GRE Verbal : One-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #47 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The entire organization called for a complete __________________ of the actions of their disgraced former president.

Possible Answers:

delineation

immoderation

exacerbation

derision

deliberation

Correct answer:

delineation

Explanation:

The phrasing and structure of the sentence indicate the organization does not know about all the former president's actions. The correct answer will mean explanation or outlining, which is the definition of "delineation."

Example Question #48 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

His walk had a number of _____________________ that made him identifiable from a distance.

Possible Answers:

euphemisms

obsessions

ruminations

transgressions

idiosyncracies

Correct answer:

idiosyncracies

Explanation:

If the subject is "identifiable from a distance," this means his walk is unique to him, and the correct answer will reflect this. "Idiosyncracies," meaning personal peculiarities, is the best fit among the answer choices.

Example Question #44 : Nouns In One Blank Texts

His use of pseudonyms in ______________ allowed readers to think the magazine was written by more than one person.

Possible Answers:

bylines

cudgels

eulogies

edifices

euphemisms

Correct answer:

bylines

Explanation:

The reference to magazine writing is the best clue to finding the answer. The correct choice will have something to do with magazines or writing. "Bylines," the line indicating the author of an article, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #49 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

He immediately sought a ______________ for his sunburn when he woke up in the morning.

Possible Answers:

calcification

subpoena

trinket

portent

liniment

Correct answer:

liniment

Explanation:

The subject of the sentence is trying to find something for a sunburn, which is painful. The correct answer will indicate help for the sunburn. "Liniment," a soothing lotion or cream, is the best choice.

Example Question #51 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

Her history of thievery and robbery made many think her plan was just a __________.

Possible Answers:

portent

ruse

detour

neologism

paragon

Correct answer:

ruse

Explanation:

The "thievery and robbery" would make people think she would do it again. The correct answer will then mean something or criminal or devious. "Ruse," meaning trick or deception, is the best fit among the answers.

Example Question #52 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The poor acoustics and open floor plan made the office produce a general _____________ when everyone was present

Possible Answers:

subpoena

pragmatism

omniscience

negligence

cacophony

Correct answer:

cacophony

Explanation:

The sentence refers to "poor acoustics" as a source of the problem described by the missing word. The correct answer will therefore have to do with acoustics or sound. "Cacophony," meaning loud or discordant noises, is the best choice.

Example Question #53 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

The ________________ of being the only redhead in a family of blondes made her want to change her hair color.

Possible Answers:

sagacity

ignominy

transience

reticence

negligence

Correct answer:

ignominy

Explanation:

The fact she wanted "to change her hair color" indicate she was somehow embarassed. The correct answer will need to mean shame or embarassment, which is the definition of "ignominy."

Example Question #54 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

To explain many of the book's oddities, the author snuck in a brief _____________ at the front as a guide.

Possible Answers:

recantation

preamble

digression

precedent

tome

Correct answer:

preamble

Explanation:

The indication the missing word is at the front of the book is the best clue to finding the answer. A "preamble" is a word for brief introductory material at the front of a text, and is the correct answer.

Example Question #55 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

While the millionaire believed it best to announce his charitable giving, many critics thought he wanted to advertise his ______________ too much.

Possible Answers:

cynicism

parsimoniousness

pragmatism

altruism

recalcitrance

Correct answer:

altruism

Explanation:

The entire issue of the sentence is the millionaire's "charitable giving," and the missing word follows this. The correct answer will mean giving to others or putting others first, the definition of "altruism."

Example Question #56 : Parts Of Speech In One Blank Texts

To be truly authentic, stews at the Renaissance Fair were cooked in giant _____________.

Possible Answers:

trinkets

bulwarks

ceramics

cauldrons

tagines

Correct answer:

cauldrons

Explanation:

The two best keys to the answer are "stews" and "giant." The answer will therefore mean a large cooking pot, which is the definition of "cauldron."

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