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For an artist of such circumscribed talent, Mario was given

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For an artist of such circumscribed talent, Mario was given ____________ attention, many connoisseurs ____________ over works that warranted nothing more than a(n) ____________ glance.





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(A) scant (D) poring (G) derisive
(B) sporadic (E) passing(H) cursory
(C) scrupulous (F) faltering(I) tentative
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Hello,

The phrase "For an artist of circumscribed talent" lets us know that the following sentiment is at odds with his circumscribed, or restricted, skill. Therefore, instead of ignoring his work, they gave it 'scrupulous' attention and 'pored' over work that rightly would have received only a "'cursory' glance." C, D, and H.
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First fill out with own words - For an artist of such circumscribed talent, Mario was given <too much> attention, many connoisseurs <amazed/spent a lot of time on> over works that warranted nothing more than a(n) quick glance.

Circumscribe means restricted. So Mario didn't have a lot of talent. That tells us about the tone and the meaning of this line and helps us fill out everything else. Now, looking at the options:
Scant - little, inadequate
Sporadic - not consistent; occurring at irregular intervals
Scrupulous - very careful, spending a lot of time on something

poring - to get absorbed by something
passing - look at something quickly
faltering - to reduce in intensity

derisive - deride; speaking about something with contempt/ridicule
cursory - to look at something without spending too much time on it
tentative - hesitant

Hope this helps!
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"For an artist of such circumscribed talent, Mario was given ____________ attention, many connoisseurs ____________ over works that warranted nothing more than a(n) ____________ glance."

Meaning- Circumscribed means restricted and even if we don't get that the phrase "that warranted nothing more than a ___ glance." should suggest that Mario has given undue footage. Critics were absorbed over works that warranted nothing but a casual glance.

A- Scant means little. Opposite of what we want.
B- Sporadic means irregular. Illogical in context.
C- Scrupulous means dilligent. Works well to highlight level of attention.
D- Poring means absorbed. Works.
E- Passing means hasty and is the opposite of what we want.
F- Faltering means losing strength or momentum. Illogical.
G- Derisive means mocking. Also illogical.
H- Cursory means casual. Works well.
I- Tentative means provisional. Illogical.
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The sentence says that Mario's talents were circumscribed, which means that his talents were rather limited or restricted. This is a negative so now we know the tone that the sentence follows. The sentence starts with 'For an artist of such circumscribed talent, Mario was given _____ attention', since Mario's talents were circumscribed it follows that he received undue attention for his works. Thus we choose 'scrupulous on our first blank.

The rest of the sentence is easy, we know that many connoisseurs were looking at his works, so we choose poring for our second blank. The last sentence has the phrase 'warranted nothing more than' which again follows a negative tone. So Mario's works didn't deserve the attention they got. the opposite of careful attention would be 'cursory'. So we choose that for our last blank.

Thus our answer is (C),(D) and (H)
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