SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 164: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 164

9. Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards ------- Brownstone School graduates.

A. conscripted to
B. redeemed for
C. conferred on
D. relegated to
E. deprived of

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "To confer" means to give to or to bestow upon. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards conferred on Brownstone School graduates." It makes sense to say that an award would be "conferred on," or given to, graduates of Brownstone School.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "To conscript" means to enroll into service. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards conscripted to Brownstone School graduates." The term "conscripted" does not make sense in this context. It is illogical to suggest that an award could be enrolled into service.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "To redeem" means to exchange for something of value. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards redeemed for Brownstone School graduates." The term "redeemed" does not make sense in this context. It does not make sense to say that an award can be "redeemed," or exchanged, for graduates of the Brownstone School.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "To relegate" means to assign to a place of insignificance. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards relegated to Brownstone School graduates." It does not make sense to suggest that presenting graduates of Brownstone School with an award is an action of assigning something to a place of insignificance. If some of the graduates are presented with "one of the highest awards," it is illogical to describe either the award or the recipients as insignificant.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "To deprive" means to take away or withhold. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Named in honor of the school's founder, the Richard Brownstone Community Service Fellowship is one of the highest awards deprived of Brownstone School graduates." It does not make sense to suggest that the award is "deprived of," or withheld from, graduates of Brownstone School.

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