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Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear

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Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2017, 14:23
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Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dearth of ____(i)____ women, of which her well-educated main character, Dorothea, was a ____(ii)____. Therefore, Eliot scholars have long debated the author’s meaning in marrying Dorothea to the elderly preacher Casaubon and having him exploit his bride for ____(iii)____ needs.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) captious (D) paradigm (G) menial
(B) erudite (E) misogynist(H) clerical
(C)venal (F) chimera(I) nebulous


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B, D, and G
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2017, 16:08
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Explanation

The first and third blanks have the clearest clues, so start with them. For the first blank, recycle the clue well-educated; of the choices, only erudite makes sense.
For the third blank, recycle the clue mundane; of the choices, only menial fits.

The second blank describes Dorothea, and if her marriage into a life of mundane and menial needs causes debate among Eliot scholars, then Dorothea must have been an example of a well-educated, erudite woman. Of the choices, only paradigm means example.

Hence options B, D and G is correct!
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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2017, 12:15
I think this question should be in the hard level.
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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2017, 23:23
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sandy wrote:
Explanation

For the third blank, recycle the clue mundane; of the choices, only menial fits.


Where did you find the clue "mundane"?
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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2017, 01:13
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sandy wrote:
Explanation

For the third blank, recycle the clue mundane; of the choices, only menial fits.


Where did you find the clue "mundane"?


No, in this case, mundane is not properly the right clue. Mundane means: banal, silly, whilst the meaning of menial here is as servant (her).

In fact, the elderly preacher Casaubon spoused Dorthea for this specific purpose: having a servant.

The question is pretty much convoluted and tries to mislead you with difficult words and sentences but indeed it is pretty much straight in the 3 blanks.

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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2018, 11:23
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IlCreatore wrote:
sandy wrote:
Explanation

For the third blank, recycle the clue mundane; of the choices, only menial fits.


Where did you find the clue "mundane"?


No, in this case, mundane is not properly the right clue. Mundane means: banal, silly, whilst the meaning of menial here is as servant (her).

In fact, the elderly preacher Casaubon spoused Dorthea for this specific purpose: having a servant.

The question is pretty much convoluted and tries to mislead you with difficult words and sentences but indeed it is pretty much straight in the 3 blanks.

Ask if something is unclear to you.
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Menial basically means not requiring much skill and lacking prestige.
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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2018, 14:18
where is the clue mundane here?i think it is bfh
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Re: Middlemarch author George Eliot reportedly bemoaned the dear [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2018, 02:06
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Forget that clue.

Focus on the main meaning of the sentence: considering that the main character was erudite, the only scope to matty her with an old preacher was to serve him. Simple enough.

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