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60 text completion questions collected from real GRE exams

1 Although Emily Brontë is impassioned about gender equality, she is anything but ______ to endorse more privileges endowing to women.
(A) zealous
(B) apathetic
(C) abhorrent
(D) stubborn
(E) lethargic

 

2 Many of the towns that have voted to keep incinerators in the county’s solid waste plan have done so not because they necessarily ____ incinerators, but because they are ____ to narrow their wastedisposal options.
(A) disdain … expecting
(B) favor … inclined
(C) dote on … eager
(D) approve of … loath
(E) deplore … unwilling

 

3 That guild of experts has always appraised the economic stimulation plan as bootless, while the advocates of the policy do not take their ______ evaluation for granted.
(A) tendentious
(B) meticulous
(C) treacherous
(D) ubiquitous
(E) deprecatory

 

4 For decades, economists’ ideas have been (i) ______ politics. For example, economists peddled their pet theories for academical preeminence and for political appointment, while politicians (ii) ______ those theories as solutions of social problems.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
(A) exploited to
(B) undermined by
(C) misunderstood
 (D) promoted
(E) ignored
(F) rejected

 

5 Although Emily Brontë is little impassioned about gender equality, she is anything but ______ to endorse more privileges endowing to women.
(A) zealous
(B) apathetic
(C) abhorrent
(D) stubborn
(E) lethargic

 

6 Higher energy prices would have many (i) ______ effects on society as a whole. Besides encouraging consumers to be more (ii) ______ in their use of gasoline, they would encourage the development of renewable alternative energy sources that are not (iii) ______ at current prices.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) pernicious
(B) counterintuitive
(C) salubrious
 (D) aggressive
(E) predictable
(F) sparing
 (G) unstable
(H) adaptable
(I) viable

 

7 Many of the towns that have voted to keep incinerators in the county’s solid-waste plan have done so not because they necessarily (i) ______ incinerators, but because they are (ii) ______ to narrow their waste-disposal options.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) question
(B) favor
(C) oppose
 (D) willing
(E) eager
(F) loath

 

8. So (i) ______ is the police’s corruption and (ii) ______ that it has been a tradition that every newly-appointed police chef pledges to (iii) ______ the force.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
(A) unfounded
(B) persistent
(C) unaware
 (D) incompetence
(E) criminality
(F) malpractice
 (G) reform
(H) contradict
(I) strengthen

 

9 Learning is a (i) ______ process. Because of that, in most test-based materials, reading is more (ii) ______ than watching a DVD. The more passive a person is, the more information that is going to pass through without entering brain.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) participatory
(B) difficult
(C) continuous
(D) interesting
(E) educative
(F) fatigued

 

10 Nevertheless, the claim—advocated by many experts—that a child acts more like a ‘grammatical genius’ than an empty slate, a ‘tabula rasa’, ready to be written on and forged by experience, seem ______ to those who think of language as the zenith of the human intellect and who think of instincts as brute impulses that compel furry or feathered zombies to build a dam or up and fly south.
(A) tangent
(B) prehensile
(C) manifest
(D) consonance
(E) jarring

 

11 ”RESIGNATION”, an English word the French novelist Christian Oster would no doubt appreciate, presents an elegant paradox: in one sense, it indicates a bold step, a cleaving of oneself from an attachment grown onerous; in another, it’s the height of ______, an acquiescence to fate.
(A) sham
(B) fissure
(C) desperation
(D) passivity
(E) maturity

 

12 Despite the book has ______ language and an abridged dictionary, I still find a lot of things about eighteenth century.
(A) lamented
(B) antipathic
(C) rarified
(D) pellucid
(E) aggresive

 

13 To have (i) ______ book reviews is in defense of the value and… hope that the author, having his/her (ii)______ pointed out, secretly knows that it could be improved.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) hortatory
(B) frank
(C) adverse
 (D) strength
(E) transgression
(F) assumption

 

14 Despite its (i) ______ cover, the book is very (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (D) onerous
(E) insipid
(F) fawning
(G) cynicism
(H) hypocritical
(I) realistic

 

15 Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) ______ kind of story, the ghost story is almost the paradigm of the form, and (ii) ______ was undoubtedly one effect that Poe had in mind when he wrote about how stories work.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) a debased
(B) a normative
(C) a meticulous
 (D) pessimism
(E) goosebumps
(F) curiosity

 

