SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 136: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 136

13. Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to ------- these media.

A. deride
B. rationalize
C. vindicate
D. foster
E. annotate

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "To deride" means to ridicule or treat with contemptuous mirth. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to deride these media." Teachers who think cartoons and comic books are harmful to their students' literacy skills would probably want to discourage their students from reading these media. Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that these teachers often use class time to "deride," or ridicule, cartoons and comic books.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "To rationalize" means to cause something to seem reasonable. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to rationalize these media." It is unlikely that teachers would "rationalize" media that they consider to be harmful to their students' literacy skills.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "To vindicate" means to defend or to provide justification. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to vindicate these media." It is unlikely that teachers would "vindicate," or defend, cartoons and comic books if they consider these media to be harmful to their students' literacy skills.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "To foster" means to encourage or to promote the growth of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to foster these media." It is unlikely that teachers would "foster," or promote the growth of, cartoons and comic books if they consider these media to be harmful to their students' literacy skills.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "To annotate" means to provide explanatory notes for a written work. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books harmful to students' literacy skills often use class time to annotate these media." Teachers who consider cartoons and comic books to be harmful to students' literacy skills would probably not "annotate" these media. It is unlikely that these teachers would use class time to provide explanatory notes for written works they consider harmful.

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