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GRE Text Completion Practice Test 02

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. An artistís 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

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Time 10 minutes

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