GRE® Text Completion Questions

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About a fourth of the questions that appear in the GRE verbal section are Text Completion questions. Though many of these GRE text completion questions test day-to-day vocabulary, a few of the tougher ones will require a higher standard of word power. Text completion in GRE is one of the easier questions that will help get a GRE Verbal score that is upward of 160. Therefore, it makes sense to learn new words from a reputed 1000 GRE words or a most common GRE word list.

Curated sample GRE questions are presented here below. Attempt these questions and check if you have got the correct answer. One can use the explanatory answer or Video explanation made available (wherever provided) to help crack important GRE verbal questions.

  1. Unlike the expatriates of yester years, who gave nothing back to their native lands, those today are making _____________ investments.

    1. more or less the same
    2. much smaller
    3. truly commendable
    4. mandatory
    5. obligatory
    Choice C
    truly commendable

  2. While alcohol causes obvious and immediate changes in moods and behaviours, nicotine has ________ effects, but is equally deleterious to health over prolonged periods of time.

    1. more pronounced
    2. less harmful
    3. equal
    4. less conspicuous
    5. similar
    Choice D
    less conspicuous

  3. Addiction can be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the ____________ associated with it. The substance or activity may have originally provided pleasure and enjoyment. However, over a period of time ____________ the substance or activity is needed to feel normal.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2
    A negative consequences D continued involvement with
    B prohibitive costs E removal from
    C beneficial effects F partaking in
    Choices A and D
    negative consequences, continued involvement with

  4. Greek tragedy, from which Racine borrowed ____________, tended to assume that humanity was under the control of gods who were indifferent to its ____________, a theme that was therefore recurrent in Racine’s work.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2
    A in plenitude D sufferings and aspirations
    B very rarely E followers and devotees
    C only once F rites and rituals
    Choices A & D
    in plenitude, sufferings and aspirations

  5. While it may appear ________ the related concept, 'theme', the term 'motif' differs somewhat in usage. Any number of narrative elements with symbolic import can be ________ motifs ________ they are images, structural or stylistic devices, or other elements such as sound, physical movement, or visual components in dramatic narratives.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2 S No. Blank 3
    A interchangeable with D determined by G because
    B identical to E classified as H whether or not
    C similar to F clubbed together as I although
    Choice B, E, H
    identical to, classified as, whether or not

  6. The corrupt politician ______ in his answers, but the scandal was brought to light when a/an _______ investigator discovered ________ in the accounts given by various witnesses.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2 S No. Blank 3
    A vilified D unscrupulous G imprudence
    B prevaricated E magnanimous H aberrations
    C castigated F astute I vacillations
    Choices B, F and H
    prevaricated, astute, aberrations

  7. In an effort to _______ the orbits of planets in class, the Professor created a motorized replica of the solar system.

    1. confound
    2. expound
    3. exhort
    4. corroborate
    5. extenuate
    Choice B

  8. Nostalgia can distort the picture of reality by ________ events from one's past and by ________ more recent events.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2
    A eliciting D demoralizing
    B edifying E disparaging
    C exalting F ridiculing
    Choices C and E
    exalting, disparaging

  9. Like other great champions, Sampras has also experienced ____ in his career: He has had his moments of _____ and he has also suffered ____.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2 S No. Blank 3
    A vacillations D discord G tribulations
    B fickleness E euphoria H constraints
    C capriciousness F candidness I attenuation
    Choices A, E and G
    vacillations, euphoria, tribulations

  10. In an authoritarian dictatorship where free press is suppressed, even the slightest sign of _______ can be interpreted as __________ .

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2
    A revolution D defiance
    B dissent E obedience
    C conformity F sedition
    Choices B and F
    dissent, sedition

  11. Because Istanbul lies in two continents – Asia and Europe, its culture is a fascinating _______ of both Asian and European cultures.

    1. aberration
    2. galvanization
    3. amalgam
    4. travesty
    5. juxtaposition
    Choice C

  12. Getting a private pilot's license is expensive affair in Europe, but this problem can be _______ if one obtains a license from certain south-east Asian countries where the cost of the license is much lesser.

    1. prevaricated
    2. excluded
    3. exacerbated
    4. circumvented
    5. averted

  13. When Richard saw the ________ conditions of the rooms and the ________ of the staff, he decided not to stay in the hotel.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2
    A dilapidated D reticence
    B deplorable E efficiency
    C indigent F ineptitude
    Choices B and F
    deplorable, ineptitude

  14. Considering its high level of juvenile delinquency and the large number of children dropping out of schools, it is surprising to note that the small mid-western town also has one of the highest number of _______ youngsters in the country.

    1. belligerent
    2. peremptory
    3. prolific
    4. prodigal
    5. precocious
    Choice E

  15. Ironically the same countries advocating government _________ , who criticized Greece for its ___________ public spending also sponsored the most ___________ display of wealth during public functions.

    S No. Blank 1 S No. Blank 2 S No. Blank 3
    A caution D unwarranted G ostentatious
    B austerity E disproportionate H unnecessary
    C restraint F extravagant I deliberate
    Choices B, F, G
    austerity, extravagant, ostentatious

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