The semicolon suggests that the second part expands upon the first part. So, if corruption is rife (common), then we will doubt the integrity of the officials. Their integrity will be suspect (doubtful).
(pervasive = spreading everywhere; rife = common)
Difficult Sentence Completion Question - 12
After centuries of obscurity, this philosopher's thesis is enjoying a surprising ____
‘Though’ indicates the need for opposites in the two halves of the sentence. Also, ‘life-like’ indicates realistic is the word needed.
The sentence means that, though there are no life-like meanderings, the work is presented as realistic fiction. [Note that to get the meaning out of the sentence it sometimes helps to turn the parts around.]
Difficult Sentence Completion Question - 14
Today Wegener's theory is ____ ; however, he died an outsider treated with ____ by the scientific establishment.
‘however’ indicates a contradictory statement, and therefore we need opposite ideas in the two halves of the sentence.
So, Wegener’s theory is unchallenged(everyone accepts it); however he was treated with disdain (contempt).
Also the word ‘outsider’ in the sentence indicates that the second blank will have to be a negative word.
(approbation = approval; reverence = respect)
Difficult Sentence Completion Question - 15
The model paraded in front of the celebrities with ____ ; it was impossible to tell that this was her first assignment.
The second part of the sentence tells us that it was her first assignment, but that it was impossible to tell that. Hence, since she was not behaving as a novice might, she must be behaving with panache (in a confident and stylish manner).