SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 106: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 106

15. Because an older horse is more ------- than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider.

A. frolicsome
B. cantankerous
C. gargantuan
D. tractable
E. precipitate

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Tractable" means easily handled or controlled. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because an older horse is more tractable than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider." The missing term refers to the quality of a horse that will make it safe for inexperienced riders. Most likely, an older horse is easier to handle or control than a younger horse and is therefore a good choice for a "novice," or inexperienced, rider.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Frolicsome" means playful. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because an older horse is more frolicsome than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider." An older horse is usually less, not more, playful than a younger horse. In addition, the energy of a playful horse might be unsafe for a "novice," or inexperienced, rider.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Cantankerous" means difficult to deal with. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because an older horse is more cantankerous than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider." A horse that is difficult to deal with might be dangerous for a "novice," or inexperienced, rider.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Gargantuan" means extremely large. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because an older horse is more gargantuan than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider." This would not make sense because the size of a horse is not always correlated with its age. Furthermore, an extremely large horse would not necessarily be safer than a smaller horse.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Precipitate" means being hasty and impulsive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because an older horse is more precipitate than a younger one, it is safer for a novice rider." A horse that is impulsive would be extremely unsafe for a "novice," or inexperienced, rider.

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