SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 110: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 110

3. It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother ------- a book whose utter worthlessness is ------- to even the least discerning reader.

A. enjoying . . doubtful
B. mocking . . figurative
C. assessing . . welcome
D. condemning . . obvious
E. ignoring . . obnoxious

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Condemning" means expressing strong disapproval. "Obvious" means evident or easily understood. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother condemning a book whose utter worthlessness is obvious to even the least discerning reader." This sentence makes sense: a reviewer should not bother to disapprove of a book whose "worthlessness," or poor quality, is evident to even the least "discerning," or perceptive, reader.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Enjoying" means having fun. "Doubtful" means uncertain. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother enjoying a book whose utter worthlessness is doubtful to even the least discerning reader." It makes little sense to advise a book reviewer not to bother having fun with a book whose quality is uncertain. It is the reviewer's job to judge the worth or quality of the book in question.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Mocking" means making fun of. "Figurative" means metaphorical or not literal. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother mocking a book whose utter worthlessness is figurative to even the least discerning reader." While a reviewer might make fun of a clearly worthless book, it does not make sense to say that a book's worthlessness is "figurative."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Assessing" means evaluating. "Welcome" means giving pleasure. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother assessing a book whose utter worthlessness is welcome to even the least discerning reader." A reader would be unlikely to consider the worthlessness of any book "welcome."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Ignoring" means refusing to notice. "Obnoxious" means offensive or unpleasant. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "It would be a waste of time for any reviewer to bother ignoring a book whose utter worthlessness is obnoxious to even the least discerning reader." This sentence is illogical: "ignoring" something could never be a waste of time.

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