SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 203: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 203

14. A swindler's ------- is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler's traps.

A. peer
B. ally
C. prey
D. nemesis
E. superior

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Prey" means victim. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "A swindler’s prey is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler’s traps." A "swindler" is a con man or crook. People who are cheated by a swindler are victims.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Peer" means equal. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "A swindler’s peer is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler’s traps." A "swindler" is a con man or crook, and someone who is a swindler's equal would be another swindler. Such a person would not be described as gullible.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Ally" means a person who joins with another for a common purpose. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "A swindler’s ally is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler’s traps." A "swindler" is a con man or crook, and a swindler's "ally" would be one of the swindler's partners. Such a person would understand how the swindler tricks people and would thus be unlikely to be caught in the swindler's traps.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Nemesis" means successful rival. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "A swindler’s nemesis is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler’s traps." A "swindler" is a con man or crook, and the successful rival of a swindler would not be described as "usually a gullible person."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Superior" means a person in a higher position. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "A swindler’s superior is usually a gullible person who is unable to resist the swindler’s traps." A "swindler" is a con man or crook. A swindler's "superior" would be someone with an advantage in power or intelligence over the swindler, and such a person would be unlikely to become a victim of the swindler.

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