SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 271: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 271

7. The depiction of the ------- wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are ------- creatures that prefer to run in packs.

A. Howling…noisy
B. Maternal… shy
C. Lone… social
D. Vicious… dangerous
E. Hungry… famished

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Lone" in this context means living without companions, and "social" means living with others. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The depiction of the lone wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are social creatures that prefer to run in packs." The term "misconception" followed by a semicolon indicates that the two missing terms will have opposite meanings. The fact that wolves typically live in groups contradicts the idea that the animals prefer to live alone.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Howling" means producing a long, wailing cry, and "noisy" means making loud sounds. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The depiction of the howling wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are noisy creatures that prefer to run in packs." The two missing terms should contradict each other, but a howling wolf is noisy.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Maternal" means like a mother, and "shy" means avoiding contact with others. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The depiction of the maternal wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are shy creatures that prefer to run in packs." The second clause of the sentence says nothing about the wolf's "maternal" nature, and it is illogical to claim that a "shy" creature prefers to be in a group.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Vicious" in this context means likely to attack, and "dangerous" means unsafe. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The depiction of the vicious wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are dangerous creatures that prefer to run in packs." The two missing terms should have opposite meanings, but a "vicious" wolf is certainly "dangerous."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Hungry" means wanting food, and "famished" means very hungry. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The depiction of the hungry wolf is largely a misconception; wolves are famished creatures that prefer to run in packs." The claim that these animals are "famished" reinforces the depiction of the "hungry wolf" instead of countering it.

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