SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 226: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 226

7. Madame C. J. Walker introduced her first hair-care product just as demand was reaching its peak; this ------ marketing made her a millionaire.

A. opportune
B. instantaneous
C. intermittent
D. dubious
E. extravagant

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Opportune" means occurring at a fitting or advantageous time. The first part of the sentence describes the timing of Walker's entry into the hair-care market. The semicolon indicates that the missing term will reflect the nature of her timing. If one were to insert "opportune" into the text, the sentence would read "Madame C. J. Walker introduced her first hair-care product just as demand was reaching its peak; this opportune marketing made her a millionaire." Walker took advantage of the high demand for hair-care products, so her timing was indeed opportune.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Instantaneous" means occurring as quickly as possible. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Madame C. J. Walker introduced her first hair-care product just as demand was reaching its peak; this instantaneous marketing made her a millionaire." While "instantaneous"does refer to timing, the sentence says nothing to imply that Walker's marketing was immediate.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Intermittent" means stopping and starting at intervals. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Madame C. J. Walker introduced her first hair-care product just as demand was reaching its peak; this intermittent marketing made her a millionaire." But the sentence does not suggest in any way that the marketing of Walker's first hair-care product was discontinuous or irregular.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Dubious" means arousing doubt. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read: "Madame C. J. Walker introduced her first hair-care product just as demand was reaching its peak; this dubious marketing made her a millionaire." The sentence does not imply that Walker's marketing methods were dubious. On the contrary, it praises Walker for spotting an advantageous business opportunity.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. Marketing a hair-care product when demand reaches its peak is not extravagant, or excessive; it is sensible and opportune.

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