GRE Verbal – Practice Questions

331.Since she believed him to be both candid and trustworthy, she refused to consider the possibility that his statement had been .

(A) irrelevant
(B) facetious
(C) mistaken
(D) critical
(E) insincere

332.Ironically, the party leaders encountered no greater their efforts to build a progressive party than the of the progressives already elected to the legislature.

(A) support for … advocacy
(B) threat to … promise
(C) benefit from … success
(D) obstacle to … resistance
(E) praise for … reputation

333.It is strange how words shape our thoughts and trap us at the bottom of deeply canyons of thinking, their imprisoning sides carved out by the of past usage.

(A) cleaved … eruptions
(B) rooted … flood
(C) incised … river
(D) ridged … ocean
(E) notched … mountains

334.That his intransigence in making decisions no open disagreement from any quarter was well known; thus, clever subordinates learned the art of their opinions in casual remarks.

(A) elicited … quashing
(B) engendered … recasting
(C) brooked … intimating
(D) embodied … instigating
(E) forbore … emending

335.Hydrogen is the _ element of the universe in that it provides the building blocks from which the other elements are produced.

(A) steadiest
(B) expendable
(C) lightest
(D) final
(E) fundamental

336.Few of us take the pains to study our cherished convictions; indeed, we almost have a natural doing so.

(A) aptitude for
(B) repugnance to
(C) interest in
(D) ignorance of
(E) reaction after

337.It is his dubious distinction to have proved what nobody would think of denying, that Romero at the age of sixty-four writes with all the characteristics of .

(A) maturity
(B) fiction
(C) inventiveness
(D) art
(E) brilliance

338.The primary criterion for a school is its recent performance: critics are to extend credit for earlier victories.

(A) evaluating … prone
(B) investigating … hesitant
(C) judging … reluctant
(D) improving … eager
(E) administering … persuaded

339.Number theory is rich in problems of an especially sort: they are tantalizingly simple to state but difficult to solve.

(A) cryptic … deceptively
(B) spurious … equally
(C) abstruse … ostensibly
(D) elegant … rarely
(E) vexing … notoriously

340.In failing to see that the justice’s pronouncement merely previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent, the novice law clerk the scope of the justice’s judgment.

(A) synthesized … limited
(B) overturned … misunderstood
(C) endorsed … nullified
(D) qualified … overemphasized
(E) recapitulated … defined

341.When theories formerly considered to be in their scientific objectivity are found instead to reflect a consistent observational and evaluative bias, then the presumed neutrality of science gives way to the recognition that categories of knowledge are human .

(A) disinterested … constructions
(B) callous … errors
(C) verifiable … prejudices
(D) convincing … imperatives
(E) unassailable … fantasies

342.Although the minuet appeared simple, its steps had to be studied very carefully before they could be gracefully in public.

(A) progressive … revealed
(B) intricate … executed
(C) rudimentary … allowed
(D) minute … discussed
(E) entertaining … stylized

343.The results of the experiments performed by Elizabeth Hazen and Rachel Brown were not only because these results challenged old assumptions but also because they called the methodology into question.

(A) provocative … prevailing
(B) predictable … contemporary
(C) inconclusive … traditional
(D) intriguing … projected
(E) specious … original

344.Despite the of many of their colleagues, some scholars have begun to emphasize “pop culture” as a key for the myths, hopes, and fears of contemporary society.

(A) antipathy … entangling
(B) discernment … evaluating
(C) pedantry … reinstating
(D) skepticism … deciphering
(E) enthusiasm … symbolizing

345.In the seventeenth century, direct flouting of a generally accepted system of values was regarded as , even as a sign of madness.

(A) adventurous
(B) frivolous
(C) willful
(D) impermissible
(E) irrational

346.Queen Elizabeth I has quite correctly been called a of the arts, because many young artists received her patronage.

(A) connoisseur
(B) critic
(C) friend
(D) scourge
(E) judge

347.Because outlaws were denied under medieval law, anyone could raise a hand against them with legal _.

(A) propriety … authority
(B) protection … impunity
(C) collusion … consent
(D) rights … collaboration
(E) provisions … validity

348.Rather than enhancing a country’s security, the successful development of nuclear weapons could serve at first to increase that country’s .

(A) boldness
(B) influence
(C) responsibility
(D) moderation
(E) vulnerability

349.The Chinese, who began systematic astronomical and weather observations shortly after the ancient Egyptians, were assiduous record-keepers, and because of this, can claim humanity’s longest continuous of natural events.

(A) defiance
(B) documentation
(C) maintenance
(D) theory
(E) domination

350.Because many of the minerals found on the clean floor are still on land, where mining is relatively inexpensive, mining the ocean floor has yet to become a _ enterprise.

(A) scarce … common
(B) accessible … marginal
(C) unidentified … subsidized
(D) conserved … public
(E) plentiful … profitable

351.The valedictory address, as it has developed in American colleges and universities over the years, has become a very strict form, a literary _ that permits very little .

(A) text … clarity
(B) work … tradition
(C) genre … deviation
(D) oration … grandiloquence
(E) achievement … rigidity

352.A human being is quite _ creature, for the gloss of rationality that covers his or her fears and is thin and often easily breached.

(A) a logical … problems
(B) a frail … insecurity
(C) a valiant … phobias
(D) an ambitious … morality
(E) a ludicrous … laughter

353.Although the passage of years has softened the initially hostile reaction to his poetry, even now only a few independent observers his works.

(A) praise
(B) revile
(C) scrutinize
(D) criticize
(E) neglect

354.Unlike philosophers who constructed theoretically ideal states, she built a theory based on; thus, although her constructs may have been inelegant, they were sound.

