SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 262: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 262

13. Tame koala handled by tourists are -------, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them.

A. mischievous
B. gluttonous
C. supple
D. adroit
E. docile

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Docile" means easy to handle or manage. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Tame koala bears handled by tourists are docile, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them." The word "but" sets up a direct contrast between the missing term and the phrase "hard to control." The term "docile" does indeed satisfy this contrast.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Mischievous" means troublesome. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Tame koala bears handled by tourists are mischievous, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them." Koalas that cause trouble are likely difficult to handle as well.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Gluttonous" means inclined to eat excessively. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Tame koala bears handled by tourists are gluttonous, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them." Some tame koala bears may eat too much, but their "gluttony" is unrelated to the ease with which humans can handle them.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Supple" means flexible in mind or body. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Tame koala bears handled by tourists are supple, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them." "Supple" is not the opposite of "hard to control."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Adroit" means agile or skillful. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Tame koala bears handled by tourists are adroit, but wild koalas are hard to control and typically require two people to hold them." Describing the koalas as "adroit" does not contrast them sufficiently with the "hard to control" wild koalas. Agile and skillful koalas might be just as hard to control.

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