SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 292: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 292

13. Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was -------, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime first-rate work.

A. tangential
B. premature
C. exorbitant
D. indiscernible
E. cumulative

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Cumulative" means made up of accumulated parts. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was cumulative, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime of first-rate work." The phrase following the comma helps to explain the meaning of the missing term. The fact that Freud had numerous professional achievements over the course of her lifetime supports the claim that the effect she had on her field was "cumulative."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. Something that is "tangential" is of little relevance. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was tangential, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime of first-rate work." Calling Freud's legacy "tangential" contradicts the idea that her work was "first-rate."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Premature" means happening or existing before the intended time. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was premature, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime of first-rate work." Freud's impact could not have been "premature," as it resulted from a lifetime of excellent work.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Exorbitant" means excessive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was exorbitant, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime of first-rate work." It makes little sense to claim that the impact of Freud's high-quality work was excessive.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. Something that is "indiscernible" is not recognized as being distinct. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Anna Freud's impact on psychoanalysis was indiscernible, coming not from one brilliant discovery but from a lifetime of first-rate work." It is illogical to cite Freud's impressive career as support for the claim that her impact on psychoanalysis was insignificant, or not reorganized as being distinct.

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