In the explanation it is given that , frenzy and panic both relate to surprise. There are no other pairs to choose from. awe and wonder are synonyms. Even though they are not a good fit here, I wanted to know , why we cannot use them. My doubt here is don’t awe and wonder form pairs?
Awe and wonder are a decent fit, but if a volcano erupted nearby, I think panic is a much more likely outcome as everyone would be terrified they would be burned.
I agree it’s a fine line, so I’ve just changed the sentence slightly:
The volcano had been dormant for centuries, leaving the unprepared locals in ______ when it finally erupted.
I agree with this additional information the answer choices are clear. Thank you @Justin