GRE Verbal : Two Nouns in Two-Blank Texts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #1532 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

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

The ______________ in Tyrone's voice failed to match the mournful tone demanded by the ____________ he was delivering.

Possible Answers:

ebullience . . . elegy

opprobrium . . . pedagogy

pluck . . . augury

cynicism . . . tirade

alchemy . . . polemic

Correct answer:

ebullience . . . elegy

Explanation:

"Ebullience" means enthusiasm and positivity. An "elegy" is a mournful poem or song about a dead person. "Cynicism" and "tirade" are the closest wrong answers, but a "tirade" doesn't demand a mournful tone.

Example Question #101 : Two Blank Texts

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

Even as people walked out of the speaking hall in protest of his _____________, he kept on with his lecture--no one could question his _______________.

Possible Answers:

satire . . . diatribe

quiescence . . . acumen

harangue . . . adulation

opprobrium . . . penury

grandiloquence . . . tenacity

Correct answer:

grandiloquence . . . tenacity

Explanation:

"Grandiloquence" is pompousness in speech. "Tenacity" is persistence in a task in the face of adversity. "Quiescence" and "acumen" are grammatically correct in this sentence, but "grandiloquence" fits better because it suggests speaking, while "quiescence" suggests silence. 

Example Question #1541 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

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

A beneficial way to view ______________ is with a sense of admiration — this will act as a(n) _____________ to bring greater abundance into your life.

Possible Answers:

opulence . . . albatross

umbrage . . . impetus

ignominy . . . goad

affluence . . . catalyst

commodities . . . impediment

Correct answer:

affluence . . . catalyst

Explanation:

You might know that an “albatross” is a big sea bird, but did you also know it can refer to a moral or emotional burden? Either way, it does not fit the context. “Affluence” means wealth or abundance. A “catalyst” is something that brings about action or change. “Affluence . . . catalyst” is the correct answer.

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

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

She was an avid ________________ of World War II and could point out _________________ in the chronology better than most history buffs.

Possible Answers:

layman . . . misapprehensions 

aficionado . . . anachronisms

neophyte . . . omissions 

enthusiast . . . encomiums

devotee . . . verbiage

Correct answer:

aficionado . . . anachronisms

Explanation:

A “layman” has only a small amount of knowledge on a subject, so this doesn’t describe the person in the sentence. An "aficionado" is a devoted fan who makes it their business to research a particular area of interest. An “anachronism” is something out of place in time. “Aficionado . . . anachronisms” is the correct answer.

Example Question #31 : Two Nouns In Two Blank Texts

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

The _______________ of individuals from various parts of the globe caused the _________________ of a rare virus a few months after the Olympics.

Possible Answers:

convergence . . . cessation

assemblage . . . bereavement

agglomeration . . . pandemic

opprobrium . . . outbreak

hubris . . . epidemic

Correct answer:

agglomeration . . . pandemic

Explanation:

An “epidemic” is a widespread outbreak of a disease. A “pandemic” is an epidemic over an even broader area. “Agglomeration” refers to a jumbled mass of different parts. “Agglomeration . . . pandemic” is the best answer.

Example Question #1542 : Gre Verbal Reasoning

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

The five boys shared a large bedroom, a half wall acting as a(n) _________________ between the youngest and the rest; the little one spent all his time in that _________________.

Possible Answers:

segue . . . expanse

barrier . . . nook

continuity . . . fissure

partition . . . alcove

segregation . . . cranny

Correct answer:

partition . . . alcove

Explanation:

“Expanse” refers to uninterrupted space, so it isn’t really the word we are looking for. An “alcove” is a recess adjacent to a larger room. It can be a chapel in a church, or a small nook in a bedroom. A “partition” is something that divides space (in this case, a half wall). “Partition . . . alcove” is the correct answer.

Example Question #37 : Two Nouns In Two Blank Texts

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

It turns out his forefather was a(n) ________________, and he used to wander the streets all day long, begging for ________________

Possible Answers:

gentleman . . . benefactions

vagabond . . . deterrents

mendicant . . . trammels

panhandler . . . alms

aristocrat . . . handouts

Correct answer:

panhandler . . . alms

Explanation:

A “vagabond” is a person who wanders from place to place. It doesn’t exactly mean beggar, but it’s a possible solution. A “panhandler” is a beggar who solicits people on the street for money or goods. “Alms” refers to money or goods given to the poor. It is not used so much today; however, given the historical context indicated by “forefather,” it fits just right. “Panhandler . . . alms” is the best answer.

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

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

Although you wouldn’t expect it, laying a new floor requires careful __________________ in order to assure that the new flooring material has the correct __________________ for fitting into the space in question.

Possible Answers:

meditation . . . aggrandizement

rumination . . . perspective

collaboration . . . technique

inspection . . . adroitness

calibration . . . configuration

Correct answer:

calibration . . . configuration

Explanation:

When you first read this sentence, the general meaning that you should get from it is that the floor requires careful planning and measurement so that the pieces all fit together. This planning allows for the correct layout so that everything fits together well. The word "calibration" expresses the general idea of planning or measurement. To "calibrate" something is to adjust it so that it takes into account all of the various measurements needed for a given task. "Configuration" is a good synonym for "layout" and, hence, is a good option for the second blank.

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

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

After months of cleaning, the porch was filled with much ________________ in need of _________________ before more materials could be removed from the house.

 

Possible Answers:

detritus . . . disposal

tchotckes . . . interrogation

furniture . . . wastage

merchandise . . . retrogression

stock . . . denigration

Correct answer:

detritus . . . disposal

Explanation:

For this sentence, the most general meaning will be the best for the first blank. The word "detritus" means waste in a general sense. Sometimes, the word is used to describe the leftover waste created when things decompose; however it can have the general meaning of "waste." Really we know little else about the porch than that it was filled with something. Given that cleaning is going on, it is likely that it is waste. Apparently, it needs to be removed before more materials could be removed. Hence, the simple word "disposal" works well for this end.

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

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

Every generation laments that the current generation has no respect for its _____________. In reality, there has been little ______________ in esteem for ancestors in any generation.

Possible Answers:

authorities . . . inquiry

sovereigns . . . relegation

patriarchs . . . amplification

forbears . . . diminution

preceptors . . . augmentation

Correct answer:

forbears . . . diminution

Explanation:

The first blank in this sentence is a synonym for "ancestors." Thus, the simple word "forbears" is the best option provided. Several of the other options deal with particular kinds of authority figures; however, none of these are really appropriate for this particular question. The sentence doesn't even deal with authority figures in an explicit manner. It is merely looking for the generic notion of being an ancestor.

For the second blank, there are two options that would work. On the one hand a synonym of "alteration" would express well enough the fact that there has been little change or alteration in esteem for ancestors. None of the options provided express this meaning. The second option that would work is a synonym for "decrease." For this, "diminution" works well. This word has the root "-min-" in it, coming from the Latin for small or less. It is found in words like "miniature" and "minus."

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