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So What Exactly is a Text Completion? (And who’s that Russian author?)

SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT

For a text completion, you are asked to fill in anywhere from one to three blanks. The number of blanks will be immediately apparent from the question. The twist here is that if the sentence has two or three blanks you will be given three answer choices for each blank. In order to get the question right, you must choose the correct words for both blanks. No partial credit.

GIVE IT A SHOT

Dostoevsky’s characters are rarely —. In one chapter a given character may hardly take part in the dialogue, often retreating —-  to a corner of a room. A few chapters later that same character will be prone to bouts of —, during which time he or she will speak in a ceaseless manner bordering on hysteria.

 

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(a) amiable(a) prematurely(a) lethargy
(b) stable(b) docilely(b) dementia
(c) forthright(c) sullenly(c) logorrhea

 

As you can see this question is more involved then a sentence equivalent question. First off you can’t just dive into the first blank hoping that the answer will jump out at you.

READ DEEPER

In order to understand the sentence—and by extension the first blank—you must read the entire sentence. Don’t succumb to the temptation of trying to plug in a word for the first blank without reading deeper into the sentence.

SIMILAR STRATEGY

As you would do on the current sentence completions, look for the clue or signpost, come up with your own word, and then match accordingly.

DON’T PLUG AND CHUG

This is when you plug in different words seeing which one sounds right. Doing so will only cost you time in the long run and will most likely (now that only 1 in 27 answers is the correct one) lead to an incorrect answer.

…BACK TO DOSTOEVSKY

Does anybody think they know the correct answer(s)?

 

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