GRE Verbal : Context Clues in Two-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : Conjunctions And Text Logic In Two Blank Texts

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

The electrician finally received _________________ for his work, though the client had originally tried to __________________ him.

Possible Answers:

remuneration . . . bilk

compensation . . . reimburse

accolades . . . praise

alimony . . . defraud 

Correct answer:

remuneration . . . bilk

Explanation:

"Remuneration" (payment) and "bilk" (cheat) are the best answer here. To be "compensated" and to be "reimbursed" mean the same thing, as does to receive accolades and to receive praise, and the sentence here suggests that the client originally tried to do something different from the first word choice, not the same. "Alimony" is spousal support and so does not make sense with the sentence.

Example Question #41 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

It was a _________________ philosophical question, and accordingly it required a(n) __________________ answer.

Possible Answers:

complex . . . simplistic

vexing . . . accessible

knotty . . . nuanced

facile . . . elaborate

Correct answer:

knotty . . . nuanced

Explanation:

"Knotty" and "nuance" is the best answer here. The word "accordingly" in the sentence signals that the two blanks need to correspond to each other. All other answer choices give two opposites or near-opposites, not two related words.

Example Question #42 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

The angry customer's ___________________ was _____________________ with personal attacks and expletives.

Possible Answers:

eulogy . . . awash

harangue . . . replete

encomium . . . rife

diatribe . . . void

Correct answer:

harangue . . . replete

Explanation:

"Harangue" and "replete" is the best choice here. "Encomium" and "eulogy" are positive words, out of place with the customer's anger. "Void" means empty, while a "diatribe" would be more likely to have personal attacks and expletives than not.

Example Question #43 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

The ___________________ of the star witness's testimony lessened the ___________________ of the prosecution's case.

Possible Answers:

submission . . . tautology

recantation . . . solubility

abrogation . . . credibility

loquacity . . . trajectory

Correct answer:

abrogation . . . credibility

Explanation:

"Abrogation" and "credibility" is the best choice here. Neither "solubility," "tautology," or "trajectory" make sense in the second blank.

Example Question #44 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

How the ____________________ computer program worked was a(n) _____________________.

Possible Answers:

convoluted . . . given

labyrinthine . . . enigma

convex . . . mystery

straightforward . . . conundrum

Correct answer:

labyrinthine . . . enigma

Explanation:

"Labyrinthine" and "enigma" is the best choice here. "Convex" is a geometry term, while "given" would imply that the convoluted program is easy, and a "straightforward" or simple program would not be a "conundrum" or puzzle.

Example Question #45 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

The orator's _________________ was widespread, despite her _________________ manner outside of lectures.

Possible Answers:

renown . . . abrasive

acclaim . . . cordial

obscurity . . . hostile

fame . . . amicable

Correct answer:

renown . . . abrasive

Explanation:

"Renown" and "abrasive" is the best choice here. "Fame" and "acclaim" also fit, but the word "despite" in the sentence signals that the second blank should be an adjective with a negative connotation. Furthermore, "obscurity" would not typically be described as widespread.

Example Question #46 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

The timid man's ________________ was complete when he spent the party virtually _______________ in the corner.

Possible Answers:

degradation . . . mingling

abasement . . . cowering

exaltation . . . idling

aggrandizement . . . cringing 

Correct answer:

abasement . . . cowering

Explanation:

"Abasement" and "cowering" is the best choice here. "Degradation" would need another negative word for the second blank, while "aggrandizement" and "exaltation" would need another positive word for the second blank; neither "mingling," "cringing," nor "idling" would fit with these.

Example Question #43 : Conjunctions And Text Logic In Two Blank Texts

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

The subtle _______________ was so similar in technique that it _______________ little suspicion.

Possible Answers:

counterfeit . . . engendered

replica . . . deterred

original . . . incited

facsimile . . . prevented

Correct answer:

counterfeit . . . engendered

Explanation:

"Counterfeit" and "engendered" are the best answer here- the fake was so realistic as to cause little suspicion. Replica and facsimile are close in meaning to counterfeit but "deterred" and "prevented" are antonyms for "engendered," meaning they would have caused a lot of suspicion. "Original" would be an antonym for counterfeit.

Example Question #47 : Context Clues In Two Blank Texts

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

Deidre planted strong-smelling herbs like lemon balm and chives in an effort to __________ deer from eating her flowers; alas, the animals were __________ by the scents and did not flag in their efforts to dine on her garden.

Possible Answers:

deter . . . unperturbed

deride . . . attracted

exculpate . . . rejected

repel . . . abashed 

diffuse . . . negated

Correct answer:

deter . . . unperturbed

Explanation:

The word "alas" shows us that the sentence is shifting in meaning. "Deter" (turn away) and "unperturbed" (not bothered) properly complete the sentence.

Example Question #1234 : Text Completion

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

In contrast to her boss, whose __________ nature made him too unpredictable and explosive to deal with cantankerous customers, Helen was able to tamp down any frustration she felt and display only __________ towards their clientele. 

Possible Answers:

bombastic . . . stoicism 

mercurial . . . intractability 

irascible . . . equanimity 

officious . . . composure

loathsome . . . fervor

Correct answer:

irascible . . . equanimity 

Explanation:

Here, we are looking for two opposing ideas, the first being "too unpredictable and explosive" and the second being its opposite. "Irascible" (quick to anger) and "equanimity" (calmness) fit.

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