SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 42: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 42

12. The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever ------- her that way before.

A. invoked
B. rebuked
C. galvanized
D. evaded
E. humored

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Skill: Determining the meaning of words

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Rebuked" means sharply criticized. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever rebuked her that way before." The semicolon indicates that the missing term describes the "reprimand," which is a "rebuke," or scolding.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Invoked" means called on or appealed to something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever invoked her that way before." A reprimand is a scolding, not an "invocation," or appeal.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Galvanized" means aroused or shocked into action. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever galvanized her that way before." The child was likely surprised by the reprimand, but not necessarily to the point of being shocked into action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Evaded" means escaped or avoided something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever evaded her that way before." It is illogical to claim that the adult "evaded," or avoided, the child by scolding her.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Humored" means complied with someone's wishes or whims. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The child was stung by the adult's sharp reprimand; no one had ever humored her that way before." The adult did not "humor," or indulge, the child by rebuking her.

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