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GRE Exercise: Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning   Quantitative Reasoning   Analytical Writing
 Verbal Reasoning - Text Completion Set: 1Reading Comprehension Sentence Equivalence  
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Questions 1 to 10 below are Text Completion Questions. For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.

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1. It is refreshing to read a book about our planet by an author who does not allow facts to be (1)__________ by politics: well aware of the political disputes about the effects of human activities on climate and biodiversity, this author does not permit them to (2)__________ his comprehensive description of what we know about our biosphere. He emphasizes the enormous gaps in our knowledge, the sparseness of our observations, and the (3)__________, calling attention to the many aspects of planetary evolution that must be better understood before we can accurately diagnose the condition of our planet.

Blank (1)
overshadowed
invalidated
illuminated

Blank (2)
enhance
obscure
underscore

Blank (3)
plausibility of our hypotheses
certainty of our entitlement
superficiality of our theories
2. Vain and prone to violence, Caravaggio could not handle success: the more his (1)__________ as an artist increased, the more (2)__________ his life became.

Blank (1)
temperance
notoriety
eminence

Blank (2)
tumultuous
providential
dispassionate
3. The author's (1)__________ style renders a fascinating subject, the role played by luck in everyday life, extraordinarily (2)__________.

Blank (1)
soporific
lucid
colloquial

Blank (2)
pedantic
tedious
opaque
4. From the outset, the concept of freedom of the seas from the proprietary claims of nations was challenged by a contrary notion — that of the _______ of the oceans for reasons of national security and profit.

Blank (1)
promotion
exploration
surveying
conservation
appropriation
5. To Simon, not usually so (1)____, their bantering talk seemed (2)____. Actually their exchanges masked underlying (3)____.

Blank (1)
inscrutable
unperceptive
perspicacious

Blank (2)
amicable
exasperating
hostile

Blank (3)
antagonism
assumptions
geniality
6. The new systematic nomenclature was so (1)____ that many chemists preferred to (2)____ the older trivial names that were at least shorter. At least, that is the ostensible reason. Actually, tradition seems to carry more weight than (3)____ with some scientists.

Blank (1)
succinct
cumbersome
irrational

Blank (2)
revert to
adopt
suspend

Blank (3)
chronology
longevity
system
7. Even though the auditors (1)____ the accountant, his reputation, hitherto unblemished, was (2)____ by the allegations of fraud.

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indicted
betrayed
vindicated

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enhanced
tarnished
condoned
8. Many so-called social playwrights are distinctly ____ ; rather than allowing the members of the audience to form their own opinions, these writers force a viewpoint on the viewer.

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conciliatory
prolific
iconoclastic
didactic
contumacious
9. The archaeologist, viewing the fragmentary remains of the ancient city, reflected on the (1)____ of human (2)____ .

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impermanence
dearth
durability

Blank (2)
endeavor
thought
humility
10. He was normally entirely (1)____ , but in the embarrassing situation in which he found himself he felt compelled to (2)____.

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equable
considerate
forthright

Blank (2)
concede
prevaricate
capitulate