SSAT Reading Question 174: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 174

4. As it is used in line 17, the word "furtive" most nearly means

  • A. stealthy
  • B. steady
  • C. focused
  • D. friendly

Correct Answer: A


A is correct. Lines 17-18 states that "The glances he devoted to other passengers were furtive and shy." From this sentence you can tell that furtive must be something that goes with shy. Neither friendly nor unabashed (meaning "unembarrassed" or "not shy") works well with shy, so you can eliminate choices D and E. Similarly, you can eliminate choice C because focused means "clear and sharp," which is not commonly associated with shy. That leaves choice A, which is correct. A furtive glance is a secret or stealthy glance.

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