SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 126: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 126

3. The instructor's voice was so ------- that most students preferred taking a test to listening to its grating sound.

A. receptive
B. cajoling
C. melodious
D. muted
E. strident

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Strident" means loud, harsh and discordant. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The instructor's voice was so strident that most students preferred taking a test over listening to its grating sound." The missing term describes a voice that has a "grating sound." A strident sound is synonymous with a grating sound.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Receptive" means open and responsive to ideas or suggestions. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The instructor's voice was so receptive that most students preferred taking a test over listening to its grating sound." The missing term describes a voice that has a "grating sound." A grating sound has nothing to do with being receptive. Furthermore, no voice could be described as receptive.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Cajoling" means persuading or coaxing. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The instructor's voice was so cajoling that most students preferred taking a test over listening to its grating sound." The missing term describes a voice that has a "grating sound." A cajoling sound is not synonymous with a grating sound. A person who is cajoling would most likely use a soft voice, not a grating one.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Melodious" means sweet-sounding or full or melody. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The instructor's voice was so melodious that most students preferred taking a test over listening to its grating sound." The missing term describes a voice that has a "grating sound." A melodious voice is the opposite of a grating one.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Muted" means muffled or softened. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The instructor's voice was so muted that most students preferred taking a test over listening to its grating sound." The missing term describes a voice that has a "grating sound." A muted voice is the opposite of a grating voice.

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