Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 8; Section 4; #18

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The activists’ energetic work in the service

The activists’ energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century (i) the assertion that the two movements were (ii). Blank (i):undermines, supports, underscores Blank (ii): diffuse, inimical, predominant

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Barun Mazumdar

Why not support and predominant ? Why not underscore and predominant ? The two movements were predominant that time right ? and supports that assertion ?

Jul 29, 2015 • Comment

Jonathan , Magoosh Tutor

Hi Barun. There isn't a necessary logical relationship between these activists' working energetically and the movements' predominance. Maybe this was a just a very small group of activists. Were the movements predominant? You could say they were, but the fact that a group of activists worked in both does not mean the movements were predominant.

Jul 30, 2015 • Reply

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Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Oct 10, 2012 • Comment

RAHUL GUPTA

why not underscores and inimical? it makes sense, right?

Sep 23, 2013 • Reply

pratha khandelwal

Ya i agree it makes sense right?

Aug 8, 2018 • Reply

Sam Kinsman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Pratha and Rahul,

The word "underscores" means "supports." And the word "inimical" means "unfriendly." So if two movements are inimical, they do not like each other and are hostile to each other.

Here's what the sentence would say with those answer choices:

The activists’ energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century underscores the assertion that the two movements were inimical.

So we are told that the activists' took part in both movements, and this supports the idea that the two movements were unfriendly towards each other. This doesn't really make sense - if the two movements were unfriendly towards each other, then it would have been difficult for the activists to be involved in both movements.

Aug 9, 2018 • Reply

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