SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 130: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 130

7. Luisa worked with extreme precision, ------- that served her well in her law career.

A. a meticulousness
B. an effrontery
C. an inhibition
D. a litigiousness
E. an impetuousness

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Meticulousness" means excessive care or attention to detail. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Luisa worked with extreme precision, a meticulousness that served her well in her law career." A person who works with extreme precision would be properly described as demonstrating "meticulousness."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Effrontery" means offensive boldness. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Luisa worked with extreme precision, an effrontery that served her well in her law career." Working with precision is very different from the type of shameless or offensive behavior that is termed "effrontery."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C : Choice (C ) is incorrect. "Inhibition" means something that holds a person back. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Luisa worked with extreme precision, an inhibition that served her well in her law career." As the sentence makes clear, working precisely allowed Luisa to succeed; it did not hold her back.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Litigiousness" means a tendency to engage in lawsuits. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Luisa worked with extreme precision, a litigiousness that served her well in her law career." Although "litigious" is a word that would describe a lawyer, it does not mean extreme precision.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Impetuousness" means impulsiveness. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Luisa worked with extreme precision, an impetuousness that served her well in her law career." Work that is done on impulse is probably not performed with extreme precision.

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