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QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___

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QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 28 May 2016, 01:11
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The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a _________ ; the artist’s weaker, early work is glossed over, and any evidence of his ultimate dissolution is absent entirely.

  • paean
  • polemic
  • tirade
  • panacea
  • tribute
  • critique



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A “retrospective” would be an exhibit that shows the history and progression of the artist’s work, but this exhibit only shows the good parts (it “glossed over” the weaker work and omits the artist’s “dissolution,” which literally means ending, but metaphorically could mean his failure at the end). Thus, the blank needs a word that has something to do with praising. “Paean” and “tribute” are the only matches. A “paean” is generally a song or speech of praise and is used metaphorically here. “Polemic” and “tirade” both mean a long angry speech, and so do not fit the blank.” “Panacea,” which means a cure-all, also has the wrong meaning, as does “critique.”
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Re: QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 28 May 2016, 09:48
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paean and tribute.

The second part of the sentence gives the clue that it is not retrospective but about praising the artist's work
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Re: QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 31 May 2016, 03:34
can you please explain this question? The second part of the sentence explains that the exhibit is about praising the artist since his weaker works are ignored. Also in the first part of the sentence the blank is accompanied by NOT. So I think the word critique could be a good match but there isn't a proper match for that.
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Re: QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 31 May 2016, 05:50
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Re: QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2018, 23:55
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Re: QOTD #11 The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a ___ [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2018, 17:58
Paean = praise. Did not know the definition so I went with polemic, which was wrong.
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