On standardized tests, the fill-in-the blank questions often make a matter-of-fact statement about any number of things. For example, from The Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE,
Moby Dick, now regarded as a great work of American literature, was virtually ______ when it was first published, and it was not until many years later that Melville's achievements were
a. lampooned . . justified
b. unknown . . relegated
c. hailed . . understood
d. literate . . recorded
e. ignored . . recognized
This creates a problem for easily distracted people like me. Rather than immediately starting to eliminate answers, I sit for a few seconds and think. Really? Moby Dick was virtually ignored?
I'm wondering if I ought to change the "esoterica" tag to "mundane distractions".