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I came across the following two-blank text-completion question:

British modernists used the literary tropes of fragmentation and failure to explore the impending ① ______ of British colonialism; illustrating the imminent ② _______ of the empire through their literature.

The options for ① are:

  • avarice
  • castigation
  • dissolution

The options for blank ② are:

  • sunset
  • rise
  • wealth

Can anyone explain me the above sentence in simple English?

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    Welcome to EL&U, Mohammed. What was the context of the question? Was it part of an English Language course, an art or literature course, a history course or something else? If you aren't either an English language native speaker or someone who has studied English as a second language to quite a high level I would expect you struggle to understand it, in fact I would expect quite a high percentage of native speakers to struggle. Without an understanding of British history and an appreciation of the timeline of the Modern movement in the arts I would struggle myself. – BoldBen Jan 14 at 16:14
  • This question is taken from a GRE prep. book. I have to select 1 answer for each blank. – Mohammad Nazmul Hossain Jan 14 at 16:54
  • I'm not familiar with the term GRE. Is it a university level qualification? – BoldBen Jan 15 at 0:24
  • @BoldBen Apparently GRE refers to “Graduate Record Examinations”, a standardized set of exams for US admission testing. – Orbital Aussie Jan 15 at 2:12
  • @OrbitalAussie Are all the questions as obscure and d**n silly as this one? If they are I'm surprised there are any students in US universities at all! – BoldBen Jan 15 at 17:07

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