16 No other contemporary poet’s work has such a well-earned reputation for (i) ______, and there are few whose moral vision is so imperiously unsparing. Of late, however, the almost belligerent demands of his severe and densely forbidding poetry have taken an improbable turn. This new collection is the poet’s fourth book in six years─an ample output even for poets of sunny disposition, let alone for one of such (ii)______ over the previous 50 years. Yet for all his newfound (iii) ______, his poetry is as thorny as ever.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) patent accessibility
(B) intrinsic frivolity
(C) near impenetrability
 (D) penitential austeriy
(E) intractable prolixity
(F) impetuous prodigality
 (G) taciturnity
(H) volubility
(I) pellucidity

 

17 Modern readers ofteh think ancient Rome or Greek literature’s moral sentiment vapid, but people from the 17th century found them ______.
(A) arcane
(B) dogmatic
(C) didactic
(D) jejune
(E) perplexed

 

18 As for choice, behavorial economists will tell you that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. A (i)_____ of choices can be paralyzing, as Barry Schwartz pointed out in his recent book “The Paradox of Choice.” Ask shoppers in a supermarket to taste six different jams, and odds are that they’ll buy the jam they like the best. Offer them twenty four different jams, and odds are they’ll walk away without buying any. Studies show that the more investment choices a plan offers, the less likely people are to participate in it. In this regard, Social Security’s lack of flexibility may actually be a (ii) _____. People (iii) _____ some upside, in exchange for peace of mind.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) sufficient
(B) surfeit
(C) lack
 (D) gift
(E) disadvange
(F) virtue
 (G) consider
(H) keep
(I) forgot

 

19 People in iceland have a saying that every icelander is a writter. Although this seems (i) ______, (ii) ______, on average, 1 in every 250 people has published a book.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) sarcasm
(B) clarification
(C) hyperbole
 (D) stress
(E) understand
(F) perpetuate

 

20 The playwright’s approach is (i) ______ in that her works (ii) ______ the theatrical devices normally used to create drama on the stage.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) pedestrian
(B) startling
(C) celebrated
 (D) jettison
(E) experiment with
(F) distill

 

21 This filmmaker is not outspoken on political matters: her films are known for their aesthetic qualities rather than for their ______ ones.
(A) polemical
(B) cinematic
(C) narrative
(D) commercial
(E) dramatic

 

22 For Ruskin, architecture serves the community only when approached in a spirit of piety and (i) ______. Architecture must set effective boundaries to public space, and it does so by (ii) ______ the desire to show off, to stand out, to record the artistic flair of some temporary ego. Architecture succeeds in its public task through (iii) ______ and devotion, of the kind that can be observed in the moulding, firing and laying of a properly proportioned brick, but which is violated at every point by Frank Gehry’s bombastic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) altruism
(B) sanctimonious
(C) sacrifice
 (D) retrieving
(E) fastening
(F) relinquishing
 (G) humility
(H) demise
(I) braggadocio

 

23 As the study of the foundation of western Shanghai reveals, there was a sense of elegance in the refined, simple lines that characterized the entire row, bereft of the exuberant, emphatic, assertive, ornament that constituted the latest British architectural fashion, which expressed its detestation of Palladianism and neoclassicism – London’s Regent Street then being regarded as abhorrent – calling it the product of a (i) ______“shopocracy”. The (ii) ______ of Western architectural taste – oscillating between simplicity and ornamental (iii) ______ – must have bemused Chinese
observers who had long accepted that both approaches were valid and could co-exist.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) superficial
(B) quintessential
(C) disdained
 (D) impermanence
(E) eternality
(F) subtlety
 (G) profundity
(H) modesty
(I) exuberance

 

24 As a result of lacking strong opposing organization to ______, the chief focus their rancor on one another at the conference where the issues were put forward and intended to be resolved.
(A) immolate
(B) excoriate
(C) parley
(D) exterminate
(E) collaborate

 

25 Unenlightened authoritarian managers rarely recognize a crucial reason for the low levels of serious conflict among members of democratically run work groups: a modicum of tolerance for dissent often prevents ______.
(A) demur
(B) schism
(C) cooperation
(D) compliance
(E) shortsightedness

 

26 A manager should (i) ______ the power that is not (ii) ______, but he should make good use of the power it retains.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) consolidate
(B) deploy
(C) disperse
 (D) forbidden
(E) hard pressed
(F) well-suited

 

