SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 63: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 63

3. In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was ------- affair.

A. a fervent
B. a dignified
C. a chaotic
D. an ingenious
E. a jubilant

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

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

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Dignified" means honored or proper. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was a dignified affair." The phrase "in sharp contrast" indicates that the missing term will be the opposite of "revelry," or noisy partying. A dignified wedding would indeed be a contrast to a night of revelry.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Fervent" means marked by great intensity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was a fervent affair." An intense wedding would not be a direct contrast to "the previous night's revelry."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Chaotic" means confused or disorganized. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was a chaotic affair." A disorganized wedding would not necessarily be a contrast to the wild party that took place the night before.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Ingenious" means clever. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was an ingenious affair." The term "ingenious" does not provide a contrast to the term "revelry."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Jubilant" means exultant or joyful. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "In sharp contrast to the previous night's revelry, the wedding was a jubilant affair." The missing term should provide a contrast to the term "revelry," but the night of wild partying was likely "jubilant" as well.

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