GRE Verbal : One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1131 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The __________ subjects covered by the conference's talks range from robotics and programming to meditation and literature.

Possible Answers:

hermeneutic

perceptive

reviled

eclectic

ostentatious

Correct answer:

eclectic

Explanation:

“Eclectic” denotes a broad or all-encompassing range of something, in this case, of subjects covered by the talks. As the sentence shows, the talks cover robotics to literature, which certainly represents a wide range of topics.

Example Question #1101 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The recent transformation of the television show into season-long narratives has allowed television writers to tell more complex and __________ stories.

Possible Answers:

inane

desultory

unremarkable

succinct

multifaceted

Correct answer:

multifaceted

Explanation:

The key word in the above sentence is “complex,” and its use with “and” tells you to look for a synonym of “complex.”  Of the four answer choices, only "multifaceted" is a synonym for “complex.”

Example Question #1102 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The art student frequently saw his own work in a __________ vein, breaking the previously established patterns set forth by his instructor.

Possible Answers:

progressive

trivial

jejune

mundane

pathetic

Correct answer:

progressive

Explanation:

The art student perceives himself to be an innovator, pushing against the boundaries of his instructor’s advice. Only one of the answer choices, “progressive,” indicates a desire to go further than his instructor desires.

Example Question #483 : Adjectives And Adverbs In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Flanders was often seen as __________ by his colleagues because of his habit of offering to help with any task his employer undertook.

Possible Answers:

counterproductive

sycophantic

welcoming

careful

stringent

Correct answer:

sycophantic

Explanation:

The first sentence indicates Flanders’ colleagues are annoyed by him. “Welcoming” and “careful” both have too many positive connotations to be the correct answer. Flanders’ offers of help could be "productive," but are certainly an attempt to flatter his boss, which is the definition of “sycophantic.”

Example Question #1134 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Robert Burns is considered the __________ Scottish poet, as his work is famous throughout Scotland and is seen to embody Scottish culture.

Possible Answers:

irrelevant

quintessential

dispensible

unimpressive

mediocre

Correct answer:

quintessential

Explanation:

The second half of the sentence indicates that Robert Burns is held in high regard, so "quintissential" is the best answer choice.

Example Question #1135 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Fred frequently looked back __________ on his time in the military, viewing it as the “glory days” that he could never recover.

Possible Answers:

thoughtfully

cynically

wistfully

angrily

despairingly

Correct answer:

wistfully

Explanation:

Fred’s view of his past “glory days” indicates the positive feelings towards the military Fred holds, ruling out "angrily" and "despairingly." "Thoughtfully" does not work because of the simple manner in which Fred regards his military experience.

Example Question #1136 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

His demeanor was often considered ___________ due to his aloof manner and biting comments.

Possible Answers:

haughty

jolly

exemplary

conspicuous

gentlemanly

Correct answer:

haughty

Explanation:

Both “aloof manner” and “biting comments” tell us that the word we are looking for needs to indicate something poor about the subject’s personality. Only one word, “haughty,” carries such a meaning.

Example Question #1137 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Her fashion sense was considered quite __________, as it gave the impression she had not updated her wardrobe in years.

Possible Answers:

trendy

antiquated

pedestrian

avant-garde

exceptional

Correct answer:

antiquated

Explanation:

The inability of the woman to update her wardrobe indicates she is old-fashioned. This is the exact meaning of “antiquated,” making it the best fit for this sentence.

Example Question #1138 : One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

The __________ texture of the airline pillow irritated Angela’s face and made her long flight all the more vexatious.

Possible Answers:

abrasive

dexterous

lustrous

monotonous

significant

Correct answer:

abrasive

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe how a pillow might irritate someone’s face and make their flight "vexatious," or unpleasant. "Abrasive" means rough, coarse, or harsh, so is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

Example Question #1111 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

Thomas’ bookshelves were __________ with works of literature, especially his many beloved detective novels.

Possible Answers:

replete

formidable

destitute

noxious

vacuous

Correct answer:

replete

Explanation:

You are looking for an adjective that would describe Thomas’ “many” books on a bookshelf. Since "replete" means full, it is the only answer choice that fits the context of the sentence.

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