SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 190: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 190

1. The----- of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery.

A. appeal
B. plot
C. mood
D. setting
E. rehearsal

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D:

Choice (D) is correct. "Setting" means the place in which a drama occurs. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read, "The setting of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery." Stage scenery is the key component of a play's "setting," and this scenery or "setting" is clearly unconventional.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A:

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Appeal" means attraction or interest. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read, "The appeal of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery." It is not the attraction of the play that challenges conventional interpretations; it is the "setting" of the play that does so.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B:

Choice (B) is incorrect. The "plot" is the plan of action of a play. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read, "The plot of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery." The phrase "a realistic room perched on a dirt pile" describes a "setting," not a "plot."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C:

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Mood" means a state of mind or feeling. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read, "The mood of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery." Nothing in the sentence indicates the play's "mood."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E:

Choice (E) is incorrect. A "rehearsal" is a practice run of a show in preparation for a public performance. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read, "The rehearsal of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud—a realistic room perched on a dirt pile—challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery." It is the "setting" of the play, not a practice run-through of the play, that challenges conventional interpretations of stage scenery.

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