GRE Verbal : One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : One Blank Texts

The talk show host drew _____________ from critics for his confrontational interviews.

Possible Answers:

ardor

effusion

adoration

ire

acclimation

Correct answer:

ire

Explanation:

The host is described as "confrontational" in the sentence; the host is also mentioned as having critics. Those critics would be upset and angry with the host. Of all the choices, only "ire," meaning anger, has the appropriate meaning.

Example Question #52 : One Blank Texts

The owner insisted the contract was phrased so that the employee had to work in _____________ for the company, and could never leave.

Possible Answers:

perpetuity

mutiny

perspicacity

intemperance

acuity

Correct answer:

perpetuity

Explanation:

The last phrase of the sentence, "could never leave," is the key to finding the answer. The correct answer will essentially mean "never leave." "Perpetuity," meaning forever or eternity, is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #93 : Text Completion

Instead of being generous and gracious, his speech became a ___________ against his opponent.

Possible Answers:

pose

pontification

concession

retraction

rant

Correct answer:

rant

Explanation:

The speech is defined as not being "generous and gracious." The correct answer, then, should mean an angry or even nasty speech, which is the definition of "rant."

Example Question #53 : One Blank Texts

Her ______________ was impressive for such a young girl, and her father liked to show off her wit.

Possible Answers:

irascibility

obsequiousness

perspicacity

deference

obtuseness

Correct answer:

perspicacity

Explanation:

The sentence finishes by talking about the girl's wit, and parallels her wit to the answer blank. The correct choice will mean sharpness or clerverness, which is the definition of "perspicacity."

Example Question #31 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The suspect was accused of plotting to steal millions from his company until his ____________ was discovered.

Possible Answers:

torpor

obeisance

equivocation

negligence

subterfuge

Correct answer:

subterfuge

Explanation:

The suspect is accused of plotting a serious crime. The answer, what was discovered, will indicate the level of deception involved in the crime. "Subterfuge," meaning a trick or deception, is the correct answer.

Example Question #31 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

The Duke's notion of ______________ only spread to the upper classes, and he still viewed the lower classes as suspect.

Possible Answers:

superiority

egalitarianism

affability

obeisance

elitism

Correct answer:

egalitarianism

Explanation:

The Duke continues to look down on "lower classes," which is contrasted with the correct answer. The best choice will then mean a belief in equality, which is the definition of "egalitarianism."

Example Question #32 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

He had been conducting wine tasting so long, he considered himself a _____________.

Possible Answers:

hypochondria

connoisseur

paragon

neophyte

mutineer

Correct answer:

connoisseur

Explanation:

The phrase "conducting wine tastings so long," indicates he considered himself some kind of expert, and the correct answer should reflect that. "Connoisseur," meaning someone with refined taste and judgement, is the best fit in the sentence.

Example Question #92 : Text Completion

Smaragdus of St. Mihiel studied the Rule of St. Benedict like an early medieval grammarian. Many of his interpretations were based on the                     of the expressions used, although his sources of linguistic derivations were more than slightly incorrect.

Possible Answers:

declensions

etymologies

structures

meanings

histories

Correct answer:

etymologies

Explanation:

The best clue words in this example are "grammarian" and "linguistic history." The latter makes "histories" unlikely, if only because of the repetition that this would impose. It is perhaps tempting to use "meanings," as a grammarian would pay heed to meanings in explication—just as he would pay heed to the declensions and inflections of words;  however, if we are considering linguistic history (even if flawed), we are above all concerned with etymology, which studies (or at least purports to study) the history of words and the meanings that can be gleaned from such history.

Example Question #32 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

It sometimes takes the most skill in grammar to commit a true                 .  Many people err in such matters, but only an expert can utterly distort the rules of language.

Possible Answers:

solecism

faux pas

mistake

error

harangue

Correct answer:

solecism

Explanation:

The key word is in the second sentence is "err." It might be tempting for that reason to consider "error" or "mistake," but we are provided a specific type of error, namely a grammatical one: "solecism" matches the intended meaning most closely.

Example Question #34 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

Robert was a trained swordsman, able to fight with great                 . To watch him at battle was as beautiful as watching a trained ballet dancer in motion.

Possible Answers:

strength

finesse

gusto

ability

celerity

Correct answer:

finesse

Explanation:

The first sentence leaves our meaning so general that any of the terms might fit (though the case for "gusto" is particularly weak). The second sentence gives us a much better limiting factor, namely, the beauty of his form as a swordsman. In this case, we are more concerned with form than brute strength or anything similar; therefore, while perhaps "celerity" or "ability" might distantly apply, "finesse" captures the ballet-like beauty most directly.

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