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Text Completion Tips: The Clue Sweeper Exercise

Watch this introductory video to understand how to use clues to master text completion:

Directions: In the following exercise try to complete each of the ten sentences with the best word(s) among the choices given. Note that key words and phrases have been omitted from each sentence, which makes your task more difficult.

Then, continue to the video that provides additional (bolded) clues, answers, and explanations.


1. She was always _________ in social settings, the center of attention.

  1. showy
  2. ostentatious
  3. fashionable
  4. overbearing
  5. gregarious

2. Ecology concerns itself with the movement of ________ through a network.

  1. commodities
  2. matter
  3. substances
  4. nutrients
  5. artifacts

3. There is some _________ the fact that the author of Indian Artisans did not develop her interest in Native American art, for she grew up in an Native American region.

  1. concern about
  2. satisfaction in
  3. doubt about
  4. irony in
  5. presumptuousness in

4. The human is not a passive figure, nor an active one, but what might be called an actively __________ one.

  1. adaptive
  2. selective
  3. inquisitive
  4. receptive
  5. intuitive

5.   This final essay (i) ____________ by irony, bespeaks the (ii) ________   character of the author.

Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. marredD. ruthless
B. coloredE. vindictive
C. dilutedF. dichotomous

6.   Art deco represented a reaction to the ___________ of Victorian design.

  1. pragmatism
  2. ornateness
  3. rigidity
  4. creativity
  5. simplicity

7.    No matter how the senator’s ideals may appear, the focus is on her ___________.

  1. politics
  2. constituents
  3. opponents
  4. contributors
  5. ambitions

8.   The poet W.H. Auden once wrote that “poetry makes nothing happen.” Is this (i)_________ or (ii)_________ ?

Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. nihilismD. realism
B. altruismE. hedonism
C. cynicismF. ignorance


9.  Without a (i)___________ map, it can be difficult to make one’s way across (ii)________ terrain.

Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. roadD. uncharted
B. physicalE. rugged
C. hand drawnF. hostile

10. When shopping, always look for the best (i)________;   don’t be hoodwinked by (ii)_________.

Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. valuesD. slogans
B. serviceE. marketing
C. ingredientsF. labels


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