English

Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly ——-, insisting on the correctness of his position.

(A) inarticulate
(B) dogmatic
(C) elliptical
(D) tactful
(E) ambiguous
  1. Correct Answer: B

    Explanation:

    Skill: Understanding the content, form, and function of sentences

    Explanation for Correct Answer B :

    Choice (B) is correct. “Dogmatic” means arrogant or insistent. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read “Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly dogmatic, insisting on the correctness of his position.” The comma introduces an explanation of the missing term. Because he rigidly defends his own opinion instead of addressing both sides of the topic, the speaker may accurately be described as “dogmatic,” or arrogant.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

    Choice (A) is incorrect. “Inarticulate” means unable to express ideas clearly. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read “Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly inarticulate, insisting on the correctness of his position.” Although the speaker refused to address views that conflicted with his own opinion, there is no indication that he was unable to express his ideas clearly.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

    Choice (C) is incorrect. “Elliptical” means confusing or vague. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read “Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly elliptical, insisting on the correctness of his position.” Someone who strongly defends one opinion does not necessarily express himself in a confusing or vague manner.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

    Choice (D) is incorrect. “Tactful” means polite. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read “Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly tactful, insisting on the correctness of his position.” A “tactful,” or polite, speaker would be inclined to recognize both sides of an issue.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

    Choice (E) is incorrect. “Ambiguous” means uncertain. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read “Instead of presenting a balanced view of both sides of the issue, the speaker became increasingly ambiguous, insisting on the correctness of his position.” A speaker who firmly supports an opinion is not “ambiguous.”

Test ID: 1257
Source: SAT Critical Reading Practice Tests