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Sentence Equivalence: Practice Question of the Week #28 Answer

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

Poetaster, who at the outset believed one only needed time to write a great novel, was constantly assailed by misgivings, and before completing even one chapter, he abandoned what he had come to deem a(n) ________ enterprise.

  1. unworthy
  2. idealistic
  3. illusory
  4. notable
  5. ill-fated
  6. quixotic

(B) idealistic and (F) quixotic are the correct answers.

The clues are “believed only needed time…write great novel”.

It was foolish for Poetaster to believe that he only needed time and he would be able to write a great novel. Many answer choices could work: unworthy, idealistic, illusory and quixotic. Only (B) idealistic and (F) quixotic are synonymous words though.


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7 Responses to Sentence Equivalence: Practice Question of the Week #28 Answer

  1. abhay July 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I have a doubt about it. I agree that his enterprise was quixotic and idealist if we see from an observer point of view but to him we can’t say if he thought of his enterprise as quixotic.

    And the question asks about his thoughts about his enterprise –
    he abandoned what he had come to deem a(n) ________ enterprise.
    Clearly if he himself considered his enterprise unrealistic then why he set out to do it.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      I think the key part is ‘come to’: meaning that he finally realized it was idealistic/quixotic. At the outset he did not have this thought.

      Let me know if that helps 🙂

      • abhay July 4, 2012 at 6:03 am #

        i guess it makes sense now. But this one unnerved me.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris July 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

          No prob :). I’m pretty sure this is rated at very difficult, meaning it is intended to be at least somewhat unnerving :).

  2. Aman April 14, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    UTOPIAN and QUIXOTIC both means idealistic but i was not aware of the fact that idealistic has sense of unrealistic ,i thought idealistic is something that is the best possible example of a situation or a thing.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 16, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Aman,

      Something that is idealistic may be unrealistic:

      Though John struggled to play even a simple scale, he was idealistic and believed that one day he would make a great rock musician.

      Nevertheless, quixotic is more extreme than idealistic, however both work in the sentence to show that Poetaster’s attempt to write a ‘great novel’ would not bear fruit.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 16, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Oh, and one more thing: utopian and quixotic have very different connotations. Utopian refers to believing in a perfect word; quixotic refers to projects/goals/pursuits that just are wildly impractical and unrealistic.

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