27 Scientists at chocolate manufactuer attempts to (i) ______ cocoa bean’s chemical composition, so that they can (ii) ______ the taste of cocoa bean in order to (iii) ______ a failure from cocoa bean suppliers.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) unlock
(B) produce
(C) recycle
 (D) description
(E) replication of
(F) synthesis
 (G) prevent
(H) mitigate
(I) prohibit

 

28 Trying to cover the vast US history in a few hundreds pages often led critics to disregard his work, overlooking his emphasis of (i) ______ and (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) brevity
(B) details
(C) story telling
 (C) complexity
(D) subtlety
(E) efficiency

 

29 Sylvester takes on a solemn and sagacious persona, the expression of his commitment to a deliberate conversation to a disconcerting and hypnotic pace, but this ______ could be intimidating.
(A) gravitas
(B) ingénue
(C) banality
(D) lassitude
(E) solicitude

 

30 The paradoxical characteristic of the reliable employee Donna is her ______, when we consider her usual feigning illness to escape from her labor.
(A) halcyon
(B) charlatan
(C) malingering
(D) retribution
(E) earnestness

 

31 She demonstrates great extent of ______, as she has traveled to many more countries and places around the world than any of her kindred.
(A) perfidiousness
(B) peregrination
(C) jubilation
(D) sagaciousness
(E) conspicuousness

 

32 Most of characters in her novel are already lampooned figures; however, she (i) ______ this tradition to avoid (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) relies on
(B) ignores
(C) takes advantage of
 (D) verisimilitude
(E) caricature
(F) critisim

 

33 In her works, she (i) ______ confidence. She gets excessively (ii) ______ to authorities, even when rejecting their views.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) inspire
(B) exude
(C) lack
 (D) pugnacious
E) differential
(F) indifferent

 

34 Folk music remained (i) ______ by reinforcing ethical identities; nonetheless, it was (ii) ______ in the countryside where it originated.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) traditional
(B) vital
(C) trivial
 (D) declined
(E) popularize
(F) ignored

 

35 The family take importance on face value and has no tolerance to ______ .
(A) insensitivity
(B) dissimulation
(C) self-absorption
(D) self-promotion
(E) counter argument

 

36 The question whether children like sweeter or not is (i) ______. Of course children like sweeter, which is (ii) ______ to sellers, since children’s taste will not change once it is used to a certain brand.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) debated
(B) decided
(C) overlooked/ ignored
 (D) pragmatic
(E) a commercial advantage
(F) profitable

 

37 Behavior economists found that the more (i) ______ options listed on the insurance make people all the more offish to endorse, partly because they hope to (ii) ______ some (iii) ______ in order to get a measure of peace of mind.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) lucrative
(B) monotonous
(C) complicated
 (D) forgo
(E) dampen
(F) jockey
 (G) convolution
(H) detriment
(I) benefit

 

38 Consumers are (i) ______ to spend $50 to subscribe magazines, but they will (ii) ______ a few cents for reading an article.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) reluctant
(B) keen
(C) hestitant
 (D) lay out
(E) levy
(F) put by

 

39 Before divulging the nature of the study, the scientists expected the public reaction to be ______, predicting that they will get macabre result; thus they carefully prepare a press conference to explain the worth and medical benefit of the research.
(A) repercussion
(B) indifference
(C) trifling criticism
(D) approval
(E) fanatic

 

40 His theory cannot be regarded as (i) ______. Although he quoted some esoteric ideas in the theory, he was never (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) innovative
(B) arcane
(C) creative
 (D) obscured
(E) banal
(F) transparent

 

41 Hidebound by cloying commercial radio and clueless record executives, the American pop music scene has frequently depended on cities at the edges of the cultural map to provide a much-needed shot of (i)______. Seattle, Minneapolis, Austin, Texas, and Athens, Georgia, have all served as temporary pivot points, churning out bands and defining the sound of the moment. Even Omaha, Nebraska, had its 15 minutes not so long ago. The momentary (ii) ______ seems to come out of nowhere – as if someone blows a whistle only those in the know can hear, and suddenly record executives and journalists are crawling all over what had previously been an obscure locale.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) originality
(B) creativity
(C) complexity
 (D) consensus
(E) disagreement
(F) controversy

 

42 The use of the term ‘greenhouse effect’ is a complete ______, because it is not a veracious description of such a complicated transformation.
(A) anomaly
(B) spontaneity
(C) mishap
(D) misnomer
(E) appositeness

 

