English

Anderson’s callous habit of ——- the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem ——- to them.

(A) reviling . . amenable
(B) soliciting . . accessible
(C) revisiting . . cantankerous
(D) ignoring . . approachable
(E) deriding . . abhorrent
  1. Correct Answer: E

    Explanation:

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

    Explanation for Correct Answer E :

    Choice (E) is correct. “Deriding” means treating contemptuously and “abhorrent” means being detestable. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “Anderson’s callous habit of deriding the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem abhorrent to them.” The first missing term must support the claim that Anderson’s habit was “callous,” or unsympathetic, and the second term must illustrate how his colleagues interpreted such behavior. It makes sense that Anderson’s tendency to “deride,” or contemptuously mock, his coworkers would cause them to view him as “abhorrent,” or detestable.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

    Choice (A) is incorrect. “Reviling” means subjecting to verbal abuse. “Amenable” means willing to cooperate. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “Anderson’s callous habit of reviling the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem amenable to them.” Anderson’s “callous” nature may prompt him to “revile” his colleagues’ ideas, but such behavior would not make him seem “amenable,” or cooperative.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

    Choice (B) is incorrect. “Soliciting” means approaching with a request or a plea. “Accessible” means capable of being reached. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “Anderson’s callous habit of soliciting the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem accessible to them.” Anderson’s habit of requesting the suggestions of coworkers does not qualify as “callous,” or unfeeling, behavior.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

    Choice (C) is incorrect. “Revisiting” means visiting again or returning to. “Cantankerous” means difficult or irritating to deal with. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “Anderson’s callous habit of revisiting the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem cantankerous to them.” Someone who “revisits” coworkers’ ideas does not necessarily have a “cantankerous,” or irritating, disposition.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

    Choice (D) is incorrect. “Ignoring” means refusing to take notice of. “Approachable” means easy to meet or deal with. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “Anderson’s callous habit of ignoring the suggestions of his coworkers made him seem approachable to them.” It is very unlikely that Anderson would earn a reputation for being “approachable” by habitually ignoring his coworkers’ suggestions.

Test ID: 1295
Source: SAT Critical Reading Practice Tests