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OG_VPR # 1 The media once portrayed the governor as anything

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The media once portrayed the governor as anything but ineffective; they now, however, make her out to be the epitome of _________.






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a) fecklessness
b) brilliance
c) dynamism
d) egoism
e) punctiliousness


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A


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The sentence contrasts the media’s former and current depictions of the governor.Since the governor was once presented as “anything but ineffective,” the media once saw her as extremely competent. It follows that the phrase completed by the blank will have the opposite meaning. To be the epitome of something is to be representative of that trait, so the blank must be filled with a word that implies incompetence. “Brilliance,” “dynamism,” and “punctiliousness” are all positive traits, so they do not work in this context. “Egoism,” while often thought of as a negative trait, does not imply incompetence. That leaves “fecklessness,” whose meaning includes ineffectiveness, making it a very good contrast with the first half
of the sentence. Thus, the correct answer is fecklessness (Choice A).
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