SAT Critical Reading : Verbs in One-Blank Sentences

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Pick the best word to complete the sentence.

"Listen to your heart," the lyrics __________, but Sasha hardly heard over the sound of the thunderous applause behind her.

Possible Answers:

are playing

blared 

screech

squeal

intone

Correct answer:

blared 

Explanation:

The sentence is written in the past tense, so in order for the verb to fit into the existing context, it needs to be past, as well as imply a degree of loud volume; therefore, blared is the best answer.

Example Question #68 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

The righteous king __________ all forms of injustice.

Possible Answers:

acquiesced

abhorred

absolved

acclaimed

abjured

Correct answer:

abhorred

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "abhorred," to detest or hate.

Example Question #52 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

It is illegal to __________ foods without informing the consumers of what has been added.

Possible Answers:

aggregate

adulterate

adapt

aggrandize

allocate

Correct answer:

adulterate

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "adulterate," to make impure by adding inferior substances.

Example Question #53 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

Jim was called upon to __________ the dispute between his coworkers.

Possible Answers:

append

appease

appall

arbitrate

appraise

Correct answer:

arbitrate

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "arbitrate," to act as a judge.

Example Question #54 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

He brought in an expert in order to __________ the diamond he found.

Possible Answers:

atone

ascribe

assay

ascertain

array

Correct answer:

assay

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "assay," to analyze or evaluate.

Example Question #54 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

He __________ his success in physics to the encouragement he received from his parents and teachers.

Possible Answers:

attributes

avows

augments

avers

authenticates

Correct answer:

attributes

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "attributes," to ascribe or explain.

Example Question #55 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

If a few of the minor political parties __________, the result may be a formidable opponent.

Possible Answers:

chortle

circumscribe

coalesce

coagulate

cleave

Correct answer:

coalesce

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "coalesce," to combine or fuse.

Example Question #56 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

Despite all the evidence against him, Mark refused to __________ that he was wrong.

Possible Answers:

confound

conjure

comport

condole

concede

Correct answer:

concede

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "concede," to admit or yield.

Example Question #57 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

He was beaten so badly that he knew there was no way he could __________ the result of the race.

Possible Answers:

convene

contest

consort

convoke

controvert

Correct answer:

contest

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "contest," to dispute.

Example Question #58 : Verbs In One Blank Sentences

Select the answer choice that best completes the blank.

Bob's mother furiously __________ him when she saw that he already torn holes in his new jeans.

Possible Answers:

exonerated

exhorted

expatiated

excoriated

expedited

Correct answer:

excoriated

Explanation:

The answer that makes the most sense is "excoriate," to scold with biting harshness.

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