Select the word that best fits the meaning of the sentence
as a whole.
Alfons Mucha saw The
Slav Epic as the ------- of his life’s work in the visual arts; this series
of paintings was intended to celebrate Slavic history and become the artist’s ultimate
Always start by covering up your answer choices so that they
do not distract you. Read the sentence
carefully. This series of paintings
plays a certain role in Mucha’s life work.
The paintings were also intended to become “the artist’s ultimate
legacy.” From these context clues, you
can predict that Mucha considered these paintings to be very important, the
high point of his career. Predict the
phrase “most important part” and look down at your answer choices. For each choice, ask yourself whether this
word means “the most important part.”
root “vener” means respectful. The whole
word means praise. While Mucha probably
wanted the praise of others for his work, this does not match your
prediction. This answer choice puts the
spotlight on Mucha’s previous work rather than showing that The Slav Epic is to
be his “ultimate legacy.” Eliminate it.
Don’t confuse the word “decorum” with the word “decorate”
assume that it has to do with the visual arts.
Decorum is proper behavior. This
does not match your prediction. Eliminate
The culmination of something is its highest
point. This matches your prediction
exactly. Keep it and quickly check the
The word “nadir” is the opposite of your prediction. It means the lowest point. Eliminate this choice.
The word “cacophony” should be connected with
sound in your mind. The Greek root “cac”
means bad. The Greek root “phon” means
sound (think of the telephone).
Therefore, this word indicates a bad sound. You are looking for something positive. Eliminate this choice.
The correct answer is (C).
Words used in this SC:
Ultimate: the final or the greatest
Legacy: something left behind once a person is gone
Veneration: profound reverence or respect
Decorum: appropriate behavior
Culmination: the highest point
Nadir: the lowest point
Cacophony: a harsh or jarring sound
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