Source: Revised GRE PDF 2nd Ed. Section 3; #7 (p. 53)


There is nothing that scientists more than having

There is nothing that (i) ________ scientists more than having an old problem in their field solved by someone from outside. If you doubt this (ii)________ , just think about the (iii)________ reaction of paleontologists to the hypothesis of Luis Alvarez—a physicist—and Walter Alvarez—a geologist—that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by the impact of a large meteor on the surface of the planet. Blank (i): amazes, pleases, nettles Blank (ii): exposition, objurgation, observation Blank (iii): contemptuous, indifferent, insincere

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Robert Paul

The second blank answer options were very ambiguous to me. I couldn't tell what relation the author was trying to make when they say "If you doubt this ____". Couldn't tell if the "this" was the author's statement or the scientist's irritation. If it was the author's statement, exposition would seem to work. I can see how "objurgation" doesn't work either way because it means more so "a criticism" or "a condemnation", which is different than irritated.

Sep 17, 2014 • Comment


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