SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 132: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 132

9. Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be ------- for his life's achievements.

A. mollified
B. lionized
C. accosted
D. galvanized
E. vilified

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Lionized" means celebrated. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be lionized for his life's achievements." This sentence makes sense because it states that Drew deserves to be celebrated for his many achievements.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Mollified" means soothed. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be mollified for his life's achievements." There is no indication in this sentence that Drew is angry or upset, thus it is unlikely that he would deserve or need to be soothed.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Accosted" means approached aggressively. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be accosted for his life's achievements." This sentence is illogical because it does not explain why Drew, a man of many accomplishments, would deserve to be approached aggressively.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Galvanized" means spurred into action. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be galvanized for his life's achievements." It is unclear why a man of many achievements would deserve or need to be spurred into action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Vilified" means to be criticized harshly. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though surgeon and researcher Charles Drew never enjoyed celebrity, he truly deserves to be vilifed for his life's achievements." If Drew did anything to deserve harsh criticism, this sentence does not mention it.

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