SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 222: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 222

3. Though Luis eagerly sought her -----, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice.

A. secretiveness
B. cooperation
C. understanding
D. counsel
E. concord

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Counsel" means advice. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though Luis eagerly sought her counsel, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice." The word "that" in the second clause indicates that the woman's "counsel" is the same advice that Luis chose not to follow.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Secretiveness" in this context means confidentiality. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though Luis eagerly sought her secretiveness, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice." It is possible that Luis approached someone for advice in confidence, but "secretiveness" is not synonymous with "advice" and therefore does not agree with the structure of this sentence.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Cooperation" means the act of working together toward a common purpose. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though Luis eagerly sought her cooperation, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice." Although it is common for someone to solicit "cooperation," this term does not have the same meaning as "advice."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Understanding" in this context means sympathy or good sense. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though Luis eagerly sought her understanding, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice." This term does not logically complete the sentence because "understanding" does not mean the same thing as "advice."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Concord" means agreement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Though Luis eagerly sought her concord, he subsequently chose not to heed that advice." It is plausible that Luis would seek someone's agreement, but "concord" would not be later referred to in the sentence as "that advice."

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