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That an artist praised almost exclusively for her debut album should yet again create a work that is (i) ______ comes as little surprise.

(A) ambitious
(B) poignant
(C) flawless
(D) penetrating
(E) mediocre

The answer seems to be E but I am not sure how.
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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2018, 02:10
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The artist released a music album really spot on. So now, the following is mediocre. A bit weird.

The other choices are all out of scope.

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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2018, 07:23
However, if the first time the artist produced an album that was spot on, shouldn't the second blank be something similar to that because of the words "yet again" ?
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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2018, 09:46
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Yes you right. I didnt read super carefully because I was on my phone.

The answer should be A

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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2018, 08:52
I think E is still the correct answer. The sentence states that the artist was "praised almost exclusively for her debut album," which means there have been additional albums that have not been praised. Thus, the blank (because of "yet again") needs to mean something not worthy of praise, and 'mediocre' is the only possible answer.

Another way to approach this is that, aside from 'mediocre,' the other responses would be positive when referring to a piece of art, or an album. So, the answer is E.
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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2018, 06:55
IMHO, it should be C because "yet again" give us signals that the blank will be in similar direction with "praised almost exclusively," and flawless means perfect.

It makes sense to choose E because it's usually hard for an artist to produce magnificent artwork after succeeding in the previous artwork. however, the clue in this sentence made me choose C.
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Re: Text completion "That an artist..." [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2018, 06:57
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usually, 99% of the time there a debatable OA, then the question itself is poorly worded.

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That an artist praised almost exclusively for her debut album should yet again create a work that is (i) ______ comes as little surprise.

(A) ambitious
(B) poignant
(C) flawless
(D) penetrating
(E) mediocre

The answer seems to be E but I am not sure how.


The portion in blue is intended to imply that ONLY the debut album received praise and that every subsequent album by the artist has NOT received praise.
Given that subsequent albums by the artist have failed to live up to the promise of the debut, what would come as little surprise?
That the artist should yet again create a work that is mediocre.

The blue portion seems insufficient to convey the intended meaning.
An official TC would make the intention clearer.
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