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# Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that

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Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that [#permalink]  28 Jun 2014, 08:14
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Instructions:Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.

It so happens that while we may enjoy the veiled onslaughts by some of the authors of the literary ---------, we tend to ignore the frenzy and rage into which they can lead even the people of the caliber of Byron and Shelly who had to retaliate with equal piquancy

Nonchalance
Criticism
Acclaim
Insouciance
Denigration
Appreciation

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Re: Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that [#permalink]  05 May 2015, 03:02
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Re: Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that [#permalink]  05 May 2015, 03:04
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Re: Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that [#permalink]  09 Oct 2015, 08:23
A. Nonchalance --- disinterest, apathetic, unwilling to involve in the matter – You might call this word a neutral word, but still it leans on the negative tone.
B. Criticism disapproval -- totally negative

C. Acclaim --- praise --- positive

D. Insouciance -- detachment – same as A; neutral but bordering negative tone, and a perfect synonym to A

E. Denigration --- derogation -same as criticism but a little on the higher side.

F. Appreciation – Praise; same as acclaim

But there is a catch. Now we have three pairs of synonyms: 1. Nonchalance and Insouciance 2. Criticism and Denigration and 3. Acclaim and Appreciation. The question is -- which is the most appropriate pair? So lets revisit the stimulus.

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It so happens that while we may enjoy the veiled onslaughts by some of the authors of the literary ---------, we tend to ignore the frenzy and rage into which they can lead even the people of the caliber of Byron and Shelly who had to retaliate with equal piquan
cy

The clue lies in the cue word ‘onslaughts’. Onslaught in literature means an outburst or outpouring. The blank filler should be a highly negatively- charged pair rather than a neutral or slightly negative word. That is the reason that nonchalance and insouciance don't fit in; obviously, we are not going to select a positive pair such as acclaim and appreciation and finally we are left with the pair “criticism and denigration” which matches the heavy negative tone of ’onslaught’. The answer is B and E.

The purpose of this topic is to confuse the test - takers with the three types of pairs such as positive, negative and neutral and make them befuddled. HTH
Re: Sentence Equivalence Q3 -- It so happens that   [#permalink] 09 Oct 2015, 08:23
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