ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Two Verbs in Two-Blank Sentences

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Example Question #31 : Two Verbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

Hoping to __________ the disputing parties, the arbitrator tried to discover and __________ the root of the conflict.

Possible Answers:

extol . . . uncover

castigate . . . exterminate

ameliorate . . . enhance

solve . . . incite

reconcile . . . eliminate

Correct answer:

reconcile . . . eliminate

Explanation:

The word “arbitrator” means a person who mediates between two parties to settle a dispute. So, the arbitrator would hope to reconcile the disputing parties. We can eliminate "castigate . . . exterminate" because "castigate" means criticize or reprimand severely. The second blank requires a word that means take away; therefore, "reconcile . . . eliminate" is the right answer.

Example Question #31 : Two Verbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

The judge always disliked __________ out sentences for high crimes, for exact equity and justice are quite difficult to __________ in the midst of life’s general ambiguity.

Possible Answers:

meting . . . ascertain

pronouncing . . . explain

blurting . . . announce

forcing . . . justify

announcing . . . contain

Correct answer:

meting . . . ascertain

Explanation:

In an old usage, “meet” meant “to be proper or just.” When one “metes” a sentence, he or she issues a judgment. The sentence implies that the judge does not like giving (meting) out such sentences because it is difficult see and interpret all of the details in the midst of life’s ambiguities. To attempt to see and discern such details in an exact manner would be to “ascertain” them. The word is derived from the Latin word for “sure or settled” and is related to English words for “surety” such as “certificate” and “certitude.”

Example Question #71 : Two Blank Sentences

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

Due to a confusion about the budget, the board game club could only __________ two board games; since the two they picked would have to _________ for the entire semester, they picked them out with extreme care.

Possible Answers:

consider . . . crease

afford . . . include

relocate . . . optimize

lose . . . serve

obtain . . . suffice

Correct answer:

obtain . . . suffice

Explanation:

For the first blank, we need to pick out a word that means something like get or buy. Either "obtain" (acquire) or "afford" (have enough money to be able to buy) could be correct. For the second blank, we need to pick out a verb that means something like last or be used. Either "serve" (be adequate) or "suffice" (be enough) could be potentially correct. Of the possible words that we've identified as potentially correct for each blank, only "obtain" and "suffice" appear in the same answer choice, so the correct answer is "obtain . . . suffice."

Example Question #32 : Two Verbs In Two Blank Sentences

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

During the years leading up to the Second World War, Hitler and the German army __________ foreign territory to __________ the German nation.

Possible Answers:

annexed . . . aggrandize 

assimilated . . . incarcerate 

bowdlerized . . . glean 

incorporated . . . demoralize 

obfuscated . . . enervate 

Correct answer:

annexed . . . aggrandize 

Explanation:

Logically it makes sense that the Nazi government would want to increase the power of the German nation. To this end they captured or "annexed" foreign territory. To "annex" means to take territory for yourself. The second answer choice should reflect the reasons why the Germans wanted to "annex" foreign territory - to improve the German nation. The correct answer is therefore "aggrandize" which means to increase the power or status of something. To provide further help, "incorporate" means add on to, make a part of; "assimilate" means become a part of, settle in to a new social group; "incarcerate" means imprison; "demoralize" means weaken the morale of; "glean" means gather details; "obfuscated" means confused; "enervate" means weaken; bowdlerized" means censored

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