SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 47: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 47

2. Ed's ------- was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office.

A. discomposure
B. alacrity
C. impunity
D. equanimity
E. fortitude

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Skill: Determining the meaning of words

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Discomposure" is a state of agitation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ed's discomposure was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office." The phrase "was apparent in" indicates that the missing term must describe a state of mind that would cause Ed to behave in a "fumbling and agitated way." "Discomposure" would certainly produce such behavior.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Alacrity" means cheerful readiness. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ed's alacrity was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office." Cheerful willingness would not cause Ed to be "fumbling and agitated."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Impunity" means exemption from punishment or harm. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ed's impunity was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office." "Impunity" does not describe a state of mind that would result in "fumbling and agitated" behavior

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Equanimity" means composure. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ed's equanimity was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office." On the contrary, Ed's "fumbling" and "agitation" suggest that he lacked "equanimity," or calmness under pressure.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Fortitude" refers to a strength of mind that allows one to endure hardship. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ed's fortitude was apparent in the fumbling and agitated way that he approached his supervisor's office." Ed's "fumbling and agitated" manner does not exemplify "fortitude," or strength of mind.

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