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GRE Sentence Completion

In sentence completion questions, you are asked to choose the best way to complete a sentence or short passage from which one, two, or three words have been omitted. These questions test a combination of reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. You must be able to recognize the logic, style, and tone of the sentence so that you will be able to choose the answer that makes sense in context. You must also be able to recognize differences in usage. The sentences cover a wide variety of topics from a number of academic fields. They do not, however, test specific academic knowledge. You may feel more comfortable if you are familiar with the topic the sentence is discussing, but you should be able to handle any of the sentences using your knowledge of the English language.

Directions: Choose the correct word from the choices given for each blank, to best complete the text.

Q1. Crestfallen by having done poorly on the GRE, Susan began to question her abilities. Her self-confidence was ________ .

appeased
destroyed
placated
elevated
sustained

Q2. Although the warring parties had settled a number of disputes, past experience made them ________ to express optimism that the talks would be a success.

rash
ambivalent
scornful
overjoyed
reticent

Q3. Critics of the movie version of The Color Purple (i)________ its saccharine, overoptimistic tone as out of keeping with the novel's more (ii)_______ quality.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
acclaimed acerbic
decried cloying
echoed sanguine

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