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# Evoking both horror and joy in its audience in equal measure

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Evoking both horror and joy in its audience in equal measure [#permalink]  24 Oct 2017, 17:15
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Evoking both horror and joy in its audience in equal measure, the opera became an instant classic of _________ technique.

 Blank (i) (A) macabre (B) figurative (C) articulate (D) contrapuntal (E) contrived

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Contrapuntal.

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CEO
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 2852
GRE 1: 323 Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 47

Kudos [?]: 796 [0], given: 134

Re: Evoking both horror and joy in its audience in equal measure [#permalink]  14 Nov 2017, 04:11
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You are looking for a word that means “having two distinct components,” since the opera is capable of evoking two distinct emotions. Contrapuntal means “having two or more independent harmonies,” and is a good fit.

Macabre is a trap, since it goes along with horror but leaves out joy. Articulate is related to speech and is inappropriate here. And while the technique may be contrived (not natural, planned) or figurative (using metaphor or other non-literal device to convey meaning), nothing in the sentence suggests either.

Contrapuntal.
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Re: Evoking both horror and joy in its audience in equal measure   [#permalink] 14 Nov 2017, 04:11
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