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GRE - Sentence Equivalence - Sentence Equivalence

The government’s implementation of a new code of ethics appeared intended to shore up the ruling party’s standing with an increasingly _________ electorate at a time when the party is besieged by charges that it trades favors for campaign money.

The government’s implementation of a new code of ethics appeared intended to shore up the ruling party’s standing with an increasingly _________ electorate at a time when the party is besieged by charges that it trades favors for campaign money.

A. aloof
B. placid
C. restive
D. skittish
E. tranquil
F. vociferous 

 

The new code of ethics intends to support the ruling party's standing, especially at a time when the party is surrounded by certain charges. We need a word that describes the electorate in such a situation. Aloof (not friendly or forthcoming) does not have a pair. Placid and tranquil both mean calm, but do not form a meaningful sentence. Restive (restless) and skittish (nervous or excitable) are a pair and form a meaningful sentence when used in this text.