Sample Verbal Reasoning Questions

  There are 28 questions.

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  Directions for Questions 1 through 5:

  Each of the following questions includes a sentence with a blank indicating that something has been omitted. Following the sentence will be a list of six words or phrases, each of which could be used to complete the sentence. Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce complete sentences that are alike in meaning.

  Question 1.

  It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most BLANK of all soils.

  Now consider the six answer choices, labeled A through F.

  A. acidic

  B. coarse

  C. stark

  D. impoverished

  E. infertile

  F. austere

  Indicate your two answer choices or go on to consider them in context.

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  Answer Choices in Context:

  A. . acidic: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most acidic of all soils.

  B.  . coarse: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most coarse of all soils.

  C.  . stark: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most stark of all soils.

  D. . impoverished: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most impoverished of all soils.

  E…… infertile: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most infertile of all soils.

  F.  . austere: It is truly paradoxical that the Amazon, the lushest of all rainforests, is rooted in the most austere of all soils.

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  Question 2.

  Cynics believe that people who BLANK compliments do so in order to be praised twice.

  Now consider the six answer choices, labeled A through F.

  A. conjure up

  B. covet

  C. deflect

  D. grasp

  E. shrug off

  F. understand

  Indicate your two answer choices or go on to consider them in context.

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  Answer Choices in Context:

  A. conjure up: Cynics believe that people who conjure up compliments do so in order to be praised twice.

  B. covet: Cynics believe that people who covet compliments do so in order to be praised twice.