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Oliveboard Question of the day

Directions for the Question: Select the option that has correct words for both the blanks in order to form a meaningful sentence.

The official purpose of the Berlin Wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass ___________ from East to West. The Berlin Wall stood until 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ___________ crowds swarmed the wall.

(A) Inceptions, Jubilant
(B) Inspections, Transcendent
(C) Apostasy, Exultant
(D) Defections, Ecstatic
(E) Desertions, Incandescent

Answers and Explanations

Answer: 4

Solution:

Option A has the words: inceptions, meaning beginnings, and jubilant, meaning joyful. While the second word fits in the context of the passage, the first makes no sense. Thus, Option A is eliminated.

Option B has the words: inspections, meaning examinations, and transcendent, meaning beyond the normal range. None of the words fit the passage, thus eliminating Option B.

Option C has the words: apostasy, meaning renunciation of a religious belief, and exultant, meaning overjoyed. While the second word fits in the context of the passage, the first makes no sense. Thus, Option C is eliminated.

Option E has the words: desertions, meaning abandonment, and incandescent, meaning angry. While the first word fits in the context of the passage, the second makes no sense. Thus, Option E is eliminated.

Option D has the words: defections, meaning desertions, and ecstatic, meaning overjoyed. Both words fit the passage, thus making ‘D’ the right answer.