SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 158: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 158

3. The strong ------- the professor was able to establish with his students made him ------- confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic.

A. program . . an occasional
B. rapport . . a respected
C. confidence . . an unappreciated
D. community . . an unusual
E. ambition . . a valued

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Rapport" means a relationship of trust. "Respected" means thought highly of and appreciated. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The strong rapport the professor was able to establish with his students made him a respected confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic." A "confidant" is someone one trusts with secrets or private matters. If the professor established a "rapport," or relationship of trust, with his students, it makes sense that the students would respect his advice on personal matters.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Program" means an academic plan or curriculum. "Occasional" means happening only sometimes. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The strong program the professor was able to establish with his students made him an occasional confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic." A "confidant" is someone one trusts with secrets or private matters. While the professor could establish a strong "program" with the help of his students, there is not necessarily any reason to believe that the professor's program would cause his students to seek him out to discuss personal matters.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Confidence" is trust in a person or thing. "Unappreciated" means not recognized or not valued. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The strong confidence the professor was able to establish with his students made him an unappreciated confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic." A "confidant" is someone one trusts with secrets or private matters. If the professor was able to establish "confidence," or trust, with his students, it is reasonable to suggest that they would appreciate his advice on personal matters.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Community" means a group of people with a connection or something in common. "Unusual" means not ordinary. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The strong community the professor was able to establish with his students made him an unusual confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic." A "confidant" is someone one trusts with secrets or private matters. If the professor had established a strong "community," it would not be "unusual" for his students to seek his advice on personal matters.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Ambition" is the desire to achieve a specific thing. "Valued" means appreciated and regarded highly. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The strong ambition the professor was able to establish with his students made him a valued confidant for those on campus seeking advice beyond the purely academic." While the second term fits the meaning of the sentence, the first term does not. A professor could be a "valued" confidant, or person trusted with private matters, but it does not make logical sense to say that the professor established "ambition" with his students.

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