43 Dr. McDonald, a famous scientist in anthropology, believes that conventional scientific inquiry is (i) ______in its pursuit, since recently the study of social science draws on lots of statistics and probabilities; as a result, (ii) ______ of the social science takes priority due to McDonald’s conviction that moral issues should be certain rather than probable.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) barren
(B) collaborated
(C) limited
 (D) certitude
(E) calculation
(F) obscurity

 

44 Weather could exhibits consistent and predictable patterns. Although this may appear true for regional areas, on the global scale the pattern actually has some ______.
(A) reliability
(B) complexity
(C) discontinuity
(D) simplicity
(E) predictablility

 

45 Laser has been widely utilized in many industries such as Packaging Industry, CD player, sort of commonplace articles; however, the (i) ______ of laser doesn’t mean laser can only be used in (ii) ______ ways.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) rare extermination
(B) sporadic usage
(C) everyday presence
(D) assorted
(E) pedestrian
(F) pointless

 

46 In the past, the discussion of artificial light was (i) ______. When electrification spread, the talking of artificial light became (ii) ______ because the material and technology is more widely available to the public.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) engaging
(B) dormant
(C) heated
 (D) dull
(E) repetitious
(F) complicated

 

47 For environment protection nanotechnology is a/an (i) ____ discovery, but it’s not (ii) ____ at all even though the concept is (iii) ____. It still remains theoretical in labs.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) banal
(B) fantastic
(C) overatted
 (D) pragmatic
(E) inovative
(F) creative
 (G) lucid
(H) logical
(I) efficient

 

48 The order applies to all Federal agency whose actions may affect the status of invasive species and requires agencies to identify such actions and to the extent practicable and permitted by law, and since invasive species severely reduce the number of native species and even (i) ______ their existence, the agency has determined and made public its determination that the benefits of such actions clearly outweigh the potential harm caused by invasive species; and that all feasible and (ii) ______ measures to (iii) ______ risk of harm of the introduction of invasive species will be taken in conjunction with the actions.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) escalate
(B) preclude
(C) diminish
(D) prudent
(E) mawkish
(F) braggart
 (G) remedy
(H) counterbalance
(I) minimize

 

49 According to text book, the insect is (i) ______ as most versatile and (ii) ______ in the world. Yet it could not fly high and scientists do discover other insects who have similar appearance and behavior.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) touted
(B) ridiculed
(C) ranked
 (D) maneuvered
(E) atypical
(F) common

 

50 From having been a/an (i) ______ subject before 1970s, neuroscience has grown into the (ii) ______ for scientists all over the world. It has been extensively researched from the (iii) ______ activities which is common in most of the living creatures to the advanced activities such as how
memory works.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) venerated
(B) unexplored
(C) popular
 (D) controversial topic
(E) challenge
(F) central focus
 (G) sophisticated
(H) extreme
(I) elementary

 

51 For children, being honest is a/an (i) _____ skill; however, the ability to lie is a more (ii) _____ skills. A child who is going to lie must recognize the truth, intellectually conceive of an alternate reality, and be able to convincingly sell that new reality to someone else. Therefore, lying demands both advanced cognitive development and social skills that honesty simply doesn’t require.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) conscious
(B) acquired
(C) instinctive
 (D) advanced
(E) desirable
(F) valuable

 

52 Some artists immodestly idealize or exaggerate the significance of their work, yet others, _____ to exalt the role of the artist, reject a transcendent view of art.
A. appearing
B. disdaining
C. seeking
D. failing
E. tending

 

53 Calculus, though still indispensable to science and technology, is no longer _____; it has an equal partner called discrete mathematics.
A. preeminent
B. pertinent
C. beneficial
D. essential
E. pragmatic

 

54 It is often argued that psychoanalysis, which was ______ at the stage of eighteenth century, provided the main filter by which death could be looked at, now largely replaced by medicine, which provides both a mindset and practical measures by which death may be cheated, and in terminal illness, approached, formulating a process called medicalization.
(A) predominant
(B) pompous
(C) precarious
(D) elegant
(E) mundane

 

55 The new drug was useful, but unfortunately its effect was largely (i) ______ rather than (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) placatory
(B) palliative
(C) overrated
 (D) immediate
(E) curative
(F) effective

 

56 The activists’ energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century (i) ______ the assertion that the two movements were (ii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) undermines
(B) supports
(C) underscores
 (D) diffuse
(E) inimical
(F) predominant

 

