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Re: Finally, after refusing for a decade, the family patriarch, [#permalink]
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Finally, after refusing for a decade, the family patriarch, weakened by age and infirmity, surrendered to the impassioned pleas of his avaricious nieces, and gave his ________ to the risky investment stratagem.


The patriarch "refused" for a decade, and he finally surrendered to nieces wishes to most likely "approve" the investment strategem.

The only two possible choices: A and E. Assent means approval while asseveration means assertion. Assent is opposite to "refusal" so this is a better answer.
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It's definitely assent because from the first part of the sentence it's clear that patriarch family refused to do something, but in the end they succumb to their nieces assertion.
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Probably the easiest question !
Assent is an agreement , an approval. Since the man is told to be a conservative , cynic , pessimist kind of person , he gave his assent after an assisuous effort by nieces
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