Sentence Completion Practice Test 2


Question 1

Although is seems to have been a fixture of the square since the city's origin, the produce market actually opened only _______.

  1. enthusiastically
  2. recently
  3. frequently
  4. illegally
  5. graciously

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The use of the conjunction 'although' indicates a contradiction within the sentence. If the market seems to have been in existence since the city began, it must have been opened a long time ago. But the use of the conjunction 'although' implies that this is not so. So, it must have been opened only recently. So, (B) is the answer.

Question 2

The grave problems that afficted him were the purely _______ ones of hunger, pain and fatigue.

  1. physical
  2. imaginary
  3. irrelevant
  4. hereditary
  5. coincidental

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Hunger, pain and fatigue cannot be described as imaginary, or irrelevant, or hereditary, or coincidental problems. They can best be described as physical problems. So, (A) is the answer.

Question 3

Her ability to analyze issues fairly and competently has earned her the _______ of even her most _______ peers.

  1. solicitation.. unbiased
  2. attention.. sympathetic
  3. suspicion.. discerning
  4. reputation.. knowledgeable
  5. respect.. exacting

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

An ability to analyze issue and competently will not result in solicitation (meaning begging) or suspicion. So, (A) and (C) can first be ruled out. The use of the phrase 'even her' in the second part of the sentence rules out the adjectives sympathetic and knowledgeable in (B) and (D). It is the pair of words in (E) which completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

Question 4

Until the mid- 1800's, the occasional reports by European explorers of the existence of gorillas were generally disbelieved and swiftly _______ the realm of tall tales.

  1. extracted from
  2. confused with
  3. relegated to
  4. compared to
  5. exalted to

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Stories that are generally disbelieved would be pushed into the category of tall tales (meaning lies), Among the choices, it is phrase 'relegated to' that has this meaning. So, (C) is the answer.

Question 5

The historian's assertion that there is a _______ of verifiable information about nineteenth-century Native Americans is _______, for there exist many transcripts of authentic oral accounts of their activities.

  1. wealth.. fallacious
  2. shortage.. legitimate
  3. depletion.. irrefutable
  4. paucity.. erroneous
  5. surfeit.. implausible

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The second part of the sentence says that there exist many transcripts of genuine accounts of the activities of Native Americans. So, the first part must mean either that the historian 'correctly asserted that there is a lot of verifiable information', or that he wrongly asserted that there is little of verifiable information'. Among the choices, it is (D) which means the latter, and is the answer.

Question 6

This book has neither merit nor distinction, and it all but _______ whatever prestige the author may once have had.

  1. challenges
  2. maximizes
  3. epitomizes
  4. nullifies
  5. encompasses

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

: If the author of the book had prestige earlier, but has now produced a book which has neither merit nor distinction, the new book would nullify his earlier prestige. So, (D) is the answer.

Question 7

Far from exercising a counter influence to intellectual orthodoxy, the movement itself has become a center of _______.

  1. conformity
  2. notoriety
  3. enmity
  4. theology
  5. idealism

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

The use of the phrase 'far from becoming a challenge to intellectual orthodoxy' implies that the new movement has also become something similar to such orthodoxy. Among the choices, it is the word 'conformity' which is closest to the word 'orthodoxy'. So, (A) is the answer.

Question 8

People, being prisoners of _______, have made failing a basic metaphor for failure, from the fall of the stock market to the fall of government.

  1. politics
  2. gravity
  3. greed
  4. turbulence
  5. emotion

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The author says that the use of the word "fall", as a metaphor to represent "failure", arises out of the people being prisoners of something. Among the given choices, it is gravity that is the best choice, because it is gravity that brings wn every physical object from a higher (success) to a lower (failure) level. So, (B) is the answer.

Question 9

The movie avoids many of the _______ of the novel, bringing into sharper focus characters who originally were amiable or disagreeable _______.

  1. subtleties.. monsters
  2. excellencies.. stereotypes
  3. allusions.. individuals
  4. particulars.. nonentities
  5. shortcomings.. blur

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

If the movie had brought the characters in the novel to a sharper focus, those characters must have been portrayed with less sharpness in the novel. Among the choices, it, is 'stereotypes; and blurs' which have this meaning. But 'stereotypes' cannot be described as excellence of a novel. So, (B) can also be ruled out. The pair of words in (E) completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

Question 10

Even the most insulated and _______ government has to be concerned today about the popular mind; some systems may be less _______ than others, but at some point all must pay attention.

  1. parochial.. vociferous
  2. corrupt.. theoretical
  3. arbitrary.. sensitive
  4. obscure.. reined
  5. vibrant.. responsive

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

The last phrase in the sentence, "but at some point, all most pay attention" implies that the second missing word must mean 'attentive'. Among the choices for this word, it is only 'sensitive' and 'responsive' which have this meaning. But an insulated (meaning with no touch with the people) government cannot be described as a vibrant one. So, (C) is the answer.

Question 11

Explanations given to the patient by the anesthetist prior to surgery often _______ anxiety and _______ the need for analgesics.

  1. intensify.. counteract
  2. parallel.. assume
  3. explore.. prepare
  4. relieve.. reduce
  5. ignore.. preclude

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

If an anesthetist (the physician who administers chloroform) gives some explanations to the patient before the surgery, it will not be with a view to intensify his anxiety, but to relieve his anxiety. If this is so, there will be less need to give him analgesics (meaning 'drugs which produce insensitivity to pain'). So, (D) is the answer.

Question 12

The jellyfish's show pulsing action people it in a graceful, seemingly _______ drift, but its tentacles contain poison potent enough to stun a swimming human.

  1. sinister
  2. rhythmic
  3. murky
  4. harmless
  5. patient

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The use of the conjunction 'but' implies a contradiction within the sentence. The second part says that the jellyfish's tentacles contain a poison which can kill a swimming human. So, to justify the use of the conjunction 'but', the first part must imply that the jellyfish looks 'harmless'. So, (D) is the answer.

Question 13

The production's slight romantic appeal depends on its two stars, who are _______ to watch oven when they are delivering _______ speeches.

  1. overbearing.. innocent
  2. farcical.. complex
  3. attractive.. creative
  4. impossible.. dull
  5. pleasant.. empty

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

The use of the conjunction 'even when' implies a contrast within the sentence. So, the two missing words must mean the opposites of each other. If the drama's appeal depends on its two stars, it means that they are either 'attractive' to watch or 'pleasant' to watch. But the pair of words in (C) does not justify the use of the phrase 'even when'. So, (E) is the answer.

Question 14

The murderous capriciousness of Nero infused the Roman Empire with such pervasive _______ that not even the most _______ citizens felt safe.

  1. distaste.. vulgar
  2. paranoia.. suspicious
  3. enthusiasm.. apathetic
  4. unease.. oppressed
  5. panic.. distinguished

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Her again, the phrase 'not even' implies a contrast within the sentence. Among the choices for the second missing word, it is only 'distinguished' that will bring out this contrast. Its pair word 'panic', meaning 'great fear', could well have been the result of Nero's murderous capriciousness. So, (E) is the answer.

Question 15

His inclination to succumb to flattery made him _______ to the _______ of people who wished to take advantage of him.

  1. immune.. predilection
  2. prejudicial.. intentions
  3. susceptible.. cajolery
  4. resistant.. blandishments
  5. amenable.. rejection

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

If a person was inclined to succumb to flattery, people who wished to take advantage of him would naturally flatter him. Among the choices for the second missing word, it is only 'cajolery' and 'blandishments' which mean 'flattery'. But the pair word of 'blandishments', namely 'resistant', would result in a self-contradictory sentence. So, (C) is the answer.








































































































































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