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Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisance won them undeserved praise, for their seeming gallantry was wholly motivated by a (i) _______ wish to avoid conflict of any sort.



Blank (i)
poignant
sincere
plaintive
laudable
craven
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Re: Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisan [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2019, 15:16
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Carcass wrote:
Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisance won them undeserved praise, for their seeming gallantry was wholly motivated by a (i) _______ wish to avoid conflict of any sort.



Blank (i)
poignant
sincere
plaintive
laudable
craven

The first step of any text completion is to attempt to repurpose a word or phrase from the sentence as a prediction for the blank to facilitate process of elimination.

In this case, it is determined that the gallantry is only "seeming" so the proper term for the blank should be something matching "not gallant".

Now, compare this prediction to the choices.

(A) poignant - positive term, so eliminate Choice A as a reversal of the prediction
(B) sincere - positive term, so eliminate Choice B as a reversal of the prediction
(C) plaintive - neutral term, so eliminate Choice C as a reversal of the prediction
(D) laudable - positive term, so eliminate Choice D as a reversal of the prediction
(E) craven - negative term matching the prediction in context, so keep Choice E

Reread craven into the sentence to ensure a proper meaning in the context of the sentence before selecting Choice E as the correct answer.
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Re: Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisan [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2019, 05:03
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Re: Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisan [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2019, 09:55
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Perhaps "for" was not the best choice in this sentence. It would have been more clear if it had been a word that marked a negation like "but."
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Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisance won them undeserved praise, for their seeming gallantry was wholly motivated by a (i) _______ wish to avoid conflict of any sort.


They had an "air" of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisance (willing to do something to please others). And this won them undeserved praise, that is they were not worthy of praise. And why was it undeserved? Because their seeming (not real) gallantry was wholly motivated by a cowardly wish to avoid conflict of any sort. Therefore, the correct word choice is craven.

The sentence is asking us to explain why the praise was undeserved. It is because their gallantry was motivated by cowardliness or any other negative quality.
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Re: Their air of cheerful self-sacrifice and endless complaisan [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2019, 21:42
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gklskdcg wrote:
Perhaps "for" was not the best choice in this sentence. It would have been more clear if it had been a word that marked a negation like "but."



On the contrary, the "for" is perfect, because it gives a reason for the undeserved praise!
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