SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 181: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 181

9. Victor gained a reputation for being a ------- because he constantly bullied other children.

A. bungler
B. ruffian
C. stickler
D. daredevil
E. naysayer

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Ruffian" describes a person who is a hoodlum or bully. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Victor gained a reputation for being a ruffian because he constantly bullied other children." Bullying other children is precisely the behavior that would give Victor a reputation as a ruffian.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Bungler" describes a person who is clumsy or inept in behavior. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Victor gained a reputation for being a bungler because he constantly bullied other children." The claim that Victor had a reputation for being a "bungler" does not fit with the claim that "he bullied other children," as a bully is not necessarily clumsy.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Stickler" describes a person who insists on something unyieldingly. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Victor gained a reputation for being a stickler because he constantly bullied other children." Although Victor may be a "stickler," or perfectionist, his reputation is based on his tendency to bully other children.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Daredevil" describes a person who is recklessly bold. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Victor gained a reputation for being a daredevil because he constantly bullied other children." While Victor may be a "daredevil," or risktaker, the sentence offers no evidence of this.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Naysayer" describes a person who opposes in order to take a pessimistic view. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Victor gained a reputation for being a naysayer because he constantly bullied other children." The sentence offers no evidence that Victor is a "naysayer," or contrarian.

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