SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 94: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 94

3. As the first ------- of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent.

A. salvo
B. encore
C. palliative
D. concession
E. demurral

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. A "salvo" is a forceful assault. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "As the first salvo of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent." It makes sense that the senator would launch a verbal "assault" on her opponent at the opening of a political campaign.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. An "encore" is an additional performance at an audience's request . If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "As the first encore of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent." It does not make sense to say that the senator led off a political campaign with an additional performance.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. A "palliative" is something that soothes. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "As the first palliative of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent." It does not make sense to say that a politician would "attack" her opponent with something meant to soothe.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. A "concession" is something yielded or granted. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "As the first concession of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent." It does not make sense to say that a politician attacked her opponent by yielding or granting something to the opponent.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. A "demurral" is a mild expression of disagreement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "As the first demurral of the political campaign, the senator unleashed a spirited verbal attack on her leading opponent." This sentence makes no sense because a demurral would not be described as a spirited attack.

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