SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 75: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 75

15. The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with -------, expecting that ------- was unlikely in the near future.

A. enthusiasm . . mediation
B. cynicism . . conflict
C. trepidation . . reconciliation
D. satisfaction . . security
E. elation . . compromise

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

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

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Trepidation" is a state of fear or dread. "Reconciliation" means a settlement of differences. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with trepidation, expecting that reconciliation was unlikely in the near future." The two missing terms in this sentence describe how the ambassador feels about his mission to the warring countries and what he expects is unlikely to happen between them in the future. The ambassador might indeed have viewed his mission with "trepidation," or fear, if he expected that a "reconciliation" was unlikely.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Enthusiasm" is strong excitement. "Mediation" means intervention to promote reconciliation or settlement. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with enthusiasm, expecting that mediation was unlikely in the near future." The two missing terms in this sentence describe how the ambassador feels about his mission to the warring countries and what he expects is unlikely to happen between them in the future. The ambassador would not have viewed his mission with "enthusiasm" if he thought that "mediation" was unlikely.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Cynicism" means contemptuous distrust of human nature. "Conflict" refers to opposition or struggle. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with cynicism, expecting that conflict was unlikely in the near future." The two missing terms in this sentence describe how the ambassador feels about his mission to the warring countries and what he expects is unlikely to happen between them in the future. If the ambassador viewed his mission with "cynicism," he would probably have seen "conflict" as likely rather than unlikely in the near future.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Satisfaction" means contentment or enjoyment. "Security" means freedom from danger or fear. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with satisfaction, expecting that security was unlikely in the near future." The two missing terms in this sentence describe how the ambassador feels about his mission to the warring countries and what he expects is unlikely to happen between them in the future. The ambassador would probably not have viewed his mission with "satisfaction" if he thought that "security" was unlikely.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Elation" means joy. "Compromise" means a settlement of differences through mutual concessions. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The ambassador viewed his peacemaking mission to the warring border countries with elation, expecting that compromise was unlikely in the near future." The two missing terms in this sentence describe how the ambassador feels about his mission to the warring countries and what he expects is unlikely to happen between them in the future. The ambassador would not have viewed his mission with "elation" if he thought a "compromise" was unlikely.

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