General SAT (College Board) Critical Reading: Questions 1 of 185

Question

MCQ▾

The cat ________ crept across the lawn, gracefully ________ the dog.

Choices

Choice (5) Response

a.

Maladroitly. . Undermining

b.

Felicitously. . Enticing

c.

Swiftly. . Defeating

d.

Acrobatically. . Apprehending

e.

Deftly. . Eluding

Answer

e.

Explanation

  • The second half of the sentence gives more clues, so you ought to start there. What are cats most likely to do dogs? Avoid them, probably – which will lead you too deftly. . Eluding, the correct answer. But for good measure, let՚s eliminate the other possibilities. For a cat to undermine a dog isn՚t logical. Being undermined is something that happens to humans or projects, so you can definitely eliminate maladroitly. . Undermining.
  • One could say that a cat enticed a dog to do something, but it isn՚t good usage simply to say that the cat enticed the dog. Eliminate Felicitously. . Enticing. Is it likely for a cat to gracefully apprehend a dog? No. Eliminate Acrobatically. . Apprehending. The only possibilities left are swiftly. . Defeating and Deftly. . Eluding.
  • A cat might possibly defeat a dog in battle, but use the other clues. Defeat and “gracefully” don՚t go well together, and it doesn՚t make sense for a battle to happen while the cat is creeping across the lawn. Eliminate Swiftly. . Defeating. The answer is deftly. . Eluding.

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