SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 36: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 36

6. During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her ------- public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one.

A. lofty
B. modest
C. gushing
D. amicable
E. precocious

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Skill: Understanding the content, form, and function of sentences

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Lofty" means overly proud or arrogant. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her lofty public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one." The sentence indicates that the dignitary adjusts her demeanor according to her audience. The fact that she is "friendlier" and "less pretentious" with students implies that she is more pretentious, or "lofty" when addressing the public.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Modest" means shy or humble. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her modest public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one." This sentence incorrectly implies that a "modest," or humble, person is unfriendly and pretentious.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. A "gushing" person is excessively affectionate or enthusiastic. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her gushing public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one." It is illogical to claim that someone who "gushes" is unfriendly and pretentious.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Amicable" means friendly and peaceable. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her amicable public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one." Someone who is "amicable" would not need to adopt a "friendlier, less pretentious" manner.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. Someone who is "precocious" has developed or matured earlier than usual. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "During her interview with local students, the dignitary exchanged her precocious public manner for a friendlier, less pretentious one." Someone who is "precocious" is not necessarily pretentious and unfriendly.

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