501Sentence Completion Questions

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The LearningExpress Skill Builder in Focus Writing Team is comprised of experts in test preparation, as well as educators and teachers whospecialize in language arts and math.LearningExpress Skill Builder in Focus Writing TeamLara BohlkeMiddle School Math Teacher, Grade 8Dodd Middle SchoolCheshire, ConnecticutElizabeth CheslaEnglish InstructorCoordinator of Technical and Professional Communication ProgramPolytechnic University, BrooklynSouth Orange, New JerseyBrigit DermottFreelance WriterEnglish Tutor, New York CaresNew York, New YorkDarren DunnEnglish TeacherRiverhead School DistrictRiverhead, New YorkBarbara FineEnglish InstructorSecondary Reading SpecialistSetauket, New YorkSandy GadeProject EditorLearningExpressNew York, New YorkMelinda GroveAdjunct ProfessorQuinnipiac University and Naugatuck Valley Community CollegeMath Consultant

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ContentsIntroductionixChapter 11Chapter 29Chapter 317Chapter 427Chapter 537Chapter 647Chapter 755Chapter 865Chapter 973Chapter 1083Chapter 1191Chapter 12101Chapter 13109Chapter 14117Chapter 15127vii

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsChapter 16135Chapter 17143Chapter 18151Chapter 19159Chapter 20169viii

IntroductionWelcome to 501 Sentence Completion Questions! This bookis designed to help you prepare for the verbal and reading sections ofmany assessment and entrance exams. By completing the 501 sampleitems offered here and by studying their answer explanations, you willdevelop the skills necessary to tackle each type of sentence completionquestion. You will also improve your vocabulary and your process ofelimination skills.Sentence completions test your ability to use the informationfound in complex, but incomplete, sentences in order to correctlycomplete the sentences. Sentence completions test two separateaspects of your verbal skills: your vocabulary and your ability to follow the internal logic of sentences. These sentences are often quitecomplex. Fortunately, there are some strategies that will greatlyincrease your score on these questions. Each of these questions hasone blank (or, on some tests, two blanks) within a single sentence.Often the sentences are long and difficult to follow, but with practiceyou can learn to master them.ix

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsMany standardized tests—including high school and collegeentrance exams and civil service exams—use sentence completionquestions to test vocabulary and logic. Some of the “alphabet soup”of exams that contain sentence completions are the: SAT I examPSAT/NMSQT examGRE General testTOEFL/TOEIC examsISEEGRTYou might wonder what kinds of strategies you can use to mastersentence completions. When it comes to sentence completions, theword that does not appear is the key to the meaning of the sentence.The words that do appear offer clues to the missing word. If you canfind out how the words that appear are connected, you can find thecorrect answer. This means that you must know more than just themeaning of the words involved. You must also understand the logicof the sentence. Here is a sampling of strategies: Read the entire sentence saying “blank” for the blank(s).This gives you an overall sense of the meaning of thesentence and helps you figure out how the parts of thesentence relate to each other. If an answer occurs to youbefore you even look at the choices, you may have asynonym for the answer or the answer itself.Pay special attention to introductory and transitionalwords—but, although, however, yet, even though—becausethey are key to forming the logical structure of thesentence.Be sure your choice is both logical and grammaticallycorrect.If you don’t know some words, use elimination andeducated guessing, which means you are able to eliminatex

501 Sentence Completion Questionsone or more of the choices as definitely wrong; orguessing from context when you know a related word.There are several types of sentence completions: restatementcomparisoncontrastcause and effectHere is an example of a cause-and-effect sentence completionquestion:After a brief and violent that ousted the president, GeneralMonsanto declared himself the dictator of the country.a. nuanceb. coupc. solicitationd. upbraidinge. lamentThe answer is choice b. A coup (n.) is a sudden and decisive changeof leadership illegally or by force, a takeover. What (the cause) led thegeneral to declare himself dictator (the result)? Something brief andviolent, that ousted the president, a coup.Here is an example of a restatement question:The city council formed a committee to simplify several dozencity ordinances that were unnecessarily complicated andout-of-date.a. fecklessb. empiricalc. byzantined. slovenlye. pedanticxi

