SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 127: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 127

4. Originally ------- mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately ------- by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country.

A. admired . . embraced
B. performed . . condemned
C. derided . . ignored
D. appropriated . . relinquished
E. applauded . . instigated

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Admired" means thought highly of. "Embraced" means held closely. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Originally admired mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately embraced by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country." The phrase "appreciative listeners of all ages" indicates that rap music's fan base expanded from what it was "originally." The correct response is the only one in which both missing terms have a positive meaning, indicating that the appreciation began with one group and expanded to include a much larger group. Both "admired" and "embraced" are positive terms.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Performed" means acted out or achieved. "Condemned" means disapproved of. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Originally performed mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately condemned by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country." The phrase "appreciative listeners of all ages" indicates that rap music's fan base expanded from what it was "originally." The correct response is the only one in which both missing terms have a positive meaning, indicating that the appreciation began with one group and expanded to include a much larger group. Audiences do not typically perform music, and listeners would not be described as appreciative of something they are condemning.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Derided" means ridiculed. "Ignored" means disregarded. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Originally derided mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately ignored by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country." The phrase "appreciative listeners of all ages" indicates that rap music's fan base expanded from what it was "originally." The correct response is the only one in which both missing terms have a positive meaning, indicating that the appreciation began with one group and expanded to include a much larger group. Both "derided" and "ignored" have a negative, not a positive, connotation. Music would not be both appreciated and ignored by the same group of listeners.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Appropriated" means something is taken and used. "Relinquished" means abandoned. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Originally appropriated mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately relinquished by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country." The phrase "appreciative listeners of all ages" indicates that rap music's fan base expanded from what it was "originally." The correct response is the only one in which both missing terms have a positive meaning, indicating that the appreciation began with one group and expanded to include a much larger group. Listeners would not relinquish the music they appreciate.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Applauded" means approved of. "Instigated" means provoked. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Originally applauded mainly by young, urban audiences, rap music was ultimately instigated by its appreciative listeners of all ages across the country." The phrase "appreciative listeners of all ages" indicates that rap music's fan base expanded from what it was "originally." The correct response is the only one in which both missing terms have a positive meaning, indicating that the appreciation began with one group and expanded to include a much larger group. Listeners would not have instigated rap music.

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