Here is the sentence:

The last slice of cheesecake __________ on a platter in the middle of the table; everyone wanted to eat it, but only Cassandra was assertive enough to scoop the slice onto her own plate.

The slice of cheesecake rested on the platter. Thus, you need a form of lie. Since the sentence is past tense, you need the simple past form. You chose the correct form from the table below. Good job!

Infinitive Definition Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle Present Participle
to lay to put something down lay(s) laid laid laying
to lie to rest or recline lie(s) lay lain lying

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