Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 4: Verbal; #4 (p. 61)


The narratives that vanquished peoples have created

The narratives that vanquished peoples have created of their defeat have, according to Schivelbusch, fallen into several identifiable types. In one of these, the vanquished manage to (i) the victor’s triumph as the result of some spurious advantage, the victors being truly inferior where it counts. Often the winners (ii) this interpretation, worrying about the cultural or moral costs of their triumph and so giving some credence to the losers’ story Blank (i): construe, anoint, acknowledge Blank (ii): take issue with, disregard, collude in

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Kalina Gajda

Hi! Could you explain why D, take issue with is, not the answer again? thanks

Apr 22, 2019 • Comment

Adam Lyons, Magoosh Tutor

Hey Kalina,
If the victors took issue with this interpretation, they would be refuting it, arguing that they are not inferior. But how would this support the losers' story? And if they are arguing their superiority, why would they be worrying about cultural or moral costs?
The point is that the winners lend "credence" to the losers' story, meaning that they support it or make it seem true. They don't intend to, but they have regrets and concerns about their victory, which makes the losers seem correct in their evaluation. Hence, they collude in, or cooperate with, the losers' story.

Apr 24, 2019 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 25, 2012 • Comment

Kedhar Guhan Balakumar

What about acknowledgment in place of construe? That seems to be right too :/

Oct 2, 2018 • Reply

David Recine, Magoosh Tutor

"Construe" means to interpret something in a unique way that is not the most obvious interpretation. To "acknowledge" simply means to confirm the apparent truth of something that is obviously true.

With thew word "interpretation" referencing this sentence, we can know that we want a word that means "interpret," rather than a word that simply means to understand or confirm.

Oct 4, 2018 • Reply

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