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GRE Text Completion Practice Test 06

1. Scrooge, in the famous novel by Dickens, was a ____ ; he hated the rest of mankind.

A. misanthrope
B. hypochondriac
C. philanthropist
D. hedonist
E. sybarite

2. A businessman must (i)____ his horizons; a (ii)____ attitude will get you nowhere in this age of global communications.

Blank (i)
A. limit
B. foresee
C. widen
Blank (ii)
D. parochial
E. moderate
F. comprehensive

3. Our bookshelves at home display a range of books on wide-ranging subjects and in many languages, reflecting the ____ tastes of our family members.

A. anomalous
B. limited
C. arcane
D. furtive
E. eclectic

4. We humans are selfish creatures, continuing to (i)____ the use of plastic bags, those (ii)____ symbols of consumer society. Wherever you travel you see them clogging drains, polluting beaches and generally threatening the well-being of the biosphere.

Blank (i)
A. condone
B. attenuate
C. abrogate
Blank (ii)
D. ubiquitous
E. fleeting
F. covert

5. The preliminary review concludes that Dr. Stuart needs to (i)____ his argument with more experimental data. In its current avatar his thesis is so (ii)____ that it must be deemed (iii)____.

Blank (i)
A. define
B. bolster
C. culminate
Blank (ii)
D. exigent
E. monumental
F. slight
Blank (iii)
G. succinct
H. profound
I. inadequate

6. After an initially warm reception by most reviewers and continued ____ by conservative thinkers, Bloom's work came under heavy fire.

A. criticism
B. endorsement
C. denigration
D. counterattack
E. refutation

7. Through the 19th Century, the classics of Western Civilization were considered the (i)____ of wisdom and culture, and an (ii)____ person by definition knew them well.

Blank (i)
A. repository
B. obituary
C. frontispiece
Blank (ii)
D. educated
E. ecclesiastical
F. obtuse

8. In this biography we are given a glimpse of the young man (i)____ pursuing the path of the poet despite (ii)____ and rejection slips.

Blank (i)
A. unsuccessfully
B. sporadically
C. doggedly
Blank (ii)
D. acclaim
E. disappointment
F. encouragement

9. While unwilling to forgo the benefits of standardized testing, many European countries are seeking to (i)____ individual (ii)____ which state examinations with their (iii)____ growth have bought in their train.

Blank (i)
A. increase control over
B. diminish the check on
C. increase awareness of
Blank (ii)
D. spontaneity
E. limitations
F. persecution
Blank (iii)
G. randomizing effects
H. tyrannous growth
I. empowering actions

10. In keeping with his own (i)____ in international diplomacy, Churchill proposed a personal meeting of heads of government, but the effort was (ii)____ , as the temper of the times was (iii)____.

Blank (i)
A. peccadilloes
B. aversions
C. predilections
Blank (ii)
D. doomed to failure
E. instantly accepted
F. considered worthwhile
Blank (iii)
G. amicable
H. auspicious
I. inimical

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Q 10 questions

Time 10 minutes

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