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# Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who

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Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  29 Jun 2020, 13:21
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Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who exert power over group activities and membership, second-tier members, and so on. The bases of leadership include athleticism, coolness, and toughness for boys, and high socioeconomic status, good looks, and stylishness for girls. Leaders are admired rather than liked. By contrast, middle friendship groups are more intimate and (ii)_____ than popular cliques, and their structures are less (iii)_____.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
stratified aggressive horizontal
loose reciprocal hierarchical
oppressive discordant malleable
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Re: Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  29 Jun 2020, 13:22
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Re: Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  27 Aug 2020, 10:02
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I failed in the second option. I confused intimate with intimidate and then I selected aggressive because is closer to intimidate. The others two were corrected.
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Re: Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  27 Aug 2020, 11:19
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I'll be honest I messed this one up on my first try. I can probably ascribe my error to not reading the sentence properly.

The first sentence says that popular cliques comprise 'leaders who exert power over group activities and membership, second-tier members'. Notice the 'second-tier members' at the end? It indicates that there are hierarchies in the clique which means that the clique is 'stratified'. That is our first word.

We then move on to the second blank, it says that 'By contrast, middle friendship groups are more intimate and (ii)_____'. We already have a good idea of what kind of qualities the popular cliques have so now we're looking for something that contrasts those negative qualities. (i.e. we're looking for something positive). Of the three options, only reciprocal works which means 'something done in return' and indicates a give and take relationship which is a positive.

Lastly, the final sentence says that 'the structures of middle friendship groups are less ________' once again we're dealing with a direct comparison to the popular cliques. Which means that its less stratified, the only word similar to stratified is hierarchical. That's our third choice.

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Re: Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  10 Nov 2020, 14:29
Why can't 'oppressive' work for the first option?

It states "comprising leaders who exert power over group activities and membership"

In my opinion this isn't a good question, it could be stratified or it could also be oppressive since it mentions leaders who exert power over GROUP ACTIVITIES and MEMBERSHIP...
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Re: Popular cliques are highly (i)_____, comprising leaders who [#permalink]  10 Nov 2020, 15:01
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