The Essential 500 Words provides you with definitions and illustrations of 500 key words frequently tested on the SAT. These words will help you become a more articulate writer and speaker. The Essential 500 Words is more than just a vocabulary book. In order to achieve a high score on the SAT it is not enough to simply learn vocabulary words. You must also know how to apply them to sentence completion questions. Chapters 38 – 42 in Essential define and illustrate 50 top Level 3 words tested on the SAT. Here are 10 practice sentence completion questions that will test your ability to recognize and use these words. Essential also provides a 6 chapter tutorial on sentence completions that includes 3 full practice tests.
1. “Bedlam,” a popular name for the first English insane asylum, has come
to signify any ____ scene of turmoil and confusion.
2. The term “funny bone” is actually ____, since this part of the body is
actually a nerve.
(A) an allusion
(B) an understatement
(C) a misnomer
(D) a paradox
(E) a personification
3. Despite high expectations, the popular novelist’s new blog was
surprisingly ____: every entry was ordinary and commonplace.
4. Guneet cannot tolerate a situation that is ____, where there is no hope
of effective action.
5. The guidance counselor demonstrated great understanding of the
student’s feelings, thereby enhancing her reputation for being
6. Justin was ____ and ____, a man of great courage and conviction.
(A) craven .. credible
(B) punctilious .. taciturn
(C) adept .. tenacious
(D) impassioned .. affable
(E) intrepid .. resolute
7. Carson was a gloomy and ____ person; he had none of his brother’s
(A) stodgy .. credibility
(B) fastidious .. rancor
(C) somber .. vivacity
(D) slovenly .. empathy
(E) abstemious .. vacillation
8. Conrad Anker is a world famous mountain climber who is renowned for
his ____ and ____: he is very inventive and never gives up on a challenge.
(A) ingenuity .. tenacity
(B) ineptitude .. indomitability
(C) adeptness .. inertia
(D) negligence .. futility
(E) elusiveness .. aloofness
9. Because of its out-of-date features, reviewers have roundly criticized the
printer for its use of ____ technology.
10. Because she has a great need for praise and admiration, Rihanna enjoys
the public ____ that comes with being a famous recording artist.
1. C The key definitional phrase “scene of turmoil and confusion” leads
you to CHAOTIC (Word 405) as the correct answer.
2. C Since the “funny bone” is actually a nerve, it’s name is incorrect and
therefore a MISNOMER (Word 414).
3. B The key definitional phrase “ordinary and commonplace” leads you
to MUNDANE (Word 429) as the correct answer.
4. B The key definitional phrase “no hope of effective action” leads you
to FUTILE (Word 404) as the correct answer.
5. D The key definitional phrase “great understanding of the student’s
feelings” leads you to EMPATHETIC (Word 421) as the correct
6. E The key definitional phrase “great courage” supports INTREPID
and the key definitional word “conviction” supports RESOLUTE.
The correct answer is therefore INTREPID (Word 417) and
RESOLUTE (Word 428).
7. C The questions calls for a first word that is synonymous with
“gloomy” and a second word that offers a sharp contrast. The correct
answer is therefore SOMBER (Word 409) .. VIVACITY (Word 353).
8. A The key definitional phrase “is very inventive and never gives up
on a challenge” leads you to describe Conrad Anker as a person
known for his INGENUITY (Word 424) .. TENACITY (Word 447).
9. B The key definitional phrase “out-of-date features” leads you to
OBSOLETE (Word 406) as the correct answer.
10. A The key definitional phrase “praise and admiration” leads you to
ADULATION (Word 401) as the correct answer.