SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 105: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 105

14. In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses -------, brief descriptive sketches, to provide ------- view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people.

A. missives . . an illusory
B. themes . . a thorough
C. vignettes . . a vivid
D. treatises . . an authentic
E. abstracts . . an ambiguous

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Vignettes" are short, descriptive literary sketches. "Vivid" means lively or intensely clear. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses vignettes, brief descriptive sketches, to provide a vivid view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people." This sentence makes sense because "vignettes" are brief descriptive sketches, and "vivid" sketches clearly describe a subject.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Missives" are letters. "Illusory" means deceptive. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses missives, brief descriptive sketches, to provide an illusory view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people." A letter is not a brief descriptive sketch. Also, a deceptive view of Ghana would not clearly describe the land and its people.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Themes" are main ideas. "Thorough" means complete. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses themes, brief descriptive sketches, to provide a thorough view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people." Since all books have main ideas, one does not need to specify that author Maya Angelou uses them.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Treatises" are typically lengthy, complex, and often analytical pieces of writing. "Authentic" means real or factually correct. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses treatises, brief descriptive sketches, to provide an authentic view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people." A "treatise" is not a brief sketch.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Abstracts" are summaries of main points. "Ambiguous" means uncertain or indistinct. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, author Maya Angelou uses abstracts, brief descriptive sketches, to provide an ambiguous view of Ghana that clearly details the land and its people." An "ambiguous" view of Ghana would not offer clear details about the country's land and people.

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