Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 3; #3


The brief survey, published under the title

The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us, is surprisingly (i). Indeed it makes several longer treatments of the effects of lost biodiversity seem (ii). Blank (i): distorted, objective, comprehensive Blank (ii): redundant, pithy, premature

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Anna Roberts

Why premature does not work?

Nov 21, 2017 • Comment

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Radhika,

Happy to help :) The answer to the second blank really depends on the selection for the first blank. A major clue for the first blank is the adjective "brief" to describe the survey--we know that the survey is short. So, how does this relate to the first blank? Well, it is "surprising" that the survey is [blank 1], given the fact that the survey is brief or very short. I would fill the first blank in with a word that means complete: it would be surprising that a short report covers a topic completely. The answer choice that best matches that idea is "comprehensive."

So, now that we have the first blank filled in, let's hone in on the second blank. In the first sentence, we learn that the short report is very complete. We want to contrast that to "longer" texts on the same topic. If a shorter text is able to fully explain a topic, then a longer text on the same topic may seem more than what we actually need or "redundant." "Premature," which means "early" or before something is ready, doesn't fit this context.

I hope this clears up your doubts! :)

Nov 22, 2017 • Reply

Anna Roberts

Thank you :)

Nov 22, 2017 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Dec 2, 2012 • Comment

Abhiram Ravikumar

Why not pithy? Pithy means to the point and precise the opposite of "longer", right?
Also how does GRE score me if I get one blank right and other blank wrong?

May 11, 2017 • Reply

Sam Kinsman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Abhiram, you're right that "pithy" means to the point and precise. However, notice that the second sentence starts with the word "indeed." We use the word "indeed" when we're going to say something that supports (or agrees with) the previous idea. The first sentence said that the book is long, so the second sentence should also convey that idea. Therefore, we want to avoid choosing the opposite of "comprehensive" (or long). That's why "pithy" doesn't work.

As for your other question, you need to get every blank correct in order to get the question right. Otherwise, you aren't awarded any points for the question.

May 11, 2017 • Reply

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