SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 328: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 328

3. The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their ------ made them ------, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation.

A. Aptitude… eccentrics
B. Morality… emancipators
C. Erudition… enigmas
D. Devotion… egotists
E. Altruism… exemplars

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Altruism" is selfless behavior. "Exemplars" are those who are a model for others. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their altruism made them exemplars, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation." The missing terms establish a relationship between the sisters' selfless dedication and the fact that they were worthy of imitation. Lives of altruism would cause the sisters to be considered "exemplars," or models for others to imitate.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Aptitude" is ability or talent. "Eccentrics" are strange people. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their aptitude made them eccentrics, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation." The missing terms establish a relationship between the sisters' selfless dedication and the fact that they were worthy of imitation. An aptitude would not necessarily make the sisters eccentric. Nor would eccentricity necessarily be "worthy of imitation."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Morality" is virtue. "Emancipators" are people who liberate or free others. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their morality made them emancipators, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation." The missing terms establish a relationship between the sisters' selfless dedication and the fact that they were worthy of imitation. Morality alone would not make someone an emancipator. In addition, "ones whose ways are worthy of imitation" is not the definition of an emancipator.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Erudition" is learning. "Enigmas," in this context, are puzzling people. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their erudition made them enigmas, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation." The missing terms establish a relationship between the sisters' selfless dedication and the fact that they were worthy of imitation. "Erudition," or learning, would not necessarily make someone a puzzling person. Furthermore, "ones whose ways are worthy of imitation" is not the definition of enigma.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Devotion" is loyalty. "Egotists" are selfish people. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The two sisters selflessly dedicated their lives to the nursing profession; their devotion made them egotists, ones whose ways are worthy of imitation." Devotion would not make someone an "egotist," or a selfish person. Furthermore, "ones whose ways are worthy of imitation" is not the definition of an egotist, and the sisters would not be considered egotists if they selfessly dedicated their lives to nursing.

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