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# OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _

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OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  29 Sep 2016, 00:42
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The setting in which the concert took place (i) _______: the group’s performance was elegant and polished, but the sound, which seeped across the cold, unresonant high school auditorium, was oddly (ii) _________, given the energy the players seemed to be putting into it.

 Blank i Blank ii a) exacted a toll d) clangorous b) encouraged nervousness e) tepid c) solved a dilemma f) inviting

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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  29 Sep 2016, 00:43
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The “but” in the sentence suggests that there is a contrast between the group’s overall performance and the quality of the sound; since the former is given a positive description (“elegant and polished”), the description of the latter in Blank (ii) must be negative. Furthermore, the quality of the sound must be in contrast with the apparent energy of the performers. The only answer choice for Blank (ii) that meets these conditions is “tepid,” so it is correct. The sentence as a whole suggests that the setting of the concert had a negative effect on the performance; the answer choice for Blank (i) that best fits this meaning is “exacted a toll,” so it is correct. Answer Choice B for Blank (i), “encouraged nervousness,” is also negative in meaning, but it is incorrect, because the sentence does not talk about the psychological state of the musicians or the audience. Thus the correct answer is exacted a toll (Choice A) and tepid (Choice E).
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  09 Feb 2018, 05:47
Hi Carcass,

WHy is clangorous not the answer here?

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Abhishek Sihna

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Explanation

The “but” in the sentence suggests that there is a contrast between the group’s overall performance and the quality of the sound; since the former is given a positive description (“elegant and polished”), the description of the latter in Blank (ii) must be negative. Furthermore, the quality of the sound must be in contrast with the apparent energy of the performers. The only answer choice for Blank (ii) that meets these conditions is “tepid,” so it is correct. The sentence as a whole suggests that the setting of the concert had a negative effect on the performance; the answer choice for Blank (i) that best fits this meaning is “exacted a toll,” so it is correct. Answer Choice B for Blank (i), “encouraged nervousness,” is also negative in meaning, but it is incorrect, because the sentence does not talk about the psychological state of the musicians or the audience. Thus the correct answer is exacted a toll (Choice A) and tepid (Choice E).
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  12 Feb 2018, 15:08
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Because the meaning of option D is deafening I.E a lot aloud.

Instead, here we need a word that expresses the emotion and the state of the audience regarding about the group. The audience reaction was tiepid I.E not so enthusiast.

Hope this helps.

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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  16 Aug 2018, 06:12
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Because the meaning of option D is deafening I.E a lot aloud.

Instead, here we need a word that expresses the emotion and the state of the audience regarding about the group. The audience reaction was tiepid I.E not so enthusiast.

Hope this helps.

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Are we sure it was the audience's reaction? In the sentence, only the quality of the sound has been discussed. It could be the sound coming from the performance.
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  17 Aug 2018, 05:52
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Because the meaning of option D is deafening I.E a lot aloud.

Instead, here we need a word that expresses the emotion and the state of the audience regarding about the group. The audience reaction was tiepid I.E not so enthusiast.

Hope this helps.

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Are we sure it was the audience's reaction? In the sentence, only the quality of the sound has been discussed. It could be the sound coming from the performance.

Both. Please refer to the explanation above.

Thank you.

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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  03 Nov 2019, 09:34
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The setting in which the concert took place (i) _______: the group’s performance was elegant and polished, but the sound, which seeped across the cold, unresonant high school auditorium, was oddly (ii) _________, given the energy the players seemed to be putting into it.

 Blank i Blank ii a) exacted a toll d) clangorous b) encouraged nervousness e) tepid c) solved a dilemma f) inviting

We know the group’s performance was GOOD (elegant and polished), BUT there were some BAD setting features that created an ODD outcome, given the group's ENERGY.
So, if there are no issues with the setting, then we'd expect the performance to sound ENERGETIC.
However, since there WERE issues with the settings, the performance did NOT sound ENERGETIC
So, a good guess for the second blank is NOT ENERGETIC
TEPID is a good fit.

The first blank is a little trickier.
First odd, we should expect something negative for the first blank.
After all, the performance was elegant/polished AND the group put energy into the performance. HOWEVER, the performance was oddly tepid.
Since answer choice C is positive, we can eliminate it.

If you're a band member, and you have an elegant/polished/energetic performance BUT the SETTING causes it to sound tepid, how do you feel about the SETTING?
Is it exacting a toll or does it encouraging nervousness?
For me, the whole thing sounds FRUSTRATING/EXHAUSTING. So, I'd be inclined to go with EXACTED A TOLL

That said, I don't think answer choice B is a bad option. Just not as good as A.

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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  03 Nov 2019, 10:49
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And why do you explain, beautifully, a verbal question ??
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  12 May 2020, 14:07
This is really a HARD question, not Medium. Change the difficulty.
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  16 May 2020, 21:20
I thought oddly acts as negation, and thought a positive meaning word (such as inviting) comes after oddly, Will someone please help me here?
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  25 Oct 2020, 23:37
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The setting in which the concert took place (i) _______: the group’s performance was elegant and polished, but the sound, which seeped across the cold, unresonant high school auditorium, was oddly (ii) _________, given the energy the players seemed to be putting into it.

It is easier to attack the second blank first because we have more information at our disposal.

The phrase "given the energy the players seemed to be putting into it" suggests the opposite quality for the sound. The sound was unenergetic. This is further strengthened by the act that the sound seeped across a cold unresonant auditorium.

So the word from the choice list is tepid.

Clangorous is the exact opposite of what we are looking for, and inviting does not make sense.

Now we can go to the first blank.

The first blank is in the part of the sentence that comes before the colon. And therefore, it should have the same idea as the part of the sentence that comes after the colon. The part after the colon states that in spite of the energy the players were putting into their performance, the sound was tepid. So the setting of the concert depleted the energy. Therefore, the correct choice is exacted a toll.
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Re: OG_VPR # 4 The setting in which the concert took place (i) _ [#permalink]  26 Oct 2020, 03:33
The sentence says that the group's elegant and polished performance, but took place in a cold and unresonant auditorium. The logical conclusion is that this hampered their performance. So blank 1 is 'exacted a toll'. The second blank follows the same pattern, the unwholesome acoustics ended up making the performance sound bad and lacking in the enthusiasm the group put into it. So we choose 'tepid'.
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