SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 154: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 154

15. ------- as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it.

A. Accidental
B. Apt
C. Random
D. Flagrant
E. Covert

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Flagrant" means conspicuously or obviously offensive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Flagrant as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it." The structure of the sentence indicates that Mario's grandmother was certainly aware of Mario's misdeed, even though she pretended to be unaware. The missing term should describe a misdeed that is very obvious. The term "flagrant" accurately describes an action that is obviously offensive.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Accidental" means occurring unexpectedly or by chance. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Accidental as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it." The structure of the sentence indicates that Mario's grandmother was certainly aware of Mario's misdeed, even though she pretended to be unaware. The missing term should describe a misdeed that is very obvious. An action that is "accidental" would not necessarily be obvious.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Apt" means appropriate or suitable. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Apt as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it." A "misdeed" is inappropriate behavior and would not likely be described as "apt."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Random" means lacking a definite pattern or plan. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Random as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it." The structure of the sentence indicates that Mario's grandmother was certainly aware of Mario's misdeed, even though she pretended to be unaware. The missing term should describe a misdeed that is very obvious. An action that is "random," or does not follow a pattern or plan, would not necessarily be obvious.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Covert" means secret or not openly shown. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Covert as Mario's misdeed was, his grandmother, always blind to his faults, pretended to be unaware of it." The structure of the sentence indicates that Mario's grandmother was certainly aware of Mario's misdeed, even though she pretended to be unaware. The missing term should describe a misdeed that is very obvious. A "covert," or secret, action is the opposite of an obvious action. Mario's grandmother would most likely not be aware of a "covert" misdeed.

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