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GRE Verbal Practice, Sentence Equivalence

Question 4

Having designed the museum to suit his own quirky aesthetic, the building's architect thought it _________ that the local Indian community understood the building's architectural style to be Moroccan while most local Moroccans referred to it as Indian.

A.  immaterial
B.  unsurprising
C.  inexplicable
D.  curious
E.  paradoxical
F.  inconsequential

Explanatory Answer

The words immaterial and inconsequential both mean "unimportant," and both make sense in the sentence's overall context: the architect designed the museum to suit himself, suggesting that it mattered little to him how the local community might interpret the building's architecture.

The word unsurprising fits the sentence in that the architect may very well have anticipated the community's confusion about his "quirky" design. But this word has no match that lends a similar meaning to the sentence. The words inexplicable (baffling) and curious (odd or unusual) make little sense in light of the rhetorical emphasis given the sentence's opening clause. Finally, the word paradoxical (seemingly self-contradictory) might fit the sentence as a term of art, assuming that the "quirky" design incorporated opposing styles. However, the sentence does not strongly support this idea, and in any event no word among the other choices gives the sentence a similar meaning.

The correct answer choices are A and F. You would gain credit for a correct response only by selecting both of these choices.