57 Even though the government is not totally ______ the positive review about the charter, the mayor nevertheless decides to veto the laws.
(A) garrulous about
(B) enthusiastic about
(C) sanguine about
(D) approbatory to
(E) unsympathetic with

 

58 Political advertising may well be the most (i) ______ kind of advertising: political candidates are actually quite (ii) ______, yet their campaign advertisement often hide important differences behind smoke screens of smiles and empty slogans.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
 (A) polemical
(B) effective
(C) deceptive
 (D) interchangeable
(E) dissimilar
(F) vocal

 

59 Although Prime Minister’s long-termed (i) ______ political power (ii) ______ against his recent stated willingness to devolve power to local government, it is not (iii) ______ doing it.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) centralizing
(B) dimishing
(C) perceived
 (D) raised doubts
(E) further affirms
(F) argues
 (G) preclude
(H) allow
(I) accetable

 

60 To the untutored eye the tightly forested Ardennes hills around Sedan look quite (i) ______, (ii) ______ place through which to advance a modern army; even with today’s more numerous and better roads and bridges, the woods and the river Meuse form a significant (iii) ______.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
 (A) impenetrable
(B) inconsiderable
(C) uncultivated
 (D) a makeshift
(E) an unpropitious
(F) an unremarkable
 (G) resource
(H) impediment
(I) passage

 

Answers:
1 – 10: A D E B F B C F I B F B F G A F E
11 – 20: D C A D E G A E C D H D B F I C E B D
21 – 30: A C F G C D I B B C F A F  G A D A C
31 – 40: B A E C E B D B A E C D I A D B B D
41 – 50: A D D A D B C E B E B D G B D I A E B F I
51 – 60: B D B A A B E A E E C E A D G A E H

 

 40 Sentence Equivalence questions collected from real GRE exams

 

1 Although the parents do not think highly of the educational system as a whole, they fail to treat teachers with ______ equally.
[A] consideration
[B] veneration
[C] lucubration
[D] opprobrium
[E] reverence
[F] disdain

 

2 It is surprising to see such a child that is at his sixteenth manifest a great measure of ______, for he delivers too cogent, brilliant a speech among adults.
[A] maturity
[B] precociousness
[C] convolution
[D] nefariousness
[E] naïveté
[F] ingenuousness

 

3. My grandmother is a ______ person; she say that the house when she lived as a child was always haunted.
[A] clamorous
[B] invidious
[C] numinous
[D] empirical
[E] sonorous
[F] occult

 

4 Despite the good news, people are surprised that he found the news ______.
[A] alarm
[B] hostility
[C] dismay
[D] interesting
[E] confusing
[F] exciting

 

5 Philosophy is a/an ______ study.
[A] challenging
[B] exacting
[C] esoteric
[D] convoluted
[E] boring
[F] scientific

 

6 The ______ parts of the book threaten to disappear beneath repetitive and familiar depictions of the city as a busy world.
[A] innovative
[B] original
[C] inspiring
[D] challenging
[E] demanding
[F] complex

 

7 A demagogue should never exude _____ near the surface in a campaign, but this politician gives enthusiastic ovation when his opponent triumphs in a landslide.
[A] hauteur
[B] arrogance
[C] ectasy
[D] euphoria
[E] deprecation
[F] denigration

 

8 The apparent flaws in the sculptor’s work didn’t ______ the respect critics gave him.
[A] undermine
[B] preclude
[C] prevent
[D] create
[E] deserve
[F] increase

 

9 The composition of a poem is neither intellectually nor _____, it reflects the setting of the society and the background of the age.
[A] emotional
[B] intuitive
[C] solitary
[D] private
[E] inspiring
[F] simple

 

10 Advertising, formerly called the last resort to create or distribute music, has transformed itself to ______ of music that would otherwise be unheard.
[A] a camouflage
[B] a derivative
[C] a champion
[D] an impediment/ foe
[E] an advocate
[F] an impetus

 

11 The movie was very quiet, the music ______ and ______, drawing attention to the aural nuance as it does to visual details.
[A] creatively
[B] liberally
[C] sparingly
[D] judiciously
[E] negatively
[F] generously

 

12 Although she is usually the first to spot data that were inconsistent with other findings, in this particular experiment she let a number of _____ result slip by.
[A] anomalous
[B] redundant
[C] incongruous
[D] salient
[E] divergent
[F] verifiable

 

13 A record company recently started to sell ______ of repackaged old Cds; this seems to tell us it’s not releasing good records any more.
[A] dearth
[B] glut
[C] deficiency
[D] surfeit
[E] little
[F] some

