SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 289: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 289

10. Galloping technological progress has made consumers -------: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum.

A. flabbergasted
B. miffed
C. jaded
D. wary
E. embittered

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C ) is correct. "Jaded" in this context means dulled through repetition. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Galloping technological progress has made consumers jaded: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum." The colon sets up an explanation of the missing term. People who are no longer impressed with technological advances that would have astonished the last generation of consumers can accurately be described as "jaded," or dulled by overabundance.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Flabbergasted" means overwhelmed with shock. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Galloping technological progress has made consumers flabbergasted: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum." Technological advances that are considered "common" would not be a shock to consumers.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Miffed" means offended. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Galloping technological progress has made consumers miffed: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum." It does not make sense to claim that consumers would be offended by something that is "humdrum," or dull.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Wary" means cautious. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Galloping technological progress has made consumers wary: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum." It is unlikely that consumers would still be cautious about technological progress that has become "common."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. Someone who is "embittered" has been made to have intense feelings of animosity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Galloping technological progress has made consumers embittered: advances undreamed of a generation ago are so common that they seem humdrum." Consumers would not necessarily be resentful of familiar technological advances.

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