SC Drill: Ten Questions that Test Meaning

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Set a timer for 20 minutes, and try these ten SC questions. When you’re done, you can find the explanations on Google on GMATClub! 🙂

1) Minerva Consulting has a budget about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, all of whom have advanced degrees.

(A) about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, all of whom have

(B) of about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state have, as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but in Minerva there is only a workforce of twenty four, and all of them have

(C) that is about the same as the budgets of largest consulting firms in the state, such as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but in Minerva with a workforce of only twenty four, all of them having

(D) comparable to the budgets of the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, and all have

(E) comparable to those of the largest consulting firms in the state, such as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but a workforce of only twenty four, all of whom have

 

2) Quintus Flaccus (65 – 8 BCE), known in the English-speaking world as “Horace”, was a contemporary of Virgil and the preeminent lyrical poet of the Augustan age; his poems were known as the “common currency of civilization” because they were so widely read and quoted, and over the past two millennia have had a much greater influence than any poet from ancient Rome.

(A) than any

(B) than any other

(C) as any other

(D) as those of any other

(E) than those of any other

 

3) The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire

(A) only is adjacent with one

(B) is adjacent only with one

(C) is adjacent to only one other

(D) only is adjacent to one

(E) is only adjacent to one other

 

4) Geophysically, Eurasia is Earth’s largest landmass, and their peaks, the Himalayas, are the highest corresponding mountains on Earth.

(A) their peaks, the Himalayas, are the highest corresponding

(B) its peaks, the Himalayas, are correspondingly the highest

(C) its peaks, the Himalayas, are the highest corresponding

(D) its peaks, the Himalayas, correspond to the highest

(E) their peaks, the Himalayas, are correspondingly the highest

 

5) By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, in 1797–1798 Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him to arrive at an astonishingly accurate figure for the weight of the earth.

A. By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, in 1797–1798 Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him

B. In 1797–1798, by devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him

C. Henry Cavendish devised an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employed uncommonly precise measurements, and in 1797–1798 was able

D. Having devised an instrument from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employment of uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish in 1797–1798 was able

E. By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish was able in 1797–1798

 

6) Even-toed ungulates, including pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, such as horses and donkeys, account for all the mammals domesticated for agricultural purposes.

(A) including pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, such as horses and donkeys, account for

(B) including pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, including horses and donkeys, accounting for

(C) included among pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, such as horses and donkeys, account for

(D) included among pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, like horses and donkeys, are accounted for by

(E) like pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep, and odd-toed ungulates, like horses and donkeys, are accounted for by

 

7) While the marketing department projected robust sales throughout the summer, typically Allport Corporation’s biggest season, the drought in Midwestern states limited total revenue to only $300 million in the third quarter.

(A) typically Allport Corporation’s biggest season, the drought in Midwestern states limited total revenue to only

(B) Allport Corporation’s biggest typical season, the drought in Midwestern states limited only total revenue to

(C) which typically is Allport Corporation’s biggest season, the drought in Midwestern states only limited total revenue to

(D) which is typically Allport Corporation’s biggest season, the drought in Midwestern states limiting total revenue to only

(E) Allport Corporation’s biggest typical season, the drought in Midwestern states only limiting total revenue to

 

8) After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted to encourage their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides oil products, and the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network.

(A) their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides

(B) their expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials instead of

(C) its expansion into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than

(D) its expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials other than

(E) its expanding into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials except

 

9) Daniel Bernoulli derived the famous fluid equation named after him, to explain an airplane’s wing’s generation of lift, and made a discovery that led to an early method of measuring blood pressure.

(A) equation named after him, to explain an airplane’s wing’s generation of lift

(B) equation named after him, and this principle explains the lift of an airplane’s wing

(C) equation, named it after himself, explained how an airplane’s wing is generating lift

(D) equation named for him, giving an explanation of the generation of the lift of an airplane’s wing

(E) equation named for him, which explains how an airplane’s wing generates lift

 

10) Based on records from ancient Athens, each year young Athenian women collaborated to weave a new woolen robe that they used to dress a statue of the goddess Athena and that this robe depicted scenes of a battle between Zeus, Athena’s father, and giants.

(A) Based on records from ancient Athens, each year young Athenian women collaborated to weave a new woolen robe that they used to dress

(B) Based on records from ancient Athens, each year young Athenian women had collaborated to weave a new woolen robe with which to dress

(C) According to records from ancient Athens, each year young Athenian women collaborated to weave a new woolen robe that they used to dress

(D) Records from ancient Athens indicate that each year young Athenian women collaborated to weave a new woolen robe with which they dressed

(E) Records from ancient Athens indicate each year young Athenian women had collaborated to weave a new woolen robe for dressing