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GRE Vocabulary Quiz: Test Yourself!

Learning words is obviously essential for success on the GRE. But, if you learn words – whether from reading or from lists – you will need to quiz yourself as much as possible. One reason is that we are prone to complacency – you study words, and you feel that you more or less get them. But, can you actively recall them? That’s where the quiz comes in. So, before you take today’s quiz, I encourage you to read through the vocabulary blog posts – including the verbal practice questions – from the last few weeks. If you’ve already done so, then take a crack at the quiz, and see how you do.


Synonyms: Multiple-Choice (1 point each)

1. sententious

(A) remarkable (B) pompously pithy (C) rambling


2. idyllic

(A) violent (B) revered (C) halcyon


3. heyday

(A) colloquialism (B) acme (C) tragedy


4. indigenous

(A) indigent (B) native (C) intrepid


5. feckless

(A) ineffectual (B) reckless (C) profane


Text Completion (3 points)

6.  That the composer had whipped up the concerto in a ______ manner was evident from the ______ of half-finished themes that marred the work.

i ii
(A) brazen (D) hodgepodge
(B) slapdash (E) heyday
(C) telltale (F) exploits


Sentence Equivalence (2 points)

7. Her outward gestures of loyalty and camaraderie belied her _____ ; she would machinate against those she had only just embraced.

(A)  fidelity

(B)  goodwill

(C)  treachery

(D) perfidy

(E)  disinterest

(F)  cynicism



1.     B

2.     C

3.     B

4.     B

5.     A

6.     B, D

7.     C, D


How did you score?

0 – 2 : Don’t worry – Study the words again and take the quiz tomorrow

3 – 5  : Not bad – Make sure to look up any words you did not know

6 – 7 : Well done  – Keep up the good work

8 – 9 : Excellent – You are almost there!

10 + : Congratulations : GRE 800!

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4 Responses to GRE Vocabulary Quiz: Test Yourself!

  1. josh November 9, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    I agree, good questions. I got most of the answers right because of reading your posts though. is that cheating? also, i was looking on wordnik and it list both reckless and ineffectual as synonyms of feckless. is ineffectual a better synonym?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris November 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for pointing this out. Wordnik’s inclusion in the thesaurus brings up an important point: don’t always trust the thesaurus. In a thesaurus there is a loose association between synonyms so that eventually you link to words that are not really related to one another.

      In the case of feckless, the culprit is careless. This word has many shades of meaning. When you are feckless you are lazy and idle, and aren’t really paying attention. In a word you are being somewhat careless.

      When you are reckless you are being careless but in a sense that you are endangering yourself.

      He drove recklessly, doubling the speed the limit and passing fours cars at a time.

      He approached vocabulary fecklessly, whenever he was bored he would study a random word, then become distracted by something else and would quickly forget the word.

      In both cases, you could substitute careless and the sentence woud basically be the same. If you swap, feckless with reckless, and vice versa, the sentences don’t really make sense. (I couldn’t imagine what reckless vocab studying would entail…unless you are doing it while you are driving…whether you exceed the speed the limit or not).

      So reckless and feckless are different words and should not be associated, outside a bad poem.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Syed Tabish Zaidi October 24, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Nice questions….though more of them would hv been even better!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris October 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      Happy the questions were helpful. I will be coming up with more vocab posts this week as well as another quiz this Friday. I will cover some of the words from the above post, and will have even more questions!

      Stay tuned…

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