SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 216: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 216

12. Hayley Mill's films have been called ------, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description.

A. treacly
B. cursory
C. prosaic
D. meticulous
E. consecrated

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Treacly" means overly sweet or sentimental. If one were to insert "treacly" into the text, the sentence would read "Hayley Mills's films have been called treacly, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description." The word "although" indicates that an opposition exists between the two clauses. The sentence argues that Hayley Mills's films are "not so sentimental," which means that the missing term must be synonymous with "that description."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Cursory" means hasty. If one were to insert "cursory" into the text, the sentence would read "Hayley Mills's films have been called cursory, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description." A film that is "cursory" has been produced quickly and with little regard for details. But the speed with which a film is produced says nothing about the nature of its content.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Prosaic" means straightforward or lacking in imagination. If one were to insert "prosaic" into the text, the sentence would read "Hayley Mills's films have been called prosaic, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description." A film that is prosaic lacks imagination, but it isn't necessarily "sentimental."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Meticulous" means extremely concerned with details. If one were to insert "meticulous" into the text, the sentence would read "Hayley Mills's films have been called meticulous, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description." A film that pays "meticulous" attention to details may or may not be overly sentimental.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Consecrated" means declared sacred. If one were to insert "consecrated" into the text, the sentence would read "Hayley Mills's films have been called consecrated, although most of them are not so sentimental as to deserve that description." "Consecrated" does not fit logically into this sentence because it is not synonymous with "sentimental."

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