SSAT Reading Question 217: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 217

6. As used in line 30, the word "rancor" means

  • A. turmoil
  • B. bitterness
  • C. remorse
  • D. resistance

Correct Answer: B


B is correct. As stated in lines 31-33, the teachers stated the charges against Paul with "rancor and aggrievedness." Rancor means "bitterness" or "malice." Neither turmoil, which means "confusion," nor resistance, which means "opposition," makes sense in relation to stating a case, so choices A and D are wrong. Remorse (choice C), which means "regret;" and dismay (choice E), which means "discouragement" or "despair," do not fit the context of the passage.

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