SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 254: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 254

5. Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's ------.

A. presumption
B. gaiety
C. conspicuousness
D. unexpectedness
E. brevity

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Gaiety" means festive activity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's gaiety." If the guests found the party to have a general merriment, they would also likely be affected by its gaiety or festiveness.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Presumption" means an arrogant audacity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's presumption." An arrogant spirit would not be found in a party that possessed a general merriment nor would it win over the guests.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C ) is incorrect. "Conspicuousness" refers to the state of being obvious or visible. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's conspicuousness." A party with a general merriment would not necessarily be highly visible.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Unexpectedness" means the quality of being unforeseen. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's unexpectedness." Nothing in this sentence suggests that the party was unexpected.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Brevity" means shortness of length. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Guests at the party found the general merriment infectious and were won over by the party's brevity." Nothing in this sentence suggests that the party was short. And if the guests found the party merry, they would probably not be pleased if it was brief.

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