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Expecting Tom to protest the poor grade on his psychology

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Expecting Tom to protest the poor grade on his psychology [#permalink]  13 Sep 2017, 16:37
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Expecting Tom to protest the poor grade on his psychology paper, the professor was disheartened when he _______ tossed it in his bag and left the room.
A. gingerly
B. flippantly
C. timidly
D. prudently
E. thoughtlessly
F. delicately

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

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GRE Prep Club Legend
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 4857
GRE 1: Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 105

Kudos [?]: 1776 [0], given: 397

Re: Expecting Tom to protest the poor grade on his psychology [#permalink]  28 Sep 2017, 16:31
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Explanation

The professor was disheartened because Tom didn’t seem to care about his grade, so a word that means without care would make sense in the blank. Both gingerly and delicately are nearly the opposite of what you’re looking for, so eliminate choices (A) and (F).

Neither timidly, which means fearfully, nor prudently, which means cautiously, is supported by the sentence, so eliminate choices (C) and (D). Both flippantly and thoughtlessly can mean without care, so choices (B) and (E) give you appropriate, equivalent sentences.
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