SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 263: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 263

14. Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy ------: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz.

A. intensity
B. precision
C. scope
D. polish
E. duration

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Scope" means range. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy scope: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz." The colon in the sentence sets up an explanation of the missing term. Since Ms. Rivers' performance covered a wide variety of musical styles, it makes sense to say the scope of the performance was worth mentioning.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Intensity" refers to the extremity of expression or feeling. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy intensity: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz." The wide range of Ms. Rivers' repertoire does not mean that her performance was particularly "intense" or exciting.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Precision" means exactness. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy precision: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz." The second part of the sentence only mentions the type of music that Ms. Rivers performed. It says nothing about the quality of her playing.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Polish" means refinement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy polish: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz." The fact that Ms. Rivers can play a variety of music does not mean that her style is refined.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Duration" means length. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Ms. Rivers gave a performance of noteworthy duration: her piano repertoire ranged from classical music to jazz." There is no inherent link between the length of Ms. Rivers' concert and the styles of music that she performed.

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