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GRE Practice - Text Completion - Set 4

Today’s GRE Practice is about using words for text completion questions and you should set aside 10-15 minutes for it. Each sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the lettered options for each blank.
  1. The machinery was very old and produced a constant rattling sound so ______(i)_____ that it was impossible to even hear oneself above the ________(ii)_______.
Blank (i)
  1. plangent
  2. sinuous
  3. scurrilous
Blank (ii)
  1. clangor
  2. tranquil
  3. disturbance

Answer: A, D
The rattling sound has to be irritating or loud PLANGENT means having a loud reverberating sound. SINOUS meaning intricate or winding and SCURRILOUS meaning vulgar (especially language) do not fit. “it was impossible to even hear oneself above the ________” blank should be filled in with NOISE. TRANQUIL meaning peace and calm is the opposite. DISTURBANCE can be mild or extreme so it doesn’t give the best meaning. CLANGOR meaning loud noise is the best fit.

  1. Working in small offices can be _______(i)_____; managers often have ______(ii)______ responsibilities that require skills in a variety of different areas.
Blank (i)
  1. daunting
  2. vexing
  3. persecutive
Blank (ii)
  1. needless
  2. supplementary
  3. mutual

Answer: A, E
Working in small offices can be _______either irritating (VEXING) or intimidating (DAUNTING) cant be PERSECUTIVE which means harassing or punishing in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict. The second part of the sentence clears it up for both blanks: managers require varied skills so they must have additional (SUPPLEMENTARY) responsibilities which makes their work challenging (DAUNTING).

  1. Jonathan forgetting his lines on stage could have _________(i)_____ the scene but the ______(ii)______ professional that he was, he _________(iii)________ and few in the audience could have sensed anything amiss.
Blank (i)
  1. crushed
  2. disrupted
  3. dismantled
Blank (ii)
  1. reckless
  2. fearless
  3. consummate
Blank (iii)
  1. gesticulated
  2. improvised
  3. antagonized

Answer: B, F, H
Forgetting his lines on stage could have upset (DISRUPTED) the scene it couldn’t have crushed (either destroyed or excelled at) or dismantled (taken apart) the scene.
But Jonathan turned things around which means he is an accomplished (CONSUMMATE) professional. How did he do that?: by IMPROVISING (to improve something spontaneously). GESTICULATE means to make gestures especially through exaggerated hand movements.

  1. Growing up, Tim was shy and reserved but found himself, much to his _____(i)______, to be the centre of attention everywhere he went. Most of the attention could be attributed to his awkward height; it’s not often that you see a six-foot tall and ______(ii)______ seventh-grader _______(iii)________ over the teacher in class photos.
Blank (i)
  1. delight
  2. anger
  3. chagrin
Blank (ii)
  1. bold
  2. gangling
  3. sickly
Blank (iii)
  1. towering
  2. moving
  3. standing

Answer: C, E, G
A shy person would be irritated and displeased (CHAGRIN) to be the centre of attention. He was awkwardly tall so he was GANGLING (another synonym LANKY) and often TOWERING (standing taller than) his teachers.

  1. Ironically enough, most scientists in pursuing proof of their hypotheses, often look for ______(i)________ contradictions. Being able to prove that the contradiction is _______(ii)_______ often leads the way to the proof of the hypotheses.
Blank (i)
  1. true
  2. plausible
  3. ungainly
Blank (ii)
  1. tenuous
  2. impossible
  3. strong

Answer: B, E
UNGAINLY means clumsy or bulky and true contradictions would impossible to disprove so blank (i) is PLAUSIBLE (reasonably possible). TENUOUS means shaky but a plausible contradiction is a reasonably valid it is not shaky. If you were to prove the contradiction or nugatory is IMPOSSIBLE then the hypothesis is most probably true.

  1. Monkeys are _______(i)_______by nature, being part of a ________(ii)_______ is not only their preference but also ______(iii)______ to their survival. Which is why you are unlikely to spot a lone monkey far from its troop.
Blank (i)
  1. gregarious
  2. entertaining
  3. familial
Blank (ii)
  1. movement
  2. genus
  3. collective
Blank (iii)
  1. excruciating
  2. akin
  3. material

Answer: A, F, I
The second sentence (with no blanks) provides the context that monkeys are never alone. Monkeys are SOCIABLE by nature. Don’t be fooled by familial it means related to a family but monkeys they have to be in groups not necessarily in families – the answer is GREGARIOUS (sociable, talkative)
Being part of a group (COLLECTIVE) is not only preferred but also important (MATERIAL) to their safety.


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