SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 151: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 151

12. Raul's game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the game ------- his well-known ability to excel under stressful conditions.

A. clarified
B. solidified
C. identified
D. epitomized
E. decried

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "To epitomize" means to be a typical example of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Raul's game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the game epitomized his well-known ability to excel under stressful conditions." The winning goal he made at the end of the game "epitomized," or was a typical example of, Raul's ability to perform under stress.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "To clarify" means to make something understandable or free of confusion. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Raul's game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the game clarified his well-known ability to excel under stressful conditions." Raul's ability to excel under stressful conditions was well-known, so it does not make sense to say that his ability required clarification or was difficult to understand.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "To solidify" means to strengthen or make solid. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Raul's gamewinning goal in the closing minutes of the game solidified his well-known ability to excel under stressful conditions." Although it might make sense to say that Raul' s game-winning goal could solidify, or strengthen, his reputation for excelling under stressful conditions, it is illogical to suggest that the game-winning goal "solidified" Raul's actual ability.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "To identify" means to establish the identity or characteristics of something or someone. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Raul's game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the game identified his well-known ability to excel under stressful conditions." Raul's ability to excel under stressful conditions was already well-known, so it is illogical to suggest that his game-winning goal "identified," or established the characteristics of, his ability.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "To decry" means to express strong disapproval of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Raul's game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the game decried his wellknown ability to excel under stressful conditions." It is illogical to suggest that Raul's game-winning goal could have "decried," or expressed disapproval of, his ability to excel under stressful conditions.

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