English

The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably ——- when they learned that this service had been ——-.

(A) satisfied . . annulled
(B) stymied . . extended
(C) displeased . . upheld
(D) disgruntled . . suspended
(E) concerned . . provided
  1. Correct Answer: D

    Explanation:

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

    Explanation for Correct Answer D :

    Choice (D) is correct. “Disgruntled” means dissatisfied, and “suspended” means stopped temporarily. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably disgruntled when they learned that this service had been suspended.” The term “accustomed to” indicates that the board members were used to being chauffeured, and the phrase “they learned that this service had been” indicates that the limousine service was altered in some way. It makes sense that the temporary stoppage of an expected luxury would leave the board members dissatisfied.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

    Choice (A) is incorrect. “Satisfied” means fulfilled, and “annulled” means canceled. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably satisfied when they learned that this service had been annulled.” It is unlikely that the board members would draw fulfillment from the cancellation of a luxury service to which they had become accustomed.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

    Choice (B) is incorrect. “Stymied” means prevented, and “extended” means continued. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably stymied when they learned that this service had been extended.” It is illogical to claim that the board members were “stymied,” or prevented from using the service, when the service was continued.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

    Choice (C) is incorrect. “Displeased” means annoyed or offended. “Upheld” means supported. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably displeased when they learned that this service had been upheld.” The fact that the board members were accustomed to being chauffeured suggests that they supported having such a luxury. It is therefore illogical to claim that the members were annoyed to learn that the service had been “upheld,” or supported.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

    Choice (E) is incorrect. “Concerned” means worried or anxious, and “provided” means made available. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read “The board members, accustomed to the luxury of being chauffeured to corporate meetings in company limousines, were predictably concerned when they learned that this service had been provided.” It makes little sense to claim that the board members would be worried upon learning that a limousine service was available.

Test ID: 1245
Source: SAT Critical Reading Practice Tests