SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 225: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 225

6. The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: the clouds ------ the summit nine days out of ten.

A. release
B. elevate
C. entangle
D. shroud
E. attain

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Shroud" is a synonym of "cloak," which means to cover or conceal. The colon, which divides the sentence into two parts, indicates that the second half of the sentence elaborates upon the claim made in the first half. If one were to insert "shroud" into the text, the sentence would read "The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: clouds shroud the summit nine days out of ten." This statement makes sense, as it likens the clouds that gather around Mount McKinley's peak to a covering that obscures the mountain's appearance.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Release" means to let go. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: clouds release the summit nine days out of ten." The clouds do not release, or free, Mount McKinley in any way. The verb "cloaked" instead suggests that the clouds hide the mountaintop from view.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Elevate" means to lift. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: clouds elevate the summit nine days out of ten. This term does not logically complete the sentence, because clouds are not capable of elevating a mountain's summit.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Entangle" in this context means to twist or entwine together. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: clouds entangle the summit nine days out of ten." The clouds may appear to wrap around the mountain, but the clouds and the mountain do not twist themselves around each other.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Attain" means to achieve an objective. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The beauty of Mount McKinley is usually cloaked: clouds attain the summit nine days out of ten." "Attain" is not a synoynm of "cloak," and therefore does not logically support the claim made in the first half of the sentence.

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