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GRE Text Completion Practice Test 10

1. The success of the business venture ____ his expectations; he never thought that the firm would prosper.

A. confirmed
B. belied
C. nullified
D. fulfilled
E. ratified

2. The journalist (i)____ the efforts of the drug squad to control drug peddling, claiming that they had actually (ii)____ the problem.

Blank (i)
A. commended
B. deprecated
C. noted
Blank (ii)
D. delineated
E. mollified
F. exacerbated

3. Since the Romans failed to subjugate the tribes in Northern Britain, they built a wall in a (i)____ attempt to (ii)____ the natives. After all, what wall can (iii)____ the determined?

Blank (i)
A. seemingly overoptimistic
B. thoroughgoing
C. successful
Blank (ii)
D. intimidate
E. exclude
F. barricade
Blank (iii)
G. deter
H. conquer
I. circumscribe

4. The professor became increasingly ____ in later years, flying into a rage whenever he was opposed.

A. taciturn
B. voluble
C. subdued
D. contrite
E. irascible

5. To Simon, not usually so (i)____, their bantering talk seemed (ii)____. Actually their exchanges masked underlying (iii)____.

Blank (i)
A. inscrutable
B. unperceptive
C. perspicacious
Blank (ii)
D. amicable
E. exasperating
F. hostile
Blank (iii)
G. antagonism
H. assumptions
I. geniality

6. The new systematic nomenclature was so (i)____ that many chemists preferred to (ii)____ the older trivial names that were at least shorter. At least, that is the ostensible reason. Actually, tradition seems to carry more weight than (iii)____ with some scientists.

Blank (i)
A. succinct
B. cumbersome
C. irrational
Blank (ii)
D. revert to
E. adopt
F. suspend
Blank (iii)
G. chronology
H. longevity
I. system

7. Even though the auditors (i)____ the accountant, his reputation, hitherto unblemished, was (ii)____ by the allegations of fraud.

Blank (i)
A. indicted
B. betrayed
C. vindicated
Blank (ii)
D. enhanced
E. tarnished
F. condoned

8. Many so-called social playwrights are distinctly ____ ; rather than allowing the members of the audience to form their own opinions, these writers force a viewpoint on the viewer.

A. conciliatory
B. prolific
C. iconoclastic
D. didactic
E. contumacious

9. The archaeologist, viewing the fragmentary remains of the ancient city, reflected on the (i)____ of human (ii)____ .

Blank (i)
A. impermanence
B. dearth
C. durability
Blank (ii)
D. endeavor
E. thought
F. humility

10. He was normally entirely (i)____ , but in the embarrassing situation in which he found himself he felt compelled to (ii)____.

Blank (i)
A. equable
B. considerate
C. forthright
Blank (ii)
D. concede
E. prevaricate
F. capitulate

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Q 10 questions

Time 10 minutes

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