GRE SENTENCE COMPLETION-3
GRE Sentence Completion Sample Questions
1.Alice was annoyed that, although Edgar accepted the _______ of her argument, he would not _______ her conclusion
2.Although the designers have not yet been able to solve the emission problems in the new automobile, their lack of _______ so far cannot be interpreted as final _______.
3.A truly _______, historian of science, Meyer neither _______ the abilities of the scientists she presents nor condescends to them.
4.By studying _______, psychologist have learned to understand the workings of the healthy mind; similarly, it is in the
most _______ instances that the mechanism of many normal processes may be revealed most clearly.
5.The more knowledge; the fewer _______; wisdom has always been _______.
1.(A) If Edgar had accepted the logic of Alice's argument, he should have conceded that her contiution was b correct. If he did not accept that her conclusion was also correct, Alice would naturally be annoyed. So, the pair of words in (A) completes a logical semence, and is the answer. Your can easily verify that the other choices do not result in meaningful sentences.
2.(C) Not having been able to sole the emission problems so far-cannot result in lack of continuity, lack of motive or lack of alternatives or lack of concern, but can be described as lack of success. So, (C) is the only suitable choice even on consideration of the alternatives for the first missing word. Its pair word 'failure', when substituted in the sentence, means that the designers are still continuing their experiments and may yet succeed in finding a solution to the problem. (C) is therefore the answer.
3.(B) The use of the phrase 'neither' nor' implies that the first missing word must imply the opposite of the phrase 'condescends to them', meaning 'patronizes them'. Among the given choices for the second word, 'inflates' and 'admires' are the only two which are the opposites of 'condescends'. If Meyer had been a reverent historian of science, she would have admired the abilities of scientists. So, (D) is not suitable choice. The pair of words in (B) completes a logical sentence, and is the answer.
4.(A) Psychologists could not have learned to understand the workings of the healthy mind by studying statistics, or animals or illusions, So, (B), (D) and (E) can be rejected on an examination of the choices for the first missing word. Considering (A), if the workings of the healthy mind can be understood by a study of madness, a similar analogy could be 'understanding of normal processes through a study of bizarre (or abnormal) instances. Thus, (A) RESULTS IN A LOGICAL SENTENCE, AND IS THE ANSWER. Since all healthy minds are not geniuses, the learning of the workings of the healthy minds are not geniuses, the learning of the workings, of the healthy mind through a study of genius is not analogous to the understanding of normal processes through a study of commonplace instances. So, (C) is incorrect.
5.(B) (Certitude means feeling of certainty). It is not logical to say that wisdom has always been questionable, or controversial, or attainable. So, elusive and subjective are the only possible choices of the second missing word. If, with more knowledge, one felt fewer feelings of certainty, it means that one has not fully attained wisdom-which, in turn, means that wisdom is elusive. Thus, the pair of words in (B) completes a meaningful sentence, and is the answer.