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OG_VPR # 2 The children’s _________ natures were in sharp co

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The children’s (i) _________ natures were in sharp contrast to the even-tempered dispositions of their parents.






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a) mercurial
b) blithe
c) phlegmatic
d) apathetic
e) cunning




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Re: OG_VPR # 2 The children’s _________ natures were in sharp co [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2016, 01:09
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The children’s natures are the opposite to those of their parents; since the parents are even tempered, the word that fills the blank must mean the opposite of even tempered. “Mercurial,” meaning quickly changing, exactly fits, so it is the correct choice. Although the other answer choices encompass a range of temperaments (“blithe” means happy, “phlegmatic” means unemotional, “apathetic” means uncaring), none suggest a tendency to change from one state to another, so none of them contrast as well with “even-tempered.” Thus the correct answer is mercurial (Choice A).
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The children’s ____________ natures were in sharp contrast to the even-tempered dispositions of their parents.
A mercurial
B blithe
C phlegmatic
D apathetic
E cunning

This is the question I got it from ETS Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions (Volume 1) (2014). It is a text completion question

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The children’s natures are the opposite to those of their parents; since the parents are even-tempered, the word that fills the blank must mean the opposite of even tempered.
“Mercurial,” meaning quickly changing, exactly fits, so it is the correct choice. Although the other answer choices encompass a range of temperaments (“blithe” means happy, “phlegmatic” means unemotional, “apathetic” means uncaring), none suggest a tendency to change from one state to another, so none of them contrast as well with “even-tempered.” Thus the correct answer is mercurial (Choice A).

Can I choose the answer of E instead of A?
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Re: OG_VPR # 2 The children’s _________ natures were in sharp co [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2018, 09:28
The children's characteristics were the opposite of the even-tempered disposition of their parents. Blithe, phlegmatic and apathetic- all three kinds of, sort of are slight deviations of that in this case. But we need some concrete opposite word. Cunning has a very different meaning. So, mercurial is the appropriate choice in this case.

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Re: OG_VPR # 2 The children’s _________ natures were in sharp co [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2018, 13:56
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Though measured as "Easy" question, I find this type of question very difficult to answer all the time. As "even-tempered" being calm or no fluctuation in temper, I interpreted "blithe" as the correct answer since blithe means happy and joyful. Very tricky for me !
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