SAT Critical Reading: Sentence Completion Quiz III

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SAT Critical Reading: Sentence Completion Quiz III - Quiz

This is a short quiz modeled after the SAT Critical Reading Sentence Completion section. It has 25 questions and some explanation of the answers.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The commander told the troops to prepare for the ______________ landing on the beach.

    • A.

      Amphibious

    • B.

      Concord

    • C.

      Prudent

    • D.

      Desultory

    • E.

      Approachable

    Correct Answer
    A. Amphibious
    Explanation
    "Amphibious" means like an amphibian, or being able to operate in both water and on land.

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  • 2. 

    I told him that his comments were totally ____________ and out of line.

    • A.

      Sensitive

    • B.

      Periodic

    • C.

      Morose

    • D.

      Inappropriate

    • E.

      Convent

    Correct Answer
    D. Inappropriate
    Explanation
    Since the comments were out of line, they were inappropriate.

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  • 3. 

    Ronald Reagan was famous for his powerful, moving _________________ against the Soviet Union.

    • A.

      Atrocities

    • B.

      Provokations

    • C.

      Declamations

    • D.

      Guises

    • E.

      Granules

    Correct Answer
    C. Declamations
    Explanation
    A declamation is a kind of speech typically recited to an audience.

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  • 4. 

    Either you _______________ your behavior or I will be forced to _______________ you.

    • A.

      Condemn ... authorize

    • B.

      Corrupt ... salute

    • C.

      Improve ... reprimand

    • D.

      Descend ... serene

    • E.

      Negligent ... promote

    Correct Answer
    C. Improve ... reprimand
    Explanation
    The first word must be positively-charged and the other negatively-charged. Only C matches this.

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  • 5. 

    Some people are genetically ________________ to heart attacks, kidney failures, and strokes, and therefore should seek a doctor's attention on these issues.

    • A.

      Immune

    • B.

      Surrogate

    • C.

      Prone

    • D.

      Tense

    • E.

      Profligate

    Correct Answer
    C. Prone
    Explanation
    To be prone to is to be predisposed to

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  • 6. 

    The _______________ man refused to tip the waitress even a dime.

    • A.

      Offensive

    • B.

      Penurious

    • C.

      Excessive

    • D.

      Sequacious

    • E.

      Ambivalent

    Correct Answer
    B. Penurious
    Explanation
    Only a penurious (cheap or thrifty) person would not tip somebody, but you could have also figured this out by eliminating the incorrect answer choices as A, C, D, and E were clearly incorrect.

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  • 7. 

    Many fitness experts warn that it is unhealthy to live a _______________ lifestyle.

    • A.

      Vivacious

    • B.

      Sedentary

    • C.

      Replete

    • D.

      Repugnant

    • E.

      Pertinacious

    Correct Answer
    B. Sedentary
    Explanation
    The word you are looking for will have to work with "unhealthy," which is exactly what a sedentary lifestyle will lead to.

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  • 8. 

    Many modern artists were so ________________ during their lifetimes that they became marginalized; it was only later that their work was appreciated.

    • A.

      Permeated

    • B.

      Irascible

    • C.

      Gyrated

    • D.

      Frugal

    • E.

      Dismissed

    Correct Answer
    E. Dismissed
    Explanation
    You are looking for a cause-effect relationship between the word and "marginalized." The answer is dismissed, or put-down

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  • 9. 

    The schoolmaster proclaimed that the students suffered from a ______________ of common sense.

    • A.

      Dearth

    • B.

      Brine

    • C.

      Litigant

    • D.

      Stint

    • E.

      Tare

    Correct Answer
    A. Dearth
    Explanation
    A dearth is a lack of common sense.

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  • 10. 

    Even though he was supposed to be __________________, Maria did not see him fit for duty.

    • A.

      Rehabilitated

    • B.

      Reproached

    • C.

      Intrepid

    • D.

      Sequential

    • E.

      Magnanimous

    Correct Answer
    A. Rehabilitated
    Explanation
    To rehabilitate is to re- (repeat) hab- (allow for occupancy of) -ilitated (able to be). So, he was supposed to be able to be reinstated but was not fit for duty.

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  • 11. 

    All formal complaints or _________________ should be redirected to the proper __________________.

    • A.

      Suggestions ... edifices

    • B.

      Grievances ... authorities

    • C.

      Condemnations ... contemporaries

    • D.

      Visitors ... offices

    • E.

      Advances ... principals

    Correct Answer
    B. Grievances ... authorities
    Explanation
    You must register a complaint (a grievance) with the proper authorities.

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  • 12. 

    Nobody would deny that Grant was _________________ as a general; yet, he was a wholly _______________ and lackluster president.

    • A.

      Confident ... powerful

    • B.

      Lacking ... brilliant

    • C.

      Terrifying ... formidable

    • D.

      Deceitful ... honest

    • E.

      Adept ... incompetent

    Correct Answer
    E. Adept ... incompetent
    Explanation
    You are looking for an opposite relationship in which the second word is negative - only E fits this description.

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  • 13. 

    Even though the defendant was guilty of murder, the judge spared him from ________________ punishment and instead sentenced him to life in prison.

    • A.

      Mundane

    • B.

      Predictable

    • C.

      Capital

    • D.

      Pontificate

    • E.

      Formulary

    Correct Answer
    C. Capital
    Explanation
    The judge spared the defendant from capital punishment, which refers to the death penalty. Instead, the judge sentenced him to life in prison.

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  • 14. 

    You can't ______________ that the New York Yankees are _____________ contenders; if you have any doubts, look at their 26 championship titles.

    • A.

      Accept ... lukewarm

    • B.

      Protrude ... sagacious

    • C.

      Deny ... perennial

    • D.

