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# By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding

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By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding [#permalink]  14 Sep 2017, 20:00
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By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding distracting figures, the professor successfully _______ a previously easy exam question and made it almost impossible to solve.
A. engendered
B. muddled
C. interpreted
D. erased
E. obliterated
F. obfuscated

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B and F
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 4857
GRE 1: Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
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Kudos [?]: 1865 [0], given: 397

Re: By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding [#permalink]  01 Oct 2017, 02:47
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To fill in the blank, you need to identify what the professor did to the exam question. Because he or she reordered the sentences and added distractions, he or she made the problem more confusing and unclear.

Muddled and obfuscated are synonyms that mean made obscure or unclear and are therefore the correct choices. Erased and obliterated are also synonyms, but do not describe what the professor did to the question. Interpreted means made clear, which is the opposite of what the professor did. Engendered is a nice vocabulary word but means produced or caused, which has nothing to do with making a previously created problem confusing.

Hence options B and F are correct!
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Re: By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding [#permalink]  23 Nov 2018, 03:59
The sentence indicates that the professor made the question complex and therefore it was impossible to solve it. Muddled and obfuscate means to make unclear and obscure.Hence B and F are the answers.
Re: By reordering the sentences in the problem and adding   [#permalink] 23 Nov 2018, 03:59
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