SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

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

Even at the end of the long, arduous bike ride through the mountains, the young athlete looked and felt ------ and hearty; she eagerly anticipated the next day's ride. 

A. robust
B. facile
C. halting
D. corpulent
E. vexed

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 athlete felt hearty and ready to ride again, we need something like "healthy."  Let's use "healthy" for our prediction as we go through the choices.

A. Something robust is hearty and healthy.  This works, but let's check the other choices quickly. 

B.  Something "facile" is easy, which would be the opposite of the arduous (difficult) bike ride.  Eliminate this choice. 

C. Something "halting" starts and stops or moves in fits and spurts.  This doesn't match our prediction.  Eliminate it.  

D. Someone "corpulent" is overweight or "full of body" (from the root "corpus" = body).  This doesn't describe the hearty athlete.  Eliminate it. 

E. Someone "vexed" is annoyed or bothered, and that does not match our prediction.  Eliminate it.   


The correct answer is A.

Level:  Hard

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