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OG_VPR # 1 The media once portrayed the governor as anything

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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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Re: OG_VPR # 1 The media once portrayed the governor as anything [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2019, 00:23
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The idea of the sentence is

previously media does not point the governor as ineffective but now..... something that tells governor is ineffective

A negative word --> showing governor is ineffective or weak.
B,C,E --> positive words hence out.
A,D --> remaining --> egoism D is out of scope and does not fit.

A fits perfectly --> Feckless --> weak in character and lacking determination.

Hence, A is the Answer.
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 The media once portrayed the governor as anything [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2020, 23:07
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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 (i) _________.

The phrase "anything but ineffective" means "effective".

So the media once portrayed the governor as effective.

However, they now make her out to be the epitome of ineffectiveness.

(the word "however" introduces a contrast; also, further going along with it is the word "now" along with "once" suggesting a time contrast)

The word from the choice list is fecklessness.
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Re: OG_VPR # 1 The media once portrayed the governor as anything [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2020, 03:35
The sentence says that the media used to put the governor on a pedestal and made him look extremely effective but they now do the opposite. So they make him look ineffective. Only two options here have words with any negative connotation at all, fecklessness and egoism. Since the sentence has nothing to do with the Governor's ego, we choose fecklessness.
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