New GRE (Revised) Sentence Equivalance Practice Questions - II

1. The Countess dressed with a (an) ____ elegance which seemed to proclaim to the world just how distinguished she was.

A. studied 
B. pronounced 
C. ingenuous 
D. understated 
E. mannered 
F. rococo

2. It is a waste of time to ____ someone so dimwitted; he is too dull to recognize your barbs.

A. disparage 
B. ridicule 
C. lampoon 
D. laud 
E. enlighten 
F. train

3. The teacher was so abstracted that she gave a ____ evaluation of what was really an interesting solution to the problem she had set.

A. philosophical 
B. cursory 
C. detailed 
D. considered 
E. perfunctory 
F. tangential

4. Punishment for transgressions of the law ceases to have a deterrent effect if the punishment is frequently ____ .

A. arbitrary 
B. changed 
C. waived 
D. lenient 
E. commuted 
F. applied

5. Not only love affects the eye of the beholder; other emotions also ____ the interpretation of the events that we witness.

A. cloud 
B. trigger 
C. devalue 
D. color 
E. objectify 
F. impact

6. The human mind can often reject the most ____ data in favor of something that, though valueless, at least sounds familiar.

A. anomalous 
B. inconsequential 
C. peripheral 
D. pertinent 
E. germane 
F. visible

7. ____ behavior never has the effect its practitioners hope for; the attempt to hide only draws attention to what is hidden.

A. Misogynistic 
B. Puritanical 
C. Covert 
D. Miserly 
E. Prudish 
F. Camouflaging

8. He completed the work with unusual ____ ; his need to get out of the office overcame his habitual torpor.

A. dispatch 
B. grace 
C. effectiveness 
D. slovenliness 
E. carelessness 
F. celerity

9. When Smithers took over as chairperson, her colleagues were looking forward to a less confrontational time on the board of governors, since they reasoned that no one else was likely to be as ____ as her predecessor.

A. mordant 
B. aggressive 
C. flexible 
D. bellicose 
E. complaisant 
F. jaundiced

10. When faced with an urgent problem for which there is no immediately obvious solution, we tend to welcome any suggestion, however ____ , that might throw light on the dilemma.

A. unusual 
B. hackneyed 
C. tentative 
D. outrageous 
E. illuminating 
F. flimsy


  • Anil Jain
    Anil Jain

  • gretaker
    1. B,f
    2. B,c
    3. B,e
    4. C,f
    5. E,f
    6. D,e
    7. C,f
    8. A,f
    9. B,d
    10. D,f
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    The correct answers are:

    1. A, E
    2. B, C
    3. B, E
    4. C, E
    5. D, F
    6. D, E
    7. B, E
    8. A, F
    9. B, D
    10. C, F
    Let me know if you need explanations for any answers.
  • shihan
    @ abrakadabra plz xplain ques no 7 and 10
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Explanation for 7th answer:

    The second part of the sentence tells us we are looking for something that involves ‘hiding’. Since puritanical and prudish are used for attempts to cover or hide what is shameful or immoral, they are the best pair. Covert means hidden or secret, but there is no partner for it.
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Explanation for 10th answer:

    If there is no obvious solution we might welcome any suggestion even a vague one. ‘Flimsy’ and ‘tentative’ imply hesitant and not firm. You cannot choose ‘unusual’ and ‘outrageous’ because outrageous is so much stronger than unusual that the meaning would not be close enough.
  • shihan
    is the secondary meaning of puritanical and prudish hiding? btw tx for answer @abrakadabra
  • anujd1488
    can u post more questions pls../?

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