The Thin Blue Line, a documentary by Errol Morris, is one of a very few movies that has had a tangible effect on the real world; the film managed to_________ its subject, who had been on death row for a crime that Morris demonstrated that the man did not commit.
Morris ‘ s film demonstrated that its subject “ did not commit” the crime in question; in other words, the film demonstrated his innocence.
Both “exculpate” and “vindicate” mean to clear someone of blame or suspicion and are a perfect match.
“Incarcerate” is the opposite the sentence suggests, while “inter” means to place in a grave or tomb.
“Excuse” means to lessen the blame or forgive someone for a fault, but not to prove they were not a fault, but not to prove they were not at fault in the first place.
Finally, of the incorrect answer choices, “manumit” is closest in meaning, but is the act of freeing a slave, not a prisoner.
The Trinidadian author, V. S Naipaul, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, but is widely ________ by Caribbean’s for his allegedly negative portrayals and views of the Caribbean and its people.
Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” was purportedly organized to prove that it was possible to discuss politics humorously but civilly, without ______ those on the other side of the fence.
“Malign” means causing or intended to cause harm. “Eulogize” means to formally praise someone especially at the time of funeral. “Vilify” means to say or write harsh or critical things about someone. “Bespeak” means to be the evidence of something. “Lampooning” and “Caricaturing” both means “mocking and ridiculing,” though caricaturing specifically means to do so by making cartoon sketch or by exaggerating particular traits. “Lampooning” and “caricaturing” form a pair. “Maligning” and “Vilifying” also form a pair.
The rally here is described as discussing politics “humorously but civilly, without” doing the thing in the blank. A good fill-in for the blank would be “abusing” or “badmouthing.” It is a political conference, they are discussing serious matter. “mocking” or “ridiculing” would not be good fill-in for the blank. Therefore, “Maligning” and “Vilifying” form a correct pair.
Despite the blandishments of the real estate con artist, the intended mark remained _______ about the value of the plot for sale, as, on the map, it seemed to border a swamp.