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The most striking thing about the politician is how often his politics have been (i)__________ rather than ideological, as he adapts his political positions at any particular moment to the political realities that constrain him. He does not, however, piously (ii)__________ political principles only to betray them in practice. Rather, he attempts in subtle ways to balance his political self-interest with a (iii) __________, viewing himself as an instrument of some unchanging higher purpose.




Blank (i)Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
A. quixoticD. brandishG. profound cynicism
B. self-righteousE. floutH. deeply felt moral code
C. strategicF. followI. thoroughgoing pragmatism


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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2016, 15:40
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The answers are C, F and H. “Strategic” provides the necessary contrast with “ideological”. Notice the presence of “rather than” in the sentence, indicating that a contrast is necessary. In the second sentence we need a contrast with betraying principles. Following principles gives us this. The “higher purpose” links with the “deeply felt moral code” in the third sentence. The “moral code” also provides the necessary contrast with the “self-interest”. This contrast is necessary because of the word “balance”.
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2016, 22:34
The answer to the second blank is misprinted as D instead of F (follow).
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2018, 01:08
What is the actual answer? Follow or Brandish- for the second blank?
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2018, 13:15
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The OAs are correct as they are.

C,D ( brandish ), and H.

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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2018, 19:30
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The OAs are correct as they are.

C,D ( brandish ), and H.

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Explanation please why brandish works and why follow doesn't work
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2018, 21:54
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Because if you use follow then you CANNOT betray the same principles.

So, he brandishes those same principles and then in practice does not follow them.

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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2018, 18:31
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Carcass wrote:
Because if you use follow then you CANNOT betray the same principles.

So, he brandishes those same principles and then in practice does not follow them.

Hope this helps.

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wow, an ah-ha moment from your explanation! thanks carcass
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2018, 03:43
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The answer is C-F-H.

When choosing between BRANDISH & FLOUT, FLOUT works better here, as you can see from the context.

Brandish means: wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.

Flout means: openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention).

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He does not, however, piously (ii)__________ political principles only to betray them in practice. Rather, he attempts in subtle ways to balance his political self-interest


There is no indication in the context that the politician has any cause to harbor or show anger or excitement. Rather, he's just doing the OPPOSITE of BETRAYING POLITICAL PRINCIPLES. Also, he operates IN SUBTLE WAYS TO BALANCE HIS POLITICAL SELF-INTEREST. So, brandish is too drastic a contrast to the way the politician operates.
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Re: striking thing about the politician is how often [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2018, 15:49
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F is wrong.

Follow is already implied in what the politician is doing. However, he brandishes his credo just for a strategic final purpose but as it turns out he does not follow scrupulously

D is the official answer.

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C and H are correct as per the context. My guess for the second blank for some negative word which is not as extreme as flout. So, brandish means (threaten) fits here.
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Explanation

Since the politician is portrayed as adapting political positions to political realities, blank (i) should be filled with “strategic,” which is also the only choice that provides the required contrast with “ideological.” The second blank, brandishing political principles is what a politician might do piously, while flouting is not pious and following principles does not make sense when combined with “betray[ing] them in practice.” The third blank requires something that would have to be balanced against “political self-interest” and that would be embraced in service of an “unchanging higher purpose,” making “deeply felt moral code” the only viable choice.

Thus, the correct answer is strategic (Choice C), brandish (Choice D), and deeply felt moral code (Choice H).
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 08 May 2020, 21:08
Clearly, this is a text completion that the ETS writers would have to throw out.
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 09 May 2020, 02:35
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But if this is an official question ??
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 09 May 2020, 04:50
why not C, F and G?
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 09 May 2020, 11:35
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Nikhil4GRE wrote:
why not C, F and G?


please read the official explanation provided by @huda above. If it is still unclear, then reply here.
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2020, 23:00
Its a tough one. specially in regards to the second blank
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Re: The most striking thing about the politician [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2020, 23:46
He does not, however in the sentence indicates what?
Means he does?
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