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In stark contrast to his later (i)_________, Simpson was largely (ii)_________ politics during his college years, despite the fact that the campus he attended was rife with political activity.



Blank (i)Blank (ii)
activismdevoted to
apathyindifferent to
affabilityshaped by


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Re: In stark contrast to his later [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2016, 05:54
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The sentence tells us that there is a contrast between the way Simpson related to politics in his college years and how he related to politics later in life. So the choices that complete the blanks must contrast with each other. The part of the sentence beginning with “despite” indicates that Simpson’s relation to politics in his college years did not involve engagement in the political activity that was “rife.” Of the choices for Blank (ii), only “indifferent to” conveys that non-engagement. And of the choices for Blank (i), only “activism” supplies the required contrast with “indifferent to.”
Thus the correct answer is activism (Choice A) and indifferent to (Choice E).
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Re: In stark contrast to his later [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2020, 03:22
This is an easy question but I got it wrong because I did not know the meaning of Rife- ubiquitous, widespread
I thought it to be negative word and hence marked opposite words
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Re: In stark contrast to his later [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2020, 03:43
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I do think your strategy will not ever rock solid.

I understand that GregMat has had a great success with his math strategy but he and I support the fact that it is ONE strategy.

That said, students think that every kind of problem must be addressed with ONLY the math strategy.

Now the sentence what says: or he was activist during the college years and then he was no longer interested anymore oR the exactly other way around.

In this case he is NOW active and BEFORE was inactive.

Simple is that, per meaning
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Yes, just realised that it won't work in all the cases

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Re: In stark contrast to his later [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2020, 05:26
The phrase 'in stark contrast' gives us some clues. It implies that the upcoming sentence provides us with some contrast regarding Simpson.
The phrase 'despite the fact that the campus he attended was rife with political activity' is also important as it tells us that under the circumstances he should have been involved in politics but he wasn't (note the word despite).

So we can conclude that the second blank is 'indifferent to', now noting the stark contrast in the beginning of the sentence, the obvious choice for the first blank is 'activism'

Therefore, we choose (A), (E)
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