Text Completion- Of Borrowers and Lenders

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Text Completion- Of Borrowers and Lenders

    Shakespeare’s tragedies may have drawn inspiration more from ancient Rome than Greece. Yet, in “Hamlet,” Polonius offers _____________advice: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” Greece might have saved the Eurozone some grief had it followed Polonius' __________.

    1. fatuous, caution
    2. germane, council
    3. apposite, counsel
    4. opposite, consul

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (C)

Detailed Solution

Blank (1)- Germane and apposite are the two contenders to fill in this blank describing Polonius’ advice. We rule out fatuous or foolish, as the paragraph declares that Greece might have saved the Eurozone some grief had it followed Polonius’ advice. ‘Opposite’ does not make sense in this blank.

Blank (2)- Council (an assembly of persons), counsel (advice), and consul (government representative in foreign country) sound similar, but are of course vastly different in meaning. The correct choice for this blank is counsel.

Correct Answer: C



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