SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 192: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 192

3. Because of the ----- effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools.

A. succulent
B. redolent
C. cerebral
D. mandatory
E. therapeutic

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E:

Choice (E) is correct. "Therapeutic" means having healing or curing powers. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because of the therapeutic effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools." People suffering from an illness naturally try to find ways to get better, so hot springs that are known to cure diseases or ease pain would surely attract people with various ailments.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A:

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Succulent" means juicy. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because of the succulent effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools." Springs or pools of water cannot be properly referred to as succulent. The term "succulent" usually refers to plants or foods that are juicy, not to pools, puddles, springs, or other bodies of water.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B:

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Redolent" means sweet smelling. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because of the redolent effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools." Hot springs are rarely described as sweet smelling. However, if such springs existed, they would not just attract tourists suffering from diseases. Healthy tourists would also be drawn to the hot springs because of their sweet smell.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C:

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Cerebral" means brainy or intellectual. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because of the cerebral effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools." Bodies of water cannot be properly referred to as cerebral. "Cerebral" is a term used to describe people or activities.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D:

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Mandatory" means required. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Because of the mandatory effects of the hot springs, tourists suffering from various ailments flocked to the village's thermal pools." A doctor might tell a patient that bathing in certain hot springs is mandatory. However, the effects of the hot springs could not be properly referred to as mandatory.

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