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Jansen’s writing strikes many as (i) : for one who is capabl

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Jansen’s writing strikes many as (i) ______: for one who is capable of enduring even the most recondite topics with a( n) (ii) ______ tone, his prose becomes (iii) ______ in the informal correspondences he had with his contemporaries.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) pedantic (D) acerbic (G) curiously stilted
(B) forbidding (E) cautious(H) fully realized
(C) paradoxical (F) breezy(I) somewhat unguarded
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Re: Jansen’s writing strikes many as (i) : for one who is capabl [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2019, 16:39
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Answers: (C), (F), (G) The best way to attack this sentence is to deal with the second and third blanks first. First off, there is the "even...recondite topics", which indicates that the second blank is (F). That is, the author can make even the most obscure topics seem interesting and light. The word 'becomes' signals a shift between the second and third blank. Therefore, (G), which means awkward and unnatural, works best. Notice that once we've solved the second and third blank, we get a sentence that says that Jansen can write about the most arcane topic in a relaxed, informal way, but when he has to write informally, he is anything but relaxed. This is an example of a paradox, i.e., something that is true, but unexpected. Therefore, (C) fits in the first blank. .
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