SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 113: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 113

6. Artists who are described as ------- are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts.

A. aesthetic
B. partisan
C. decorous
D. cerebral
E. avant-garde

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Avant-garde" means innovative or cutting-edge. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Artists who are described as avant-garde are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." The missing term is defined by the final phrase "the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." This is precisely the definition of an "avant-garde" person.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Aesthetic" means artistic. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Artists who are described as aesthetic are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." An artistic person would not necessarily be "the first to experiment with new forms or concepts."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Partisan" means supporting a certain group. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Artists who are described as partisan are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." A "partisan" person would not necessarily be "the first to experiment with new forms or concepts."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Decorous" means showing good manners. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Artists who are described as decorous are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." A well-mannered person would not necessarily be "the first to experiment with new forms or concepts."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Cerebral" means intellectual. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Artists who are described as cerebral are the first to experiment with new forms or concepts." Although artists who experiment with new forms and concepts can be cerebral, they do not have to be cerebral.

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