GRE Text Completion Sample Questions
1. You can order motivational posters of your choice through a reliable website and hang these around at your office and home, so that you can see them every day and make the most of them. A look at these motivational posters would (1) _____________ positive energy and peace inside you and enable you to get charged up instantly for the immediate task at hand. A dreary day, a long speech from your boss, a fruitless effort ‘ no matter how demotivating the situation be, motivational posters can bring your (2) __________ spirits back to normal once again in a matter of minutes, thus preparing you for the next upcoming battle. Make it a point to hang a few funny and witty motivational posters at your workplace and home, so that a look at them after a tiring and energy-depriving day will (3) __________ and build up your spirits once again. With motivational posters all around you, every challenge becomes something that you will look forward to, and every day would be a new opportunity to proveyour potential.
Blank 1: permeate, implant, instill
Blank 2: diminished, dull, crushed
Blank 3: energize, rejuvenate, revive
Correct Answer: implant, diminished, rejuvenate
Explanation: The given paragraph is about how motivational posters have an effect on your mind and brighten up your spirits. In the second sentence, there is an explanation of how motivational posters prepare you beforehand for the challenges that you face. They ‘implant’ positive energy and peace inside you. This energy and peace prepares you to face hurdles; the latent energy becomes active when you face a situation that calls for it and hence the positive energy is ‘implanted’ inside you. To implant means to fix firmly, to instill means to infuse slowly and to permeate means to saturate. The correct option is ‘implant’. For the second blank, the option ‘dull’ is not as appropriate as the other two and hence we reject them. To diminish means to make smaller and to crush means to destroy. Owing to the lesser strength of the option ‘diminish’ and the possibility of revival shown by the word, we select ‘diminish’ over ‘crushed’. For the last blank, we shall look at all the options one by one. To energize means to give energy to, to rejuvenate means to restore to a former state and to revive means to bring back to life or consciousness. Since the author is talking about building ‘up your spirits onceagain’, we opt for ‘rejuvenate’ as the correct option.
2. This does take more work and time but unless you are willing to invest in good content, there is really no point in proceeding further. Make sure you do your (1) ______. Even if you are only selling dog collars, as long as you give the pros and cons of each one (2)____________ people will appreciate it. The goal should be to make the content such that people who even (3) ___________ visit your site once will bookmark it and keepcoming back.
Blank 1: analysis, homework, research
Blank 2: separately, honestly, specifically
Blank 3: occasionally, casually, regularly
Correct Answer: research, honestly, casually
Explanation: On reading the given paragraph we conclude that the writer is giving advice to people about website content. He insists on the importance of well written content that people can appreciate and gain from. Good content catches the attention of people even if it is not relevant to them. For the first blank, we understand the correct answer from the succeeding sentence. The author says that even if you are selling dog collars, you need to do your ‘research’. This is how you can mention the pros and cons that people will appreciate. The option ‘research’ is selected because it has a wider scope which covers ‘analysis’ and ‘homework’ both. To research would mean to go into the depth and details of every sort. For the second blank, we select the option ‘honestly’. The writer is simply explaining his point through an example of dog collars. He does not mean to go into the detail and tell us what to write on the topic. He intends to enlighten us about the value attached with ‘honest’ work rather than the structuring of information given. He mentions in the first sentence as well that it requires more work and time to come up with good content. This sentence also supports our choice of answer. For the last blank, we select the option ‘casually’. Those who visit our site ‘regularly’ shall obviously be interested in our work and hence the option is rejected. In order to bring out how effective our work should be, the author says that even those who are not really interested in the issue end up bookmarking our article. This shows us how impressive our work shall be. If a person who is ‘casually’ visiting our site without any real interest in our work bookmarks our site, then it talks highly of our content. The option ‘casually’ shows the impactthat our articles should create.
GRE Text Completion Sample Questions