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# The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging

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The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  01 Oct 2017, 15:53
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The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging polemics with intransigent political opponents seemed at odds with the president’s _________ tendencies.
A. tenacious
B. idealistic
C. dialectical
D. contentious
E. quixotic
F. altruistic

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B and E

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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  08 Oct 2017, 05:04
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Daily arguments with opponents who won’t change their mind and dealing with people who make demands are likely to make someone more realistic about the limited prospects of accomplishing something, or less idealistic and quixotic, which are synonyms.

Arguing with others is not likely to make someone less contentious or dialectical, but more so. And nothing here implies that the president’s policies are altruistic or that he is particularly tenacious. Alternatively, you can look at the answer choices. Idealistic and quixotic form one pair, and dialectical and contentious form another, so one of those pairs has to be the right answer.

Hence idealistic, quixotic are correct options!
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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  21 Mar 2018, 20:52
Dialectical means expressive
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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  08 Aug 2018, 03:49
sandy wrote:

The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging polemics with intransigent political opponents seemed at odds with the president’s _________ tendencies.
A. tenacious
B. idealistic
C. dialectical
D. contentious
E. quixotic
F. altruistic

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B and E

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Page: 98

Though I got it correct, but just on the basis of options. Can you please elucidate it further? I didn't understand the question very much. How is "exchanging polemics" and "intransigent" contrasting with idealistic/quixotic?
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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  12 Aug 2018, 02:48
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The daily arguments with opponents who won’t change their mind and dealing with people who make demands are likely to make someone more realistic about the limited prospects of accomplishing something, or less idealistic and quixotic, which are synonyms. Arguing with others is not likely to make someone less contentious or dialectical, but more so. And nothing here implies that the president’s policies are altruistic or that he is particularly tenacious. Alternatively, you can look at the answer choices. Idealistic and quixotic form one pair, and dialectical and contentious form another, so one of those pairs has to be the right answer.

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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  13 Aug 2018, 18:15
Can someone explain why the pair dialectical and contentious cannot be an answer?
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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  09 Oct 2018, 04:04
can someone explain quixotic?
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Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging [#permalink]  09 Nov 2018, 09:06
polemics : a strong verbal attack
intransigent : stubborn, unyielding
The sentence conveys that the president is reacting to strong opposition inspite of his inherently calm attitude (essentially ideal).

A. tenacious : determined, persistent
B. idealistic : aiming for perfection
C. dialectical : logical discussion of ideas
D. contentious : controversial
E. quixotic : idealistic
F. altruistic : selfless concern for others

The best FIT should convey the meaning of ideal character as in Idealistic/Quixotic.
Re: The daily routine of responding to lobbyists and exchanging   [#permalink] 09 Nov 2018, 09:06
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