SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 163: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 163

8. Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately ------- with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably.

A. indicated
B. appointed
C. denuded
D. conflated
E. venerated

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "To appoint" means to provide with furnishings or equipment. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately appointed with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably." A student lounge that is intended to be a gathering place would most likely be "appointed," or furnished, with tables, chairs, and sofas that would allow groups to gather together in comfortable surroundings.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "To indicate" means to show or make known. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately indicated with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably." It does not make sense to say that the lounge was "indicated," or shown, by its tables, chairs, and sofas.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "To denude" means to make bare. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately denuded with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably." The term "denuded" does not make sense in this context. If the student lounge was "denuded," or made bare, it would not have any furniture.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "To conflate" means to join or combine. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately conflated with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably." Although a gathering place might have tables, chairs, and sofas, it does not make sense to say that the student lounge was "conflated," or joined, with these pieces of furniture.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "To venerate" means to honor or regard something with respect. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Designed as a gathering place, the new student lounge was appropriately venerated with tables, chairs, and even sofas where groups could assemble comfortably." Although a gathering place might have tables, chairs, and sofas, it is not clear how these pieces of furniture would cause the student lounge to be "venerated," or regarded with respect.

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