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Critical Reading > Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

To believe that social reforms can ------- evil altogether is to forget that evil is a protean creature, forever assuming a new ------- when deprived of an old one.

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The phrase “is to forget” implies that the belief described in the first part of the sentence is misguided or naïve. It makes sense to argue that the assumption that reforms can “eradicate,” or eliminate, all societal evils is overly idealistic because evil is “protean,” or capable of taking on a new “shape.”

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