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Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. 

Cover the answers to sentence completion questions before you read the sentence.  Use the sentence to make a prediction about the word that will fill the blank, then match your prediction to the correct answer choice.  Eliminate any choice that does not match your prediction.  Check all the answers, even if you find one answer that seems right.

The ballet stage is a bright, seemingly weightless world where gravity is continually being------- by the dancers.

This sentence describes the stage as a “weightless world.”  In a weightless world, how would dancers respond to gravity?  They would not need it!   Try using the word “disregarded” or “ignored” as your prediction for the blank.  Then look down at your answer choices.

(A) prolonged
(B) reapportioned
(C) unbalanced
(D) reflected
(E) defied

There is only one answer that matches your prediction.  Ask yourself whether each word means “disregarded,” and eliminate any that do not have that meaning.  If you are not sure about an answer choice, think about what it would mean in context.  (A) means that the dancers would somehow continue the power of gravity, which does not match your prediction.  (B) indicates a change in the gravity, but the gravity is still in charge of this supposedly “weightless world.” (C) creates an odd picture: unbalanced gravity would be strong in some areas and not in others.  Dancers would careen crazily rather than move weightlessly.  (D) seems to increase the power of gravity rather than diminish it. (E) shows that the dancers are achieving weightlessness by ignoring or rejecting gravity.

The correct answer is (E).

Words used in this SC:
Prolonged: caused to continue longer
Reapportioned: to distribute anew
Unbalanced: unstable
Reflected: reproduced or cast back
Defied: resisted, challenged, or rejected


On sat.collegeboard.org, 73% of the responses were correct.

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