SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 109: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 109

2. Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so ------- was she about having been selected.

A. ambivalent
B. quizzical
C. euphoric
D. jaded
E. exacting

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Euphoric" means full of joy. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so euphoric was she about having been selected." The missing term describes Myra's mood as evidenced by her actions, which include laughing and hugging her friends. It makes sense to describe Myra's energetic displays of happiness as "euphoric."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Ambivalent" means having contradictory feelings. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so ambivalent was she about having been selected." The missing term describes Myra's mood as evidenced by her actions, which include laughing and hugging her friends. Such actions reflect pure joy, not contradictory feelings.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Quizzical" means disbelieving or questioning. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so quizzical was she about having been selected." Myra's energetic displays of happiness are not a reflection of questioning. Nothing in the sentence indicates that Myra is questioning anything.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Jaded" means worn out or wearied. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so jaded was she about having been selected." Given her energetic display of emotion, it does not make sense to describe Myra as "jaded," or weary.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Exacting" means severely demanding. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Myra laughed exuberantly and embraced her friends repeatedly, so exacting was she about having been selected." The missing term describes Myra's mood as evidenced by her actions, which include laughing "exuberantly," or with high spirits, and hugging her friends. It does not make sense to describe Myra as severely demanding.

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