 

14 Some British music critics are not sure about how to tell the difference between authentic African music and the ______, but they are sure there’s a distinction.
[A] derivative
[B] spurious
[C] specious
[D] real
[E] rest
[F] classics

 

15 Even the man was reserved in his speech, he thoroughly understood his mother, which made him far from ______ as people usually thought.
[A] comprehensive
[B] ingenuous
[C] sophisticated
[D] foolish
[E] simple
[F] sententious

 

16 It is perplexing that a man so prominent in the public eye, so highly praised and imitated, could exude a persona of ______ and reticence.
[A] decorum
[B] bravado
[C] diffidence
[D] dogmatism
[E] resignation
[F] indifference

 

17 Most people who read Ted’s correspondence are surprised that there is more stuff of professional than personal, but the distinction is ______: every letter reveals stamps of his personality.
[A] unique
[B] clear-cut
[C] unanimous
[D] significant
[E] artificial
[F] non-existent

 

18 My grandmother is a ______ person; she say that the house when she lived as a child was always haunted.
[A] clamorous
[B] invidious
[C] numinous
[D] empirical
[E] sonorous
[F] occult

 

19 There must be someone who was not ______. Since before the performance, the plot has been widespread.
[A] prudent
[B] circumspect
[C] tedious
[D] reluctant
[E] pretentious
[F] intelligent

 

20 A writer in a development countries needs to have ______ in order to be success. Due to limited choices of publishing platform and poor infrastructure, the only viable option is publishing in newspaper
[A] prescience
[B] resolve
[C] foresightedness
[D] determination
[E] energy
[F] intelligence

 

21 The lady’s role in public is ______: she is an outstanding actress, wife of a diplomat, and a journalist.
[A] protean
[B] versatile
[C] pedestrian
[D] consistent
[E] complex
[F] respected

 

22 Mark Messina’s book The Simple Soybean and Your Health exudes recognition much less unrestrained in the description of the soy’s medical efficiency than its versatility, but the author’ s cautions arrest soy to be a ______.
[A] cure-all
[B] solitude
[C] efficacy
[D] effectuality
[E] panacea
[F] placebo

 

23 People from one community always take each other as ______ since they automatically classify the others as their family line.
[A] acquaintance
[B] consort
[C] neighborhood
[D] kinfolks
[E] relative
[F] patron

 

24 Although an author repeats that he is a ______ uncle in his book, he makes a persuasive case to prove the safety of mutating genes to create new foods in his book.
[A] reticent
[B] verbose
[C] garrulous
[D] reserved
[E] conservative
[F] shy

 

25 Her apparent ______ her background and ancestry seems unconceivable in an age when people tend to think of themselves as exhaustion.
[A] rejection to
[B] duplicity to
[C] unfamiliarity with
[D] dishonesty with
[E] ignorance of
[F] understanding of

 

26 The ship crashed into an iceberg because it was ______ to getting close to the iceberg.
[A] negligible
[B] gradual
[C] imperceptible
[D] insignificant
[E] significant
[F] trivial

 

27 Scientist worries if the connection between global warming and the rising of sea level continues, then this simultaneity ______ bigger changes in the underlying dynamics of our climate.
[A] obscures
[B] forestalls
[C] presages
[D] averts
[E] exacerbates
[F] portends

 

28 The spacecraft’s considerable heft made an unusual ______ way for a meander through the solar system, under the influence of gravitational of three large bodies.
[A] indirect
[B] truncated
[C] shortened
[D] circuitous
[E] direct
[F] traditional

 

29 Although she usually is the first to spot data that were inconsistent with other findings, in this particular experiment she let a number of ______ results slip by.
[A] inaccurate/ anomalous
[B] redundant
[C] incongruous
[D] salient
[E] divergent
[F] verifiable

 

30 Although the progress of chemistry is not the greatest, it ______ the dullness that most progress of science is associated with.
[A] belies
[B] belittles
[C] conceals
[D] contradicts
[E] leads to
[F] affirms

 

31 It’s dangerous for any researcher to make a definite conclusion because their observation is based on data that is ______.
[A] meager
[B] uncertain
[C] paltry
[D] scientific
[E] new
[F] inspiring

 

32 There are, as yet, no vegetation types or ecosystems whose study has been ______ to the extent that they no longer interest ecologists.
[A] exhausted
[B] fully understood
[C] published
[D] taught
[E] communicated
[F] examined