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsThe answer is choice c, byzantine, an adjective that means “highlycomplicated and intricate.” Here, you are looking for a restatementof the clue words complicated and out-of-date, and for something thatneeds simplifying.As you practice sentence completions, you may discover signal wordsand phrases—clues that help you choose the correct answer. Here arecommon signal words and an example for each kind of question:Restatement: namely, in other words, in fact, that isExample: The pickpocket was a trickster, in other words, a .(The answer, which restates “trickster,” might be knave orscoundrel.)Comparison: likewise, similarly, and, just as, as as, for example, as shown, as illustrated byExample: Anna was cleared of all charges; similarly, Sam was.(The answer compares to being “cleared of all charges,” so perhapsSam was vindicated.)Contrast: though, although, however, despite, but, yet; on the otherhand, but, however, despite, or on the contraryExample: Although the tiger is a solitary beast, its cousin the lion isa animal.(The answer is something that contrasts with “solitary,” such asgregarious or sociable.)Cause and effect: thus, therefore, consequently, and because andphrases such as due to, as a result, leads toExample: A truck stole her parking spot; consequently, Sally’slook showed her displeasure.(The answer would be a look caused by someone stealing Sally’sparking spot, maybe scowling or sullen.)xii

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsThe sentence completion question sets in this book increase in difficulty as you practice your way through them—from easy to intermediate to advanced. These divisions may reflect how challengingthe vocabulary is or how complex the sentence structure is or howchallenging the logic of the sentence is.The 501 Skill Builder in Focus exercises will help you prepare foran exam in several ways. First, you will become familiar with thequestion format. You will get used to identifying the relationships ofwords within a sentence. The more comfortable you are with thequestion format and the more familiar you are with the range of sentence completion types, the easier the verbal or reading section ofyour test will be.Second, your performance on these questions will help you assessyour vocabulary strengths and weaknesses. For example, you mayfind that you do very well with words that are cognates (words froma common original form, such as asteroid and astronomy), but not sowell on foreign words, such as ennui or angst.Third, you will learn, through practice, to spot and disregardwrong answer choices. You may also discover a pattern to your wronganswers. (Are you weak on cause-and-effect questions?)In addition to this book, look for other sources of vocabularygrowth: software, audio and online courses, and books. One helpfulresource is LearningExpress’s Vocabulary and Spelling Success in 20Minutes a Day, which helps boost your vocabulary and your verbaltest scores.You have already taken an important step toward improving yourscore. You have shown your commitment by purchasing this book.Now what you need to do is complete each exercise, study theanswers, and watch your ability to solve sentence completionsincrease. Good luck!xiii

Chapter 11. She hadn’t eaten all day, and by the time she got home she was.a. blightedb. confutativec. ravenousd. ostentatiouse. blissful2. The movie offended many of the parents of its younger viewers byincluding unnecessary in the dialogue.a. vulgarityb. verbosityc. vocalizationsd. garishnesse. tonality1

501 Sentence Completion Questions3. His neighbors found his manner bossy and irritating, andthey stopped inviting him to backyard barbeques.a. insentientb. magisterialc. reparatoryd. restorativee. modest4. Steven is always about showing up for work because hefeels that tardiness is a sign of irresponsibility.a. legibleb. tolerablec. punctuald. literale. belligerent5. Candace would her little sister into an argument by teasingher and calling her names.a. advocateb. provokec. perforated. lamentee. expunge6. The dress Ariel wore with small, glassy beads, creating ashimmering effect.a. titillatedb. reiteratedc. scintillatedd. enthrallede. striated7. Being able to afford this luxury car will getting a better-paying job.a. maximizeb. recombinantc. reiterated. necessitatee. reciprocate2

501 Sentence Completion Questions8. Levina unknowingly the thief by holding open the elevatordoors and ensuring his escape.a. coercedb. proclaimedc. abettedd. sanctionede. solicited9. Shakespeare, a(n) writer, entertained audiences by writingmany tragic and comic plays.a. numericb. obstinatec. dutifuld. prolifice. generic10. I had the experience of sitting next to an over-talkativepassenger on my flight home from Brussels.a. satisfactoryb. commendablec. gallingd. acceptablee. acute11. Prince Phillip had to choose: marry the woman he loved andhis right to the throne, or marry Lady Fiona and inherit the crown.a. reprimandb. upbraidc. abdicated. winnowe. extol12. If you will not do your work of your own , I have no choicebut to penalize you if it is not done on time.a. predilectionb. coercionc. excursiond. volitione. infusion3

