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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 5; #2


Human nature and long distances have made

Human nature and long distances have made exceeding the speed limit a (i) in the state, so the legislators surprised no one when, acceding to public demand, they (ii) increased penalties for speeding. Blank (i): controversial habit, cherished tradition, disquieting ritual Blank (ii): endorsed, considered, rejected

3 Explanations


Kinjal Shah

Why does the first blank have to be something that you HAVE to do?

Jun 29, 2019 • Comment


I wouldn't think in terms of absolutes here, that you have no other option but to speed. But the sentence suggests that we all have to travel long distances. And if we kept to the speed limit, we would waste far too much time. Everyone then, though they may not HAVE to, in reality does exceed the speed limit. So this is something that everyone does, whether they are compelled to do it or not. The meaning of the first part of the sentence, then, is that speeding is extraordinarily common. Only "cherished tradition" fits that meaning.

Jul 8, 2019 • Reply


Yosef Lewis

Don't let what yo uwould think would be the case affect you. Only go with clues from the sentence!!! You would expect the public to not be surprised if legislators endorsed or considered heightened penalties, but, in this case, the public was predisposed to expect the opposite.

Apr 8, 2014 • Comment

Lucas Fink

That's exactly, right, Yosef! The clues in the sentence are the first thing to consider. Never give more importance to your own ideas or expectations—stick to what's written. :-)

Apr 11, 2014 • Reply


Chris Lele

Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

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