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posted Mar 1, 2010, 7:51 PM by Chuang Tina   [ updated Mar 22, 2010, 12:09 AM ]
Mar. 19

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

Rod monochromasy, a type of colorblindness that renders a person’s vision strongest when light is weakest, is so rarely ------- that it is often ------- . 
  1. encountered . . misdiagnosed 
  2. remedied . . contaminated 
  3. reported . . publicized 
  4. discerned . . transmuted 
  5. calibrated . . unappreciated 
<Hint> 
Your best bet in answering this question may be to plug each set of answers into the sentence to see which combination makes the most sense. 

<Correct Answer> A 

<Here's Why>
Physicians are less likely to be familiar with the symptoms of an illness that is rarely “encountered,” or seen. Therefore, it makes sense to claim that a rare condition is more likely to be “misdiagnosed,” or incorrectly identified. 

<Difficulty> Medium 

<Question Type> Sentence Completions 



Mar. 16

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

While a “ rock” is usually defined as ------- , or a combination, of one or more minerals, geologists often ------- the definition to include such materials as clay, loose sand, and certain limestones. 
  1. a conglomeration . . limit 
  2. an aggregate . . extend 
  3. an element . . eliminate 
  4. a blend . . restrict 
  5. a product . . provide 
<Hint> 
The information after the first comma defines the word in the first blank. 

<Correct Answer> 2 

<Here's Why> 
Choice (B) is correct. If these terms were inserted into the sentence, the sentence would read, “ While a 'rock' is usually defined as an aggregate, or combination, of one or more minerals, geologists often extend the definition to include such materials as clay, loose sand, and certain limestones.” An “ aggregate” is the sum total of a combination of things, so a “ rock” is an aggregate of one or more minerals. In addition to minerals, geologists feel confident including other materials such as “ clay, loose sand, and certain, limestones” in their definition of a rock; they “ extend,” or broaden, the definition. 

<Difficulty>Medium>

<Question>Type: Sentence Completions

Mar. 11

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

Numerous illnesses that were once difficult to ------- may now be diagnosed through ------- blood tests. 

  1. detect . . perfunctory 
  2. facilitate . . tedious 
  3. administer . . pre-emptive 
  4. treat . . grueling 
  5. observe . . inconvenient 
<Hint> 
The words “once” and “now” suggest that certain illnesses are no longer “difficult” to diagnose. 

<Correct Answer> A 

<Here's Why> 
It makes sense to say that certain diseases are no longer difficult to “detect,” or discover, now that doctors can diagnose them through routine, or “perfunctory,” tests. 
Difficulty: Medium Question Type: Sentence Completions



Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

Mar. 8

Because he was ------- in the face of danger, the explorer won the government’s highest award for conspicuous bravery. 
  1. virile 
  2. heedless 
  3. dauntless 
  4. callow 
  5. timorous 
<Hint> The missing word is a synonym for “brave.”

<Correct Answer> C 
  • Here's Why: 

Choice (C) is correct. Someone who was “dauntless,” or fearless, when faced with danger might very well earn an award for bravery. 

<Question Type>Sentence Completions 


Mar. 2
The notoriously temperamental American actor Edwin Forrest was known for his ------- both on stage and off.
1. apologies
2. musings
3. inequities
4. histrionics
5. philosophies

<Hint>
The structure of the sentence suggests that the word in the blank will pertain to Forrest’s “notorious” behavior.

<Correct Answer> D

  • Here's Why:

The term “histrionics” in this context refers to Forrest’s theatrical performances as well as to the emotional outbursts that likely accompanied his temper.

<Difficulty> Medium

<Question Type> Sentence Completions
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