SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 189: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 189

17. His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one ------- following another until the evening ended.

A. query
B. gibe
C. gaffe
D. tryst
E. tribute

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Gaffe" means a blunder. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one gaffe following another until the evening ended." The comma indicates that the missing term is synonymous with blunder. Both "blunder" and "gaffe" can be used to refer to a social error.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. A "query" is a question or inquiry. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one query following another until the evening ended." It is inaccurate to equate a blunder, or mistake, with a query.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Gibe" means a derisive remark. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one gibe following another until the evening ended." The use of gibes at a formal dinner could certainly be considered to be a social faux pas, but a blunder does not always appear in the form of a taunt.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Tryst" typically refers to a romantic meeting. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one tryst following another until the evening ended." The term "tryst" is not a synonym of "blunder."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. A "tribute" is an acknowledgment of gratitude, respect, or admiration. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "His conduct at the state dinner was a cavalcade of blunders, one tribute following another until the evening ended." It's not likely that a tribute at a state dinner would be described as a social error.

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