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Where are the levels of difficulty of the quantitative problem sets? (more)

They were available in the previous interface of the website

Hi Lucas, we have now made question sets such that they will adapt themselves based on how many you got correct. You will get difficult questions if you are performing better or if your performance is not upto the mark you will get easier questions before moving to harder ones

The more definitions a given noun has, the more valuable is each one. (more)

The more definitions a given noun has, the more valuable is each one. Multiple definitions, each subtly different from all the others, convey multiple shades of meaning. They expand the uses of the word; language is enriched, thought is widened, and interpretations increase or dilate to fill the potentialities of association. The very impossibility of absoluteness in the definition of certain nouns adds to the levels of
connotation they may reach. The inner life of a writer often says more than most readers can know; the mind of a reader can discover truths that go beyond the intent or perhaps even the comprehension of the writer. And all of it finds expression because a word can mean many things.

Q1. In the context in which it appears, “shades” (line 2) most nearly means

A. reminders
B. nuances
C. obscurities
D. coverings
E. degrees

Q2. The passage suggests that a writer’s use of nouns that have multiple definitions can have which of the following effects on the relationship between writer and reader?

A. It can encourage the reader to consider how the writer’s life might have influenced the work.
B. It can cause the reader to become frustrated with the writer’s failure to distinguish between subtle shades of meaning.
C. It can allow the reader to discern in a work certain meanings that the writer did not foresee.
D. It allows the writer to provide the reader with clues beyond the word itself in order to avoid ambiguity.
E. It allows the writer to present unfamiliar ideas to the reader more efficiently.

A1. In the passage, the line says 'convey multiple shades of meaning. This suggests that the words manage to convey small details of the noun having multiple definitions. Out of the answer choices B, nuances, a subtle difference in meaning, exactly conveys this meaning.

Once White stepped down from a political platform, where his daring, _________ speeches provoked baying applause from audiences, he was courteous and considerate even to politicians he had just slandered in the speech. (more)

Once White stepped down from a political platform, where his daring, _________ speeches provoked baying applause from audiences, he was courteous and considerate even to politicians he had just slandered in the speech.

A. florid
B. defamatory
C. calumnious
D. inveigling
E. timorous
F. diffident  

 

The clues for this text completion are straightforward, we need words that go with daring and which suggest that White had slandered politicians. Out of the answer choices, B, defamatory and calumnious (damaging someone's reputation), both imply the negative nature of White's speech. Timorous (lacking confidence) and diffident (shy) form a pair but imply the opposite of what the sentence wants to convey. Florid (red flushed complexion) and inveigling (convince someone by flattery) do not make a pair and hence are out. 

Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationary at the time. (more)

Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationary at the time.

Blank (i)                  Blank (ii)
A. probity               D. acquisitive
B. extravagance    E. illiberal
C. disapprobation F. profligate 

 

Let's begin filling the second blank, the clue for which is '2500 shagreen-bound folio pages-a fortune in stationery'. This line indicates that the writer used a huge amount of ink and paper. Out of the answer choices, F, profligate, wasteful in the use of resources, fits in well to form a meaningful sentence. The first blank will have a word that suggests that the writer was wary of being wasteful but nonetheless he indulged in using too many resources. Answer choice B, extravagance, lack of restraint in using resources, matches the intended meaning. Probity (honesty and decency) and disapprobation (strong disapproval) do not fit in to form a meaningful sentence. 

Unlike the problems in recent financial scandals, issues raised by the regulators, in this case, appear largely to pertain to unwieldy accounting rules that are open to widely divergent interpretations — not to (i)________ transactions designed to (ii)___ (more)

Unlike the problems in recent financial scandals, issues raised by the regulators, in this case, appear largely to pertain to unwieldy accounting rules that are open to widely divergent interpretations — not to (i)________ transactions designed to (ii)________ corporate malfeasance.
 

Blank (i)                                   Blank (ii)
A) sham                                   D) cloak
B) unpremeditated               E) ameliorate
C) justifiable                           F) illuminate

The word 'unlike' indicates that the blank will have words that contrast the description that is given in the text. The case pertains to unwidely (unmanageable) accounting rules. Financial scandals is another clue that suggests transactions were fake. Out of the answer choice A, sham (fake, bogus) fits in well to convey this meaning. Corporate malfeasance means corporate wrongdoing. So shams will be designed to hide the wrongdoings of corporate. Out of the answer choices, D, cloak, (cover) conveys this meaning. Ameliorate is incorrect as shams will not make things better. Illuminate (reveal) is the opposite of what the sentence wants to convey.