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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. 

Cormac McCarthy has a reputation for being one of the most ------- figures in literature; for many years, few people knew what the writer looked like or where he lived.

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Because "few people knew what the writer looked like or where he lived," it makes sense to say that Cormac McCarthy is known as "one of the most reclusive figures in literature." In other words, the writer has a reputation for being a recluse, or for leading a largely secluded or solitary life.

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