501 Sentence Completion Questions13. After sitting in the sink for several days, the dirty, food-encrusteddishes became .a. malodorousb. prevalentc. imposingd. perforatede. emphatic14. Giulia soon discovered the source of the smell in the room:a week-old tuna sandwich that one of the children had hidden inthe closet.a. quaintb. fastidiousc. clandestined. laconice. fetid15. After making remarks to the President, the reporter wasnot invited to return to the White House pressroom.a. hospitableb. itinerantc. enterprisingd. chivalrouse. irreverent16. With her eyesight, Krystyna spotted a trio of deer on thehillside and she reduced the speed of her car.a. inferiorb. keenc. impressionabled. ductilee. conspiratorial4

501 Sentence Completion Questions17. With a(n) grin, the boy quickly slipped the candy into hispocket without his mother’s knowledge.a. jaundicedb. nefariousc. stereotypicald. sentimentale. impartial18. Her display of tears at work did not impress her new boss,who felt she should try to control her emotions.a. maudlinb. meritoriousc. precariousd. plausiblee. schematic19. Johan argued, “If you know about a crime but don’t report it, youare in that crime because you allowed it to happen.”a. acquittedb. steadfastc. tenuousd. complicite. nullified20. The authorities, fearing a of their power, called for amilitary state in the hopes of restoring order.a. subversionb. premonitionc. predilectiond. infusione. inversion21. The story’s bitter antagonist felt such great for all of the othercharacters that as a result, his life was very lonely and he died alone.a. insurgenceb. malevolencec. reciprocationd. declamatione. preference5

501 Sentence Completion Questions22. It is difficult to believe that charging 20% on an outstanding creditcard balance isn’t !a. bankruptcyb. usuryc. noviced. kleptomaniae. flagrancy23. The weather patterns of the tropical island meant touristshad to carry both umbrellas and sunglasses.a. impertinentb. supplicantc. preeminentd. illustrativee. kaleidoscopic24. Wedding ceremonies often include the exchange of ringsto symbolize the couple’s promises to each other.a. hirsuteb. acrimoniousc. plaintived. deciduouse. votive25. Kym was in choosing her friends, so her parties wereattended by vastly different and sometimes bizarre personalities.a. indispensableb. indiscriminatec. commensurated. propulsivee. indisputable6

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsAnswers1. c. Ravenous (adj.) means extremely hungry.2. a. Vulgarity (n.) means offensive speech or conduct.3. b. Magisterial (adj.) means overbearing or offensively self-assured.4. c. Punctual (adj.) means arriving exactly on time.5. b. To provoke (v.) is to incite anger or resentment; to call forth afeeling or action.6. c. To scintillate (v.) means to emit or send forth sparks or littleflashes of light, creating a shimmering effect; to sparkle.7. d. To necessitate (v.) means to make necessary, especially as a result.8. c. To abet (v.) means to assist, encourage, urge, or aid, usually anact of wrongdoing.9. d. Prolific (adj.) means abundantly creative.10. c. Galling (adj.) means irritating, annoying, or exasperating.11. c. To abdicate (v.) means to formally relinquish or surrender power,office, or responsibility.12. d. Volition (n.) means accord; an act or exercise of will.13. a. Malodorous (adj.) means having a foul-smelling odor.14. e. Fetid (adj.) means having a foul or offensive odor, putrid.15. e. Irreverent (adj.) means lacking respect or seriousness; notreverent.16. b. Keen (adj.) means being extremely sensitive or responsive;having strength of perception.7

501 Sentence Completion Questions17. b. Nefarious (adj.) means wicked, vicious, or evil.18. a. Maudlin (adj.) means excessively and weakly sentimental ortearfully emotional.19. d. Complicit (adj.) means participating in or associated with aquestionable act or a crime.20. a. Subversion (n.) means an overthrow, as from the foundation.21. b. Malevolence (n.) means ill will or malice toward others; hate.22. b. Usury (n.) is the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates.23. e. Kaleidoscopic (adj.) means continually changing or quicklyshifting.24. e. Votive (adj.) means dedicated by a vow.25. b. Indiscriminate (adj.) means not discriminating or choosingrandomly; haphazard; without distinction.8

Chapter 226. Phillip’s tone endeared him to his comical friends, butirritated his serious father.a. aloofb. jestingc. graved. earneste. conservative27. Brian’s pale Irish skin was to burn if he spent too muchtime in the sun.a. proneb. urbanec. eminentd. erecte. daunted9

