Sentence Completion Practice Test 3


Question 1

She was _______ success and eager to create a name for herself

  1. deprecatory toward
  2. impatient for
  3. querulous about
  4. sated by
  5. impassive to

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

A person eager to create a name for herself is obviously looking for success. So, she will not be deprecatory (critical) toward, or querulous (complaining) about, or sated (satisfied) by the impassive (unconcerned) to success. It would be logical to say that she is impatient for success. So, (B) is the answer.

Question 2

Since what constitutes a proper diet remains a _______ subject on which few experts agree, additional research is _______.

  1. controversial.. required
  2. neglected.. deplored
  3. popular.. unexpected
  4. favored.. prohibited
  5. complex.. redundant

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

A subject on which few experts agree cannot be described by the adjectives neglected, or popular, or favored. So, (B), (C) and (D) can be ruled out on consideration of the choices for the first missing word. We cannot say that, on a complex subject on which few experts agree, further research is redundant (meaning superfluous; not needed). So, (E) is also ruled out. A/ controversial subject is one on which few experts now agree, and therefore further research on it is required. Thus, (A) completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

Question 3

Although the Civil War _______ much of South's railroad network, it _______ the growth of railroads in the North and West.

  1. eliminated.. decreased
  2. accounted for.. encouraged
  3. displaced.. dismantled
  4. destroyed.. stimulated
  5. depended on.. established

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The use of the conjunction 'although' in the beginning of the sentence implies the existence of a contrast within the sentence. The two missing words must therefore be antonyms of each other. Among the choices, it is only 'destroyed' and 'stimulated' which are antonyms of each other, and they complete a logical sentence. So, (D) is the answer..

Question 4

Diversity is essential in spite of the fact that it _______ universal acceptance of a single doctrine.

  1. underlies
  2. reserves
  3. presupposes
  4. entails
  5. precludes

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Diversity (meaning variety) cannot be stated to underlie, or reserve, or presuppose, or entail the universal (meaning unanimous) acceptance of a single doctrine. It can certainly precluded (meaning prevent) the universal acceptance of a single doctrine. So, (E) is the answer.

Question 5

He makes his attack with a massive display of scholarship but no great _______; all to often the _______ rather than the rapier is his chosen weapon.

  1. pedantry.. bomb
  2. elaboration.. axe
  3. emphasis.. pen
  4. discrimination.. dart
  5. subtlety.. bludgeon

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

rapier is a very sharp instrument. The phrase 'rather than the rapier' implies that the second missing word must mean something which is not sharp, but blunt. Among the choices for this word, 'bludgeon' is the only one having this meaning. Its pair word 'subtlety' helps to complete a logical and meaningful sentence. So, (E) is the answer.

Question 6

Her sense of time was oddly _______; ten minutes sometimes seemed like an hour.

  1. credible
  2. distorted
  3. idealized
  4. consistent
  5. formidable

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

If she had sometimes felt ten minutes as an hour, her sense of time cannot be described as credible, idealized, consistent or formidable. It can only be described as distorted. So, (B) is the answer.

Question 7

Narrowing the eyes when startled by a sudden noise or a noxious stimulus is _______ response, serving to reduce the exposure of sense organs to injury.

  1. an imaginative
  2. a protective
  3. a corrective
  4. a therapeutic
  5. a therapeutic

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

A natural and instinctive response that reduce the exposure of the sense organs to injury can best be described as protective. So, (B) is the ready answer.

Question 8

As a people, the Aztecs were full of contradictions; _______ and yet prizing humility, _______ and yet obliging and kind.

  1. arrogant.. benevolent
  2. pious.. gallant
  3. provincial.. sullen
  4. tolerant.. competitive
  5. proud.. implacable

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

The first part of the sentence says that Aztecs were full of contradiction. So, the first missing word must mean the opposite of humility, and the second missing word must mean the opposite of obliging and kind. It is the pair of work 'proud...implacable' which meets this requirement, and is the answer.

Question 9

His brilliant prose style is sometimes _______ by his lapses into _______ respecting and pretentious languages.

  1. achieved.. facile
  2. extended.. whimsical
  3. disrupted.. understated
  4. anticipated.. personal
  5. marred.. banal

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

If a writer's prose style is generally brilliant, his lapsing into pretentious language can only be described as disrupting or marring such style. So, © and (E) are only possible choices for the first missing word. Of their pair words, understated does not form a suitable adjective for reflection (meaning thought). A banal reflection means a commonplace thought, and does not behave a writer with a brilliant prose style. So, (E) is the answer.

Question 10

The study crowds and groups is more than _______ in an age characterized by interdependence and _______ action.

  1. academic.. collective
  2. difficult.. intellectual
  3. vigorous.. assertive
  4. erudite.. formal
  5. general.. specific

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

: If the age is characterized by interdependence of crowds and groups, what type of action should they be expected to take? Among the choices, it is the phrase "collective action' ' which is the aptest. So, (A) is the only possible choice from the point of view of the second missing word. Its pair word. 'academic' completes a logical and meaningful sentence. So, (A) is the answer.

Question 11

My suggestions was not so casual as it appeared; I _______ mentioned the election because I know that she wanted to discuss it.

  1. ineptly
  2. incessantly
  3. inadvertently
  4. intentionally
  5. inconsiderately

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

If the person asserts that his suggestion was not casual, he means that it was premeditated or intentional. So, (D) is the answer.

Question 12

Bureaucratic squabbles can tie up the government for years and _______ domestic and international problems to the point of _______.

  1. magnify.. manageability
  2. reduce.. indignation
  3. intensity.. crisis
  4. weaken.. nonexistence
  5. simplify.. triviality

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

If the person asserts that his suggestion was not casual, he means that it was premeditated or intentional. So, (D) is the answer.

Question 13

Though there was much _______ among critics over whether or not the play portrayed the "real" Paul Robeson, James Earl Jones's performance ws _______ deemed outstanding by audiences and critics.

  1. commentary.. silently
  2. controversy.. unanimously
  3. harassment.. evasively
  4. disappointment.. instructively
  5. discussion.. privately

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The question whether or not the play portrayed the "real" Paul Robeson could have only created a controversy of discussion among the critics. (while the phrase 'much commentary by critics' is acceptable, the phrase 'much commentary among critics' is inelegant, ruling out choice (A) So, the correct answer is either (B) or (E). Since the performance cannot have been 'privately' deemed as outstanding by audiences and critics, (E) can be discarded. The pair of word sin (B) completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

Question 14

Today science, like philosophy, has been _______ in scope: each has _______ its claim to survey all existence and has accepted a province which, it great, is yet smaller than the whole.

  1. limited.. reiterated
  2. narrowed.. resigned
  3. expanded.. repudiated
  4. fluctuating.. denied
  5. receding.. amplified

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

If both science and philosophy have today accepted a province which is smaller than the whole, the implication is that their scope has been limited or restricted. So, (A) and (B) are the only possible choices for the first missing word. If both of them have accepted a limited province, they could not have reiterated their claim to survey all exist4ence. So, (A) can also be discarded. The pair or words in (B) completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.

Question 15

Extremist advocates of the occult claim that existing systems of scientific though must at least be modified, it not _______.

  1. evaluated
  2. supplemented
  3. incorporated
  4. implemented
  5. overturned

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

The phrase "must be at least modified, if not... indicates that the missing word must mean something more serious than modified. Among the given choices, it is only 'overturned' which has such a meaning and is the answer. So, (E) is the answer.








































































































































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