SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 206: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 206

2. Cito Gaston, one of the least ------ baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs.

A. somber
B. demonstrative
C. insufferable
D. bountiful
E. wistful

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Demonstrative" means showing feelings openly. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Cito Gaston, one of the least demonstrative baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs." This sentence makes sense because a person who is not "demonstrative" would be unlikely to show his feelings. Observers would therefore be surprised to see that person weeping.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Somber" in this context means gloomy and sad. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Cito Gaston, one of the least somber baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs." If Cito Gaston were one of the least gloomy baseball managers, the reporters would not be surprised at all to see him openly expressing his joy at winning.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Insufferable" means intolerable or extremely annoying. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Cito Gaston, one of the least insufferable baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs." It makes no sense to say that Cito Gaston, one of the least annoying baseball managers, surprised reporters by his display of happiness. This implies that the manager's display annoyed the reporters, which is illogical.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Bountiful" means generous. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Cito Gaston, one of the least bountiful baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs." There is no logical connection between thinking of a person as not generous and seeing that person display happiness.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Wistful" means thoughtful and sad. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Cito Gaston, one of the least wistful baseball managers, surprised reporters by weeping openly after his team won the play-offs." A person described as "one of the least wistful baseball managers" would have a reputation for being happy, so a display of happiness upon winning would not surprise anyone.

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