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Critical Reading: 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. 

Always cover the answer choices before you read the sentence.  Read the sentence carefully, and use the clues in the sentence to predict a word to fill the blank.  Match your prediction to the correct answer choice, eliminating any answers that do not match.  Be sure to look at every choice before you select an answer.

The language of Anne Spencer’s poetry conveys an impression of ------- that can be misleading: just when a poem seems to be echoing routine feelings, the diction suddenly sharpens to embody fresh and unexpected ideas.

What is the first impression given about the poem after the colon?  The poem “seems to be echoing routine feelings.”  This is the misleading first impression that is followed by new ideas.  You need a word that means “echoing routine feelings.”  Use the word “unoriginal” as your prediction, and look down at your answer choices.

(A)   frivolity
(B)   triteness
(C)   diversity
(D)   lyricism
(E)    precision

Ask yourself whether each answer choice means “unoriginal.”  If it does not, eliminate it.  When you are unsure about the meaning of the word, think about whether it is positive or negative.  “Unoriginal” is a negative word.  There is only one answer choice that matches your prediction.

The correct answer is (B).

Words used in this SC:
Frivolity: silliness
Triteness: characterized as unoriginal, cliché, routine
Diversity: variety
Lyricism: musical qualities
Precision: exactness

On sat.collegeboard.org, 44% of the responses were correct.

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