501 Sentence Completion Questions28. A fan of historical fiction, Joline is now reading a novel aboutslavery in the South.a. decorousb. roguec. drolld. antebellume. onerous29. Over the years the Wilsons slowly upon the Jacksons’property, moving the stone markers that divided their lots fartherand farther onto the Jacksons’ land.a. encroachedb. jettisonedc. conjoinedd. repudiatede. teemed30. Mary became at typing because she practiced every day forsix months.a. proficientb. reflectivec. dormantd. redundante. valiant31. To find out what her husband bought for her birthday, Susanattempted to his family members about his recent shoppingexcursions.a. prescribeb. probec. alienated. convergee. revere10

501 Sentence Completion Questions32. Juan’s friends found him in a mood after he learned hewould be homecoming king.a. jovialb. stealthyc. paltryd. gulliblee. depleted33. His suit of armor made the knight to his enemy’s attack,and he was able to escape safely to his castle.a. vulnerableb. churlishc. invulnerabled. statice. imprudent34. Choosing a small, fuel-efficient car is a purchase for arecent college graduate.a. corruptb. tediousc. unhallowedd. sardonice. judicious35. Such a violation of school policy should be punished bynothing less than expulsion.a. copiousb. flagrantc. raucousd. nominale. morose36. With all of the recent negative events in her life, she feltforces must be at work.a. resurgentb. prematurec. malignantd. punctiliouse. antecedent11

501 Sentence Completion Questions37. The rumors did a great deal of damage even though theyturned out to be false.a. bemusedb. prosaicc. apocryphald. ebulliente. tantamount38. When her schoolwork got to be too much, Pam had a tendency to, which always put her further behind.a. dedicateb. rejuvenatec. ponderd. excele. procrastinate39. Racha’s glance was a invitation to speak later in privateabout events of the meeting.a. trecherousb. scintillatingc. tactfuld. tacite. taboo40. She reached the of her career with her fourth novel, whichwon the Pulitzer Prize.a. harbingerb. apogeec. metamorphosisd. dictume. synthesis41. The townspeople celebrated the soldier’s return to hishome by adorning trees with yellow ribbons and balloons.a. somberb. jubilantc. pitilessd. cunninge. unsullied12

501 Sentence Completion Questions42. The governor-elect was hounded by a group of lobbyistsand others hoping to gain favor with her administration.a. facetiousb. abstrusec. magnanimousd. fawninge. saccharine43. The mock graduation ceremony—with a trained skunk posing asthe college president—was a complete that offended manycollege officials.a. tempestb. epitomec. quintessenced. travestye. recitative44. The busy, fabric of the clown’s tie matched his oversizedjacket, which was equally atrocious.a. mottledb. bleakc. credibled. malleablee. communicable45. Kendrick’s talent under the tutelage of Anya Kowalonek,who as a young woman had been the most accomplished pianist inher native Lithuania.a. banteredb. toutedc. flourishedd. embellishede. colluded13

501 Sentence Completion Questions46. The children were by the seemingly nonsensical clues untilKinan pointed out that the messages were in code.a. censuredb. striatedc. feignedd. prevaricatede. flummoxed47. As the in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is a hero able tocapture the audience’s sympathy by continually professing his lovefor Juliet.a. protagonistb. enigmac. facaded. activiste. catechist48. The chess master promised to havoc upon his opponent’spawns for taking his bishop.a. wreakb. warrantc. ensued. placatee. endow49. I have always admired Seymour’s ; I’ve never seen himrattled by anything.a. aplombb. confluencec. proprietyd. compunctione. nostalgia50. The soldiers received a military to inspect all their vehiclesbefore traveling.a. allotmentb. dominionc. affectationd. calculatione. mandate14

