SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 146: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 146

7. Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with ------- copy.

A. an imitation
B. an authentic
C. a pristine
D. a generic
E. a shopworn

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Pristine" means fresh and clean. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with a pristine copy." Elliot was angered that the book was shabby, or ill-kept and faded from wear, so he would most likely want the bookseller to replace it with a copy that is "pristine," or fresh and clean.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Imitation" means counterfeit or produced as a copy. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with an imitation copy." It does not make sense to say that Elliot wanted an "imitation," or counterfeit, copy of the book.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Authentic" means genuine and not an imitation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with an authentic copy." Although the book arrived in a shabby condition, nothing in the sentence indicates that the copy that Elliot initially received was not "authentic."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Generic" means having no particularly distinctive qualities. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with a generic copy." It is reasonable to assume that Elliot wants a replacement copy of the specific book he received in the mail. A specific book, by definition, has distinctive qualities. Therefore, the term "generic" is not logical in this context.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Shopworn" means faded or otherwise worn-out from being in a store too long. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Angered that the book arrived in the mail in such a shabby condition, Elliot insisted that the bookseller replace it with a shopworn copy." Elliot was angered that the book he initially received was shabby, or ill-kept and faded from wear, so it is illogical to suggest that he would want the bookseller to replace it with a copy that was also faded and worn-out.

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