SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 260: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 260

11. In the 1960's Americans ------- Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture ------- many of them to read the classics of Black fiction.

A. Neglected… coerced
B. Rediscovered… inspired
C. Limited… required
D. Collected… allowed
E. Circulated… disinclined

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Rediscovered" means found again, and "inspired" means influenced. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read, "In the 1960's Americans rediscovered Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture inspired many of them to read the classics of Black fiction." It makes sense that a surge in interest regarding Black culture would "inspire" people to return to Black literary classics.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Neglected" means overlooked, and "coerced" means forced. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read, "In the 1960's Americans neglected Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture coerced many of them to read the classics of Black fiction." The term "interest" suggests that people read Black literature to learn more about Black culture, not because they were forced to do so. Also, there is no reason why a classic such as Cane would have been deliberately ignored.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Limited" means restricted, and "required" means called for. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read, "In the 1960's Americans limited Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture required many of them to read the classics of Black fiction." It is illogical to claim that Cane was limited to people's interest in reading it.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Collected" means gathered, and "allowed" means permitted. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read, "In the 1960's Americans collected Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture allowed many of them to read the classics of Black fiction." It makes little sense to say that an interest in Black culture granted Americans permission to read Black fiction.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Circulated" means distributed, and "disinclined" means unwilling. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read, "In the 1960's Americans circulated Jean Toomer's 1923 book Cane when an interest in Black culture disinclined many of them to read the classics of Black fiction." An "interest" in Black culture would make people inclined, or willing to read and circulate Black literature, not "disinclined."

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