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# OG_VPR # 2 In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain com

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OG_VPR # 2 In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain com [#permalink]  12 Oct 2016, 14:03
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In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain commented freely on the flaws and foibles of his country, making some observations so _______ that his heirs and editors feared they would damage Twain’s reputation if not withheld.

 Blank i a) buyoant b) acerbic c) premonitory d) laudatory e) temperate

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Re: OG_VPR # 2 In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain com [#permalink]  12 Oct 2016, 14:04
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The blank must be filled with a word that characterizes Mark Twain’s comments on the “flaws and foibles” of his country; since pointing out flaws implies that the comments are critical, “laudatory,” meaning flattering, is not the correct choice. “Buoyant,” meaning lighthearted, would also be an unlikely adjective to apply to criticism, and both it and “temperate” suggest an inoffensiveness that would notexplain the heirs’ and editors’ fears that publishing the comments would damage Twain’s reputation. “Premonitory” suggests that Twain’s observations were predictive or that their purpose was to warn, something not supported by any other information in the sentence. “Acerbic,” however, implies a bitterness of tone that could very plausibly accompany criticism, and it also suggests why Twain’s heirs and editors were worried about the remarks’ effect on the writer’s reputation. Thus the correct answer is acerbic (Choice B).
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain com [#permalink]  29 Oct 2020, 01:40
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In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain commented freely on the flaws and foibles of his country, making some observations so _______ that his heirs and editors feared they would damage Twain’s reputation if not withheld.

The underlined part is not necessary to answer the question (eliminate it in your mind while reading)

Evidence #1: commented freely, making some observations so* ...... - indicates an extreme case.
Evidence #2: damage Twain’s reputation

Therefore, to sum up, it is clear that MT commented freely and his commentary could land him in trouble. Hence, we are looking for a work that indicates violent criticism. b) acerbic works perfectly
Re: OG_VPR # 2 In his unexpurgated autobiography, Mark Twain com   [#permalink] 29 Oct 2020, 01:40
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