SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 246: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 246

12. By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a ------- to the theatre's tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors.

A. corrective
B. tribute
C. corollary
D. stimulus
E. precursor

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Corrective" means setting something right or making accurate. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a corrective to the theater’s tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors." The missing term in this sentence describes the effect that Leguizamo's portrayal of many types of characters has on the wider practice of the theater of offering few roles to Latino actors. It makes sense to say that Leguizamo's show "provides a corrective" to the theater's practices by more accurately demonstrating the ability of Latino actors to play a variety of roles.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Tribute" in this context means an acknowedgment of admiration. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a tribute to the theater’s tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors." A person who portrayed a wide variety of characters would not in that way be acknowledging admiration for the theater's tendency to cast Latino actors in a very limited number of roles.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Corollary" in this context means a natural consequence or effect of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a corollary to the theater’s tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors." A person who plays many roles cannot reasonably be said to be a consequence of the theater's tendency to offer such actors a very limited range of roles.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Stimulus" means an incentive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a stimulus to the theater’s tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors." If Leguizamo played a great variety of characters in his show, he would be doing the opposite of providing an incentive to the theater's tendency to limit the range of roles offered to Latino actors.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Precursor" means someone who comes before. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "By portraying a wide spectrum of characters in his one-man show, John Leguizamo provides a precursor to the theater’s tendency to offer a limited range of roles to Latino actors." A person who plays many different roles would not normally come before a tendency for the theater to allow such people the opportunity to play very few types of roles.

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