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46 GRE Verbal Practice Questions – Text Completions

  1. Because of his success as a comedian, directors were loath to consider him for ____ roles.
    A) supporting
    B) leading
    C) dramatic
    D) comedic
    E) musical
  1. The aspiring candidate’s performance in the debate all but ____ any hope he may have had of winning the election.
    A) nullifies
    B) encourages
    C) guarantees
    D) accentuates
    E) contains

  2. She is the most ____ person I have ever met, seemingly with an endless reserve of energy.
    A) jejune
    B) vivacious
    C) solicitous
    D) impudent
    E) indolent

  3. In spite of the (1) ____ vista of the country, dismantled by war and its development clogged by illiteracy, locals like to (2) ____ their nationalism.
    Blank 1
    diverse
    chaotic
    static
    Blank 2
    flaunt
    curb
    conceal

  4. Liharev flirts with being both a nihilist and an atheist during his life, yet he never does ____ faith in God.
    affirm
    lose
    scorn
    aver
    supplicate

  5. Existentialism can be used to (1) ____ evil: if one does not like the rules of society and has no conscience, he may use existentialism as a means of (2) ____ a set of beliefs that are (3) ____ to him but injurious to others.
    Blank 1
    rationalize
    thwart
    condemn
    Blank 2
    converting
    impugning
    justifying
    Blank 3
    adverse
    asinine
    advantageous

  6. These categories amply point out the (1)__ desire that people have to express themselves and the cleverness they display in that expression; who would have believed that the drab, (2) ____ DMV would become the (3) ____ such creativity?
    Blank 1
    acquired
    fundamental
    platonic
    Blank 2
    mundane
    incorrigible
    inspiring
    Blank 3 inhibitor of
    catalyst for
    censor of

  7. This argues well that Erikson exercised less free will than Warner; for even though Erikson was aware that he was misdirected, he was still unable to ____ free will.
    defer
    facilitate
    proscribe
    prevent
    exert

  8. Located amidst the colossal green hills, what might have otherwise been a (1)___ airfield in (2)___ part of the North assumed the overtones of the battlefield.
    Blank 1
    picturesque
    combatant
    stark
    Blank 2
    an estranged
    an exquisite
    a war torn

  9. Though most explicitly sexist words have been replaced by gender-neutral terms, sexism thrives in the ____ of many words.
    indistinctness
    similitude
    loquacity
    implications
    obscurity

  10. We landed at the airport with (1)___ notions of the country as (2)___ country where many parents are alleged to have sold their children in exchange for food.
    Blank 1
    unwarranted
    germane
    preconceived
    Blank 2
    an impotent
    an impoverished
    an opulent

  11. Man is violent; therefore, any theory of conflict resolution between nations that (1)___ to account for this is (2)__ flawed. Blank 1
    declines
    consents
    fails
    Blank 2
    inherently
    pejoratively
    manifestly

  12. Ironically, the foreign affairs policies of democracies are more likely to meet with protests than similar policies of totalitarian regimes because a democracy is ____ protest; whereas in a totalitarian regime, no one is listening.
    impassive to
    indifferent to
    imperiled by
    sensitive to
    inured to

  13. Although the buildings and streets of this small beach town appear (1) ____, the property values are quite (2) ____.
    Blank 1
    expensive
    dilapidated
    refurbished
    Blank 2
    high
    pedestrian
    reasonable

  14. Though he claimed the business was (1)___, his irritability (2)___ that claim.
    Blank 1
    expanding
    static
    sound
    Blank 2 vindicated
    belied
    affirmed

  15. The rules of engagement for United Nations troops stationed in Bosnia prohibit deadly force unless all ____ actions have be exhausted.
    comparable
    arbitrary
    alternative
    apropos
    extraordinary

  16. Despite its lofty goal—truth—many scholars maintain that law as a ____ is a highly regulated street fight.
    dogma
    study
    profession
    philosophy
    lifestyle

  17. Some argue that American politics have become so (1) ____ that politicians will argue merely to gain power, and the subject of debate is often (2) ____. The vigorous dispute over where to place a comma in the Republican platform, for example, was motivated not by any significant change in meaning but by a desire not to show any (3) ____ to the other side.
    Blank 1
    antiquated
    polarized
    homogenized
    Blank 2
    neglibile
    exigent
    convoluted
    Blank 3
    ambivalence
    deference
    favoritism

  18. The citizenry had become so (1) ____ by the president’s (2) ____ that the latest financial scandal did not even make the front page of the newspapers.
    Blank 1
    jaded
    disgusted
    fascinated
    Blank 2
    indiscretions
    magnanimity
    peccadilloes

  19. In these politically correct times, it has become ____ to discuss certain subjects at all.
    safe
    eccentric
    precarious
    efficacious
    effortless

  20. Although the stock market has experienced strong (1) ____ in the past two years, there have been short periods in which the market has (2) ____ precipitously.
    Blank 1
    sluggishness
    growth
    stagnation
    Blank 2
    fallen
    stabilized
    increased

  21. Her ____ attitude toward child-rearing was complemented with plenty of love.
    austere
    indifferent
    ambivalent
    lenient
    sycophantic

  22. The interviewer was startled to hear the otherwise gracious author make the ____ remark: “My novels are too sophisticated for the American public.”
    apt
    enigmatic
    bombastic
    vacuous
    insightful

