SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 296: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 296

2. Laila performed her tasks at the office with -------, completing all her projects in record time.

A. alacrity
B. conformity
C. deliberation
D. recrimination
E. exasperation

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Alacrity" means promptness in response. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Laila performed her tasks at the office with alacrity, completing all her projects in record time." The comma in the sentence introduces an explanation of the missing term. Someone who quickly finishes projects does indeed demonstrate "alacrity."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Conformity" means accordance to some specific standard or authority. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Laila performed her tasks at the office with conformity, completing all her projects in record time." To act "with conformity" is to act as everyone else does, but the phrase "record time" implies that Laila worked faster than her colleagues.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Deliberation" means consideration and attention. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Laila performed her tasks at the office with deliberation, completing all her projects in record time." The second half of the sentence only suggests that Laila works quickly. There is no indication that her actions are also "deliberate," or carefully thought out.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Recrimination" means accusation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Laila performed her tasks at the office with recrimination, completing all her projects in record time." The claim that Laila has an accusatory manner at work is completely unrelated to the notion that she completes her tasks quickly.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Exasperation" means frustrated annoyance. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Laila performed her tasks at the office with exasperation, completing all her projects in record time." There is no logical link between Laila's possible annoyance at work and her speed in completing tasks.

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