Published on March 17, 2014
VERBAL REASONING - GRE
1. The Countess dressed with a (an) ____ elegance which seemed to proclaim to the world just how distinguished she was. A. studied B. pronounced C. ingenuous D. understated E. mannered F. rococo
2. It is a waste of time to ____ someone so dimwitted; he is too dull to recognize your barbs. A. disparage B. ridicule C. lampoon D. laud E. enlighten F. train
3. The teacher was so abstracted that she gave a ____ evaluation of what was really an interesting solution to the problem she had set. A. philosophical B. cursory C. detailed D. considered E. perfunctory F. tangential
4. Punishment for transgressions of the law ceases to have a deterrent effect if the punishment is frequently ____ . A. arbitrary B. changed C. waived D. lenient E. commuted F. applied
5. Not only love affects the eye of the beholder; other emotions also ____ the interpretation of the events that we witness. A. cloud B. trigger C. devalue D. color E. objectify F. impact
6. The human mind can often reject the most ____ data in favor of something that, though valueless, at least sounds familiar. A. anomalous B. inconsequential C. peripheral D. pertinent E. germane F. visible
7. ____ behavior never has the effect its practitioners hope for; the attempt to hide only draws attention to what is hidden. A. Misogynistic B. Puritanical C. Covert D. Miserly E. Prudish F. Camouflaging
8. He completed the work with unusual ____ ; his need to get out of the office overcame his habitual torpor. A. dispatch B. grace C. effectiveness D. slovenliness E. carelessness F. celerity
When Smithers took over as chairperson, her colleagues were looking forward to a less confrontational time on the board of governors, since they reasoned that no one else was likely to be as ____ as her predecessor. A. mordant B. aggressive C. flexible D. bellicose E. complaisant F. jaundiced 9.
10. When faced with an urgent problem for which there is no immediately obvious solution, we tend to welcome any suggestion, however ____ , that might throw light on the dilemma. A. unusual B. hackneyed C. tentative D. outrageous E. illuminating F. flimsy
11. 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
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 12.
13. 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
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 14.
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. 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
21. When staying in a hotel, Bernard would arrange for his valet to bring him his newspaper in the dining room so that everyone would realize that he had a manservant; this (i)____ embarrassed his nephew who, though equally rich, preferred a more (ii)____ life-style. Blank (i) A. ostentation B. arrogance C. dissimulation Blank (ii) D. opulent E. libertine F. understated
22. Although he was finally (i)____, the years of (ii)____ tore apart his social circle, ruined his health and (iii)____ his mind. Blank (i) A. incriminated B. vindicated C. acclaimed Blank (ii) D. dedication E. self-doubt F. suspicion Blank (iii) G. sharpened H. deranged I. mellowed
23. As Gerard (i)____ the (ii)____ that greeted his work, he became increasingly smug. Blank (i) A. repudiated B. humbly accepted C. basked in Blank (ii) D. accolades E. opprobrium F. lack of interest
24. It is a common complaint that people today have a short attention span. But is it that people are (i)____ if the television camera (ii)____ a view, or is it that the (iii)____ from one angle to another has trained the viewer to expect variety? Blank (i) A. satisfied B. fascinated C. impatient Blank (ii) D. lingers over E. cuts short F. rapidly changes Blank (iii) G. constant shift H. delay in moving I. inability to move
25. The (i)____ and virtuosity required of a jazz player make jazz seem to lack (ii)____; this apparently amorphous flow can make it hard for people with traditional expectations of musical stability to acquire a taste for this genre. Blank (i) A. controlled playing B. inventiveness C. emotional distance Blank (ii) D. inherent structure E. underlying rhythm F. controlled emotions
26. An artist’s preliminary sketches are often a ____of a subject; on the basis of these sketches the artist makes a decision on his or her approach to the final painting. A. reconnaissance B. caricature C. vignette D. pastiche E. cameo
27. Taking antibiotics for a viral infection may, it is true, be ____ ; however, in certain cases a course of these drugs can actually ward off opportunistic bacterial infections. A. justified B. enough C. recommended D. ineffective E. curative
28. Rock music has often been credited with (or decried for) containing (i)____ messages, purportedly to influence the minds of (ii)____ listeners. Blank (i) A. criminal B. overt C. subliminal Blank (ii) D. preordained E. unsuspecting F. covert
29. It cannot be denied that without creative reasoning it would not have been possible to (i)____ of classical physics. Yet classical physics has no contribution to make to the understanding of (ii)_____. This kind of (iii)____ is surprisingly common in logic as well as in life. Blank (i) A. dispute the value B. lay the foundations C. understand the basics Blank (ii) D. creative reasoning E. other sciences F. the arts Blank (iii) G. circular reasoning H. inflexibility I. symmetry
30. During a decade of (i)____, social scientists sought to (ii)____ the idea of the family as a healthy and stabilizing force, and replace it with the view that the family was (iii)____. Blank (i) A. moderation B. conservatism C. iconoclasm Blank (ii) D. promote E. debunk F. iconize Blank (iii) G. moribund H. progressive I. paramount
1. AE 2. BC 3. BE 4. CE 5. DF 6. DE 7. BE 8. AF 9. BD 10. CF 11. BC 12. AD 13. BE 14. CF 15. AF 16. BE 17. AB 18. DE 19. BD 20. DE 21. AF 22. BFH 23. CD 24. CDG 25. BD 26. A 27. D 28. CE 29. BDI 30. CEG
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