0 Hours 0 Minutes 0 Seconds
1. Many find it strange that her writing is thought to
be tortuous; her recent essays, although longer than
most of her earlier essays, are extremely _____.
2. Most spacecraft are still at little risk of collision
with space debris during their operational
lifetimes, but given the numbers of new satellites
launched each year, the orbital environment in the
future is likely to be less _____.
3. The author presents the life of Zane Grey with _____
unusual in a biographer: he is not even
convinced that Grey was a good writer.
9. The passage suggests that the history of criminal
law in early modern England differs from the
history of civil law during that same period in that
the history of criminal law
10. The author of the passage mentions the
occupations of those involved in civil litigation in
early modern England most likely in order to
11. The author of the passage suggests which of the
following about the “widespread assumption”
(line 15 )?
12. The author discusses “the standard view”
(line 14 ) most likely in order to identify a
13. According to the passage, which of the following is
a widely held belief about geese?
14. Which of the following, if true, most weakens the
15. The slower-learning monkeys searched _____
but unintelligently: although they worked closely
together, they checked only the most obvious
16. By about age eight, children’s phonetic capacities
are fully developed but still _____; thus children
at that age can learn to speak a new language with a
native speaker’s accent.
17. In medieval philosophy every physical
phenomenon is presumed to have some
determinate cause, leaving no place for _____ in
the explanation of particular events.
18. Although the film is rightly judged imperfect by
most of today’s critics, the films being created
today are _____ it, since its release in 1940
provoked sufficient critical discussion to enhance
the intellectual respectability of cinema
19. The detective’s conviction that there were few
inept crimes in her district led her to impute some
degree of _____ to every suspect she studied.
20. According to the passage, the phenomenon of
olfactory adaptation may cause individuals who
are reexposed to an odorous environment after an
extended absence to
21. The passage asserts which of the following about
the exposures involved in the “research on
olfactory adaptation” (line 11 )?
22. The author of the passage discusses “receptor
fatigue” (line 24 ) primarily in order to
23. The passage suggests that an adherent to the
“orthodox position” (line 3 ) would agree with
which of the following statements?
24. Replacement of the word “passive” (line 5 ) with
which of the following words results in the least
change in meaning for the passage?
25. Which of the following, if true, most strengthens
Your scores for these sections will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your scores it is better for you to guess at an answer than not to respond at all. Work as rapidly as you can without losing accuracy. Do not spend too much time on
questions that are too difficult for you. Go on to the other questions and come back to the difficult ones later.
Some or all of the passages in this test have been adapted from published material to provide the examinee with significant problems for analysis and evaluation. To make the passages suitable for testing purposes, the style, content, or point of view of the original may have been altered. The ideas contained in the passages do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Graduate Record Examinations Board or Educational Testing Service.
The questions in these sections have several different formats. A brief description of these formats and instructions for entering your answer choices are given below.
Multiple-choice Questions—Select One Answer Choice
These standard multiple-choice questions require you to select just one answer choice from a list of options. You will receive credit only if you mark the single correct answer choice and no other.
Multiple-choice Questions—Select One or More Answer Choices
Some of these questions specify how many answer choices to select; others require you to select all that apply. In either case, to receive credit you must mark all of the correct answer choices and no others. These questions are distinguished by the use of a square box and checkmark.
Example: Select all that apply.
Which of the following countries are in Africa?
Column Format Questions
This question type presents the answer choices in columns. You must select one answer choice from each column. You will
receive credit only if you mark the correct answer choice in each column.
Example: Complete the following sentence.
(i) _____ is the capital of (ii) _____ .
For each question, indicate the best answer, using the directions given.
For each of Questions 1 to 8, select one entry for each blank from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
1. This filmmaker is not outspoken on political
matters: her films are known for their aesthetic
qualities rather than for their _____ ones.
2. James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson is
generally thought to have established Boswell as
the first great modern biographer; yet the claim of _____
could be made for Johnson himself as
author of a life of Richard Savage.
3. Critics charge that the regulatory agency, having never defined what
constitutes an untenable risk, has grown (i) _____ outside influences on
that issue: several experts have (ii) ______ it recently for allowing one
power plant to delay an inspection for more than six weeks despite
compelling safety concerns.
Television promotes (i) _____ of emotion in viewers through an unnatural evocation, every five minutes, of different and (ii) _____ feelings.
For each of Questions 9 to 15, select one answer choice unless otherwise directed.
Questions 9 to 12 are based on this passage.
9. The passage is primarily concerned with
10. The passage suggests that Carnell sees Behn’s
novels featuring male protagonists as differing
from dramatic tragedies such as Dryden’s featuring
male protagonists in that the former
11. The passage suggests that Carnell believes Behn
held which of the following attitudes about the
relationship between the private and public
12. It can be inferred from the passage that the
“artificial distinction” (lines 53-54 ) refers to the
Questions 13 and 14 are based on this passage.
For the following question, consider each of the
choices separately and select all that apply.
13. The passage mentions which of the following as
adversely affecting the accuracy of computer
predictions of climate change?
14. In the context in which it appears, “amplifies”
( line 11 ) most nearly means
Question 15 is based on this passage.
15. Which of the following is an assumption on which
the argument depends?
For each of Questions 16 to 19, select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.
16. Female video artists’ rise to prominence over the
past 30 years has _____ the ascent of video as an
art form: it is only within the past three decades
that video art has attained its current, respected
17.The report’s most significant weakness is its
assumption that the phenomenon under study is _____
, when in reality it is limited to a specific
18. The spy’s repeated bungling was, above all else, _____
those who wished to thwart her efforts,
since it was so unpredictable as to obscure any
pattern that might otherwise lead to her capture.
19. Each member of the journalistic pair served as _____
the other: each refrained from publishing a
given piece if the other doubted that it was ready to
For each of Questions 20 to 25, select one answer choice unless otherwise directed.
Questions 20 and 21 are based on this passage.
20. The author of the passage refers to the use of honey
21. Which sentence presents a misconception that the
Questions 22 and 23 are based on this passage.
For the following question, consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply.
22. The passage suggests that which of the following
could help remedy the problem described in
the final sentence (lines 14-17)?
23. In the context in which it appears,
“sensational” ( line 16) most nearly means
Questions 24 and 25 are based on this passage.
24. In the context of the passage as a whole, the
primary function of the sentence in lines 10-12
(“ It is . . . men”) is to
25. Which of the following might provide an
explanation for the popularity of hand-in portraits
that would satisfy the author of the passage?