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Belanger dances with an ______ that draws one’s attention

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Belanger dances with an (i)__________ that draws one’s attention as if by seeking to (ii)__________ it; through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached.




Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. undemonstrative panacheD. focus
B. unrestrained enthusiasmE. overwhelm
C. unattractive gawkinessF. deflect





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The point of the sentence is to emphasize contradictory aspects of Belanger’s dancing: we are told, for example, that he seems “at once intensely present and curiously detached.” Looking at the second blank with this point in mind, we can see that the sentence is saying that Belanger draws attention in some way that would not normally be a means of doing so. The only choice that fits, therefore, is “deflect”; focusing or overwhelming attention would certainly be expected to draw it. And since employing “unrestrained enthusiasm” or “unattractive gawkiness” would not be ways of deflecting attention, the correct choice for the first blank is “undemonstrative panache,” another paradoxical term, since “panache” means “dash or flamboyance in style.”

Thus, the correct answer is undemonstrative panache (Choice A) and deflect (Choice F).
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Re: Belanger dances with an ______ that draws one’s attention [#permalink] New post 21 May 2020, 22:18
Belanger dances with an (i)__________ that draws one’s attention as if by seeking to (ii)__________ it; through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached.

It is difficult to fill the first two blanks without reading the sentence fully. In fact the clues for both the blanks are present in the second part of the sentence after the semicolon -

"through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached".

The above states the method of dancing - finesse and understatement - and how he goes about seeking attention - by being intensely present and curiously detached (at the same time).

We now have all the clues to crack the puzzle.

Since he dances with finesse and understatement, the word for the blank should be undemonstrative panache. One could argue for unattractive gawkiness since his style was one of understatement, but then we know that he danced with finesse - impressive delicacy and skill. And finesse is the exact opposite of gawkiness - nervously awkward and ungainly. And unrestrained enthusiasm is the exact opposite of "finesse and understatement".

The second blank talks about how he draws one's attention. Now, we know that he manages to seem "intensely present" and "curiously detached" simultaneously.

Therefore, it cannot be "by seeking to focus" or by "seeking to overwhelm". But it is definitely "by seeking to deflect".
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Re: Belanger dances with an ______ that draws one’s attention [#permalink] New post 27 May 2020, 13:51
HarishKumar wrote:
Belanger dances with an (i)__________ that draws one’s attention as if by seeking to (ii)__________ it; through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached.

It is difficult to fill the first two blanks without reading the sentence fully. In fact the clues for both the blanks are present in the second part of the sentence after the semicolon -

"through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached".

The above states the method of dancing - finesse and understatement - and how he goes about seeking attention - by being intensely present and curiously detached (at the same time).

We now have all the clues to crack the puzzle.

Since he dances with finesse and understatement, the word for the blank should be undemonstrative panache. One could argue for unattractive gawkiness since his style was one of understatement, but then we know that he danced with finesse - impressive delicacy and skill. And finesse is the exact opposite of gawkiness - nervously awkward and ungainly. And unrestrained enthusiasm is the exact opposite of "finesse and understatement".

The second blank talks about how he draws one's attention. Now, we know that he manages to seem "intensely present" and "curiously detached" simultaneously.

Therefore, it cannot be "by seeking to focus" or by "seeking to overwhelm". But it is definitely "by seeking to deflect".



thanks a lot
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