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Sentence Equivalence Practice Question of the Week #16

This week’s practice problem is a Sentence Equivalence question, be sure to read the instructions carefully!

Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

The chemists pretended it was the philosopher’s stone, the physicians that it was an unmistakable __________.

  1. paragon
  2. cataclysm
  3. panacea
  4. elixir
  5. palaver
  6. triumph
The answer and explanation will be posted tomorrow, good luck!
Edit 9/15/11: we changed the wording on the answer choices of this post (from “nostrum” to “elixir”) to make the question less ambiguous. Thanks for all of your feedback!
Update: Here’s the answer/explanation post!

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6 Responses to Sentence Equivalence Practice Question of the Week #16

  1. Amir September 14, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I guess the only two synonyms in the answer choices are C and D.

  2. priya September 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Since it says ‘physicians’, the words must relate to medical background and here, both panacea and nostrum are the only synonyms which mean medicine… is that right?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette September 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      We’ll post the answer tomorrow, so check back then 🙂 In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to look up some of the words you might find confusing!

  3. Gunnar September 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    is something missing in the sentence?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette September 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      No, but I do admit it’s very tricky– I’d recommend taking a close look at the words that may signal clues in the (very short) sentence, and thinking about what relationship the two correct answer choices need to have!

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