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Free speech is often taken by the general population to be a sacred guarantee of the right to dissent, but this high valuation may be only (i) _________ in a society where any divergence from the general opinion leaves one labeled (ii) _________ or even an outcast.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)
(A) a nostrum (D) an assassin
(B) a catalyst (E) a nuisance
(C) an adjuvant (F) a miser

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A nostrum, a nuisance.

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Re: Free speech is often taken by the general population to be a [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2017, 20:15
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When you have a society in which dissenting opinions are socially stigmatized, valuing the right to dissent seems useless. A nostrum is “an ineffective remedy,” and is appropriately used metaphorically here. A catalyst helps a reaction or change to occur, and an adjuvant is “something that assists or aids,” bA nostrum, a nuisance. oth of which would be the opposite of what you need. In the second blank, you are looking for something that is negative but weaker than “outcast.” Nuisance works perfectly here. Assassin is too strong, while miser is unrelated in meaning.

A nostrum, a nuisance.
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1. The part of the sentence related to blank(ii) is this:
leaves one labeled (ii) _________ or even an outcast.

2. “even an outcast” suggests that the blank is mildly negative. “nuisance” is the most apt.

3. We need to see the whole sentence in totality to answer blank (ii)

4. “High valuation” suggests blank (i) is positive in tone and “sacred guarantee” and the second part of the sentence suggest that it is a solution or a remedy. “nostrum” is the best fit. There is nothing to suggest the sense "catalyst".

5. Answer: A, E
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Re: Free speech is often taken by the general population to be a [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2018, 03:53
ans a nostrum
b nussiance
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Re: Free speech is often taken by the general population to be a [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2018, 07:29
answer : a,e
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Re: Free speech is often taken by the general population to be a [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2018, 04:52
OKAY got it
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