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GRE - Text Completion - Text Completion

The (i)__________ of Vladimir Nabokov as one of North America’s literary giants has thrown the spotlight on his peripheral activities and has thus served to (ii)__________ his efforts as an amateur entomologist.

The (i)__________ of Vladimir Nabokov as one of North America’s literary giants has thrown the spotlight on his peripheral activities and has thus served to (ii)__________ his efforts as an amateur entomologist.

Blank (i)                     Blank (ii)
A. stigmatization     D. foreground
B. lionization            E. transcend
C. marginalization   F. obscure

The first blank will have a word that suggests that Vladimir was a famous writer. We need a positive word for the blank. Out of the answer choices, B, lionization, to treat a person as a celebrity, forms a meaningful sentence. Stigmatization (disgrace) and marginalization (treatment of a person as unimportant) are negative words. Peripheral activities suggest that his interest in entomology was a peripheral activity, but it gained attention due to his fame as a writer. Out of the answer choices, D, foreground (at the forefront) fits in well to convey this meaning. Transcend (go beyond a range) and obscure (confuse) do not fit in the text.