SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 242: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 242

8. Anne mentioned John's habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his ------- ways.

A. erratic
B. egotistical
C. flexible
D. tactful
E. inconspicuous

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Egotistical" means selfish or boastful. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anne mentioned John’s habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his egotistical ways." "Habitual boasting," or continuously bragging about oneself, is a perfect example of "egotistical ways."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Erratic" means inconsistent. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anne mentioned John’s habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his erratic ways." Boasting about clothing is not an example of inconsistency, especially since John's boasting is habitual.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Flexible" in this context means willing to consider other points of view or ways of doing something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anne mentioned John’s habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his flexible ways." Boasting is not a good example of a willingness to see things from other people's point of view.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Tactful" means doing the most fitting thing for the situation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anne mentioned John’s habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his tactful ways." Boastful behavior is not an example of tact: a tactful person tends to consider other people's feelings, but a boastful person usually does not.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Inconspicuous" means not readily noticeable. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anne mentioned John’s habitual boasting about his wardrobe as an example of his inconspicuous ways." One usually boasts in order to draw attention to oneself, not to make oneself less noticeable.

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