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In contrast to the stark facades of their surviving ruins,

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In contrast to the stark facades of their surviving ruins, [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2017, 16:18
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In contrast to the stark facades of their surviving ruins, medieval castles were depicted in contemporary tapestries as _______ with colorful banners and pennants.
A. ablated
B. attenuated
C. bedizened
D. caparisoned
E. extirpated
F. fomented
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C and D
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: In contrast to the stark facades of their surviving ruins, [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2017, 14:42
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Explanation

The trigger in contrast to indicates that the colorful depictions of castles differ from the stark facades of their surviving ruins, so you need a word like decorated for the blank.
Both bedizened and caparisoned can mean decorated, so choices (C) and (D) give you appropriate, equivalent sentences. Choices (A) and (B) would also give equivalent meanings, but nothing in the sentence suggests the castles were weakened. Neither extirpated, which means exterminated, nor fomented, which means incited, makes sense in the sentence, so eliminate choices (E) and (F).

Hence options C and D are correct!
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