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Lesson 2

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Ridiculed…alleviated
  3. 3. Dismissed…enhanced
  4. 4. Loved…augmented
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Determine what the blank is modifying.
  8. 8. Mentally fill in the blank with a word that seems to complete the sentence logically. You can use simple words.
  9. 9. Look at the answer choices given. You will find one of the following to be true:
  10. 10. The word you picked is an actual answer choice.
  11. 11. A synonym for the word you inserted is one of the answer choices.
  12. 12. None of the answer choices have the same meaning as the word you chose.</li></ul>Example:<br />The ___(kind)___ nun gave up her own life to help others.<br /><ul><li>Wretched
  13. 13. egotistical
  14. 14. benevolent
  15. 15. comical

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