(A) reality … aesthetically
(B) intuition … intellectually
(C) surmise … scientifically
(D) experience … empirically
(E) conjecture … factually

355.Once a duckling has identified a parent, then instinctive bond becomes a powerful for additional learning since, by the parent, the duckling can acquire further information that is not genetically transmitted.

(A) impulse … surpassing
(B) referent … recognizing
(C) force … acknowledging
(D) inspiration … emulating
(E) channel … mimicking

356.Nearly two-thirds of the country’s mushroom crop is produced by 160 growers in a single county, the greatest growers anywhere.

(A) cause of
(B) agreement among
(C) indication of
(D) interaction between
(E) concentration of

357.The disjunction between educational objectives that stress independence and individuality and those that emphasize obedience to rules and cooperation with others reflects a that arises from the values on which these objectives are based.

(A) conflict
(B) redundancy
(C) gain
(D) predictability
(E) wisdom

358.It is for a government to fail to do whatever it can to eliminate a totally disease.

(A) folly … innocuous
(B) irresponsible … preventable
(C) crucial … fatal
(D) instinctive … devastating
(E) detrimental … insignificant

359.Dramatic literature often the history of a culture in that it takes as its subject matter the important events that have shaped and guided the culture.

(A) confounds
(B) repudiates
(C) recapitulates
(D) anticipates
(E) polarizes

360.The legislators of 1563 realized the of trying to regulate the flow of labor without securing its reasonable remuneration, and so the second part of the statute dealt with establishing wages.

(A) intricacy
(B) anxiety
(C) futility
(D) necessity
(E) decadence

361.Scientists who are on the cutting edge of research must often violate common sense and make seemingly assumptions because existing theories simply do not newly observed phenomena.

(A) radical … confirm
(B) vague … incorporate
(C) absurd … explain
(D) mistaken … reveal
(E) inexact … corroborate

362.The with which the French aristocracy greeted the middle-class Rousseau was all the more because he showed so little respect for them.

(A) deference … remarkable
(B) suspicion … uncanny
(C) reserve … unexpected
(D) anger … ironic
(E) appreciation … deserved

363.Agronomists are increasingly worried about “desertification,” the phenomenon that is turning many of the world’s fields and pastures into _ wastelands, unable to support the people living on them.

(A) fertile … barren
(B) productive … blooming
(C) arid … thriving
(D) poorest … marginal
(E) largest … saturated

364.Old beliefs die hard: even when jobs became the long-standing fear that unemployment could return at a moment’s notice.

(A) vacant … perished
(B) easier … changed
(C) plentiful … persisted
(D) protected … subsided
(E) available … receded

365.Intellectual and flight from boredom have caused him to rush pell-mell into situations that less spirits might hesitate to approach.

(A) restlessness … adventurous
(B) agitation … passive
(C) resilience … quiescent
(D) tranquility … versatile
(E) curiosity … lethargic

366.Science advances in spiral in that each new conceptual scheme—the phenomena explained by its predecessors and adds to those explanations.

(A) a discontinuous … decries
(B) a repetitive … vitiates
(C) a widening … embraces
(D) an anomalous … captures
(E) an explosive … questions

367.Politeness is not a attribute of human behavior, but rather a central virtue, one whose very existence is increasingly being by the faddish requirement to “speak one’s mind.”

(A) superficial … threatened
(B) pervasive … undercut
(C) worthless … forestalled
(D) precious … repudiated
(E) trivial … affected

368.The painting was larger than it appeared to be, for, hanging in a darkened recess of the chapel; it was by the perspective.

(A) improved
(B) aggrandized
(C) embellished
(D) jeopardized
(E) diminished

369.Because folk art is neither completely rejected nor accepted as an art form by art historians, their final evaluations of it necessarily remain .

(A) arbitrary
(B) estimable
(C) orthodox
(D) unspoken
(E) equivocal

370.Because it is to all the business costs related to employee discontent, an accurate estimate of the magnitude of these costs is not easily calculated.

(A) difficult … measure
(B) impossible … justify
(C) improper … overlook
(D) useless … discover
(E) necessary … pinpoint

371.Consider the universal cannibalism of the sea, all of whose creatures one another.

(A) hide from
(B) ferret out
(C) prey on
(D) glide among
(E) compete against

372.How could words, confined as they individually are to certain meanings specified in a dictionary, eventually come, when combined in groups, to create obscurity and actually to prevent thought from being ?

(A) indefinite … articulated
(B) conventional … conceivable
(C) unlikely … classified
(D) archaic … expressed
(E) precise … communicable

373.Even though they tended to be strangers, fifteenth-century Europeans did not automatically associate _ and danger.

(A) trusting of … diversity
(B) haughty with … nonconformity
(C) interested in … enmity
(D) antagonistic to … rudeness
(E) hostile to … foreignness

374.The modern age is a permissive one in which things can be said explicitly, but the old tradition of dies hard.

(A) garrulousness
(B) exaggeration
(C) excoriation
(D) bombast
(E) euphemism

375.Although many findings of the Soviet and United States probes of Venus were complementary, the two sets of atmospheric results clearly could not be without a major change of data or    .

(A) obtained … experimentation
(B) completed … position
(C) matched … implementation
(D) reconciled … interpretation
(E) produced … falsification

376.While it is assumed that the mechanization of work has a effect on the lives of workers, there is evidence available to suggest that, on the contrary, mechanization has served to some of the traditional roles of women.

(A) salutary … improve
(B) dramatic … undermine
(C) benign … revise
(D) debilitating … weaken
(E) revolutionary … reinforce

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