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OG_VPR # 2 For most of the first half of the nineteenth cen

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For most of the first half of the nineteenth century, science at the university was in _________ state, despite the presence of numerous luminaries.






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a) a scintillating
b) a pathetic
c) a controversial
d) an incendiary
e) a veracious


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Re: OG_VPR # 2 For most of the first half of the nineteenth cen [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2016, 07:21
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Since the presence of numerous luminaries, a positive thing, is portrayed as a factor that runs counter to the general state of science at the university, that general state must be negative. Therefore the word that fills the blank must describe a generally negative atmosphere. “Pathetic” certainly does. Of the other answers, “scintillating,” meaning brilliant, is just the opposite of what is called for, while “veracious” is similarly too positive. “Controversial” and “incendiary” both describe an argumentative or explosive environment that would not necessarily be mitigated by the presence of numerous luminaries. Thus the correct answer is a pathetic (Choice B).
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