  23. The judge openly associated with racist organizations; nevertheless, he showed no ____ in his decisions during his career.
    favoritism
    benevolence
    openness
    prejudice
    altruism

  24. The condemnatory (1) ____ of critics directed toward Steven Spielberg’s latest film attests to the fact that the pretentious critics have lost sight of the purpose of movies: (2) ____.
    Blank 1
    drivel
    laud
    circumlocution
    Blank 2
    to entertain
    to correct
    to convert

  25. Suicide is the outcome of man’s difficulty to ____ himself in society, so he does not feel isolated. materialize
    seclude
    homogenize
    secure
    integrate

  26. It is a situation with a hard, practical edge which raises issues of life-threatening (1)___. Therefore, it demands to be addressed with cool, clear-headed (2)___.
    Blank 1
    evidence
    immediacy
    existence
    Blank 2
    pragmatism
    erudition
    involvement

  27. The general accused the senator of naiveté for ____ that air strikes alone could stop the aggressors.
    advocating
    denying
    obfuscating
    mishandling
    disallowing

  28. Hundreds of citizens showed up to (1)____ the planning commission’s master plan for regional centers, claiming that adding 800,000 additional people to the metro area by the year 2020 would cause (2)__ and gridlock.
    Blank 1
    celebrate
    amend
    protest
    Blank 2
    overcrowding
    bathos
    duplicity

  29. Though ____ toward his own material needs, he was always magnanimous toward others.
    neglectful
    charitable
    profligate
    improvident
    condemnatory

  30. The intelligence community should not be (1)____ for not foreseeing the fall of the Soviet Union; even Hedrick Smith, author of The Russians, stated in 1986 that the Soviet Union is the world’s most (2)___ society.
    Blank 1
    applauded
    castigated
    engendered
    Blank 2
    arbitrary
    stable
    conscientious

  31. Although prices (1) ____ during the fuel shortage, the suppliers actually saw (2)___ in profits.
    Blank 1
    fluctuated
    decreased
    increased
    Blank 2
    a windfall
    a loss
    a boon

  32. In the 1950s, integration was (1) ____ to most Americans; now, however, most Americans accept it as (2) ____.
    Blank 1
    an anathema
    welcome
    common
    Blank 2
    sporadic
    desirable
    mandatory

  33. A more admirable character would have been one who overcame his (1) ____ impulses and became good; rather than one who merely lacked the (2) ____ to be bad.
    Blank 1
    ire
    compassionate
    evil
    Blank 2
    serenity
    patience
    sophistication

  34. Although World War II ended more than half a century ago, Russia and Japan still have not signed a formal peace treaty; and both countries have been (1) ____ to develop more (2) ____ relations.
    Blank 1
    reticent
    inimical
    obstinate
    Blank 2
    controversial
    hostile
    amiable

  35. Some are born with a (1)___ to commit suicide, whereas some commit suicide because they are unable to bear (2)___ changes in their lives.
    Blank 1
    predisposition
    prognosis
    prodigy
    Blank 2
    cataclysmic
    inimical
    perpetual

  36. Today, plastic has proved to be a (1)___ to the environment; the world over, steps are being taken to ban the (2)___ and non-recyclable material, which has silently taken over our lives.
    Blank 1
    perquisite
    menace
    boon
    Blank 2
    non-ecofriendly
    ominous
    cacophonous

  37. Despite its (1) ____ and safety in treating some of the most incapacitating forms of depression and anxiety, it has not been widely (2) ____.
    Blank 1
    usefulness
    ineffectuality
    potency
    Blank 2
    renounced
    accepted
    commenced

  38. Despite her age, she has a silly and ____ sense of humor.
    mature
    trivial
    ambiguous
    asinine
    youthful

  39. There are different and (1) ____ versions about what happened in the city, but one thing is certain: it a dastardly act that must be condemned (2) ____.
    Blank 1
    complementary
    falsified
    conflicting
    Blank 2
    commensurately
    unequivocally
    promptly

  40. By (1)____ celebrities from the sports, entertainment, or business arenas, the show narrates the stories of the (2)____ newsmakers from all walks of life.
    Blank 1
    narrating
    profiling
    parading
    Blank 2
    influential
    ordinary
    pedestrian

  41. Behind their strange appearance and (1)____ for carrion, which has long singled them out for fear and loathing, hyenas present a (2)____ society in which females dominate.
    Blank 1
    penchant
    aversion
    chary
    Blank 2
    realistic
    matriarchal
    monarchal

  42. At the cutting edge of research, scientists are developing new sunscreens of both ____ and internal varieties. polar
    topical
    territorial
    atmospheric
    regional

  43. Although the AIDS epidemic is in the limelight, there is a silent killer (1)___ through India, killing more people than AIDS itself. The (2)___ is that, unlike AIDS, this disease is easily cured.
    Blank 1
    rampaging
    digressing
    alleviating
    Blank 2
    conundrum
    conflict
    irony

  44. Knowing that she was overshadowed by many other actors, Julianne recognized that she was indulging in a bit of ____ when she wondered whether Michael was the greatest living actor.
    irony
    overemphasis
    understatement
    hyperbole
    injustice

  45. Their courage is only ____; a small show of strength is enough to call their bluff.
    ostentation
    fortitude
    temperament
    exhibition
    bravado