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
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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.

(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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10 Responses to GRE Vocabulary Quiz: Test Yourself!

  1. Jake July 17, 2017 at 3:42 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I got every one of them correct but i recently stumbled upon a question in Sentence equivalence that left me doubt the veracity of the answer..could you please go through this question and give your reasoning as to why it is correct/not correct?

    While the cost of migrating to more automated piloting and air traffic control systems is substantial, the eventual cost savings are large enough that the upfront expenditures are not as____________as opponents claim.

    A)Fiscal B) Imprudent C) reasonable D) excessive E) Massive F) Paltry

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

      Hi Jake,

      Would you mind sharing the source of this question? If this is related to a source outside of Magoosh or the Official Guide, unfortunately, we do not provide support for those resources. The best medium would be to refer to the source themselves! Sorry about that, but please let me know! 🙂

      • Jake July 18, 2017 at 12:31 am #

        I saw this question in a Youtube video and not related to any Magoosh questions, so i just wanted to know whether your line of reasoning in coming up with the answers was consistent with the answers and line of reasoning that was shown in the video. i believe unlike the Quant section, Verbal as subjective in terms of explanations in some questions. So i wanted to know whether a question like this was something that was authentic enough to show up on the GRE..

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

          Hi Jake,

          A quick look at this question tells me pretty definitively that it is NOT a high-quality or authentic sentence equivalence question. Remember the instructions that accompany all sentence equivalence questions: “select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning”. This question does not have two answer choices that are synonyms and create sentences with the same meaning. I wouldn’t trust this Youtube source for high quality questions 🙂

          • Jake July 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

            Thank you so much for the reply, I thought the same, however, i saw a similar question in Magoosh’s verbal video which I think didn’t make any sense, so i hope you could provide more clarification on this:

            Initially deemed an affront to Taipei’s skyline, the taipei 101 building is no longer considered a(n)_____________,indeed many residents contend that, without the building, the harmony of the skyline would be broken.

            A)eyesore B)inconvenience C)stopgap D)edifice E)benefit

            The blank should fill in a negative word that should mirror the meaning of affront which is insult/offence. My issue is, Chris in the video somehow makes the assumption that affront => ugly, and chooses the word eyesore..
            ugly is not a synonym for affront then how can it be equated with eyesore?

            Also, why can’t inconvenience work as well? something that is inconvenient can be taken as an affront by others thinking it was deliberately made to be inconvenient..

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

              Hi Jake,

              In its broadest sense an “affront” is simply something that is offensive in some way. Since we’re talking about a new building being offensive to a city skyline, we can infer that either the building was being deemed ugly or that it simply didn’t match well with the rest of the buildings in the skyline. In either case, Chris’s choice of the word ‘ugly’ to simplify the sentence is fine, because it conveys that the idea that the building didn’t fit/look good in the skyline.

              To say something is an “affront” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s “inconvenient.” In order for a building to be inconvenient it would have to cause some disruption (i.e. if you have to walk around a new building, that is inconvenient) This sentence doesn’t tell us that people were inconvenienced by the new building. Some people may have found it inconvenient, but this sentence is discussing the skyline, not the experience of the building itself.

  2. 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!

  3. 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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