SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The young prince was known far and wide for his -------, the stubbornness and unyielding persistence that made him both a difficult student and an excellent warrior.  

A. presumptiveness
B. valor
C. impetuosity
D. hubris
E. obstinacy

Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up the answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully, then predict what you think the answer should be.  Since the prince was known for "stubbornness and unyielding persistence," let's use that for our prediction as we go through the choices.

A. Something presumptive is based on presumption or probability. not facts.  So, presumptiveness (the act of making a presumption or guess based on probability) does not fit our prediction.  Eliminate it.  

B.  "Valor" is bravery and courage, particularly in battle.  While it might be tempting because the prince is an excellent warrior, valor is not associated with stubbornness.  Eliminate it. 

C. Someone impetuous does things without thinking them through, on the spur of the moment.  "Impetuosity" is the noun form of the adjective "impetuous" and means the quality of being rash and impulsive.  Since this does not match our prediction, eliminate this choice.

D. "Hubris" is excessive pride (sometimes called "overweening pride").  It is arrogance to the extreme.  This does not match our prediction, so eliminate it. 

E. "Obstinacy" is exactly what we are looking for:  stubbornness and unyielding persistence.  The adjective form of this word is obstinate as in, "He is as obstinate as a mule!"  


The correct answer is E.

Level:  Hard

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