explanation:

The commander is who "subordinates should look to emulate," indicating he is a model for others. "Archetype," meaning a classic example or perfect form of something, is the correct answer.

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