GRE Verbal : Two Nouns in Two-Blank Texts

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Example Question #41 : Parts Of Speech In Two Blank Texts

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

Many of the spectators were __________, deriding the female champion and calling her a(n) __________ because of her brawny physique.

Possible Answers:

chauvinists . . . amazon

sexist . . . cherub

egalitarian . . . shrew

philanthropic . . . ogress

misogynists . . . seraph

Correct answer:

chauvinists . . . amazon

Explanation:

“Sexist” refers to a person or group who discriminates based on gender. “Misogynist” is a person who dislikes women, or at the very least mistrusts them. “Chauvinist,” as it’s used in this sentence, is a person who believes their gender is superior. “Amazon” refers to mythical Greek woman-warriors who were large and aggressive, but it can also be used to denigrate a woman in modern times. “Chauvinists . . . amazon” is the best answer.

Example Question #1302 : Text Completion

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

Though Martin was a __________________ when it came to learning about local wines, the tour guide at the vineyard treated him as though he were already a __________________ who knew as much about wine as the vintners themselves.

Possible Answers:

novice . . . apostate

mendicant . . . sycophant

dearth . . . plethora

neophyte . . . connoisseur

maverick . . . dirge

Correct answer:

neophyte . . . connoisseur

Explanation:

The word "though" clues us in to the fact that we're looking for two opposite words. "Neophyte" and "connoisseur" are the only two words that fit the blanks. A "neophyte" is someone who is inexperienced with a given task or field, and a "connoisseur" is an experienced and expert consumer of a given product. 

Example Question #42 : Two Nouns In Two Blank Texts

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

The overwhelming __________ of immigrants into the country had many calling for __________ for illegal aliens.

Possible Answers:

invasion . . . vanguard

evacuation . . . condonation

expulsion . . . immunity

incursion . . . hebetude

influx . . . amnesty

Correct answer:

influx . . . amnesty

Explanation:

“Influx” refers to a large quantity or size coming inward. “Amnesty” refers to being pardoned or having an authoritative party completely overlook your actions. In this case, it refers to the government overlooking that the immigrants were not legally admitted. Since whatever is going on with these immigrants is “overwhelming,” this pair of words would be a logical solution. “Influx . . . amnesty” is the correct answer.

Example Question #42 : Parts Of Speech In Two Blank Texts

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

The movie was rife with __________. The filmmakers even had the __________ to show George Washington wearing a wristwatch.

Possible Answers:

blunders . . . consternation

verisimilitude . . . effrontery

anachronisms . . . audacity

transgressions . . . pusillanimity

precision . . . presumption

Correct answer:

anachronisms . . . audacity

Explanation:

“Anachronism” refers to something that is out of place in historical or chronological time. A good way to remember that the word refers to time is to relate the root “chron” with “chronological.” “Audacity” refers to boldness to the point of recklessness. “Anachronisms . . . audacity” is the correct answer.

Example Question #43 : Two Nouns In Two Blank Texts

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

Ava did not expect to be branded as an ____________________ by her obstetrician when she told him that she’d decided to use a midwife for her prenatal care and delivery. His harsh reaction to her choice suggested that having the baby at a birth center rather than at the hospital was nothing less than ______________________ to the medical establishment; it went against all conventions and expectations.

Possible Answers:

eccentric . . . deference

indigent . . . insult 

idiom . . . happenstance 

orator . . . hypocrisy

iconoclast . . . heresy

Correct answer:

iconoclast . . . heresy

Explanation:

The main clue is that Ava's choice "went against all conventions and expectations." Therefore, her doctor branded her as someone who majorly goes against the grain (an "iconoclast"). To the medical establishment, her decision went against the expected norm; it was "heresy."

 

Example Question #41 : Two Nouns In Two Blank Texts

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

The ________________ of the rain, even if temporary, was welcomed by all; officials were already worried that a _________________ in the levee could cause the whole city to flood. 

Possible Answers:

anomaly . . . crack  

improvidence . . . deficiency

cessation . . . breach 

peccadillo . . . sinecure 

stopping . . . drought

Correct answer:

cessation . . . breach 

Explanation:

Officials are worried about a flood, so we know that what they welcomed was a pause or break in the rain. "Cessation" is a good fit here. A break (or "breach") in the levee could cause flooding.

 

Example Question #111 : Two Blank Texts

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

Over the years, her annoyance at his ___________________ degenerated into absolute ____________________

Possible Answers:

geniality . . . rancor

amiability . . . enmity

shenanigans . . . animosity

tomfoolery . . . adulation

antics . . . idolatry

Correct answer:

shenanigans . . . animosity

Explanation:

To “degenerate” means to get worse. This being the case, the answer to the second blank must be worse than annoying, which eliminates “idolatry” and “adulation.” “Shenanigans” are devious tricks or pranks. “Animosity” is feeling strong hostility or hatred towards someone or something. “Shenanigans . . . animosity” is the best answer.

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

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

The football star's __________________ of friends and enablers only exacerbated his ____________________  for missing team meetings and breaking curfew.

Possible Answers:

entourage . . . travesty

maelstrom . . . declivity

coterie . . . proclivity 

compendium . . . habit

coffer . . . tendency

Correct answer:

coterie . . . proclivity 

Explanation:

In the context of the sentence, the first blank should reflect a word closely meaning "group." Of the answer choices, only "entourage" and "coterie" match this description. To decide between these two choices, we must next look at the second blank. In the sentence, the word "exacerbated" points to the fact that the star has some sort of habit being made worse by this group. "Travesty" does not apply here, but "proclivity" is a near-perfect mirror for "habit" in this context.

Example Question #41 : Parts Of Speech In Two Blank Texts

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

Rhiannon wished she'd heeded the ________________ she'd felt about sailing this late in the season. If she'd had the __________________ to anticipate the storm, her accident might well have been avoided.

Possible Answers:

lassitude . . . derision 

qualms . . . prescience

omens . . . reverence

penury . . . calumny

anodyne . . . celerity

Correct answer:

qualms . . . prescience

Explanation:

For the first blank, we are looking for something like "doubts." "Qualms" is the best fit here. The clue for the second blank is "anticipate," so we're looking for something like foreknowledge or "prescience."

 

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