Critical Reading>Sentence Completions
Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
The actor's ------- decline in popularity was as striking and unexpected as his ------- rise to prominence had been.
(A) sudden . . meteoric
(B) gradual . . equivocal
(C) precipitous . . obscure
(D) dazzling . . secret
(E) inevitable . . unpredictable
Choice (A) is correct. We know that "striking and unexpected" describes both the actor’s rise and his decline; "sudden" fits with this description, as does "meteoric," which means suddenly or temporarily brilliant.