SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 125: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 125

2. Legal scholars argue that when "justice" is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes -------, easily changed and controlled by outside forces.

A. malleable
B. influential
C. coherent
D. felicitous
E. prosaic

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Malleable" means capable of being changed or controlled. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Legal scholars argue that when 'justice' is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes malleable, easily changed and controlled by outside forces." "Malleable" properly describes a "justice" that can be altered by outside forces.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Influential" means powerful or having an effect on others. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Legal scholars argue that when 'justice' is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes influential, easily changed and controlled by outside forces." An "influential" concept is one that changes outside forces, not one that is changed by outside forces.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Coherent" means well ordered or clear. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Legal scholars argue that when 'justice' is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes coherent, easily changed and controlled by outside forces." It makes no sense to imply that a concept can be easily changed or controlled because it is clear.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Felicitous" means well suited or particularly appropriate to a situation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Legal scholars argue that when 'justice' is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes felicitous, easily changed and controlled by outside forces." If something is well suited, it makes no sense to describe it as easily changed or controlled.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Prosaic" means ordinary. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Legal scholars argue that when 'justice' is interpreted too broadly, the concept becomes prosaic, easily changed and controlled by outside forces." An ordinary concept might be a concept that is easily changed or controlled, but it is not necessarily so.

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