SAT Critical Reading : Context Clues in One-Blank Sentences

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Example Question #1501 : Sat Critical Reading

The graduate student was given a __________ in order to pay for his living expenses during his years of research.

Possible Answers:

profit

contribution

draft

waiver

stipend

Correct answer:

stipend

Explanation:

In this sentence, it is really a matter of knowing the vocabulary, though you can likely eliminate several options as being a bit too limited. The most tempting wrong answers are both “contribution” and perhaps (if one thinks too much) “waiver.” Strictly speaking, the latter would imply more than what is said in the sentence. Against the option of “contribution,” the word “stipend” is better, as it means “a fixed salary, payment, or allowance.” “Contribution” is more vague than “stipend,” and therefore is less acceptable.

Example Question #28 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In One Blank Sentences

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

Although the story was an enjoyable read on the whole, it was often rather __________ in portraying eighteenth-century characters often with manners more akin to those of the mid-nineteenth century.

Possible Answers:

imprecise

ambiguous

ridiculous

loose

anachronistic

Correct answer:

anachronistic

Explanation:

If something is “anachronistic,” it does not really belong in its given time period. Sometimes, the adjective can merely mean that something is old-fashioned, but it often is used to indicate the situation when someone describes something in one time period according to the customs or historical contingencies of another period. The prefix “ana-” comes from the Greek preposition meaning “backward” (among other things). The familiar “-chronistic” comes from the Greek word for time and has familiar English derivatives (such as “chronological”).

Example Question #29 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In One Blank Sentences

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The __________ was the only person in the group with the knowledge to choose the correct wine to pair with the main course.

Possible Answers:

esoteric

dilettante

armature

glutton

epicure

Correct answer:

epicure

Explanation:

While “dilettante” may be related to the sentence and appear a potential choice, it indicates a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as food, but without any real commitment, only dabbling in it. The sentence indicates that the person in question has a knowledge more extensive than the rest of the group, so “epicure” is the more suitable answer choice.

Example Question #131 : Sentence Completion Questions

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The entire family was awoken by a disruptive __________ resonating from the alleyway outside their home.

Possible Answers:

beep

noise

cacophony

whistle

whisper

Correct answer:

cacophony

Explanation:

A "cacophony" is a clamor or harsh noise, which is implied by "disruptive" and "resonating."

Example Question #31 : Style, Intensity, And Connotation In One Blank Sentences

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The room was a veritable __________; the temperature continued to rise to amounts so deadly that plastic began to melt and every animal would pass out within seconds. 

Possible Answers:

persecution

inferno

punishment

misery

sauna

Correct answer:

inferno

Explanation:

The adjective “veritable” is used to intensify noun that it describes. It could be translated “quite truly.” (It is related to words like “verity”, “veridical”, and “verify.” All of these come from the Latin "verus," meaning true.) Since the room was deadly in its heat, it is best called an "inferno," at least metaphorically speaking. An inferno is generally a large fire. The word is related to the late Latin word for “Hell.” It communicates the idea of great amounts of heat and does so without the “health benefits” that are somewhat connoted by “sauna.”

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