Exercise: Sentence Completion Test

This is the aptitude questions and answers section on 'Sentence Completion' with solutions and detailed explanation. Questions in sentence completion test typically provide test-takers with beginnings of sentences, and they are expected to complete the sentences in ways that are meaningful to them.

Sentence Completion Test : Question 1 :
Fill in the blank with suitable words from the options.
In the Middle Ages, the ____ of the great cathedrals did not enter into the architects’ plans; almost invariably a cathedral was positioned haphazardly in ____ surroundings.
situation - incongruous 
location - apt 
ambience - salubrious 
durability - convenient 
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The semicolon indicates that the second part of the sentence expands on the first part.
So, the second part tells us we are talking about the position, or situation of a cathedral. And since the first part tells us that architects did not pay attention to the situation, the cathedral was positioned randomly in odd (incongruous) surroundings.
Sentence Completion Test : Question 2 :
Fill in the blank with suitable words from the options.
There is a general ____ in the United States that our ethics are declining and that our moral standards are ____.

feeling - normalizing 
idea - futile 
optimism - improving 
complaint - deteriorating 
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The conjunction ‘and’ usually joins things of similar meaning or weight. This suggests that since ethics are declining, moral standards are also declining (deteriorating). Almost any word except ‘optimism’ would have fit the first blank.
Sentence Completion Test : Question 3 :
Fill in the blank with a suitable word from the options.
After centuries of obscurity, this philosopher’s thesis is enjoying a surprising ____ .

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The sentence tells us that the thesis has been in obscurity (forgotten or neglected) but now it is being revived. We can say it is undergoing a renaissance (revival).
Sentence Completion Test : Question 4 :
The quantum theory was initially regarded as absurd, unnatural and ____ with common sense.
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A set of words linked with ‘and’ usually indicates things of similar weight. To go with ‘absurd’ and ‘unnatural’ we can choose incompatible with common sense.
Sentence Completion Test : Question 5 :
Abraham Lincoln was famously known for his ______, which explains why he is often referred to as “Honest Abe.”
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Here, the keyword is “honest,” and the missing word is used to explain why Lincoln was called honest. Thus, the missing word must also mean honesty, as only someone known for honesty would be called “honest.”, As veracity means honesty or truthfulness, it’s the suitable answer.