SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 13: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 13

13. The editor expected her reporters to be -------, but the number of ------- in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met.

A. impartial . . clichés
B. frank . . predictions
C. decisive . . facts
D. creative . . errors
E. accurate . . misquotations

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Skill: Understanding the content, form, and function of sentences

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Accurate" means free from error. "Misquotations" refer to mistakes made while attempting to reproduce statements made by others. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The editor expected her reporters to be accurate, but the number of misquotations in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met." The term "but" indicates a contrast between the editor's expectations of her reporters and their actual performance. It is logical that an editor would expect "accuracy" from her reporters, and "misquotations" are an example of inaccuracy.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Impartial" means fair. "Clichés" are commonplace expressions. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The editor expected her reporters to be impartial, but the number of clichés in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met." Editors do generally expect reporters to be fair, but articles that use commonplace expressions are not necessarily biased or unfair.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Frank" means open and honest. "Predictions" are forecasts of what will happen. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The editor expected her reporters to be frank, but the number of predictions in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met." The fact that the articles contained too many "predictions" does not directly relate to the reporters' "frankness," or openness.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Decisive" means judging quickly and firmly. "Facts" are pieces of information. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The editor expected her reporters to be decisive, but the number of facts in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met." "Decisiveness" is unrelated to the number of "facts" that appear in an article.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Creative" means imaginative. "Errors" are mistakes. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The editor expected her reporters to be creative, but the number of errors in the articles submitted clearly showed that her expectations were often not met." The fact that the reporters made a number of mistakes in their articles does not mean that they failed to be imaginative.

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