SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 217: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 217

13. Predictably, the detail-oriented workers are ------- keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation.

A. remiss in
B. adept at
C. humorous about
D. hesitant about
E. contemptuous about

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Adept" means skillful. If one were to insert "adept at" into the text, the sentence would read "Predictably, detail-oriented workers are adept at keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation." The word "predictably" indicates that the sentence will describe behavior that is common among detail-oriented workers. This type of employee is certainly expected to be adept at managing numerous particulars, or details.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Remiss" means careless. If one were to insert "remiss in" into the text, the sentence would read "Predictably, detail-oriented workers are remiss in keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation." By definition, detail-oriented workers do not handle details carelessly.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Humorous" means funny. If one were to insert "humorous about" into the text, the sentence would read "Predictably, detail-oriented workers are humorous about keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation." Although detail-oriented workers may find humor in their tasks, they cannot be expected to do so.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Hesitant" means inclined to act with uncertainty. If one were to insert "hesitant about" into the text, the sentence would read "Predictably, detail-oriented workers are hesitant about keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation." If people are generally detail-oriented by nature, it illogical to assert that they handle details with uncertainty.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Contemptuous" means scornful. If one were to insert "contemptuous of" into the text, the sentence would read "Predictably, detail-oriented workers are contemptuous of keeping track of the myriad particulars of a situation." While certain detail-oriented workers may intensely dislike their job requirements, it is incorrect to claim that they all do.

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