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsAnswers26. b. Jesting (adj.) means characterized by making jests; joking;playful.27. a. Prone (adj.) means a tendency or inclination to something.28. d. Antebellum (adj.) means belonging to the period before a war,especially the American Civil War.29. a. To encroach (v.) means to gradually or stealthily take the rightsor possessions of another; to advance beyond proper or formallimits; trespass.30. a. Proficient (adj.) means well versed in any business or branch oflearning; adept.31. b. To probe (v.) is to examine thoroughly; tentatively survey.32. a. Jovial (adj.) means showing hearty good cheer; marked with thespirit of jolly merriment.33. c. Invulnerable (adj.) means incapable of being damaged orwounded; unassailable or invincible.34. e. Judicious (adj.) means being wise or prudent; showing goodjudgment; sensible.35. b. Flagrant (adj.) means conspicuously and outrageously bad,offensive, or reprehensible.36. c. Malignant (adj.) means disposed to cause distress or inflictsuffering intentionally; inclining to produce death; an injuriousinfiltration.37. c. Apocryphal (adj.) means of questionable authenticity or doubtfulauthority; fictitious, false.38. e. To procrastinate (v.) is to put off from day to day.15

501 Sentence Completion Questions39. c. Tacit (adj.) means unspoken yet understood.40. b. Apogee (n.) means the highest or farthest point, culmination; thepoint in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance fromthe body it is orbiting.41. b. Jubilant (adj.) means rejoicing; expressing joyfulness; exulting.42. d. Fawning (adj.) means attempting to win favor or attention byexcessive flattery, ingratiating displays of affection, or servilecompliance; obsequious.43. d. Travesty (n.) means a parody; a grotesque imitation with theintent to ridicule.44. a. Mottled (adj.) means blotched or spotted with different colors orshades.45. c. To flourish (v.) is (of artists) to be in a state of high productivity,excellence, or influence; to grow luxuriously, thrive; to fare well,prosper, increase in wealth, honor, comfort or whatever isdesirable; to make bold, sweeping movements.46. e. To flummox (v.) is to confuse, perplex, bewilder.47. a. A protagonist (n.) is the main character in a drama.48. a. To wreak (v.) means to inflict, as a revenge or punishment.49. a. Aplomb (n.) is self-assurance, composure, poise, especially understrain.50. e. Mandate (n.) is a command or authoritative instruction.16

Chapter 351. As beings we live each day conscious of our shortcomingsand victories.a. sensationalb. sentientc. sentimentald. statice. senile52. The curious crowd gathered to watch the irate customerabout the poor service he received in the restaurant.a. antiquateb. trivializec. rantd. placatee. fetter17

501 Sentence Completion Questions53. The man’s driving resulted in a four-car pile-up on thefreeway.a. burdensomeb. charismaticc. exceptionald. boastfule. negligent54. Ron didn’t know the rules of rugby, but he could tell by thecrowd’s reaction that it was a critical in the game.a. acclamationb. convictionc. junctured. enigmae. revelation55. My ancestor who lost his life in the Revolutionary War was afor American independence.a. knaveb. reactionaryc. compatriotd. nonconformiste. martyr56. The sound of the radiator as it released steam became anincreasingly annoying distraction.a. sibilantb. scintillatingc. divertingd. sinuouse. scurrilous57. It is helpful for salesmen to develop a good with theircustomers in order to gain their trust.a. platitudeb. rapportc. ired. tributee. disinclination18

501 Sentence Completion Questions58. In such a small office setting, the office manager found he hadresponsibilities that required knowledge in a variety ofdifferent topics.a. heedlessb. complementaryc. mutuald. manifolde. correlative59. David’s entrance on stage disrupted the scene and causedthe actors to flub their lines.a. untimelyb. precisec. lithed. fortuitouse. tensile60. The settlers found an ideal location with plenty of land forfarming and a mountain stream for fresh water and irrigation.a. candidb. provincialc. arabled. timide. quaint61. The seventh-grader towered over the other players on hisbasketball team.a. ganglingb. studiousc. mimeticd. abjecte. reserved19

501 Sentence Completion Questions62. Carson was at first flattered by the of his new colleagues,but he soon realized that their admiration rested chiefly on hisconnections, not his accomplishments.a. reprisalb. adulationc. bulwarkd. rapporte. retinue63. For a(n) fee, it is possible to upgrade from regular gasolineto premium.a. nominalb. judgmentalc. existentiald. bountifule. jovial64. Searching frantically to find the hidden jewels, the thievesproceeded to the entire house.a. justifyb. darkenc. amplifyd. ransacke. glorify65. The deer stuck close to its mother when venturing out intothe open field.a. starlingb. foundlingc. yearlingd. begrudginge. hatchling20

