Published on March 17, 2014
GRE VERBAL SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE
QUESTION 1 Mannering's personal diary, a record of ____ preoccupations and domestic details, belies the depth of thought for which he was renowned in the academic world. A. philosophical B. mundane C. petty D. weighty E. erudite F. untoward
QUESTION 2 Animal welfare charities have found that extensive advertising, especially over the Christmas period, can actually drive down the volume of donations as people who view images of maltreated pets more than a few times rapidly become ____ . A. inured B. miserly C. disgusted D. hardened E. bored F. overwrought
QUESTION 3 The study’s ____ conclusion is that during the first half of the 20th Century improved standards of personal hygiene reduced the risk of an individual’s contracting poliomyelitis, yet tended to make the disease more lethal to communities. A. exciting B. paradoxical C. unwarranted D. long-awaited E. anomalous F. interim
QUESTION 4 The devotion to the syllabus and testing regime has become so extreme that most school students close their minds to anything ____ to the needs of the examination. A. related B. catering C. extraneous D. similar E. helpful F. peripheral
QUESTION 5 The ____ tone of the biography is entirely unexpected since both the biographer in her previous works and her subject in all that he has written have valued levity over solemnity. A. lugubrious B. jaunty C. jocose D. frivolous E. ironic F. melancholy
QUESTION 6 After hours of acrimonious arguments the negotiations reached a(n) _____ ; neither side was willing to compromise. A. solution B. impasse C. conclusion D. end E. deadlock F. resolution
QUESTION 7 This new staging of King Lear is not a production in which every aspect falls neatly into place throughout; however, the drama does ____ at certain points to give the audience memorable and thought-provoking moments. A. coalesce B. crystallize C. triumph D. flower E. dissolve F. transcend
QUESTION 8 The teacher’s mercurial mood changes and ____ approach to grading made the students uneasy; they never knew what would please him or what would earn good marks. A. tardy B. authoritarian C. strict D. ambivalent E. whimsical F. hidebound
QUESTION 9 The book is an attempt on the part of the eminent scholar to reconcile the ____ experience and theoretical underpinnings of certain everyday phenomena. A. philosophical B. empirical C. arcane D. practical E. superficial F. obtuse
QUESTION 10 The last candidate interviewed conducted herself with commendable ____ even when badgered with questions that had drawn unseemly outbursts from all the other interviewees. A. pertinacity B. adroitness C. alacrity D. decorum E. propriety F. presence of mind
QUESTION 11 ____ adherence to outdated political ideas and defunct sects characterized the last years of a man who had, surprisingly, been one of the most flexible thinkers of the 1920s. A. Intransigent B. Vacillating C. Sectarian D. Confused E. Frantic F. Dogged
QUESTION 12 The ____ effects of constant noise drove Natasha to seek refuge in a more salubrious spot until she recovered her mental equilibrium. A. stimulating B. debilitating C. deafening D. enervating E. soporific F. precipitating
QUESTION 13 Grandfather liked us children to learn self- discipline, and, unlike many others of his generation, seldom ____ us even for those actions that we felt deserved censure. A. rewarded B. consoled C. upbraided D. applauded E. cherished F. chided
QUESTION 14 To the layman, a philosopher who attempts to elucidate a complex moral dilemma by reducing it to a simple yet apparently ridiculous test case seems rather to ____ the issue. A. ridicule B. obfuscate C. over-simplify D. denigrate E. becloud F. attenuate
QUESTION 15 Fraser taught by example: he ____ long- windedness in his own lectures and berated his students for any tendency toward circumlocution. A. eschewed B. epitomized C. accentuated D. embraced E. welcomed F. shunned
QUESTION 16 If he had not had the ____ to follow his own iconoclastic theories in the face of the apparently unassailable conclusion of the accepted experts in the field, progress would have been inestimably slower in this area of knowledge. A. incentive B. audacity C. temerity D. incapacity E. unwillingness F. wisdom
QUESTION 17 With an abiding interest in Medieval poetry, Boris found it difficult to relate to his peers in school whose ____ ran to nothing even remotely literary. A. predilections B. successes C. inclinations D. backgrounds E. achievements F. amities
QUESTION 18 The novel is admittedly not the finest example of its genre, but I object to the ____ preface written by a supposed expert on detective fiction from whom we might have expected at least one or two perceptive comments. A. egregious B. inane C. pretentious D. subliminal E. vacuous F. unexamined
QUESTION 19 It is not only the poor and uneducated that fall prey to ____ ; desperate or unhappy individuals from any walk of life or social background can be duped. A. mavericks B. malcontents C. quacks D. charlatans E. agitators F. hypochondriacs
QUESTION 20 The director, accustomed to unquestioning loyalty, was chagrined when she discovered that her directions had been ____ by the chief executive. A. underscored B. misinterpreted C. undermined D. misplaced E. substantiated F. subverted
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