 

33 Tigers have idiosyncratic features which include a wide arrange of features that it’ s hard to ______ them.
[A] pigeonhole
[B] understand
[C] analyze
[D] categorize
[E] make sense of
[F] investigate

 

34 Deserts are ______ in the large distances, but they give a variety of micro-climate.
[A] homogeneous
[B] expandable
[C] unvaried
[D] diverse
[E] dry
[F] mysterious

 

35 Not only it is threaten-life diseases ______; even if they have been detected earlier, there’s still no medicine treatment for it.
[A] overlooked
[B] misguided
[C] missed
[D] detected
[E] diagnose
[F] misunderstood

 

36 A demagogue should never exude ______ near the surface in a campaign, but this politician gives enthusiastic ovation when his opponent triumphs in a landslide.
[A] hauteur
[B] arrogance
[C] ecstasy
[D] euphoria
[E] deprecation
[F] denigration

 

37 The mid-20th century is sometimes remembered as an era of cozy political ______, but in fact the corridors of power echoed then with starkly disparate voices.
[A] arcade
[B] accord
[C] tranquility
[D] chaos
[E] variant
[F] consensus

 

38 Economical growth has been identified as a ______ for poor countries to eradicate poverty, but this prescription also triggers great environmental concerns.
[A] panacea
[B] refuge
[C] remedy
[D] heaven
[E] culprit
[F] recipe

 

39 Economical growth has been identified as a _____ for poor countries to eradicate poverty, but this prescription also triggers great environmental concerns.
[A] panacea
[B] refuge
[C] remedy
[D] heaven
[E] culprit
[F] recipe

 

40 In the mid-twentieth century, politics were thought to be ______; however, corridors of the politics contain strikingly disparate voices.
[A] consensus
[B] accord
[C] diverse
[D] misunderstood
[E] democratic
[F] eccentric

 

Answers:
 1 – 10: D F A B C F A C C D A B C D B C A C C E
 11 – 20: B F C E B D B C B E C E B C C F A B B D
 21 – 30: A B A E D E A D C E B C C F A D C E A D
 31 – 40: A C A B A D A C A C C D B F C F C F A B

30 GRE math questions collected from real GRE exams:

1. There are S segments in a bookshelf and each segment contains N books. N is multiple of both S and S-1 . If one segment cannot be used anymore and the books from this segment will be evenly distributed to the rest segments, how many books does each segment have now?

2. There are 30 pens in 5 different colors; 6 pens for each color. If 30 pens are randomly mixed in a bucket, how many pens one should take out so that there are at least 2 pens for each color?

3. The ratio of number of men to the whole class is 4 to 9 and there are 80 men. How many women are in the class?

4. The distance between (-1, 5)   and (k,-1) is 10 . What is the value of k ?

5. The median age of 51 people is 25 and X is the average age of these 51 people. Compare X to 18 :
(A) X>18
(B) X<18
(C) X=18
(D) Insufficient information

6. A computer sequence program works like this: the probably of X coming up after X is 0.3 and the probability of Y coming up after Y is 0.4 . If the 5 th symbol coming up in this process is X , what is the probability of X coming up as the 7 th symbol?

7. There are 5 set of numbers:
P: 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.1
Q:0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
R:0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0
S:0.9 0.9 1.1 1.1
T:0.8 0.9 0.9 1.0
From set Q,R,S,T which set has a standard deviation that is larger than P ’s standard deviation?
(A) Q
(B) Q and R
(C) R and S
(D) S and T
(E) Set Q and R and S

8. A patio will be expanded during a new construction project. The current dimension is 15\times 12 meter.  The new construction project could expand one of the side but only that side. If the newly expanded area is 60 meter sqaure, what’s the minimum number of fences used given that each fence is 1 meter long?

9. Below is a 10 by 10 table. Pick one zero out of all the zeros, what’s the probability that there is an odd number of zero in both the row and column containing the selected zero?
0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

10. A crown has 3 types of stones: diamond, ruby and emerald. The ratio between diamond and ruby is 5:6 . The ratio between ruby and emerald is 8:3 . What’s the minimum number of stones on this crown?
(A) 16
(B) 22
(C) 40
(D) 53
(E) 67

11. John deposited $108,000 into his bank account 1 year ago, and today he has earned $810 in simple interest. What is the monthly simple interest rate?

