Lesson 2<br />Understanding Positive and Negative Word Strategy for Sentence Completion<br />Using positive (+) and negative (-) connotations (implied meanings) to annotate answer choices is a productive way to eliminate wrong answer choices. This strategy is particularly useful for questions with two blanks.<br />Example:<br />Although the British public once __(+)_____ Prince Edward VIII, the would-be king who renounced his claim to the throne in order to marry a commoner, recent revelations about the Prince’s Nazi sympathies during World War II have ___(-)_____ such positive feelings.<br />-We know that for the most part feelings associated with Nazi sympathies are negative (-). The word although establishes a reversal so we can determine that the first blank should be (+).<br />The formula you should have established is (+)(-)<br /><ul><li>Revered…assuaged
Admired…minimized</li></ul>The technique can also be used for single-blank questions:<br />Example:<br />Their mutual teasing seemed ____(+)____ because the two co-workers enjoyed poking fun at each other.<br />Although teasing carries a negative (-) connotation, enjoyed poking fun is a positive connotation (+). Therefore (+) is the symbol you should have inserted in the blank.<br />(A)Harassing<br /><ul><li>Good-natured</li></ul>(C)Vindictive<br />(D)Enamored<br /> (E)Truculent<br /><ul><li>Lesson 3
Fill-in-the-Blank Strategy</li></ul>An effective strategy is to fill in the blank with your own word and then match it with one of the answer choices. This is a four step process:<br /><ul><li>Identify the key words or phrases.