SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 118: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 118

11. Ellen Ochoa's ------- with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm.

A. compromise
B. humility
C. machinations
D. synergy
E. deftness

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Deftness" means skill or dexterity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ellen Ochoa's deftness with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm." The missing term must have a meaning close to that of "adroit," which means skillful or dexterous. Deft and adroit are synonymous.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Compromise" is a settlement of mutual concessions. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ellen Ochoa's compromise with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm." The missing term must have a meaning close to that of "adroit," which means skillful or dexterous. A compromise in this context has nothing to do with an adroit action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Humility" is a modest attitude. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ellen Ochoa's humility with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm." The missing term must have a meaning close to that of "adroit," which means skillful or dexterous. Humility has nothing to do with performing an adroit action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Machinations" are crafty schemes. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ellen Ochoa's machinations with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm." The missing term must have a meaning close to that of "adroit," which means skillful or dexterous. Machinations have nothing to do with an adroit action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Synergy" describes an action or operation that is greater than the sum of its parts. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ellen Ochoa's synergy with the apparatus in the space shuttle Discovery was apparent when she adroitly manipulated the shuttle's robot arm." The missing term must have a meaning close to that of "adroit," which means skillful or dexterous. Synergy has nothing to do with an adroit action.

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