The verbal reasoning portion of the Graduate Record Examination, the standardized exam for entrance to many graduate programs, is one of three portions of the test. The test also consists of quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections. The verbal reasoning portion consists of three types of questions: reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence. Students have 30 minutes to answer each of the two 20-question verbal reasoning sections.
Read the sentence below, and select one answer choice for each blank that best complete the text. The answer is posted below—don’t cheat!
It is (A) __________ that so many portrait paintings hang in art museums, since the subject matter seems to dictate a status closer to pictures in the family photograph album than to high art. But perhaps it is the artistic skill with which the portraits are painted that (B) _________ their presence in art museums.
Answer: The suggestion is made that portraits are not “high art,” so their presence may not fit in well in art museums; therefore, their presence there might be “surprising.” The second sentence suggests what such paintings have in their favor, or “justifies” why they might fit in well at a museum. The correct answer choices are #1, “surprising” and #2, “justifies.”