SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 22: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 22

7. The former cult-film director ------- his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public.

A. enchanted
B. moved
C. glorified
D. disappointed
E. influenced

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Skill: Understanding the content, form, and function of sentences

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Disappointed" means let down. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The former cult-film director disappointed his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public." A "cult-film director" makes movies that appeal to a small but devoted segment of the population. The fact that this director began creating films geared toward the general public suggests that he altered his style of filmmaking, which likely let down fans of his earlier work.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Enchanted" means charmed. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The former cult-film director enchanted his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public." It is doubtful that the filmmaker's more mainstream projects charmed his original fans to the same degree that his earlier movies did.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Moved" means stirred the emotions of. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The former cult-film director moved his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public." The term "cult" indicates that the director's original fans were extremely devoted to his style of filmmaking. It is therefore unlikely that they would find his decision to make mainstream movies "moving."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Glorified" means honored. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The former cult-film director glorified his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public." It is illogical to claim that the director honored his original fans by abandoning the style of filmmaking that had attracted them to his movies.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Influenced" means brought about a change. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The former cult-film director influenced his original audience by making films that appealed instead to the general public." The sentence fails to explain how the director's new approach to filmmaking caused his original audience to change.

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