SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 141: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 141

2. The critics found the play -------, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot.

A. convoluted
B. susceptible
C. suspect
D. condemnatory
E. preachy

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Convoluted" means complicated or having many twists and turns. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The critics found the play convoluted, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot." The sentence structure indicates that what follows the comma will explain the idea that precedes it. The missing term must describe a play with twists and turns. "Convoluted" precisely describes a play with twists and turns of plot.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Susceptible" means impressionable or open to influence. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The critics found the play susceptible, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot." Although a play with awkward twists and and turns could be described as susceptible to misunderstanding, it is illogical to suggest that a play could be merely "susceptible," or impressionable.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Suspect" means regarded with doubt or suspicion. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The critics found the play suspect, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot." The sentence structure indicates that what follows the comma will explain the idea that precedes it. The missing term must describe a play with twists and turns. A plot with twists and turns would not necessarily cause a play to be "suspect," or regarded with doubt.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Condemnatory" means declaring something to be wrong or unfit. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The critics found the play condemnatory, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot." The sentence structure indicates that what follows the comma will explain the idea that precedes it. The missing term must describe a play with twists and turns. A play that is "condemnatory," or declares something to be wrong, does not necessarily have a plot with twists and turns.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Preachy" means self-righteous or smug. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The critics found the play preachy, in that its social message was unfortunately lost in the awkward twists and turns of the plot." The sentence structure indicates that what follows the comma will explain the idea that precedes it. The missing term must describe a play with twists and turns. A plot with twists would not necessarily cause a play to be "preachy," or self-righteous.

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