SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the word that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Although his friends tried to dissuade him from his choice, Yusuph was -------.

A.  adroit

B.  resolute

C.  insolent

D.  pliable

E.  disillusioned


Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up your answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully.  This is a logic question, but it hinges on your understanding of the word "dissuade."  Even if you do not know that in Latin "dis" means "against" and "suad" means "urge," you can probably extrapolate that this word is somehow related to the word "persuade."  Then notice your key word "although."  Put the sentence in your own words:  Even though his friends didn't like his choice, Yusuph was (blank).  Predict a word "stubborn," or "sure," or "unchanging."  Then compare your prediction with the answer choices.

A.  Do you speak French?  "Droite" means "right" in French, so in Old French "a droit" meant "according to right."  If someone does something right, then that person must be good at what they do.  The idea of "good" does not match your prediction, and there is no indication whether Yusuph has made the right decision in this sentence.  Eliminate this choice.

B.  Ever make a New Year's resolution?  Even if you don't stick to yours, the point of a resolution is that you are resolved; you make a promise to yourself to do something.  That matches your prediction.  Yusuph is sure that he wants to do something, and he is relying on himself rather than his friends.  Keep this choice and quickly check the other choices. 

C.  The term "insolent" is often applied to a child who is misbehaving.  You don't know if Yusuph is misbehaving, and this does not match your prediction.  Eliminate this choice.

D.  Knowing French would help you a lot for this question!  In French, "plier" means "bend."   Think of play-dough when you hear the word "pliable" because you can bend it into any shape.  Someone who is bendable would be changeable, which is the opposite of your prediction.  Eliminate this choice.

E.  If you know what an illusion is, you can probably see that to be disillusioned is to no longer be under any illusion.  This word often has to do with losing one's idealism, so it is a negative word.  This answer choice is tricky because it might make sense to say that Yusuph is upset that his friends do not agree with him, but remember the word "although"!  This word does not match your prediction and it should be eliminated. 


The correct answer is (B). 

This is a medium level question. 


Words used in this SC:

Adroit: skillful, clever, or resourceful

Resolute: determined and steady

Insolent: boldly rude or disrespectful

Pliable: easily influenced

Disillusioned: disappointed or dissatisfied


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