Here’s the answer to yesterday’s practice question, thanks for sending in all of your answers!
Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.
Faulkner’s work during his most prolific period, the 1930s, approximates the buoyantly conservative tone of Southern Regionalism in general and also indirectly characterizes its __________ “progress.”
- affinity for
- sanguineness regarding
- skepticism of
- bitterness about
- aggression toward
- repudiation of
The key words in this sentence are buoyantly conservative, Southern Regionalism, and progress.
The conservatism of Southern Regionalism precludes a positive attitude toward “progress,” according to the context.
The words sought here must denote some sort of negativity. (C) skepticism and (F) repudiation do this work: both suggest refusal.
(D) bitterness about may be a good selection in other contexts, but there is no other choice that resembles its meaning; bitterness about suggests a feeling toward “progress” that has already occurred; the passage suggests resistance that would keep “progress” from occurring.