SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 104: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 104

13. The legislation facing Congress was so ------- that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship.

A. divisive
B. transparent
C. concordant
D. repetitive
E. rhetorical

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Divisive" means creating division. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The legislation facing Congress was so divisive that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship." The missing term describes the nature of a piece of legislation that threatened to break up a relationship between two political parties. Therefore, by definition, "divisive legislation" will tend to divide people and disrupt bipartisan political action.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Transparent" means easily understood. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The legislation facing Congress was so transparent that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship." Legislation that can be easily understood does not necessarily threaten a relationship between political parties.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Concordant" means harmonious or agreeing. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The legislation facing Congress was so concordant that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship." Legislation that is harmonious would not suggest a threat to a relationship between political parties.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Repetitive" means repeating unnecessarily. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The legislation facing Congress was so repetitive that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship." "Repetitive" legislation would not necessarily affect the governing body's bipartisanship.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Rhetorical" refers to saying or asking something for persuasive effect. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The legislation facing Congress was so rhetorical that it threatened to shatter the governing body's fragile bipartisanship." Legislation that states something for effect would not necessarily suggest a threat to a relationship between political parties.

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