Try this GRE question that hinges on hodgepodge:

While the author’s first collection of short stories presented a ________ hodgepodge of voices, the second collection presents a remarkably _________ set of tales presented by a ________ narrator.

motley insightful lonely
variegated even disingenuous
homogeneous facetious sole

This question is an excellent lesson in the principle, “Don’t add anything to your reading of the sentence that wasn’t there already.” What were we told? Just that the first short story collection had many diverse voices, and the second collection has “a ________ narrator” — in other words, just one speaker.

Therefore, we DON’T know that the stories or narrator are insightful, facetious, lonely, or disingenuous.

The answers are: motley, even, sole.

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