GRE Verbal : One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #81 : Text Completion

The new president refused to comment on the previous regime's policies, out of ___________ to his predecessor.

Possible Answers:

hostility

animosity

officiousness

deference

posterity

Correct answer:

deference

Explanation:

The new president is attempting to show respect and possibly admiration for his predecessor, without commenting or saying too much information. "Deference," which means a polite respect, is the only answer choice that fits the sentence.

Example Question #41 : One Blank Texts

The ballplayer was highly suspicious, and considered music in the clubhouse a ________ for a loss.

Possible Answers:

portent

eulogy

tome

bulwark

blunderbess

Correct answer:

portent

Explanation:

The fact the ballplayer was suspicious means he was on the lookout for coincidences and signs. "Portent," which means an omen or warning sign, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #41 : One Blank Texts

He had just published a large work on Medieval France, but was still promising a __________ on the Norman Kings of England within the year.

Possible Answers:

pamphlet

portent

missive

tenet

tome

Correct answer:

tome

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence effectively pairs the two works mentioned, so the missing word is similar to "large work." "Tome," which means a very large book, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #331 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

He had always been fascinated by _____________, loving how different roots came together to form words.

Possible Answers:

zoology

colonialism

etymology

entomology

existentialism

Correct answer:

etymology

Explanation:

This sentence requires the exact knowledge of the choices' definitions. "Etymology" is the study of words and their origins, and is the correct answer.

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

The young orphan looked to his parents' photographs as a ______________ to his own past.

Possible Answers:

misnomer

eulogy

legend

chimera

riddle

Correct answer:

legend

Explanation:

The orphan is attempting to find something through his parents' photographs. The orphan is using the photographs as a guide. In this sense, "legend," referring to the key of a map, is the choice that best fits the sentence.

Example Question #21 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

While the graffiti never became too serious a problem, it continued to be a ____________ for the police department.

Possible Answers:

goad

boon

bane

wane

paradigm

Correct answer:

bane

Explanation:

The graffiti might not be "too serious," but it is still problematic for the police. The correct answer choice will indicate both the problems and the smallness of them. "Bane," meaning a consistent bother, is the correct answer.

Example Question #21 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

The show is not just a good musical, but almost a perfect model of the ___________.

Possible Answers:

jargon

connoiseur

effigy

genre

ephemera

Correct answer:

genre

Explanation:

The key word in this sentence is "musical." As a musical is a particular category or type of show, the correct answer is "genre," which has that exact definition.

Example Question #22 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

The fierce ___________ between the two rivals slowly turned into a warm friendship.

Possible Answers:

affability

rancor

inimitability

fraternity

familiarity

Correct answer:

rancor

Explanation:

The sentence both indicates the two were rivals and contrasts the answer with "warm friendship." The correct answer choice should make it clear the rivalry was quite intense. Of the choices, only "rancor," meaning resentment or a bad feeling, fits the sentence appropriately.

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

His small writings on the beat scene made him known as "The ____________ of Jazz."

Possible Answers:

Bane

Cudgel

Bard

Paragon

Bastion

Correct answer:

Bard

Explanation:

In this sentence, many of the choices could fit, but the best fit needs to be found. The phrase "small writings" is the best indicator of the right answer. "Bard," a word for writer or poet, is the word that best fits in the sentence.

Example Question #42 : One Blank Texts

Despite a campaign to save the old courthouse, the ________ proved too crumbling to be restored.

Possible Answers:

paradigm

bulwark

aesthetics

edifice

buttress

Correct answer:

edifice

Explanation:

The "old courthouse" is what is described by the answer, so the correct choice will be able to  identify the courthouse. "Edifice," meaning building or structure, is the best choice.

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