SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 302: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 302

8. Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as ------- in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays.(bingo+因果关系)

A. unyielding
B. tremulous
C. emphatic
D. lithe
E. fickle

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Lithe" means flexible. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as lithe in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays." The phrase "because of " introduces an explanation or definition of the missing term. Someone who exhibits "flexibility and grace" can indeed be called "lithe."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Unyielding" means stiff or rigid. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as unyielding in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays." The missing term must complement the description of Gonzales, but "unyielding" and "flexible" have opposite meanings.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Tremulous" means trembling. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as tremulous in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays." "Tremulous" does not describe the "flexibility and grace" that Gonzales demonstrates in his "body and mind."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Emphatic" means assertive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as emphatic in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays." Although Gonzales may have been "emphatic," or forceful, such a quality has nothing to do with "flexibility and grace."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Fickle" means inconsistent. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Rodolfo Gonzales was once described as fickle in body and mind because of the flexibility and grace apparent in both his boxing and his writing of poetry and plays." A "fickle" person will not necessarily be flexible or graceful.

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