12. Who has more money two years later?
A puts $2000 in an investment that pays monthly compound interest at an annual rate of 6 %
B puts $2000 in an investment that pays compound interest every 6 months at an annual rate of 6 %

13. There are two squares, and the length of the diagonal line is 10 and 20 respectively. What’s the ratio of the areas of the two squares?

 

14. Referring to the trapezoid below: PQ & RS are parallel. Add a point A between PS and a point B between QR that make AB & PQ & RS all parallel to each other. In addition, trapezoid PQBA and ABRS will have equal circumferences. What is the length AS+BR ?

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15. The symbol $ is defined such x$y=x(x+y) . If b$a=0 , what’s the relationship between b and zero?

16. On a line, PQ=14 and PT=8 , compare TQ to 20

17. QR & BC are parallel and QR<BC . Compare the area of ABC to PQR

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18. Kelly collects Canadian and Australian coins. She has 6 Canadian coins and her Australian coin collection exceeds 3/8 of her entire coin collection. How many coins Kelly has in total?

19. The highest temperatures in three consecutive days are x,50 and z degree. The average of x,50 and z is 50 and the largest temperature difference between any two days in the past 3 days is 20 . What’s the highest temperature in the three days?

20. P(x)=k and k is the number of prime factors in x . P(12)/P(9)= ?

21. The average of p,q,r,s is 50 . Compare the quantity A and B
A: average of p+10,q,r,s
B: average of p,q,r,s,10

22. The circle below is divided into 8 sections. The shaded area is 8\pi . What’s the circumference of the shaded sector?

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23. A jacket is sold at $54 at Martin Outlet, and the price at department store is 50 % higher than the outlet price. In addition, the price of the jacket at department store is 25 % higher than the price of a local retail stores. What’s the price of the jacket at a local retail store?

24. The length of each side of an octagon is 1 . What is the area of the triangles inside?

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25. What is the least possible value of { 3 }^{ x }+3*{ 3}^{ -x }

26. How many ways can 16 different gifts be divided among 4 children such that each child receive exactly 4 gifts?

27. Side length of a triangle = 3,4,t . Given that all three angles are <=90 degree, what’s the range of t ?

28. Using three straight lines to cut a rectangle, at most how many segments can be resulted from the the three lines?

29. When n is an integer >0 , which of the following is larger?
{ \frac { 1 }{ 3 } }^{ n } or { 3*\frac { 1 }{ 10 } }^{ n }

30. The function a(n) is defined as a\left( n \right) =\frac { a(n-1) }{ a(n-2) } . Given a1=2 and  a2=5
What is the value of a135 ?

Answers:

Question 1:  n/(s-1)+n=ns/(s-1) 
 Question 2:  26 
 Question 3:  100 
 Question 4:  K=7 
 Question 5: (D) Insufficient information
 Question 6:  0.3*0.3+0.7*0.6=0.51 
 Question 7: (C) R & S
 Question 8:  22  This is comparing  5*2+12  &  4*2+15 .  22  is the smaller one.
 Question 9:  2/11 
 Question 10: (D)  53 
 Question 11:  0.0625 .  Annual simple interest =  810/108000=0.0075    Monthly simple interest =  0.0075/12=0.000625=0.0625 %
 Question 12:  A  has more money two years later.
 Question 13:  1  to  4 
 Question 14:  2 . Say the length of  AB  is  y , and the value asked in the question is  x 
 Question 15: There are two solutions for  b:b=0  or  b=-a , so the answer is cannot be determined.
 Question 16: Cannot be determined
 Question 17: Triangle  ABC  is larger
 Question 18:  10 . Say Kelly has  A  Australian coins and  C  Canadian coins
 Question 19:  60  degree
 Question 20:  212=3*2*2  &  9=3*3 .  P(12)/P(9)=2/1=2 
 Question 21:  A 
 Question 22:  16+2\pi  . Figure out the radius first.
 Question 23:  $64.8 . Say the jacket price at local retail store is  y .
 Question 24:  (\sqrt { 2 }+1)/4 
 Question 25:  4 
 Question 26:  16 !/ { 4! }^{ 4 } 
 Question 27:  \sqrt { 2 }<t<5 
 Question 28:  7 
 Question 29:  { \frac { 1 }{ 3 } }^{ n } 
 Question 30:  2.5. a(n-1)=a(n-2)/a(n-3)=>an=1/a(n-3)=>an=a(n-6)=>6  per cycle. The remainder of  135/6  is  3 . As a result,  a(135)=a(3)=a(2)/a(1)=2.5 

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