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# Political advertising may well be the most

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Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  05 Jan 2016, 07:44
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Political advertising may well be the most (i)_________ kind of advertising: political candidates are usually quite (ii)_________, yet their campaign advertisements often hide important differences behind smoke screens of smiles and empty slogans.

 Blank (i) Blank (ii) A) polemical D) interchangeable B) effective E) dissimilar C) deceptive F) vocal

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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  05 Jan 2016, 07:45
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Looking at Blank (i), it is hard to select a correct answer, since all three answer choices fit the immediate context well. Looking to the second part of the sentence, however, we can see such expressions as “hide” and “smoke screens,” both of which suggest that the correct answer for Blank (i) is “deceptive.” Making that assumption, we can go on to see that the answer for Blank (ii) is “dissimilar,” since what is deceptive about political advertisements is that they hide important differences. Reading the sentence again with “deceptive” and “dissimilar” in place confirms those choices.
Thus the correct answer is deceptive (Choice C) and dissimilar (Choice E).
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  10 Jan 2019, 07:13
I am confused with the second blank.
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  16 Jan 2019, 23:02
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Lets first fill the second blank as the clues are plentiful:

political candidates are usually quite (ii)_________, yet their campaign advertisements often hide important differences behind smoke screens of smiles and empty slogans.

here, the campaign advertisements are described as hiding important differences. And we have "yet", which indicates that the political candidates themselves are the direct opposite of what their advertising campaigns show them to be.

which means that political candidates are usually quite different from each other. Therefore, our choice will be dissimilar.

Now, lets go to the first part of the sentence.

Now, what follows the colon, describes or defines what comes before it. We know that political campaign advertisements hide important differences behind smokescreens and empty slogans. In other words, they are misleading. Therefore the correct choice is deceptive.
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  07 Jul 2020, 15:28
@HarishKumar @sowmya1989

Why is choice (F) vocal for (ii) blank more relevant.
I thought, "if the campaign advertisements often hide important differences", then i need to find something that is not hiding. That means, choice "vocal" would indicate that the political candidates talk and not hide.
Am I not interpreting this correctly?
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  08 Jul 2020, 10:52
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@HarishKumar @sowmya1989

Why is choice (F) vocal for (ii) blank more relevant.
I thought, "if the campaign advertisements often hide important differences", then i need to find something that is not hiding. That means, choice "vocal" would indicate that the political candidates talk and not hide.
Am I not interpreting this correctly?

I agree.
YET is the word that shows that the blank should have an opposite meaning.
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  08 Jul 2020, 11:06
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  23 Jul 2020, 01:23
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Ill just try clarifying the second blank.
The second part of the sentence talks about political candidates(plural) and their habit. This habit is in contrast with what is suggested after "yet".
What is for sure known is that all of them are deceptive(they hide important differences behind smoke screens) which means that this habit is quite "similar" in all of them. Hence to structure the statement the second blank will contrast.
The sentence says that, though all of them are different(dissimilar) still all possess a deceptive front.

"vocal" cannot be a fitting word, since it means a outspoken person or a speaking quality. This dosent fit at all.
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Re: Political advertising may well be the most [#permalink]  25 Jul 2020, 01:31
Good one. What a trap!
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