501 Sentence Completion Questions66. The police officer the crowd to step back from the fire sothat no one would get hurt.a. undulatedb. enjoinedc. stagnatedd. permeatede. delineated67. Jackson’s poor typing skills were a to finding employmentat the nearby office complex.a. benefitb. hindrancec. partialityd. temptatione. canon68. Through , the chef created a creamy sauce by combiningbrown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a pan and cooking them overmedium-high heat.a. impasseb. obscurityc. decadenced. diversione. liquefaction69. The defendant claimed that he was innocent and that hisconfession was .a. coercedb. flagrantc. tersed. benigne. futile21

501 Sentence Completion Questions70. Harvey was discouraged that his visa application was due tohis six convictions.a. lethargicb. immeasurablec. nullifiedd. segregatede. aggravated71. The rebel spies were charged with and put on ationperdition72. Keith was in his giving to friends and charities throughoutthe year, not just during the holidays.a. munificentb. portlyc. amphibiousd. guilefule. forensic73. Calvin reached the of his career in his early thirties whenhe became president and CEO of a software company.a. zephyrb. plethorac. valed. nocturnee. zenith74. Although I’d asked a simple “yes” or “no” question, Irfan’s replywas , and I didn’t know how to interpret it.a. prodigalb. iratec. equivocald. voraciouse. harrowing22

501 Sentence Completion Questions75. The high-profile company CEO was given an for speakingat the monthly meeting of the area business leaders’ society.a. expiationb. honorariumc. inoculationd. interpretatione. inquisition23

501 Sentence Completion QuestionsAnswers51. b. Sentient (adj.) means possessing the power of sense or sense-perception; conscious.52. c. To rant (v.) means to speak loudly or violently.53. e. Negligent (adj.) means to habitually lack in giving proper care orattention; having a careless manner.54. c. Juncture (n.) is a point of time, especially one that is at a criticalpoint.55. e. A martyr (n.) is one who sacrifices something of supreme value,such as a life, for a cause or principle; a victim; one who suffersconstantly.56. a. Sibilant (adj.) means characterized by a hissing sound.57. b. A rapport (n.) is a relationship that is useful and harmonious.58. d. Manifold (adj.) means many and varied; of many kinds; multiple.59. a. Untimely (adj.) means happening before the proper time.60. c. Arable (adj.) means suitable for cultivation, fit for plowing andfarming productively.61. a. Gangling (adj.) means awkward, lanky, or unusually tall and thin.62. b. Adulation (n.) means strong or excessive admiration or praise;fawning flattery.63. a. Nominal (adj.) means small, virtually nothing, or much belowthe actual value of a thing.64. d. To ransack (v.) means to thoroughly search, to plunder, pillage.24

501 Sentence Completion Questions65. c. A yearling (n.) is a young animal past its first year but not yettwo years old.66. b. To enjoin (v.) means to issue an order or command; to direct orimpose with authority.67. b. Hindrance (n.) is an impediment or obstruction; a state of beinghindered; a cause of being prevented or impeded.68. e. Liquefaction (n.) is the process of liquefying a solid or making aliquid.69. a. To coerce (v.) is to force to do through pressure, threats, orintimidation; to compel.70. c. To nullify (v.) means to make invalid or nonexistent.71. a. Sedition (n.) means resistance, insurrection; conduct directedagainst public order and the tranquility of the state.72. a. Munificent (adj.) means extremely generous or liberal in giving;lavish.73. e. Zenith (n.) means the highest point of any path or course.74. c. Equivocal (adj.) means open to two or more interpretations,ambiguous and often intended to mislead; open to question,uncertain.75. b. Honorarium (n.) is payment or reward for services for whichpayment is not usually required.25

Chapter 476. Zachary was doomed to a miserable life, for no matter how muchhe had, he always the possessions of others.a. protractedb. exaltedc. engenderedd. covetede. filibustered77. Sheila’s grueling hike included passing through numerous elfries27

501 Sentence Completion Questions78. The college professor was known on campus as acharacter—bland but harmless and noble in his ideals.a. staidb. stagnantc. auspiciousd. sterilee. dogmatic79. Because he was so , the athlete was able to complete theobstacle course in record time.a. belligerentb. nimblec. demured. volatilee. speculative80. The toy store’s ex

questions to test vocabulary and logic. Some of the “alphabet soup” of exams that contain sentence completions are the: SAT I exam PSAT/NMSQT exam GRE General test TOEFL/TOEIC exams ISEE GRT You might wonder what kinds of strategies you can use to master sentence completions. When it comes to sentence completions, the