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# Text Competion #Q80-natures were in sharp contrast to the

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Text Competion #Q80-natures were in sharp contrast to the [#permalink]  09 May 2015, 10:00
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The children's ---- natures were in sharp contrast to the even-tempered dispositions of their parents.

(A) mercurial
(B) blithe
(C) phlegmatic
(D) introverted
(E) artless
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Re: Text Competion #Q80-natures were in sharp contrast to the [#permalink]  01 Jul 2016, 01:33
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Re: Text Competion #Q80-natures were in sharp contrast to the [#permalink]  03 Jul 2017, 22:22
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The children’s ____________ natures were in sharp contrast to the even-tempered dispositions of their parents.
A mercurial
B blithe
C phlegmatic
D apathetic
E cunning

This is the question I got it from ETS Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions (Volume 1) (2014). It is a text completion question

This is the explanation provided:
Explanation
The children’s natures are the opposite to those of their parents; since the parents are even-tempered, the word that fills the blank must mean the opposite of even tempered.
“Mercurial,” meaning quickly changing, exactly fits, so it is the correct choice. Although the other answer choices encompass a range of temperaments (“blithe” means happy, “phlegmatic” means unemotional, “apathetic” means uncaring), none suggest a tendency to change from one state to another, so none of them contrast as well with “even-tempered.” Thus the correct answer is mercurial (Choice A).

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