      Doubt ... occasional

    • E.

      Admit ... meritless

    Correct Answer
    C. Deny ... perennial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "deny ... perennial". This means that you cannot deny or argue against the fact that the New York Yankees are perennial contenders. The statement suggests that their 26 championship titles serve as evidence of their consistent and long-lasting competitiveness in the sport.

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  • 15. 

    I told him that I would not stand for any more of his ______________ and that he would have to control himself.

    • A.

      Outbursts

    • B.

      Calculations

    • C.

      Indulgences

    • D.

      Illusions

    • E.

      Designs

    Correct Answer
    A. Outbursts
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "outbursts". In this sentence, the speaker is expressing their dissatisfaction with the person's behavior and warns them to control themselves. The word "outbursts" implies that the person has been exhibiting sudden and intense expressions of anger or emotion, which the speaker is no longer willing to tolerate.

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  • 16. 

    We doubted the _________________ of the used car salesman's promises.

    • A.

      Get A better deal

    • B.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. None
    Explanation
    The word "None" is the correct answer because it fits grammatically and logically in the sentence. The sentence is expressing doubt about something, and "None" implies that there is no credibility or trustworthiness in the used car salesman's promises.

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  • 17. 

    The offer promised a ________________ way to quickly earn some extra money.

    • A.

      Hale

    • B.

      Federate

    • C.

      Corporal

    • D.

      Lucrative

    • E.

      Rapt

    Correct Answer
    D. Lucrative
    Explanation
    The word "lucrative" means profitable or financially rewarding. In the given sentence, the offer is described as a way to quickly earn some extra money. Therefore, the word "lucrative" fits perfectly as it implies that the offer is a potentially profitable opportunity to make additional income.

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  • 18. 

    His appetite was virtually __________________ as he continued to chow down food at the buffet.

    • A.

      Buffet

    • B.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. None
    Explanation
    The word "virtually" suggests that the person's appetite was almost non-existent or extremely small. However, the phrase "continued to chow down food at the buffet" contradicts this, indicating that the person actually had a large or normal appetite. Therefore, the correct answer is "None" because the person's appetite was not affected or diminished.

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  • 19. 

    There was simply no excuse for his __________________ and tasteless remarks.

    • A.

      Thoughtful

    • B.

      Witty

    • C.

      Crude

    • D.

      Vernal

    • E.

      Sprightly

    Correct Answer
    C. Crude
    Explanation
    The word "crude" means lacking tact or sensitivity, and often refers to remarks or behavior that is offensive or vulgar. In the given sentence, the person's remarks are described as "crude" and "tasteless," indicating that they were inappropriate and offensive. This suggests that the person made offensive or vulgar comments without any valid justification or excuse. Therefore, "crude" is the correct answer.

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  • 20. 

    The president ______________ his membership to the club after we found out that he had _______________ us on parts of his application.

    • A.

      USA

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. None
    Explanation
    The word "None" is the correct answer because it fits the sentence grammatically and logically. The sentence suggests that the president had lied on parts of his application to the club, and as a result, his membership was revoked. Therefore, the president did not have any membership to the club after the discovery of his lies.

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  • 21. 

    The young _______________ had mastered the piano by the age of four.

    • A.

      Protege

    • B.

      Miscreant

    • C.

      Opulent

    • D.

      Lough

    • E.

      Delinquent

    Correct Answer
    A. Protege
    Explanation
    The word "protege" refers to a person who is guided and supported by someone more experienced or influential. In this context, the sentence suggests that the young person mentioned in the sentence has become highly skilled in playing the piano at a very young age, indicating that they have been mentored and supported by someone knowledgeable in music.

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  • 22. 

    We do not ________________ personal checks at this store, so please pay with a charge card or with cash.

    • A.

      Detect

    • B.

      Validate

    • C.

      Honor

    • D.

      Perceive

    • E.

      Return

    Correct Answer
    C. Honor
    Explanation
    The word "honor" means to accept or acknowledge something as valid or legitimate. In the context of the sentence, it suggests that the store does not accept or acknowledge personal checks as a form of payment. Instead, they require customers to pay with a charge card or cash.

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  • 23. 

    Even though Newton was a great logician, he was still quite ________________ and practiced alchemy.

    • A.

      Superstitious

    • B.

      Disbelieving

    • C.

      Reasonable

    • D.

      Logical

    • E.

      Seeming

    Correct Answer
    A. Superstitious
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "superstitious". This is because the sentence states that even though Newton was a great logician, he still practiced alchemy, which is considered a superstitious belief. This suggests that Newton had some beliefs or practices that were not based on reason or logic, but rather on superstition.

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  • 24. 

    I hope that I have positively contributed to the __________________ of his moral fiber.

    • A.

      Corrugation

    • B.

      Vulnerability

    • C.

      Indolence

    • D.

      Edification

    • E.

      Mining

    Correct Answer
    D. Edification
    Explanation
    The word "edification" means the improvement or enlightenment of someone's character or moral fiber. In this context, the speaker believes that they have positively influenced the person's moral fiber, suggesting that their actions or words have helped to improve or enlighten the person's character. The other options, such as "corrugation," "vulnerability," "indolence," and "mining," do not fit the context of improving someone's moral fiber and are therefore incorrect.

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  • 25. 

    You cannot get by with your ________________ alone; you need to work hard to succeed.

    • A.

      Pride

    • B.

      Ability

    • C.

      Seriousness

    • D.

      Courage

    • E.

      Penalizing

    Correct Answer
    B. Ability
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ability". This is because having ability alone is not enough to succeed; one also needs to work hard. Ability refers to the skills, talents, or capabilities that a person possesses. However, simply having these abilities is not sufficient if one does not put in the effort and dedication required to achieve success.

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