Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 4: Verbal; #1 (p. 60)


Dramatic literature often the history of a culture

Dramatic literature often ____________ the history of a culture in that it takes as its subject matter the important events that have shaped and guided the culture. Blank: confounds, repudiates, recapitulates, anticipates, polarizes

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Hi Chris,

Since the question talks about dramatic literature, the answer choice "Polarize" also make sense rit? Since to polarize is to channel a discussion or argument into one direction. So dramatic literature can polarize history by only stating the important things and thus only highlighting one part of the history ?

Nov 14, 2017 • Comment


That's not exactly what polarize would mean here. To polarize a debate means to divide it into two sharply contrasting sets or groups. A debate that is polarized has no middle ground.

To say that the history of a culture is polarized would imply that two groups have sharply contrasting conceptions of the history. This is not being implied here all we know is that the literature focuses on the most important events of the history. That doesn't mean that the history is polarized.

Nov 19, 2017 • Reply


Ashik Mahmud

Could you please explain the grammatical structure (shift, clauses, punctuation etc) of the sentence?

Aug 23, 2017 • Comment


Hi Ashik,

This is an elaboration (no-shift) sentence. The part after "in that..." explains how "dramatic literature ______ the history of a culture." So, the part after "in that" gives us the clue for the blank.

Aug 24, 2017 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 25, 2012 • Comment

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