SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 107: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 107

16. The library's collection is a ------- of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations.

A. summary
B. fabrication
C. consensus
D. trove
E. replication

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. A "trove" is a valuable collection. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The library's collection is a trove of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations." The missing term is characterized by the phrase that follows the comma. A library collection containing rare materials is a valuable collection.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. A "summary" is a review of the main points of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The library's collection is a summary of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations." A library collection, which consists of many diverse documents, is not a "summary."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. A "fabrication" is something made up. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The library's collection is a fabrication of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations." A library collection includes real historical documents and thus is not a "fabrication."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Consensus" mean general agreement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The library's collection is a consensus of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations." The term "consensus" does not make sense in this context because a library collection cannot be described as a "general agreement."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. A "replication" is a copy. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The library's collection is a replication of Asian American historical documents, including rare materials about race relations." These historical documents would be originals, not copies. A "replication" is a copy of an original, not a collection of rare historical documents.

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