SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 247: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 247

13. The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as ------ of the totalitarian and swiftly toppled the monument.

A. an indictment
B. an illusion
C. a copy
D. a symbol
E. a mockery

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. A "symbol" stands for or suggests something else by reason of association. Often an invisible idea is represented by a visible person or artifact. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as a symbol of the totalitarian regime and swiftly toppled the monument." Statues or monuments frequently symbolize the governance of the political figures or regimes they depict. Such symbolization in the minds of the rebels would explain their impulse to destroy it.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. An "indictment" is an expression of strong disapproval. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as an indictment of the totalitarian regime and swiftly toppled the monument." If the rebels thought the statue represented a disapproval of the regime they would be more likely to preserve than destroy it.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. An "illusion" is a misleading image. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as an illusion of the totalitarian regime and swiftly toppled the monument." It could be possible that the rebels saw the statue as a misleading image of the regime, but the sentence does not clearly support or explain such an interpretation.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. A "copy" is an imitation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as a copy of the totalitarian regime and swiftly toppled the monument." It is illogical to say that a statue of a dictator is an imitation of a regime.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. A "mockery" is an insulting action or speech. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The rebels saw the huge statue of the dictator as a mockery of the totalitarian regime and swiftly toppled the monument." If the rebels thought the statue was insulting the regime, they would be more likely to preserve than destroy it.

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