GRE Text Completion Sample Questions
1. By and large there is no (1) _________ rule of being beautiful. No one can tell (2) __________ as to what beauty is. There is nothing in particular that makes a person beautiful. There are black people that live in various parts of the world. Even among these there are many people who are quite beautiful. On the other hand, there are several regions in the world, where every individual is white. One cannot say surely that all these white people are beautiful. To conclude one can say that there is no hard and fast rule for one to seem beautiful. It is the heart of a person that makes him beautiful. Lack of physical charm should not deter a person in any way. It is that one should aim to become a good person and obtain gentle behavior. These are the (3) _________ of a beautiful person.
Blank 1: standard, fixed, general
Blank 2: firmly, accurately, approximately
Blank 3: aspirations, traits, requirements
Correct Answer: general, accurately, traits
Explanation: For the first blank, we reject the option ‘fixed’ since it is trivial. If there exists a rule, it has to be fixed, else it shall not be a rule in the first place. Out of the other two options, we select ‘general’ over ‘standard’. ‘Standard’ means a measure used for comparison and ‘general’ means applying to all people or things. The author describes in the paragraph how people of different places and different complexions can be unexpectedly beautiful or otherwise. Hence, we cannot generalize what beauty is and the correct answer option is ‘general’. On a similar argument, we base our decision of selecting the option ‘accurately’ for the second blank. The other two options, ‘firmly’ and ‘approximately’ are clearly incorrect. For the last blank, the option ‘requirements’ is clearly wrong as it does not lend meaning to the sentence. Out of the other two options, we select ‘traits’. The author is explaining what makes a person beautiful and he compares physical beauty to inner beauty in the paragraph. He concludes towards the end of the paragraph that a person is beautiful if he has a gentle heart. These are the ‘traits’ of a beautiful person that we all should aspire to be like them.
2. The (1) ________ of a breakup with one’s boyfriend or girlfriend is very (2) _______. This is especially for teenagers as they enter into (3) __________ age where it is hard for them to accept the breakup and they do not know how to cope up with the breakup.
Blank 1: occurrence, pain, impact
Blank 2: painful, devastating, lasting
Blank 3: an impressionable, adolescent, a tender
Correct Answer: occurrence, painful, a tender
Explanation: In the given paragraph, it is mentioned that a breakup with a girlfriend or a boyfriend is not easy to deal with. There is particular mention of the way teenagers react to such situations. We consider the second blank first. The problem being discussed is at its initial stages and it is said that a break up is difficult to accept and cope with. Hence, we do not discuss the long term effects of the breakup. Consequently, we shall not select the option ‘lasting’. For the second blank, the word ‘very’ precedes. Owing to this, we reject the option ‘devastating’ since this word is already a very strong one. We select the word ‘painful’ because it conveys the intended meaning without being severe. Now, we consider the first blank and the answer is ‘occurrence’. ‘impact’ does with ‘lasting’ and ‘pain’ goes with ‘devastating’ and since these two options are rejected, we select the word ‘occurrence’. For the last blank, we reject the option ‘an impressionable’. There is no talk of influencing the sufferer in the paragraph, and hence their being impressionable does not hold any meaning in this context. The option ‘adolescent’ is also not correct since every teenager need not be an adolescent. However, the word ‘tender’ is appropriate since it conveys the intended sense. Since teenagers are in a tender age, they cannot accept a breakup and do not know how to cope with it. They do not have the emotional maturity to react in a proper manner. The option ‘a tender’ is the correct answer option.
GRE Text Completion Sample Questions