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Practice General Test #1
Answer Key for Sections 1-4

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Revised GRE® Practice Test Number 1

Answer Key for Section 1. Verbal Reasoning. 25 Questions.

Question 1

Answer: A. In various parts of the world, civilizations that could not make iron from ore fashioned tools out of fragments of iron from meteorites.

Question 2

Answer: A. An increased focus on the importance of engaging the audience in a narrative

Question 3

Answer: C. speak to

Question 4

Answer: A. People with access to an electric washing machine typically wore their clothes many fewer times before washing them than did people without access to electric washing machines.

Question 5

Answer: C. insular
Answer in context: In the 1950’s, the country’s inhabitants were insular: most of them knew very little about foreign countries.

Question 6

Answer: E. insincere
Answer in context: Since she believed him to be both candid and trustworthy, she refused to consider the possibility that his statement had been insincere.

Question 7

Answer: A. maturity
Answer in context: It is his dubious distinction to have proved what nobody would think of denying, that Romero at the age of sixty-four writes with all the characteristics of maturity.

Question 8

Answer: C. comparing two scholarly debates and discussing their histories

Question 9

Answer: D. identify a reason for a certain difference in the late 1970’s between the origins debate and the debate over American women’s status

Question 10

Answer: D. Their approach resembled the approach taken in studies by Wood and by Mullin in that they were interested in the experiences of people subjected to a system of subordination.

Question 11

Answer: A. gave more attention to the experiences of enslaved women

Question 12

A. construe
F. collude in

Answer in context: 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 construe the victor’s triumph as the result of some spurious advantage, the victors being truly inferior where it counts.  Often the winners collude in this interpretation, worrying about the cultural or moral costs of their triumph and so giving some credence to the losers’ story.

Question 13

B. settled
E. ambiguity
G. similarly equivocal

Answer in context: I’ve long anticipated this retrospective of the artist’s work, hoping that it would make settled judgments about him possible, but greater familiarity with his paintings highlights their inherent ambiguity and actually makes one’s assessment similarly equivocal.

Question 14

A. a debased
E. goose bumps

Answer in context: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly a debased kind of story, the ghost story is almost the paradigm of the form, and goose bumps was undoubtedly one effect that Poe had in mind when he wrote about how stories work.

Question 15

C. patent
E. improbable
Answer in context: Given how patent the shortcomings of the standard economic model are in its portrayal of human behavior, the failure of many economists to respond to them is astonishing. They continue to fill the journals with yet more proofs of yet more improbable theorems. Others, by contrast, accept the criticisms as a challenge, seeking to expand the basic model to embrace a wider range of things people do.

Question 16

B. startling
D. jettison

Answer in context: The playwright’s approach is startling in that her works jettison the theatrical...
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